Helen Stoilas

Helen was previously 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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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"

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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