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Marcel Duchamp

Was Duchamp’s Fountain a misogynist vaginal pun?

Waldemar Januszczak gives a taste of a forthcoming BBC programme in which he focuses on a little-explored aspect of the artist's controversial work

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Bangladesh

Concert from Bangladesh: virtual reality music event revives 1971 Beatles charity concert—but without the white saviour complex

British-South Asian artist Shezad Dawood and curator Diana Campbell Betancourt have collaborated with a group of Bangladeshi creatives to create a virtual stage celebrating the country as it turns 50

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Lost art

Lost Art: Do NFTs mean the end of real-world art?

The digital works can be seen as just the latest overhyped trend, or the newest incarnation of using technology to create art

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Voynich Manuscript

Fascinated by the Voynich Manuscript? Here are some other mysterious texts you can decode

If bodice-rippers are too boring for your summer reading, take a crack at these other books that have stumped researchers

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Book Club

Extract | William Blake’s famous flop of an exhibition and the critic who described him as ‘an unfortunate lunatic’

A new book by John Higgs paints a picture of the mixed reviews that the 18th-century artist received and touches upon the “Holy Grail of his lost works”

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Film

What happens if you cross breast milk with celluloid? Enter the weird world of handmade film

A new season of experimental cinema has opened at the Barbican showing works made by drawing, painting, scratching and otherwise messing about with the surface of film

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Book Club

The birth of auto-destructive art and how Gustav Metzger’s early works lay hidden in his auntie’s attic for decades

Three takeaways from a new publication about the early career of the radical artist

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Obituaries

Remembering Jackie Matisse, a pioneer of kite art and art in virtual reality who had a special feel for chance and the power of collaboration

She saw 'flying art' as a collaboration with wind and light and found ways to 'fly' her kites underwater and in galleries, kept in motion with blown air and mechanical reels

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Arles

Destination Arles: must-see art and culture spots while on pilgrimage to the new LUMA creative campus

From Roman architecture to medieval streets that inspired Van Gogh, the historic city in the south of France is becoming a go-to destination

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Openings

LUMA Arles: boundary-breaking creative campus opens in the south of France with a glittering Gehry jewel in its crown

The initiative aims to collapse the boundaries between art, culture, human rights and environmental issues

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NFTs

Inside the 'world's first NFT residency': two artists, Tinie Tempah, and a mansion on the French Riviera

What happens when a rapper, a painter and an art fair director get together in a swanky hotel to make digital art?

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Book Club

In Pictures | Barkley L. Hendricks unseen photographs gathered in new publication

The US artist’s images are joined by an extract from the book looking at how aspects of his painting and photography overlapped

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Heritage

Special investigation: Declassified satellite images show erasure of Armenian churches

Covert destruction of Armenian-Christian heritage in Azerbaijan’s autonomous republic of Nakhichevan has been exposed in recently surfaced Cold War spy imagery taken by the US in the 1970s, published here for the first time

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Book Club

In Pictures | Kara Walker's private archive of works on paper published in new book

The publication is released ahead of an exhibition of the US artist's works at the Kunstmuseum Basel this summer

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

New kids in the Enclave: how Deptford became south London's hottest gallery hub

Peckham move over, there's a new artistic Mecca in town

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

‘I’ll be back’: the return of AI art

After being pushed out by NFTs, machine-made art is making a comeback with London shows ranging from the "world's first ultra-realistic AI robot artist" to the first artificial intelligence ink artist

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Book Club

In Pictures | Gio Ponti’s greatest designs, from chairs to churches

A new book looks at the life and work of the Italian architect and designer, famed for his Pirelli Tower and Superleggera chairs

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Book Club

Sackler family: three takeaways from a new book about the dynasty’s rise and fall

The publication claims Nan Goldin may have been tailed by investigators and reveals how the Met lost out to the Smithsonian thanks to a lack of flattery from its director

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Collector's Eye

‘Works made in Iran today are inextricably linked to the past’: collector Mohammed Afkhami on how art shaped his life

