Gareth Harris

Gareth Harris is the Chief Contributing Editor of The Art Newspaper

Protesters at Tate Modern call on arts patron Len Blavatnik to defend ‘press freedom’ in Israel

Activist group claims news channel owned by billionaire cancelled programmes criticising Israeli government

New London hub with ‘affordable’ artists studios to rise from ruins of 19th-century warehouse

A scheme by the non-profit Create London will convert the Newham building into a culture and learning centre

Iowa museum becomes first in US to return looted Benin bronzes to royal ruler

The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art has defended its decision to hand back two objects to the Oba rather than the government

Centre Pompidou Málaga to remain in place for another decade

Despite setbacks at satellite sites elsewhere, an extension to the gallery's collaboration with the Spanish city has been agreed

The next Frida Kahlo? Exhibition lifts the lid on legacy of art market darling Leonora Carrington

A UK selling show—curated by Carrington's cousin—taps into a growing interest in the Mexico-based Surrealist artist

Government bail out for National Museum Cardiff 'won't go far enough', says chair of museum group

The Welsh government has promised over £3m to repair Wales' national cultural institution, but the true figure needed could be more than seven times higher

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Art collection saved from Rouen cathedral blaze, says French culture minister

A fire in the cathedral's spire has been brought under control, saving the landmark which featured in the works of Claude Monet

'Why can’t this be done in Churchill’s former home?': Mohammed Sami reflects on conflict with Blenheim Palace solo show

The ninth contemporary art exhibition to be held at the palace presents 14 new works by the Iraqi artist

Anselm Kiefer to meet Vincent van Gogh in Royal Academy exhibition

Plus, Kerry James Marshall blockbuster to take over the main RA galleries next autumn

‘Like a child in a messy divorce’: Mary Beard and David Olusoga tackle Parthenon Marbles debate in British Museum panel

Complexities of restitution, the relevance of the universal museum and burgeoning collections were all on the event's agenda

UK general election 2024: what art world figures want from the new Labour government

After a landslide victory for the Labour party, we asked museum directors, artists and art historians what they hoped the new political era could mean for culture

Oldest example of figurative art found in Indonesian cave

The picture depicting a wild pig and a trio of human figures dates from 51,000 years ago, according to researchers, and suggests that Europe was not the birthplace of cave art

French parliamentary elections 2024: candidates outline plans for arts and culture

Rassemblement National, New Popular Front and Renaissance politicians discuss policy areas, closing the Centre Pompidou and free entry to museums

Alexandre Crochet. Additional reporting by Gareth Harris

Antony Gormley donates art worth £500,000 to the UK Labour party ahead of general election

Fellow artists Grayson Perry and Maggi Hambling have also made “non-cash” contributions

Buckingham Palace opens newly restored wing with Gainsborough and Winterhalter works

Building’s East Wing, displaying 30 paintings and examples of Chinese porcelain, will be open to visitors from July

UK arts bodies urge incoming government to stand up for the culture sector

More than 20 organisations have called for improved arts education and freedom of movement in Europe

Marina Abramović to ask Glastonbury crowd to stay silent for seven minutes

A sculpture by Hank Willis Thomas and a Mark Wallinger film will also be shown at the celebrated UK music festival

Ex-Uffizi chief Eike Schmidt loses bid to become Mayor of Florence

Sara Funaro, a local councillor with the centre-left Democratic Party, reportedly took more than 60% of the vote

Non! Artist Shepard Fairey criticises France’s far-right party president for featuring his work in campaign films

The artist’s image of Marianne, a symbol of the French Republic, was featured in two videos posted by the National Rally’s Jordan Bardella

‘There is no panic’: artist Pavlo Makov on working in the beleaguered Ukrainian city of Kharkiv

Meanwhile, the Royal Academy in London prepares to launch a major survey of Ukrainian Modernist art in the wake of Russia’s invasion

UK export bar placed on Louis XIV’s £7.5m table top

The decision was made in the hope that a buyer can be found to “save the” object “for the nation”

Human rights body ‘dismayed’ after Iranian artist Atena Farghadani handed six-year prison sentence

The activist was arrested after attempting to hang one of her works on presidential palace wall

Two eco-activists arrested after Stonehenge sprayed with orange powder

The ancient site remains open as curators investigate the damage

From one hand to another: painting reworked by Rubens to be sold at Sotheby’s

Conservation has revealed the extensive changes Rubens made to a work originally by Herri Met de Bles

Centre Pompidou must not close for five years, say French critics and curators

An open letter has called for the public to have access to the complex during its major forthcoming renovation—and for the role of Paris’s state institutions to be protected as a result

Art created in response to Aids crisis resonates at Art Basel

Peter Hujar, whose work is still being uncovered posthumously, is among artists receiving acclaim

UBS and Art Basel mark 30th anniversary of their collaboration

As the milestone is celebrated with a joint commission, protestors attack UBS’s record on fossil-fuel investment