Election 2020

Review
Exhibitions

A stitch worth 1,000 words: how America’s First Ladies used their wardrobes to make a statement

The National Portrait Gallery has organised a historic show on the women in the White House

Review
Video art

As Trump baselessly cries voter fraud, one artist surveys the rise of conspiracy theories in US politics

Cassandra Zampini's short film Media Warfare compresses four years of fake news into a harrowing 25-minute survey of America's shattered psyche

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US politics

Kara Walker kicks Donald Trump to the curb and more of the best Instagram art responding to the US election

From Jules de Balincourt's painting of Kamala Harris to Rania Matar's photograph of Boston celebrations, we look at artists' reactions to Joe Biden's win

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Art world rejoices in Biden’s win of US presidency

Artists, collectors, policy makers and gallery owners share their reactions after the tightly fought election

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Design

Mississippi voters approve new state flag design, trading controversial Confederate symbol for magnolia flower

The replacement banner was approved by a 71% majority, and was created by a local graphic designer

Podcast

US election: How Trump’s presidency has affected the arts

Plus, artist Pedro Reyes on his New York project; cartoonist Martin Rowson on Hogarth

Analysis
election 2020

What the presidential election means for the US art market—no matter who is in the Oval Office

A dwindling middle market faces a stingy Senate while rising inequality and public unrest could prompt even more private sales

Review
Exhibitions

The fraught history of voting transparency in the US, explored

A show at the Corning Museum reveals how corruption and intimidation have historically suppressed the votes of non-white, non-male demographics as US presidential election results remain in flux

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And now we wait? Seven works that perfectly depict the US election limbo

The Trump-Biden race is turning into a protracted nail-biter, so we’re finding some solace in art

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Museums & Heritage

Post-election mental health and wellness events at US museums and galleries

A guide to in-person and online programmes that offer some mental and emotional relief this week

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From art to doing 'their part': US museums provide a vital community service by acting as polling sites

Dozens of institutions across the nation have stepped up to "help increase public participation in the American system of self-government" on election day

Analysis
US politics

The 2020 US election: what it means for the arts

With US polls closing on Tuesday night, The Art Newspaper looks at the cultural issues at stake in this election

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Internet art

How to build the next American president

Gretchen Andrew’s “power trip” sees her manipulating the internet to design her ideal leader of the free world

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Covid-19

Exclusive survey: how small US galleries are surviving the coronavirus crisis as Trump tables relief plans

With a second federal aid package stalled until after the election, our study reveals the financial straits some galleries are finding themselves in—and how they are responding

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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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Russia

US and Russia 'leave aside the politics' to restore Raphael frescoes

A grant of over $100,000 has been given from the US to St Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum for the maintenance of three 16th-century school of Raphael works

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US politics

Shepard Fairey—creator of famous Obama 'Hope' poster—makes new Time cover image ahead of US election

For first time in 100-year history, magazine replaces logo with the imperative to vote

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Bureaucratic but not boring: exhibition explores the visual history of US election ballots

With early voting already underway in the 2020 presidential election, a show at New York's Cooper Union reveals the "power of design in our civic process"

Comment
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Why vote? To protect those who cannot

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

News
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

News
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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Monuments

Mellon Foundation announces $250m grant to 'reimagine and rebuild' US monuments and memorials

Amid increased unrest over memorials since the Black Lives Matter protests erupted, the grant will help fund new storytelling spaces across the country

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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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Indigenous art

Exhibition honours, demands action for missing and murdered Indigenous women

Boontak! (Stop it!) opens as Congress passes two bills to enact better law enforcement practices to protect Indigenous women and girls from violence

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election 2020

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

Comment
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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Monuments

Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be memorialised with statue in Brooklyn

Governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested a site for the monument of the Supreme Court justice, overlooking the Statue of Liberty

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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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Wake up call: artist Hank Willis Thomas wants to spur voter turnout with the Wide Awakes group

Based on the 1860 Wide Awake movement that mobilised against slavery and helped elect Lincoln, the new network of artists and creatives has launched Kickstarter's largest collaboration to date

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Labour

It is not just artists who are starving: how the US can rebuild its creative industry post-Covid

A proposal issued to both presidential campaigns by Americans for the Arts outlines a national strategy to put creative workers back to work

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Money laundering

Will US Congress finally pass anti-money laundering legislation?

