Gareth Harris

Gareth Harris is the Chief Contributing Editor of The Art Newspaper

Christie’s launches venture capital fund for art tech startups with a focus on NFTs

Move follows concerted drive by the auction house to gain ground in the blockchain and fintech domains

Russian embassy takes offence at Vladimir Putin clown and rainbow picture

Russian officials in Switzerland say they are “outraged” by LGBTQ connection and “war criminal” label

South India's first private art museum to open in December

The Museum of Art and Photography in Bengaluru hopes to “push the needle” in a country where state funding for culture is being cut

Sri Lankan activist art by Chandraguptha Thenuwara to be shown at Frieze London

Works on paper reflect deepening political and economic crisis in Sri Lanka

New Stedelijk institution to be ‘self-critical thorn in the eye of the museum’

The Amsterdam museum will launch the experimental project space next year, which will tap into socially engaged themes

Copies of the Parthenon Marbles—carved by a robot—to go on show in London

Project by Oxford’s Institute for Digital Archaeology fuels debate about restitution of controversial sculptures

Artist can take Maurizio Cattelan to court over banana work, says Florida judge

Joe Morford claims that the viral Comedian piece infringes copyright on his own duct tape work Banana & Orange

NFTnews

Italian government plans to halt digital sales of masterpieces from its major museums

Move follows €240,000 sale of NFT of Michelangelo work, with Uffizi taking a share of the profits

UK prime minister Boris Johnson resigns—here are the art world's reactions

From Cold War Steve and David Shrigley's creative responses to Bob and Roberta Smith's warning that bigger issues are at play

Constable painting rehung at National Gallery after protestors glue themselves to frame

The campaign group, Just Stop Oil, has targeted famous works at Kelvingrove, Courtauld and Manchester Art Gallery

Victoria & Albert Museum director says it is time to change UK law that stops museums from ‘disposing’ of works

Tristram Hunt aims to start a “conversation” about the act next year, arguing that some items should be allowed to be restituted or deaccessioned

‘The Benin Bronzes are returning home’: Germany and Nigeria sign historic restitution agreement

More than 1,100 looted items will be transferred though some artefacts will remain on loan to German museums

New research reveals that just 2% of named public statues in Britain commemorate people of colour

Major project by Art UK involving 500 volunteers sees 13,500 sculptures from across the UK posted online

Explicit drawings by Bloomsbury Group artist Duncan Grant to go on show at Charleston

Works depicting gay sex—thought to have been lost—were kept secret for decades

Activists glue themselves to painting in Glasgow museum to protest art world's fossil fuel use

Two demonstrators are in police custody after they attached themselves to a 19th-century landscape by Horatio McCulloch at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Berlin announces several restitution agreements with Namibia, Cameroon and Nigeria

Berlin Biennale conference will focus on "decolonising" arts and culture

Duncan Ballantyne-Way. With additional reporting by Gareth Harris

Tate announces 2023 programme including exhibition pairing Hilma af Klint with Piet Mondrian

Solo shows dedicated to Isaac Julien and Sarah Lucas, a survey of contemporary African photography and the controversial "Philip Guston Now" are also on the slate

Bonhams expands again with purchase of leading French auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr

Chief executive says latest acquisition is part of his strategy to stay local while going global

From Whitechapel to Saudi Arabia: Iwona Blazwick takes up a new post as AlUla public art supremo

Drive to rebrand Middle Eastern country as a cultural destination underpinned by human rights concerns

More than 100 sculptures on slave trade to be unveiled across seven UK cities

Artists including Lakwena Maciver and Godfried Donkor will create work examining colonial history in Britain

Crime news

Eight men found guilty of Banksy theft at Bataclan in Paris

Seven individuals given jail terms for stealing “sad girl” tribute work

Move aside Paul McCartney! Ai Weiwei and Ai-Da the robot to debut work at this year's Glastonbury Festival in England

At the Somerset music event, the Chinese dissident artist is screening a film about his family's history as prisoners of conscience

Windrush generation honoured with two new public works in London

Sculptures are unveiled on Windrush Day, which remembers the generation of workers who came by ship to the UK from the Caribbean after the Second World War

Activist group’s film projection on Victoria and Albert Museum façade raises concerns about trustees’ politics

The ethics of the South Kensington museum are in question after hosting Conservative Party fundraiser

Vast Anglo-Saxon burial ground discovered during work on the UK’s HS2 rail route

Archaeologists found swords, jewellery and ear wax removers at the site

Ai Weiwei’s cage sculpture in Stockholm takes on new meaning following war in Ukraine

Work is a “warning and reminder” that world will see more humanitarian crises

There is a ‘deal to be done’ with Greece over Parthenon Marbles, says British Museum chairman George Osborne

The comments from the former chancellor signals dramatic shift in museum’s policy and attitude ahead of planned protests this weekend