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Remembering Henry Kissinger, master of art politics, whose Cold War diplomacy still had resonance in 2023

Kissinger, one of the most photographed men of his time, with an instantly recognisable pair of spectacles, was a powerful graphic gift to artists including Philip Guston

Origami cranes and muddy boots: Fifa Museum unveils the memorabilia it acquired from the Women’s World Cup

Japanese markers of gratitude, along with Indigenous symbols of welcome from Australia and New Zealand, will be shown alongside mud-stained footwear, kit and balls in a new exhibition

How Velázquez's 'Rokeby Venus' became a symbol of public pride—and political protest

This week's attack by climate protesters is the third time that the National Gallery masterpiece has been recruited to articulate contemporary social or cultural concerns

Artist and AI pioneers use DeepDream to create ‘hallucinatory’ depictions of landscapes by Capability Brown

Daniel Ambrosi used Google's AI to reimagine high-res photographs of parkland designed by the 18th-century landscape architect

Robert Irwin, pioneering creator of light and experiential art, has died, aged 95

Irwin explored human perception with his installations as well as the spaces he designed for institutions such as the Getty Museum in Los Angeles

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Architects of light: how artists are using years of hardware advances to serve their vision

Shows in London and Amsterdam and new works marking 300 years since Christopher Wren’s death reveal artists putting concept first, despite the paralysis of choice offered by infinitely programmable LEDs

An architect for the centuries: how to share in events marking 300 years since the death of Christopher Wren

Church walking tours, online talks and light art installations in St Paul's Cathedral are some of the events being held to celebrate the work of Britain's most celebrated architect

Fresh light on Wren: new installations interact with the domed spaces of two of the architect's greatest buildings

300 hundred years after the death of Christopher Wren, the London Design Festival has commissioned new pieces of light art for St Paul’s Cathedral and St Stephen Walbrook

Colour focus: the third annual Art History Festival offers over 60 free events to the public around the UK

Organisers, speakers and curators see the most diverse festival to date as a chance to demonstrate that art history is central to education and to reading the signals of modern life

Jamie Reid, graphic designer who defined the visual character of the punk movement, has died aged 76

The artist's subversive collage work for the Sex Pistols' single 'God Save The Queen' was a defining image of 1970s protest

Silvio Berlusconi, politician and early proponent of 'culture war' rhetoric, has died, aged 86

The outspoken leader of three Italian governments between 1994 and 2011 was often publicly critical of contemporary art and architecture projects in Italy

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Blockchain platforms promise resale royalties and provenance tracking for physical artworks

After NFT boom, blockchain technology is increasingly being used to help solve art industry's practical problems

Munstead Wood, a masterpiece of Arts and Crafts, is acquired by the National Trust

Government funding helps acquire Surrey house and garden that launched the global careers of the architect Edwin Lutyens and the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, whose home it was for nearly 40 years

'Sometimes even the vultures have nothing to feed on': Kenyan artists bring an ecological warning to Manhattan

New York exhibition Kenyan Collectives at Affirmation Arts focuses on existential threats to Kenya’s wildlife and water supply

Twelve must-see exhibitions in New York during Frieze

From Lauren Halsey's new commission for the Met rooftop to funkily subversive sculptures at the Museum of Arts and Design, the season's essential exhibitions

Royally great crowd-sourcing: more than 11,000 people submit drawings to create a digital portrait of King Charles III

Christie's marks coronation by auctioning portrait in aid of BBC Children in Need and holding exhibitions of Shakespeare's First Folio and the work of Royal Drawing School alumni

Louis Jebb. with additional reporting by Anna Brady

Harry Belafonte, singer, actor and civil rights champion inspired by artists' involvement in social causes, has died, aged 96

Belafonte cited Pablo Picasso and his artist friend Charles White among the visual and performing artists whose support of social justice movements inspired his activism

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Remembering Barry Humphries, art lover, artist and creator of Dame Edna Everage, who has died, aged 89

Australian comedian and actor was a passionate champion of museums, libraries and the visual arts, and a collector of late 19th-century artists and authors

The revolution may be randomised: new Damien Hirst project lets buyers generate their own 'Spin' NFTs

The British artist's latest venture, a tech-heavy development of the Spin Paintings launched in 1992, touches all the tech buzzwords as collectors order one-off NFTs from a dashboard menu

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Jann Haworth, Pop Art pioneer, discovers a 'soft and warm' sensibility in response to changes brought by the global pandemic

The American artist re-examines the myth of the Wild West in her new painted textile works—and shows a fabric figure from her co-creation of the legendary "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album cover

Remembering Balkrishna Doshi, artist, teacher and father of modernist Indian architecture, who has died, aged 95

Innovative architect was at heart of rebuilding independent India, a protégé of Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, and winner of the Pritzker Prize and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal

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Rafael Viñoly—museum 'starchitect' who believed in experience over aesthetics—has died, aged 78

Uruguayan-born architect had an acute understanding of the visual arts and produced prize-winning buildings

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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

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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