Artists

Damien Hirst laid off 63 people last autumn while claiming £15m in government Covid-19 loans

Job cuts came after major retrospective in Beijing was cancelled due to the pandemic

Anny Shaw. with additional reporting by José da Silva

The best art books to dive into this summer—as recommended by artists

Whether you are lying on a beach or next to a paddling pool, sit back and let your mind soak up these inspiring reads

Compiled by Gareth Harris and José da Silva

Christian Boltanski, French conceptual artist, has died, aged 76

The artist, who was born just two weeks after Paris was liberated from Nazi control, was known for work that explored memory, loss and personal as well as cultural history

Like Goya, a ‘renegade’: exploring Bob Thompson’s high-octane challenges to Western art

An exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art probes how the African-American painter defied expectations

Dubai's long-awaited Expo 2020 announces artist line-up

Hamra Abbas, Olafur Eliasson, Yinka Shonibare and Haegue Yang are among the artists that will make works for the delayed giant world fair this autumn

Diego Rivera’s kaleidoscopic Pan American Unity mural takes up residence at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The monumental work, on loan from a local college and always meant to be mobile, was painstakingly transported across town

Damien Hirst secures £15m in government Covid-19 loans despite owing more than £100m to his parent company in Jersey

The companies that make Hirst’s art and manage his £183m collection are owned by the offshore parent Science

Revising a mostly white ‘greatest hits’ narrative, Seattle Art Museum will overhaul its American art galleries

Museum invites three artists to serve as co-authors of collection displays and enlists 10 local experts to help generate inclusive stories

Book Clubinterview

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

Prizesnews

Shortlist announced for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s largest art prize

Although nominations were open to artists of all ages for the first time, the finalists are all around the same generation

Detroit Institute of Arts under fire for sponsoring mural depicting police officers

Critics says that the subject matter is out of touch with racial justice issues, and artist now regrets creating it

Simon Lee Gallery announces worldwide representation of Venice Biennale artist Sonia Boyce

Boyce says bringing people together for her Venice commission has been like a “gargantuan puzzle”

Artists will not be subject to anti-money laundering regulations, UK Treasury says

After lobbying from art organisations, government has made last-minute decision that creators who sell their work direct to clients will not be classed as "Art Market Participants"

Mary Beth Edelson, feminist art pioneer, has died, aged 88

She was a founding member of the Heresies Collective and made activism as well as spirituality a major part of her practice

‘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

William T. Wiley, a founder of the Bay Area Funk Art movement and influential art teacher, has died, aged 83

A dedicated mentor, he also delighted in provocative enigmas in wide-ranging mediums

White Cube announces exclusive worldwide representation of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi

British gallery will work in collaboration with the Noguchi Museum in New York

Flight of the Balloon Dog: Jeff Koons leaves Gagosian and David Zwirner galleries for Pace

The gallery will now represent the shiniest and most expensive living artist worldwide

Maine attorney general says that Robert Indiana’s estate was overcharged by as much as $3.7m in legal fees

State office demands that the artist's executor, James W. Brannan, return that “excessive” amount to the estate

Launch of Artists Commit intensifies the push to act on climate change

Organisation aims to put pressure on galleries to adopt sustainable practices

The places you can’t go: Ellen Harvey recreates lost places

Her Disappointed Tourist project now includes more than 200 sites submitted by the public

Adding to a robust trove, High Museum in Atlanta fields a gift of works by self-taught artists

Local couple donates 47 paintings, drawings and sculptures by Southerners and African Americans

Contemporary Greek artist Kornelios Grammenos has died, aged 62

The sculptor and painter was known for his disarming Alien and Knight sculptures, installed in Greece and abroad

Who were the most Googled artists in 2020?

Search data from 84 countries last year shows that Leonardo, Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo were among the world's most popular artists

US appeals court rules that Warhol’s reliance on a photographer’s portrait image did not constitute ‘fair use’

Decision appears to signal that appropriation artists may have to proceed more cautiously

Two non-profits team up to offer $100,000 grants to artists in the San Francisco Bay Area

Annual stipends will benefit creators struggling with an astronomical cost of living in the region, which is facing an artistic exodus

Leon Black, under fire, will reportedly not seek re-election as MoMA’s board chairman

Tumult over his former business ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein brought pressure for him to step down

Ernesto Mallard, resolute leader of Mexican Op-Art, has died, aged 89

After causing a sensation early in his career in the 1960s, the sculptor and visual artist retreated from the gallery scene, and was only recently re-acknowledged

Vicente Rojo, Renaissance man of 20th-century Mexican culture, has died, aged 89

The painter, sculpture and graphic designer helped define the Modern style for a generation