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Brexit

Art world guide on how to deal with 'no deal' Brexit released

Arts Council England publishes advice on movement of art, imports and exports, funding, and travel for artists and professionals in case an agreement is not reached

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Sculpture

US government shutdown shuts down Trevor Paglen's space sculpture

The closure of the Federal Communications Commission has delayed the deployment of the work

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Conservation

Getty wraps up conservation effort at King Tutankhamen's tomb

Decade-long effort with Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities results in a ventilation and filtration system

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Art market

More diverse offerings transform New York's Winter Show into the Met, but ‘with price tags’

The inveterate fair, now in its 65th year, attracts a more youthful crowd thanks to an infusion of the contemporary

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Museums

Munich's Haus der Kunst, leaderless since June, appoints expert commission

Commission is to support curators until successor to Okwui Enwezor is found

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Museums

The Met is re-evaluating its gift acceptance policy in wake of Sackler lawsuits

Their family’s support “began decades before the opioid crisis” says president and CEO Daniel Weiss

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Art fairs

Dealers cash in on San Francisco’s wealth of museums at Untitled Art and FOG fairs

The Bay Area collector base may be known for its tech-mined millions but institutions fuelled sales at the growing West Coast fairs

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Banksy

Banksy buyer plans to build urban art centre in Wales

John Brandler, who paid a six-figure sum for Season's Greetings, is in talks with local officials

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Art market

Taipei Dangdai attracts cautious but ‘committed’ local collectors in its first edition

Dealers report a high rate of works on reserve amid some strong sales at the launch of Taiwan’s new contemporary art fair

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe biennial postponed amid political turmoil

As civil unrest and internet shutdowns continue, organisers say they now hope to hold event in 2020

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Grace Wales Bonner's group show at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery to a last chance to see Christian Marclay's The Clock at Tate Modern

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Gustav Klimt

Experts pour cold water on Klimt discovery in Hungary

Designer who unearthed the plaster relief attributes it to the Austrian artist

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the many sides of Bruce Nauman to the many subjects of Eugene Richards

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Brexit

UK cultural figures sign letter demanding 'People's Vote' on Brexit

Frieze's Matthew Slotover and Gagosian Gallery's Gary Waterston among signatories

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Exhibitions

Arthur Jafa’s searing chronicle of Black America comes to Tate Liverpool

The artist's radical video sparked debate about race relations in the US

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Art fairs

The mainstreaming of outsider art yields a market in flux

New York’s Outsider Art Fair swells in size as it looks to align itself with larger contemporary art fairs

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Art fairs

Inaugural Taiwan and Singapore fairs shrug off the gloom

Economic doldrums and stiff competition do not deter Taipei Dangdai and SEA Focus, but Art Stage Singapore is cancelled at the eleventh hour

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Climate Change

How museums in Norfolk, Virginia, are acting to protect art in face of growing flood risk

Institutions are finding ways to adapt to climate change as scientists predict that the Virginia city could be under water by 2100

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Museums & Heritage

National Gallery of Canada director Marc Mayer bids adieu to Ottawa

After ten years at the post, he has plenty of accomplishments, including bringing Indigenous art into the canon, and few regrets

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Art market

Artsy co-founder Sebastian Cwilich to step down as president and chief operating officer

He will continue to work for the US online art marketplace as a senior adviser and remains its second largest individual shareholder

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African art

Africa’s pre-colonial ‘crown jewels’ to find a home in new South African museum

Javett Art Centre at University of Pretoria will display 800-year-old gold collection excavated in the 1930s

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Brexit

'A perfectly engineered catastrophe': artists speak out after Theresa May’s Brexit deal is crushed by parliament

Some, like Mark Wallinger, hold out vain hope for a second referendum, others, like Anish Kapoor, say we must come together to beat mounting xenophobia and intolerance

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Heritage

Aliph, the global fund to protect cultural heritage, announces its first projects in Iraq and Mali

Launched in 2016, Aliph will finance restoration work with technical support from the Louvre and Smithsonian Institution

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Art fairs

Art Stage Singapore cancelled

Fair director Lorenzo Rudolf says the "given circumstances" leave no other choice

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Museums & Heritage

MacKenzie Art Gallery given 1,000 works by contemporary indigenous artists from Canada and the US

