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Taj Mahal

Demolish or restore discoloured Taj Mahal, India's Supreme Court tells government

White marble monument, a Unesco World Heritage site, is turning yellow due to pollution and insect dung

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Russia

Pussy Riot say they invaded pitch during World Cup final as political protest

Russian activist group describes performance as a tribute to dissident poet and artist Dmitri Prigov

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Ai Weiwei remembers the Sichuan earthquake, ten years on

On the anniversary, the artist reflects on the disaster and China's response

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Documenta

Documenta to name new artistic director by early 2019

Quinquennial appoints eight-member search committee for curator of 2022 edition

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Prizes

Pierre Alechinsky and Fujiko Nakaya win £100,000 Japanese Praemium Imperiale art prize

Cobra group co-founder and fog sculpture pioneer among five laureates given the prestigious annual award

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Art market

Art Basel owner to launch contemporary art fair ART SG in Singapore next year

MCH Group expands burgeoning roster of international art fairs with annual November event

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Restitution

German museum returns tattooed Maori skull to New Zealand

The preserved head was held in Cologne's Rautenstrauch Joest Museum of world cultures for 110 years

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Museums

$890m Sydney museum move could be most expensive gallery relocation in history

Critics fear that plan will lead to parts of the Powerhouse Museum’s collection being sold off

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Public art

Deported veterans ‘distress’ flag mural on US-Mexico border under review

US Customs and Border Protection is considering whether to remove or preserve the painting, which some have complained is disrespectful

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Conservation

Relic of first-century pope found in a rubbish tip is donated to Westminster Cathedral

Rubbish collectors found the bone fragment of Clement I in London

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Politics

Donald Trump’s UK visit sparks backlash from the art world

British curator Norman Rosenthal says Blenheim Palace banquet “severely compromises” past exhibitions, while cultural figures speak out about president’s policies

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Museums

Dallas Museum of Art says thank you to a life-long patron

Institution recognises the “transformational” final gift of its late trustee Margaret McDermott with a special exhibition and new wall labels for more than 400 works she helped acquire

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Law

Claim on Guelph Treasure can go to trial in US federal court

Lawyers for the Prussian Cultural Foundation argued that it was not “genocide” when the objects were sold in 1935

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Museums

Programme of paid internships aims to make US museum staff more diverse

Association of Art Museum Directors launches scheme to provide undergraduate students from minority backgrounds with hands-on experience

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Art market

Banksy painting sells for record £1.5m as ‘greatest hits’ show opens at London gallery

Prices for larger works by the Bristolian street artist could fetch more than £5m

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Appointments & departures

Brexit reshuffle means Jeremy Wright is seventh UK culture secretary in eight years

Museum admission charges will be on the agenda of MP who cites “James Bond films and playing golf badly” as interests

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Private Museums

Moscow's Garage Museum still going strong at ten, despite co-founders’ split

Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova will continue to fund their contemporary art museum

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Law

Dalí foundation sues California museum for use of artist’s name and image

Monterey’s Dalí17, which displays the 500-work private collection of the Ukrainian-born real estate developer Dimitry Piterman, features the Surrealist’s face—complete with upturned moustache—on its logo

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Law

Russian car czar Vladimir Scherbakov is the collector who has accused a Swiss dealer of overcharging him, sources say

A criminal investigation has been opened in Geneva on the sales of dozens of works by artists including Picasso and Matisse, for which the broker pocketed €38m in fees

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Restoration

The Glasgow School of Art dilemma: rebuild, leave in ruins or design a whole new school?

Alumni at odds over how to move forward after fire gutted Mackintosh’s masterpiece

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Conservation

Aleppo's reconstruction 'deserves international resources'

Aga Khan Trust for Culture calls for condemnation of destruction to be reinforced by help on the ground

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Appointments & departures

IRL to VR: Daniel Birnbaum leaves Moderna Museet to head-up virtual reality gallery

Museum director due to take up new role at London's Acute Art early next year

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Law

Appeals court largely strikes down California’s artist resale rights law

The decision limits the rule to a narrow one-year window of secondary market sales—but what does it mean for the future of droit de suite in the US?