A recent Senate report found that secretive art market enables sanctions circumvention

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Residencies

New York-based residency for Russian artists goes ahead as 'East-West divide' intensifies

US-Russia tensions heightened in the run up to November's US presidential election

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Black Lives Matter

Breonna Taylor—fatally shot by Kentucky police—immortalised by Amy Sherald for Vanity Fair front cover

Painter who famously depicted Michelle Obama honours 26-year-old for magazine's September issue

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Law

California may grant repatriation rights to unrecognised Native American tribes

A new state bill expands federal rights for Indigenous groups to reclaim human remains, burial objects and other sacred artefacts from institutions

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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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Racism in the art world

How the art industry is grappling with its systemic race inequality

Galleries, fairs and auction houses are issuing solidarity statements and re-evaluating the diversity of their staffs. But "performative wokeness” will not fix the market’s whiteness

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Protest art

Artists call out the injustices immigrants suffer in the US ahead of Independence Day

A collaborative sky writing project featuring contributions from Patrisse Cullors, Dread Scott and Hank Willis Thomas will mark 80 sites used to limit immigrants

Interview
LGBTQ

Art can help the public engage in personal advocacy: Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign

The nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organisation recently unveiled a mural by Hank Willis Thomas on its Washington, DC headquarters stating Black Trans Lives Matter

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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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Indigenous art

As Navajo Nation battles worst coronavirus outbreak in US, artists hope for an Indigenous renaissance

The cancellation of regional markets and fairs have taken a huge economic toll but have also ushered in a "new era of responsibility" to promote Native work

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Protests

National Trust for Historic Preservation supports removal of Confederate statues that glorify white power

Trust says such monuments “do not reflect, and are in fact abhorrent to, our values”

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Public art

Hank Willis Thomas covers US Justice Department with thousands of words from inmates

Launched last night, the guerilla intervention is the latest public work in Washington, DC to address structural racism—but can art effect change?

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Protest

Art world workers join protests against injustice in New York—and aim to change racist systems in the culture sphere

Activists working at museums and galleries are bringing the fight for equality from the streets back into institutions

Comment
Protest

Dread Scott: America God Damn

The multidisciplinary artist and social justice activist reflects on the recent protests in response to the killing of George Floyd and the history of racialised police violence in the US—and how change may finally be underway

Podcast

Let’s talk about race: museums and the battle against white privilege

Plus, remembering Christo—the art world's wrap star. Produced in association with Christie's

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Protests

Monuments across the US are toppled, damaged as protests over George Floyd's death continue

Lawmakers mobilise the National Guard to quell destruction while demonstrators deface Confederate memorials and public works emblematic of white supremacy

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US politics

The NEA hopes to keep arts jobs alive in the US—with limited federal relief funds

Up to 30% of arts spaces may close permanently, and agency chief fears rural areas in the US will be the hardest hit

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Economics

US coronavirus legislation could do more for the arts, Boston museums say

The coalition is asking for $6bn in federal aid, and to permanently expand the charitable giving deduction to encourage US taxpayers to donate to non-profits

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US politics

More than 2,000 artists and cultural figures sign letter endorsing Elizabeth Warren for US President

The Artists for Warren campaign launched on Super Tuesday, as many US voters head to the polls to choose the Democratic candidate

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US politics

Artist Whitney Bedford is drawing a portrait of Elizabeth Warren every day until she is elected president

The Los Angeles painter started the project shortly after the Democratic primaries began

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US politics

Hundreds of artists endorse Bernie Sanders for US President

In an open letter, figures including Nicole Eisenmann, Hito Steyerl, and Kara Walker have voiced their support for the left-wing candidate

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Forensic Architecture

Forensic Architecture founder barred from entering US ahead of Miami retrospective

Eyal Weizman, the director of the London-based art and research group, says embassy officials told him an algorithm had identified him as a security threat just two days before his planned departure

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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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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

Analysis
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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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Immigrant artist residency launches—steps from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort

The Peru-born, North Carolina-based painter Renzo Ortega is the inaugural artist-in-residence at Palm Beach’s New Wave Art Wknd festival

Analysis
Climate Change

Three ways museums can face up to the climate crisis

No issue is more relevant—and relevance is the cultural sector’s current leitmotif

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Exhibitions

Women artists take over museum schedules in 2020 to coincide with US presidential election

Coalition of curators organise events and exhibitions of art by women at 50 museums

Interview
Shirin Neshat

‘This US government looks more like Iran's every day’: Shirin Neshat talks about the power of political satire ahead of LA show

The Iranian artist's major exhibition opens at the Broad museum features new work addressing discrimination in Trump's America

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Restitution

Trump opens door to restitution claims on art seized by Cuba

While the president is the first to allow Title III of Helms-Burton Act to be used, some whose collections were taken doubt it will have an impact

