Black Lives Matter

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

England riots 10 years on: arrested protestors find a voice in augmented reality work

Baff Akoto’s Up:Rise piece can be accessed via QR codes on posters in London, Liverpool and Bristol

Black Lives Matter resonates throughout Edinburgh Art Festival

From abolitionist films to historical tapestries, the effects of summer 2020's protests can be felt in the Scottish capital

Institutional racism and police brutality: ICA London to reopen with timely show after 15-month hiatus

Book by investigative artists Forensic Architecture and ICA presents new evidence in 2011 police killing of Mark Duggan

Colston returns—controversial statue of slave trader to go on show in Bristol museum

Visitors to M Shed display asked to give feedback about the future of the sculpture

Exclusive survey: what progress have US museums made on diversity, after a year of racial reckoning?

We asked art institutions around the country about their efforts to diversify their workforces, exhibition programmes, permanent collections and audiences

Plywood boards used to shutter New York shops are transformed into canvases for local artists

The Plywood Protection Project has given five artists material to create new public works in each borough

A year after George Floyd’s death, art memorials are at a crossroads

Efforts to preserve murals and street art are growing, as are threats to sites around the country, including the intersection where Floyd was killed

In Minneapolis, plywood boards become protest art worth preserving

Many of the boards used to cover shopfront windows during protests became impromptu canvases—as much works of art as vital historical artefacts

‘Still much work to be done’: artists and US museums react to Derek Chauvin conviction in George Floyd murder trial

Former police officer faces up 40 years in prison, but systemic racism must now be addressed, says San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Marc Quinn’s BLM protestor statue could be reinstalled on Bristol plinth that held slave trader monument

Sculpture of Edward Colston was pulled down by activists last summer and will now be placed in a museum

Speed Art Museum will reflect on the death of Breonna Taylor in an exhibition

A panel of advisors including the artists Theaster Gates and Amy Sherald will explore the ways that art can address the police killing

'Black grief and white grievance' at New York’s New Museum

Plus, artists with disabilities in the Covid era and Goya's Disasters of War

City of London to remove statues of politicians with slavery links

The decision to take down historic William Beckford and John Cass sculptures could go against new UK government policy

Meet the experts who root out racism and exclusion in the arts

Racial equity consultants are helping to roll out strategies and training for museum staff and executives

Vilified statue of Abraham Lincoln and kneeling slave removed from Park Square in Boston

Artist’s campaign and petition prompted dismantling of ‘Emancipation Group’ piece—but original still stands in Washington DC

Rector at Danish art academy steps down over royal bust drowned by artist protesting school’s colonial legacy

Row over plaster cast of monarch dumped in the canal escalates after Danish culture ministry steps in

Racist or responsive? Italy to exhume Mussolini's colonial museum collection in 'critical' new display

Alarmed post-colonial researchers have raised concerns over plans to open Museo Italo Africano "Ilaria Alpi" in late 2021

Museums 2020: the year of crashing revenues and anti-racism disputes

Turbulent year draws to a close with sector wracked by pandemic lockdowns and Black Lives Matter challenges

Exhibitionsinterview

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

Black Lives Matter murals: Can truly public art exist on private platforms policed by private algorithms?

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers who create in virtual reality and augmented reality

Filmsnews

Rising white supremacy tackled in online film festival with works by John Akomfrah and Yinka Shonibare

Goodman Gallery launches video programme today—and you can exclusively watch Yinka Shonibare's Addio Del Passato on The Art Newspaper website this Friday

Oklahoma museum receives vast archive related to 'Black Wall Street' and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

The Gilcrease Museum has also received a $300,000 grant to conserve and digitise the ephemera collection "so that these atrocities would not be forgotten"

Black Lives Matter movement is speeding up repatriation efforts, leading French art historian says

Bénédicte Savoy—co-author of the Sarr-Savoy report that recommends France return its African artefacts—warns of "collective amnesia" over restitution debates that happened 40 years ago

The only way is ethics: US museums should not neglect provenance research in the funding crisis

Ethical institutional practices such as staff equity and due diligence are essential investments, "not merely a luxury for flush times"

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”

Photographers fear steep costs and little payment for covering protests

A lack of protections for—and an increase in domestic dangers to—photojournalists is becoming increasingly visible amid the pandemic and political rallies

Wake up call: artist Hank Willis Thomas wants to spur voter turnout with the Wide Awakes group

Based on the 1860 Wide Awake movement that mobilised against slavery and helped elect Lincoln, the new network of artists and creatives has launched Kickstarter's largest collaboration to date

Artist transforms Gilded Age pool house into an atmospheric soundscape

To evoke a watershed moment in society, Jorge Otero-Pailos has filled an abandoned natatorium with sounds recorded from bodies of water in New York State

