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Badiucao launches NFT collection to protest against China's human rights record on eve of Beijing Winter Olympics

Collectors can write their own message about China’s regime onto the blockchain

In this age of social fracture and political upheaval, Raphael’s sublime harmony is an underrated quality

Presenting beauty without the schmaltz is a challenge worth undertaking, as the delayed Raphael show at London's National Gallery will demonstrate

Tracey Emin demands her work be removed from 10 Downing Street after Boris Johnson’s 'shameful' lying over lockdown party

Artist says 'More Passion' is at odds with the government’s “lack of compassion” for people’s suffering during the pandemic

Oh shit: Russian artist faces criminal charges for 'playful snow poop installation' in St Petersburg park

Ivan Volkov's work in Marsovo Pole is thought to be a comment on poor street maintenance in the Russian city

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'Foreign agent' scrawled on Russian gallerist's door in blood red

Marat Guelman was designated a "foreign agent" by the Russian government last month, a label that comes with hefty restrictions

Man arrested for attacking sculpture by paedophile artist Eric Gill outside BBC Broadcasting House in London

Campaigners have called for the removal of the statue for decades, which they say is “a monument to paedophilia”, but the BBC says it will stay

Mediaanalysis

Making (air)waves: how artists are finding inspiration through, and on, radio

Radio offers an opportunity for artists to experiment in new ways, invigorate their practices and find different forms of community

'Unfit for purpose': London's biggest artist studio provider accused of 'misrepresenting' landmark residency

Artists say their live/work spaces have become unliveable after major construction work at neighbouring sites, but Acme says this is outside its control

Pussy Riot members jailed over social media posts

Masha Alekhina and Lucy Shteyn, who have previously served prison terms, were sentenced to 15 days following charges of "propaganda of Nazi symbolism"

Julian Lennon teams up with US furnishings store RH for photography series

The musician and artist is showing his works in select stores through an arrangement with General Public, the fine arts publisher founded by the former actress Portia de Rossi

Defacement of fascist inventor's statue in Rome revealed to be artist hoax

Fake bust of Guglielmo Marconi in Villa Borghese park was spray-painted to draw attention to the manipulation of truth in the media

In the art world, divorce—and marriage—can be expensive

Simone Leigh's departure from Hauser & Wirth in favour of Matthew Marks is not the first high-profile artist/gallery split—here are a few more notable break-ups

Cuban artists shine a light on state repression

Amid calls to boycott the Havana Biennial, artists and dealers are using Miami Art Week as a bullhorn

Benjamin Sutton. with additional reporting by Gareth Harris

Handmade tales: collage, textile and assemblage pieces abound at Art Basel in Miami Beach

NFTs may be the newest thing but physical objects still hold a warm place in the art world's heart

Maurizio Cattelan: 'Life is often tragic and comedic at the same time'

The artist behind 2019's viral banana installation talks to us about his newest pigeon sculptures at Miami, what he hopes his art communicates to audiences, and why it was important for him to create a 9/11 memorial

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Cop26: six eco works popping up in Glasgow (and beyond) for the UN Climate Change Conference

From neon warnings, to flags and polar bears, artists are highlighting the climate crisis

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All in it together: what do collectives mean for the future of the art market?

Artist collectives are dominating Documenta 15 and the Turner Prize shortlist this year

An Afghan artist's life under the Taliban: burning art, deleting social media accounts and living in hiding

In a new series "Dispatches from Afghanistan", we speak to artists about their experiences since the rise of the Taliban. Here, contemporary artist and curator Mina recounts the horrors of her failed escape attempt

Lubaina Himid creates work for UK government collection inspired by climate change and Black Lives Matter

Turner Prize-winning artist wins the annual Robson Orr TenTen Award, with 15 copies of the print going on display in official buildings

Portrait of a pandemic: five works at Art Basel that confront Covid-19

The first edition of Art Basel to take place since the onset of the global pandemic is full of new works created in the midst of lockdown

Artistate launches to help artists safeguard their legacy

Founded by gallerists and lawyers, the venture will provide estate-planning advice—for a fee—to artists and their families

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

‘Opera is boring’: Marina Abramovic’s cinematic ode to soprano Maria Callas opens in London

Belgrade-born performance artist discusses recasting opera for a younger generation, how the diva label is “dubious” and why sex is better post-menopause

San Francisco will greet a new Institute of Contemporary Art

Nascent museum proclaims a commitment to economic justice and expansion of the art canon

Chuck Close, Photo Realist painter of large-scale portraits, has died, aged 81

The outsize artist retreated from public attention in his later years, following a diagnosis of dementia in 2015 and accusations of sexual harassment in 2017

Kaari Upson, Los Angeles artist who obsessively explored identity, family and Americana, has died, aged 51

The artist was known for years-long, multi-pronged projects based on singular figures—such as her mother or a mysterious man she dubbed “Larry”—and subjects

Thatcher and tampons: How Tracey Emin came to sell her unmade bed to Charles Saatchi

British artist says she had previously refused to sell her work to the YBA collector after his ad campaign rocketed Margaret Thatcher to power in 1979

Superblue to bring its immersive art experiences to New York and London this autumn

Dutch duo DRIFT launches multi-sensory exhibition at The Shed, while Japanese-British collective Studio Swine’s presentation will go on show in Pace Gallery’s Burlington Gardens venue

‘It’s too dangerous to stay’: Hong Kong artist Kacey Wong leaves for Taiwan as Chinese government curbs artistic and editorial autonomy

Wong’s name appeared in a state-run newspaper article which he considered a “wanted list” for Beijing