News
US-China trade war

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

Comment
US politics

Abortion will happen—whatever the law says

The artist Paula Rego on why her abortion works are the best thing she's ever done

Preview
Exhibitions

She persisted: DC’s National Portrait Gallery looks at the history of the women’s vote

One of the longest reform movements in American history, which continues to be an issue today, is explored in the show

News
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

Trump’s tax Act offers potential tax havens for art

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

Preview
Art Basel in Miami Beach 2018

Dealers take a stand against transphobia at Miami's fairs

Exhibitors at Art Basel in Miami Beach and beyond respond to comments by President Trump with a wide range of queer art

Comment
Politics

The mid-term elections brought many gains for progressive causes—but there is still work to be done

The artist Martha Rosler, whose politically focussed work is on view at New York’s Jewish Museum, explains what we can take away from this week’s Democratic wins

News
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

Blog
In the frame

Ahead of US mid-term elections, artist urges a vote for planet earth

News
Museums & Heritage

Top museum directors on the challenges of climate change and mass tourism

Vatican conference on preventive conservation warns of environmental impact of short-term politics

News
Social issues

US Planned Parenthood campaign includes artists Shirin Neshat and Carrie Mae Weems 

The Unstoppable initiative includes an online exhibition of works by ten female artists and writers

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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

Comment
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

Comment
Politics

Büchel’s feeble satire ignores the hateful reality of Trump’s wall

The petition to make the proposed border wall a National Landmark is one of the worst excesses of contemporary art and needs to be called out

News
Politics

Fury over artist’s plan to preserve prototypes of Trump’s border wall

Others, including the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, support Christoph Büchel’s proposal to turn the eight designs into national monuments

News
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

Review
Exhibitions

In the age of a ‘fake president’, Mark di Suvero’s sculptures reflect on the beauty of truth

The New York artist’s newest abstract works at Paula Cooper Gallery are not exactly topical, but his devotion to the ideals of science, democracy and community remind us of America’s better self

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Politics

Photographer Larry Fink recalls “magnificent” marchers

Steven Kasher Gallery to host fundraiser pegged to anniversary of Women’s March

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Politics

Trump: the first year

How have artists responded to the US president’s first 12 months in office?

Comment
Politics

How should museums respond to Donald Trump?

We asked directors of prominent US institutions what they can or should do

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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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Fairs

Art world fights back in US culture crisis

Art Basel panel calls for united response to political “apocalypse”

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Law

US museums challenge Trump’s immigration ban in court

Around 100 institutions filed documents to outline the order’s threat to the museum community—and even the fight against terrorism

News

Images of melting glaciers head to backyard of Trump’s Florida home

Exhibition highlighting effects of climate change to open near Mar-a-Lago

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Politics

Cornelia Parker wants children to tweet Trump about climate change

Artists, designers, technocrats and fellow starchitects gather to launch Norman Foster’s foundation in Madrid

News

What does Trump's plan to abolish estate tax mean for collectors?

The plan could be a mixed bag for both wealthy market players and cultural charities

Blog
Cultural exchange

We are all made of stars, part 3: from the Women’s March in Los Angeles back to Europe

News

Read the letter sent by 24 senators asking President Trump to keep funding the NEA and NEH

The bipartisan group outlines the importance of the culture agencies and how they improve American’s lives

News

Artists, curators and gallerists sign letter calling for repeal of Trump’s immigration order

“The ban affects all of us” say signatories from across the art world

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Politics

MoMA responds to Trump’s immigration ban through its collection

The museum installs works by artists from Muslim nations in its permanent galleries

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Exhibitions

Art world reels from Trump’s immigration ban

New policies on course to undermine exhibitions and exchange programmes

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Politics

Signs of the times: museums and libraries preserve placards from the Women’s Marches

Archives in the US and the UK are collecting the wittiest and sharpest signs from the protests over the election of US president Trump

News

'My America': Whitney Museum of American art explores identity on inauguration day

Come along on a tour of the exhibition Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection

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Politics

Trump’s inauguration: museums lay on alternative events

Many US museums are open free to the public on 20 January as divisive president-elect takes Oath of Office<br>

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Trump’s promise of Reagan-style tax reforms causes alarm

1986 tax package put the squeeze on donations

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Politics

President Trump: the knowns and unknowns

First reactions to property tycoon’s election to the White House and what it could mean for the arts

News

Artists express dismay at Donald Trump’s US election victory

Billionaire political outsider has few supporters in the art world

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Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar faces down Donald Trump over immigration

Monument on US-Mexico border incorporates parts of fence separating the two countries