Contemporary art

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Museums

US whistleblower and activist Chelsea Manning to make first UK appearance at ICA London

The polarising ex-army leaker will discuss artificial intelligence, LGBTQ rights and the links between digital technology and democracy

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Russia

Russian authorities stop Pussy Riot member from travelling to Edinburgh's Fringe festival

Maria Alyokhina had spent two years in prison for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”

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Artists

Art installation in Canada helps rebuild burnt-out library in Iraq

A project at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto challenges the public to help restore a Baghdad art college’s collection

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Exhibitions

Nicholas Galanin remixes Native American identity at Phoenix’s Heard Museum

The artist, who is of Tlingit and Unangax descent, confronts the traumatic past in deeply affecting ways but does not wallow in it

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Exhibitions

Surrealism in the digital age: Beirut exhibition looks at new wave of 20th-century art movement

Show at Lebanon's Aishti Foundation is last in a trilogy exploring its vast private collection before its first solo presentation of Albert Oehlen

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Ai Weiwei

Chinese authorities demolish Ai Weiwei's studio in Beijing

The space is latest artistic casualty in the city's gentrification campaign

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#metoo

Poland’s answer to the Guerrilla Girls—the 'bison ladies'—stage protest against Araki exhibition in Warsaw

Japanese artist became embroiled in #Metoo movement over treatment of long-time model

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Openings

Edinburgh's Collective to unveil new art space in old City Observatory this autumn

Opening of restored 19th-century complex on Calton Hill has been delayed by dry rot

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Artists

West Coast wave of Ai Weiwei shows puts Chinese artist in Los Angeles spotlight

Activist launches Jeffrey Deitch’s new Hollywood gallery and will show works with talent agency UTA

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Artists

Artists in conflict zones get a global platform with new Ruya Maps initiative

Programme to launch in October with show by Venezuelan artist Pepe López in London chapel

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Venice Biennale 2019

‘Pleasure and critical thinking’: Ralph Rugoff unveils curatorial direction of 2019 Venice Biennale

Exhibition is titled May You Live in Interesting Times, after counterfeit Chinese curse

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Documenta

Documenta to name new artistic director by early 2019

Quinquennial appoints eight-member search committee for curator of 2022 edition

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Exhibitions

David Wojnarowicz’s furiously prolific but short-lived career explored in major show

As US culture wars reignite, the Whitney Museum stages a timely exhibition of New York’s finest firebrand

Podcast

Podcast episode 39: All about the biennials

We talk to Sally Tallant, the artistic director of the Liverpool Biennial, about the 10th edition opening next week. And Jane Morris, an editor-at-large of The Art Newspaper, joins Ben Luke to discuss “peak biennial”

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Art market

From project space to mega dealer: Jay Jopling celebrates 25 years of White Cube

Hong Kong show features rarely seen archival material, while 23 artists have made new works for an exhibition dedicated to memory in London

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Art market

London’s contemporary art summer season in flux as middle market comes out on top

Christie’s introduces day sale format and established names give way to new talent

Podcast

Podcast episode 38: Marina Abramovic and Michael Jackson

We speak to the queen of performance art about casting herself in stone and to the National Portrait Gallery’s director Nicholas Cullinan about the king of pop’s influence on artists.

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China

Uranium glass chandeliers banned from Shanghai exhibition

Chinese authorities did not explain why Ken and Julia Yonetani’s four works will not be part of Powerlong Art Museum group show

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Openings

Copenhagen's new kunsthalle for 'huge site-specific art installations' opens in refurbished shipyard

Gallery's inaugural exhibitions go to Danish collective Superflex and US artist Doug Aitken

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Exhibitions

Can’t beat it? Michael Jackson’s impact on contemporary art explored in London show

Artists participating in National Portrait Gallery exhibition explain why the King of Pop matters to them

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Art market

Frieze focus on women who challenged the male-dominated 1980s art market

New section at London fair will explore artists who railed against "the idea that genius resided solely in masculinity"

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Museums

Serbia recovers from ‘cultural genocide’

National Museum reopens after 15 years, following Museum of Contemporary Art’s decade-long revamp

Interview
Art Basel 2018

Collector's Eye: Grazyna Kulczyk

The Polish art lover on her fascination with female artists and how she wishes she could have been seated at Judy Chicago's Dinner Party

