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Trains, planes and a sea-faring hamster: Chris Burden’s unrealised projects come to light

A new book published by Gagosian chronicles 67 projects conceived by the late artist, which for reasons such as funding and technology were never executed

'It’s a time bomb': retirees slam Getty Trust’s decision to terminate their pension plan

Pensioners stand to lose federal protections once the board transfers the $336m plan to an insurer

Native American activists call for return of artefacts from Scotland

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow acquired moccasins, a necklace and a child’s bonnet after the Wounded Knee Massacre

As a highway looming over a historic Black community in New Orleans faces renewal, artists evoke its history

The hulking Claiborne Expressway that bisects Tremé, a seat of New Orleans culture, has been a source of inspiration and concern—explicitly and implicitly—for generations of artists

France to send creatives on the ultimate American road trip

The country’s Foreign Ministry is launching an innovative cultural residency that will exist beyond any walls

Family members fall out over Rembrandt stored in a New Jersey basement

An heir of an early owner claims that family members conspired to have it sold without his knowledge

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'A win for internationalism': what a Biden presidency will mean for the Chinese art world

Donald Trump's trade war and 'cold war mentality' led to uncertainty and a fractured relationship

Death row inmate designs garden installation by instructing university students through letters

Timothy Young, currently incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison, is a key contributor to the University-led art project, Barring Freedom, that aims to put the US criminal justice system in the dock

Storming of US Capitol: art world condemns police hypocrisy in pro-Trump riot

Artists Dread Scott and Glenn Ligon among cultural figures pointing out stark contrast in how law enforcement handled the mob compared with Black Lives Matter protestors

Sneak peek: Snarkitecture designs new gallery in Detroit for Library Street Collective

The art space in a historic building in the Belt neighbourhood will open with a show curated by the street artist Kaws

The turn of the screw: will tighter regulations impact the art market?

Often described as totally unregulated, the art trade is facing more stringent rules

US election: How Trump’s presidency has affected the arts

Plus, artist Pedro Reyes on his New York project; cartoonist Martin Rowson on Hogarth

Experts weigh in on alleged art forgery ring in Michigan

Art historians explain why the work of lesser known artists with rising markets, like George Copeland Ault and Gertrude Abercrombie, might become the target of a fakes scheme

America's Deep South heads to the UK’s south coast for remarkable exhibition

Around 20 artists from the US will show at Margate's Turner Contemporary, some for the first time in a UK institution

Two Iran exhibitions in Germany put on ice amid political tensions

Insurers refused to cover the transport of loans, including salt-mine mummies and Greek and Roman antiquities

The Huntington Library acquires two collections of US slavery and abolition records

The historic documents “highlight the complexities of documenting America’s ‘peculiar institution’”

Affordability is the number one concern for artists in Los Angeles, report finds

A survey conducted by the non-profit Arts for LA warns that the city could lose its culture cache if it becomes too expensive for its creative class

Orlando chooses its memorial to Pulse shooting victims

More than three years after the massacre, a winning design has been selected for a $45m museum and memorial campus, but some survivors and victims’ families would rather it stay unbuilt.

Seven arrested at protest during MoMA’s public opening

Demonstrators blocked the museum’s entrance and sat in the street as they demanded the removal of Steven Tananbaum — a financier whose company owns $2.5bn in Puerto Rican debt — from its board of trustees

Nearly 500 protesters stage Anti-Columbus Day history tour at New York museums

After being blocked from entering the American Museum of Natural History, decolonisation demonstrators took to the streets, ending at the Metropolitan Museum’s steps

Ruby City: collector Linda Pace's dream museum becomes reality in Texas

Wizard of Oz vision inspires new $15m contemporary art centre in San Antonio designed by David Adjaye

LGBTQnews

Designs for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum are unveiled amid debate

While early reactions have been mostly positive, a group of activists and victims’ families would rather see a support centre on the site

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Chicago project is growing a community for artist mothers

Extended Practice organises discussions, child-friendly performances and events with babysitters

Minneapolis Institute of Art names Katherine Crawford Luber as president and director

She comes to Minnesota from the San Antonio Museum of Art, where she grew the collections of African American and Aboriginal artists, and expanded programmes for underserved youth

A victory for righteousness or just a performance of it?

We need to acknowledge the complexity of our time and not hide in simple political polarities, says the director of the Art Gallery of Ontario

Lawarchive

Italy sues for return of antique pottery which they claim to own under national law because they are objects of archaeological interest.

The US has filed a complaint in a federal district court to determine who owns 230 antiquities produced in ancient Italian pottery workshops

Josef Albers's Manhattan returns to its rightful place in the MetLife building

The colossal mural, recently recreated, has returned to its home near Grand Central Station

Lawnews

Art history professor Gary Xu Gang accused of sexual assault and rape by two former students

Plaintiffs' lawyer says sexual harassment of university students remains an 'epidemic' despite the progress of the #MeToo movement

Museum ethics. Plus, the Chicago Architecture Biennial

We discuss the increased scrutiny museums face over their sponsorship policies and the architectural heritage of Chicago

Hosted by Ben Luke and Margaret Carrigan. , with guest speakers Jane Morris and Martin Bailey. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson

Making the Art Institute of Chicago a more inclusive place is about more than just architecture

The museum’s director James Rondeau on why the institution is bringing Barcelona architects Barozzi Veiga on board to rethink the whole campus