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Sam Gilliam, a painter revered for draped canvases rich in colour, has died, aged 88

The abstract painter associated with the Washington Color School achieved global renown beginning in the 1970s for his unique uses of colour and canvas

Wallace Ludelabout 11 hours ago

FBI raids Florida museum, seizing 25 Basquiat paintings amid questions regarding their authenticity

The works had purportedly been sitting in a storage unit for 30 years before resurfacing in 2012 and eventually going on view at the Orlando Museum of Art

Wallace Ludelabout 13 hours ago

Reversing course after shakeup, San Francisco school board votes to keep controversial George Washington murals on view

Previously destined to be painted over, then simply covered up, the WPA frescoes have been at the centre of debates about US history, education and representation for four years

Claire Voonabout 14 hours ago

Cuban government sentences dissident artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara to five years in prison

After more than a year in prison, Otero Alcántara was convicted of “insulting national symbols” for using the Cuban flag in is work in what the government considered a disrespectful way.

Daniel Cassadyabout 10 hours ago

From Whitechapel to Saudi Arabia: Iwona Blazwick takes up a new post as AlUla public art supremo

Drive to rebrand Middle Eastern country as a cultural destination underpinned by human rights concerns

Gareth Harrisabout 17 hours ago

Art market

Galleries bring out the 'big guns' for Tefaf Maastricht—but sales are slower than usual

Dealers say that the two-year gap between the Dutch fair's editions has helped galleries to bring higher quality works

Jane Morrisabout 21 hours ago

Su-suit-io: Alamo experts sue authors of a book suggesting they sold phoney artefacts from the battle to British pop star Phil Collins

The authors of the book imply that antiquities dealer Alexander McDuffie and historian Joseph Musso faked inscriptions and fraudulently authenticated artefacts that were set for a revamped Alamo site

South London galleries join forces and relocate to Fitzrovia as emerging art market matures

Castor and Indigo+Madder are jointly taking a space and will share offices and viewing rooms—though will operate separate exhibition programmes

Art Basel is not just an art fair, it is a technology platform

The emergence of NFTs has ignited the concept of "platforms" in the art world, but they are already everywhere

Russia-Ukraine war

The latest news on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

One of Ukraine's leading avant-garde artists to get major presentation at Tefaf Maastricht

Works by Oleksandr Bohomazov, priced up to €1.75m, will be presented by James Butterwick and Modernism galleries

New St Petersburg fair launches during Art Basel as Russia’s art scene copes with new reality

The new 1703 contemporary art fair, sponsored by the Kremlin-controlled Gazprom, overlaps exactly with the Swiss fair, which has long been a destination for Russian collectors

Museums & Heritage

Faculty at the ArtCenter College of Design in Southern California vote to form union

Faculty at the school voted 60% in favour of forming the union, which will represent some 700 people

Historic Beirut house damaged in city's devastating port explosion is reconstructed at Victoria & Albert Museum in London

The work charts an architect’s personal crusade to restore one of the finest remaining examples of Ottoman-Venetian homes in Old Beirut.

Indigenous tribes will co-manage Utah’s long-contested Bears Ears National Monument

The governance and size of the monument have been disputed for years, and Utah Republicans are still trying to block president Biden's 2021 expansion of its boundaries

New dam could drown ancient Iraqi city of Ashur

Having survived Islamic State, Assyrian capital is under threat once again

Exhibitions

Slow down and consider Katherina Fritsch’s first Greek exhibition—a ‘retrospective’ with a difference

This perfectly formed show at the George Economou Collection in Athens provides a complex self-portrait of one of our most thoughtful contemporary artists

Fish scales, nettles and banana leaf? Exhibition of traditional Japanese garments made with unusual materials opens in Minneapolis

A show at the Minneapolis Institute of Art displays more than 120 Japanese textiles made from the stuff of nature

Move aside Paul McCartney! Ai Weiwei and Ai-Da the robot to debut work at this year's Glastonbury Festival in England

At the Somerset music event, the Chinese dissident artist is screening a film about his family's history as prisoners of conscience

More than 100 artists will feature in the 2022 edition of the Carnegie International, America’s longest-running recurring exhibition

The exhibition, titled ‘Is it morning for you yet’ and curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, opens in Pittsburgh on 24 September

Documenta drama: the six most controversial (and confusing) things we saw at the Kassel exhibition

The opening of the quinquennial, curated by Indonesian collective ruangrupa, featured overworked employees and a BDSM party with a provocative entry policy

Books

Rich volume examining knights and their shining armour goes beyond popular romantic notions

Book provides excellent overview of the history of and meaning behind orders, tournaments and armour

Janet Dickinsonabout 22 hours ago

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.

London's 'spectacular' 2024 Van Gogh show will focus on the artist’s greatest period—we delve into the details

“Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers” at the National Gallery will be presented in themes, tracing the story of his stay in Provence

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The Week in Art

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

Documenta 15: why is the show so scandalous?

Plus, the Warhol-Prince copyright dispute, and Juan Muñoz at Spain’s Centro Botin

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Book Club

Old Master meets YBAs: James Cahill tells us all about his debut novel

The author explains why his new coming-of-age novel is set against the backdrop of the 1990s art world and what drew him to the paintings of the titular Tiepolo

An expert's guide to Piet Mondrian: four must-read books on the Dutch artist

All you ever wanted to know about Mondrian, from a comprehensive biography to a book about his various studios—selected by the curator Ulf Küster

What is the life of a muse like? Not as amusing as you may think

The subjects of great works of art have not always led the romanticised life we imagine, as examples from a new book show

Our guide to the Venice Biennale

The stuff of dreams: Cecilia Alemani delivers a perfectly judged Biennale

The Milk of Dreams is a "show of ripples and resonances, one that honours its artists"

Venice Biennale 2022: the must-see collateral exhibitions around the city

Writhing bodies in a deconsecrated church, BDE at the Ducale and an entirely improvised pavilion—what to see beyond the Arsenale and Giardini

Venice Biennale 2022: the must-see pavilions in the Arsenale

From a Gauguin impersonation to fire raining from the sky, here are the best exhibitions in the city's former shipyards

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A brush with... Megan Rooney

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Maxine Kumin to Henry Moore

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