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The art of the obit: Adam McEwen on his hypothetical obituaries of living celebrities who are ‘guides to life’

The Art Newspaper’s obituaries editor speaks to the New York artist about how his journalistic training informs his tributes to figures like Greta Thunberg and Dolly Parton

'Godmother of Miami's art scene', Mira Lehr, has died aged 88

Lehr was the co-founder of the Continuum women's art collective and used her art to address the challenges of global warming and rising sea levels

Pope Benedict XVI, for eight years proprietor in trust of the Vatican's library and art collection, has died aged 95

The German-born conservative pontiff, a noted theological scholar, tried to accommodate contemporary art but became a subject of satire

Football legend Pelé, a muse for Warhol and street art icon, has died aged 82

Martin Parr and Juergen Teller are among the artists who captured the Brazilian star's gift for friendship and personal diplomacy

Remembering Elizabeth II—a master of the art of monarchy—and the artists, historians, designers, gallerists, and critics who died in 2022

The artists Paula Rego and Sam Gilliam, the gallerist Virginia Dwan, the critic Peter Schjeldahl and the patron of the arts John Sainsbury were among the other influential figures lost to the art world this year

British artist-polymath Tom Phillips—portrait painter, composer and poet—has died, aged 85

Phillips's masterpiece is A Humument, a 50-year recreation, redrawing and rewriting of a long-forgotten Victorian novel, that informed the artist's wider output, including an opera and his translation of Dante's Inferno

Artist Gabriel Massan uses video game world-building and the blockchain to reimagine the meaning of 'Third World'

The Brazilian digital artist is creating a multi-level collaborative game as part of the Serpentine Galleries' Artist Worlds programme, and minting tokens with the Tezos Ecosystem blockchain

New book on Martine de Béhague shines light on a great collector who turned to art as solace for personal loss

The first scholarly study of a true dilettante of Old Masters, antiquities and new works, reveals an indomitable, questing soul

Evelyn de Rothschild—banker, collector, art patron and philanthropist—has died, aged 91

He inherited his family's Ascott House collection of English furniture, Chinese porcelain, British paintings and Old Masters, and built a new collection of Modern and contemporary works with his third wife, Lynn Forester

Hilma af Klint goes multimedia: NFTs launched on Pharrell Williams's Goda platform are latest digital offering of Abstract artist's work

The pioneering Swedish artist is having a moment, with a newly-released biopic, new VR and AR experiences and NFT editions

Legacy of computer art pioneer Harold Cohen is rebooted in London show

Gazelli Art House’s exhibition is devoted to Cohen’s work on—and with—his art-making program, AARON

Walk with Hilma af Klint: AR brings works by the mystic mother of abstraction to London's Regent's Park

Seventy-eight years after her death, the artist famed for her geometric and spiral forms, has realised her goal of creating a giant temple for her work— thanks to cutting-edge technology

Why Queen Elizabeth II was one of the greatest performance artists of all time

The British sovereign made herself globally visible, using personal presence, coded symbolism, and the power of broadcasting, to uphold a constitutional monarchy in an era of unparalleled social change

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II, the British sovereign who perfected the fine art of monarchy

Over seven decades, the monarch used ceremonial, media and heritage to project soft power around the globe

NFTnews

Olafur Eliasson launches a virtual reality work and NFT commissioned by MetaKovan—the man who paid $69.3m for 'that' Beeple

The Icelandic-Danish artist talks exclusively to The Art Newspaper about his viewer-first approach to his work Your view matter, which is available to all in AR and VR

Remembering Raymond Briggs: pioneering illustrator and creator of beloved book The Snowman

Briggs used his charming, low-tech visual style to devastating emotional effect in his adult, anti-war books as much as in his beloved children's tales and their film adaptations

Issey Miyake, ground-breaking Japanese fashion designer and favourite of museum costume institutes, has died, aged 84

After surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as a child, Miyake turned to clothes as a modern, optimistic form of creativity, and revived the use of pleats to create wearable, free-flowing, unisex clothes

Getty Museum and Apple team up to recreate William Blake's terrifying visions in augmented reality

Launched at Apple's new shop in London, the artist duo Tin&Ed worked with hip-hop producer Just Blaze to create a new immersive experience

Past futures: Triennale Milano embraces virtual reality to recreate design landmarks from its 99-year history

Tech developers are collaborating with museum curators to build a digital “time machine” to revisit lost installations

Peter Brook, a giant of international theatre whose stage work moved in sympathy with the visual arts, has died, aged 97

Brook's influential "white-cube" 1970 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and his epic 1985 realisation of the Sanskrit epic The Mahābhārata find echoes in art history

New virtual reality work takes us through Albert Oehlen's 'throat, mind and hand' into a drawing

Abstract artist has collaborated with VR specialists to create a work for Art Basel

John Sainsbury, former supermarket boss and major patron of British museums, has died aged 94

Benefactors of his gifts include London's National Gallery, Tate Britain, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Royal Opera House

Obituariesfeature

Remembering Patrick Reyntiens, a pivotal artist in the history of stained glass

After making his name on historic projects at Coventry Cathedral and Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool, he became an innovative practitioner and influential teacher

Obituariesfeature

Remembering Jackie Matisse, a pioneer of kite art and art in virtual reality who had a special feel for chance and the power of collaboration

She saw 'flying art' as a collaboration with wind and light and found ways to 'fly' her kites underwater and in galleries, kept in motion with blown air and mechanical reels

Obituariesfeature

Remembering Kenzo Takada, the designer and artist who created the first global, multicultural, fashion brand

In everything he made—clothes, spectacles inspired by his trademark round lenses, home furnishings, parfumerie—Takada's love of fine art remained close at hand

Booksreview

Divine People: first biography of Ambrose McEvoy reveals how portrait artist became a darling of London and New York society a century ago

The typescript of Eric Chilston's book, based on primary sources and eye-witness accounts, was rediscovered in 2018 after being thought lost for nearly 40 years

The model challenge: how to capture art in 3D for augmented and virtual reality

As the art world rushes to digitise we look at the different ways to create digital renderings of works

Obituariesfeature

Remembering Luchita Hurtado, painter, eco-warrior and witness to a century of art

The Venezuelan artist— associated with the founders of European Surrealism and the New York School in the 1940s—centred her art on nature and her own life story, and became a sensation in her 99th year

Three-dimensional lift off: The Art Newspaper launches reviews of virtual art

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen the art world renew its engagement with virtual and augmented reality. Now is the time to give this format a critical framework