Performance art

Down under: Australian artist Mike Parr buries himself under a road for 72 hours

Veteran performer's tribute to victims of totalitarian violence is part of Dark Mofo festival in Hobart

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Art Basel 2018

Chinese collector scoops up McArthur Binion painting at Unlimited

Nine other works by the US artist sold on Lehmann Maupin’s stand at Art Basel

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Openings

Deutsche Bank to open Berlin art centre Palais Populaire in September

First exhibition will show around 300 works on paper from the bank’s vast corporate collection

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Germany

Gerhard Richter creates Foucault pendulum for Münster church

Artist's donated installation pays tribute to "a small victory for science"

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Art Basel 2018

Basilea: Turn on, tune in and chill at the Messeplatz

Creative Time’s Art Basel project abounds with everything from gravel deposits to DJ-led meditations

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Art Basel 2018

Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun teams up with Ikea

Project aims to produce affordable, off-grid tools

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Art Basel 2018

In pictures: From treading on taxidermy to sounds from Basel's sewers

Parcours, the Art Basel section for public art projects, is "radically different" from previous editions, says its curator Samuel Leuenberger

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Exhibitions

Juergen Teller tackles football’s highs and lows in Moscow show

Exhibition at Garage Museum includes stalker-like snaps of Pep Guardiola and live work charting Germany’s World Cup success—or failure

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In the frame

Jeff Koons on transcendence

The artist reflected on his early career and artistic success in David Rockefeller lecture

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Exhibitions

From Riga to Los Angeles, biennials are searching for answers in troubled times

Manifesta 12, Made in LA, Riboca and the tenth Berlin Biennale explore whether art can make a difference in a rapidly changing world

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Contemporary art

Richard Prince denounces exhibition of early Joke paintings at Skarstedt gallery. Or does he?

US artist says he has “nothing to do with the show”, the first to focus on this body of work in the UK

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Openings

Hong Kong museums scene finally on the rise, as Central Police Station opens

Long-awaited Tai Kwun complex will give local artists a world-class exhibition space

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Exhibitions

Lee Bul lights up Hayward Gallery inside and out for its 50th anniversary

Korean artist has covered exterior of Brutalist gallery with 180,000 crystals as part of mid-career survey

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Contemporary art

Controversial plans to install Jeff Koons's tulips sculpture in front of Palais de Tokyo in Paris abandoned

The work will be located elsewhere in Paris, French culture minister says

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Art market

Christie’s reintroduces contemporary art to its London summer calendar

Still no evening auction, but blue-chip artists make way for fresh talent in new day sale format

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Politics

Turkish artist Zehra Dogan continues to paint on scrap paper from prison

She was sentenced to jail for "spreading terrorist propaganda" after posting a painting depicting a Kurdish town draped in Turkish flags

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Documenta 14

Dispute erupts over location of Kassel’s Documenta obelisk

Artist Olu Oguibe believes the city caved in to demands from the anti-immigration AfD, which opposes the monument

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Contemporary art

Gerhard Richter donates 18 works to provide permanent accommodation for the homeless

Sale aims to raise €1m to help buy 100 dwellings

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Exhibitions

The futuristic architecture that emerged from Mobutu’s Kinshasa comes to MoMA

First US survey of Bodys Isek Kingelez shows how his sculptures addressed urban, social and economic concerns in Congo

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Exhibitions

Jackson Pollock and Thornton Dial given equal billing in Met exhibition

Highlights from Souls Grown Deep Foundation acquisition go on show among New York museum's collection

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Art market

Out with the old in with the new, with a side of Bacon, at Phillips and Christie's $528.8m auction night

New record for Joan Mitchell as fresh artists join the $10m-and-up club—but Bacon and Basquiat still dominate top prices in New York

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Art market

Kerry James Marshall sets $21m record for a living African American artist at Sotheby's sale

Rapper P. Diddy identified as buyer of the Chicago-based painter's Past Times

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Politics

Women beaten at Beijing’s 798 Art District for wearing rainbow badges

The attack on the two young women by 798 security staff has been condemned by LGBT groups, online activists and China’s art world

