Helen Stoilas

Editor, Americas

Interview
Artist interview

Robot wars: Mark Pauline and Survival Research Laboratories

The Bay Area artist and his team build massive machines that act in dangerous performances—and they are opening their first gallery show in New York

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Economics

Trump wants to axe the NEA. Yes, again.

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

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Censorship

Protests against Cuba’s censorship law continue as Havana Bienal opening nears

A new report by the non-profit organisation Pen America calls for the repeal of Decree 349 while Cuban artists ask for solidarity from biennial participants

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Exhibitions

Storm King to stage major survey of Mark Dion’s environmental installations

The 500-acre sculpture park and museum in upstate New York is a fitting venue for the artist’s ecologically minded work

Preview
Biennials & festivals

Honolulu Biennial focuses on indigenous artists and local issues

The second edition of the biennial takes a proudly Pacific-centred view

Interview
Collecting

Collector's Eye: an interview with Cheech Marin

The actor and comedian tells us what he's bought and why he loves it

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Museums

James Turrell’s PS1 installation off view due to encroaching development

A temporary scaffolding from a nearby high rise has interrupted the view in the much loved skyspace work

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US politics

NEA, Smithsonian museums and National Gallery of Art to reopen

A temporary budget deal ended the US government shutdown on Friday, allowing state-funded arts organisations to get back to work

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Sculpture

US government shutdown shuts down Trevor Paglen's space sculpture

The closure of the Federal Communications Commission has delayed the deployment of the work

Preview
The Year Ahead 2019

Which exhibitions will be the blockbusters of 2019?

Major Leonardo and Rembrandt anniversaries mean a wealth of shows focusing on the Old Masters, but Tintoretto, the Bauhaus or Bill Viola could be dark horses

In association withQatar Museums

Interview
Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

Bill Fontana: Miami sound machine

The artist and composer’s new South Florida-specific installation is an evocative experience

Feature
Art fairs

Behind the scenes: Diary of an art handler

Having to cope with everything from curious koi to melting Vaseline, an art handler’s working days are certainly never dull

Feature
Museums

You have to renovate to accumulate: three South Florida museums expand in very different ways

The Norton Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College show that museum expansions can take different sizes and forms

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

Tania Bruguera and fellow artists released from Cuban jail

Cuba's culture ministry waters down Decree 349, a new controversial censorship law

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2018

From the archive: headlines from our 15 years (so far) at Art Basel in Miami Beach

We look back at our very first set of daily papers in 2004

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Exhibitions

Top shows to see in Miami this week

From a tribute to the feminist stalwart Judy Chicago at the ICA to a reunion of the AfriCOBRA artist at MoCA

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Museums & Heritage

Mass Moca adds another decade to its long-running Sol LeWitt show

The museum celebrates the tenth anniversary of the installation, which is still "full of surprises"

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Three to see

Three shows to see in New York this weekend

Celebrate Halloween with Frankenstein, Harry Potter and scary conspiracies

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Art fairs

Art Basel to bring Abraham Cruzvillegas’ acrobatic Autorreconstrucción to Miami Beach

While the Public and Film sectors are not taking place this year, the large-scale performance and installation work will be shown free to the public in the convention centre's new 60,000 sq ft Grand Ballroom

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Prizes

The 2018 biennial Hugo Boss Prize goes to Simone Leigh

The artist’s work draws upon the visual culture of the black diaspora, ideas of beauty, ethnographic research and feminist discourse

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Saudi Arabia

Columbia University cancels talk with Saudi artist Ahmed Mater amid scrutiny over the kingdom’s cultural funding

The Metropolitan and the Brooklyn museums have also decided not to use money from the Crown Prince’s arts organisation for related events

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Economics

What comes after the bailout for Greece’s art world?

As the country’s economy moves towards recovery, we asked art figures to reflect on the crisis and look towards the future

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Museums

Met plans to leave Breuer building, making way for the Frick

The Brutalist structure will house Frick’s historic collection during expansion of its 70th Street home

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From righteous indignation to interactive play

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Artists

Is this the future of catalogues raisonnés?

