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Art market

Object lessons: a Surrealist room by Magritte, a zombie infestation by Coleman and a Navajo weaving from the collection of an oil heiress

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Architecture

Ellsworth Kelly’s final work—and only building—opens in Texas

Artist donated his design for Austin to the Blanton Museum in 2015, the year he died

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Vincent Van Gogh

Tate Britain to explore Van Gogh's links to UK in major new show

The Art Newspaper's senior correspondent Martin Bailey is the co-curator of the exhibition

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Restitution

Berlin Museums chief calls for rules on restitution of colonial artefacts

Hermann Parzinger has global support for the equivalent of Washington Principles on Nazi-confiscated art for objects from former colonies

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Art market

Art businesses ill-prepared for new EU data protection law

Data privacy is getting a long-overdue overhaul with GDPR, but is the art market ready?

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From cabinets of curiosities at the Whitechapel to confronting trauma at the Barbican

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

From Medieval Europe to contemporary China

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Museums

New Art Fund report reveals 'shocking' state of UK museums funding

Price of Leonardo’s Salvador Mundi, which sold for £333m, represents over half of government’s total financial backing for museums last year

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Art market

Nato Thompson named artistic director of Seattle Art Fair

The Philadelphia-based curator sees opportunity to create dialogue between public artworks and the market

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Art market

Middle Eastern artists are charging a lot of money to certify—or condemn—their works

But when does protecting a creative legacy go too far?

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Art market

Düsseldorf gears up for the battle of the photography festivals

Düsseldorf Photo Weekend kicks off its seventh edition on 16 February

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Video, film & new media

Hirshhorn to reschedule Krzysztof Wodiczko’s monumental projection after Florida school shooting

The 30-year-old piece showing two hands holding a gun and a candle is "strangely familiar and at once unbearably relevant", the artist says

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Conservation

Urgent action needed to save Russia’s wooden architecture

Grassroots activists are leading a campaign to preserve the country’s unique, but sadly neglected, built heritage

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Philanthropy

Meet the collector who signed away her masterpiece to reform the criminal justice system

Agnes Gund talks to us about how she uses her philanthropy to push for change

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Museums

Erdem fashion show closes London's National Portrait Gallery for entire day

Publicly-funded museum defends unusual move of shutting on 19 February saying it is a "charity and has to generate over 70% of funds"

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Damien Hirst

First glimpse of Damien Hirst's new series of 'Bonnard-inspired' paintings

Pointillist works are due to go on show at Gagosian gallery in Los Angeles next month

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Museums

Plans for Grand Palais’s €466m facelift revealed: six new galleries and a Chanel-sponsored entrance

Three-year closure from 2020 means Fiac and Paris Photo fairs must relocate to temporary venues

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Museums

Estate of Nazi propaganda film-maker, Leni Riefenstahl, donated to Berlin museums

Trove of photographs, films, manuscripts and letters date back to the 1920s

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Law

Detention extended for Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky who set fire to bank in Paris

The controversial figure has gone on hunger strike in protest at “lack of transparency” over legal process

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Politics

Trump wants to axe NEA and other culture agencies—again

The president’s 2019 budget includes a similar proposal to last year’s failed plan to defund America’s arts bodies

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Street art

New York judge awards 5Pointz street artists $6.75m for whitewashed works

The developer’s destruction of their legally protected art was “an act of pure pique and revenge”, the court found

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Barack Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits unveiled in Washington

The former US president and first lady shared some personal connections with the artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald

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Openings

Huge neighbourhood of artists' studios set for neglected part of south-east London

Plans led by V22 art collective part of a wider £3.5bn regeneration scheme

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Sexual harassment

Artforum still in 'lockstep' with disgraced former publisher, lawyers say

Magazine has faced calls for its boycott after Knight Landesman accused of sexual harassment

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Cultural policy

Germany to set up help desk for victims of abuse in creative industries

Announcement comes ahead of Berlin Film Festival which will have sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination in the performing arts as central theme

