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Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno gets up close with Goya in new video work at the Beyeler

The French-Algerian artist discusses how Goya’s Black Paintings provided inspiration for his latest work

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Collector's Eye

Collector's eye: Hans Furer

The Basel-based collector tells us what he's bought and why

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Mikhail Piotrovsky

'Putin's been my person since the 90s': ahead of Russia's parliamentary elections, Hermitage director Mikhail Piotrovsky talks politics

The outspoken museum chief is leading the St Petersburg ticket of United Russia, the pro-Putin ruling party, in national parliamentary elections this weekend

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Art fairs

Real-life Art Basel prepares to return—and steps down from its ivory tower

Arranging the event amid a shifting pandemic has been fraught with risk—but it is a risk worth taking, says global director Marc Spiegler

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Prizes

'India is an example of fascism unchecked': Jameel Prize-nominated activist Sofia Karim on her samosa packets of solidarity

The London-based artist's Turbine Bagh project shines light on human rights abuses across South Asia

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Art market

New Miart director Nicola Ricciardi on rebuilding an art fair from scratch as the pandemic rumbles on

Ricciardi was previously artistic director of Turin's OGR art centre which was used as a hospital for Covid-19 patients last year

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Artist interview

Ibrahim Mahama: ‘I use crisis and failure as the primary material in my work’

On the eve of a new London show, the Ghanaian artist discusses how he is turning a disused food silo in his homeland into a cultural centre

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Book Club

‘Caravaggio was a major-league asshole’: the long tradition of scandal in art

According to Noah Charney’s new book, infamy in the art world—be it contrived drama to drum up publicity or genuine artistic rivalry—is as old as art itself

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The Armory Show 2021

Michelle Stuart: Beyond the Earth

She was one of the first artists to use the land in her work, and now an Armory exhibition showcases the full range of her career

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Video games

From Atari to the No Fly List, artist Yucef Merhi uncovers the pervasive power of technology

The Venezuela-born artist’s pioneering work exploring information systems is on view in two shows in Miami

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Doug Aitken

'I think as a society we want more from art': Doug Aitken on his pop-up kaleidoscope pavilion set on an abandoned Venetian island

The US artist created the commission Green Lens for the fashion brand Saint Laurent

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Media & broadcast

Troubled skies behind the happy little clouds: an interview with Joshua Rofé, director of Netflix's new Bob Ross documentary

The film-maker behind Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed discusses what makes the artist an enduring icon who saw the beauty in life despite personal tragedy

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A brush with

'America is both a shining beacon and the Death Star': Glenn Ligon on Andy Warhol, ambivalence and his Stevie Wonder obsession

The New York-based artist tells us about his favourite books, music and artists on the A brush with… podcast

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Art market

Need a 100-year-old Inuit parka made from seal guts? Dealer Peter Petrou to sell collection at Sotheby's

The London-based dealer of four decades is downsizing and having a 200-lot sale of contemporary art, Modern furniture, ethnographic art and antiquities

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Afghanistan

'Do leopards change their spots?': Taliban threat to heritage in Afghanistan could be worse than in 2001

In an exclusive interview with The Art Newspaper, a very well-informed anonymous source tells us how museums are protecting their collections as militants sweep the country

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Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger: ‘Thank God I’m an artist and not a movie or Tiktok star’

As a survey show opens in Chicago, the US artist discusses the political urgency of her work, her response to rip-offs, and her desire to let the work speak for her

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A brush with

'The creative act is inherently dangerous': Alberta Whittle on amnesia, deep bass and the Black Atlantic

The Scottish-Barbadian artist tells us about her favourite books, music and artists

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Art market

‘I don’t touch contemporary art—it’s a gamble’: 102-year-old appraiser Alex Rosenberg on how deducing value is both a science and an art

Rosenberg, who has been an expert witness in court cases including the Knoedler trial, retrained as an appraiser when he retired as an art dealer in 1985

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Art market

Abuja, Miami, Seoul: gallery director Dolly Kola-Balogun maps out her path to African art’s world domination

The 27-year-old powerhouse founder of Retro Africa talks about her expansion plans and how she is helping to build a contemporary art scene in Nigeria

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Design

Loki’s production designer on the Modernist inspiration behind the show’s stunning visuals

Kasra Farahani explains why the Time Variance Authority waiting room looks so much like the Breuer building, and how the inside of a Fabergé egg became an alien train carriage

