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Acquisitions

Hirshhorn to unveil two acquisitions as it reopens its sculpture garden

Museum welcomes monumental 2018 works by Huma Bhabha and Sterling Ruby

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

New VR experience recreates Notre Dame in its former glory—and after its devastating fire

The 360 degree film Rebuilding Notre-Dame—on show in Paris—allows visitors to once again "step inside" the cathedral

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Art market

All change at Tefaf: finance chief takes on managing director role as art fair reduces New York staff

Charlotte van Leerdam will take on additional role as organiser of Maastricht and New York events as Sofie Scheerlinck steps down and chief executive is not replaced

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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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Racism in the art world

Paint names like 'Flesh Tint' are racially biased says UK fine art supplier

Jackson’s says it is campaigning to help dismantle “exclusionary culture” that privileges caucasian skin tones as the "default"

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Monuments

As monuments to Christopher Columbus come down across the US, Italian-Americans campaign to protect a symbol of 'culture heritage'

Some Italian-Americans, including the New York governor Andrew Cuomo, say statues of Columbus symbolise the history of Italians in the US

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International Council of Museums

Icom in turmoil after row over new definition of museums

Wrangling over "ideological" text prompts resignations from International Council of Museums

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Museums & Heritage

Staff at Milwaukee Art Museum move to create ‘wall-to-wall’ union

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which already represents security guards, could cover all the institution’s departments

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Public art

As public art comes under increased scrutiny, New York's High Line asks the people to help pick its next installation

Around 80 artists—including Nick Cave, Mona Hatoum and Rafa Esparza have submitted proposals for the elevated park on Manhattan's West Side

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Museum directors

Employees at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts argue that director’s ouster was justified

In a letter, over 100 current and former staff members say she presided over chaos, harassment and intimidation

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Exhibitions

Berghain—Berlin’s exclusive nightclub—to transform into huge art venue during pandemic

“Studio Berlin” offers a way to circumvent the toughest door policy in the world and see works by Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans and Anne Imhof

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Art market

Douglas Latchford's death reignites unresolved controversy over alleged smuggling of Cambodian antiquities

News of the death of dealer and expert in South East Asian art raises strong reactions and unanswered questions

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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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United Kingdom

Bristol creatives fundraise for new boat venue championing black artists

“There has been a stigma around the harbour which needs to be decolonised,” says project co-founder

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Acquisitions

Oregon foundation acquires Judy Chicago print archive

Over 300 works chart the career of a feminist pioneer in revelatory detail

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Economics

Covid-19 impact on US creative economy 'disproportionately' affects fine and performing arts, report finds

A new study from the Brookings Institution estimates losses of $150bn in creative industry revenue while calling for more federal support for cultural workers

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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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Media & broadcast

Virginia Commonwealth University launches programme dedicated to the art of podcasting

Embedded within the school's Institute for Contemporary Art, the initiative positions podcasting as a crucial skill for creatives

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China

National Museum of China exhibition commemorates country's fight against Covid-19

Open-submission show of professional and amateur art celebrates medical workers with propaganda posters and Socialist Realist statues

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Unions

Strike action looms at Tate and Southbank Centre as unions fight restructuring plans

Around 600 jobs are set to be axed across both sites as financial fallout from coronavirus pandemic intensifies

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Mental health

In wake of murder-suicide, artists speak out over a lack of mental-health provision in the art industry

"A lot of people suffer in silence and behind closed doors," an anonymous artist says following the deaths of Saul Fletcher and Rebeccah Blum

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Books

Former US president George W. Bush unveils portraits of immigrants in new book

But blowback has been swift against the hobbyist painter, whose immigration policies while in office included the creation of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Unions

Union accuses New Museum of ‘discriminatory’ layoffs and furloughs

Complaint to the National Labor Relations Board accuses institution of retaliating against bargaining unit members

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Sexual assault

New York Academy of Art issues apology to Epstein accuser and alumna Maria Farmer after claims of 'victim blaming'

The statement comes after Naomi Watts and other female board members resigned, following a controversial investigation of Farmer's testimony

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Obituaries

'Adventurer scholar' Douglas Latchford dies in Bangkok, aged 89

Expert in Khmer and Indian antiquities was a dealer in Cambodian art in the 1970s and last year was accused of smuggling and creating false provenances for antiquities

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Lawsuits

Art adviser sues Rudy Giuliani for $15k in unpaid fees

The former New York City mayor and Trump's personal lawyer allegedly hired the firm to appraise the value of his collection during bitter divorce battle

