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US politics

Living monuments of Trump’s failures arrive in Washington ahead of the election

The Trump Statue Initiative, a guerrilla troupe of performers, have satirized the darkest moments of the presidency

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US politics

Why vote? To protect those who cannot

The proverbial arc of history will not bend toward justice without our help

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Exhibitions

Trump descends into hell—the state of America as seen by artist Jim Shaw

New London show at Simon Lee Gallery also takes a swipe at art world excess

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US politics

Ahead of US elections, artist group highlights 'devastating impact' of Trump's travel ban three years on

The controversial executive order issued by the US president three years ago continues to affect artists from countries throughout the world

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Election 2020

Denver exhibition considers the art of the Trump years

The Museum of Contemporary Art show aims to “take stock of the work that has come out of this difficult period”, says curator

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US politics

Anti-Trump artist billboards greet presidential candidates in Cleveland

Ahead of Tuesday’s debate, political action committee Artists United for Change rolled out a new campaign to #VoteThemOut aimed at five battleground states

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US politics

For the arts, there’s only one choice in this election

The Biden-Harris campaign has pledged funding and support for arts and culture as a key policy issue

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Andres Serrano

Donald Trump, the brand: a history of the real estate tycoon turned US president in 1,000 objects

Andres Serrano tells us about his multifaceted portrait of the US president in book form, created from his archive of memorabilia

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Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump’s angry tweets recorded in tiny pricks

How one woman’s frustrations inspired an army of needlework artists—and a series of exhibitions

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Diary

The art of the steal? Trump swipes $750,000 worth of art from the US Embassy in France—but none of it is the real deal

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Lawsuits

Art adviser sues Rudy Giuliani for $15k in unpaid fees

The former New York City mayor and Trump's personal lawyer allegedly hired the firm to appraise the value of his collection during bitter divorce battle

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Election 2020

Carrie Mae Weems, Ed Ruscha, LaToya Ruby Frazier and other artists have had 'enough' of Trump

The campaign, launched by the advocacy group People for the American Way, aims to motivate people to vote in November

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Monuments

What to do with all those toppled monuments? Artist suggests turning Chicago dump site into sculpture park

The conceptual artist JB Daniel has offered a location for America’s unwanted statues in an industrial wasteland bounded by the Calumet River

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Monuments

Tribal leaders and organisations call for the removal of Mount Rushmore monument

Leaders argue that Trump's plan for a rally there is an "unforgivable affront"

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Diary

Courtroom artists draw from imagination as the US Supreme Court moves oral arguments online

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coronavirus

US dealers rush to leave Maastricht as Trump’s European travel ban causes confusion

Aiming to stop the spread of coronavirus, the suspension begins at midnight on Friday and is expected to last 30 days

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Italy

Steve Bannon wins again in battle against Italian ministry of culture

President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist wants to set up a nationalist bootcamp in an Italian monastery

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Native American

President Trump blows up Native American grave site for his border wall

“Sacrilegious” act on Unesco-recognised site in Arizona which contains remains of Indigenous peoples

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Architecture

Trump may order all new government buildings to be designed in the Neoclassical style

A draft executive order, called “Make Federal Buildings Great Again”, would completely rewrite the government’s existing architectural guidelines

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US politics

'An impeachment tomb stone': Jenny Holzer creates work to mark President Donald Trump's trial

The skateboards are produced in a limited marble edition of 25 and a wood edition of 500

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Iran

'The normalisation of cultural warfare cannot go unanswered'

Tristram Hunt, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, calls on the international community to condemn President Trump's threat to target Iran's cultural sites

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Heritage

If the US destroys Iranian cultural sites, President Trump will be criminally liable by international law

The US is signatory to The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which forbids any act of hostility to cultural property

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Politics

Culture ministry failed to vet right-wing religious group close to Steve Bannon

Decision to lease Italian medieval monastery to an organisation affiliated with President Trump’s former chief strategist is blamed on staff shortages

