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Contemporary art

Christian Boltanski made a work that live-streamed his Paris studio. What will happen to it now that he has died?

After a boozy dinner in Paris, the French conceptual artist proposed the work to David Walsh, the founder of Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art—and it has been running for over a decade

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Exhibitions

Common cause: marking 40 years of the MacArthur Foundation's ‘genius’ awards in Chicago

Dawoud Bey, Kerry James Marshall and Julie Mehretu are among 29 MacArthur fellows exhibiting in show in 19 venues throughout Chicago

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Exhibitions

‘National histories are not national facts’: British Art Show 9 kicks off in Aberdeen with ambitious exhibition tackling latest issues

The show of 47 artists will evolve as it tours to venues in Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth

Contemporary art

Watch Tomás Saraceno create invisible drawings in the sky above a champagne vineyard

The Argentinian artist’s work aims to make aspects of climate change “more tangible”

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Art history

Canon in drag: artist Tirtzah Bassel reimagines art history without the patriarchy

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Luma Arles

South of France art venues create Covid-united network—and welcome LUMA Arles into the fold

Plein Sud includes 66 venues spanning from the Mediterranean coast to the Alps

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Exhibitions

Paula Rego mixes politics and portraits in major show

Portuguese-British artist’s Tate Britain retrospective—her largest ever in the UK—spans her colourful 60-year career

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Exhibitions

Damien Hirst's Cherry Blossom paintings to be exhibited in artist's first major Paris show

Works from the series, painted by the artist rather than assistants, go on display at the Fondation Cartier this month

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Contemporary art

'Clay made me': Theaster Gates to receive series of major London shows around his love of ceramics

The Chicago-based artist will design the 2022 Serpentine Pavillion

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The Buck stopped here

'Island of secrets': exhibition fills former UK nuclear research site on Suffolk coast with art

Site-specific works reflect on the toxic fallout of Orford Ness's dark past

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Contemporary art

Sutapa Biswas: 'Our reckoning with empire has certainly begun, but we've only scratched the surface'

Ahead of two major UK shows, the British Indian artist discusses her new work and her role in the Black British Arts movement

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Prizes

What's the point of art prizes?

The trend for awards to be shared among all the shortlisted artists reflects the current political climate, but it might be time to do away with them all together

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Exhibitions

What’s it been like preparing for fine art degree shows during a global pandemic?

Students from Goldsmiths, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art reveal the highs and lows of the past year

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Prizes

Everyone’s a winner: Artes Mundi 9 prize awarded to all six nominees

Firelei Báez, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Meiro Koizumi, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Prabhakar Pachpute and Carrie Mae Weems each win £10,000 in latest example of award-sharing

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Contemporary art

'If you are of the camp that wants to keep the art world an exclusive club, then look away now'

Silos are tight in the arts, but here's how musicians, artists and writers and can work together to bring in new audiences

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Contemporary art

Solange’s Saint Heron dossier project releases interview with Barbara Chase-Riboud

In an excerpt shared with The Art Newspaper, the artist and writer describes how the letters her mother kept made her more ‘visible’ that ever

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Exhibitions

Frank Bowling: ‘My art isn’t about politics, it’s about paint’

As several shows of his work open, the artist talks about the distinctive transatlantic influences on his art, the role of politics, and art for art’s sake

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Exhibitions

O say can you see, what 100 versions of the Star-Spangled Banner reveal about America

Ahead of her Frist Art Museum show, Bethany Collins tells us about researching the US national anthem and how 72-hour Bible readings inspired her next performance

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Exhibitions

Hannah Wilke’s work laid bare at the Pulitzer Art Foundation

Nearly 120 works by the pioneering feminist artist who used her body as a central focus of her work are on view in St Louis

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The Art Newspaper Live

What now? How London’s gallery scene can survive in a post-pandemic world. Sign up for our live online talk on 3 June

We're looking at the full effect of Covid-19 on the commercial sector and the ways to protect against it. Featuring Sadie Coles, Bomi Odufunade and Jeremy Epstein. Moderated by Louisa Buck. Sponsored by Crozier

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Openings

MaXXI L'Aquila hopes to kickstart cultural revival in earthquake-damaged Italian city

New branch of Rome's national contemporary art museum opens next week in a restored 18th-century palace

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Fourth Plinth

Powerful acts of defiance including a skull rack that will disappear in the London weather among Fourth Plinth proposals

Nicole Eisenmann, Samson Kambalu, Goshka Macuga, Ibrahim Mahama, Teresa Margolles and Paloma Varga Weisz are presenting their plans for Trafalgar Square in an exhibition at the National Gallery

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Best shows for... discovering the next hot name

From gabber-inspired altarpieces to repurposed Brazilian matchboxes—here are four of the best emerging artists showing during London Gallery Weekend

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Best shows for... photography fans

Zoom in on these exhibitions by some of today's most revered artists, underrated historical figures and chroniclers of contemporary culture

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Art market

Will gallery weekends replace art fairs?

