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The Year Ahead 2021

The biggest art exhibitions opening around the world in 2021

The new year's must-see shows include Vermeer and Botticelli blockbusters; major Jasper Johns and Yayoi Kusama retrospectives; and sweeping surveys on Iran, slavery and queer art

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Fragile yet forceful glass works by Ai Weiwei, Fred Wilson, Fiona Banner and others travel from Venice to Florida

An exhibition of contemporary glass art opens at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

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On eve of US inauguration, a chance to visit the president's office

Oval Office replica is a popular element of New-York Historical Society exhibition about the presidency

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Kara Walker's secret archive to go on show at Kunstmuseum Basel this summer

Around 600 unseen drawings, collages, studies and writings will flood the museum's ground-floor galleries, providing a window into the American artist's work

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Palmyra

New hope that ancient Palmyra will be rebuilt after Isis damage

Deal between the Syrian government and Russian masonry body builds on country’s research into state of archaeological site

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Death row inmate designs garden installation by instructing university students through letters

Timothy Young, currently incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison, is a key contributor to the University-led art project, Barring Freedom, that aims to put the US criminal justice system in the dock

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Treats for Van Gogh fans in 2021: exhibitions, museum openings and books

We look ahead at the events to enjoy this year—assuming coronavirus doesn't scupper them

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Our picks of the must-see shows to see in New York in January

From new paintings by Ed Ruscha to the Studio Museum in Harlem’s artists-in-residence focus on longing

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Cai Guo-Qiang returns to China with a (virtual) bang in major new show at Beijing's Forbidden City Palace Museum

The Chinese artist has gone back to the mainland after a long stint in the US—but publicity for his retrospective appears muted

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Three winter art walks you can enjoy in England this weekend

From Henry Moore's sculpture garden to five miles of towering works along London's first public art walk

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Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst installs giant sculpture in middle of frozen St. Moritz Lake

UK artist is showing more than 40 works in his Mental Escapology exhibition in the Alpine Swiss city

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Auckland Art Gallery’s biggest ever exhibition recounts 70 years of Maori art

Mega survey of more than 300 works forms “part of a bigger revisiting of Indigenous knowledge”

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Storm King Art Center

Storm King to install Sarah Sze sculpture in 2021—its first new permanent work in more than a decade

The outdoor sculpture park also plans to host an indoor show of her work, with social distancing rules in mind, and will unveil a new sculpture by Rashid Johnson that reflects on surviving a crisis

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Botticelli bonanza in Paris next year with major show of masterpieces

New exhibition at Musée Jacquemart-André presents 15th-century artist as an entrepreneur and prolific designer

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5,000 years in 350 objects: Victoria and Albert Museum reveals details about its epic 'immersive' Iran show

With ten sections covering ancient Iranian history to contemporary art, London museum plans to open delayed show in February

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Amedeo Modigliani

Revealed: the secrets behind Antonia, Modigliani’s ‘most complex work’

Researchers at C2RMF give an exclusive preview of their forensic study of all the artist's works in French museum collections

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Artemisia Gentileschi at the National Gallery to a transgressive show on Tantra

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Museums

French museums dismayed as reopening pushed to 7 January

Three-week delay caused by rising cases of coronavirus in the country

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Can artists change the world? MoMA show explores political art from the early 20th-century

The works on paper from the Merrill C. Berman Collection include designs for Communist posters and salad oil advertisements

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Institute of Contemporary Art, London

ICA London to reopen early 2021 after closing for almost a year

Exhibition on advocacy group Tottenham Rights—with a focus on Mark Duggan shooting—scheduled for next Spring

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The Year in Review 2020

No shows: the biggest cancelled exhibitions of 2020

From the saga over a controversially delayed Philip Guston show to an under appreciated female Old Master whose big moment never came

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Caroline Coon's hermaphroditic footballers to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's enigmatic portraits

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Censorship

Censored work showing faces of 4,000 French police officers goes on show in Berlin

Work was pulled after the intervention of France's interior minister amid protests against a new bill that would have criminalised the publication of images of law enforcement

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Manifesta

Biennial on the beach: Barcelona to host 2024 edition of Manifesta

German city lined up for 2026 edition but the next edition will vie with Venice Biennale and Documenta

