Gareth Harris

Chief contributing editor at The Art Newspaper

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The Year Ahead 2020

New museums and major expansions opening in 2020

From Tutankhamun's new king-sized home in Cairo to Munch's sleek space in Oslo, here is our pick of the big openings this year

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Prizes

Turner prize 2020 show is cancelled and replaced with £100,000 fund for artists

Ten £10,000 "Turner Bursaries" to be announced late June

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Climate Change

Inverleith House reinvents as climate crisis venue in partnership with Serpentine Galleries

Historic Edinburgh gallery will become ‘Climate House’ following £150,000 lifeline funding award from Outset

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Book Club

What has the Whitechapel gallery chief Iwona Blazwick been reading during lockdown?

The London-based curator has been perusing publications on science fiction, avant-garde cabarets and all things witchy

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Three to see

Three virtual readings to check out this weekend

From Maurizio Cattelan's Bedtime Stories to Neïl Beloufa's post-capitalist fable featuring camels and foxes

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Protest

'Impeach Bolsonaro': artist hangs black cloths on Brazilian Embassy in Paris to protest against president

Julio Villani's banners symbolise his “ongoing determination, revolt and despair” at the Brazilian leader's handling of the coronavirus crisis

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Media & broadcast

BBC Four—UK's specialist arts TV channel—saved from the chop

Critics say new strategy means station will become a home for repeats with less investment in arts programming

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Charity

Put your art where your mouth is: leading British artists design masks for charity

David Shrigley, Linder, Eddie Peake and Yinka Shonibare have created facemasks to raise funds for UK museums and artists

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Digital Age

DIY curating: UK galleries mount virtual shows on lockdown using new digital tool

Art UK's Curations initiative enables “anyone anywhere with internet access” to create an exhibition using the national image database

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Biennials & festivals

Venice Art Biennale delayed until 2022, now the same year as Documenta

Organisers say "it is impossible to move forward within the set time limits in the realisation of such a complex and worldwide exhibition"

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Social media

What are some of Tracey Emin's favourite works? Musée d'Orsay invites artists to delve into its collection on Instagram

British artist chooses some of the Paris museum's sexiest art in new lockdown project

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Book Club

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

An extract and photographs 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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Three to see

Three shows to see online this weekend

From a collaborative series between the New Museum and Rhizome to Modern Art Oxford's virtual tours

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Social media

Long lost families reunited: social media campaign uncovers the links between objects across UK museums

Galleries on lockdown connect online during coronavirus pandemic using #CollectionsUnited

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Book Club

What has the art world been reading during the coronavirus lockdown? Part two

Curators, directors and art historians tell us about the books they have been reading and revisiting

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Heritage

Battle to save concrete Picasso murals in Oslo intensifies after MoMA steps in

“Workers at the Y-Block site have started drilling, but it’s worrying as once they start moving the mural, it will crack,” says co-creator’s daughter

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Prizes

Hong Kong artist's sombre still life with a tear gas canister vase wins Human Rights arts prize

Jeremy Deller judged the sixth edition which is backed by the European Union

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Museums

Blockbuster Edward Hopper show is relaunched as Swiss museums come out of 'recent slumber'

Museums in South Korea and Hong Kong have also started reopening after coronavirus lockdowns

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Exhibitions

Salisbury Cathedral marks 800th anniversary with virtual show featuring Mark Wallinger and Grayson Perry

Works were installed throughout the historic building before lockdown

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Biennials & festivals

‘In two and a half years, who knows where the world will be’—Lyon Biennale curators reveal why exhibition was pushed back from 2021 to 2022

Pressure on resources play a part as well as ethical issues in the wake of coronavirus

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Three artsy culinary challenges for homebound cooks this weekend

From the Museum of Modern Art's home cooking interviews to the Blanton Museum's bakeoff

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s fortune cookie piece to pop up in 1,000 locations worldwide

“Writers, curators, artists and friends of Felix’s” will be asked to take part in participatory work

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Greatest myths? Did he always wear his wig? Would he be on Instagram? Biographer Blake Gopnik speaks about Andy Warhol

An Instagram Live interview with the writer of a new biography on the famous US artist

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame spire competition has stalled, says artist Wim Delvoye who submitted a 'fireproof' design

Debate about the spire is intensifying with battle lines drawn between traditional and contemporary camps

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Prizes

Artist Gary Hume says National Portrait Gallery should 'bite the bullet' and cut ties with oil giant BP

Fuel company's decision to withdraw from the BP Portrait Award judging panel was a missed opportunity to end sponsorship relationship, artist believes

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Prizes

Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight wins Pulitzer prize

Writer was recognised for his criticism of Lacma’s controversial expansion plan

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Frieze New York

Wanted: land-art sponsor to bury Christoph Büchel's aircraft in sand

The Swiss artist is seeking sponsors this week at Frieze New York for his new project Terminal, which involves burying a Boeing 727 jetliner in the California desert

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Controversies

Director of France’s national furniture collection defends plans to sell 100 items at auction to aid healthcare workers

Move prompts fears that works from national museum collections could be sold off too

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Book Club

What is the curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist reading during lockdown?

The artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries has been inspired by his daily walks and ‘animal interviews’ to revisit one of his favourite books about trees

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Reopenings update: Uffizi Galleries drastically cut capacity and launch TikTok account

Perrotin Gallery leads commercial charge by launching two-month rotating show involving 26 Paris dealers

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Three to see

Three museum collections to explore from home this weekend

From the Centre Pompidou's #PompidouVIP to the Whitney's focus on recent acquisitions by living artists

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Controversies

'Intrusive addition': Antony Gormley’s memorial to mathematician Alan Turing draws fire

Some critics endorse the proposed sculpture for Cambridge University while others question the competition process

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Book Club

What is the collector Eugenio Re Rebaudengo reading during lockdown?

The Turin-based art patron enjoys learning about artist rivalries and delving into the Francis Bacon catalogue raisonné, among other things

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One-way visitor traffic and a ban on audio tours: guidelines for reopening museums emerge

Brussels museums release their planned safety measures along with the museum ethics organisation Cimam

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Book Club

What is the curator Chrissie Iles reading during lockdown?

The Whitney Museum of American Art curator delights in learning about the global culture of the Middle Ages and finds lessons for the future in a Cauleen Smith monograph

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Book Club

What is the art world reading during the coronavirus lockdown?

Curators and directors tell us about their new favourite books as The Art Newspaper launches its Book Club

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Obituaries

'She transcends genres and brings together beauty, text and form': tributes to Zarina Hashmi who has died, aged 83

The Indian artist was known for her innovations in printmaking and her reflections on the 1947 Partition

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Exhibitions

Organisers of Van Eyck blockbuster bank on possible €3.5m insurance payout to refund ticketholders

“Once in a lifetime exhibition”, which closed early due to the coronavirus outbreak, will not be extended

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coronavirus

UK could lose half of its creative businesses, say key cultural figures in open letter

The Art Newspaper has compiled a list of UK and international financial aid for arts businesses

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Museums

Museums in Belgium and Italy to reopen mid-May under phased lifting of lockdown

Belgian museum director says his institution is “ready to serve as a test room”

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Three to see

Three artist studios to visit from home this weekend

From Oliver Beer's “eerily quiet” studio to a behind-the-scenes look at how Letícia Ramos produces her photograms

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coronavirus

'I faced the reality of emptiness': artist Michelangelo Pistoletto on surviving coronavirus

The 86-year-old Arte Povera pioneer says humanity has reached its limits and must find new ways to live post-pandemic

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Art education

Wave of museum educator redundancies worldwide sparks open letter

Art historians and curators urge galleries to support education staff during coronavirus crisis

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Conservation

New secrets of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring to be revealed online next week

Mauritshuis museum's detailed technical examination uncovers new findings on the Dutch artist's brushwork, pigments and technique

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Earth Day

Olafur Eliasson wants us to see the world differently through his new Instagram animations

The Danish-Icelandic artist is releasing the participatory social media project in celebration of Earth Day

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Acquisitions

UK Science Museum group is building a coronavirus collection in response to pandemic

Other institutions reflect on ethical concerns linked to Covid-19 material

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Obituaries

Photographer Peter Beard—friend and muse to Bacon and Warhol—has died aged 82

His body was found almost three weeks after he disappeared from his home in Montauk on the East End of Long Island

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coronavirus

V&A chair had 'Bruegel-like' delirium after contracting Covid-19

Nicholas Coleridge describes “icy legs” symptoms and how doctors undoubtedly saved his life

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Three to see

Three social media feeds to scroll through this weekend

From hilarious tweets from Tim of the National Cowboy Museum to trivia and doodle challenges from the Royal Academy of Arts

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Restoration

Glasgow School of Art will be back as a 'working art school' but restoration is mired in delays

Almost two years after fire ravaged the Mackintosh building, debate intensifies over future plans for the site

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Art market

Socially distant but financially fruitful: George Condo's lonely drawings sell out online

Works made during lockdown were priced between $100,000 and $125,000 in Hauser & Wirth's virtual show

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Fundraising

Artist Katie Paterson raises money for domestic abuse victims at risk during coronavirus outbreak

For a charitable donation, the Scottish visual artist is selling 1,000 digital copies of one of her books based on the universe

