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Film

What happens if you cross breast milk with celluloid? Enter the weird world of handmade film

A new season of experimental cinema has opened at the Barbican showing works made by drawing, painting, scratching and otherwise messing about with the surface of film

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Museums & Heritage

A new ‘winsome wench’ for the Cutty Sark: how London's famed 19th-century ship got a literal face lift

Tea clipper's original figurehead has been replaced with a carving based on the recently rediscovered original drawings

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Photography

Photographers' Gallery in London stages first selling show dedicated to African photography

Exhibition of young photographers from the continent was organised with The Photographic Collective, a not-for-profit that promotes lesser-known artists

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Exhibitions

The best art day trips you can take from Berlin, London and New York

From crumbling castles to beach huts and giant chalk drawings on the English coast, there's no need for PCR tests if you live near these local gems

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Exhibitions

Paula Rego mixes politics and portraits in major show

Portuguese-British artist’s Tate Britain retrospective—her largest ever in the UK—spans her colourful 60-year career

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Exhibitions

Major Vincent van Gogh self-portrait exhibition to open in London next year

Among the masterpieces going on show at the Courtauld Gallery will be two works painted a week apart and reunited for the first time

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Art education

Royal College of Art students launch virtual gallery of works that were 'lost or damaged' during lockdown

More than 150 students have complained but only two students have so far made a claim, college officials say

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London

What to see during Mayfair Art Week in London

From portraits of Napoleon and his wife reunited after nearly 200 years to Rafael Nadal's buttocks

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Museums

Visitor figures: how many people are actually returning to London museums post-lockdown?

We asked English institutions to provide figures for the four-week period from 17 May to gauge current demand

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Commercial galleries

It’s coming home: Art gallery to open in the grounds of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

New space is run by the publishers of OOF, a magazine which marries art and football

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Museums & Heritage

'Think first of the walls!' With its tantalising William Morris creations, Emery Walker's House in London reopens

Home boasts the largest collection of the designer's hand-printed wallpapers as well as a wealth of Arts and Crafts treasures

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Museums

Anti-Shell sleepover protest at London's Science Museum ends with police threatening to arrest demonstrators

Youth climate activists claim that the "museum would rather have kids arrested than drop their polluting sponsors"

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Exhibitions

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

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Openings

Home truths: east London's museum of domestic life emerges from lockdown after £18.8m makeover

Museum of the Home reopens on 12 June with double the public space in its 18th-century almshouse buildings

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Carroll Dunham: You have to love painting to try and subvert it

During a new show at Galerie Max Hetzler, the American artist discusses the archetypal nudes in his canvases and his "uptight and conservative" attachment to painting

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Art market

Galleries: London's oldest shopping mall needs you

Burlington Arcade has 12 empty units and its owners want art businesses to help fill them

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London

Arts charity to open pop up in Mayfair selling works during London Gallery Weekend

Contemporary Art Society will launch temporary exhibition space on 4 June with pieces by artists including Lubaina Himid and Roger Hiorns

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Our critic's choice of London Gallery Weekend shows: Central

It's not just blue-chip galleries that have made our list of top exhibitions to see in central London where the city-wide event kicks off on 4 June

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Our critic's choice of London Gallery Weekend shows: South

The spotlight turns on south London on 5 June where exciting young artists are getting their debut shows and veterans who represented Britain at the Venice Biennale are making a comeback

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Our critics' choice of London Gallery Weekend: East

Much like the area itself, the galleries of east London are presenting an eclectic mix of exhibitions, so our critics have joined forces and picked some of their favourites

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Why are there so few black-owned galleries in London?

Despite the stars of so many artists of colour rising in the West, the trend is not reflected within the dealer community

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Meet Jade Montserrat, the Black artist who took on the British art establishment

As her first major solo show opens at Bosse & Baum during London Gallery Weekend, we speak to the artist about her art, her activism and what it was like growing up in rural Yorkshire

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Fourth Plinth

Powerful acts of defiance including a skull rack that will disappear in the London weather among Fourth Plinth proposals

Nicole Eisenmann, Samson Kambalu, Goshka Macuga, Ibrahim Mahama, Teresa Margolles and Paloma Varga Weisz are presenting their plans for Trafalgar Square in an exhibition at the National Gallery

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Exhibitions

Finding Nero: reputation of misunderstood Roman emperor is revisited for major London show

“Almost every single thing we think we know about him is wrong,” says the curator of a new exhibition at the British Museum

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Best shows for... discovering the next hot name

From gabber-inspired altarpieces to repurposed Brazilian matchboxes—here are four of the best emerging artists showing during London Gallery Weekend