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Art schools

Director of France's beleaguered national arts academy criticises culture minister for lack of support

Jean-Marc Bustamante has not had his contract renewed at ENSBA, where teachers have been accused of sexual harassment

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The Buck stopped here

Football fans and Pride paraders mingle with art crowds for South London's Art Night

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Heritage

Bauhaus in Belsize Park: Gropius, Breuer and Moholy-Nagy honoured in London

Blue plaque installed on Grade-I-listed Isokon Building honours the Modernist artists and architects

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Restoration

There be dragons (again) after £5m Great Pagoda renovation at Kew Gardens

Eighty of the gaudy monsters have been recreated for the 18th-century tower at London's royal botanic gardens

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Interview

Ralph Rugoff on the Hayward Gallery’s half-century and the art of curating

How will his views on audiences and exhibition-making shape the 2019 Venice Biennale?

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Acquisitions

London’s National Gallery acquires painting by Artemisia Gentileschi for £3.6m

Piece by Italian Baroque painter boosts number of works by female artists in the museum's collection

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Bayeux Tapestry

Entente cordiale: governments sign deal securing loan of Bayeux Tapestry to the UK in 2022

Cross-channel collaboration involves translating, conserving and digitalising the historic embroidery

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Museums

Tate St Ives wins Art Fund Museum of the Year award

Judges praise “breathtakingly beautiful” extension and the way the museum is “embedded in its community”

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Museums

More people are visiting New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art than ever before

The museum's Michelangelo show drew more half a million visitors alone

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Unesco

Mumbai’s Victorian Gothic and Art Deco business district declared a Unesco World Heritage Site

British-era buildings in historic Fort area nominated by “several citizens’ groups”

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Art market

From project space to mega dealer: Jay Jopling celebrates 25 years of White Cube

Hong Kong show features rarely seen archival material, while 23 artists have made new works for an exhibition dedicated to memory in London

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Funding

Will museums stop accepting Sackler money in wake of Massachusetts lawsuit?

Eight members of the family are being sued for helping to fuel the opioid epidemic through their pharmaceutical company

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Art market

Otto Naumann comes out of 'retirement' to join Sotheby's

Veteran Old Master dealer will join the auction house in New York at the end of the summer, months after selling his inventory there

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Art market

Glut of sculpture in London auctions, despite Giambologna withdrawal

Bronze and marble take centre stage during Old Masters sales week, although Dresden Mars returns home without going on the block at Sotheby's

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Conservation

Huge disparity in estimates to repair vandalised Ivan the Terrible painting

Ilya Repin’s masterpiece in Moscow’s Tretyakov gallery was struck with a metal pole in May

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Fairs

Fiac fair confirms move to temporary venue near Eiffel Tower

Fairs held at the Grand Palais forced to move out of the historic venue during extensive renovations beginning 2021

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Auctions

German government steps in to buy Giambologna as minister says Bayer should have donated it to ‘people of Dresden’

Sotheby’s withdrew bronze sculpture of Mars from auction at last minute

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Residencies

Emmanuel Macron orders radical review of France’s art residencies

The French President has commissioned a report identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the current programmes

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Art market

Old Master saga: expert hired by vendor to prove Saint Jerome's authenticity says it is a fake

Maurizio Seracini concurs that the painting sold by Sotheby’s in 2012 is a modern forgery

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Paul Cézanne

Cézanne painting from Gurlitt hoard goes on show for first time since before Second World War

Painter’s descendants reach agreement with Kunstmuseum Bern, which has been acknowledged as rightful owner of work

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Museums

ICA Boston bridges the harbour with new satellite space in a working shipyard

Visitors will be able to take a six-minute ferry ride to the new venue called the Watershed

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Art market

Myrna Ayad steps down as Art Dubai director, while fair plans to move Modern section in 2019

Ayad says decision to leave was "personal" and plans to launch her own art consultancy

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Exhibitions

Ten public art works to see for free around New York this summer

When the sun’s out, get your buns—and other extremities—out to catch some of these projects across the city

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Art market

Guy Wildenstein cleared of tax evasion for a second time in Paris

Franco-American scion of art dealing dynasty was accused of hiding art and other property worth hundreds of millions of euros from French authorities

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Politics

Spotlight on the harrowing image that shamed Trump

A photograph of a frightened child at the Mexican border shows the enduring power of images to effect political change

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Restitution

Ethiopia claims Ten Commandments tablet hidden in Westminster Abbey

Sacred object taken by British troops in the 19th century is concealed inside an altar