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Beirut

Emergency fund launched in aid of Beirut's devastated art community

Belgian non-profit Mophradat says that 100% of the money raised will support individual artists and arts organisations

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MaXXI

MaXXI to open new museum in earthquake-ravaged L'Aquila in October

Contemporary art outpost of Rome museum will be housed in an 18th-century palace rebuilt with Russian government funds

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Commercial galleries

Chicago galleries eat up restaurant reservation app to buoy business

After a months-long shut down of in-person visits, a group of dealers have turned to online reservation systems initially built to support restaurants

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The Art Newspaper Live

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From celebrity collectors to art world politics, our podcast host Ben Luke speaks to Russell Tovey and Robert Diament of the art podcast Talk Art

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Protest art

Artist Chen Weiming to create a monument to Hong Kong protests in California's Mojave Desert

As US levies toughest sanction yet on China for its destruction of Hong Kong’s relatively free political system, Weiming says he wants to pay tribute to the "people's fight for freedom"

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Disasters & destruction

Beirut's art world mourns widespread death and destruction following explosions

With homes, galleries and studios entirely destroyed, Lebanese artists respond in the aftermath of Tuesday’s carnage

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Museums & Heritage

Philadelphia Museum of Art vote to unionise in 89% supermajority

The victory for the organising staff comes two days after the museum announced a round of layoffs

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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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Museums & Heritage

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum unveils trio of new commissions, including mural by Chanel Miller

The artist, who survived a sexual assault, has created a 1,000 sq ft triptych that explores the healing process

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Hagia Sophia

Russia to fund small-scale replica Hagia Sophia in Syria that will be used as a church

Tactical move comes after Turkish president ordered historic Istanbul site to be turned into a mosque

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Indigenous art

Haida artist Bill Reid honoured on Canadian $2 coin

The new “toonie” features an image of Reid’s striking Xhuwaji/Haida Grizzly Bear

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layoffs

Met lays off 79 more employees and furloughs 181, as it faces a ‘very different’ financial picture

Museum hoped to reopen on 29 August but the prospect remains uncertain amid coronavirus restrictions

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Contemporary art

Native American artist Brent Learned collaborates on first official music video for Redbone's 1970s pop-rock hit

The "Come and Get Your Love" short film is the first release in a new Sony Legacy project that will tap contemporary artists to create videos for classic tunes

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Disasters & destruction

After CCTV footage is released, tourist who damaged Canova sculpture turns himself in

Italian court may press charges after three toes on the statue were broken

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Disasters & destruction

Huge explosion in Beirut decimates city and leaves art scene in disarray

Several galleries and museums have been destroyed or severely damaged following the blast and fire that shook the Lebanese capital on Tuesday

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The Shaker Museum

Shaker artefacts will get a new home in upstate New York

A $15m building project led by Selldorf Architects envisions a museum drawing 30,000 visitors a year

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Art & Technology

Superblue experiential art centre to launch in Miami this December

New commercial venture aims to capitalise on the rise of immersive artworks by selling tickets rather than objects

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Art law

Yves Bouvier evaded paying taxes on £276m of art sales, Swiss authorities claim

Switzerland's Federal Criminal Court ordered documents unsealed that call into question whether the dealer declared all profits from sales made to Dimitry Rybolovlev

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Art market

Christie's exhibition of Black art is not about virtue signalling, curator says

Destinee Ross-Sutton has co-organised the online selling show Say It Loud which features works by 22 artists including Nelson Makamo and Yoyo Lander

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Philanthropy

Metropolitan Museum of Art commits to paying all interns after $5m gift

Adrienne Arsht's donation will fund the museum’s internship programme and the MetLiveArts performance series

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layoffs

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston lays off 57 employees and says 56 more will take early retirement

The museum notes that the coronavirus outbreak will continue to affect it “in the long term”

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Art market

Sotheby's racks up $2.5bn of sales so far this year—down 26% on 2019

Value of private sales at auction house remain around the same as last year at $575m but number of online auctions more than doubles

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Acquisitions

Germany boosts art acquisition budget to €3m from €500,000 to support artists and galleries

Government plans to buy 150 works to help overcome the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic

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Southbank Centre

'Brutal' planned redundancies at London's Southbank Centre called out in open letter

Signatories claim cuts will disproportionately affect Bame staff and question chief executive’s salary

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Disasters & destruction

Snap! Tourist takes a selfie on a 19th-century Canova sculpture—and breaks off two toes

Concerns raised about how the visitor gained access to the Paolina Bonaparte cast

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Saving Notre Dame's 'voice': mammoth restoration begins on cathedral's fire-damaged organ