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Best shows for... photography fans

Zoom in on these exhibitions by some of today's most revered artists, underrated historical figures and chroniclers of contemporary culture

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

Best shows for... families with children

Commercial galleries are getting down with the kids and welcoming little ones during London Gallery Weekend

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

New kids in the Enclave: how Deptford became south London's hottest gallery hub

Peckham move over, there's a new artistic Mecca in town

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London Gallery Weekend 2021

‘I’ll be back’: the return of AI art

After being pushed out by NFTs, machine-made art is making a comeback with London shows ranging from the "world's first ultra-realistic AI robot artist" to the first artificial intelligence ink artist

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Exhibitions

How flower arranging became an art form thanks to Constance Spry’s unique view of the natural world

An exhibition at London’s Garden Museum pays a floral tribute to one of the 20th century’s most colourful and influential florists

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Art market

Out of Africa and into Messums: UK gallery launches new photography department with vintage prints of Karen Blixen's life in Kenya

Some of the images taken by the younger brother of the Danish author, whose memoir became an Oscar-winning film, reflect colonialist attitudes that the exhibition aims to confront

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Law

Tate Modern neighbours head to Supreme Court over 'relentless' invasion of privacy

Residents next to the London museum continue legal battle after losing case to close viewing platform that allows visitors to see inside their flats

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Let loose after lockdown: London’s best gallery shows

Plus, Idris Khan on his latest show and James Welling on an ancient Greek Kore

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Art market

Phillips starts 2021 sales with a 17% leg up on last year

Despite the “headwinds” of Covid-19 and an extended UK lockdown, the firm raised £24.8m in its three-city livestreamed auction

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Exhibitions

Lockdown easing: the best gallery shows to see in London right now

Eerie wooden cabins, rural quiltmakers and dismembered, tentacular dolls are among our highlights from the city's commercial exhibitions

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Travel

From Bridgerton vibes to fantastical fireworks: here are the best arty staycation spots in the UK

Summer is coming! And with a cultural cornucopia of delights to enjoy here at home who needs to holiday abroad anyway?

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Art market

Casting doubt over hopes of a 'normal' UK summer, Masterpiece London cancels June fair

The fair will hold an online event in some form, while the London Original Print Fair plans to hold a gallery-based event for 33 of its exhibitors this May

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Arts funding

Serpentine drops Sackler name following ‘rebranding’

The space formerly named after the now-disgraced family has been rechristened the Serpentine North Gallery

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Art market

First London Gallery Weekend to feature a whopping 87 galleries including David Zwirner, Gagosian and Sadie Coles

Citywide event launching in June will focus on three different areas of the UK capital

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Museums & Heritage

Pandemic anniversary: the things museums should learn from our plague year

Although “thumbstoppable” social media content is essential, the online world has dark consequences too, says Tristram Hunt, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum

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National Gallery

National Gallery London: new details of development plans revealed

A 1960s office block behind the Sainsbury Wing will be demolished to make way for a new building to provide more exhibition space

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Redevelopment

Debenhams department store may become huge gallery as Covid-19 decimates London's Oxford Street

‘Oxford Street Art House’ would house studios and galleries across seven floors, say councillors

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A to say goodbye to departments by material—woodwork, metalwork etc—and 20% of its curators

Museum's director Tristram Hunt says that government help has not been enough to cover all costs incurred by pandemic and admits “curators will be more stretched”

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Diary

AI robot Ai-Da gets first major exhibition at London's Design Museum—but beware of the (lustful) critics

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Building projects

'Building on our strengths': National Gallery London unveils plans for £25m upgrade

Refurbishment, to be partly completed for the museum's 200th anniversary in 2024, will encompass the lobby of the Sainsbury Wing, a new research centre and improved outdoor space

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Wallace Collection

Art library and archives at London's Wallace Collection could close to public as part of cost-cutting plans

Petition claims management want to ‘orientate the museum to income generation’

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The Buck stopped here

Project space providing discount studios for young London artists opens in Mayfair

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Art Market Eye

Can Paris snatch the art market crown from London?

The French capital seems resurgent, but other elements may intervene

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Museums

Gabrielie Finaldi: 'What is the National Gallery if you can’t visit and you can’t see the pictures?'