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A brush with

T.S Eliot and tinnitus: Philip Hoare on his biggest cultural influences

The writer tells us about his favourite books, artists and music

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Contemporary art

Sutapa Biswas: 'Our reckoning with empire has certainly begun, but we've only scratched the surface'

Ahead of two major UK shows, the British Indian artist discusses her new work and her role in the Black British Arts movement

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Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry on LUMA Arles: ‘I kept thinking about what the light was like for Van Gogh’

The distinguished architect talks about his new structure in France, a tower clad in 11,000 shimmering stainless-steel tiles, influenced by the light, landscape and historic architecture—and Vincent van Gogh

In partnership withLUMA Arles

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Exhibitions

Frank Bowling: ‘My art isn’t about politics, it’s about paint’

As several shows of his work open, the artist talks about the distinctive transatlantic influences on his art, the role of politics, and art for art’s sake

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Book Club

Q&A | What artists wear and why it matters

A new book by the fashion critic Charlie Porter explores how what artists choose to wear can tell us about the multiple roles of clothing in society

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Cao Fei

'Chinese audiences know my name but not my work': Cao Fei on her first major solo show in her home country

Exhibition Staging the Era at Beijing's UCCA includes a working Cantonese canteen at one end and a replica of a 1950s Beijing cinema at the other

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Leilah Babirye's blowtorched trash sculptures of queer Ugandan royalty come to London

Forced to flee Uganda after being outed as a lesbian in the press, Babirye's show at Stephen Friedman Gallery addresses the legacy of British colonialism

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Carroll Dunham: You have to love painting to try and subvert it

During a new show at Galerie Max Hetzler, the American artist discusses the archetypal nudes in his canvases and his "uptight and conservative" attachment to painting

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Meet Jade Montserrat, the Black artist who took on the British art establishment

As her first major solo show opens at Bosse & Baum during London Gallery Weekend, we speak to the artist about her art, her activism and what it was like growing up in rural Yorkshire

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Artist interview

Veronica Ryan: ‘I don’t know anyone who makes art for art’s sake’

After a period away from the spotlight, the British sculptor has a cluster of exhibitions due to open later this year

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Collector's Eye

Collector's Eye: Yan Du

The Hong Kong- and London-based collector talks about glowing mushrooms and her dream of feeding specialty dumplings to Yayoi Kusama and Leonora Carrington

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Frieze New York

‘A spiral of poets, all at once’: Precious Okoyomon, winner of the Frieze Artist Award, talks about their Tower of Babel-themed commission

An artist, poet and chef, Okoyomon discusses their inspirations as well as the ecosystems they have been creating

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Book Club

Q&A | How a new John Craxton biography began its life in a Soho bar following a funeral

The writer Ian Collins says that after his chance meeting with the British artist his “life changed forever”

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Alice Channer

Alice Channer: 'I weaponise glamour… I see clothes as a kind of armour that can change and mutate'

As a host of new shows open in the UK, the artist reflects on her use of diverse materials and multifarious processes to reflect the shifting nature of bodies

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Artist interview

Confronting Land Art and the Western frontier: Lucy Raven on how the two US cultural legacies influenced her new works at Dia Chelsea

New York-based artist's exhibitions opens at Dia Art Foundation's new and improved space in New York

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Pompeii

Pompeii's new director Gabriel Zuchtriegel: how archaeology moves beyond the 'elitist male gaze' of history

The German-born archaeologist tells us about his fascination with the ancient world and the need to involve visitors in the discovery process

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Book Club

Q&A | Guy Kennaway on how his comic novel was inspired by the art world taking itself too seriously

The Accidental Collector features a wealthy heiress, jet setting dealers and a Swiss-owned mega gallery in Somerset… sound familiar?

