Activism

Miami artist billboard project puts justice in the spotlight

Series of works by new and established artists aims to highlight Florida’s huge imprisonment rate to Art Basel Miami Beach fair-goers

Activists 'severely underestimate the fragility' of objects: 92 museum directors speak out against climate protests

The signatories of the open letter include the directors of the Musée du Louvre and New York's Museum of Modern Art

Roaming climate change museum pops up in New York—and sets sights on a permanent space

Climate Museum’s pop-up exhibition in Manhattan hopes to spur visitors to action, and raise money for a long-term venue

Documentary on Nan Goldin’s campaign against the Sacklers wins the Golden Lion in Venice

Laura Poitras’s All the Beauty and the Bloodshed presents artist's efforts to bring some family members to justice following her own recovery from opioid addiction

Cameras illicitly planted in Palestinian olive grove will broadcast life from the occupied West Bank to museums worldwide

The initiative from new activist group headed by Jewish South African artist Adam Broomberg and Palestinian activist Issa Amro aims to reveal the realities of the Palestinian struggle in the ancient city of Hebron

In with the cuffs, out with the glue: Italian climate change protestors chain themselves to chapel banister

The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua is home to masterpieces by the Italian Medieval painter Giotto

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Health concerns raised over Cuban artist and activist held in jail

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was sentenced to five years in prison in June

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”

Protest art is popular, but should it become big business?

Activism has a growing presence at art fairs, but it’s up to collectors and other stakeholders to enact meaningful change

Turkish cultural activist Osman Kavala sentenced to life in prison

He has been found guilty of attempting to overthrow the government by an Istanbul court

Art smuggled from junta-controlled Myanmar to be auctioned in New York this week

Proceeds from Artists Against Tyranny auction at Jane Lombard Gallery will support pro-democracy movement in junta-controlled Myanmar

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Northern Irish activist collective wins Turner Prize 2021 with a ‘pub without permission’

Array Collective was picked from shortlist of activist art groups, while show questions whether the future of British art belongs in galleries or museums

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Highs and lows of humanity reflected in new book that began on Facebook

The Book of Change includes almost 300 works, highlighting environmental challenges but giving glimpses of a better world

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara named an ‘icon’ of 2021 by Time magazine

The Cuban artist and activist is joined on the publication’s list of 100 Most Influential People by Barbara Kruger and Mark Bradford

Black artist detained by police in his gallery residency in South Carolina

John Sims's current exhibition confronts the symbols of white supremacy and visual terrorism

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Cuban artists and intellectuals commemorate the 50th anniversary of poet Herberto Padilla's confession

The public confession, which came after 36 days of imprisonment, marked a pivotal moment in Cuba's oppression of voices critical of the government.

Art world: pay attention to anti-Asian abuse, activists urge

The alarming rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans is just part of a long history of discrimination in the US and elsewhere

‘Things have to change’: third speaker pulls out of Science Museum Group climate talk in protest against oil sponsorship

Broadcaster Robin Ince joins George Monbiot and Mark Lynas in withdrawing from the Climate Talks event over the UK institution's funding from oil companies BP and Equinor

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Cuban artists file motion to dismiss culture minister Alpidio Alonso after a peaceful protest turns violent

The activist group 27N cites a law that revokes an official’s power for conduct unbecoming public service in their petition to parliament

Darya Apakhonchich is first artist labelled 'foreign agent' by new repressive law in Russia

Individuals who receive funding from abroad are subject to strict audits since 30 December

Activist art steps in when words are not enough

Fiona Banner drops a klanger outside Defra while Laure Prouvost takes language to new levels

As constitutional showdown nears, 'artivism' abounds in Chile

The country's artists and galleries are using their platforms to press for social change and support protestors

Artists urge the Whitney to review its ethical practices following backlash over cancelled exhibition

An open letter calls for the Whitney to “commit to a year of action—of mobilisation and introspection”

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Banksy’s activism is his greatest work

Funding a refugee rescue boat is just the latest in a long history of politically motivated acts

Hundreds of migrants removed from Banksy-funded rescue boat amid calls for immediate assistance

The British artist accused European authorities of "deliberately" ignoring distress calls issued by the overwhelmed Louise Michel, a vessel he financed to aid migrants crossing the Mediterranean

German activist art group sells 'anti-fascist' works on eBay to support left-wing organisations

Peng collective auctions off ten objects bought from committed anti-fascists for €10,000

Lawnews

France reconfirms that women baring their breasts in public is illegal—even for artists and protestors

Two women who are part of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen were charged for topless protests, one of which was in a Paris museum