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Museums

Protesters stream into Whitney, calling for removal of board vice chairman

They assailed the trustee's business ties to the tear gas fired by US border agents

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Controversies

Smoking pipe, razor and revolver removed from Van Gogh sculpture in London's Brixton

Controversial items relating to the artist's life were scrapped from original design over fears they could be linked to drug, knife and gun crime

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Philanthropy

Sackler family—major cultural patrons—amassed $31.2m in offshore HSBC bank accounts, investigation finds

Mortimer Sackler opened a handful of accounts in Switzerland one month before federal prosecutors filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma in 2005

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Saudi Arabia

Columbia University cancels talk with Saudi artist Ahmed Mater amid scrutiny over the kingdom’s cultural funding

The Metropolitan and the Brooklyn museums have also decided not to use money from the Crown Prince’s arts organisation for related events

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Censorship

Wolfgang Tillmans and Tania Bruguera pledge support for censored Serralves Museum director

João Ribas has stepped down following censorship row around Robert Mapplethorpe show

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Berlin

Ambitious project to build replica Berlin Wall blocked by city authorities

Russia film-maker Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s giant installation based on 700 hours of film faces insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles

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Controversies

Authorities destroy sculptures in the Maldives

Destruction of Jason deCaires Taylor's Coralarium installation came after condemnation by local Muslim leaders and politicians

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Sexual harassment

Belgian culture minister investigates Jan Fabre following allegations of sexual harassment

Twenty dancers sign letter saying that “humiliation” is rife in the artist's Troubleyn troupe

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Exhibitions

Brillo Boxes ‘faked’ by museum director included in new Andy Warhol show

Pop artist's fist institutional exhibition revisited 50 years on at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet

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Public art

Anger over plans to 'banish' suffragette statue from Parliament to remote Regent’s Park site

Proposal to move Emmeline Pankhurst sculpture comes months after new Millicent Fawcett work was unveiled to celebrate centenary of female suffrage

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Commercial galleries

Artist withdraws work from gallery group show inspired by Peter Sellers brownface film

An op-ed criticising the exhibition for its dismissal of the movie's racist overtones has prompted some reflection

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Marina Abramovic

‘We’re all in the same boat’: Marina Abramovic poster angers Italian right-wing politician

Trieste deputy mayor Paolo Polidori calls image commissioned for sailing regatta “political propaganda”

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In the frame

Catnapped: abduction of moody moggie Begemot from Moscow museum sparks media frenzy

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Protest

Peter Kennard among artists to remove their art from London's Design Museum in protest over arms event

Directors Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black say ‘professional activists exploited the situation’ and they stand by their ‘curatorial independence’

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Law

Publishing company American Image Art strikes back in Robert Indiana case

Defendants in the much-publicised lawsuit allege the Morgan Art Foundation “duped” the US artist into giving up certain rights to his art

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Controversies

Shepard Fairey joins group of artists demanding their work be removed from the Design Museum after ‘arms trade’ event

The London institution says it did not endorse the private event organised by the Italian aerospace company Leonardo

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Controversies

Conflict-of-interest scandal at publicly funded UK arts centre Firstsite

Chairman and trustee resigned amid investigation into more than £90,000 spent on consultancy firm they directed

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Museums

$890m Sydney museum move could be most expensive gallery relocation in history

Critics fear that plan will lead to parts of the Powerhouse Museum’s collection being sold off

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Art schools

Director of France's beleaguered national arts academy criticises culture minister for lack of support

Jean-Marc Bustamante has not had his contract renewed at ENSBA, where teachers have been accused of sexual harassment

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African art

Contested Asante trophy head to shine in new Wallace room

Seized during the Ashanti war and long held by the London museum, the prized Ghanaian work is to be displayed in a new permanent gallery

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Controversies

Beatrix Ruf, former Stedelijk Museum director, cleared of alleged conflicts of interest

Report commissioned by Amsterdam city council finds that she complied with Dutch regulations

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Controversies

Once bitten, twice shy: Canadian artist caught using comedians' photos without permission promises no more funny business

Despite controversy over public art project in Calgary, Derek Michael Besant has been commissioned to create a similar work in Ottawa

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Museums

German museum and auctioneer Im Kinsky tussle over looted glass goblet

Object was returned to consigner not museum from where it was looted at the end of Second World War

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Appointments & departures

Zeitz Mocaa director Mark Coetzee embroiled in #MeToo scandal

Curators accuse the Cape Town museum director of inappropriate and abusive behaviour, according to local reports

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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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Censorship

Instagram deletes photographer Dragana Jurisic's account and Facebook censors her work

Image is no more contentious than those shared on the platforms by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, supporters say

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Controversies

Paris mayor wants to turn city into ‘refuge’ for works in conflict zones

Anne Hidalgo’s plan, which has drawn fire, involves storing items threatened by conflict in buildings owned by the city authority

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Exhibitions

Controversial animal works pulled from Guggenheim New York will go on show in Bilbao

Contemporary Chinese installations drew 'threats of violence' from animal rights activists last year

Interview
Sonia Boyce

‘At the heart of all this is the question of power’: Sonia Boyce on the notorious Hylas and the Nymphs takedown

The artist reveals the story behind the headlines and the film she made about the painting's removal

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Controversies

Chinese art professor responds to sexual assault allegations

Xu Gang has been dismissed as curator of the Shenzhen Biennale

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Controversies

Adel Abdessemed’s blazing chickens withdrawn from Lyon show

Violent animal video triggers another avalanche of criticism for provocative Algerian artist

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gun control

'Disgusted' Anish Kapoor condemns NRA’s use of his Chicago ‘Bean’ sculpture in advert