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Tess Jaray

Tess Jaray: ‘I wanted to make space, to make something that you could disappear into’

As shows of her paintings open in the UK and Austria, Jaray reflects on the influence of Piero della Francesca and Brunelleschi on her work across six decades

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Venice Biennale

‘Art suffers when money is scarce’: Venice Biennale’s new president on saving the city from economic devastation

Roberto Cicutto's plans range from encouraging collaboration between Venice's arts organisation to delving into the biennial's archives

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Visitor Figures 2020

Going viral, the right way: what it's like running the world’s best museum social media accounts during a pandemic

We asked the people behind the Royal Academy’s Twitter, the Met’s Instagram, the Uffizi’s TikTok and the Van Gogh Museum’s Facebook account what 2020 was like for them

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Exhibitions

Humboldt Forum to show Britain’s 1897 violence and plunder in Benin exhibition next year

The exhibition will include around half of Berlin’s collection of Benin bronzes as Germany lays groundwork to return them to Nigeria

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Art market

How three New York galleries are expanding against the odds

Despite the pandemic, Grimm Gallery, Salon 94 and PPOW are all taking on new spaces in Manhattan—here they tell us why

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Restitution

Why African voices are crucial to the debate over the return of colonial loot

Senegalese art historian El Hadji Malick Ndiaye says discussions and decisions about the restitution of African artefacts cannot be dictated by the West

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Art market

New EX.Paris fair will replace the Paris Biennale—but how will it stand out on the post-pandemic event circuit?

President Alexis Cassin tells us why he thinks the event will succeed in November

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Art market

'No one feels ambivalent towards Russia': Jo Vickery on leaving Sotheby's, launching her art advisory and looking beyond politics

Despite its size and power, Russia is a blindspot for the international art market but Vickery wants to change that perception

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Book Club

Q&A | Why Alice Neel’s work has ‘extraordinary currency’ today

As a biography on the US painter is republished, its author Phoebe Hoban tells us why Neel’s work is more relevant than ever

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Beeple

Who is Beeple? The art world disruptor at the heart of the NFT boom

From concert designer to sell-out artist, we talk to Mike Winkelmann about making millions and selling with Christie's

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Video, film & new media

Magnum photographer Khalik Allah releases epic film portrayal of social and racial injustice on the streets of Harlem

Created in just 8 months, IWOW: I Walk On Water is a sprawling three-hour long paean to some of New York’s most marginalised people

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A brush with

As new gallery platform South South launches, collaborator and curator Elvira Dyangani Ose reveals her greatest cultural influences

The director of non-profit gallery The Showroom in London discusses her love of Audre Lorde's poetry and the music of Thelonious Monk

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Art market

'It’s so important for women to have their own business right now': Ivy Crewdson on starting her art advisory

The daughter of sculptor Joel Shapiro, who grew up surrounded by art and artists, says she is "finally connecting the dots of her history"

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Book Club

Q&A | Keith Haring ‘had so much drive, was so good at promoting himself’ and artists can learn from him today

The British fashion writer Simon Doonan speaks about his new book on the artist and describes his first encounter with Haring via a t-shirt

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Exhibitions

Mary Heilmann: My work follows 'no linear time. It's all a chunk'

As her Hauser & Wirth exhibition launches online, the 81-year-old artist tells us about her early influences, being taught by David Hockney, and why pink is punk

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Book Club

Q&A | Philip Guston’s daughter Musa Mayer on her new book and the uproar surrounding the artist’s postponed show

Although Guston's paintings of Klansmen “remain controversial today” they are also “deeply relevant”, she says

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Museums & Heritage

Adversity forces reinvention: Matthew Teitelbaum on turbulent times at the MFA, Boston

After charges of racism levelled at his museum in 2019, Teitelbaum had to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. And then there was the Guston controversy

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A brush with

Beryl Cook, queer history and Dolly Parton: gallery director Joe Scotland on his cultural influences

The head of non-profit space Studio Voltaire in London tells us about his favourite books, television shows and artists

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A brush with

Marlon James, David Hammons and Hamilton the Musical: artist Hurvin Anderson on his cultural influences

The UK painter tells us about his favourite books, artists and creative experiences

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A brush with

Walter Benjamin, Voltaire and Mozart: art historian Arturo Galansino on his cultural influences

The director of Florence's Palazzo Strozzi tells us about his favourite books, artists and why he likes RAI TV

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Art market

A crisis hits the art market once a decade. What is different this time? Christie's president Dirk Boll assesses the impact of the pandemic

As his new book is published, the auction house chief compares coronavirus fallout to previous economic disasters

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A brush with

Bruce Nauman, Anthony Trollope and Rembrandt’s Jewish Bride: Emilie Gordenker on her biggest cultural influences

The art historian and director of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum tells us about her favourite books, artists and cultural experiences

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A brush with

Genghis Khan, Watteau and the Bible: Josh Smith on his biggest cultural influences

