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‘I look at myself as an alchemist’: photographer Jamel Shabazz captures joy and sadness on the streets

The Brooklyn photographer reflects on decades of capturing joy and sadness—often in the same image

Six must-see shows during Frieze New York

From Genesis P-Orridge at Pioneer Works to Louise Bourgeois at the Met, our pick of the best exhibitions in the city this week

David Zwirner doubles down on competition with auction houses, launching online consignments portal

The new initiative marks an expansion of the gallery’s secondary market business

Centre of Marfa, Texas, including 11 buildings repurposed by Donald Judd, added to US National Register of Historic Places

The designation will aid the Chinati and Judd foundations in preserving their buildings in the West Texas town

Smithsonian adopts new ‘ethical returns policy’ to handle artefacts with problematic histories

The new policy, adopted by all Smithsonian museums on 29 April, will allow each institution to tailor it to their particular collections and provenance considerations

Princeton Museum acquires rare work by Pre-Raphaelite painter Rebecca Solomon

The museum acquired “A Young Teacher” at a recent Sotheby’s auction, where it sold for more than ten times its high estimate

Unesco indefinitely postpones planned world heritage meeting in Russia

The 45th annual meeting of the organisation’s World Heritage Committee was due to take place in June in the Russian city of Kazan

Hermann Nitsch, known for bloody and ritualistic performances that often confronted moral taboos, has died, aged 83

The revered avant-garde artist was prone to shocking audiences with the use of blood, carcases and viscera in his performances

Genesis P-Orridge’s lifetime of boundary-breaking work comes into full view

The first posthumous institutional show of P-Orridge’s work chronicles a wide-ranging and pioneering practice that often played out at the level of identity and appearance

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Creative workers accounted for nearly one quarter of California’s economy in 2020, report finds

The latest edition of the annual Otis College Report on the Creative Economy makes the point that even as California’s arts sector bounces back, long-term support is needed to ensure it truly thrives

Miami organisation Oolite Arts plans $30m new eco-conscious complex

The nonprofit, which hosts exhibitions, workshops, artist residencies and more, is putting environmental resilience at the core of its new home

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Miami Herald launches NFT collection, with sales supporting local artists and journalists

The collection, a partnership with sister publication El Nuevo Herald and local nonprofit Oolite Arts, will spotlight works by South Florida artists

Delfina Entrecanales, arts patron who founded the Delfina Foundation, has died, aged 94

A uniquely generous supporter of the arts who had been likened to a contemporary Medici, Entrecanales gave hundreds of artists the time and space to create but never demanded works in return

Getty Research Institute acquires booksellers' collection of thousands of catalogues and materials on Black artists

The collection was amassed by Whitney and Lee Kaplan, who own and operate Arcana: Books on the Arts, beginning in the 1980s

NEA study shows arts sector remained major contributor to US economy even as pandemic took its toll

The study found that while the US arts economy shrunk twice as fast as the overall economy, the arts’ contribution to GDP held steady

Digital art company claims it is owed millions from NFT sales in lawsuit against artist

DigiArt is suing artist Danny Casale, also known as Coolman Coffeedan, for allegedly producing more than 10,000 NFTs in breach of their contract

New $6bn Sackler settlement would let museums remove family’s name from galleries and buildings without consequence

The settlement, if approved, would also place limits on any statements made by museums as they remove the Sackler name

Pre-Columbian stone artefacts smuggled into Puerto Rico are repatriated to the Dominican Republic

The 12 archaeological objects were seized from a passenger arriving in Puerto Rico by ferry in 2013; they had previously sold in an online auction

Dan Graham, artist who defied categorisation and was best known for his architectural pavilions, has died, aged 79

The American artist’s work spanned many formats and materials, and was informed by his early desire to become a writer

Noah Davis’s paintings come back home to his Los Angeles museum

After stops in New York and London, the late artist’s works will be on view at the Underground Museum, which he and his wife founded

Sotheby’s and artist Kevin McCoy sued over sale of early NFT

The dispute revolves around the movement of a 2014 work, ‘Quantum’, from one blockchain to another and how that affects its ownership and fungibility

US customs agents return ancient cuneiform writing implements to Iraq

The millennia-old prism and tablet were found to lack proper paperwork—one after its owner’s death, the other following an online auction

Peter Max’s guardian sues his daughter for defamation in latest twist in battle over elderly artist’s care and legacy

Libra Max previously sued to end Barbara Lissner’s guardianship of her father; now Lissner has sued back, alleging that Libra Max’s legal and public relations campaign defamed her

Wayne Thiebaud, painter of lush desserts and disorienting cityscapes, has died, aged 101

Though he was often lumped in with the Pop artists who also rose to prominence in the 1960s, Thiebaud’s sensibility was distinctive, his appeal uniquely enduring

Billionaire collector Michael Steinhardt surrenders 180 stolen artefacts worth $70m

The items have been under investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney since 2017

Alex Israel turns the Bass museum into an AR playground

Los Angeles-based artist joins with Snapchat’s tech team to produce AR works designed to make even the most jaded art audiences smile

Our pick of exhibitions to see during Art Basel in Miami Beach

From an overdue retrospective devoted to the Jewish painter Maryan to little-known installations by Betye Saar

Dave Hickey, influential critic who saw art as inseparable from everyday life, has died aged 82

He prized accessible writing and paired discussions of sports and food with his artistic analyses in widely read books like ‘The Invisible Dragon’ and ‘Air Guitar’

Malinews

US customs officials return more than 900 stolen artefacts to Mali

The objects, which include vessels and funerary urns, where intercepted in Houston in 2009 then sat in limbo for years

Controversial Roosevelt statue will be relocated to planned North Dakota presidential library

The statue, which has long stood outside New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, has been the focus of years-long campaigns by activists calling for its removal