The Middle Eastern financier is bringing his collection to New York’s Asia Society later this year

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Los Angeles

Eli Broad, an unexpected—and often unreasonable—arts patron

The self-made billionaire helped shape the Los Angeles art scene, while clashing with most of its prominent museum leaders

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Book Club

The American who brought Modern masterpieces to Iran

A new memoir by curator Donna Stein reveals the story behind the creation of a Western art collection for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in the 1970s

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Leonora Carrington

At home with the Surrealists: Leonora Carrington's Mexico City house and studio to open to the public

University-led project prepares artist's home of 65 years and its 8,000 objects for guided tours starting later this year

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Book Club

Will the real Isabel Rawsthorne please stand up?

A new biography explores the British artist’s role in bringing the Paris scene to London and considers how frequent name changes and reinventions muddied her legacy

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Book Club

Extract | The day Anthony van Dyck received ‘wise advice from the words of a blind woman’—the 17th-century artist Sofonisba Anguissola

New book by Jennifer Higgie gives astute insights into brilliant women artists shut out of art history

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Book Club

Extract | How Sandro Botticelli brought Dante’s Divine Comedy to life

New book by Martin Kemp considers the impact of poet’s vision of divine light on artists such as Michelangelo and Titian

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Travel

From Bridgerton vibes to fantastical fireworks: here are the best arty staycation spots in the UK

Summer is coming! And with a cultural cornucopia of delights to enjoy here at home who needs to holiday abroad anyway?

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Visitor Figures 2020

Can museums really make digital visits pay?

As venues experiment with selling virtual exhibition tours, talks and workshops online, the key to success may be an emphasis on the expert, bespoke and exclusive

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Decorative arts

Meet the Hugos, a family of goldsmiths that worked with Picasso and now collaborates with contemporary artists

The third-generation Ateliers Hugo has been casting artists’ creations using ancient techniques from the same workshop in the south of France for nearly 70 years

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A brush with

Studio jams: we made a Spotify playlist of artists' top tunes, from Ragnar Kjartansson to Rachel Whiteread

From Keith Jarrett to Kanye, Les Mis to Mozart—the music artists listen to as they work, as told to our podcast A brush with…

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Book Club

Lyrical Helen Frankenthaler biography and Joan Mitchell catalogue make a splash

New publications cast a light on two formidable women artists and place them at the heart of Abstract Expressionism

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Art market

Call My Agent: the rise of the artist talent agency

A growing number of agencies are popping up in the art market, providing an alternative to the traditional gallery model

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Book Club

In Pictures | Rothko Chapel’s 50th anniversary celebrated in new publication

The Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko created 14 paintings for the chapel but did not live to see it completed

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Social media

Can Clubhouse recreate those art world conversations we are all missing?

Our correspondent gamely makes her way through a full day of AMAA talks, NFT tips, IG debates, and more, so you don’t have to

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Obituaries

Remembering Alan Bowness, Tate director who helped change public attitudes to contemporary art

His successor at the London institution pays personal tribute to the persuasive and effective British curator, writer and critic

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Obituaries

Alan Bowness, museum director who established the Turner Prize and Tate Liverpool, has died aged 93

Scholar with an international outlook who was director of the Henry Moore Foundation and executor of his mother-in-law, Barbara Hepworth

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Films

Unimpressed by the Golden Globes Best Picture nominees? Watch these art-inspiring films instead

The Tel Aviv-based artist Guy Yanai has been painting scenes from movies during the pandemic, and has chosen five of his favourites here

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Obituaries

Thirty-seven years with Richard Feigen: the dealer who was a collector first—and sold to feed his habit

Frances Beatty remembers a mentor who would rather give you a lecture on Max Beckmann or Peter Saul than sell you a Van Gogh, but who could do both

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Obituaries

Remembering Richard Feigen, the high-profile dealer with an outsider's straight-talking outlook on the art industry

New York gallerist railed against auction houses, the inflation of prices and reputations, the industrial expansion of the art market, while still doing great business

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Video, film & new media

K-punk parties on: new online film commission at ICA in London remembers late cultural theorist Mark Fisher

