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coronavirus

Students slam Royal College of Art's decision to move degree show online because of coronavirus

Unlike other universities, the school has not postponed its courses during the crisis

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coronavirus

Personal stories of coronavirus: the widow who opened her husband's exhibition for a day

Diana Cohen, the 90-year-old wife of the late painter Alfred Cohen, travelled to London for the opening of the first show of his work in 20 years. Years in the making, it opened and closed within a few hours

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Art market

London galleries latest to go into lockdown as concerns grow over coronavirus pandemic

Move follows widespread closures in the US and Asia

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coronavirus

'Sadly unavoidable': first major UK exhibition of Artemisia Gentileschi postponed due to coronavirus

National Gallery in London describes move as "unprecedented" and a "tough decision"

Podcast

Titian’s poesie: an in-depth tour of 'the most beautiful pictures in the world'

We speak to Gabriele Finaldi about the challenges of opening a show at the time of coronavirus and to its curator about this extraordinary series of paintings. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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coronavirus

Tate Modern employee tests positive for coronavirus

London museum says staff member does not work in a front-of-house role and all affected areas have been deep cleaned

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Exhibitions

Cecil Beaton’s golden age celebrity snaps go on show in London

The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery unites 150 images, including rarely exhibited photographs of his sisters Nancy and Baba

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Book Shorts

When nothing is sacred, nothing can be subversive: photographs of London’s Soho captured in catalogue

The area’s heyday in the mid 20th century has been obliterated by commercial exploitation

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Funding

Fossil-fuel giant Shell ends its support of London's Southbank Centre

Decision comes amidst pressure from activist groups for UK museums to end their oil sponsorship deals

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Exhibitions

Rare Andy Warhol drag queen portraits go on show in Tate Modern exhibition

Near-forgotten series of striking portraits are part of a 100-strong show of works opening at the London museum this week

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Grenfell Tower

Relatives of victims who died in the Grenfell Tower fire look for input into Steve McQueen's film of tragedy

Support group, comprising family members of 33 people who died in the 2017 London blaze, say they feel “totally disenfranchised” by the artist's latest project

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Discoveries

Unknown Dürer drawing to be sold by London dealer

One of very few examples in private hands, the work from an American collection is coming to the market via Agnews

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Art Market Eye

Death of a wannabe 'mega' gallery—was the closure of Blain Southern an outlier or the canary in the mine?

Gallery's demise could be symptomatic of the growing polarisation of the art market

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Museums

Superman, Beatrix Potter and Virgil Abloh: London’s V&A reveals plans for revamped Museum of Childhood

Museum will reopen in 2022 with new focus on empowering children’s creativity

Podcast

Who owns the Parthenon Marbles?

Plus, Shirin Neshat on Trump’s America. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Exhibitions

Léon Spilliaert’s doom and gloom to light up the Royal Academy of Arts

The first major UK show will include 80 works by the little-known Belgian artist who has always "escaped easy categorisation"

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Artists

British artist calls for 'unethical' Unseen fair to cease operation after bankruptcy and buy-out

The Amsterdam-based photography event has failed to pay Felicity Hammond for commissioned work, but still plans to host a 2020 edition

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Exhibitions

From trans to the Taliban: Barbican to explore the many sides of masculinity

Sweeping photography show will shine a light on the fluid and plural nature of what it means to be a man

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Heritage

Hidden LGBTQ histories of London's royal palaces to come out in new guided tours

Immersive performances will begin this month at Tower of London, with more planned at Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace

Podcast

Tschabalala Self and radical figurative painting

The US artist discusses figurative painting ahead of her Whitechapel show; plus, why pregnancy was rarely depicted in the art of the past

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Art market

And all that jazz: upbeat sale at Christie's sees Tamara De Lempicka portrait beat record set just three months ago

Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist art auction last night made £106.8m, 35% down on last year—but with three works sold for over £10m

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The Insiders

Valie Export and crowning babies bring mixed messages of motherhood to Mayfair

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Art market

Condo’s grassroots collaborative spirit is infectious

The London gallery sharing initiative feels like a significant step in a healthier direction