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Art market

Surfacing on the market: from Giacometti to Le Corbusier

Our pick of objects from this month’s most interesting auctions

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Art market

India Art Fair returns to its roots

New director Jagdip Jagpal pledges to maintain at least 70% Indian galleries at fiercely individual Delhi fair, where quality is rising but still patchy

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Art fairs

Mexico City’s Material fair draws praise—and exhibitors from Zona Maco

As the main fair has become more blue-chip, the younger event has focused on fresh talent and a connection to the local scene

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Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum and Massachusetts Attorney General reach deal to allow sale of works

If approved by the court, Rockwell's Shuffleton’s Barbershop will be bought by an unnamed US museum, and the other works sold in stages

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Yves Bouvier

Yves Bouvier faces fresh charges in Switzerland

The Swiss freeport magnate has been charged with fraud after the Russian collector Dmitri Rybolovlev filed a new criminal complaint in Switzerland

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Maria Balshaw

Tate director Maria Balshaw apologises for comments about sexual harassment

Museum chief's interview with The Times was criticised by lobby group

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Biennials & festivals

What to see at 21,39—Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art festival

Critics choose highlights from fifth edition of the Jeddah show, organised by Tate curator Vassilis Oikonomopoulos

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From the glitz and glamour of ocean liners to post-Brexit politics by the official election artist Cornelia Parker

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Conservation

Egyptian ibis mummy holds clues to crooks behind ancient clothing caper

Scroll hidden in animal mummy may lead to the discovery of more old texts

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

Korea, California and the Holy Land

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Serpentine Galleries

Mexican architect is youngest-ever designer of Serpentine Pavilion

Frida Escobedo will combine Mexican and British influences for the temporary structure in Hyde Park

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Museums

The Getty, the world’s richest museum, hunts for wealthy patrons

Some are concerned that new fundraising drive will lure donors from other Los Angeles institutions

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Artists

Winter Olympics pavilion painted in Vantablack, the blackest colour in existence

Anish Kapoor was controversially granted exclusive rights to one version of the super-black material

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Law

Picasso’s Actor will remain in the Met’s collection, New York Judge rules

The court dismissed a claim on the painting by the heir of the Jewish collector who sold it to fund an escape from the Nazis

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Politics

Christoph Büchel relaunches petition to turn Trump’s wall prototypes into a national monument

While other artists sign open letter denouncing the concept

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Art market

Object lessons: a neoclassical beauty in marble by Francesco Barzaghi, machine-age American grit and Josef Albers's Mexico

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Conservation

Tate awarded $1.5m research grant to conserve contemporary works 'that challenge the structure of the museum'

The project, funded by the Mellon Foundation, will concentrate on time-based media, digital and performance art

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Collectors

Casino mogul and collector Steve Wynn resigns after sexual harassment claims

Billionaire has described the allegations as “preposterous”, but says he cannot continue to be effective in his current role

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Museums

Picasso’s stepdaughter to open museum in Aix-en-Provence with huge collection of artist's paintings

Former convent in south of France will house Catherine Hutin-Blay's collection of more than 2,000 works

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Museums

Is Chicago’s Spertus museum making a come back?

After years of financial problems and timid programming, the Jewish cultural institute is re-emerging with projects like Ellen Rothenberg’s installation on immigration

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Art market

Artists would do well to invest in their own work, study says

New research suggests that artists may be better off retaining equity in their own work than investing in the stock market

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Biennials & festivals

Prelude to a launch: New York’s new arts centre The Shed to host 12-day festival this May

Multi-disciplinary cultural centre is due to open in 2019

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Art market

India’s art market grows, despite demonetisation

Subcontinent’s art scene expands with the help of private money as government cleans up the economy and simplifies tax

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China

Antique ivory not affected by China's complete trading ban

Regulation follows partial ban and intensive public campaign

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Ivory

How will the UK's proposed ivory regulations affect the trade?

