Helen Stoilas

Helen is Editor, Americas and has worked for The Art Newspaper since 2003. She regularly reports on political and social issues that affect artists and institutions.

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From gilded figures at the Hispanic Society Museum and Library to Christo at Galerie Gmurzynska

Contemporary paintings will hang with the Frick’s Old Masters in new art series

Doron Langberg will pair off with Hans Holbein, and Salman Toor will join Vermeer in the Breuer building this week

K-Pop superstars BTS help present gift from Korean government to the Metropolitan Museum

The set of five richly coloured lacquer vessels by artist Chung Haecho will go on show in the New York museum this December

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Adam Pendelton's colossal recaps of the past year at MoMA, to Objects of Common Interest's minimalist designs at the Noguchi Museum

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara named an ‘icon’ of 2021 by Time magazine

The Cuban artist and activist is joined on the publication’s list of 100 Most Influential People by Barbara Kruger and Mark Bradford

Timothée Chalamet kicks off the Met Gala with a flag-inspired collaboration with street artist JR

The actor debuted a new performance and installation in the Breuer building, before protestors crashed the party at the Costume Institute’s annual celebrity fundraiser

Prospect New Orleans to stagger openings and delay gala after Hurricane Ida

The event, launched in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has been impacted by another major climate disaster

What do the bells of Notre Dame 'hear'? Artist Bill Fontana listens to the soul of Paris

The Bay Area sound artist is working on a contemporary sound installation in the fire-ravaged cathedral's bell tower

Afghanistan: the threat of the Taliban to artists and heritage

Plus, artist Bill Fontana records Notre Dame's bells

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New and noteworthy: see what the Armory Show's younger galleries are bringing to the fair

In the Presents section, galleries founded within the past ten years present solo or dual-artist shows. Here are some works to look out for this year

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From Atari to the No Fly List, artist Yucef Merhi uncovers the pervasive power of technology

The Venezuela-born artist’s pioneering work exploring information systems is on view in two shows in Miami

Louis Armstrong’s ‘second home’ in New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Ida

The Karnofsky Store, a Jewish family’s former tailor shop where the young jazz legend found early encouragement for his musical talent, has been reduced to rubble

Chuck Close, Photo Realist painter of large-scale portraits, has died, aged 81

The outsize artist retreated from public attention in his later years, following a diagnosis of dementia in 2015 and accusations of sexual harassment in 2017

Pornhub removes videos and online tours based on works in Louvre, Uffizi and Prado collections

The site’s “Classic Nudes” series still includes erotic explorations of masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, National Gallery in London, and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, as well as several other international institutions

Cubanews

Cuba cracks down on protestors with summary trials and prison sentences

Artists and writers are among those targeted by the government, causing human rights groups to raise an alarm about abuses

Designinterview

Loki’s production designer on the Modernist inspiration behind the show’s stunning visuals

Kasra Farahani explains why the Time Variance Authority waiting room looks so much like the Breuer building, and how the inside of a Fabergé egg became an alien train carriage

President Biden's budget includes funding boost for National Park heritage

Increase would give NPS budget of $3.5bn, to preserve infrastructure and pay for projects related to Native American and African American heritage

Movement grows to replace statues of Columbus with ones dedicated to a more respected figure—TV detective Lieutenant Columbo

Fans of Peter Falk and his dishevelled but dogged investigative persona have been quick to get behind the idea

'The biggest mistake of my life': 49-year-old ‘art freak’ confesses to stealing a Picasso and Mondrian from National Gallery in Athens

During an interrogation with Greek police, a construction worker explains what drove him to commit a brazen heist in 2012

Should the Science Museum stop taking money from oil companies?

Plus, Michael Landy's exhibition at Firstsite and artist Shahzia Sikander on a manuscript miniature

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Original 1978 rainbow flag designed by Gilbert Baker acquired by San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society

The banner, thought lost for more than 40 years, was recently authenticated by a vexillographer who had worked with the artist

Solange’s Saint Heron dossier project releases interview with Barbara Chase-Riboud

In an excerpt shared with The Art Newspaper, the artist and writer describes how the letters her mother kept made her more ‘visible’ that ever

Lawnews

Settlement reached over Robert Indiana’s estate—paving way for planned museum in artist's home in Maine

Under the agreement, the Morgan Art Foundation will continue to promote the Pop artist's work in museums and on the market

Cubanews

Ahead of G7, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera addressed the Geneva Summit on Human Rights and Democracy

The activist spoke about her own experiences with state repression and the growing movement for political change in the country

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Cézanne's drawings at MoMA to Takashi Murakami curating Outsider art

The Met will return two Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

The Benin Court plaques donated in 1991 with more than 150 other works, have been deaccessioned, while a third object, an Ife Head offered for purchase, will instead be restituted

Classicist Mary Beard on the infamous Roman emperor Nero

Plus, London Gallery Weekend and Nina Katchadourian on her adopted grandmother's embroidery

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Biden wants to boost culture funding to historic levels as part of $6 trillion budget proposal