The New York-based painter tells us about his favourite books, artists and creative experiences

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Artist interview

'I’m excited to know that what I’ve made has physically never been made before': Jennifer Packer's extrasensory paintings come to London

Ahead of shows at the Serpentine Galleries in London and, next year, at MoCA in Los Angeles, the US painter reflects on the power—and constraints—of her medium

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Exhibitions

‘I want to be here’: with two shows in London, Tracey Emin reflects on life, love and loneliness

The artist is paired with the Norwegian Expressionist Edvard Munch at the Royal Academy of Arts, and is showing new works at White Cube’s Mayfair gallery, as well as an installation for the online edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach

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US politics

‘The arts were an integral part of my self-discovery’: an interview with Sarah McBride, state senator and Delaware Art Museum trustee

The newly elected US legislator and transgender activist credits her early education in the performing arts for opening her world view

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Chila Kumari Singh Burman

‘Blinged-up but razor-sharp’: Chila Kumari Singh Burman on her Diwali-inspired Tate Britain commission

The key figure in the British Black Arts movement of the 1980s has adorned the London museum’s façade with a colourful work exploring her own background

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Rachel de Joode

'Instagram makes you feel part of the art world—but it's a lie': artist Rachel de Joode on art and the digital

Berlin-based multimedia artist talks about her new works on show at London's Annka Kultys Gallery

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Artists

‘Prison is boring as hell’: Sarah Lucas on isolation and judging art by inmates

The artist speaks about her role in judging the Koestler Awards for art made by UK prisoners and the importance of creativity in confinement

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Exhibitions

Can art help us heal? Rudy Shepherd has been working on it for more than a decade

The artist has painted 400 portraits pulled from the news cycle to understand the people beyond the headlines

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Book Club

Benedikt Taschen: from selling comics in Cologne to hanging out with Hockney

As the Taschen publishing house turns 40, its founder talks about starting out in his parents’ kitchen and the importance of “planting seeds”

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Elmgreen & Dragset

Smartphones, Foucault and anti-fascist tapestries: Elmgreen and Dragset on their biggest cultural influences

The subversive artist duo tell us about their favourite books, music and poetry

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Art market

'If you miss the train, don’t chase it, there will be another one': Ann Getty on collecting

Shortly before she died in September, the art collector, interior designer and philanthropist spoke about cranes with personality and buying what you love

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Facebook

What's happening to free will and human agency? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to artist Jeremy Hutchison on Instagram today

On an Instagram Live chat, Hutchison wants to quiz the social media leader about algorithms and whether users on his platforms will get paid

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The Art Newspaper

The Art Newspaper turns 30: how has the world of art publishing changed?

Current editor Alison Cole talks to founding editor and long-time editor-in-chief Anna Somers Cocks about the origins of the newspaper, the fundamentals of its journalism and the challenges the visual arts world has faced

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Exhibitions

Cecily Brown: ‘I’m trying to understand what England means to me’

With her delayed show now open at Blenheim Palace, the British-born painter explains that she is as likely to be inspired by childhood comics as historic battle scenes

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Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic TV: five-hour takeover will teach you everything you need to know about performance art

As well as her new Sky Arts programme, the artist's mixed reality work The Life will be sold at Christie’s this month, with an estimate of £400,000-£800,000

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Art market

'The art world had become extremely aggressive': Rachel Lehmann on a return to localism and intimacy in the art market

As Lehmann Maupin opens at London's Cromwell Place, its co-founder speaks about systemic change—and addresses recent allegations against the gallery

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Book Club

Q&A | ‘The looting was a chaotic free-for-all’: Dan Hicks on the pillaging of the Benin Bronzes and colonialism in museums

The curator and University of Oxford professor tells us about his new book, The Brutish Museums, which details how museums themselves were “used as a unique type of weapon”

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Exhibitions

'I learned a lot from Goya': an interview with the poet and artist Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The influential 101-year-old founder of San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore discusses his paintings and drawings, now on view in New York

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William Kentridge

William Kentridge on turning his drawings into films, being inspired by dreams—and catching Covid-19

The South African artist talks about his new animation City Deep, now on show at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg

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Auctions

Hong Kong dealer Johnson Chang on selling his collection and rethinking art for a new era