Collectors Thomas Druyan and Alice Ladner were drawn by the Saskatchewan museum’s dedication to indigenous and aboriginal art from around the globe

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Brexit

Leave campaigners call for Photographers' Gallery to be stripped of charitable status over Jonas Lund's project to 'reverse Brexit'

Swedish artist created fully functioning office ‘to expose online manipulation tactics’ used in the lead up to the EU referendum

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Land art

James Turrell's Roden Crater project gets $40m funding boost—with a little help from Kanye West

The artist will work with Arizona State University and a foundation toward the Land Art project's completion

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Protest

Hundreds of Christians protest against McJesus sculpture at Haifa Museum of Art in Israel

Finnish artist Jani Leinonen has asked museum to remove the work—with no response

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Art fairs

New London fair in crowded art calendar looks at drawing in the digital age

Exhibitors at Draw Art Fair London in May will juxtapose drawings with related paintings and sculptures

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British Museum

Looted ‘cannibal’ bowl will not travel to Quai Branly in Paris for Oceania exhibition

Royal Academy says conservation issues—not restitution fears—mean the ceremonial feast trough can not be loaned

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Auctions

Dutch Royal family’s decision to auction $2.5m Rubens drawing at Sotheby's sparks criticism

Calls are growing to give Dutch museums first refusal but Dutch prime minister says it is a ‘private matter’

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Heritage

Lush historic gardens bloom once more in Agra, India

The World Monuments Fund announces the completion of a four-year conservation effort

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Museums

New Museum staff hold rally in support of unionising

Petition to form union was filed with the National Labor Relations Board last week

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Royal Academy of Arts

Jock McFadyen announced as co-ordinator of Royal Academy's 251st Summer Exhibition

The Scottish painter will lead a committee of fellow artists to organise the annual contemporary art show

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Museums

Is an art Cold War thaw coming? US and Russian museum leaders and diplomats to discuss loan freeze

Public conversation to be held in February will address long impasse on museum loans

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Condo’s gathering of 52 galleries to a last chance to take a dip into Elmgreen & Dragset’s world at the Whitechapel Gallery

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India Art Fair

MCH Group 'indefinitely' committed to India Art Fair despite decision to pull out as majority shareholder

Some fear MCH Group’s decision to sell could be a blow to country’s art market

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Pyotr Pavlensky

Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky gets three-year prison sentence, but walks free for time served

Verdict was handed down in dramatic Paris hearing, which Pavlensky dedicated to the Marquis de Sade

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Condo

Condo London brings new energy to former gallery hub in Cork Street

Complex in heart of Mayfair will be occupied by three "temporarily spaceless" galleries for city-wide event

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Art market

Life lessons: what the art market learned from 2018

Georgina Adam speaks with three leading art world figures on the key events of last year and what 2019 may hold

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From cross-cultural pollination in Armenia's Christian art to a pagan awakening

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Art market

A monumental work by Marie Antoinette’s portraitist will headline Sotheby’s Female Triumphant sale

Major works by 14 women artists are expected to dominate Sotheby’s Masters Week offerings and bring more 'diverse' collectors

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Caravaggio

French state rejects painting with controversial Caravaggio attribution that was found in an attic

Now the export ban has been lifted, the work may go on the market after restoration

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Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro’s government extinguishes Brazilian ministry of culture

The departments of culture, sports and social development have merged

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LGBTQ

Largest exhibition of LGBTQ art in Asia to open in November

The collaboration between Sunpride Foundation and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre explores issues of inclusion in ‘Asia’s Gay Capital’

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Deaccessioning

Revealed: marquess of Northampton tried to buy Sekhemka statue before it was controversially sold off by UK museum

Ancient Egyptian sculpture was almost bought by the 7th marquess, whose predecessor donated it to the local museum in the 19th century

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Vincent Van Gogh

National Gallery in London to send Van Gogh's Sunflowers to Japan

Exhibition with 60 other loans from the museum will help celebrate the Tokyo Olympics in 2020

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Appointments & departures

Stedelijk Museum issues conciliatory statement insisting that feud with Beatrix Ruf is over

Unusual press release is latest twist in long-running dispute between Amsterdam institution and its former director

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Art market

Art dealer Mary Boone claims early-life trauma prompted her criminal tax evasion

A psychological evaluation submitted by her lawyers to a Manhattan federal court ask for leniency in judge’s ruling