A new online database of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings offers a template for a more up-to-date—and richer—resource

Comment
Politics

Why arts journalism matters: because art matters

Even in arts journalism, one can see the effects of President Trump's inflammatory rhetoric against the press

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Lucas Cranach the Elder

Goudstikker heir files petition for rare rehearing of Cranach claim

Marei von Saher asks an appeals court in California to reconsider her case against the Norton Simon Museum

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Museums

New York to LA: Klaus Biesenbach to take over MoCA

The board of the West Coast “artists’ museum” welcomes the MoMA PS1 director with open arms

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Politics

US dealers move against Trump’s proposed 10% tariff on Chinese art and antiques

Public hearings on the government’s plans are due to be held in Washington, DC in August

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Exhibitions

A match made in heaven: Bill Viola to be shown alongside Michelangelo at the Royal Academy

The exhibition will examine themes of spirituality and mortality in both artists’ work

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Law

Dalí foundation sues California museum for use of artist’s name and image

Monterey’s Dalí17, which displays the 500-work private collection of the Ukrainian-born real estate developer Dimitry Piterman, features the Surrealist’s face—complete with upturned moustache—on its logo

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Politics

Spotlight on the harrowing image that shamed Trump

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

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Philanthropy

Art for Justice Fund gives out $10m in new grants—including to art projects

The second round of funding will support works themed around incarceration by Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas and Titus Kaphar, and a planned installation on the High Line

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Public art

Public review open for David Hammons’s Day’s End proposal

The “ghost monument” in Hudson River Park would be paid for and maintained by the Whitney Museum

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Law

Anish Kapoor sues NRA for copyright infringement

An image of his Chicago sculpture Cloud Gate was used in a video by the gun lobby that the artist says “seeks to whip up fear and hate”

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Artist interview

Trevor Paglen lets you view the world as the machines see it

Ahead of his retrospective at Washington, DC's Smithsonian American Art Museum, the artist discusses his interest in the social and political implications of technologies, including mass surveillance systems and artificial intelligence

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United States

Shooting at New Jersey arts festival injures 22 people

The incident has been attributed to gang violence and one suspect was believed to have been killed by police

Interview
Art Basel 2018

Theaster Gates: ‘There’s no better Madonna than my mother’

Artist sets up printing press in Basel to explore ‘Black Madonna’ theme

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Google and the World Monuments Fund highlight Iraqi heritage under threat

Using drone footage, 3D models and videos, the tech giant is working with cultural institutions to make preservation efforts accessible to a larger public

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Science and Art

Artists deliver climate-change message that time is running out

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

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Obituaries

LOVE artist Robert Indiana has died, aged 89

The artist’s death came the day after a lawsuit was filed over his legacy

Comment
Exhibitions

‘How can we judge a work of art that was inspired by a person’s faith?’

The Reverend James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author, on what Catholics can take away from the Met’s Heavenly Bodies exhibition

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Obituaries

Chicago dealer Richard Gray has died, aged 89

The gallerist and patron was a key figure in the city’s art scene for more than 50 years

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Sexual assault

Four women including arts and culture producer Tanya Selvaratnam accuse New York Attorney General of abuse

After denying the allegations, Eric Schneiderman resigned his post on Monday

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Frieze New York

Meet the dumpster-diving artist who turns your garbage into art

Scotland's Kevin Harman is showing his latest sculpture at Frieze New York

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Acquisitions

George Lucas gives Rockwell fans new hope with acquisition of Shuffleton’s Barbershop

The work will first goes on loan in Massachusetts and possibly elsewhere

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Museums

Supreme Court Justice greenlights Berkshire Museum’s art sale

The institution can now go ahead with plans to auction works from its collection to raise up to $55m for a renovation

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Art fairs

Artists to plant protest flags and stage processions at Frieze New York

Visitors to the fair will see banners by Adam Pendelton, Hank Willis Thomas, Lara Schnitger and Renée Green among others as part of the Live programme curated by Adrienne Edwards

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Martin Luther King

Harlem gallery performance evokes Martin Luther King Jr’s final moments

Jazz musician Melvin Gibbs remembers the Civil Rights Leader’s death and the impact it had on the African American community at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

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Art's Most Popular

What is the most cultured city in the US?

