Nancy Kenney

Nancy Kenney is Senior Editor at The Art Newspaper

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Museums

Instead of permanent space, Smithsonian will co-curate gallery at V&A East for two years

The Washington institution also announces joint effort with London communities to train young adults

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Museums & Heritage

Museum of Chinese in America starts fund-raising after loss of its archive in a fire

An estimated 85,000 items are feared lost, including letters, antique wedding dresses and photographs

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Kehinde Wiley’s reimagining of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Brooklyn Museum to Luhring Augustine and Sam Fogg’s collaborative show on Gothic art

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Museums & Heritage

International Center of Photography prepares to reopen in a far bigger home in New York

Lower East Side location will unite exhibition space with the institution's school of 3,500 students

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Artists

CalArts recruits alumni to create works financing students’ scholarships

From John Baldessari to Tony Oursler, the marketing effort unites artists of multiple generations

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Acquisitions

National Portrait Gallery acquires 20 works from collecting couple

Ian and Annette Cumming set out to commission likenesses of people who would remain renowned

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Exhibitions

Jacob Lawrence’s epic series depicting America's early struggles sets off on US tour

Twenty-three of the US artist’s surviving panels will be reunited for the first time in six decades

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Museums & Heritage

Director is out at Erie Art Museum

Departure follows New York Times article describing objectionable behaviour with female employees

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Conservation & Preservation

Puerto Rico prepares to assess toll of powerful earthquakes

A colonial-era church collapses and more damage to historic buildings is expected

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Conservation

How medical experts helped curators discover the hidden secrets of a Senufo helmet mask

Spectral CT scans enabled the Dallas Museum of Art to identify unknown elements in the West African piece

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Conservation & Preservation

Geneva-based foundation Aliph directs $10m to heritage conservation projects in conflict zones

Sites targeted range from a Yemeni palace in ruins to a shrine destroyed by the Islamic State in Iraq

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The Year in Review 2019

From trafficked treasures to the ravages of climate change: the heritage headlines of 2019

We look back at the biggest stories of the year

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Conservation & Preservation

Tefaf awards conservation grants for a Wright interior and a colonial Bolivian painting

V&A and Lacma plan to stabilise and restore works to their original appearance

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Exhibitions

Treasure trove of Fijian artefacts to reveal a rich artistic heritage at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Exhibition includes 19th-century breast plates and clubs made from whale ivory, as well as a newly commissioned 26ft canoe

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Conservation & Preservation

Science illuminates art in Detroit’s celebration of Bruegel’s The Wedding Dance

Conservators discover that the 1566 painting was once bluer and revisit the exposure of the notorious codpieces

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Opioid Crisis

Citing opioid crisis, Tufts University strips Sackler name from its buildings and programmes

Institution declares that the name “runs counter to the school’s mission”

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Museums

Freer/Sackler rebrands its identity as the National Museum of Asian Art

Museum officials say the decision is unrelated to protests over the Sackler family's ties to Purdue Pharma

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Artists

Noguchi Museum launches digital archive about the globe-trotting artist’s life and career

Online trove includes 60,000 photographs, manuscripts, records and drawings and an updated catalogue raisonné

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Conservation & Preservation

Conservators to restore Michelangelo’s Florence Pietà in full view of visitors

Restoration will remove centuries of grime and stabilise the sculpture at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

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Conservation & Preservation

Scientists uncover a secret to rock art’s durability

Ancient artisans in British Columbia heated ochre “gunk” to high temperatures to achieve a vivid and long-lasting red

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Exhibitions

Terra Foundation plans 2024 sequel to Art Design Chicago

Yearlong 2018 effort drew 2.5 million people and brought attention to overlooked artists

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Museums & Heritage

New Hampshire museum acquires a rare house by Frank Lloyd Wright

The 1957 home, the Currier Museum of Art's second Wright dwelling, is built in the “Usonian Automatic” style, with rectangular concrete blocks

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Museums & Heritage

Opening new galleries and showcasing its sphinx, Penn Museum rebrands its image

Museum at the University of Pennsylvania will open 10,000 sq. ft of reimagined spaces

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Acquisitions

Whitney Museum acquires 88 works by biennial artists

The works, by 40 artists, are among 250 that have entered the collection since the spring

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Acquisitions

Jayne Wrightsman leaves over 375 works of art and $80m to the Met

From European paintings to the decorative arts, the patron and her oil tycoon husband, who both served as trustees for decades, gave the New York museum more than 1,275 works in all

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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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Digitisation

Google and Lin-Manuel Miranda team up on a project to share Puerto Rican art online

Digitisation effort draws on works from four institutions in a push for cultural preservation

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Alexandre Singh's dark thriller at Metro Pictures to entrancing etchings at the Met, the best shows to see this Halloween weekend

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Conservation & Preservation

After a discovery, Rothko Chapel moves to shore up its walls

Lack of steel reinforcement results in a plan to insert rebar, delaying the reopening of the Modernist sanctuary

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Conservation & Preservation

In a conservation triumph, a 15th-century tapestry highlights the age of chivalry

“It’s the most spectacular representation of a tournament of that time,” a Met curator says

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Exhibitions

Celebrating a French artist who captured a young America

New-York Historical Society profiles the intrepid Baroness Hyde de Neuville

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Conservation & Preservation

Citing daunting threats, World Monuments Fund lists 25 endangered sites

Bears Ears in the US, a Peruvian valley near Machu Picchu and Notre Dame in Paris join the 2020 roster

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Getty Center

Wildfire spread close to the Getty Center, but an official says the art is ‘just fine’

The campus in the Santa Monica Mountains was designed to resist fire, with a powerful irrigation system, million-gallon water tank and air conditioning that pushes smoke out instead of letting it in