Beginning today, the piece by piece removal and cleaning of the instrument is the latest stage of the building's reconstruction

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Pacita Abad

Google honours pioneering Filipina feminist artist Pacita Abad

The artists colourful paintings often contained political and social messages

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Public art

Public art initiative encourages New Yorkers to get outside as museums remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic

The campaign offers a digital map of public art works and exhibitions in the five boroughs

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Fakes & copies

Two US museums plan to investigate their Gauguins after amateur art sleuth says they are fake

French-born Gauguin enthusiast Fabrice Fourmanoir correctly identified a fake in the J. Paul Getty Museum’s earlier this year

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Commercial galleries

Gogo Greece lightning: Gagosian opens new gallery in Athens

Gallery has had a premises in city since 2009 but will open bigger space this September with exhibition of Brice Marden's work

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Obituaries

'Remember her name and nobody else's': shock at suspected murder of curator Rebeccah Blum

Artist Saul Fletcher—who is believed to have committed suicide at Blum's country home—killed her in his Berlin flat where her body was found

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Heritage

Origins of Stonehenge's giant slabs revealed in new research

Sample taken in 1958 was key in discovering ancient site’s "geochemical fingerprint"

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Public art

While Burning Man is cancelled, festival art finds a home in Las Vegas

Art Island, a new outdoor project, plans to present—and sell—large-scale works more often found at desert events

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Disasters & destruction

Rescue and assessment efforts underway for gutted Brazilian museum

Maintenance was under par at Museum of Natural History and Botanical Gardens of the University of Minas Gerais

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Art market

Senate investigation finds art market secrecy allowed Russian billionaire brothers, friends of Putin, to evade government sanctions

A detailed report calls the trade “the largest, legal unregulated industry in the United States” and recommends increased transparency and government oversight

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Art market

Christies winds up belated summer auction season with £21.2m Classic Art sale led by £4m Rubens

16th century Italian marble attributed to Antonio Lombardo steals the show, but auction house's digital face is showing its age against stiff competition

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Arts funding

UK government finally announces details of its £1.5bn funding support package for the arts

Museum trusts in Birmingham and York warn job cuts are in the pipeline

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Art fairs

Scaled back 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will go ahead in October—despite Frieze cancellation

Smaller fair and online collaboration with Christie's planned as UK government says trade fairs can resume from 1 October

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Directors

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit director dismissed amid accusations of a toxic work atmosphere

Museum says inquiry showed that Elysia Borowy-Reeder fell short on diversity and on promoting a healthy environment

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Restitution

‘I had lost hope’: The story behind a Nazi-looted Madonna and long-delayed compensation to Jewish heirs

The 93-year-old heir Grete Unger Heinz recalls contemplating a Jacopo del Sellaio painting as a child in Vienna

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Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi! The Musical—tale of world’s most expensive painting to be turned into a stage blockbuster

Caiola Productions plan to put on the show—a mix of Hamilton and Willy Wonka—in New York in 2022

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Controversies

Picasso murals ripped from Oslo building as legal battle intensifies

Daughter of the works' co-creator Carl Nesjar says safeguarding the sandblasted works is imperative

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Exhibitions

As protestors call for justice in New York, Mel Edwards to install broken chains in City Hall Park

An outdoor exhibition of the sculptor’s work has been postponed to give space to the Black Lives Matters movement

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Art market

Restituted Renaissance battle scene highlight of Sotheby’s pick-and-mix £150m evening sale

Six works were withdrawn by nervy vendors just before the start but Rembrandt to Richter sale still totalled nearly £150m, topped by a £22.3m Joan Miró

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Restitution

Turin museum pays settlement to Jewish heirs for Renaissance Madonna that was looted by Nazis

Family of Gustav Arens also receive French government compensation for a Tintoretto painting and a Dutch landscape

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Photography

World Press Photo—which has all-white supervisory board—accused of structural racism

Photographers have criticised the Amsterdam-based photojournalism organisation, which states its core values are “accuracy, diversity, and transparency”

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House of Illustration

House of Illustration closes in King’s Cross but museum expands to historic north London site

The £8m Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration is on track to open in late 2022 despite Covid-19 pandemic, officials say

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Media & broadcast

Sky Arts goes free and encourages artists to use the television channel 'as your canvas'

Announcement of move to the UK's Freeview network comes with a call out to artists for programming ideas

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Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh detective discovers exact spot of artist's last work, painted just hours before his suicide

The spot—in a village north of Paris—now has a plaque linking it to Vincent's death