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Banksy

Banksy’s The Drinker withdrawn from Sotheby’s sale after rival artist claims ownership

Sculpture—estimated at £1m—was removed from the street by Andy Link in 2004 but later “liberated” from his East End garden

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Museums

German parliament approves institute for photographic legacy based in Dusseldorf

Government says institute is necessary to address “considerable backlog in securing the visual memory of our society”

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Censorship

Beijing officials deny permit for show of Chinese-American artist amid political tensions

Exhibition of Hung Liu at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art has been censored by the government at the last minute

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Museums & Heritage

New Hampshire museum acquires a rare house by Frank Lloyd Wright

The 1957 home, the Currier Museum of Art's second Wright dwelling, is built in the rare “Usonian Automatic” style, with rectangular concrete blocks

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Restitution

France returns a historic sword to Senegal

The gesture is intended as a symbol of France’s commitment to repatriating African heritage

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Monnaie de Paris

Monnaie de Paris venue cancels its contemporary art programme

Show dedicated to Kiki Smith will be last exhibition at the historic Paris Mint due to low visitor numbers

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Banksy

Artist who ‘kidnapped’ Banksy's The Drinker claims ownership ahead of Sotheby's sale

Andy Link says sculpture for which he demanded £5,000 in ransom was later stolen from him. Banksy’s former dealer says otherwise

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Loans

Titian’s six epic mythological paintings to be reunited as Wallace Collection announces first ever loans

National Gallery in London will display the series next year and lend a Rubens work in return

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Politics

What is art for? Why, to help sell arms, silly!

October saw full deployment of culture in Russian and French political and commercial diplomacy with Saudi Arabia

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Public art

A stampede of one: plans to move lower Manhattan’s Charging Bull sculpture raises furore

The artist and city officials are at odds over the famous work’s removal from the heavily trafficked site it has occupied for 30 years

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Prizes

Stephanie Comilang claims Canada’s Sobey Art Award

The Toronto- and Berlin-based artist expressed relief after winning C$100,000 contemporary art prize: "I don’t have to worry financially now"

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Sackler family

Nan Goldin brings first PAIN protest to the UK, storming the Victoria and Albert Museum

Demonstrators demand that V&A director Tristram Hunt drops Sackler name

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté’s immersive, multi-media art pyramid will not come to Miami

PY1's laser and acrobatics filled show promised to be a trip "through space and time" but was a box office disappointment during its premiere in Montreal this summer

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

The French general’s advice to Notre Dame's chief architect: ‘Just shut up!’

A public spat between officials erupted this week in Paris over the reconstruction of the fire-ravaged cathedral and whether its historic spire should be restored as it was or a new spire built in its place

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Exhibitions

Alfredo Jaar revisits Rwandan genocide 25 years after the atrocity

The Chilean artist’s harrowing project goes on show in the UK for the first time

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Sculpture

Antony Gormley in talks with French government over sculpture project in Brittany

Brexit is a disaster for the UK, says the sculptor as he unveils his Field for the British Isles installation at Firstsite gallery in Colchester

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Attribution

Thanks to a doodle, experts now say unattributed painting is by Botticelli

The Madonna and Child at National Museum Cardiff was believed to be a copy

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Restitution

George Soros's Open Society Foundations pledges $15m to help Africa recover looted heritage

Paid over four years, it will support efforts made by museums, grassroots-organisations and governments

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Museums

German parliament approves extra costs for Berlin Museum of the 20th Century

The €364m budget is “a real pain threshold,” culture minister says

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Art market

Carved from a youth centre's walls, Keith Haring mural sells at Bonhams New York for $3.86m

The Grace House Mural becomes the first and only such site-specific work by the artist to be sold at auction

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Museums & Heritage

The Huntington Library acquires two collections of US slavery and abolition records

The historic documents highlight the complexities of documenting America’s "peculiar institution"

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Commercial galleries

Helen Molesworth to collaborate with Jack Shainman on summer programming

The curator is organising “Feedback” for the gallery’s Upstate New York satellite space, marking her first major curatorial project since leaving LA’s Moca

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Public art

Maya Lin’s Eclipsed Time clock removed from New York transit hub after 25 years

The artist’s long-neglected sculpture has been removed as Penn Station undergoes renovations

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Egypt

Egypt cracks down on 'thuggish acts' against antiquities and archaeological sites

A new article implements harsher fines and imprisonment for abusing archaeological sites and museums and smuggling antiquities out of the country

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Crime

Attempted robbery of Rembrandt paintings at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Theft of two paintings was thwarted thanks to gallery's security staff and systems

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Museums & Heritage

Opening new galleries and showcasing its sphinx, Penn Museum rebrands its image

Museum at the University of Pennsylvania will open 10,000 sq. ft of reimagined spaces

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Awards

Torkwase Dyson wins Studio Museum’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize

She is the fourteenth artist to win the award, joining a roster including Simone Leigh, Leslie Hewitt, and Lorna Simpson.