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Serpentine Galleries

How London's Serpentine Galleries is going green for its 50th birthday

Exhibitions in 2020 include Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, US painter Jennifer Packer, Chinese artist Cao Fei and Strasbourg-born Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

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Leaders

Hans Ulrich Obrist: 'Ecology will be at the heart of everything we do'

The Serpentine Galleries' artistic director will reduce his flying 'very significantly' as the London institution goes green to mark its 50th anniversary

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Climate Change

London museum makes detailed plans to fight climate crisis—its leader says other museums should follow suit

Nick Merriman, chief executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, says museums have a responsibility to lower emissions and galvanise public action

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Appointments

BBC head Tony Hall joins London's National Gallery to lead board of trustees

Hall will leave his top media job in the summer to take up the unpaid position at the museum

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Exhibitions

Mum's the word: the exhibitions rethinking motherhood

Several London shows focusing on representations of pregnancy and female parenting cast new light on these sometimes divisive themes

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Exhibitions

The best shows to see at Condo London 2020

From satirical prostitute advertisements to a baby's beating heart—the must see shows from London's coolest gallery sharing initiative

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Museums

Letter to the editor | Necessity, not secrecy, will close NPG’s doors

Nicholas Cullinan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, responds to criticism about the museum's three-year closure

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Diary of an art historian

Disneyfication at the National Gallery? Plus, the problem with deaccessioning in the UK

The stigma around state museums selling works means that other institutions dare not buy them; and a frank review of the National Gallery's Leonardo exhibition

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The Buck stopped here

Tim Marlow finally receives a big shiny medal as he waves goodbye to Royal Academy

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Elizabeth Peyton's historically contextualised portraits to a jarring installation on queer existence

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Acquisitions

Christmas comes early: London's National Gallery raises enough money to buy Gentileschi masterpiece

The Finding of Moses is on display, but it will soon be moved to the newly refurbished Baroque room

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Redevelopment

'A catastrophe for the system of protecting historic buildings': the saga of London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Plans to turn the foundry that cast the bells of Big Ben, St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey into a boutique hotel have been put on hold—but they should never have gone ahead in the first place

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Bomberg's love of the Renaissance to Bruce Conner's sexy music video

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The Buck stopped here

Oscar Murillo hosts 'fun-raising' feast in London studio

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Appointments & departures

Charles Saumarez Smith steps down as senior director at Blain Southern

Gallery is going through a “period of restructuring”, according to founder Harry Blain

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the UK's hottest graduates to forgotten Indian masterpieces

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Art market

Tiepolo and Giovanni di Paolo spark excitement in underpowered Christie’s Old Master sale

Auction raised more than last year but supply still limited as Brexit-dominated general election looms

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Diary of an art historian

Why was the National Portrait Gallery so secretive about its closure?

The London museum will close between 2020 and 2023, but the announcement was buried in the fourth paragraph of a press release

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Courtauld Institute of Art

Courtauld lecturers take eight-day strike action over pay inequality and the ‘strain’ of working conditions

Striking staff say funding is channelled towards art institute’s multi-million pound redevelopment project

Podcast

Dora Maar and Jann Haworth: acclaim at last

We take a tour of the Dora Maar show at London's Tate Modern, where the artist is finally getting her due, and talk to US artist Jann Haworth about her retrospective at Pallant House Gallery. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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The Buck stopped here

House of Voltaire's naked Christmas tree brings new meaning to a 'festive bush'

Podcast

Anselm Kiefer on why size matters

On the podcast, we speak to the German artist about his new works inspired by String Theory, now on show at White Cube in London

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Exhibitions

London exhibition examines 'tragic absurdity' at the Korean border

Group show at Korean Cultural Centre UK combines photography, installations and archival material to explore one of the world's most heavily militarised zones

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Loans

Titian’s six epic mythological paintings to be reunited as Wallace Collection announces first ever loans

National Gallery in London will display the series next year and lend a Rubens work in return

