Contemporary art

Skulls and sequins: book celebrates the art of the Haitian streets 

Recently published catalogue of a touring show from 2018 shows the work of artists who draw inspiration from the urban landscape of the Caribbean nation

St Petersburg artist faces prison after anti-war protest in grocery store

Sasha Skochilenko replaced price tags with news reports about bombings in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol

Venice Biennale 2022: what to do when you get there

Whether it’s your first time or your 50th, Venice is a bewildering city, but one of inexhaustible delights. We asked artists, curators and art world professionals how to get the most out of your visit

Is this year’s Venice Biennale an exhibition shaped by war?

In the wake of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the Russian pavilion looks likely to remain empty, while the organisers of the Ukrainian pavilion battle to realise their project for Venice

Brazilian pavilion: Taking on the country’s recent tragedies

The solo presentation by Jonathas de Andrade is inspired by the educational science fairs he visited as a child

Italian pavilion: ‘What is the future for humans?’ asks artist Gian Maria Tosatti

For the first time at the Venice Biennale, a single artist has been given the entire Italian pavilion to fill. Tosatti’s sprawling post-industrial installation asks the big questions

Finnish pavilion: The artist who became an undercover security guard

The Finnish artist Pilvi Takala assumes identities, from Snow White to a Catholic schoolgirl, to investigate social norms

Estonian pavilion: Baltic country gets its chance to bloom

In order to mix things up, the Netherlands has given its Giardini pavilion over to Estonia this year

Review: Does the Whitney Biennial really reflect the world today?

Plus, the exhibition Afro-Atlantic Histories opens in Washington and Raphael's late self-portrait at London's National Gallery

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Depictions of the Black figure are finally entering the Western canon—but where are the pot-bellied and love-handled bodies?

Artists are rushing to fill the wide gaps in museums' holdings of Black figurative art, but much of this work has an aspirational approach

Booksreview

Latest volume of Gerhard Richter catalogue raisonné presents the contemporary German master’s vast, vivid output

Sixth book explores the artist’s oeuvre, from the Cologne Cathedral window in 2007 to his last sculptures in 2019

'Ukrainian culture is alive as long as there are people ready to defend it'

Art workers in the war-torn country have created a territory of hope amid the terror of war

Russian pro-war symbol 'Z' sprayed onto Pussy Riot member's door

Ubiquitous letter was first spotted on Russian tanks on the Ukrainian border

Phillips donates £5.8m, the auction house's share from its evening sale of 20th-century and contemporary art, to Ukrainian Red Cross

The sale felt fresh, with 83% of works making their auction debut and in-demand young artists again taking centre stage, with a new record for Issy Wood

After exhaustive performances and pandemic stress, EJ Hill takes a break to paint

The Los Angeles artist is showing a suite of new floral works at Occidental College

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NFT art—a sales mechanism or a medium?

The boom in non-fungible tokens is diminishing public understanding of what digital art actually is

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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Haroon Mirza: ‘The question I’m asking is, what kind of species are we?’

As he opens a show in New York and looks forward to his participation in the Lille3000 festival, the artist-composer discusses his interest in energy and power in their many forms

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Teeth, lips, flowers: rising star Rachel Jones on her latest works and how she prioritises a Black audience

With a major solo gallery show about to open and her first UK institutional exhibition due in March, the artist discusses her response to literature and the distinctive language in her titles

Shock as Janusz Janowski appointed new director of Poland’s leading Zacheta National Gallery of Art by right-wing culture minister

Most recent hire without an open competition is viewed by critics as latest step in government's agenda of placing conservative appointees in control of cultural institutions

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Winners of $450,000 Moscow Art Prize announced

The lucrative award is divided between 16 recipients and funded by the Moscow city government

In pictures: Boca Raton curator Kathleen Goncharov picks her favourite works from Art Basel in Miami Beach

From new discoveries to old friends, our expert eye selects works not to miss at the fair

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'I depict mundane images because the life of a Black woman is just like any other': Billie Zangewa on anatomy, Kusama and celebrating imperfections

The South African artist tells us about her favourite books, music and artists on the A brush with… podcast

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All the world’s a stage in immersive Lubaina Himid show at London's Tate Modern

Largest solo exhibition of artist and activist draws on her early theatre design studies

Why Black contemporary artists shouldn’t just be shown through a Western lens

When Black artists break through in the market, they are often described as 'discoveries', yet there's a long line of artists that came before them

Vatican opens contemporary art gallery in 15th-century library

"Cultures become sick when they become self-referential," says Pope Francis at gallery launch

'One of the best works of the year'? Candles of media tycoons Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch burn in Jeremy Deller's Australian installation

Critic Jerry Saltz heaps praise on the Turner Prize-winning artist's 12-hour meditation on unchecked power and influence

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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