The organisation’s “intolerant, divisive vision perverts” the work’s democratic nature

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Sponsorship

BAE Systems pulls sponsorship of Great Exhibition of the North after protests

The defence giant withdrew after Art not Arms petition condemned company’s sales to Saudi Arabia

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Protest

Tate's artist-in-residence resigns over institution's 'appalling response to sexual harassment'

Liv Wynter says Tate is failing women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds

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Museums

The ethics of appropriation

Can art represent the culture of marginalised groups without exploiting them? Jillian Steinhauer investigates

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Controversies

Russian art critics challenge director of Ghent museum over show of dubious Russian avant-garde works

De Standaard newspaper reports that the contract allowed any piece in the display to be sold

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Religion

Church of the Holy Sepulchre re-opened after three-day protest closure

Shrine was shut amid escalation of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities

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Censorship

Facebook censors 30,000 year-old Venus of Willendorf as 'pornographic'

Nude statue is latest artwork to be deemed inappropriate by social media giant

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Museums

Sam Durant and Anne Ellegood reflect on being in the hot seat of museum controversies

The artist and curator shared what they learned from their 2017 experiences during a College Art Association panel on "censorship"

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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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Controversies

Palais de Tokyo removes work showing artist protesting against Dana Schutz's Open Casket painting

Parker Bright says protest image of him taken at Whitney Biennial was used by Neil Beloufa without permission

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Controversies

Commission to investigate dubious Russian avant-garde works disbands due to 'a de facto veto of our work'

Belgium rocked by Ghent museum scandal and major museums consider refusing future loans

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Controversies

Campaign group calls on Tate to remove Anthony d’Offay from its programme

The museum has already suspended contact with the retired dealer who is accused of sexual harassment

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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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Performance art

Artist burns Gothic structure made of twigs causing controversy in Russia

Nikolay Polissky's act took place at Nikola-Lenivets event, which is likened to the US Burning Man festival

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Tate

Tate director Maria Balshaw apologises for comments about sexual harassment

Museum chief's interview with The Times was criticised by lobby group

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Collectors

Casino mogul and collector Steve Wynn resigns after sexual harassment claims

Billionaire has described the allegations as “preposterous”, but says he cannot continue to be effective in his current role

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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

Podcast

Podcast episode 17: Real or fake? The suspicious Russian avant-garde show in Ghent

Expert on Russian art Simon Hewitt discusses developments in The Art Newspaper's current cover story, plus we explore an unusual collaboration at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

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Fakes & copies

The Art Newspaper's exposé helps close dubious Russian avant-garde art display in Ghent museum

Heirs of George Costakis, Naum Gabo and leading scholars disputed provenance claims of works on show at the Museum voor Schone Kunsten

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Controversies

Louvre Abu Dhabi replaces map that omitted Qatar after international outcry

Museum claims it was an "oversight", but others say it was political

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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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Museums

La Salle sell-off plan rebuked by professional museum and curator groups

Controversy prompts debate about the governance and ethics of university art museums

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Museums

US university museum announces controversial sell-off

Christie’s sale of 46 works from La Salle collection, by artists such as Matisse and Degas, has angered arts professionals

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Controversies

Polish parliament gift shop removes Jewish figurines from sale

The trinkets drew criticism from anti-racism campaigners

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Controversies

Jock Sturges’s nudes incite strong feelings in Moscow, again

Activist targets American photographer’s latest show for second time amid claims of promoting paedophilia

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Controversies

Candice Breitz renames video installation at National Gallery of Victoria's Triennial to protest against Australia’s treatment of refugees

South African artist is campaigning against gallery's contract with Wilson Security and its involvement with country's offshore detention facilities

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Exhibitions

Arson or art? Russian photographer in trouble for torching dilapidated houses

Foundation protecting the country’s cultural heritage to launch an appeal to the Culture Ministry

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Controversies

'Culture of fear' around reporting sexual harassment in UK arts organisations, survey says

Three quarters of known incidents go unchallenged according to Arts Professional study

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Museums

The Met decides not to pull 'sexually suggestive' Balthus painting after petition signed by thousands

Controversy provides "opportunity for conversation", museum says

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Museums

Mogul and Russian culture ministry vie with museum for prized icon

Curators call on St Petersburg prosecutor to investigate "criminal expropriation" of the artefact

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Museums

Louvre Abu Dhabi opens but questions over welfare of migrant workers persist

Improvements are well documented, but rules are still inadequately enforced

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Museums

Former Stedelijk director Beatrix Ruf blames 'misunderstanding' for departure

German-born curator hits back against “baseless” accusations of a conflict of interest

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Sculpture

Henry Moore’s sculpture Old Flo returns home to London after 20 years

Work that was removed from East End housing estate now on show in Canary Wharf

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Controversies

Censored 'sexual' sculpture finds new home at the Centre Pompidou

Domestikator piece was withdrawn by the Louvre from its surrounding gardens

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Controversies

Sexually explicit sculpture pulled from Fiac after Louvre raises concerns

Domestikator was due to go on show in garden close to Paris museum as part of contemporary fair's public programme

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Controversies

Sam Durant’s Scaffold to be buried, not burned

Dakota elders have decided the fate of the controversial sculpture

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Exhibitions

Protest is one thing, destroying art is another

Sam Durant’s Scaffold is a powerful work that should provoke anger about the death penalty, not the artist’s ethnicity

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Museums

Scotland's pioneering Inverleith House gallery saved from closure

Exhibition space in Edinburgh's botanic gardens has reopened after public outcry

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Museums

Walker Art Center postpones opening of sculpture park after Native American protests

Sam Durant’s Scaffold, which includes a recreation of a gallows used to hang 38 Dakota men in 1862, will probably be dismantled