Museums have a responsibility to the people to protect and share the collection, says the London museum's director

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Museums & Heritage

Museums and galleries in London to close from Wednesday under new Covid Tier 3 restrictions

But arts professionals heavily criticise the government decision, saying there is “no logic” behind the move

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Art market

New online platform puts London’s emerging art scene on the map—literally

Credit X has created digital map and database of less established art spaces and galleries in the hopes of balancing out an art world "shaped by market forces", it says

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Tate Britain

Rex Whistler’s Tate Britain restaurant mural is ‘offensive’, ethics committee says, threatening closure

Tate now faces the dilemma of what to do with a room decorated by a major early 20th-century artist

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Art market

Frieze takes gallery space on London's Cork Street for 'ambitious' exhibitions

Magazine publisher and fair organiser plans to rent the premises on a permanent basis

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Exhibitions

Buckingham Palace masterpieces hop next door for exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery

While the royal residence is under repair, some of the Royal Collection’s most famous paintings have been relocated and displayed in a more convenient setting

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Exhibitions

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s political—with a small ‘p’—portraits finally go on show at Tate Britain

The British artist's largest exhibition to date will also be shown in Stockholm, Dusseldorf and Luxembourg

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Prizes

London teenagers in cancelled prom outfits win Taylor Wessing Prize

Alys Tomlinson spent three months during lockdown taking the portrait of teenagers in the midst of their “lost summer”

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British Museum

Caffè Nero? The British Museum is looking for help with naming its blockbuster show on the Roman emperor

The survey, with suggestions including “the man behind the monster” and “emperor, tyrant, traitor?”, was sent out to members of the museum’s Friends scheme

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Art market

Pace to take over Blain Southern's former gallery in London expansion

Announcement comes as two of the gallery's presidents in the US are facing allegations of abuse in the workplace

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colonialism

Somerset House to dig into its colonial past

Move follows release of National Trust’s slavery report, which was accused of following a ‘woke agenda’

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Art market

London galleries to accommodate collectors ‘by appointment’ during second coronavirus lockdown

Some dealers say they will continue to hold private viewings for buyers, while opening hours are extended in the West End tonight

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Private view

Our pick of must-see gallery shows opening around the world in November

From new works by the emerging artist Collins Obijiaku in Accra to a pre-election tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Los Angeles

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Exhibitions

Zanele Muholi's Tate Modern show gives a voice to queer South Africa

Photographer documents the violent reality of life for many of the country’s marginalised communities in a mid-career survey

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The Buck stopped here

Halloween with Ai Weiwei: artist's new film screens in Piccadilly Circus and online tonight

The Chinese dissident artist is stopping the regular advertisements in the famous square for an hour

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Art market

Richard Saltoun Gallery builds entire 2021 exhibition programme around late political philosopher Hannah Arendt

Her work addresses relevant issues today such as tyranny, fascism and totalitarianism, dealer says

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Artemisia at the National Gallery in London

The artist’s first major UK exhibition uses dramatic spaces and biographical detail to bring her career into closer focus

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Closures

'Another yawning gap': radical London Print Studio closes its doors

Art world pays tribute to vital public space that served community organisations as well as artists including Lucian Freud, Billy Childish and Shezad Dawood

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Art market

From flat white to white cube: Lévy Gorvy opens gallery in former Pret a Manger in Mayfair

Firm now plans to extend its lease after Long Museum buys huge Tu Hongtao painting on show in the new space

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Art market

A Covid success story: how the London Original Print Fair helped its 68 dealers keep selling

London’s longest-running art fair survives virus by going fully online and diversifying

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Frieze London 2020

Your guide to London's Frieze Week 2020

Including: the seven best shows • align your chakras, Frieze Week is getting spiritual • the challenges of making sculpture during a pandemic and more

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Exhibitions

Under the influence: three artists on how Bruce Nauman continues to be an inspiration

As a retrospective opens at Tate Modern, we speak to Rashid Johnson, Jacolby Satterwhite and Adham Faramawy about the enduring appeal of the 78-year-old artist's work

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Museums & Heritage

London's Victoria and Albert Museum set to cut at least 103 jobs to 'ensure its survival', director says

Museum says it is in "its worst financial position on record" because of coronavirus

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Art market

'I'm always amazed, in this business, by how seriously some people take themselves': Stephen Friedman on 25 years as an art dealer

The Canadian came to London as a 22-year-old, fell in love with the city and never left

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Museums & Heritage

Royal Academy of Arts considers selling Michelangelo marble to plug financial hole—and not for the first time

Some academicians argue that instead of cutting almost half of the institution's jobs, it should consider selling the Taddei Tondo—worth several hundred million pounds

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Museums

Citing pandemic, V&A and Smithsonian drop plan to co-curate a gallery in London

After cancellation of project for V&A East, the institutions say they still plan to cooperate on an internship programme