Four exemptions, for art and musical instruments, are vital

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Ivory

Ivory-trade investigator Esmond Bradley Martin found murdered in Nairobi home

Former UN special envoy for rhino conservation was at the forefront of exposing scale of global black market for animal products

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Economics

Are there any artists left in San Francisco?

City survey investigates the effect of tech boom rent rises on the arts sector

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Museums

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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Museums

Louvre shines a light on Nazi loot

Museum hopes to find rightful heirs through display of spoliated works

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Interview

Soft power and contemporary art: Vatican Museums director on fulfilling Pope Francis's vision

Barbara Jatta speaks to us one year after her landmark appointment

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Exhibitions

The Diaspora pavilion—a hit at last year's Venice Biennale—is reborn in Wolverhampton

Seven of the 19 artists will appear in the reconfigured show

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Art market

Object lessons: Venetian glass fit for Dior and a view of the last Spanish stronghold in Mexico

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Commissions

Cornelia Parker captures dystopian political era in new works for UK’s snap election

First female Election Artist unveils two new videos and a series of photographs using drones and Instagram

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Exhibitions

Former NFL player and Minnesota Supreme Court judge Alan Page tackles racial justice through his family’s art collection

The exhibition is on view during the Super Bowl as the controversy over the Take a Knee movement continues

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Law

Paris court hears arguments in Facebook censorship case centering on Courbet’s Origin of the World

The social media giant has argued for dismissal, saying the plaintiff should have sued its European web host

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Auctions

Robinson collection of African American art and history goes on sale in Boston

Objects range from historical artefacts of the triangle slave trade to a Kara Walker work

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Art market

Old Masters market shows some life in New York auctions

Leonardo buzz may have given bidding a boost, but results still show a sharp divide between the best and the rest

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Art market

Is Frieze Los Angeles bound?

Rumour mill goes into overdrive as reports circulate of new event in January 2019 as the art fair’s directors discuss options with West Coast dealers

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From photographs of real northern soul to Lydia Ourahmane's golden teeth and trembling floor

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Building projects

Jamie Fobert Architects to transform London's National Portrait Gallery

Firm behind recent expansion of Tate St Ives and Kettle's Yard will lead major £35.5m development

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Artists

Artists back Nan Goldin’s call to hold Sackler family to account over US opioid crisis

'Maybe the Sacklers don’t care, but we should give them the chance to discuss solutions, and if they rebuff, then f*** them'—Jeremy Deller

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Art market

Christie's reports global sales up 26%, to £5.1bn, in 2017

The increase comes from a rise in new online buyers and one very expensive Leonardo

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

From ancient enlightenment to contemporary genius

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Donald Trump

Trump change: Ukrainian artists unveil presidential portrait made of money

The artists Daria Marchenko and Daniel Green describe the work as “rich and cheap”

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Art law

Dealer of works stolen by Jasper Johns's assistant can be charged with racketeering, court rules

The decision adds another wrinkle to the unsettled case law surrounding liability in art fraud

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Biennials & festivals

Shanghai Biennale 2018 to focus on the 'ambivalence of the present age'

Head curator Cuauhtémoc Medina draws on ee cumming's concept of proregression

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Art market

Bond Street gallery exodus continues as London's Fine Art Society sells lease after 140 years

Soaring rents due to competition from fashion houses leads to reluctant decision to move from historic five-storey townhouse

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Art market

Private view: our pick of February gallery shows

Noteworthy exhibitions at commercial galleries, from emerging names to rediscovered talents

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Exhibitions

Battle for Basquiat: exhibition opens to huge crowds in São Paulo after prevailing in tussle between museums

Two major shows had been planned but only Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil's is taking place after Masp cancelled

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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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Exhibitions

London museum to replace 300-year-old collection of male portraits with women

Foundling Museum launches £20,000 crowdfunding campaign for show that marks centenary of women’s right to vote in the UK

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Leonardo da Vinci

Museums race to secure loans for 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death

Venues across Europe ramp up requests as multiple shows are planned for 2019

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Heritage

Icom unveils Yemen red list at Metropolitan Museum in bid to halt illegal trade of artefacts