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Frieze New York

On the road, from Iraq to Germany

The Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K on migration and contemporary politics

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Frieze New York

UK artist Yinka Shonibare brings African and diaspora artists to London

Show honours Africa’s contribution to abstraction, beauty and politics at "a time of affirmative difference"

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Collectors

Berlin bans collector from exhibiting art in industrial district

Axel Haubrok is fighting zoning restrictions after buying the former premises of the chauffeur service for top East German officials

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Exhibitions

Elmgreen & Dragset get first major UK survey at Whitechapel Gallery

Exhibition during Frieze week spans 20 years of the artists' career and will include a major new commission

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Contemporary art

From Brussels to Bogotá: where will the Pompidou pop up next?

As museum's teaser show opens in the Belgian capital, its president, Serge Lasvignes, tells us about branching out from Paris

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Exhibitions

Los Angeles County Museum of Art hopes to ‘change American perceptions of Iran’ with new show

Artists based in Iran were absent at the opening of exhibition of historical and contemporary Iranian art this week due to Trump's travel ban

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Frieze New York

Artists Olafur Eliasson and Susan Philipsz to star in Art21's new season

Episodes of the TV programme will centre on three artistic hubs: Berlin, San Francisco and Johannesburg

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Commercial galleries

New territory for Glenn Ligon with first solo show in Italy

US artist tries new techniques and tackles immigration in Naples exhibition

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Gallery Weekend Berlin

Art fest: Gallery Weekend Berlin takes over the city

Commercial and non-commercial enterprises combine as the most important event in the German art calendar gets underway

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Prizes

MCA Chicago launches Dunya Contemporary Art Prize and names first winner, Sophia Al-Maria

The $100,000 award recognises mid-career artists from the Middle East and its diaspora

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Museums

Carsten Höller puts plant life to the test—with slides—at Palazzo Strozzi

The Belgian-born artist has devised experiment with Italian scientist Stefano Mancuso

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Art market

How did they do that? Young gallery opens vast new Mayfair space

Despite soaring rents in the area, Unit London will open in former Citibank building on Hanover Square in June

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Exhibitions

Ukrainian artists tackle country’s political turmoil head on in Budapest show

Exhibition at Ludwig Museum aims to uncover work that remains "a blind-spot in the European cultural arena"

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Contemporary art

Kehinde Wiley—the artist behind Obama's presidential portrait—signs with Hollywood talent agency

Brillstein Entertainment Partners will licence the US artist's paintings and "identify directing opportunities"

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Exhibitions

What Samson Young did next—the artist will unveil a new sound piece for the Guggenheim New York

The work will feature “impossible” instruments created after intense research carried out at Edinburgh University

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018

Indian galleries raise their game at Art Basel in Hong Kong

Presence of more dealers at the fair signals a comeback in the country’s art market

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018

Spotlight on… Art Central in Hong Kong

What to see at Art Basel in Hong Kong's satellite fair

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

Secretive Myanmar to host touring Hong Kong contemporary show

The exhibition organised by Para Site will 'challenge preconceived notions about the region'

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Theatre

Great Apes: when Planet of the Apes meets a White Cube opening

A new play in London based on Will Self’s 1997 novel is a viciously literate satire that imagines an art world populated entirely by chimpanzees

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Art Dubai 2018

Object Stories from Art Dubai Contemporary

From Peter Young's Mandala-inspired works to Aissa Deebi's views of war-torn Gaza

Podcast

Podcast episode 24: Mural-gazing with the Dalai Lama, plus Michael Rakowitz

We speak to Thomas Laird about his new book on the murals of Tibet and to Michael Rakowitz about his fourth plinth commission unveiled next week

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Art Dubai 2018

From $300 to $1.1m: What can you buy at Art Dubai?