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Ivory ban

The UK’s ban on ivory sales will not protect the elephants

A spokesman for Traffic, the leading researchers of trade in endangered species, says it is the Asian market that drives the poaching, not the Western market

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Art market

Tefaf brings management of New York fairs under European control as Artvest agreement ends

Netherlands-based organisation will oversee events as two-year agreement with US firm expires, but Michael Plummer and Jeff Rabin remain as shareholders

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Museums

Three Chinese cities in the running to host Musée Rodin outpost

Paris museum will lend the new space more than 100 of the artist’s works

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Law

Art dealer sues Poland over its failed efforts to extradite him from the US

After offering to return a work looted by the Nazis in exchange for his family’s former real estate, Khochinsky was placed under house arrest in New York and faced a 10-year prison sentence in Poland

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Art market

From Marina Abramovic's face to a butcher's shop diorama, early sales at Masterpiece London

UK capital's heatwave lends a relaxed summer atmosphere to cross-collecting fair, where deals are done at a slower tempo than at contemporary events

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Philanthropy

Art for Justice Fund gives out $10m in new grants—including to art projects

The second round of funding will support works themed around incarceration by Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas and Titus Kaphar, and a planned installation on the High Line

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Exhibitions

Israel shuts down exhibition of Israeli flags in Jerusalem

Justice Ministry spokesman says show was shut down for "security reasons"

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Conservation

What colour is this dress? Guggenheim reveals Manet painting after three years of restoration

New York museum has removed varnish and overpainting to let the artist’s brushstrokes “sing”

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Art market

London’s contemporary art summer season in flux as middle market comes out on top

Christie’s introduces day sale format and established names give way to new talent

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Three to see

Three to see: London

Michael Jackson is a thrilling muse at the National Portrait Gallery, while ancient Egypt is given a modern twist at the British Museum

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

Celebrate Independence Day with American stories from the Museum of Arts and Design to the Met

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Museums

Indigenous art comes first in Art Gallery of Ontario's new Canadian galleries

Museum has made more space for First Nations and Inuit artists and labels are now written in indigenous languages

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Art market

Private View: our pick of July and August gallery shows

New shows at commercial galleries, from Canova's prank portrait of Giorgione to a feminist take on Pop art

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Economics

Grants aim to find solutions to Bay Area artists’ housing crisis

Among the projects to receive $25,000 from the California College of Arts is an affordable live/work space for emerging artists and designers in Stockton

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Commercial galleries

What to see in Condo New York

The American edition of the international gallery exchange programme brings exhibitors from Cairo, Tokyo and Kolkata

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Copyright

Elon Musk under attack over use of potter's farting unicorn image

The Tesla chief has defended himself, saying he helped popularise the mug design for free

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Cultural policy

German culture budget grows to €1.8bn

Newly-funded projects include abandoned department store that was the set for The Grand Budapest Hotel film

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Politics

Founder of Museum of Russian Impressionism flees for the UK

Boris Mints’s institution says that exhibitions are continuing to run

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China

Uranium glass chandeliers banned from Shanghai exhibition

Chinese authorities did not explain why Ken and Julia Yonetani’s four works will not be part of Powerlong Art Museum group show

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Politics

The art world reacts to US Supreme Court’s travel ban decision

Early signs of the order’s impact on cultural exchange have artists and curators concerned

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Ivory

British Museum accepts collection of 500-plus ivory works—ahead of tough new UK regulations to protect elephants

Donation from the Sir Victor Sassoon Chinese Ivories Trust was not accepted by the museum when it was first offered in the 1950s

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Openings

Copenhagen's new kunsthalle for 'huge site-specific art installations' opens in refurbished shipyard

Gallery's inaugural exhibitions go to Danish collective Superflex and US artist Doug Aitken

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Art market

New initiative aims to increase social mobility and diversity in the art industry

Easel will offer careers information, a mentorship programme and a grant scheme to subsidise low wages in entry level roles

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Art market

Lucian Freud’s late reclining nude makes London record at £22.5m

Artist was 80 years old when he began the painting of a former Tate cataloguer

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Museums

Leonardo da Vinci’s $450m Salvator Mundi to go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi on 18 September

The painting will be loaned to the Louvre in Paris next year for an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of artist's death