The collector and gallerist explains why he moved his central Hong Kong gallery and is parting ways with some of his favourite works at Sotheby's this week

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Art market

'I'm always amazed, in this business, by how seriously some people take themselves': Stephen Friedman on 25 years as an art dealer

The Canadian came to London as a 22-year-old, fell in love with the city and never left

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Museums & Heritage

Director of Yale Center for British Art embraces a global framework

Courtney J. Martin explains why it is time to reposition the Paul Mellon collection

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Tavares Strachan

Tavares Strachan: 'I grew up not feeling empowered by art'

As a new show opens at Marian Goodman Gallery in London, the Bahamian artist explains why he feels schoolchildren, and not the art world, are his natural audience

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei: If you do not question Chinese power, you are complicit with it—that goes for art organisations too

Dissident artist says that European museums in China are betraying their own values

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An-My Lê

An-My Lê: ‘Landscape is not a narrow category—it is a source of surprise’

With her first career survey now open in Pittsburgh, the photographer discusses her background in Vietnam and the West Coast of the US, and the influence of Walt Whitman

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Book Club

Q&A | Vintage photo trove hidden in attic for decades revealed in new book

Alberto di Lenardo’s secret 8,000-strong archive has been distilled into a new publication by his granddaughter Carlotta, who tells us all about it

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Book Club

Q&A | Lisa Tickner on the inspiration behind her book on London’s 1960s art scene

From student sit-ins to the importance of air travel in shaping the art world as we know it

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A brush with

From logician Kurt Gödel to Turkish film and literature: Fatos Ustek on her biggest cultural influences

We ask the curator about her favourite art, books and what she has been doing during lockdown

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Book Club

Q&A | Drawings of ‘eruptions of violence’ against statues fill Sam Durant’s new book

The US artist speaks about his research into historic cases of iconoclastic annihilation

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Controversies

With demolition of Oslo's Picasso-Nesjar murals imminent, Norwegian sculptor’s daughter speaks out

Carl Nesjar’s daughter talks about the Norwegian sculptor’s long collaboration with the Modern master and shares exclusive images of the pair

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Appointments & departures

'The show must go on': new Rencontres d’Arles director promises 'less is more' approach after pandemic scuppers this year's edition

Head-hunted from Paris Photo, Christoph Wiesner will begin role as Luma Foundation officially opens its headquarters in the French city

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LGBTQ

Art can help the public engage in personal advocacy: Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign

The nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organisation recently unveiled a mural by Hank Willis Thomas on its Washington, DC headquarters stating Black Trans Lives Matter

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Musée du Louvre

'I am not too worried by crowd problems': Louvre director predicts visitor numbers will drop by 80%

Jean-Luc Martinez believes that capitalising on the museum's permanent collection will be key to recovery

Podcast

Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Plus, artist Rita Keegan on her postponed show and Julia Peyton-Jones on Leonardo. Produced in association with Christie's

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Art market

'You need to predict what will be important in tomorrow’s world': Xavier Hufkens on opening another gallery during a pandemic

The art dealer is opening a third space in Brussels today with an exhibition of new works by Sterling Ruby

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Book Club

Q&A | Would Bauhaus artists have loved the iPhone? The writer of a new book called iBauhaus thinks so

Nicholas Fox Weber tells us what inspired his book and which visionary he would not like to spend lockdown with

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Maria Balshaw

London's Tate museums set to open early August—here's how it will work

Director of the Tate, Maria Balshaw, tells us about financial concerns, coordinating openings with other institutions, and how many visitors they are expecting

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Christo

In one of his last interviews, Christo speaks about life in lockdown and wrapping the Arc de Triomphe

The late artist revealed he was too frightened to go out during the pandemic and was "a bit relieved" that his latest project in Paris was delayed

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coronavirus

Putting our heads together: the three Guggenheim directors size up post-Covid challenges

With museums in Bilbao and Venice poised to reopen, while New York remains in lockdown, Richard Armstrong, Juan Ignacio Vidarte and Karole Vail talk about weathering the financial crisis

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Social media

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has gained almost 200,000 social media followers since lockdown began—here's how

We speak to the museum's social media manager Claire Lanier about her digital engagement strategies in the age of Covid-19

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A brush with

YouTube, Nietzsche and the Vietnam War: George Condo on his biggest cultural influences

We ask the artist about his favourite art, book and what he has been doing during lockdown