From works on paper by emerging artists to an Anish Kapoor sculpture, the fair caters to all pocketbooks

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Art market

Drawings week hits Paris

The 27th edition of Salon du Dessin at Palais Brongniart assembles 39 dealers from Europe and the US

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Linda on the loose

From Spring/Break's riotous energy to radical ceramics at Salon 94

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Auctions

Picasso painting of Marie-Thérèse gives Phillips the edge in London’s contemporary sales

A record sale at Christie’s and a solid result at Sotheby’s show the market is in full recovery

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Art law

New Russian law recognises contemporary art at last

Ultra-rich collectors who run their own museums will benefit from the change

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Performance art

Artists in Istanbul undertake epic performance

Needed: You—Performistanbul puts on Turkey’s longest ever-live event

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Exhibitions

Ai Weiwei: 'I'm impressed Qatar wants my show about refugees'

The dissident Chinese artist on why he's tackling the global refugee crisis in his first exhibition in the Gulf

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Armory Extra 2018

New York's March fairs aim to seize market moment

Your essential guide to the Armory Show, Volta, Independent, Nada and beyond

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Art market

Private View: our pick of March gallery shows

New shows at commercial galleries, from emerging names to rediscovered talents

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Museums

Family feud forgotten as Thyssen-Bornemisza plans contemporary shows

Madrid museum's collector-trustees, Carmen Cervera and Francesca von Habsburg, turn conflict into collaboration

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Censorship

Santiago Sierra work censored at Arco fair to be shown at Catalan museum

Media mogul Tatxo Benet says that censorship is damaging for artists—and the viewing public

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The Buck stopped here

Bravado, bats and giant bugs as Marvin Gaye Chetwynd takes over Sadie Coles

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In the frame

Time Out London’s art critic scores with new football magazine Oof

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Museums

Controversial new director plans to turn Rome museum into art ‘asylum’

Critics objected to selection of Giorgio de Finis for role at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma without an open recruitment process

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Damien Hirst

First glimpse of Damien Hirst's new series of 'Bonnard-inspired' paintings

Pointillist works are due to go on show at Gagosian gallery in Los Angeles next month

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Art market

India Art Fair returns to its roots

New director Jagdip Jagpal pledges to maintain at least 70% Indian galleries at fiercely individual Delhi fair, where quality is rising but still patchy

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The Buck stopped here

Cornelia Parker: from Westminster Hall to Cambridge’s Kettle's Yard

Podcast

Podcast episode 18: What's the future for ivory antiques?

We explore what new ivory regulations will mean for the art world and meet the 2017 Election Artist Cornelia Parker

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Museums

Kettle's Yard—where Modern art meets pot plants and pebbles—reopens after two-year facelift

House-museum in Cambridge now has “world-class” conditions for future exhibitions, says its director

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Art market

Is Frieze Los Angeles bound?

Rumour mill goes into overdrive as reports circulate of new event in January 2019 as the art fair’s directors discuss options with West Coast dealers

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Art market

David Zwirner on opening his 'second wave' Hong Kong gallery

New York dealer credits first generation of overseas galleries with creating audience for Western art, but will not show Asian artists 'right off the bat'

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Contemporary art

Después de Fidel: dissident art in Cuba flourishes after Castro’s death

Artist-run spaces and an unofficial biennial resist government pressure

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Art market

From Van Gogh to Richter—what happens when bidders fail to pay up at auction?

Flaky winning bids are knocking the gloss off record-breaking sales

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Artists

Douglas Coupland says Virtual Reality could replace ‘overrated’ books in post-millennial age

Generation X author and artist was among 100 cultural leaders to convene at the Verbier Art Summit on digital art

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Art market

Global auction sales up 25% to $11.2bn in 2017

Contemporary art leads market recovery at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips, according to ArtTactic report

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Contemporary art

Tate cuts ties with Anthony d’Offay amid sexual harassment claims

The retired dealer will no longer be involved with the Artist Rooms initiative

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Art market

David Zwirner to expand again with another New York gallery opening in 2020

Five storey Renzo Piano-designed space will become mega-dealer’s new global headquarters

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Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst to spotify Houghton Hall

Colour Space will show some brand-new works by Damien Hirst

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Art market

Beyond Leonardo: the artists who led the auctions in 2017

We survey the top five results in key markets, from Old Masters to Post-war and contemporary

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Museums

Madeleine Grynsztejn: 'A great art work and a great museum do the same thing—they raise consciousness'

The director of the MCA Chicago, which turned 50 this year, talks about how museums build citizenship—and soft power

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Biennials & festivals

High-tech art in Houston: data-driven installations look at issues like Hurricane Harvey and mass incarceration

The works were commissioned and presented as part of the art and music festival Day for Night