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Media & broadcast

How Spotify playlists became the new exhibition audio guides

From Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Tate show playlist to the MFA Boston’s Basquiat and hip-hop soundtrack, music can have a profound effect on how we view art

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Our picks of the must-see shows to see in New York in December

From Rico Gatson’s mystical investigation of Blackness to Audrey B. Heckler’s prolific collection of Outsider art

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‘I want to be here’: with two shows in London, Tracey Emin reflects on life, love and loneliness

The artist is paired with the Norwegian Expressionist Edvard Munch at the Royal Academy of Arts, and is showing new works at White Cube’s Mayfair gallery, as well as an installation for the online edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach

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Buckingham Palace masterpieces hop next door for exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery

While the royal residence is under repair, some of the Royal Collection’s most famous paintings have been relocated and displayed in a more convenient setting

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Strict rules and new tech: Qatar's young artists respond to life during coronavirus

New exhibition Outbreak—organised by Doha Film Institute—has been able to go ahead in real life because the country's Covid-19 cases are low

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Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale pleads with Christoph Büchel to return migrant boat to Sicily

Biennale officials and Sicilian town council call on artist to honour his commitment to return controversial Barca Nostra exhibit after one year

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Vivian Maier, reclusive nanny turned photographer, gets biggest ever show in Paris next year

Unseen works and Super 8 films reveal new aspects of her practice

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The Big Review: Howardena Pindell at The Shed in New York

This survey of the 77-year-old artist's work lulls the viewer with colourful abstraction before tackling its real subject: racial violence

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s political—with a small ‘p’—portraits finally go on show at Tate Britain

The British artist's largest exhibition to date will also be shown in Stockholm, Dusseldorf and Luxembourg

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Three to see

Three online shows to see this weekend

From a sweeping survey of Kandinsky to a provocative show on the present day experience of Native American communities

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British Museum

Caffè Nero? The British Museum is looking for help with naming its blockbuster show on the Roman emperor

The survey, with suggestions including “the man behind the monster” and “emperor, tyrant, traitor?”, was sent out to members of the museum’s Friends scheme

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Repatriation

Artist discovers looted statue in Canadian museum and returns it to India

The 18th-century work was stolen by the museum's namesake from an active temple over 100 years ago

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Documenta 15

Dozens asked to participate in Documenta 15—only to realise invitations are fake

Documenta organisers have warned about scam emails and requests recipients to contact them

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Three outdoor shows to see in London this weekend

From Chila Kumari Singh Burman's eye-popping Tate Winter Commission to Lucy McKenzie's tube station takeover

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Ulay’s legacy expands with his first major retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum

The largest ever show on the performance artist is complemented by an extensive online and videos of his time in Amsterdam

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Visitors can step into Van Gogh’s swirling landscapes at Florida’s Dalí Museum

An immersive exhibition of the artist’s most famous works, projected onto large-scale 360° screens, opens this weekend

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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

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The Buck stopped here

Southbank Centre's outdoor lights show offers glittering festive cheer—but scant comfort to its redundant workers

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Museum entry fees

London's National Gallery charges £8 for virtual tour of blockbuster Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition

Move reflects how museums could cash in on digital initiatives

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Gwangju Biennale

Gwangju Biennale artistic directors discuss Korean shamanism and planning in a pandemic

13th edition of the biannual Korean art exhibition will look at queer theory, feminism and how centuries of tradition collide with contemporary art

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Garrett Bradley's America film installation goes on show at MoMA, exploring racism in black and white

The artist intersperses her work with footage from an unreleased 1914 film, believed to be the oldest surviving feature-length film with an all-Black cast

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Biennials & festivals

UK's £120m post-Brexit festival selects teams—including art organisations—for next step of controversial initiative

Serpentine Galleries, Tate and historian David Olusoga are on the shortlist for £3m research and development funding

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Three to see

Three online shows to see this weekend

From a documentary on pioneering queer artist David Wojnarowicz to a survey of Barbara Kruger's pertinent Question installations

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Art fairs

'Dealers are smiling under their masks': Shanghai art week pulls in art-starved collectors

More than 100 art exhibitions and events have taken place in the Chinese city this week and galleries are reporting strong sales

Artemisia Gentileschi

Missing out on Artemisia Gentileschi because of lockdown? Here's a video tour of the National Gallery exhibition

