Modern art

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Museums & Heritage

Blue on Blue: Picasso blockbuster comes to Toronto in 2020

An exhibition focusing on the artist’s Blue Period came together after high-tech examinations of the work revealed hidden surprises

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Sculpture

Jacob Rothschild fulfills a 50-year-old dream with two sculptures by a Greek Modernist

How two monumental figures by Niko Ghika looking out from Corfu were made

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Exhibitions

Rediscovering Ida, the lesser-known O’Keeffe

A show opening at the Clark Art Institute reveals how Georgia O’Keeffe thwarted her sister’s career in art

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Russia

Putin grants Russian citizenship to collector Sergei Shchukin’s grandson ahead of blockbuster Pushkin show

André-Marc Delocque-Fourcaud urges Russia to reunite collection in Moscow

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Bauhaus

Big birthday is a boon for Bauhaus

How the market for artists associated with the German movement is hotting up in this centenary year

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Art market

Monet's glowing haystacks set alight Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern art sale with a new £97m record

Market is alive and kicking at the top for prime Impressionist works, though Bouguereau's uncomfortably placed, 19th century Bacchanalian scene failed to sell

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Museums & Heritage

Hermitage and Pushkin join forces to show stellar Russian collections of Modern art

The museums are pooling the divided collections of Sergei Shchukin and Morozov brothers for a quartet of exhibitions

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TEFAF Maastricht 2019

Tefaf Maastricht overhauls Modern art section in battle to stay on top in changing market

Loss of some regular exhibitors in favour of blue-chip contemporary art galleries is the latest in a string of changes to the venerable Dutch fair

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Art market

Keep the Monet flowing: trim but efficient Sotheby's sale starts London's pre-Brexit Impressionist and Modern art week

£63m auction total is half that of last year, but bidding from Asia and Russia helps make new record for Oskar Schlemmer and a Venetian view by Monet

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Mark Rothko

Rothko deserves better, SFMoMA

The San Francisco museum plans to sell Untitled (1960) at Sotheby's for between $35m and $50m, the artist is unlikely to have approved

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

Fresh takes on Modernism, colour and two giants of American art

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Amedeo Modigliani

Forensic examination of all Modigliani works in French museums gets under way

Comprehensive analysis of 29 pieces from ten institutions could be “the best weapon against forgery”

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Art market

What to watch on the block during New York's fall sales

Lesser known lots still hold plenty of hammer potential

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Exhibitions

When the avant-garde met E=mc2: the story behind Dimensionism

Supported by prominent figures in its day, the little known movement is at last being rescued from obscurity

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Openings

A bigger splash: France's expanded La Piscine museum reopens after makeover

Former Art Deco swimming pool in Roubaix dives into Modern French sculpture

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Conservation & Preservation

Chicago resurrects its master craftsman

Edgar Miller finally gets his due as the city prepares to celebrate the overlooked designer’s eclectic work

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National Portrait Gallery

London's National Portrait Gallery’s contemporary art programme resonates more with the art world than the public

Though not as dire as first thought, visitor figures for the museum's contemporary shows have still been poor

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Linda on the loose

Building a bridge from van Gogh to Sun Ra

A curator draws unexpected associations in an enthralling ten-artist show at the Vincent van Gogh Foundation centering on the sun.

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Art market

Supply wrung out? End of term feel to London Impressionist and Modern art auctions

Sotheby's sale fell below estimate while Christie’s provided some cheer, showing there is still money in Monet – but only the right one

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Kunsthalle Mannheim unveils €68m extension backed by German billionaire

Foundation of Hans-Werner Hector, one of the country's richest people, contributed €50m to the revamp

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Obituaries

‘Believing is seeing’: Tom Wolfe on Modern art

The novelist and journalist was also an outspoken art critic

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Art market

Christie’s $416m Impressionist and Modern art sale reaffirms bullish market for top material

Even without a $150m-plus headliner, the auction topped rival Sotheby’s by $100m thanks to deeper, more even bidding

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Art market

Modigliani nude leads Sotheby's $318.3m Impressionist and Modern auction

Sex sells—but only if it is guaranteed

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Artists

Modernist artist Paul Feiler’s legacy reassessed in new shows and publications

The German-born artist was a key member of the St Ives artistic community—but why does his work matter?