Five new films delve into Fisher's last lecture series, where he began tracing a beguiling escape route out of capitalism

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Obituaries

Daniel Wolf, collector and lover of the great outdoors who changed the museum world's attitude to photography, has died, aged 65

Formed a peerless photography collection for the J Paul Getty Museum and curated the landmark 1989 Royal Academy exhibition to mark 150 years of the art form

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Book Club

No great women artists? How Linda Nochlin tore apart the art historical narrative 50 years ago

The feminist writer’s renowned essay ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ challenged the myth of male genius and called for a new way of thinking

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Middle Eastern & North African art

Street art, social media, visibility: how the Arab Spring has changed art and culture, a decade on

We ask artists, writers and experts on Middle Eastern art about their memories of the revolutionary movements—and what they think the lasting legacies are

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Obituaries

Remembering Sam Herman, pioneering glass artist and teacher who also won recognition for his paintings and welded-steel sculptures

One of the first pupils of Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he brought the studio glass movement to Britain, and beyond, in the mid-1960s

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Book Club

Read what Jenny Saville, George Condo and Victoria Beckham have to say about their favourite Old Master paintings

Exclusive extracts from a new book bringing together texts by 62 cultural figures describing their preferred works in the Frick Collection

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Contemporary art

QAnon: the Italian artists who may have inspired America's most dangerous conspiracy theory

An anonymous left-wing art group known in the 1990s as Luther Blissett are wondering what they have unwittingly helped create

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The Nazi art dealer who supplied Hermann Göring and operated in a shadowy art underworld after the war

A new book by Jonathan Petropoulos explores Bruno Lohse’s devotion to Hitler’s number two

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Coronavirus resources

Locked down with kids? Check out these arty resources to keep them entertained and educated

Organisations and museums offer plenty of online art projects for parents

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Lost art

Lost art: will virtual exhibitions replace in-person museum-going?

A lasting change of the coronavirus pandemic might be how shows are viewed

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Media & broadcast

The top five YouTube channels for an art fix this Christmas season

While many museums across the globe remain closed, you can still get through the virtual doors via video—from artist interviews to archival gems

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Television

New reality TV show searches for UK's next art superstar

Next Big Thing aims to give a new generation of artists a public platform

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Art dealers

Johnny Eskenazi: from wannabe theatre director to leading Eastern art dealer who rescued stolen Afghan ivories

Top Indian sculpture dealer warns against a too rigid interpretation of the 1970 Unesco Convention

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Book Club

In Pictures | Artists' astrological images through the ages

A new book explores the long and changing history of how horoscopes were depicted, from 15th-century Bohemian scorpions to the abstract paintings of Hilma af Klint

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Obituaries

Remembering Ian Jenkins, a scholar and British Museum curator who enriched all who met him with his passion for classical Greece

He was devoted to rediscovering the history of the museum's ancient sculpture collections and improving the display and understanding of the Parthenon Marbles

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Obituaries

Remembering Brigid Berlin: Mainstay of Andy Warhol's Factory who pioneered art of self-representation using Polaroids and cassettes

An upper-class rebel who became Warhol's best friend and "the only person who could yell at him"

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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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Book Club

Extract | Why I made Love is the Message—Arthur Jafa describes the inspiration for his seminal film

In a recently published Cahiers d’Art monograph, the US artist speaks about responding to “a tsunami of footage of Black people getting killed”

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Catalogues raisonnés

It is time for catalogues raisonnés to join the digital age

Printed publications can quickly become obsolete, so the ease with which a digital document can be revised is a godsend—and that is what makes many uneasy

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Book Club

In Pictures | Andy Warhol's explicit drawings from the 1950s that he never got to publish

New book brings together hundreds of images of nude young men, which “are imbued with an emotional vulnerability that few of his later works exhibit”

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Obituaries

Remembering Lindy Dufferin, artist and entrepreneur who used her Northern Ireland home as a centre of community and cultural exchange

A student of Duncan Grant and Oskar Kokoschka whose Clandeboye Yoghurt pictures made her the world’s “most famous disposable artist”