As coronavirus forces English museums to close, take a virtual guided trip around the much-anticipated show of the female Old Master with this video and podcast

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When Boston fell head-over-heels in love with Monet

A new show at the Museum of Fine Arts recalls the time when the US city was first captivated by the French Impressionist

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Rachel de Joode

'Instagram makes you feel part of the art world—but it's a lie': artist Rachel de Joode on art and the digital

Berlin-based multimedia artist talks about her new works on show at London's Annka Kultys Gallery

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Say my name, say my name: huge exhibition aims to put Australian women artists on the map

The show at Canberra's National Gallery of Australia spans the past 120 years and includes works by Nora Heysen, Tracey Moffatt and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers

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Artists

‘Prison is boring as hell’: Sarah Lucas on isolation and judging art by inmates

The artist speaks about her role in judging the Koestler Awards for art made by UK prisoners and the importance of creativity in confinement

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Three to see

Three outdoor exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From empathetic documentary photography in King's Cross to Cauleen Smith's Covid Diary broadcast at Piccadilly Circus Lights

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Can art help us heal? Rudy Shepherd has been working on it for more than a decade

The artist has painted 400 portraits pulled from the news cycle to understand the people beyond the headlines

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Philip Guston

Philip Guston show: 2022 opening is welcome news but confusion still remains

The museums should make urgent use of the delay already caused by the pandemic rather than lurch towards lengthy postponement

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Philip Guston

After tumult, museums say that a delayed Philip Guston exhibition will open in 2022

Citing “unease and anxiety” about the show, the director of MFA, Boston predicts it will spur “in-depth discussions about great art”

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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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Zanele Muholi's Tate Modern show gives a voice to queer South Africa

Photographer documents the violent reality of life for many of the country’s marginalised communities in a mid-career survey

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Our picks of the must-see shows to see in New York in November

From new works by Tschabalala Self at Galerie Eva Prensenhuber to Martin Puryear's Venice Biennale commissions at Matthew Marks

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Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama on 2020: ‘O demons of unwonted fate. We will stand and face you’

New publication—described as “most personal book to date”—will focus on artist’s use of language

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Turner’s take on the speed and horrors of the modern world to Ann Veronica Janssen’s playful, light-bending sculptures

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Has coronavirus helped unmask the real prices of art?

Plus, JMW Turner at the Tate and John Stezaker on Bruegel

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Art market

Richard Saltoun Gallery builds entire 2021 exhibition programme around late political philosopher Hannah Arendt

Her work addresses relevant issues today such as tyranny, fascism and totalitarianism, dealer says

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The Buck stopped here

Séances and spiritual awakenings abound in travelling exhibition exploring the 'artist as medium'

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See 150 years of fashion in 60 minutes at the Met

The museum has drawn on the writings of Virginia Woolf, and the theories of Charles Baudelaire and Henri Bergson, to create a disruptive timeline of fashion

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Museums

Tate suspends curator for publicly criticising its decision to delay Guston show

Mark Godfrey has been disciplined after posting a long statement on his Instagram account describing postponement as "extremely patronising to viewers"

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Inaugural Asia Society Triennial to finally open with new programming following the pandemic and BLM protests

New triennial in New York aims to highlight the contribution of the fastest-growing demographic in the US, with exhibitions, events and a little inspiration from Yoko Ono

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The Big Review: Artemisia at the National Gallery in London

The artist’s first major UK exhibition uses dramatic spaces and biographical detail to bring her career into closer focus

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Johannes Vermeer

Blockbuster Vermeer exhibition—including restored 'hidden Cupid' painting—announced at Dresden's Semperbau

The show promises to be “one of the most spectacular” in the newly renovated museum's history

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Museums

Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie to open after six-year renovation with Calder exhibition

Mies van der Rohe’s steel-and-glass building is undergoing modernisation by David Chipperfield, including new air-conditioning, security, lighting and visitor facilities

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From a chilling show on Arctic culture to Polly Morgan's gorgeously repellent serpentine sculptures

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Adventures with Van Gogh

In a moving letter, Van Gogh complains about quarantine after his forced removal from the Yellow House

New exhibition at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum is a unique opportunity to see Vincent’s correspondence, normally locked away in a vault