There are advantages to staying local in a post-pandemic world

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Israel

Palestinian artist films police crackdown in Israeli city of Haifa

Calls are growing for the boycott of Israeli cultural institutions as protests erupt over Israeli attacks on Gaza and the forced eviction of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah

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Russia

Russian artist Yulia Tsvetkova, who faces prison for posting feminist drawings, starts hunger strike

The 27-year-old activist is demanding that her criminal trial be held in public

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Activism

Art world: pay attention to anti-Asian abuse, activists urge

The alarming rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans is just part of a long history of discrimination in the US and elsewhere

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Art market

Paula Cooper names four new partners in her New York gallery

The announcement bolsters Cooper’s legacy and sets up a possible line of succession

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Art market

Phillips starts 2021 sales with a 17% leg up on last year

Despite the “headwinds” of Covid-19 and an extended UK lockdown, the firm raised £24.8m in its three-city livestreamed auction

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Contemporary art

Manipulated images of smiling Khmer Rouge victims prompt Cambodia to threaten Vice media with legal action

Irish artist Matt Loughrey’s reworked pictures of people murdered in Cambodia’s Killing Fields, published by Vice, may have broken country’s Archives Act

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The Buck stopped here

Mat Collishaw transforms suburban underpass into eerie echolocation film space

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NFTs

NFTs and the 'Art' world: panic and possibility

The technology must become more diverse, says Ruth Catlow, the co-founder of Furtherfield

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coronavirus

Siberian surgeon’s drawings show devastating rise in domestic violence in Russia due to Covid-19 pandemic

Ruslan Mellin turned to art as a refuge from the brutal reality of lockdown and the effects of the virus

Contemporary art

Mark Wallinger creates his 'own private view' with cut-out figures hanging from his studio ceiling

Isolated Figures is the Turner Prize-winning artist's latest work made during the Covid-19 lockdown

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Photography

Spencer Tunick’s nude pandemic photography project brings people together on Instagram

Naked montages uniting friends and lovers "reaffirm resilience of community"

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NFTs

Pussy Riot's weekly NFT drop is just one instance of Russian and Ukrainian artists embracing new modes of online selling

Other creators have been selling works on Clubhouse and dedicated Facebook groups

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Contemporary art

Santiago Sierra will soak British flag in blood of colonised peoples

The Spanish artist says the work recognises the devastation caused by empire

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Russia

Russian culture figures fear new law change will require government approval for museum tours, exhibitions and lectures

Artists and curators says the amendment to the eduction law, which is intended to stop anti-Russia propaganda, will restrict cultural activity

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A brush with

Studio jams: we made a Spotify playlist of artists' top tunes, from Ragnar Kjartansson to Rachel Whiteread

From Keith Jarrett to Kanye, Les Mis to Mozart—the music artists listen to as they work, as told to our podcast A brush with…

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Commercial galleries

Poacher turned gamekeeper? Stefan Simchowitz opens Los Angeles gallery

“I support so many artists and I’d like to provide exhibition opportunities for them,” says the controversial dealer and art advisor

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Films

Unimpressed by the Golden Globes Best Picture nominees? Watch these art-inspiring films instead

The Tel Aviv-based artist Guy Yanai has been painting scenes from movies during the pandemic, and has chosen five of his favourites here

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Belarus

Belarus culture figures face severe repression for criticising 'Europe's last dictator', amnesty report reveals

Artists among those being arrested and tortured for speaking up against President Aleksandr Lukashenko

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Art law

Jeff Koons and Centre Pompidou lose appeal in Naf Naf copyright case—now other French museums could be in the firing line

The American artist’s sculpture can now no longer be shown in France

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Artists

After more than two decades together, artist duo Broomberg and Chanarin commit 'creative suicide'

A "posthumous retrospective" in Barcelona will divide their joint estate

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Prizes

Sobey Art Awards open to Canadian artists of all ages for the first time

The country’s biggest art prize gets bigger, expanding its pool of candidates and increasing its total cash offerings

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The Buck stopped here

'Like witnessing my own funeral': Michael Landy's possession-pulverising performance piece Break Down turns 20

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Russia

'To all Russian political prisoners': Pussy Riot release new video amid crackdown on pro-Navalny protests

Group faced prison sentence after filming a “punk prayer” against President Putin in 2012 at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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Protest

Pussy Riot members and street artist among thousands detained at Russia's pro-Navalny protests

As demonstrations swept the country last weekend, Tima Radya as well as Masha Alekhina, Victoria Narakhsa, and Lucy Shteyn were held by police

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Controversies

Amid child sexual abuse accusations, Paris authorities turn off Claude Lévêque light sculptures