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Artists

San Diego artist wins top prize in US portrait competition with immigration-themed animation

Washington's National Portrait Gallery will display finalists’ work in a contest that helped to vault the reputation of Amy Sherald

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Exhibitions

How a method of armour decorating in 16th-century Germany spawned a new printmaking technique

Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art charts the evolution of etching through Renaissance artists such as Albrecht Dürer and Lucas van Leyden

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MoMA special: our verdict on the museum opening of the year

We speak to two of the museum's curators leading the expansion and our New York team sit down to discuss the highs and lows of the new space. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Acquisitions

New York's Morgan Library receives ‘transformational’ trove of manuscripts and bindings

Bequest comes from New York collector Jayne Wrightsman, who amassed an 18th-century library to complement her celebrated French furnishings

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Openings

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

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Conservation

Expert finds lost dress of Queen Elizabeth I in English village church

Rare 16th-century fabric to go on show at Hampton Court Palace after three-year study

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Exhibitions

A New York salute to Rube Goldberg and his outlandish contraptions

Queens Museum celebrates a cartoonist who seems more relevant than ever

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Exhibitions

MoMA will celebrate reopening with six site-specific works in its public spaces

Installations range from Haim Steinbach’s phrases and slogans to Yoko Ono’s blue sky

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Unions

New Museum and union reach agreement on a contract

After a strike threat, a marathon bargaining session results in an average pay increase of 8% for full-time employees

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Conservation & Preservation

Grant will help restore two long-lost frescoes in San Francisco

The project contrasts with a decision to cover up a controversial 1930s school mural in the same city

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Unions

New Museum employees vote to strike if no agreement is reached with management

Saying the two sides are sharply at odds, workers vote 69 to 3 in favour of a strike should progress prove elusive

Podcast

Special: is art education in crisis? Featuring Bob and Roberta Smith

As art schools start their new term in the UK, this week’s episode is an education special. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the Met Breuer’s Vija Celmins retrospective to Kehinde Wiley’s first public sculpture

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Looted art

Looted coffin acquired by Metropolitan Museum is headed back to Egypt

US and Egyptian officials presided over handover at a repatriation ceremony in New York

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Conservation & Preservation

Poignant online videos showcase 20 sites from Alabama’s civil rights era

World Monuments Fund joins partners in launching an oral history project

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Park Service report warns that Trump's border fence could harm archaeological sites

Experts worry that artefacts would be in peril if a 30-ft-high steel barrier is built

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Conservation & Preservation

Getty plans sweeping $100m initiative to promote the world’s cultural heritage

Projects will range from exhibitions about the classical world to conservation and excavations and a book about “heritage and mass atrocities”

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Conservation & Preservation

Probing nine paintings, conservators in Amsterdam unlock Chagall’s secrets

Research project at the Stedelijk Museum sheds light on some of the artist’s techniques

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Laser scan may one day aid Notre Dame’s restorers

A 2010-12 effort to map every inch of the cathedral could help the post-fire reconstruction

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Exhibitions

Drawing, singing, sleeping, eating, changing costumes: Nikhil Chopra’s nine-day campout at the Met

Moving from gallery to gallery like a nomadic traveller, the performance artist-in-residence will morph into a series of personae

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Exhibitions

Columbia University exhibition retells the story of America by foregrounding 'black genius'

Featuring archival documents, vintage images and contemporary art, 20 and Odd aims to correct a narrative about a nation's power and identity

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Law

‘Completely unacceptable’: Nan Goldin attacks proposed settlement in opioid crisis

Artist says the reported deal is a cynical attempt to avoid significant restitution

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Protests

Artist Nan Goldin and other activists arrested during opioid protest at New York governor’s office

Campaigners known for museum protests accuse Andrew Cuomo of not doing enough to halt drug deaths

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Law

Sacklers in talks over multibillion-dollar settlement of opioid crisis lawsuits

Proposed settlement calls for family's company Purdue Pharma to file for bankruptcy and become a public trust distributing profits

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Exhibitions

From lantern slides to racist caricatures, the Walker showcases Theaster Gates the collector

Chicago artist strives for a poetic “resurrection” of African American stories in a solo show in Minneapolis

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Exhibitions

A Frank Lloyd Wright synagogue transformed

An immersive installation will fuse music, tapestries, video and orchids

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Conservation & Preservation

New York Public Library shores up its marble lions

Two-month conservation effort for the sculptures follows a public appeal to donors

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Conservation & Preservation

San Francisco school board votes to preserve but conceal a controversial mural

Its 4-3 decision reverses an earlier vote to paint over a 1930s work that some parents and board members found racist and damaging to students

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Exhibitions

In highly personal portraits, an artist speaks up for his native Baltimore

Painted before Donald Trump disparaged the city, Derrick Adams's new works celebrate family life there

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US politics

African American leaders object to erasure of controversial school mural in San Francisco

Local figures defend portrayal of the nation’s blemished early history

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Interviews

In the rescued Johnson archive, poignant images from black American history

How four institutions swooped in to acquire four million images

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Museums

Baltimore Museum of Art dedicates a year of exhibitions to women

From Georgia O’Keeffe to Mickalene Thomas, museum will aim to address diversity gaps

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Museums & Heritage

For its centennial, Oriental Institute weds ancient artefacts with contemporary art

Three artists enter a dialogue with Middle Eastern antiquities at the University of Chicago

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Museums

Baltimore Museum of Art to create a Matisse study centre

Museum will draw on its 1,200 works by the artist to help further scholarship

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Art market

New York thrift store find turns out to be valuable Schiele drawing

Work found at a Habitat for Humanity shop is estimated to be worth as much as $200,000

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Art market

Two shareholders seek to block Sotheby’s purchase by BidFair

Lawsuits argue that information filed to the SEC is inadequate