Nancy Kenney

Nancy Kenney is Senior Editor at The Art Newspaper

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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

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Museums

With Jean Pigozzi's contemporary African art donation, MoMA to become a 'leader' in the field

The museum says the gift will play an important role in the reconfiguration of its permanent collection

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Law

Collector says he was duped into selling Brancusi sculpture

He seeks $200m in damages from lawyer who he says "hoodwinked" him

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Conservation

A Wall Street lobby restored to its former glory

A vast Art Deco mosaic celebrates the artistry of its overlooked creator

Podcast

Top of the Pods: the world of Warhol, as told by Jeremy Deller and Donna De Salvo

With the Pop artist's blockbuster retrospective currently on show at SFMoMA, we delve into the life and legacy of the ever-popular painter with artist Jeremy Deller and curator Donna De Salvo. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Antiquities & Archaeology

A Getty lifeline for classical mosaics in the Middle East and North Africa

As the Getty winds down its decade-long Mosaikon project, it leaves behind a legacy of expertise in a region threatened by looting and political unrest

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Conservation & Preservation

Microsoft aims to harness AI for heritage projects

From languages to historic artefacts, the company will use technology to preserve and celebrate traditional cultures

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Looted art

US authorities file criminal charges against antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor and seven others

The government’s complaint outlines a massive alleged smuggling ring involving other dealers, art restorers and associates who helped create false provenances for looted objects

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Conservation & Preservation

Going undercover: Scotland's leaky Mackintosh treasure shielded by 197-tonne chainmail box

Hill House in Helensburgh has been covered to protect it from the rain while National Trust makes conservation plans

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Building projects

New Museum unveils Rem Koolhaas design for addition

Building to rise next door that will double the museum’s exhibition space

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Appointments & departures

MoMA PS1 hires former Garage Museum curator as its director

Kate Fowle, known as a champion of artists and curatorial innovation, succeeds Klaus Biesenbach

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Conservation & Preservation

Getty shores up Peruvian church in an earthquake zone

The preservation project could serve as a prototype for saving other earthen buildings

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Conservation & Preservation

Conservators restore Africa’s first animated film in colour

Nigerien pioneer Moustapha Alassane’s stop-motion work Samba the Great is being screened in Bologna

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Hito Steyerl's Park Avenue Armory takeover to Simone Leigh's commanding Plinth commission

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Museums & Heritage

Donna De Salvo steps down as Whitney senior curator

After organising popular shows like a Warhol retrospective, she resigns to “pursue other interests’’

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Economics

Sizing up salaries in the visual arts world

A US survey compares compensation for employees by age, job type and education level

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Exhibitions

Can art bring the walls down? Washington DC show explores the migrant experience

Exhibition at the Phillips Collection is curated by Massimiliano Gioni and will include works by Arshile Gorky, Mona Hatoum and Vija Celmins

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Obituaries

Robert Therrien, whose outsize art teetered between fantasy and reality, has died at 71

The artist delved into quotidian objects like a 10-foot-high kitchen table

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Artists

Artist to install earthwork calling attention to immigration and human trafficking

Trail of red sand will be visible to travellers in flight and on the ground in Seattle

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Law

Artist's copyright infringement suit heads to US Supreme Court

North Carolina used film director’s images without obtaining his permission or compensating him

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Conservation & Preservation

Conservation project channels thinking of Angkor’s original builders

World Monuments Fund completes restoration of the eastern half of Phnom Bakheng temple

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Heritage

Gaudi’s Sagrada Família secures building permit—137 years later

A deal between the city and the church foundation aims to complete construction work on the architect’s quixotic final project

Podcast

The rise of the mega-dealers, plus artists take over the Guggenheim

Michael Shnayerson talks to us about his new book Boom and Nancy Spector and Paul Chan take us through the Guggenheim's Artistic Licence show

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Manga and Camp: the art of going over the top

We talk about Manga, the subject of the British Museum's huge new show, and we explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Law

US Supreme Court declines to hear appeal on Nazi-looted art

Norton Simon Museum can keep two Lucas Cranach masterpieces

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Sackler family

The Met says it will stop accepting gifts from Sacklers associated with Purdue Pharma

The museum cites recent lawsuits tied to the US opioid crisis in its decision to decline future donations from the family

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Frieze New York 2019

Confessions of a dealer: Esther Kim Varet

We talk to Esther Kim Varet, the founder of the Los Angeles (and now, Seoul) gallery Various Small Fires about the art world, a pet peeve and the next big thing

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Winogrand's little-known colour photographs to Miró's mammoth canvas

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Monuments

Virginia judge rules that two Confederate statues in Charlottesville are war memorials

City Council members seeking to remove them argued that they were actually monuments to white supremacy

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Frieze New York 2019

Confessions of a dealer: Sam Gordon

We talk to Sam Gordon, co-founder of the New York gallery Gordon Robichaux, about his art-world enthusiasms and words to live by

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Many Whitney Biennial artists sign letter calling for museum vice chairman's removal

Letter cites Warren B. Kanders's role in company that manufactured tear gas used at US border

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Frieze New York 2019

Lauren Halsey brings the spirit of South Central LA to Frieze New York

Artist dedicates installation to Nipsey Hussle, the slain rapper and neighbourhood activist