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Exhibitions

King of the monarch collectors: George IV's lavish collection goes on show in London

The royal amassed works of art in every field from Rembrandt paintings to Sèvres porcelain

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Hong Kong

Uncertainty hangs over Para Site’s fundraising auction as Hong Kong protests escalate

The non-profit art space derives half its annual income from the charity gala which last year raised a record HK$7.8m

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Art market

UK buyer bags Artemisia Gentileschi painting for a record €4.8m in Paris

Work depicting Roman heroine Lucretia was in a private collection for 40 years

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Vincent Van Gogh

Two Dutch museums join forces to buy rare, $3m Van Gogh painting at Sotheby's New York

Work acquired by Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Drents Museum in Assen is one of few to survive from the artist's visit to Drenthe

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Venice

Works of art in Venice museums and the Biennale undamaged by floods, but major attrition to buildings with great loss of private property

Most cultural institutions open to the public again today

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Prizes

MoMA director Glenn Lowry edges out Nan Goldin to top Art Review's Power 100 list

Banksy makes his debut at number 14 while dealer David Zwirner drops from first place to fifth

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Acquisitions

Whitney Museum acquires 88 works by biennial artists

The works, by 40 artists, are among 250 that have entered the collection since the spring

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Museums

Meadows Museum in Dallas teams up with local and Madrid opera companies

Opera sets will evoke the museum’s collection, and soloists will perform at the museum

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Museums

Rio Art Museum could close due to lack of federal funding

Two directors left the museum last week, and 126 employees have received a dismissal notice

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Acquisitions

Jayne Wrightsman leaves over 375 works of art and $80m to the Met

From European paintings to the decorative arts, the patron and her oil tycoon husband, who both served as trustees for decades, gave the New York museum more than 1,275 works in all

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Art fairs

Fine Arts Paris to expand with new investment, but will it rival the city's Biennale?

New partnership with Connaissance des Arts magazine announced as third edition of the fair opens

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Venice

Where are the flood barriers, cry the citizens of Venice after its second worst flood since records began

More evidence has emerged that the flood barriers have serious technical problems

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Russia

Moving to the suburbs: vast museum collections centre destined for 'New Moscow'

State Tretyakov Gallery among 23 Russian museums planning to store and show works near former killing field Kommunarka

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Academia

St Petersburg art school explores tie-up with China

Head of Repin Institute, which is popular with Chinese students, says it has "a lot in common" with Chinese art academies

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Public art

Boston’s Brutalist government center building scheduled for destruction—without a plan to save its treasured mural

Preservationists are mourning the imminent loss as art historians plea for the safety of an important Constantino Nivola painting

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Biennials & festivals

The biennial refurbishing a Unesco World Heritage city one building at a time

The third edition of Anozero in Coimbra includes works by Steve McQueen, Anna Boghiguian, and the Portuguese duo João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva

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Venice Biennale 2019

Iraq’s national pavilion at Venice Biennale shut ‘in solidarity with popular youth uprisings’

Iraqi-Kurdish artist Serwan Baran supports the move by the Ruya Foundation, saying “the people will prevail as long as we are with them”

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Museums

Chiara Parisi lined up as new director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz

The Rome-born curator will oversee the gallery’s tenth anniversary programme and events

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Art market

Abuse of diplomatic privilege? How missing art has been linked to embassy officials

Recent cases involving stolen art have raised questions over the behaviour of diplomats

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Museums

National Galleries of Scotland to no longer host BP Portrait Award

Museums officials say that the association with the oil company is at odds with a "responsibility to do all we can to address the climate emergency"

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Museums & Heritage

Goulandris collection of Modern masterworks finally revealed in new Athens museum

Dream museum of collectors Basil and Elise Goulandris brought to life almost three decades after original proposal

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Climate Change

Street artist paints ginormous portrait of eco warrior Greta Thunberg in San Francisco

Cobre defends use of spray paint in creating eight-storey mural, saying his materials are environmentally friendly

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Smithsonian Institution

Interview | Lonnie Bunch on founding the Smithsonian's African American history museum and drawing inspiration from Lincoln

As his new book is released, the new secretary of the Smithsonian Institution talks of extending its reach beyond Washington