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

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

Having weathered protests, controversial Confederate statue is felled by hurricane

Officials voted recently to keep the monument on courthouse property in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but Hurricane Laura made an executive decision

Whitney Museum cancels show following artists' accusations of exploitation

Many black artists objected to an exhibition after they discovered their work had been acquired by the museum through discounted sales to benefit anti-racism causes

After controversial cancellation in Cleveland, Mass MoCA will exhibit Shaun Leonardo’s images of Black victims

Drawings exploring systemic violence and injustice will also travel to Bronx Museum of the Arts

Breonna Taylor—fatally shot by Kentucky police—immortalised by Amy Sherald for Vanity Fair front cover

Painter who famously depicted Michelle Obama honours 26-year-old for magazine's September issue

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How recent anti-racism protests have pushed a longstanding debate about colonial looting in Europe

As the Black Lives Matter movement goes global, museums face renewed demands to restitute artefacts plundered from Africa

Paint names like 'Flesh Tint' are racially biased says UK fine art supplier

Jackson’s says it is campaigning to help dismantle “exclusionary culture” that privileges caucasian skin tones as the "default"

Christie's exhibition of Black art is not about virtue signalling, curator says

Destinee Ross-Sutton has co-organised the online selling show Say It Loud which features works by 22 artists including Nelson Makamo and Yoyo Lander

As protestors call for justice in New York, Mel Edwards to install broken chains in City Hall Park

An outdoor exhibition of the sculptor’s work has been postponed to give space to the Black Lives Matters movement

World Press Photo—which has all-white supervisory board—accused of structural racism

Photographers have criticised the Amsterdam-based photojournalism organisation, which states its core values are “accuracy, diversity, and transparency”

SFMoMA releases a plan for diversity reforms

Following weeks of upheaval among current and former staff, the museum has issued a list of actions to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion

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The problem with Marc Quinn's Black Lives Matter sculpture

Racism runs far deeper than representation, says the artist Thomas J. Price

Marc Quinn's Black Lives Matter sculpture removed by Bristol council

Statue that replaced toppled monument to slave trader Edward Colston has polarised opinion

How the art industry is grappling with its systemic race inequality

Galleries, fairs and auction houses are issuing solidarity statements and re-evaluating the diversity of their staffs. But "performative wokeness” will not fix the market’s whiteness

Decolonising museums: the new network opening up the diversity debate in the Netherlands

Cultural institutions from Amsterdam to Utrecht will work together to advance diversity and inclusion in programming, audiences and staff

Mary Rose Museum 'appalled' by David Starkey's racist remarks as British historian steps down as trustee

Tudor specialist has been widely condemned for remarks on slavery and Black Lives Matter in YouTube interview

Reform or reset? How cultural institutions are facing a reckoning over racism

US and UK museums have been accused of tokenism, hypocrisy and fake solidarity for rushing to declare support for Black Lives Matter. Where do they go from here?

Magnum signs five new photographers after its lack of diversity comes under attack

As the photographic agency shows signs of moving towards greater inclusion, affirmative action is a hot topic at the annual general meeting

Arthur Jafa’s searing chronicle of Black America to be screened by museums worldwide for 48 hours

Fourteen institutions including Tate will livestream Love is the Message, The Message is Death

Kaywin Feldman on how America's National Gallery of Art will 'attract the nation and reflect it, too'

The Washington museum's first female director is breaking down old silos and diversifying the staff, collection and exhibitions

Seattle Art Museum responds gamely to fake news release saying it is dissolving

Institution says announcement that it will be run by organisations led by black and indigenous Americans was “a well-done piece of satire”

Curators at Guggenheim demand ‘urgent’ reforms of racial inequities at museum

In a letter to management, they call for minority hiring efforts and an inquiry into the treatment of guest curator

Lyle Ashton Harris revisits archival images of black joy and resistance amid lockdown

The Bronx-born artist says isolation has allowed the US a valuable opportunity "to be confronted with trauma so deep that it moves us from theory to action"

What to do about problematic statues?

Plus, Hew Locke on Agostino Brunias's Dancing Scene in the West Indies. Produced in association with Christie's

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson

Indigenous artists stand with the Black Lives Matter movement as part of new community initiative

The Rapid Response Art Fund supports Indigenous artists in BIPOC communities that have been affected by the systemic racism that has been "a driving force for hundreds of years" in the US

Racism on walls of UK government? British Empire murals spark controversy

Politician raises concerns over Sigismund Goetze painting in the Foreign Office depicting Africa as a naked boy

'Radical black resistance': Dresden exhibition to focus on legendary activist Angela Davis

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, Albertinum show explores impact of her visit to East Germany in 1972

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