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Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art acquires Leonardo da Vinci drawing that helped inspire centuries of caricature artists

The drawing, Grotesque Head of an Old Woman (1489-90), was last displayed at the museum in 2017 and is now available for study

Climate action: what is the art world doing?

Plus, the US National Gallery of Art’s women artists fund and one of the last paintings of Paula Modersohn-Becker

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US National Gallery of Art gifted $10m to fund acquisitions of works by women

The programme's launch follows the recent acquisition of a painting by 16th-century Mannerist Lavinia Fontana and a polychrome statue by 17th-century sculptor Luisa Roldán

Trove of Benin bronzes in US museum collections repatriated to Nigeria

The National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum marked the return of the sculptures with a ceremony in Washington, DC

Vermeer at the National Gallery in Washington, DC declared not the real thing

The downgrading follows a study of the six paintings in the museum's collection thought to be by the Dutch master, which are now the subject of an exhibition detailing the findings

Controversially postponed Philip Guston show finally gets going. How has it changed?

The changing of dates of a four-city survey, purportedly due to the artist’s Ku Klux Klan motifs, caused uproar in 2020. Now, after a curatorial rethink, the first exhibition is set to open

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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Washington's National Gallery of Art surveys five centuries of African influence on Western art

Spanning art from 17th century to today, the show aims to explore the complex and compelling histories and cultural legacy of the African diaspora

Rejected in 1862, Whistler’s woman in white finally has her day at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

The artist’s portrait of Joanna Hiffernan—once turned down for the RA's Summer Exhibition—is the centrepiece of an exhibition in London, while important works from New York’s Frick Collection head to Paris

Who read what in 2021? The art world shares its top tips

Leading directors, curators and artists reveal their favourite books of the past year

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National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC plans to return looted Benin cockerel to Nigeria

The museum is “eager to work with the relevant parties in Nigeria” to restitute the sculpture

The cancelling of the Genoese art loan show Superb Baroque is a sad day for the National Gallery

Can another museum with a commitment to broaden Americans’ exposure to great art, including pre-contemporary works, take up the show?

Triumphant in their time, yet largely erased later: a Met exhibition explores ‘The New Woman Behind the Camera’

Chronicling the work of female photographers from the 1920s to the 1950s, a show organised with the National Gallery of Art breaks significant ground

National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC announces gift of exceptional photographs dating from the 19th to 21st centuries

Stephen G. Stein’s donation includes notable examples of images by Gustave Le Gray, William Eggleston, Brassaï, Robert Frank, Sally Mann and others

National Gallery of Art recruits the first woman and person of colour to serve as its chief curator

As the museum commits itself to diversity, E. Carmen Ramos, a curator of Latino art, will be “the principal architect of the visitor experience”

Smithsonian will reopen eight museums and other venues in May after more than five-month closures

National of Gallery of Art also plans to open its West Building in Washington, DC

A 'milestone' moment—US National Gallery of Art acquires 40 works by Black Southern artists

Works were purchased from Souls Grown Deep Foundation in a move that could ‘alter the canon of American art'

Acquisitions round-up: European museums co-purchase El Anatsui sculpture from collector Uli Sigg

Woodland scene by Jan Brueghel the Elder heads to Washington DC; London’s National Portrait Gallery gets a Gainsborough via acceptance in lieu

After tumult, museums say that a delayed Philip Guston exhibition will open in 2022

Citing “unease and anxiety” about the show, the director of MFA, Boston predicts it will spur “in-depth discussions about great art”

Two Van Gogh fakes in Washington? Strong evidence produced against early drawings at the National Gallery of Art

Revelations in new book about an attic discovery throw fresh light on Vincent’s decision to become an artist

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Directors of Tate and the National Gallery of Art defend controversial decision to delay Philip Guston show

“An exhibition with such strong commentary on race cannot be done by all white curators,” says NGA chief Kaywin Feldman

Philip Guston’s KKK paintings ‘are not asleep—they’re woke’: catalogue contradicts museum statement controversially halting show

Essays from African American artists such as Glenn Ligon and Trenton Doyle Hancock show that issues were being addressed

Critics, scholars—and even museum’s own curator—condemn decision to postpone Philip Guston show over Ku Klux Klan imagery

Move is deemed “cowardly” and “patronising” after joint statement from host museums including National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and London’s Tate Modern

Two US museums plan to investigate their Gauguins after amateur art sleuth says they are fake

Former Tahitian resident Fabrice Fourmanoir helped The Art Newspaper correctly identify a fake in the Getty Museum's collection earlier this year

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

‘A resting time for the art’: with museums shut, US conservators seize on strategies to safeguard their collections

Experts embrace a blend of remote monitoring and on-site tours, while marvelling at diminished levels of dust