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Exhibitions

The power couples who shaped Modern art

New show explores 40 romantic and artistic partnerships of the 20th century

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Then & Now: "Modern art is destroying itself," warned our first issue

Museums have since devoted sizeable resources

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Art Dubai 2018

From $300 to $1.1m: What can you buy at Art Dubai?

From works on paper by emerging artists to an Anish Kapoor sculpture, the fair caters to all pocketbooks

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Art Dubai 2018

Object Stories from Art Dubai Modern

From burnt wood works to Picasso-esque paintings, we look at works on sale at the fair

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Art market

Drawings week hits Paris

The 27th edition of Salon du Dessin at Palais Brongniart assembles 39 dealers from Europe and the US

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Art market

Private View: our pick of March gallery shows

New shows at commercial galleries, from emerging names to rediscovered talents

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Art market

Mystery Picasso collector on spending spree buys £49.8m portrait of Marie-Thérèse

Buyer bidding through advisors Gurr Johns, combined with strong Asian interest, buoys London Impressionist and Modern art sales at Christie's and Sotheby's

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Kettle's Yard—where Modern art meets pot plants and pebbles—reopens after two-year facelift

House-museum in Cambridge now has “world-class” conditions for future exhibitions, says its director

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Art market

Ageing Picasso’s painting of lover and virile musketeer could make £18m at Christie's

Mousquetaire et nu assis is among highlights of London evening sale of Modern and Impressionist art in February

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Art market

Beyond Leonardo: the artists who led the auctions in 2017

We survey the top five results in key markets, from Old Masters to Post-war and contemporary

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Exhibitions

World tour of Cairo’s Surrealists comes to Tate Liverpool

Show examines role of Art et Liberté in international fight against fascism, nationalism and colonialism

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Art market

Solid $269.7m at Sotheby's maintains momentum in Impressionist and Modern market

New York sale results boosted by strong Asian and Russian buying, and shored up by guarantees

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Art market

Christie’s $479.3m Impressionist and Modern sale hits highest total since 2007

Pent-up demand for top material kicks off New York's key auction week, with a $81.3m Van Gogh and records for Léger, Magritte, Man Ray and Vuillard

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Art market

Optimism abounds heading into November auctions in New York

Discretionary sellers gain confidence in the market and Christie's leads its contemporary sale with Da Vinci—but recent overreaches sound a cautionary note

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Building projects

Kettle's Yard to reopen in 2018 after £11m transformation

Cambridge house-museum and its art influenced the student Nicholas Serota to switch from economics to art history

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Auctions

Kandinsky record falls twice in patchy Sotheby’s sale

With three lots making over £20m with fees, Sotheby’s long-winded Impressionist & Modern Art auction improves on 2016 but falls just short of a stiff estimate

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Object lessons

Object lessons: Francis Newton Souza

India Art Fair opens this week—look out for this Modern Indian masterpiece

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Exhibitions

Paris blockbuster exhibition of Shchukin’s Modern art collection extended

Russian President Vladimir Putin personally thanked Bernard Arnault at the Kremlin for hosting the show

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Modern art

How the artist Robert Rauschenberg got his goat

Swedish conservators allow Monogram to travel to London, New York and San Francisco for a major traveling survey

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Modern art

Modern art breaks free of the old borders

New generation of curators and patrons expands the canon to encompass the world beyond the US and Europe

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Exhibitions

Newly discovered Cubist painting sheds light on friendship between Picasso and Rivera

A work by Rivera in Picasso’s personal collection suggests that the tale of the two artists’ falling-out has been exaggerated

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Modern art

Name of mystery woman who received Van Gogh's ear revealed for first time

Gabrielle Berlatier was a farmer's daughter who kept her traumatic encounter with the artist a secret

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Robert Motherwell at 100: Gregory Gilbert reflects on the artist’s centenary

New research into the artist's work has offered new perspectives, but much work remains to be done

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Collectors

Ken Griffin spends reported $500m on two Abstract Expressionist paintings

Billionaire hedge-funder is believed to have bought works by De Kooning and Pollock in one of the biggest private sale in history

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Who will build Berlin’s new museum of the 20th century?