Think Grand Rapids, Bentonville or Houston—but not New York

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Appointments & departures

Helen Molesworth is out as LA MoCA's chief curator

The director Philippe Vergne reportedly fired her as the two clashed over the museum's programming

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Protest

Nan Goldin leads anti-opioid protest at the Met's Sackler Wing

In their first direct action, the artist and her activist group PAIN tossed prescription pill bottles labelled OxyContin into the moat surrounding the Temple of Dendur and staged a die-in

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Armory Extra 2018

Cape Town gallery blank projects wins $10,000 Presents Booth Prize

The space is showing works that touch on identity by the South African artists Igshaan Adams and Cinga Samson

Analysis
Art market

ADAA's Art Show misses Armory week crowds, but focused displays of challenging works still prove popular

Exhibitors reflect on how art market has changed since the 1980s at 30th edition of New York fair

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Video, film & new media

Hirshhorn to reschedule Krzysztof Wodiczko’s monumental projection after Florida school shooting

The 30-year-old piece showing two hands holding a gun and a candle is "strangely familiar and at once unbearably relevant", the artist says

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Philanthropy

Meet the collector who signed away her masterpiece to reform the criminal justice system

Agnes Gund talks to us about how she uses her philanthropy to push for change

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Politics

Trump wants to axe NEA and other culture agencies—again

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

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Artists

Artists back Nan Goldin’s call to hold Sackler family to account over US opioid crisis

"Maybe the Sacklers don’t care, but we should give them the chance to discuss solutions, and if they rebuff, then f*** them"—Jeremy Deller

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Sexual harassment

Billionaire casino owner and collector Steve Wynn accused of pervasive sexual misconduct

A report in the Wall Street Journal, based on statements from dozens of employees, describes a pattern of harassment, but Wynn calls assault allegations “preposterous”

Podcast

Podcast episode 16: Charles I at the Royal Academy—an exhibition fit for a king

We pick apart the latest smash hit show to open in London with art historian Bendor Grosvenor, then complete our 2018 preview with a look at the big exhibitions coming to the US this year

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Protest

Online petition demands Sacklers and Purdue Pharma pay for rehab centres and Narcan dispensers

The activist group founded by the artist Nan Goldin, who revealed her struggles with opioid addiction, says it intends to pressure museums to refuse the philanthropic family’s money

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

From Marilyn Minter's pleasant disruption to a celebratory goodbye in Harlem

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Museums

New York’s Metropolitan Museum to charge out-of-town visitors

City residents and students from New Jersey and Connecticut will still be able to pay what they wish

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Preservation

‘The president stole your land’

Multiple lawsuits launched in the wake of Trump’s decision to shrink national parks in Utah

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Law

Jewish Museum severs ties with curator Jens Hoffmann over sexual harassment allegations

While the former Artforum publisher Knight Landesman moves to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him

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Performance art

Zardulu behind video of iguana appearing in Miami family’s toilet

The performance piece, viewed by millions as a viral news story, was based on an ancient Greek myth of Kronos usurping the throne of Ouranos, the artist tells us

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

In pictures: Art Basel in Miami Beach Public sector

Artists claim their turf in Miami Beach

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Miami’s YoungArts foundation creates grant to mentor artists fresh out of school

Daniel Arsham will also mentor the winners, including the inaugural fellow Shenequa

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Rauschenberg draws the crowds

The artist's "fast entertainment for people in stress" is for sale at Art Basel in Miami Beach

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Saudi prince revealed as mystery buyer of the Salvator Mundi

News sent Twitter into a tizzy