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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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

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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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Cranach

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

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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

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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

Interview
Artist interview

Tomm El-Saieh: Part of the rhythm nation

The Haitian-born abstract painter’s work is bringinga Voodoo vibe to Miami

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Exhibitions

The top ten shows to see in Miami this week

From a look at artist’s studios at the ICA and Dara Friedman’s intimate films at Pamm, to Michele Oka Doner’s underwater explorations at the Lowe and the mystical artist Rafael Soriano at the Frost

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Philanthropy

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund awards $22m in grants to activist groups and social programmes

As well as backing arts-focused initiatives, the money will help support organisations working to make changes in government policy

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Law

Massachusetts Appeals Court grants injunction to block Berkshire Museum sale

The successful Hail Mary pass came just before deaccessioned works, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell, were due to be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Monday

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Conservation

Behind the seams at the Met’s Costume Institute

How the New York museum is leading the way in conserving half a millennium of style

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Art fairs

Benjamin Genocchio removed as director of Armory Show after reports of harassment

The New York Times reports that multiple women who worked with him said he made sexual comments and touched them inappropriately

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Deaccessioning

Berkshire Museum art sale to go ahead

A judge in Massachusetts has denied two motions to block next week’s auctions of deaccessioned works

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Law

Artforum’s publisher resigns following sexual harassment complaint

A former employee filed a lawsuit against the magazine after she says it tried to silence her and smear her name

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Heritage

World Monuments Fund recognises sites threatened by conflict, climate change and natural disasters

Cultural locations in the Caribbean, the US Gulf coast and Mexico hit by recent hurricanes and earthquakes were a last minute addition to the list

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Politics

US to pull out of Unesco by 2018

The State Department says the decision was based on concerns over funding and anti-Israel bias in the cultural organisation

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Public art

Whitney makes the case for David Hammons’s ‘ghost monument’ on the Hudson River

The museum presented its proposal for the public work at a community board meeting Wednesday night—and early reactions were positive

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Architecture

Four things to see during the Chicago Architecture Biennial

From imaginative scale models to a pop-up ‘freak’ show, we pick the must see projects around the city

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Biennials & festivals

Rehab and reuse top of agenda at Chicago Architecture Biennial

The second edition promises visionary solutions and a few surprises

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Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art finalises job description for director search

Search committee conducted "broad outreach" inside and outside the museum to define future leader’s desired traits

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Cultural exchange

MCA Chicago goes global

A new initiative aims to “embed within the DNA of the museum” a more international view of the art historical canon

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Museums

Florida museums assess damage and start repairs in Irma’s wake

The region’s arts institutions survived the storm largely intact, with some planning to reopen this week

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Museums

Miami museums hunker down ahead of Hurricane Irma

Florida declares a state of emergency and Miami Beach residents are urged to evacuate

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Land art

White House review could shrink protected land around Michael Heizer’s City

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report on national monuments recommends reductions but no details revealed

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Outer Space

Countdown begins for sculpture’s lift-off

Trevor Paglen and Nevada Museum Of Art crowdfund to launch his “purely artistic” satellite