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Russia

Art trove belonging to Russian billionaire fugitive found hidden in village near Moscow

Investigators find paintings and rare books missing from private museum belonging to banker Alexei Ananyev accused of alleged financial crimes

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Orazio Gentileschi

London's National Gallery launches public campaign to fund last £2m to buy Orazio Gentileschi masterpiece

The 17th-century painting The Finding of Moses was painted in London for Charles I and represented the birth of Charles II

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Prizes

Sotheby's Prize awarded to two exhibitions exploring indigenous Brazilian cultures

The $250,000 prize money will be shared between several São Paulo organisations

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Collectors

Collector Egidio Marzona buys eastern German castle to host design academy

The property was once home to Paul Schultze-Naumburg, a leading proponent of Nazi cultural policy

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Museums

Gus Casely-Hayford, director of Smithsonian’s African art museum, to lead V&A East

The British cultural historian will take up his role at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new branch in the spring

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Digitisation

Google and Lin-Manuel Miranda team up on a project to share Puerto Rican art online

Digitisation effort draws on works from four institutions in a push for cultural preservation

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Photography

Martin Parr and Bernd and Hilla Becher remember a lost Wales

As part of a major photography launch at National Museum Cardiff, Wales' "last world" of industry is movingly resurrected, and the country of today celebrated

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Stolen art

Los Angeles police recover $800,000 worth of stolen lithographs by Scottish artist Benjamin Creme

Missing since 2012, around 1,300 prints have been returned to their rightful owner, who used to sell Creme's works

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Exhibitions

Met Costume Institute plans exhibition keyed to the museum’s 150th anniversary

Show, timed to spring gala, will analyse “the temporal twists and turns of fashion history”

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Restitution

Bern museum sells $4m Manet painting from Gurlitt art hoard

National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo agrees to buy the painting, Ships at Sea in Stormy Weather

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Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst’s Venice sculptures to remain part of Palms casino’s collection despite Kaos club closing

The colossal works were part of a $690m overhaul of the Las Vegas resort

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Art market

Brafa to auction section of the Berlin Wall for charity

Five graffitied segments were bought by the non-profit Brussels art fair last year and will be exhibited at the event next year

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Discoveries

Revealed: the story behind the Gauguin paintings buried with a young boy in Tahiti

The artist befriended the child of his neighbours, and had given two paintings for the boy’s nursery

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Art market

Judicial review of UK Ivory Act rejected

After months of fundraising to bring legal action, judge dismisses antiques trade's objections to upcoming ban

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Art market

'The nothings that threaten everything': how Banksy, Kaws and other street artists are shaking up the art world

Instagram power and the rise of the consumer collector are turning the art world upside down

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Exhibitions

Photojournalist Shahidul Alam—who served time for his activism—gets retrospective at the Rubin Museum

After spending months in a Bangladeshi jail, the artist continues to speak out against injustice

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Blockchain

Artory partners with the Winston Art Group appraisal firm to offer free vetting services

The partnership is the latest collaboration undertaken by the growing blockchain-based art registry to increase “transparency” in the art market

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Museums & Heritage

Los Angeles's Marciano Art Foundation lays off staff trying to unionise

The private museum cited low attendance records over the past few weeks in a short letter to nearly six dozen workers who recently announced they voted to join a union

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Museums & Heritage

Former Stedelijk director Beatrix Ruf will head to Moscow's Garage Museum

The German curator was previously accused of conflicting interests between the Amsterdam museum and her private consulting work

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Museums

'We are the opposite of Starbucks': Pompidou chief on the challenges of setting up a Shanghai satellite

The French museum's president on censorship threats and settling the costs of the new project

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Auctions

A portrait of Rembrandt sold for more than 30 times its estimate—could it be by the Dutch master himself?

High price for painting at Christie’s in New York last week is prompting speculation but expert says his money is on Isaac de Jouderville

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China

Museum dedicated to Picasso and Giacometti to launch in Beijing

Paris-based institutions Musée National Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti will open space in 798 district next June

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National Portrait Gallery

London’s National Portrait Gallery to close for three years with ‘some job losses’

Museum plans to send 300 portraits a year on tour around the country during £35.5m redevelopment

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New York

Brooklyn Academy of Music opens its first gallery for visual art

The exhibition space, named after trustee and art collector Beth Rudin DeWoody, launches during annual New Wave Festival with works by Glenn Kaino

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Art market

London dealers Graham Southern and Harry Blain part ways

Blain Southern gallery is undergoing restructuring but “remains committed to its artists”, Blain says