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Ivory

The UK’s imminent law against the trade in ivory is a serious threat to liberties, says former Lord Chief Justice

Civilians will be allowed to enter your house, break open containers and use “reasonable force”

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Contemporary art

Quintessentially Chinese art gives way to a global identity

Contrasting Zhang Xiaogang with a young 'post-passport' generation

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Leaders

Is contemporary art the kale of the art world?

The rise in popularity of the green vegetable mirrors that of contemporary art

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Art market

Cryptocurrencies: a moving target for regulators

"Blockchain participants have had little guidance from regulators as to how they plan to shape the law so as to protect against criminal activity"

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National Portrait Gallery

London's National Portrait Gallery’s contemporary art programme resonates more with the art world than the public

Though not as dire as first thought, visitor figures for the museum's contemporary shows have still been poor

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Social history

Statues are part of history, but do a poor job of recording it

Matthew Sears is professor of classics and ancient history, University of New Brunswick

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Politics

Why arts journalism matters: because art matters

Even in arts journalism, one can see the effects of President Trump's inflammatory rhetoric against the press

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Ivory ban

Traffic believes the US and UK ivory sale bans are ‘vital elements in the international response’ to poaching

The official spokesman of the wild-trade monitoring organisation responds to The Art Newspaper's article on the trade in elephant ivory—and we respond to him

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Restitution

Returning looted African art is as urgent as giving back works stolen by the Nazis

Congolese-born art collector Sindika Dokolo says this "long-neglected historical wrong" is finally being addressed—but more can be done

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Art Basel 2018

Rapper pays $18.5m for work at auction but the artist gets nothing—is the system in need of reform?

Anny Shaw asks if auction houses and dealers should pay their dues to the artists from whom they profit

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Art Basel 2018

Could fairs publish sale prices? Don’t hold your breath

“For all the supposed desire for transparency, no one will make the first move”

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Art Basel 2018

Can the art market thrive in a sharing economy?

Melanie Gerlis on how millennials don’t seem to have the same collecting gene as previous generations

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Museums

The problem with artist-driven museum boards

Brian Allen explains how artists can hurt rather than help museums like MoCA Los Angeles

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Leaders

Sydney’s flagship museum is entirely focused on building a costly extension. Why?

Unless the Art Gallery of New South Wales begins to focus more on exhibitions, there is every reason to believe that Sydney Modern will be a gigantic and costly flop

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Leaders

Egon Schiele was not a sex offender

The 100th anniversary of Austrian artist’s death has arrived just in time for the #MeToo movement

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Saudi Arabia

Letter to the Editor: Saudi Arabia will collaborate with the world, not only France, to make its cultural heritage accessible

Al-Ula, the most important cultural heritage site in the north-west of the kingdom, will benefit from international standards in heritage preservation and planning

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Photo London

Artists show their power to effect change

In the visual arts, a greater sense of activism is possible, and it’s being helped by the absorption of a broader range of disciplines and media into the canon

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Leaders

Displaying the ruins of demolished social housing at the Venice Architecture Biennale is not ‘art-washing’

The V&A acquired a fragment of London's Robin Hood Gardens before it was demolished

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Exhibitions

‘How can we judge a work of art that was inspired by a person’s faith?’

The Reverend James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author, on what Catholics can take away from the Met’s Heavenly Bodies exhibition

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Exhibitions

Is nothing sacred? The Metropolitan Museum should apologise to the Vatican for Heavenly Bodies show

Curator Andrew Bolton’s Costume Institute blockbuster is pointlessly offensive to believers

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Leaders

Retain or return? It’s complicated

The complex issues behind returning cultural goods to their place of origin

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Politics

Vital artistic exchanges will be stifled by Trump's travel ban

The amicus brief signed by more than 100 museums should shame the justices of the US Supreme Court

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Turner Prize

Who should win, who will win, and how smartphones dominate Turner Prize shortlist

Art critic Ben Luke gives us his take on this year's nominees

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Letters

Letter to the editor: the Frick's viewing garden is worth preserving

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Museums

The Frick’s expansion is a sensitive, elegant plan

The New York museum has shown it is a responsive listener and found ways to add much needed space and public amenities with surgical precision

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Leaders

What we can learn from Saudi art

Suddenly, a lot of money is flowing through the kingdom for the promotion of contemporary art and culture

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Museums

Two steps forward, one step back for Holocaust restitution

In a recent decision regarding Picasso’s Actor, the courts need to catch up with US government policy on Nazi-looted art

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Restitution

Nazi policies forced Jewish collectors like Paul Leffmann to sell their art, whatever the price

Restitution experts say New York law recognises third party duress, so why did a recent court decision on Picasso’s Actor not recognise this?

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300

'Issue one came out in less degraded times: more idealistic, less puffed up by PR machines'

Anna Somers Cocks, founding editor and chairman, looks back

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Then & Now: boom, bust and rebirth of Damien Hirst

How The Art Newspaper has covered the artist's bullish decadence

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Museums

Then & Now: "Modern art is destroying itself," warned our first issue

Museums have since devoted sizeable resources

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Then & Now: how The Art Newspaper shaped UK restitution law

Featuring a 900-year-old missal looted during the Second World War

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Then & Now: the V&A and Queen Woyzaro Terunesh's wedding dress

The story behind the garment

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Museums

Museums have a duty to be political

Activist curators and directors can make truly democratic spaces, but they need brave boards to support them

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Conservation

How refugees are conserving Iraq and Syria's extraordinary monumental heritage

Opening mega museums is not the only way to exercise soft power in the region

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Leaders

The mirage of riches in museums’ vaults

Putting aside museum ethics, Martin Gammon looks at the financial viability of museums deaccessioning their collection as a quick fix for financial trouble

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Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Mohammed of Saudi Arabia has roped an ancient city into his London charm offensive

The splendid Nabatean site of Mada’in Saleh may be opened to tourists

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Restitution

The restitution revolution begins

President Macron is ushering in a new era for the return of displaced heritage

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Deaccessioning

Auction houses must share the blame for university sell-offs

Christie's sale of 46 works from La Salle collection will diminish the museum and its academic programme

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Authentication

When it comes to understanding authenticity, listen to the dealers and the market—not the academics

Display of works purportedly by Russian avant-garde artists fails to meet three key criteria

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Donald Trump

'While I revile Trump as much as the next man, Nancy Spector was wrong to offer the Golden Toilet'

Georgina Adam on why Guggenheim's chief curator should rise above President and his "swampy" world

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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol goes to church

Why the pop artist—a lifelong, closeted Catholic—deserves to be shown at The Vatican

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Art market

Small Italian galleries could suffer from influx of foreign dealers

Il Giornale dell'Arte's deputy editor weighs in

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Museums

New Met charges are an unfair tax on tourists

The museum’s $25 admission fee discriminates against the non-New Yorkers who subsidise its huge tax privileges

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Museums

Museums must reassert their values in the face of a divisive and malevolent Trump

The 45th president's values are at odds with those that most museums hold at their core

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Politics

How should museums respond to Donald Trump?

We asked directors of prominent US institutions what they can or should do

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Museums

How Egypt is destroying Cairo and civil society

The pharaonic new museum will not make up for misguided policies

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Turner Prize

Lubaina Himid's win is richly deserved but raises questions about the future of the Turner Prize

It may be impossible for juries to give the award to younger artists ahead of long deserving ones

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Leonardo da Vinci

The Salvator Mundi may have changed the market for ever—but we have been through this before

Martin Gammon on the historical precedents of the $450m sale

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Venice Biennale

Risk is the key to success at the Venice Biennale

Museum founder David Walsh on Australia's controversial new artist-selection process