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Obituaries

Remembering Kenzo Takada, the designer and artist who created the first global, multicultural, fashion brand

In everything he made—clothes, spectacles inspired by his trademark round lenses, home furnishings, parfumerie—Takada's love of fine art remained close at hand

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Artists

Holiday gift guide 2020: artworks for every budget

From a £14.95 Fuck You 2020 bauble by Jeremy Deller to a £125,000 woodcut by Edvard Munch, we've assembled some our favourite stocking fillers

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Obituaries

Remembering Terence Conran: a design maestro who rose alongside groovy London in the Swinging Sixties

From Habitat to the Design Museum, from the Soup Kitchen to Quaglino’s, he transformed Britain’s cultural landscape

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Book Club

Extract | How artist couple Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore resisted the Nazis with their ‘paper bullets’

New book outlines the campaign led by the gender-fluid artists on the island of Jersey during the Second World War

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election 2020

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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Book Club

In Pictures | The eve of a US presidential election through the eyes of William Eggleston

A newly republished book by the renowned Memphis photographer documents the Deep South in the run-up to the 1976 election

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Video, film & new media

Take five: Steve McQueen quintet crowns an art-centred London Film Festival

Turner Prize winner’s series led a programme that celebrated the electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire and explored an unlikely allegiance of artist and criminal

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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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Book Club

Extract | The Guerrilla Girls say ‘get mad and keep up the fight’

An exclusive excerpt and images from a new book chronicling 35 years of “creative complaining” by the US-based feminist art collective

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Book Club

Ka-boom! How art history is embracing the comic book genre

Publishers looking for ways to draw in wider audiences to the lives and careers of famous artists are increasingly turning to graphic novels

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Artists

Opera as art: the rise of the artist as impresario

Marina Abramovic's opera The Seven Deaths of Maria Callas, which opened to a socially distanced audience in Munich last week, is the latest in a long history of artistic explorations of the art form

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Artists

What songs do contemporary artists listen to while they work? Tune in to our Spotify playlist to find out

From Joni Mitchell to Radiohead and Sun Ra, Michael Armitage, Jenny Saville, Chantal Joffe and Rashid Johnson reveal their favourite tracks

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Obituaries

Remembering Luchita Hurtado, painter, eco-warrior and witness to a century of art

The Venezuelan artist— associated with the founders of European Surrealism and the New York School in the 1940s—centred her art on nature and her own life story, and became a sensation in her 99th year

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Book Club

In Pictures | John Cage’s lifelong obsession with mushrooms

A new book looks at the artist and composer's love of all things mycological, including his fungi photograph collection and collaboration with illustrator Lois Long

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Book Club

Misogyny and making art in the shadow of Jackson Pollock—how Lee Krasner was shut out of art history

New digital publication argues that the late US artist is the “unacknowledged equal” of her superstar husband

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Book Club

In Pictures | Yayoi Kusama’s colourful life gets the graphic novel treatment

From naked performances in New York and her relationship with Joseph Cornell to hijacking the Venice Biennale, the Japanese artist is the subject of a new comic book by Elisa Macellari

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Book Club

Why Jeff Koons is so difficult to please, the strange Venice Biennale selection process and which collector is a game changer

A new book by Matthew Israel gives an insider’s view of the art world over the course of a year

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Grand Egyptian Museum

'Grand Egyptian Museum will be finished this year': behind the scenes of the giant $1bn project

We take a tour of Egypt’s vast antiquities museum—the future home of Tutankhamun’s treasures—before its long-awaited opening in 2021

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Book Club

Art, enlightenment and plenty of sex: life according to John Giorno

Some takeaways from the late US artist and poet’s new memoir Great Demon Kings

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Book Club

Extract | Philip Guston’s fascination with the ‘funnies’ was key to developing his distinctive later style

An exclusive excerpt from a forthcoming biography by art historian Robert Storr looks at the influence of comics as well as caricatures that the American-Canadian artist made of his contemporaries

