Contemporary art

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Exhibition

Dora Maurer: 'a lack of market was positive for my work'

White Cube announces representation of the Hungarian avant-garde artist with an exhibition of paintings from the past 30 years

Review
Book Shorts

This book of essays explores the varieties and definitions of Islamic art

The authors ask “What is Islamic about ‘Islamic’ art?”

Podcast

Top of the Pods: The best of the Venice Biennale

A look back at our coverage of the contemporary art event, including interviews with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Ralph Rugoff

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Germany

Danger! High voltage: former German power station sparks back to life as green arts centre

E-Werk Luckenwalde will be powered with locally sourced biomass, with excess energy sold back to the grid

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UK politics

Boris Johnson’s Olympic mega-sculpture is £13m in debt

Visitors decline steeply at ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor in east London

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Heritage

Artists demand rethink in rebuilding of Potsdam church where Hitler cemented power

Open letter describes the Garrison Church, damaged in the Second World War, as the symbol of an “unholy alliance” between church, military, and state

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Yoko Ono

Just a 'well-known celebrity': Australian tourism chief doubted Yoko Ono's ability to draw crowds

Letter reveals that 2013 exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art was offered AU$500,000 of state money despite reservations

Review
Biennials & festivals

Scattered over 12 islands, Japan’s Setouchi Triennale offers poignant reflections of local life by the sea

Triennial features more than 200 sculptures and installations scattered across a dozen islands in the region

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Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter to donate works for a room devoted to his art in new Berlin museum

Announcement comes after the German artist turned down proposals for his own museum in Cologne

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Hong Kong

As crisis deepens, activists stage pro-democracy exhibition in Hong Kong

Show at WMA Space tells the “story of HongKongers” through protest ephemera

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Hastings Contemporary

Victor Willing's life, work and tumultuous relationship with Paula Rego explored in first UK retrospective

New documentary by Willing’s son will also form part of Hastings Contemporary's reassessment of the forgotten artist

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Outer Space

Work by an African artist to be launched into space to highlight effects of global warming

Piece will be fixed onto nose of an Ariane 5 launcher that will be collecting data on climate change's impact on Africa

Podcast

In memoriam: Karsten Schubert in conversation with Michael Landy

In this archive interview, the artist Michael Landy speaks to the London-based dealer Karsten Schubert, who died this week, about his life as a collector

Review
Book Shorts

From Rivera and Kahlo to Ulay and Abramović—this story book tells the tales of art world couples

Famous and not-so-famous pairs of artists from Picasso and Gilot to Idris Khan and Annie Morris are quoted about how relationships work

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Museums & Heritage

For its centennial, Oriental Institute weds ancient artefacts with contemporary art

Three artists enter a dialogue with Middle Eastern antiquities at the University of Chicago

Review
Three to see

Three to see: Edinburgh Art Festival

Trisha Brown, Samson Young and James Richards are among the highlights of this year's cultural offering in the Scottish capital

Review
Exhibitions

St Louis’s Counterpublic triennial tests the limits of local engagement

In its first iteration, the exhibition paired artists with local storefronts far from the city’s major cultural districts

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Public art

A new series of waterfront commissions boosts Southeast England's artistic renaissance

Site-specific works by artists such as Michael Rakowitz and Holly Hendry are planned as part of the Creative Coast initiative led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent

Review
Book Shorts

This catalogue succinctly surveys Leon Kossoff’s London life paintings

Cityscapes and portraits, along with his Old Master transcriptions, feature in this book that accompanies an exhibition at Lodnon's Piano Nobile Gallery

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Museums & Heritage

New museum tells Palestinian stories in the centre of US politics

One-room space in Washington, DC, focuses on art and culture rather than “catastrophe”— but a section is dedicated to the 1948 mass exodus

Analysis
Art market

Price match! Old Masters vs contemporary art: what can you get for your money?

