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Bonhams owner floats sale of auction house at $1bn

Epiris private equity group, which owns the auction house, has reportedly approached JP Morgan Chase & Co to advise on the deal

Kabir Jhalaabout 7 hours ago

US authorities subpoena auction houses in effort to crack down on violations of Russian sanctions

Prosecutors in New York are seeking auction house sales information going back years in order to track potentially illicit transactions by sanctioned Russian collectors

Claire Voonabout 5 hours ago

Detroit arts organisations receive $23m in grants for digital initiatives from the Knight Foundation

The philanthropic organisation has named ten grantees of tech-focused investments

Torey Akersabout 3 hours ago

UK culture ministry shake up: Lucy Frazer named secretary for 'refocussed' department

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has overhauled the country's Department for Culture, Media and Sport Digital, dropping "digital" from its mandate

Tom Seymourabout 9 hours ago

Museums & Heritage

Huge earthquakes in Turkey and Syria devastate heritage sites including 2,000-year-old castle

Gaziantep Castle has been heavily damaged by quakes that have killed more than 1,000 people

Kabir Jhala1 day ago

Ancient Pompeii site installs 'invisible' solar panels that look like Roman terracotta tiles

New invisible technology is being used to generate electricity at the archaeological site—and will also be used for other historic buildings in Italy, Portugal and Croatia

Garry Shaw1 day ago

Art damaged in Brazil's revolt could become part of a memorial

Attack by far-right supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro has left some works of art beyond repair

Tom Nolanabout 11 hours ago

‘Extreme right’ attacks contributed to resignation of Madrid’s Reina Sofia museum director, open letter says

The museum community has leapt to the defence of the former leader of Spain's national museum of 20th-century art after a series of prominent articles accused him of internal rule-breaking and "political propaganda"

Tom Seymour1 day ago

Art market

Art Dubai will donate 50% of ticket sales to earthquake relief efforts in Syria and Turkey

“When there is a humanitarian disaster like the one unfolding in Turkey and Syria, a swift response is important,” says a spokesperson for the fair

Rawaa Talassabout 5 hours ago

‘Post-Brexit post-Covid fightback for London’: Masterpiece founders launch new fair in place of cancelled event

The London Summer Art Fair will open in June with around half the dealers of Masterpiece

Anny Shawabout 12 hours ago

Unusually large Brueghel the Younger painting—rediscovered in France—offered at Paris auction for €600,000

The work, depicting a village scene, is being sold at Hôtel Drouot

Sarah Belmontabout 15 hours ago

Biggest-ever India Art Fair aims to diversify pool of South Asian collectors

With the top level of the region's art market back in rude health, the Delhi fair is doubling down on fostering a new generation of buyers

Kabir Jhalaabout 14 hours ago

Book Club

‘That’s not enough’: Willem de Kooning’s advice to a young Wayne Thiebaud

An excerpt from one of Thiebaud’s final interviews, which features in the catalogue of a survey at the Fondation Beyeler, reveals how the US artist arrived at his signature style

Jason Edward Kaufmanabout 10 hours ago

An expert’s guide to Johannes Vermeer: five must-read books (and a website) on the Dutch Old Master

All you ever wanted to know about Vermeer, from a “legendary” show catalogue to an illustrated book for kids—selected by the curators Pieter Roelofs and J.M. Gregor Weber

Q&A: Jennifer Higgie on her new book about spiritualism and its importance to early Modernist women artists

The former editor of Frieze magazine says the idea that modernity had to be rational, cool and atheist was detrimental to art

Louisa Buckabout 12 hours ago

What will museums of the future be like? Three key takeaways from a new book

András Szántó spoke to 21 architects about how museum architecture is shaping up, here are some of his findings

András Szántóabout 10 hours ago

Exhibitions

Magnificent masterpieces by Donatello head to London's Victoria and Albert Museum

The first major UK exhibition dedicated to the radical Italian Renaissance master will also include important works from the museum's own collection

Abstract Expressionism’s forgotten women and their international contemporaries emerge from the shadows

An ambitious exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Gallery will celebrate the female artists from around the world who, against the odds, helped redefine art in the post-war period

Peter Doig: the painter making prints from poems, and swapping the Caribbean for the Courtauld

The Scottish-born artist tells us about his connection to the works of Cézanne, Matisse and Pissarro, and his fruitful collaboration with the Saint Lucian poet Derek Walcott

Oxford exhibition unearths the fascinating story of Minoan culture and its discovery

Ashmolean Museum show will reveal how the excavations of its former keeper 100 years ago helped popularise a Minoan world of mythological minotaurs and labyrinths

The art of the obit: Adam McEwen on his hypothetical obituaries of living celebrities who are ‘guides to life’

The Art Newspaper’s obituaries editor speaks to the New York artist about how his journalistic training informs his tributes to figures like Greta Thunberg and Dolly Parton

The Week in Art

A podcast bringing you the latest news from the art world, every week

What will happen to Ukraine's museum collections after the war?