Yemen’s cultural heritage is at serious risk as war and famine ravage the country

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Art market

ADAA Art Show moves to February

The fair opens one week before the Armory Show

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Conservation

Hidden ‘LeWitt’ wall drawing may once again see light of day

Current owner of the collector William Stern’s former home wants to uncover work that was painted over when the Menil Collection sold the property

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Art market

Pavilion of Art + Design joins Artgenève for seventh edition

The Paris- and London-based design fair looks to forge Francophone links in collector-rich region

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Politics

US 'Kremlin report' targets Russian billionaire art collectors

Roman Abramovich, Alisher Usmanov and culture minister Vladimir Medinsky among those now on warning from US

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Artists

Stuart Semple launches campaign to eradicate ‘hostile design’ around the world

British artist was motivated after local council installed metal bars on benches to prevent homeless people from sleeping on them

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Museums

London's Serpentine Gallery to open pavilion in Beijing

Space designed by Jiakun artchitects will draw inspiration from Confucianism

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Performance art

Tania Bruguera’s banned Havana performance comes to New York

The work deals with politial corruption and censorship, themes that are “especially important to discuss in the Trump era”, the artist says

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Biennials & festivals

Cleveland’s Front International triennial teams up with local museums for new commissions

Existing works by artists like Kerry James Marshall and Martine Syms will also be included in the show

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Art market

New art registry will use blockchain technology

Codex has secured participation from more than 5,000 auction house partners

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Museums

City council clears Lacma’s plans for South Los Angeles outpost

The museum will rehab a disused building in the neighbourhood’s Wetlands Park for storage and exhibition space, and start community arts programming within the next two years

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Building projects

Royal College of Art's new £108m campus gets green light and will focus on art, technology and science

Building designed by Herzog & de Meuron will be a centre for robotics and drone technology

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Disasters & destruction

'A loss as great as Palmyra': Syrian temple of Ain Dara severely damaged by Turkish forces

Iron Age structure was targeted in campaign against Kurdish separatists

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Openings

Crown Prince Mohammed adds art, Silicon Valley and movies to his Saudi reforms as Wahabi influence wanes

MoMa hosts announcement of his Misk Art Institute, led by artist Ahmed Mater

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Exhibitions

Henry Moore will return to Poland with major new exhibition

Effect British sculptor had on Modern and contemporary artists in the country will be explored

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Art market

Dreweatts 1759 buys struggling Mallett for £100,000 from Stanley Gibbons

London and New York antiques dealership will now form new private sales division of UK auctioneer Dreweatts, based in Berkshire and Pall Mall

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JMW Turner

UK government places export bar on Turner’s Ehrenbreitstein

Arts minister Michael Ellis has stepped in to prevent the painting from being exported

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Museums

Massachusetts Attorney General asks for short extension of injunction against Berkshire Museum sale

The state’s investigation into the board’s controversial deaccessioning plan could be wrapping up within a week

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Fakes & copies

The Art Newspaper's exposé helps close dubious Russian avant-garde art display in Ghent museum

Heirs of George Costakis, Naum Gabo and leading scholars disputed provenance claims of works on show at the Museum voor Schone Kunsten

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Biennials & festivals

Oslo joins the biennial crowd: inaugural citywide exhibition to open in 2019

Event in Norwegian capital—launching the same month as the next Venice Biennale—will unfold in public spaces

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Sexual harassment

National Gallery of Art postpones Chuck Close and Thomas Roma shows following sexual misconduct allegations

But the exhibitions are not cancelled, the museum says

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Openings

New Art Jameel space for contemporary art to launch in Saudi Arabia in 2019

The Hayy: Creative Hub centre in Jeddah is latest cultural offering announced in the rebranded Kingdom

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Art market

David Zwirner on opening his 'second wave' Hong Kong gallery

New York dealer credits first generation of overseas galleries with creating audience for Western art, but will not show Asian artists 'right off the bat'