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Donald Trump

Trump awards National Medal of Arts for the first time since taking office

But not a single visual artist is on the list of honourees, which were reportedly chosen without regard to the nominating council's recommendations

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Donald Trump

Gordon Sondland: art collector, museum patron, European diplomat — and the man who might get Donald Trump impeached

The hotel magnate, who owns an estimated $25m art collection, testified today in Congress that there was a quid pro quo between Trump and the president of Ukraine over investigations involving his political rival

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In the frame

Ben Turnbull’s Mad portrait of Donald Trump makes waves

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In the frame

Coco Fusco’s Tin Man Trump travels to China amidst trade war

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Lost art

Lost art: to save, or not to save, when works are in peril

From Smithson’s Spiral Jetty to a mordant Trump nutcracker figure

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Park Service report warns that Trump's border fence could harm archaeological sites

Experts worry that artefacts would be in peril if a 30-ft-high steel barrier is built

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In the frame

Hillary Clinton reads her infamous emails at the Venice Biennale

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Art market

US-China trade war expands to books and maps as increased tariffs hit art imports

Trump's newly increased tariff of 15% on Chinese goods now applies to the antiquarian trade, further affecting dealers and auction houses

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Art market

Trump delays tariffs on Chinese goods until December—but not for art and antiquities

New 10% tax will come into force on 1 September and apply to all works originating from China, regardless of where they are imported from

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Exhibitions

In highly personal portraits, an artist speaks up for his native Baltimore

Painted before Donald Trump disparaged the city, Derrick Adams's new works celebrate family life there

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In the frame

The ‘most petty piece of art’ or an apt satire of the US presidency?

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Art market

The Trump administration’s tariffs will not hurt China but they will hurt the US art trade

Art organisations join other US businesses at a series of hearings this week in Washington, DC on the proposed 25% tariff on $300bn worth of Chinese goods

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In the frame

Just hot air? Donald Trump and Sadiq Khan blimps bound for the Museum of London

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In the frame

What art did the Queen show Donald Trump?

We take a look at the art that Her Majesty dug out of the Royal Collection for the US president

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Politics

Italy blocks Steve Bannon’s plans for nationalist bootcamp in medieval monastery

Despite eviction procedures, the US strategist’s collaborator says they will fight to stay in the 13th-century building

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Adrian Ghenie

Painting is more important than politics: Adrian Ghenie on his Trump-inspired portraits in Venice

Romanian artist, whose show is open at the Palazzo Cini during the Biennale, compares his art market ascendancy to working in porn

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Italy

Battle over Bannon’s nationalist bootcamp in Italian monastery

Protests against the right-wing group’s takeover of a 13th-century cloister are growing

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Andres Serrano

Andres Serrano buys fake dollar bill showing Hillary Clinton behind bars

The signed novelty note will be included in the artist's upcoming Trump-themed show in New York

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Economics

Trump wants to axe the NEA. Yes, again.

The administration points to private fundraising like crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter as a better way to support the arts

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US politics

Trump spent $60,000 in foundation money to buy vanity portrait, Michael Cohen reveals in testimony

The US President’s former lawyer and “fixer” tells Congress the candidate used a straw bidder to ensure his likeness was the top lot of an Art Hamptons auction

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Art market

'Piss artist' Andres Serrano buys Trump's wedding cake

Artist paid $1,880 for the mini chocolate cake, given as a favour at US President's marriage in 2005, but is tight-lipped about his plans for the baked good

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Art market

Trump’s tax Act offers potential tax havens for art

‘Opportunity Zones’ present a new kind of tax-deferred exchange on high-value assets

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In the frame

Aleksandra Mir presents Trump, the tabloid creation pre-2000

Podcast

2018: the year in review

Our London and New York teams ponder 2018's biggest art stories. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Politics

Latin American galleries reassess sales strategies for Miami Art Week after border crackdown

Trump's decision to station 15,000 troops at the country's southwest border has further soured political relations between the US and its South American neighbours

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Art market

Art dealers across the US are mobilising in support of Democrats ahead of US mid-term elections