The French artist is under police investigation over claims that he abused minors under the age of 15

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Exhibitions

Fragile yet forceful glass works by Ai Weiwei, Fred Wilson, Fiona Banner and others travel from Venice to Florida

An exhibition of contemporary glass art opens at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

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Artists

Hundreds of artists’ studios in Moscow to be bulldozed amid government’s huge renovation plan

Evicted artists say authorities are leaving them out in the cold by failing to provide alternative workshops

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Contemporary art

QAnon: the Italian artists who may have inspired America's most dangerous conspiracy theory

An anonymous left-wing art group known in the 1990s as Luther Blissett are wondering what they have unwittingly helped create

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coronavirus

Culture injection: Coronavirus vaccination centres in Germany are giving patients a dose of art

As exhibitions are cancelled due to the pandemic, local artists are finding creative ways to show their art—and distract patients

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Artists

‘Britain’s most important political artist’ Peter Kennard joins London gallery

Richard Saltoun exhibition will include artist’s earliest works incorporating newspaper images

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Artists

Darya Apakhonchich is first artist labelled 'foreign agent' by new repressive law in Russia

Individuals who receive funding from abroad are subject to strict audits since 30 December

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Controversies

Kamel Mennour gallery's representation of Claude Lévêque suspended after allegations of abuse of minors

According to French media reports, a police investigation has been launched into violations dating back to the 1970s

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Prizes

Lithium mining and a Donald Judd horror film: nominees for Prix Marcel Duchamp—France's most prestigious contemporary art award—announced

The four artists will have their work exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris for the prize, worth €35,000

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Brexit

Will new EU lighting rules pull the plug on neon art?

Artists producing neon works may fall foul of stricter EU lighting regulations that come into force this year

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US politics

Storming of US Capitol: art world condemns police hypocrisy in pro-Trump riot

Artists Dread Scott and Glenn Ligon among cultural figures pointing out stark contrast in how law enforcement handled the mob compared with Black Lives Matter protestors

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Pinault Collection

Bourse de Commerce: opening of Pinault's long-awaited Paris museum is—pandemic permitting—finally around the corner

Two decades since the billionaire started planning a home for his collection in the French capital, the spectacular space is due to open on 23 January

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The Year Ahead 2021

Our guide to the top biennials and triennials coming up in 2021

Previews of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, Prospect.5 and the 11th Liverpool Biennial—plus, lots of dates for your diary

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Exhibitions

Auckland Art Gallery’s biggest ever exhibition recounts 70 years of Maori art

Mega survey of more than 300 works forms “part of a bigger revisiting of Indigenous knowledge”

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Residencies

The bucolic plague? Artist traces origins of 14th-century pandemic to remote vineyard in southern Russia

New artist residency on the Sea of Azov hosts exhibition on the history of pandemics

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Protest art

Barbara Kruger’s 'Your Body is a Battleground' poster appears in Poland as protests flare up over abortion ban

Graphic work was last shown in the country nearly 30 years ago when women’s rights were also under attack

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Censorship

Censored work showing faces of 4,000 French police officers goes on show in Berlin

Work was pulled after the intervention of France's interior minister amid protests against a new bill that would have criminalised the publication of images of law enforcement

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China

Consulates provide new safe haven for political art in China

Artists tackling contentious issues have found an unlikely home in the form of foreign diplomatic services such as the Goethe-Institut and consular residences

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Howardena Pindell at The Shed in New York

This survey of the 77-year-old artist's work lulls the viewer with colourful abstraction before tackling its real subject: racial violence

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Books

Lucian Freud the anti-hero: book relaying artist's philandering and impetuous behaviour is heavy on incident, light on insight

Second and last instalment of this two-part biography on the painter’s life fails to satisfy—but it does supply valuable first-hand records

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Acquisitions

Stedelijk expands collection of socially critical art by acquiring works by Russian activists Yulia Tsvetkova and Anna Tereshkina

Both artists have been detained by Russian authorities

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Artists

Holiday gift guide 2020: artworks for every budget

From a £14.95 Fuck You 2020 bauble by Jeremy Deller to a £125,000 woodcut by Edvard Munch, we've assembled some our favourite stocking fillers

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Protest

Amid nationwide pro-choice protests, leading Polish artist Joanna Piotrowska donates poignant photo to raise money for women's rights charity

Only one edition out of a 100 are left as donations flood website

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Artists

A message of hope from David Hockney for Lockdown 2: 'Remember, they can't cancel the autumn either'

UK’s leading artist sends two new images of hope

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Artists

Portrait of Tracey: how Emin's cancer diagnosis hasn't stopped her from being an artistic dynamo

With exhibitions at the Royal Academy and Xavier Hufkens, as well as her return to Margate, the artist is doing more in convalescence than most people manage in full health

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Politics

Artist demands Baku art centre pulls his exhibition for using it as a 'propaganda tool' in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