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Restitution

Italian prosecutor claims Medieval missal in Morgan Library was stolen from parish church

Official argues that its return could help boost tourism in an area that has suffered economically from earthquake damage

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Exhibitions

Twelve exhibitions not to miss during Frieze New York

From the Leipzig School artist Neo Rauch at the Drawing Center, to Nari Ward at the New Museum, there's plenty to see around New York City during Frieze

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame: experts explain why Macron's five-year restoration deadline is impossible

Complex conservation issues mean it could easily take a decade or more to rebuild the Medieval cathedral

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Conservation & Preservation

Nancy Holt’s desert Sun Tunnels will be cleaned and repaired—but the bullet marks are staying

The artist considered the streaks left by gunfire to be part of the Land Art work's evolution

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Alicja Kwade's rooftop solar system to Joe Minter's commanding sculptures

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Artist interview

Simone Leigh, now in the spotlight, contemplates the theme of invisibility

With three presentations scheduled this spring in New York, the Brooklyn-based artist talks about her commitment to representing the experience of black women

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Conservation & Preservation

The Getty Conservation Institute maps out a plan to preserve the Eames House

The Los Angeles Modernist home was designed and lived in by Charles and Ray Eames

Podcast

What inspired Munch's Scream? Plus, the Shed

We talk to Giulia Bartram at the British Museum about her exhibition of Munch’s prints. And we look at the new shapeshifting cultural centre in New York, The Shed. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Museums & Heritage

Conceptual and Minimalist trove raises bedeviling questions for the Guggenheim

Grappling with questions of authenticity, museum 'decommissions' some works from the Panza Collection

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Museums & Heritage

X-ray of Uffizi's Artemisia Gentileschi reveals a tantalising underpainting

The portrait has striking similarities to a recent acquisition by the National Gallery in London

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Exhibitions

The all-too-human Shinto gods descending on Cleveland

Exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art aims to bring the Japanese belief system and its often quarrelsome deities vividly to life

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in New York this week

From Lucio Fontana's punctured canvases to an intimate look at Frida Kahlo's personal objects

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Sackler sponsorship: take it or leave it? Plus, museum visitor figures

We examine the growing unease among British museums about accepting money from Sackler family members linked to the sale of the opioid OxyContin, and look at 2018's most visited shows and museums with Met director Max Hollein. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Art Basel in Hong Kong, Richard Lin and the Met’s World Between Empires

We talk to Marc Spiegler, global director of Art Basel; discuss the forgotten artist Richard Lin; and speak to the curators of a New York exhibition on the ancient Middle East. 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 Moroni's inventive portraiture to Hans Op de Beeck's dreamlike world

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Heavenly figures: how two Met shows topped The Art Newspaper’s attendance survey

The New York museum's Heavenly Bodies exhibition came first even though curator “never set out to create a hit”

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Conservation & Preservation

Fragile inheritance: US museums bridge skills gap in conservation of Chinese paintings

Philanthropic funding assures new training for the next generation of masters to emerge

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Law

US Supreme Court declines to review a challenge to the National Gallery's ownership of a Matisse

Grandchildren of muse depicted in 1908 painting exhaust their US appeals

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Conservation & Preservation

Stolen in 1985, a recovered de Kooning will undergo conservation treatment

University of Arizona Museum of Art will send its painting, damaged by the thief, to the Getty

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Collector's Eye

Collector's Eye: an interview with Candace Carmel Barasch

The New York real estate heiress tells us what she's bought and why she loves it

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Exhibitions

Making Miró: MoMA show explores turning point in artist’s career

An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art focuses on The Birth of the World, a 1925 painting that marks a definitive turning point for Joan Miró

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Conservation & Preservation

Rothko Chapel to be restored, and gain auxiliary buildings

Artist's son says the project will "do right by my father’s vision for the space"

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Rembrandt

Paper trail: how watermarks illuminate Rembrandt's creative process

By analysing and categorising watermarks, a new online tool will allow researchers to connect prints to specific batches of paper

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Conservation & Preservation

New app helps researchers diagnose ‘acne’ afflicting Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings

Bumps caused by chemical reactions can now be mapped by waving a hand-held device that one professor likens to a Star Trek “tricorder”

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Rembrandt

Trimmed, splashed and slashed: the anatomy of Rembrandt's The Night Watch

As the Rijksmuseum prepares to restore the Dutch master’s most-celebrated painting in full view of the public, we look at its chequered conservation history

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Restitution

Met hands over an Egyptian coffin that it says was looted

Describing itself as a victim of fraud, museum says it cooperated with district attorney's investigation

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SFMoMA to sell a Rothko estimated at $35m to $50m

Proceeds would go toward acquisitions that “address art historical gaps’’

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Morgan Library & Museum plans $12.5m restoration of its library's exterior

New York institution plans to shore up its Neo-Classical façade and create outdoor spaces for the public

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Acquisitions

Whitney acquires Abstract Expressionist painting by Norman Lewis

The museum will show the underrecognised African American artist's work alongside pieces by his contemporaries

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African art

Brooklyn Museum's detective work reveals original owners of African mask

Family elders give blessing to new exhibition of Yorùbá masquerade costume, stolen from Nigerian shrine room 70 years ago