Ten proposals have made it to the next round of architecture competition

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A world away from the rest: David D'Arcy on Paula-Modersohn Becker at Galerie St. Etienne

A show of the artist's work reveals her proximity to and distance from both modernism and academicism

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Milan’s Palazzo Reale eyes up the Symbolists

Major exhibition opens of the artists who put poetry, myth, love and death first and foremost

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Short, sharp—and funny: Bernhard Schulz on Adolph Menzel

To mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, a book celebrates Adolph Menzel as the “painter of modern life”

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Modern art

What Delacroix taught the Moderns: Beth Wright on Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art

A splendid exhibition gauges the painter's influence on the Impressionists and post-Impressionists

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Exhibitions

An island of bitter-sweetness: Caroline Bugler on Paul Klee

Two shows in Bern reveal how the artist grappled with youth, exile and death

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Tehran’s Modern art could travel to the US

Hirshhorn holds preliminary talks but Berlin first in queue to borrow works by artists such as Gauguin, Pollock, Rothko, Picasso and Bacon

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Exhibitions

Berlin will be first to show works from Tehran's world-class Modern art collection

Exhibition of Western and Iranian art agreed in historic German-Iranian deal

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Art fairs

Gallerists at Frieze are saluting their pioneering forebears

Stands pay tribute to dealers who were ahead of their time

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Modern art

UK debut for Calder's most complex mobile

The 12-foot sculpture has not left Brazil since Calder gave it to the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil in São Paulo, in 1948

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Auctions

Back of Blue Period painting offers glimpse of ‘the Picasso behind Picasso’

La Gommeuse is being sold at Sotheby’s New York with a second, irreverent work on the reverse

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Exhibitions

Is it an auction house, a gallery or a museum?

Phillips to host non-selling Barbara Hepworth show in London next summer, with works on loan from Wakefield and private collections

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Against allegory: on Benjamin Buchloh’s new collection of essays

The art historian’s new book is properly pessimistic

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Auctions

Punctured Fontana egg to headline Sotheby’s London auctions

Modern Italian works set to steal contemporary art’s limelight (again) in Frieze Week sales

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Auctions

Van Gogh and Malevich works are star lots in Sotheby’s November sales in New York

The auction house looks to hold on to its lead in Impressionist and Modern art against rival Christie’s

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Shadow boxing with Joseph Cornell: Kelly Grovier on what the artist hid and revealed

The US artist’s exhibition at the Royal Academy is full of careful omissions

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Exhibitions

A healthy dose of nature: David D’Arcy on van Gogh’s landscapes

An exhibition at the Clark Art Institute is a road map for the artist’s psychological journey

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A problem for every problem: Mike Pepi on Art is a Problem

Joshua Decter’s book of essays raises questions it refuses to answer

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Books

Portrait of the jeering artist as a young gent: Alexander Adams on Francis Picabia

The artist’s conventional beginnings belie his artistic proclivity for mockery. By Alexander Adams

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Contemporary art

An existential shudder from a pure white surface: Kelly Grovier on the art of Agnes Martin

The US artist’s retrospective at Tate Modern reveals an artist who transcended traumas

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Auctions

Restituted works help Sotheby’s lead the way in London sales

Impressionist and Modern art auctions were in line with expectations

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Exhibitions

Beautiful brutality: the splendours of violence at the Venice Biennale

The central exhibition at the Venice Biennale is searing but splendid, even if it raises moral concerns

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Auctions

Sotheby’s stands alone and sweeps up $368.3m at Impressionist sales

The auction house took a chance sticking to a schedule that clashed with the Venice Biennale’s opening—and it paid off