Turkish-born Ahmet Ogut says the Yarat Contemporary Art Space refused to take down the exhibition banner with his name appearing next to the Azerbaijani flag

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Biennials & festivals

Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah among artists condemning Thai state violence against democracy protestors

Almost half of the artists participating in the Bangkok Art Biennale opening this week have expressed "support for the struggle for democracy"

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Auctions

Phillips London sets new records for Emily Mae Smith and Portia Zvavahera in £26.3m contemporary evening sale

While the top lot of the night—a fiery self-portrait by George Baselitz—struggled to meet its low estimate, a bidding war broke out over Dana Schutz's painting of a bright orange Trump

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Exhibitions

Cecily Brown: ‘I’m trying to understand what England means to me’

With her delayed show now open at Blenheim Palace, the British-born painter explains that she is as likely to be inspired by childhood comics as historic battle scenes

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Art market

Deutsche Bank to auction Kandinsky and Schiele works from collection

Three works are to be sold at Christie’s in Paris this month; further sales to follow

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Exhibitions

Under the influence: three artists on how Bruce Nauman continues to be an inspiration

As a retrospective opens at Tate Modern, we speak to Rashid Johnson, Jacolby Satterwhite and Adham Faramawy about the enduring appeal of the 78-year-old artist's work

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Protest

Student flash mobs in Thailand target ‘art scene run by elite old men’

Recent demonstrations break a long-held taboo–criticism of the Thai monarchy, an institution which protesters believe is the main obstruction to democracy

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Contemporary art

Artist transforms Gilded Age pool house into an atmospheric soundscape

To evoke a watershed moment in society, Jorge Otero-Pailos has filled an abandoned natatorium with sounds recorded from bodies of water in New York State

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Obituaries

Erich Marx, Berlin collector and patron, dies age 99

His collection of works by Warhol, Twombly, Beuys and Kiefer is on long-term loan to the Berlin museums

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Berlin: still a magnet for artists?

Plus, Jadé Fadojutimi on Laura Owens. Sponsored by Christie's

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Belarus

Belarusian opposition leader and arts promoter Maria Kolesnikova charged with organising a coup d'état

Aleksandr Lukashenko regime continues to crackdown on Belarus’s contemporary arts community

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Photography

Magnum photographer Alec Soth defends similarities with work by Chicago artist Tonika Johnson

On commission for the New York Times, Soth says he had "no knowledge" of the long-term project by the Chicago resident and documentary photographer

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Exhibitions

Saatchi Gallery exhibits London’s graduate artists deprived of degree shows

The exhibition forms part of the education programme at the collector’s gallery which has now ‘transitioned into a charity’

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Contemporary art

Berlin Art Week: shows in disused airports and nightclubs defy gloomy predictions

From Berghain's lockdown exhibition to the Brücke Museum's Vivian Suter display, here's what to see in the reigning contemporary art hub this week

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Artists

What songs do contemporary artists listen to while they work? Tune in to our Spotify playlist to find out

From Joni Mitchell to Radiohead and Sun Ra, Michael Armitage, Jenny Saville, Chantal Joffe and Rashid Johnson reveal their favourite tracks

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Cancelled: should good artists pay for bad behaviour?

Plus, Tavares Strachan on Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty. Sponsored by Christie's

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Artists

Remembering the beautiful melancholy of Matthew Wong

The astronomical increase in the value of works by the Canadian artist, who died by suicide last year, is driven by morose opportunism

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LGBTQ

Shanghai Pride announces suspension of operations shortly after opening exhibition

Move comes amidst increased official scrutiny of civil society in China

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coronavirus

CoroNation: Ai Weiwei releases lockdown documentary about Wuhan

Film aims to show “surveillance, ideological brainwashing, and brute determination used to control every aspect of society” by China’s leaders

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Artists

Alison Jacques 'removes all trace' of late photographer Saul Fletcher—and calls on art world to follow lead

Respected London gallerist says “it's not ok to continue to promote his work” in wake of Fletcher’s killing of the curator Rebeccah Blum prior to his own suicide

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Diary

Choco Pies for peace: artist Mina Cheon and Asia Society Triennial invite the public to share a virtual treat

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Politics

Belarus protest work—painted with a police baton—sells for three million rubles

Contemporary artists in the country are reacting to the crisis after allegations of election fraud and police brutality

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Exhibitions

Berghain—Berlin’s exclusive nightclub—to transform into huge art venue during pandemic

“Studio Berlin” offers a way to circumvent the toughest door policy in the world and see works by Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans and Anne Imhof

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Contemporary art

Native American artist Brent Learned collaborates on first official music video for Redbone's 1970s pop-rock hit

The "Come and Get Your Love" short film is the first release in a new Sony Legacy project that will tap contemporary artists to create videos for classic tunes