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Royal Academy of Arts

London’s Royal Academy of Arts plans to slash 40% of jobs

Cuts have been announced as the institution aims to make savings of £8m a year and awaits news on government grant

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Nalini Malani

'The past is being weaponised': Nalini Malani's anti-fascist animations come to the Whitechapel Gallery

Eighty-eight of the artist’s iPad drawings will be projected across the gallery's walls for her first UK solo show

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Museums & Heritage

Fotografiska complex in London—world’s ‘largest photography venue’—is dropped

Investment group behind the project blames Brexit and Covid-19

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Art market

Keeping it in the family: Charles Saatchi’s daughter to open huge London gallery

Phoebe Saatchi Yates has collaborated with her husband and father to launch 10,000 sq ft Mayfair gallery focused on “unknown” artists

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Exhibitions

Saatchi Gallery exhibits London’s graduate artists deprived of degree shows

The exhibition forms part of the education programme at the collector’s gallery which has now ‘transitioned into a charity’

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Museums & Heritage

‘Living museum’ of British-Somali heritage heads to east London

Crowdfunded space aims to preserve community archive and support emerging artists

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Museums

Man arrested after protesting against Benin Bronzes display at London museum

Defendant was charged with using “threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress” during incident in January

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Museums

Tate and Anthony d’Offay agree to cut ties permanently

Museum will return loaned works and remove the retired dealer’s name from the building nearly three years after allegations of sexual harassment emerged

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Art market

London's £20m Cromwell Place gallery hub to open on 10 October

Complex, housed in five townhouses in South Kensington, was due to open in May but the launch was delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown

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Public sculpture

Memorial to police shooting victim Cherry Groce gets £82,000 boost from local London authorities

Brixton sculpture by David Adjaye is due to be unveiled in September, 35 years after a bungled police raid left her paralysed

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Museums

Tate will axe more than 300 jobs from its commercial arm next month

Director Maria Balshaw says the organisation has been left with “no option” but to resize as visitor figures and revenues plunge due to the pandemic

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Biennials & festivals

Wham! London's first Brent Biennial to launch with a nine-metre high George Michael mural

The inaugural exhibition in the north-west borough opens in September and will include 23 new commissions

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British Museum

After 163 days closed, British Museum will reopen on 27 August

The London museum, which will mark its reopening by showing a work by Grayson Perry, will enforce social distancing measures and a daily visitors cap

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Diary

Subversive summery images raise the temperature at new London outdoor gallery

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coronavirus

A right royal (socially-distanced) outing to London's National Gallery for the Duchess of Cornwall

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The Buck stopped here

New works by Thomas J. Price and Larry Achiampong on The Line extend the debate on public sculpture

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coronavirus

London’s Southbank Centre will make up to two thirds of its staff redundant due to Covid-19

But Hayward Gallery is expected to reopen in August

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Banksy

Banksy graffiti removed by London Underground cleaners—but TFL invites artist to make new work in ‘suitable location’

"We appreciate the sentiment of encouraging people to wear face coverings,” says a spokesman

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Art market

Frieze directors ‘left with no choice’ but to cancel London fairs in October

Continued restrictions on large-scale events and travel due to coronavirus have made the show logistically impossible

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Art market

Tomorrow’s YBAs? White Cube launches series of online exhibitions by London art graduates

Gallery owner Jay Jopling says it is vital to support the next generation during such precarious times

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Statues

UK's first statues of black Brits—sited at Brixton station—to be restored after 34 years

The overlooked works are modelled on local residents

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Book Club

Sex, Soho, cocksure snappers and cigarette money: the making of London’s 1960s art world

A new book by Lisa Tickner, called London's New Scene, focuses on a cast of glamorous characters and gritty drama, with much that resonates today

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Racial injustice

If we want more artists like Khadija Saye, we need to give young BAME people the help they need

Would-be artists from ethnic minorities have it harder than most—which is why a new programme will continue Saye’s inspiring work, says the artist Nicola Green

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Exhibitions

'Tender, gentle and creative soul': outdoor exhibition in west London pays tribute to artist Khadija Saye who died in Grenfell fire

Unveiled by Tottenham MP David Lammy today, the show also marks the launch of an arts mentor scheme in Saye’s name

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London Art Week

From a £16m Rembrandt to a £3,000 dolphin, London Art Week for every (ok, some) budgets

Highlights from the online version of the “pre-contemporary art” event for galleries and auction houses which launches today and runs until 10 July

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Museums

National Gallery will be first major London museum to reopen after coronavirus closure

Visitors will be requested to wear masks and stay two-metres apart from 8 July