Plus, Okwui Enwezor’s Sharjah Biennial and Ming Smith at New York's Museum of Modern Art

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speakers Martin Bailey and Nadine Khalil. Produced by David Clack and Aimee Dawson
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Adventures with Van Gogh

Adventures with Van Gogh is a weekly blog by Martin Bailey, our long-standing correspondent and expert on the artist. Published every Friday, his stories range from newsy items about this most intriguing artist to scholarly pieces based on his own meticulous investigations and discoveries.

Hidden in a London attic, I discovered a Bible inscribed by Van Gogh

Vincent and his young English friend Harry Gladwell read the book cover-to-cover in their Paris lodgings—possibly praying to avoid the temptations of Montmartre

Russia-Ukraine war

The latest news on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Special investigation: Serious concerns over fate of Ukraine’s museum works taken by Russians

The Art Newspaper probes the complex issues arising from the removal of the Kherson Museum’s collection, sent to Crimea for “safekeeping”

Unesco adds Ukrainian city of Odesa to World Heritage List of endangered sites

The decision "recognises the outstanding universal value of the site and the duty of all humanity to protect it", the UN cultural organisation states

'Scythian gold is at the heart of Russia’s identity war'

Art historian and curator Konstantin Akinsha asserts that Russian attempts to claim succession from the ancient Scythians date back to the 18th century

A brush with... podcast

A podcast that asks artists the questions you've always wanted to

A brush with... Tess Jaray

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Henri Matisse to W.G. Sebald

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Documentary about Nan Goldin and her opioid crisis activism earns Oscar nomination

Laura Poitras's film, which follows Goldin's campaign against members of the Sackler family, has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category

Artist Ai Weiwei reads Dalai Lama's new letter to the world: 'The Art of Hope'

The video and message are part of the digital art platform Circa's new art commissions for public screens and billboards around the world

Can this ‘art world outsider’ draw in an art-curious YouTube crowd?

Hosted by a science writer and actor, the Getty’s "Becoming Artsy" video series ditches the traditional documentary delivery of art history in favour of emotion, drama and fun

Playing with history: how heritage and archaeology are transforming video games

Gaming offers educational and licensing opportunities for historic sites and cultural institutions

Books

The fine art of satire: an indispensable guide to the life and imagination of James Gillray

A monumental biography of the political caricaturist who is one of the greatest draughtsmen in the history of British art

Obituaries

'Godmother of Miami's art scene', Mira Lehr, has died aged 88

Lehr was the co-founder of the Continuum women's art collective and used her art to address the challenges of global warming and rising sea levels

Alfred Leslie, rising star of Abstract Expressionism who embraced figuration, has died, aged 95

After rising to prominence in New York’s AbEx scene of the 1950s, Leslie devoted much of his career to honing a style of monumental figuration that was decades ahead of its time

'A south London version of the fabled homunculus': Norman Rosenthal remembers the multi-talented artist Tom Phillips

In a six-decade career, the British artist also composed and performed music, published books and was an expert on African art

Remembering Vivienne Westwood, godmother of punk and designer to the art tribe, who has died aged 81

The outspoken and original couturier referenced historical costume along with portraiture and campaigned for free access to museums

Green is the New Black

In this monthly column, our correspondent Louisa Buck looks at how the art industry is responding to our climate and ecological crisis

The Year Ahead: 2023

After three years of uncertainty, the outlook for the art world in 2023 seems bright—and The Art Newspaper is excited to bring you this guide to the year ahead, including the best exhibitions, fairs and biennials worldwide.

2022: The Year in Review

The Art Newspaper team looks back on the first "post-Covid" year, which was tumultuous in the art world—and beyond

Exhibitions in 2022: the best shows and major trends of the year

Big hitters were the subject of major shows, from Donatello in Florence to Faith Ringgold in New York and Alice Neel in Paris

The art market in 2022: art fair shake ups, single owner auctions and an NFT winter

Despite headline figures of record sales, is the art world's bull market coming to an end?

The Year in Art: We take a look at 2022’s biggest stories—and what they mean

Plus, our writers sit down to discuss their favourite works of the year

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speakers Louisa Buck, Kabir Jhala and Benjamin Sutton. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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