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World Cup

Moscow erases legal graffiti to allow for World Cup advertising

Authorised works have been targeted alongside illegal ones

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Street art

Mexico City street artists celebrate the lives of women

A project has enlivened a drab area with 300 portraits

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Museums

Back to bigger better art school: Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art to reopen in January

Inaugural shows include a photography exhibition on consent—drawn from student-selected acquisitions

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Building projects

Frick's fourth expansion plan gets green light

But the preservationist group Stop Irresponsible Frick Development has protested the project, saying "the public has not been given a fair opportunity to provide feedback"

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Conservation

Russia opens new exhibition centre dedicated to icons

The Grabar Art Conservation Center has launched the Ovchinnikov Ikonoteka space, which is named in honour of renowned restorer

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Education

$1m award-winning teacher brings high-profile artists and cultural figures into deprived London schools

Andria Zafirakou’s Artists in Residence campaign launches as creative arts are squeezed in UK classrooms

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Art market

Frieze focus on women who challenged the male-dominated 1980s art market

New section at London fair will explore artists who railed against "the idea that genius resided solely in masculinity"

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Berkshire Museum

The Berkshire Museum to sell nine more works from its collection

The institution failed to meet its $55m target at last month's auctions

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Conservation

Pharmaceutical company pledges to restore beauty at the Hermitage

The Hungarian firm Gedeon Richter to fund three-year project to restore works from the Russian museum that relate to the concept of female beauty

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Art market

Have gallery representation and exclusivity had their day?

Increasing numbers of young artists are choosing to go it alone

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Art market

Masterpiece grows in London, but new international fair locations not confirmed

New stakeholder MCH Group brings capital and contacts to an event shaking off its try-hard image

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Openings

New cultural hub set to open in West Bank amid political tension

Omar Al-Qattan, chair of the A.M. Qattan Foundation, explains the many challenges of building an arts space under occupation

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Art law

Jeff Koons and Larry Gagosian file motion to dismiss collector’s 'impatient' demands for work he did not receive

Steven Tananbaum sued the artist and gallery in April for failing to deliver works he bought in 2014, likening the incident to a Ponzi scheme

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Museums

Marc Chagall’s Eiffel Tower goes back on the walls after deaccessioning threat

After facing controversy for attempting to sell the work to fund another acquisition, the National Gallery of Canada will return the Modernist painting to public view

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Politics

Artist collective tackles 'disappearing kids' under US immigration policy

This latest impromptu project is a direct response to Trump's "willingness to inflict trauma on young children and families”, the group says

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From Christo’s huge floating sculpture in Hyde Park to the intimacy of Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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Commissions

Random International’s new permanent commission on London’s embankment to be unveiled on Art Night

Sixty projects will punctuate the contemporary art trail winding through South Bank, Vauxhall and Nine Elms

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Exhibitions

Australian artists and inmates collaborate to make videos about the reality of life behind bars

Works are on show as part of Dark Mofo, a festival organised by the Museum of Old and New Art just north of Hobart

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Photography

Hamburg addresses German genocide in Namibia with photography exhibition

Show of Marc Erwin Babej’s work comes as Namibia calls on Germany to return cultural treasures

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Art market

How did Adrian Ghenie conquer the art market?

The Romanian painter’s prices have increased 160-fold over the past decade. But who, or what, is behind this steep rise?

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

From a smiley snowman to an "awareness of death"

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Museums

MFA Boston acquires photographs by Graciela Iturbide ahead of major exhibition

The works, which came from Iturbide's own collection, include gifts from the Mexican artist

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Public art

Public review open for David Hammons’s Day’s End proposal

The “ghost monument” in Hudson River Park would be paid for and maintained by the Whitney Museum

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Donations

Saudi Arabian foundation donates €9m to Berlin Museum of Islamic Art

Funds donated by Alwaleed Philanthropies will support exhibitions and education, including “Multaka” project to train refugees as museum guides

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Art market

Supply wrung out? End of term feel to London Impressionist and Modern art auctions

Sotheby's sale fell below estimate while Christie’s provided some cheer, showing there is still money in Monet – but only the right one

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Museums

British Museum rekindles relationship with Zayed National Museum after loan deal ended last year

Under new partnership, the London museum will lend key objects to the new institution in Abu Dhabi