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Edvard Munch

British Museum to stage major show of Munch prints

Exhibition in London will be largest in 50 years

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Art market

Shagalov sues Paul Kasmin Gallery over Stella ownership

The art dealer has been involved in a number of lawsuits, which allege he defaulted on purchases of art

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Banksy

German museum to show shredded Banksy work

Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden aims to make the work “accessible to as many people as possible”

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Performance art

A global network for Indigenous performers launches in New York

Partner organisations will be “indigenised” by presenting a certain number of works by First Nations artists per year and build connections with local communities

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Appointments & departures

Marc-Olivier Wahler steps down as director of MSU Broad Art Museum

The Swiss curator is resigning from the Michigan institution for family reasons

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British Museum

British Museum realises 'vase' is in fact an ancient mace-head displayed upside down

Curators discovered old mistake during research for No Man's Land exhibition

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Leonardo da Vinci

Italy blocks Leonardo loans for Louvre anniversary show

Populist government says sending paintings to French museum would put Italy 'on the margins of a great cultural event'

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Exhibitions

A pair of golden tyres at the Opéra Garnier in Paris provokes public ire

A new installation by artist Claude Lévêque is proving controversial since its unveiling on 30 December

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Art market

Old Master works from the personal collection of famed art dealer Richard L. Feigen head to Christie's

The dealer says he will sell ten works to fund his retirement

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Art market

Sean Kelly gallery moves into Asia with exhibition of works by Callum Innes at new Taipei project space

Inaugural Taipei Dangdai fair reflects growth of wider art market in the region

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African American art

African-American fakes on the rise

Problem is exacerbated as estates and foundations are increasingly unwilling to authenticate due to the threat of litigation

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Sexual harassment

New York court dismisses case against Knight Landesman and Artforum magazine

Former publisher had been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee and several other women

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Obituaries

Nicola L., known for her feminist functional design, has died at 81

The artist’s 50-year career transcended art and design and provided humourous political critique

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Art market

Trump’s tax Act offers potential tax havens for art

‘Opportunity Zones’ present a new kind of tax-deferred exchange on high-value assets

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Museums & Heritage

Delacroix and Beyoncé bring record-breaking Louvre visitor figures

After attendance dips, 10.2 million people flocked to the Paris museum last year

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Art market

French antiquities dealers slam ‘shocking’ report on restituting African art

Dealers’ association seeks meeting with culture minister over fears report will open the door to numerous restitution claims for a range of artefacts

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China

'Hundreds' of cultural figures caught up in China’s Uyghur persecution

Most of the north-west Chinese region's Uyghur writers, artists and scholars have already been imprisoned

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Exhibitions

Settlement of lawsuit paves way for Derek Jarman painting show

The case began when Jarman’s long-term companion Keith Collins lodged a civil action against the art dealer Richard Salmon

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Art market

Christie's France wins the artist resale royalty battle

Supreme court victory in France allows the auction house to shift the responsibility for resale royalties from sellers to buyers of works of art

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Copyright

Artist Lina Iris Viktor and rapper Kendrick Lamar resolve Black Panther legal dispute

Copyright infringement case centred on Constellations series

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Awards

UK New Year’s Honours 2019: artists awarded include Sonia Boyce, Gillian Wearing, Tacita Dean and Alison Wilding

Museum professionals recognised include Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum group, who is made a knight

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Openings

Polish collector Grazyna Kulczyk unveils ‘off-grid’ private museum in Swiss Alps

Muzeum Susch aims to bring a “disruptive outlook” to the historic Engadin valley pilgrimage site

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Acquisitions

Why a six-ton scholar’s rock is making its way from China to Texas

A low-key request from the San Antonio Museum of Art director resulted in a big gift from Lake Taihu near Wuxi

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Venice

St Mark’s administrators accuse Italian government of failing to protect Basilica

Procuratori say October flood waters caused the church to age “20 years in one day”

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Obituaries

Tributes for the art historian Sister Wendy Beckett who has died, aged 88

Her unscripted commentaries on Rembrandt, Monet and Leonardo da Vinci turned her into an unlikely television star

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Exhibitions

eL Seed brings his brand of contemporary calligraphy to London for first UK show

French-Tunisian artist’s 'tabula rasa' paintings at Lazinc will challenge “deep-seated preconceptions” about Arabic script