Galleries in New York and Los Angeles make the most of their cultural and financial capital

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Andy Warhol

Is Warhol to blame for Trump? Pop pioneer's work touches on many issues facing America today

“It’s a very potent time to raise many of these issues,” says curator of the Warhol survey opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art

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Politics

Artists join forces in bid to swing US midterm elections

Artist-run organisation For Freedoms’ country-wide initiative is a rallying point—even in right-leaning states

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USA

Naked 'clown Trump' statue installed on Los Angeles billboard

In their latest project, the guerrilla group Indecline compares the US president to serial killer John Wayne Gacy

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The Buck stopped here

After Trump’s visit, Yves Klein’s subversive works take over Blenheim Palace

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Politics

Donald Trump’s UK visit sparks backlash from the art world

British curator Norman Rosenthal says Blenheim Palace banquet “severely compromises” past exhibitions, while cultural figures speak out about president’s policies

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In the frame

Another brick in the wall: Bosco Sodi brings political performance to London

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Politics

Spotlight on the harrowing image that shamed Trump

A photograph of a frightened child at the Mexican border shows the enduring power of images to effect political change

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Politics

Artist collective tackles 'disappearing kids' under US immigration policy

This latest impromptu project is a direct response to Trump's "willingness to inflict trauma on young children and families”, the group says

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Science and Art

Artists deliver climate-change message that time is running out

They are increasingly sounding the alarm on global warming, through new works and collaborations with scientists

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Politics

Trump’s travel ban: artists and museums speak out against third iteration

US Supreme Court called on to consider potential harm to arts organisations and the American public

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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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Collectors

Art collector who perished in Trump Tower blaze remembered as 'expert' in Pop art

Todd Brassner was close with and owned works by Andy Warhol, who made him a portrait

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Politics

Special counsel investigates Victor Pinchuk’s $150,000 gift to Trump Foundation

The payment came early on in the US presidential campaign in exchange for a 20-minute video appearance

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Politics

Art collective Indecline stages secret anti-Trump work in his New York hotel

The temporary prison installation featured live rats, McDonald’s wrappers and a handcuffed lookalike depicting “Trump’s likely fate”

Comment

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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In the frame

Jim Carrey’s political caricature sparks backlash on Twitter

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In the frame

Spring Break podium turns public into White House PRs

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The Buck stopped here

Eric Fischl gives out Trump clown posters for London show on US underbelly

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Politics

Trump wants to axe NEA and other culture agencies—again

The president’s 2019 budget includes a similar proposal to last year’s failed plan to defund America’s arts bodies

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Politics

Christoph Büchel relaunches petition to turn Trump’s wall prototypes into a national monument

While other artists sign open letter denouncing the concept

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Donald Trump

Trump change: Ukrainian artists unveil presidential portrait made of money

The artists Daria Marchenko and Daniel Green describe the work as “rich and cheap”

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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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In the frame

The Guggenheim's Nancy Spector told Trump to flush off

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In the frame

Artists build Trump Cemetery on golf course

The gravestones read “Here Lies The American Dream” and lamented the death of “Decency” and “Our Future”

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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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In the frame

Sold out: tours organised by Christoph Büchel of Trump’s border wall prototypes prove very popular

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Middle East

Muslim leaders across the Middle East work with Israeli rabbis to keep the peace

Interfaith network says that its efforts are more difficult—and urgent—since President Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem’s status

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In the frame

Trump’s skyline doodle hits the auction block in Dallas

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Politics

LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner’s anti-Trump work adopted in Nantes

The protest work He Will Not Divide US has been moved four times after attacks by far-right extremists and vandals in the US and UK

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Frieze 2017

Artists and the end of truth

Frieze London’s talks programme focuses on the rise of alt-facts and artifice—a realm historically the remit of artists

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In the frame

Trump University’s lesson in heartless capitalism comes home to New York

Real Estate Goldmine recalls devastating impact on Cleveland of Trump's defunct business school