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Controversies

Madrid's Prado museum accused of misogyny in open letter after misattributing work to female artist

Uninvited Guests exhibition has "been done from a misogynistic point of view and still projects the misogyny of the 19th century,” says one signatory

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Gustav Klimt

Stolen Klimt painting—buried for 20 years—to go back on show at Italian museum

Discovered by the gardener at the Ricci Oddi gallery last year, Portrait of a Lady will be the star of a series of exhibitions on the much-loved artist

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The Buck stopped here

'Gorgeous, repellent, savagely erotic': Polly Morgan slithers into our subconscious at London's Bomb Factory

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From the streets to the studio: show explores how Basquiat, graffiti and hip-hop culture stormed the art world in the 1980s

Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston includes works by Rammellzee, Keith Haring, Kool Koor and Lady Pink

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Cecily Brown: ‘I’m trying to understand what England means to me’

With her delayed show now open at Blenheim Palace, the British-born painter explains that she is as likely to be inspired by childhood comics as historic battle scenes

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election 2020

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"

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Liu Xiaodong's portraits of wealthy Chinese immigrants to the Royal Academy's delayed Summer show

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Book Club

Judge a book by its cover: Centre Pompidou looks at Henri Matisse through a literary lens for new show

One of the most expansive museum surveys on the French artist in 50 years will present his book and magazine designs—and even some of his own writing

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The Big Review: Félix Fénéon at the Museum of Modern Art

A collaboration between New York and Paris explores the dealer who championed both Neo-Impressionism and home-grown terrorism

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What does the Philip Guston delay tell us about museums and race?

Plus, Maggi Hambling on making love with paint

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First look at the Torlonia marbles, as the last great private collection of classical sculpture opens to the public

Exhibition at Rome’s Musei Capitolini is the first step in finding a permanent home for the 620 ancient Greek and Roman works

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Censorship

Chinese interference derails Genghis Khan exhibition in France

Beijing authorities attempted to censor show's narrative amid a hardening of Chinese Communist Party's stance towards Mongol minority

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coronavirus

Exhibitions need a perfect storm to succeed—but shows opening during Covid-19 are getting a disappointing drizzle

With no group student visits, no art-world private view, and limits on public access, the buzz of new exhibitions has potentially been short-circuited

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Venice

Ocean art space in Venice church confronts city's perilous battle with climate change

Multimedia installation synthesises three years of scientific research into marine transformation across the planet

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Easy rider: when Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter went on tour

The artists' collaboration—first as teacher and student, then as a couple—is explored in a new exhibition at the Lenbachhaus in Munich

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the National Gallery's long-awaited Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition to Damien Hirst's career-spanning show at his own Newport Street Gallery

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Wangechi Mutu asks the Legion of Honor, 'Are you listening?'

The artist will show new and recent works that play with San Francisco museum’s Neoclassical architecture and Western roots

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‘We wanted to have sex all the time’: first major survey of Sunil Gupta—photographer of gay Indian life—opens in London

The Photographers' Gallery retrospective explores five decades of the long-overlooked artist's career—from cruising on street corners to Aids activism

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Sue Coe takes on Donald Trump in final Galerie St Etienne show

The artist’s grotesque and violent images of the US president fit in with her works of political and social protest, made since the 1970s

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Emperors, enamel and Easter eggs: how Fabergé and Russian workshops made some of the most desirable objects on earth

Exhibition of around 400 objects at the Moscow Kremlin Museums marks the centenary of the famed jeweller's death

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'I learned a lot from Goya': an interview with the poet and artist Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The influential 101-year-old founder of San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore discusses his paintings and drawings, now on view in New York

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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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Fulfilling a legendary curator’s vision, New Museum will present an exhibition on grief in black communities

Show conceived by Okwui Enwezor will unite works by 37 artists exploring mourning and loss as a response to violent injustice

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William Kentridge

William Kentridge on turning his drawings into films, being inspired by dreams—and catching Covid-19

The South African artist talks about his new animation City Deep, now on show at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg

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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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Exhibition in forest outside Moscow enchants Russian art world

“Form of soft protest” is likened to the optimism of the early 2000s

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Frieze London 2020

Your guide to London's Frieze Week 2020

Including: the seven best shows • align your chakras, Frieze Week is getting spiritual • the challenges of making sculpture during a pandemic and more