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New study of skeletons at Chichén Itzá rewrites history of ancient Maya child sacrifice

An international research team performed genetic testing on 64 children's skeletons, debunking some longstanding myths about Maya religious sacrifices

A new artist residency and incubator launches in East Detroit

Founder Samara Furlong promises Buffalo Prescott will be place for Detroit artists to "experiment and dream"

Philadelphia's University of the Arts suddenly closes, prompting president's resignation, student protests and a class action lawsuit

The institution gave just week's notice before its 7 June closure, causing confusion and upheaval throughout the community

Los Angeles's Institute of Contemporary Art reveals details of $12m revamp and expansion

The downtown museum has announced an ambitious renovation plan that centers local artists

Getty Research Institute acquires photography dealer Peter MacGill's archive

The extensive archive, which includes client correspondence and daily records, will be catalogued over the course of the next few years

Cleveland Museum of Art will return ancient statue to Libya

The two-foot-tall artefact, which hails from Ancient Egypt's Ptolemaic Dynasty, will remain on view in Cleveland for "a few years"

Frida Kahlo museum clarifies that Madonna did not visit and try on the artist's clothes

Madonna may have tried on Kahlo's clothes during a previous visit to her family home

Lauren Halsey to create outdoor sculpture park in South Central, Los Angeles

In addition to the temporary sculpture park, Halsey will open a community centre in 2026 through her non-profit Summaeverythang

Stolen, century-old train-shaped weathervane returned to authorities in Vermont

The 114-year-old iron sculpture of a steam locomotive was stolen from the roof of a train station in 1983

Dispute over a potentially Nazi-looted Egon Schiele goes to trial in New York

Heirs of multiple Holocaust victims have made claims to the drawing, which a member of the Lehman Brothers banking dynasty bought as a gift for his son

DeviantArt and Midjourney deny wrongdoing in copyright infringement lawsuit over in AI image generators

Two giants of the image generation industry rejected copyright infringement claims from artists who allege their work was used to train an AI tool

US authorities return antiquities linked with notorious smuggling ring to Egypt

The Egyptian items repatriated by the Manhattan District Attorney's office this week, collectively valued at $1.4m, include a wood coffin face and a royal alabaster vase

The New Art Dealers Alliance fair returns to New York’s Chelsea with off-the-wall works

The fair’s tenth edition features a critical mass of unusually arranged sculptures.

The female form takes many shapes at Future Fair

The Frieze New York satellite fair features an array of largely light-hearted works displaying melted, jumbled and disembodied limbs

Venus Williams to host new podcast for Carnegie Museum of Art

The tennis legend's audio venture will coincide with a photography exhibition exploring the relationship between artistry and landscape

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‘The experience of giving birth is so abstract and intense’: Loie Hollowell on the challenge of painting pregnancy

The artist’s survey at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum tracks the formal language she developed to depict an essential process in life—one that, historically, has been rarely depicted

Jewish history museum in Philadelphia would become part of Smithsonian under proposed legislation

A new bill could create a commission to assess the feasibility of adding the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History to the Smithsonian family

FBI returns 22 looted artefacts to Japan

A haul of historic objects looted following the Battle of Okinawa make their way home after almost 80 years

Denver Art Museum to return 11 artefacts connected to smuggler Douglas Latchford

The repatriations to Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia come as the museum continues to distance itself from Latchford and his late collaborator Emma C. Bunker

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Curator Naomi Beckwith awarded the $50,000 David C. Driskell Prize

The Guggenheim curator is being recognised for her outstanding contribution to the field of African American art

Frida Kahlo Corporation files trademark suit against Amazon sellers

The company that owns the anti-capitalist artist's image is embroiled in yet another legal tussle over representation

Laurene Powell Jobs's non-profit buys San Francisco Art Institute and its $50m Diego Rivera mural

After years of financial problems, the troubled institution will enter its next chapter with help from the Apple dynasty

Jeffrey Gibson and Jennie C. Jones will transform the Metropolitan Museum's outdoor spaces in 2025

The artists' forthcoming façade and rooftop installations at the museum will explore the intersections of identity and art history

Rita McBride: ‘I can draw through space, and it’s infinite’

The artist’s installation at the Hammer Museum dissolves space and time with laser beams and a uniquely science-fiction-flecked optimism

Art Institute of Chicago accused of holding onto Nazi-looted Egon Schiele

The museum insists that heirs to the original collector waited too long to file their claim for the valuable work on paper

13 shows to see in and around Los Angeles during Frieze

From important shows of Korean and Japanese contemporary art, to major surveys of Paul Pfeiffer and Joan Brown, and more

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs announces $52.2m in grants to more than 1,000 organisations

The Cultural Development Fund distributed grants to 76% of eligible applicants throughout the city's five boroughs