As London's Classic Week of sales comes to a close, we take a look at what the same sum will buy you at either end of the art historical timeline

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LGBTQ

Shanghai shows of queer art hampered by venue issues and government censorship

LGBTQ exhibitions and works that are explicitly out and proud are magnets for official ire in mainland China

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Museums & Heritage

Three become one: Montpellier Contemporain unites art school with exhibition venues

The newly created institution will involve all 200 students of the Montpellier School of Fine Arts

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Openings

Bordeaux gets €60m Meca for creative industries

Bjarke Ingels-designed culture hub will be the new home of the Frac regional contemporary art centre

Review
Book Shorts

A collection of 50 contemporary artists’ favourite works of art

Book looks at what they like and how they think it helps their own work

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Auctions

Fresh talent breathes life into slim £45m postwar and contemporary evening sale at Christie’s London

Records set for Tschabalala Self and Kara Walker as a new wave of works by contemporary artists come to auction

Podcast

Art Basel and William Kentridge

As his show opens at the Kunstmuseum Basel, we talk to the South African artist about his latest works. Plus, we look at the 50th edition of the Art Basel fair. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel diary: Robert Indiana's spooky sculpture and a rogue rat

Plus, would Marcel Duchamp approve of a snow-globe urinal?

News
Art Basel 2019

Artist Alexandra Pirici demands compensation for underpaid performers

The system of dividends is a way to address the "immense amounts of unpaid or underpaid labour" that support the art world, she says

Interview
Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Interview: Lawrence Abu Hamdan—a self-styled 'private ear'

Your voice reveals much more about you than you think—and the Turner Prize nominee is listening

Feature
Art Basel 2019

Baselscope: what the stars have in store for Air Signs during Art Basel week

Our resident mystic has some sage predictions for Gemini, Libra and Aquarius art lovers

Analysis
Art Basel 2019

Art Basel: where political cartoons still have a home

As the New York Times bans satirical illustrations, Art Basel has plenty on show, from the 1920s to today

Interview
Andrea Bowers

Interview: Andrea Bowers discusses power dynamics post #MeToo

The artist, whose work is causing a stir at Art Basel, aims to keep alive conversations on the toxic nature of power that sparked the feminist social movement

Feature
Paula Rego

Paula Rego: 'retire? and do what? eat ice cream?'

The Portuguese artist’s work focusing on issues such as abortion and honour killings is more relevant than ever – and curators cannot get enough

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Art Basel 2019

Baselscope: what the stars have in store for Water Signs during Art Basel week

Our resident mystic has some sage predictions for Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces art lovers

Interview
Collector's Eye

Collector's Eye: Hubert Bonnet

The Belgian art collector tells us what he's bought and why he loves it

News
Art Basel 2019

Auction prices: the elephant in the room at Art Basel

The first rule of art fairs is don't talk about auctions—but sometimes they can benefit artists and their dealers

Interview
William Kentridge

Interview: William Kentridge on his life lessons

Self-interrogation is central to the work of the South African artist, whose latest piece on show at the Kunstmuseum Basel poses a series of questions that get half-answered

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Art Basel 2019

Baselscope: what the stars have in store for Earth Signs during Art Basel week

Our resident mystic has some sage predictions for Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn art lovers

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Art Basel 2019

Baselscope: what the stars have in store for Fire Signs during Art Basel week

Our resident mystic has some sage predictions for Aries, Leo and Sagittarius art lovers

Interview
Collector's Eye

Collector’s Eye: Bérengère Primat

The French collector tells us about her new foundation of Aboriginal art and why she resists the collecting mentality

Analysis
Gerhard Richter

Buyer’s guide to...Gerhard Richter

As a major retrospective on the artist is due to open at the Met Breuer in New York next year, we look at the German artist's market

Podcast

Painting, identity and injustice: Howardena Pindell and Oscar Murillo

With major gallery shows in London, the two artists discuss their multifarious art practices

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Art market

Vancouver's art market sees influx of Chinese cash

As British Columbia clamps down on foreign real estate investment, Chinese collectors are investing in contemporary Canadian art with "no expense spared”

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Cuba

Cuban artist builds a long and winding journey to nowhere

Wilfredo Prieto's public art comes out of his nomadic life as an artist

Review
Exhibitions

Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, gets first show in Asia since release from house arrest

Exhibition at Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art reveals grief of families of political prisoners

Review
Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Harold Ancart's handball court to Hank Willis Thomas's Afro pick

Review
Book Shorts

Children’s portraits without shadows: new book on painting childhood

No Chucky or Lord of the Flies in portraits by British and British-based artists

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Art market

Rabbit hops to a record $91m at Christie's as Jeff Koons once again becomes the world's most expensive living artist

Post-war and contemporary sale in New York also produced a big sale for Robert Rauschenberg and new records for Louise Bourgeois and Jonas Wood

Review
Book Shorts

A comprehensive survey of geometric forms in Modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art

Twenty-four artists present their own works in new book, including the late Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Comment
Artists

Can artists live off art alone?