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Roy Oxlade's energetic canvases to Nan Goldin's first UK show in almost two decades

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The Buck stopped here

'Welcome to the shitshow': Jeremy Deller's new film delves into the dark underbelly of Brexit

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Exhibitions

King of the monarch collectors: George IV's lavish collection goes on show in London

The royal amassed works of art in every field from Rembrandt paintings to Sèvres porcelain

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The Buck stopped here

Steve McQueen's epic primary school portrait series unveiled at Tate Britain

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Orazio Gentileschi

London's National Gallery launches public campaign to fund last £2m to buy Orazio Gentileschi masterpiece

The 17th-century painting The Finding of Moses was painted in London for Charles I and represented the birth of Charles II

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The Buck stopped here

Grassroots band of locals organise a squat to protect Gerry's Pompeii

Podcast

Tutmania returns. Plus, Duchamp in the US

We review Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at London's Saatchi Gallery and talk about the Modern master Marcel Duchamp at the Hirshhorn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From an unflinching look at childbirth to sound performances on the Strand

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Art market

Judicial review of UK Ivory Act rejected

After months of fundraising to bring legal action, judge dismisses antiques trade's objections to upcoming ban

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National Portrait Gallery

London’s National Portrait Gallery to close for three years with ‘some job losses’

Museum plans to send 300 portraits a year on tour around the country during £35.5m redevelopment

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Commercial galleries

Private view: three must-see gallery shows opening in November

Conceptual videos by Teresa Margolles and the boys of the Beaux Arts Generation are among our picks of the best commercial exhibitions this month

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Parasol Unit

Parasol Unit to close east London gallery

From next spring the foundation will hold exhibitions "in whatever part of the world I feel the dialogue is needed”, says founder Ziba Ardalan

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Exhibitions

King Tut show on track to become one of the most popular art exhibitions ever in the UK—and the most expensive

Peak adult tickets for the travelling exhibition opening at the Saatchi Gallery in London this week will cost £37.40

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Art market

Renewed enthusiasm for Orientalist paintings and a £3.7m coin buoy London's Islamic sales week

Busy auction series brought records for Osman Hamdi Bey and Jean-Léon Gérôme, and controversial sale of two illustrated folios separated from a Persian manuscript

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The Buck stopped here

Art world fights to preserve former gardener's fantastical kingdom of historic figures

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The Buck stopped here

Sue Webster unveils new installation and book inspired by her Siouxie Sioux-obsessed teenage years

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Exhibitions

Lucian Freud's self-portraits sure to pack a punch in London show

The artist’s altercation with a cab driver produced one of many revealing paintings being exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts

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The Buck stopped here

Feminist trailblazer Caroline Coon finally receives her dues at London's Tramps gallery

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The Buck stopped here

Jennifer Binnie and Andrew Logan unite once more for collaborative London show

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Studio Voltaire

Phyllida Barlow sculpture to pop up in partially ruined, gothic chapel in London cemetery

Studio Voltaire’s ambitious off-site programme also includes commissions by Monster Chetwynd and Dawn Mellor

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Art education

Art school shake up: London's Courtauld Institute to offer Modern and contemporary African art degrees

New Tate curator calls the development "a bold decision" in a "burgeoning field"

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Appointments

Tim Marlow leaves Royal Academy of Arts to head London’s Design Museum

Announcement of RA artistic director's new appointment comes after Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black stepped down as co-directors

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UK politics

'London’s resilience, creativity and innovation will help us to keep open for the world'

As the art world turns out in the capital during Frieze, Justine Simons, London's deputy mayor for culture and the creative industries, wonders what the rest of the world must be thinking

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Art market

Running a contemporary gallery is tough: we look at London's lost commercial art spaces

There is a long list of innovative ventures to have fallen by the capital’s waysides but some have left a lasting legacy

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Exhibitions

Hollywood director lights up Rembrandt show at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky brings a film-industry sensibility to the south London show

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Auctions

New artists to the block bring excitement to Phillips Contemporary evening sale in London

New record set for Alex Katz, but less-familiar names also exceed expectations