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Happy little clouds: Bob Ross’s first museum show aims to change his reputation

Group show will help the 1980s TV painter move from kitsch king to conceptual pioneer

When Saharan sands glittered with gold: how the world's largest desert was a major medieval trade route

New exhibition at the Block Museum of Art looks at the artefacts that flowed through the region assisted by the spread of Islam

Booksreview

Chicago’s cultural history, revised, in new publication

Art in Chicago illuminates a rich and ultimately countercultural legacy

Can two festivals bring hope to Trump country?

Front International in Cleveland and Opens Spaces in Kansas City aim to encourage unity in the US’s divided heartland

Public sculpture will commemorate Chattanooga lynching victim 100 years on

Memorial part of push for new works that challenge history of white supremacy in the US

Howardena Pindell, shaped by segregation in 1950s America, receives first major museum survey

Activist artist tells a “very different story about what art does in our world”