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Art & Technology

Three-dimensional lift off: The Art Newspaper launches reviews of virtual art

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen the art world renew its engagement with virtual and augmented reality. Now is the time to give this format a critical framework

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Obituaries

Remembering Christo: a master wrapper whose boundless tenacity and charm redefined how art transforms its surroundings

With his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, the artist was a dreamer who got to realise his monumental, but ephemeral, dreams, all of them self-funded

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Book Club

In Pictures | Can’t travel to Venice? Immerse yourself in a new book on Turner’s paintings of the watery city

Five paintings and sketches by the British artist selected from a new book

Podcast

Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Plus, artist Rita Keegan on her postponed show and Julia Peyton-Jones on Leonardo. Produced in association with Christie's

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Personal stories of coronavirus

Lyle Ashton Harris revisits archival images of black joy and resistance amid lockdown

The Bronx-born artist says isolation has allowed the US a valuable opportunity "to be confronted with trauma so deep that it moves us from theory to action"

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Book Club

In Pictures | Eva Hesse and Hannah Wilke compared in new catalogue

A selection of photographs, plus the curator Eleanor Nairne tells us how the two artists had a love for liquid latex and were fuelled by grief

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Lost art

Lost Art: the disappearing art of how we buy art

How will the experience of art collecting change after the coronavirus pandemic?

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Book Club

How the photographer Gordon Parks upended stereotypes of policing and crime in America

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue to rage across the US, a newly released monograph on The Atmosphere of Crime series from the 1950s remains timely

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coronavirus

Significant art emerged from traumas of the past—will the pandemic prove different?

As the coronavirus crisis stretches on, we look at how artists have captured confinement in recent history and what is being done now

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s greatest hits

The artist duo made some of the most important and popular works of the 20th and early 21st century—here are their most memorable

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Obituaries

Remembering Germano Celant, champion of Arte Povera and a noted curator, critic and historian on both sides of the Atlantic

Italian impresario was a curator of contemporary art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and artistic director at the Fondazione Prada in Milan

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Book of the month

Reviewed: Warhol, A Life as Art by Blake Gopnik

Three Andy Warhol devotees give their take on the near-1000 page biography

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Book Club

Extract | Tribal identity, Tories and Tracey Emin: Grayson Perry reveals (even more) in updated book

Excerpts from the expanded monograph include how he was inspired by outsider art and the stresses of building a “Taj Mahal on the River Stour”

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Book Club

Extract | The story of Ruth Asawa and the secret gift from her teacher Josef Albers

An excerpt and images from a new biography on the sculptor who studied at the famous Black Mountain College and was interned during the Second World War

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Personal stories of coronavirus

Tara Rynders turns dance into a wellness tool for healthcare workers overwhelmed by coronavirus

After her performance in a New York City hospital was delayed due to the pandemic, Rynders started working full-time as a nurse specialist at a medical centre

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Second World War

What can we learn from museums during the Second World War?

On the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we look back at how art institutions adapted to wartime constraints, from tours without pictures to child's play

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Book Club

Extract | The late Peter Beard on being the only photographer to capture Francis Bacon’s work in progress

An excerpt, photographs and collages from the photographer’s re-released book

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Social media

The art world has thrown itself into live broadcasts online—but are they any good?

Livestreaming on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Zoom has exploded in the past few months

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Conservation & Preservation

Digital technologies allow us to create precise copies of artefacts—but what does this mean for the idea of 'authenticity'?

Online book demonstrates the groundbreaking work by Factum Foundation to create high-resolution facsimiles but also raises questions of value

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Digital art

'Born digital': the stalwart institutions that have been producing online art since long before Covid-19

As museums rush to upload online content during lockdown, we speak to some of the people who have been championing innovative digital work for years

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Video games

Game on: artists turn to the virtual world of video games during the pandemic

As lockdown continues, video games are proving to be ripe territory for artists and budding curators to experiment (and play)

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Museums & Heritage

The show must go on: what American curators are up to in isolation

How have curators been filling their time while their museums remain closed? Creatively, it turns out