If Congress approves, the National Endowment for the Arts in particular would see its 2022 budget go up to $201m—the highest amount of government funding since its inception

Designnews

Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel to reopen in Hudson Yards—without higher barriers

Visitors will have to come in groups, and buy tickets that will help pay for more security, after three suicides at the site

A year after George Floyd’s death, art memorials are at a crossroads

Efforts to preserve murals and street art are growing, as are threats to sites around the country, including the intersection where Floyd was killed

Katerina Gregos will lead the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens as artistic director

The museum looks to a “new era” after a difficult history, including long delays in the opening its new home and the termination of two of its directors by the Culture Ministry

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

Wangechi Mutu at Gladstone, Adriana Varejão at Gagosian and the unveiling of Day’s End by David Hammons

Take the stage, New York: Rashid Johnson will build a platform for the public as Creative Time’s summer project

The city’s residents will be able to use the space for performances or public action, as well as take part in a programme of artist-led events

David Hammons's monumental public sculpture Day's End is done

The steel frame structure, which recreates the outline of a former warehouse on the Hudson River, is now a permanent fixture on the shoreline

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Yayoi Kusama in the Bronx to Alex Da Corte's Big Bird on the Met Roof

Contemporary Greek artist Kornelios Grammenos has died, aged 62

The sculptor and painter was known for his disarming Alien and Knight sculptures, installed in Greece and abroad

While US museum attendance nosedived in 2020 amid pandemic, disparities in reopenings yielded a few surprises

Huntington Library in California and Crystal Bridges in Arkansas ascended to the top of our visitor figures list

Miami’s art world allergic to plan for cat and dog sculpture park

A nearly $1m project to be permanently installed next to the Pérez Art Museum Miami has raised opposition from the local art scene

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Virtual museum to be built to house Beeple’s record-breaking digital work

Metapurse, the company owned by the buyer of the $69.3m NFT, plans to create an online “monument this piece deserves"

NFTsnews

Revealed: Metakovan, pseudonymous founder of ‘crypto-exclusive fund’ Metapurse, is the buyer of Beeple’s $69.3m NFT

Everydays: The First 5,000 Days sold at Christie’s yesterday—and the buyer says it is worth $1bn

Anna Brady. , with additional reporting by Helen Stoilas

Ancient Egyptian pet cemetery contained much loved cats and dogs pampered in their old age

Research by archaeologists at the Roman port city Berenice shows that humans cared for their animals as much as current day people do

In Pictures: an early look inside the Frick Madison

Before the public opening on 18 March, see the startling installation of the museum's Old Masters collection in the Brutalist Breuer building

Dr Fauci’s 3-D printed coronavirus model given to Smithsonian

The educational aide will be part of a forthcoming exhibition at the National Museum of American History

Cézanne’s drawings, watercolours and sketchbooks to get star treatment at MoMA

A major exhibition focuses on works on paper by one of the core artists in the museum’s Modern art collection

'Black grief and white grievance' at New York’s New Museum

Plus, artists with disabilities in the Covid era and Goya's Disasters of War

Charles Venable, president of Indianapolis museum, resigns after controversial job post

The board has issued an apology and pledged to improve its representation of the local community

Local man charged in attempted robbery from Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery

George Haag, who has pleaded not guilty, says he thought the portrait of Andy Warhol “would look better somewhere else” and “just wanted to make people laugh”

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With Mardi Gras parades cancelled, New Orleans artists create House Floats

Local artists and designers have used their float decorating skills to turn neighbourhood houses into lavishly festooned marvels

Photo collector and ophthalmologist William Tsiaras gives 500 works to Colby College Museum of Art in Maine

The Greek-American started acquiring photography for museums through his personal friendships with artists such as Lucas Samaras, Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan

With powerful poem, Amanda Gorman sets the tone for Biden’s presidency

The 22-year-old Los Angeles poet was the youngest ever to deliver a recitation on Inauguration Day. Listen to and read her words here

In pictures: Donald Trump’s presidency as the art world saw it

As Trump leaves office, we look back at the legacy of his four years leading the US and how artists captured it

Biden inauguration is largely virtual—but some live art is planned

A public art installation of 200,000 flags opens on the National Mall, as coronavirus and heightened security forces most events online

The white supremacist art at the heart of the US Capitol

Plus, a $2.2m Batman comic and the artists inspired by political theorist Hannah Arendt

Holy hammer! Near mint copy of Batman #1 sells for record $2.2m at Heritage Auctions

The rare 1940 issue, which marks the first appearance of the Joker and Catwoman, is the second most expensive comic book ever sold

Lawnews

Art lawyer Frank Lord opens private practice in New York

As well as working on high profile restitution cases, the former Herrick Feinstein partner has a PhD in art history

Designnews

Heatherwick’s Vessel closed to the public after third suicide in less than a year

The community board has asked the developer to raise the height of platform barriers to prevent further deaths

Visit Mañanaland today: Pedro Reyes's utopian vision plays out through an AR scavenger hunt

The artist Pedro Reyes offers a peek at a future where threats such as health crises, climate disasters, social division and nuclear destruction are far behind us

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