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Conservation

Important underdrawings in 15th-century nativity triptych revealed in time for Easter

Restoration on the Bellini workshop piece at Venice studio was halted by coronavirus outbreak

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Few to view

A few art films and videos to see at home this weekend

From Mark di Suvero's poetry readings to Faustin Linyekula's performance in a cavernously empty Tate Modern

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Kara Walker

Kara Walker’s celebrated Tate fountain—closed to the public early due to coronavirus—will be destroyed

The artist had previously said that she hoped “some aspect of it would have another life”

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British Museum

Mary Beard wades into restitution debate in her first blog post as a new British Museum trustee

"Museums have always been controversial. Who should be allowed in? And on what terms?" asks the celebrated classicist

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Commissions

Inspired by Italy's spontaneous singing, museums commission artists to make 'balcony art' during coronavirus crisis

Fourteen artists have been asked by the L’Internationale museum group to participate in the project, which supports artists with "quick, modest commissions"

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Arts funding

'Save Italian culture from suffocation': art world leaders sign petition calling for national art fund in the wake of coronavirus crisis

Signatories include leaders at Rome's MaXXI Museum and Venice’s civic museums as well as the artist Paola Pivi

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Openings

Opening of Cairo's greatly anticipated $1bn Grand Egyptian Museum delayed again because of coronavirus

Huge new complex for Egypt's antiquities—which was originally scheduled to open in 2011—will be delayed until 2021

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Heritage

Unesco denounces construction project near Lebanon's ancient archaeological site Nahr El-Kalb

In an open letter, the organisation criticises building work in the historic area, which is on the nomination list to become a World Heritage site

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Auctions

Charity auction raises more than €2m for French healthcare workers

Paris-based auction house Piasa hosted online sale of 370 works donated by artists, designers and galleries

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Centre Pompidou

Serge Lasvignes re-appointed as president of Centre Pompidou

French government endorses his strategy of establishing satellite branches overseas

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Three to see

Three arty things to do at home this weekend

From the Getty's challenge to re-create masterpieces using three items to Firstsite’s activity pack with Antony Gormley and Gillian Wearing

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Art market

La Biennale Paris relies on government funding bailout to support dealers during coronavirus crisis

Exhibitors at the art and antiques fair in September will not have to pay the usual advance deposit and allowed to spread out payment over four months

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Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai—the Arab world's biggest ever event—now likely to open in 2021 due to coronavirus

Major visual arts programme still planned for multidisciplinary culture and science showcase in the United Arab Emirates

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coronavirus

Private galleries give some profits to public health organisations battling coronavirus

Hauser & Wirth is donating 10% of profits from its online exhibitions to “both local and global causes” as part of its new #artforbetter initiative

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Museums

Tasmanian museum live streams 'human canvas' whose artist-designed tattoos are worth €150,000

Tim Steiner, whose entire back is covered in an ink piece created by Wim Delvoye, will sit in the empty Mona museum until the end of April

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Versailles goes virtual as French government launches digital programme to help history students on lockdown

The palace’s online platform will offer virtual reality experiences and a Game of Thrones-themed quiz

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Goodman Gallery is selling artist-designed blankets to raise funds for a Johannesburg clinic

Artists participating in the project include Broomberg & Chanarin, Nolan Oswald Dennis and Reza Farkhondeh

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Turkish government slammed for crowds at heritage sites as ticket collector reportedly dies from coronavirus

Worker at Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace is believed to have contracted Covid-19, leading state to be criticised for not closing tourist attractions quick enough

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Museums

Centre Pompidou was about to sign a deal for a satellite space in South Korea—before coronavirus struck

Curators at French museum plan to launch video game centred on contemporary art while its Shanghai satellite reopens to the public

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Restitution

'We want to be part of the solution': UK museum says it is open to discussing fate of Benin bronze after prince demands its return

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery wants to work in tandem with the Benin Dialogue Group, which is made up of institutions that hold the majority of the pieces

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Obituaries

Albert Uderzo, the artist behind French cartoon icon Asterix, dies aged 92

"Asterix really showed me that history could be fun and daft,” says the Irish archaeologist Neil Jackman as tributes are paid to the artist

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coronavirus

Here's how to apply for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic if you're self-employed or a small business in the arts

We have gathered information about grants and loans around the world to help you get through the Covid-19 crisis

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There are more than 200 works for you to explore in this online Frida Kahlo exhibition

Google Arts & Culture is working with 33 museums to host this epic show of the Mexican artist

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Coronavirus: Manifesta 13 in Marseille on hold and Sydney Biennale goes virtual with Google Arts & Culture

Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art has also been postponed