Only 2% of artists earn more £50,000, a report by the Arts Council England finds

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Openings

Monumental art and walks on water: New Orleans Museum of Art opens expanded sculpture garden

Works by Frank Stella and Ursula von Rydingsvard take their place in lagoon landscape of New Orleans City Park

Review
Biennials & festivals

Everything is good at the Whitney Biennial but nothing makes a difference

Despite a history of protest and a very present controversy at the museum, this year’s survey of American contemporary art is missing a radical spirit

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Venice Biennale 2019

Fierce debate over Christoph Büchel's Venice Biennale display of boat that sank with hundreds locked in hull

Up to 1,100 may have died on board the fishing vessel; critics say its display is grossly insensitive at best while others describe it as a powerful reminder of exploitation

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Acquisitions

From Venice to California: Lisa Reihana’s post-colonial ‘digital scroll’ is acquired by FAMSF and Lacma

The massive work, shown at the 2017 Venice Biennale, re-interprets 19th-century wallpaper depicting native Pacific peoples

Review
Venice Biennale 2019

Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions around the city

An indoor beach, Mongolian throat singing and ceramic vaginas—where to go beyond the Arsenale and Giardini

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Conservation & Preservation

Guggenheim launches conservation fellowship with help from Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin

Initiative aims to boost Russian expertise in rapidly developing field of preserving contemporary art

Review
Venice Biennale 2019

Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions in the Giardini

From an aquatic odyssey to a guerrilla dance performance, here are the exhibitions we loved at the heart of the big event

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Heritage

Exhibition of Gormley’s figures repopulates a Greek island’s ancient ruins

Life-size "bodyforms" are positioned amid ancient grottoes, agoras and sculptures

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Contemporary art

Curator will plant 299 trees in Austrian football stadium in statement against climate change

Klaus Littmann was inspired by a dystopian drawing created more than 30 years ago

Feature
Venice Biennale 2019

How to survive the Venice Biennale, according to the art world

It may be the most prestigious art event in the world, but be warned—it is also the most gruelling

Analysis
Venice Biennale 2019

National pride, national shame and the ‘post-national’: the question of identity at the Venice Biennale

National pavilions in Venice have long been criticised as anachronistic. But for nations newer to the event, such quibbling can seem like a luxury

Venice Biennale 2019

Ralph Rugoff on his Venice Biennale concept. Plus, Bernar Venet and Berlin Gallery Weekend

The artistic director reveals his plans and the French artist discusses his biggest motivation for making art

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Video, film & new media

Berlin collector turns Nazi-era Luftwaffe building into home for video art

Software entrepreneur Markus Hannebauer opens Fluentum to the public with Dutch artist Guido van der Werve

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Turner Prize

Turner Prize nominees give 'voice to the marginalised’

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani have been shortlisted for this year’s award

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Berlin Gallery Weekend 2019

Too white and male? Not for long. Berlin Gallery Weekend director responds to criticism over lack of female artists

Maike Cruse says gender split at event will hopefully diminish in the next five years as many emerging artists are female

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Censorship

Video of Polish artist Natalia LL eating a banana temporarily goes back on show after protests over museum’s ‘censorship’

Almost 1,000 people attended banana-eating demonstration outside Warsaw’s National Museum yesterday

Interview
Venice Biennale 2019

Ralph Rugoff on why the 2019 Venice Biennale has a 'split personality'

The artistic director speaks to The Art Newspaper as he puts the finishing touches to the exhibition that he has divided between the Arsenale and Giardini’s central pavilion

Blog
The Buck stopped here

Fashion meets art as Casa Loewe launches on New Bond Street

Museum directors mixed with fashionistas last night

News
Venice Biennale 2019

Iranian works will abound at the Venice Biennale despite US sanctions

Complications around shipping and insurance have not stopped artists and curators from the country to make their presence felt at this year's edition

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Art fairs

NADA to launch Chicago fair in September

After cancelling its New York event, the organisation's new Chicago Invitational will feature around 40 galleries in the historic Chicago Athletic Association