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Auctions

Phillips and Bonhams see strong sales on smaller lots

The auction houses' bottom lines suffered from unsold lots in their contemporary sales, continuing a trend of top-lot discernment during New York’s fall sales

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Art Basel

Art Düsseldorf exhibitors react to MCH Group's decision to sell stake in fair

Art Basel owner's move has divided the opinions of dealers, but Art Düsseldorf's founders remain optimistic

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Museums

Mass Moca adds another decade to its long-running Sol LeWitt show

The museum celebrates the tenth anniversary of the installation, which is still "full of surprises"

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Contemporary art

Rachel Whiteread’s breakthrough work Ghost gets complex conservation treatment

Structural engineers and architects were among those restoring the room-sized cast at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

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Politics

Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam granted bail after 102 days in jail—but must still face trial

Court decision comes after a wave of protests from cultural and political figures

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Museums

The Getty’s Renaissance Nude explores issues of power and sexuality—but don’t expect a #metoo reckoning

The show includes male and female examples for historic accuracy, its lead curator says

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the treasures of an Assyrian king at the British Museum to Lorenzo Lotto’s insightful portraits at the National Gallery

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Art market

Hockney sets new auction record for a living artist, but were strings pulled behind the no-reserve sale?

The Yorkshireman's 1970s Californian scene, Portrait of an Artist, sold on the nose at $80m at Christie's in New York last night

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From centuries of printmaking to video art pioneers

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Auctions

Nobel Prize-winning doctor’s painting of the lab where he discovered insulin goes on sale in Toronto

Dr Frederick Banting wanted to take up art full-time, but he was killed in a plane crash during the Second World War

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Awards

Cerith Wyn Evans wins 2018 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

New £30,000 award goes to the established Welsh artist who has “moved into new territory”

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Tate Britain

Monster Chetwynd to design Tate Britain's 2018 Winter Commission

The off-beat artist will re-envision the exterior of the historic building

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Iran

Works by Iranian artist held at UK border, postponing exhibition

Bita Vakilli's work was withheld for a week by government officials

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Conservation

Back from the brink: Jean Tinguely’s beloved music machine

Sculptor’s Méta-Harmonie II is ready for action after a year-long conservation effort in Basel

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Prizes

Kapwani Kiwanga takes home the Sobey Art award

Canada’s top prize for artists under 40 was doubled this yearto C$100,000

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Exhibitions

Eleanor Antin revisits her dieting diary, 45 years on, for Lacma show

Artist who photographed herself naked every morning in 1972 has recreated her "Carving" work, to be shown in May 2019

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Unesco

UK threat to leave Unesco reignites debate about purpose of UN culture body

The US and Israel announced plans to leave the international organisation last year

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Art market

African American artists sweep Sotheby’s contemporary evening sale in New York

With only two lots unsold, the auction house nets $362.6m in evening of avid bidding

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Michelangelo

Rothschild Bronzes definitely by Michelangelo, new book claims

Pair of nude males, acquired by the family in 1877, last sold at auction in 2002

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Art market

Record $91.9m sale of Edward Hopper’s Chop Suey buoys confidence at Christie’s American art sale

At $317.8m, the Ebsworth evening sale becomes one of the top five most valuable collections ever sold at auction

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Paris

Double vision: Paris show displays two Mary Magdalene Caravaggios

Scholars are divided over whether either of the paintings of Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy—or both of them—are copies

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Architecture

California wildfires threaten architectural landmarks and historic sites

The 19th century Sepulveda Adobe and western movie set Paramount Ranch have been destroyed, but the fate of many other buildings remain unknown

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Art market

Top lots go unsold at New York's Impressionist and Modern sales, proving a discerning but 'not doomsday' market

Monet carries Christie's evening sale while a Magritte shines at Sotheby's, marking an auction record for the Surrealist painter

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Museums

SculptureCenter’s Mary Ceruti named as new executive director of the Walker Art Center

The Minneapolis museum’s former director, Olga Viso, announced her departure a year ago

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Opera

Wolfgang Tillmans turns set designer, creating the backdrop for a Benjamin Britten production at English National Opera

The Turner prize winner will unveil a sculptural piece and projections during the War Requiem oratorio

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Conservation

Restoration of rare English Medieval altarpiece reveals a history of serial vandalism

The Battel Hall retable, which survived the fury of 16th-century iconoclasts, bears later scars of graffiti and "witchmarks" against evil spirits

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Austria

Austria returns wrong Klimt to wrong family

Painting of apple trees is pulled from exhibition after admission that its restitution was a mistake

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Art market

Mayfair Fine Art administrators struggle to trace paintings linked to money-laundering scandal

Two works supposedly owned by bankrupt company, whose director Matthew Green resigned in February following FBI sting operation, are "apparently" in Dubai

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Dubai

Jameel Arts Centre: Dubai gets first non-governmental contemporary art space

Four solo shows of female artists are part of efforts to “redress the gender balance” in the Middle East, says director

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Exhibitions

Aids, crack cocaine and apartheid: Tate Liverpool show brings Keith Haring’s works to the UK

The artist Kaws is loaning a key work to the survey which includes subway chalk drawings and painted tarpaulins

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Art market

Guarantees: the next big art market scandal?

Third-party auction deals have made some people very rich—but they may be bad for the market in the long run

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Art market

Ambitious estimates hamper Christie's $279.2m Impressionist and Modern art sale as Van Gogh goes unsold but Monet is on the money

New York auction topped by Monet's Le bassin aux nymphaés, sold to an Asian buyer at $31.8m

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Public art

Do Ho Suh house sculpture stays put in London's square mile

Planning permission for the installation extended until 2020

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Auction record

Holy grail of folk ceramics made by 19th-century snake handler breaks auction record

The “snake jug” shattered the previous record for Anna Pottery, a niche favourite of Americana collectors

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Museums

Louvre Abu Dhabi tops one million visitors in its first year

Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronière will remain on loan to the museum for another year

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Politics

College gallery closes exhibition after complaints about ‘false flag’ work

The artist, Daniel Bejar, sees the early dismantling of his show in Westchester as an example of institutional censorship

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Art market

Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev charged in corruption probe brought by Monaco police

The formal investigation follows his detainment earlier this week related to an ongoing spat with the art dealer Yves Bouvier

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Art law

Jeff Koons loses French lawsuit over ‘slavish copy’ of Naf Naf advert

US artist ordered to pay damages and costs, but Fair d’Hiver sculpture escapes seizure

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Contemporary art

#MeToo movement in at number three on Art Review’s Power 100 list

David Zwirner tops the ranking, while Kerry James Marshall is named most influential contemporary artist

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in Shanghai this weekend

From Louise Bourgeois’s giant spider at the Long Museum to literally walking on glass at the Shanghai Museum of Glass

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Museums & Heritage

Berlin’s Natural History Museum receives an eye-watering €660m of public funds for rebuild

Vast sum outstrips budget for reconstruction of city’s royal palace and creation of Humboldt Forum

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Marc and Macke's friendship to the mother of abstraction

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Politics

Washington, DC grant-making commission issues morality clause—then quickly backtracks

Works made with the funding should not be “lewd, lascivious, vulgar, overtly political, excessively violent, constitutes sexual harassment, or is, in any other way, illegal,” according to the clause

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Museums

In a Met protest, an artist posts her own labels next to a Picasso and Gauguin

She calls on museum to incorporate misogyny into the art historical narrative

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Sculpture

Patrick Roger, the Rodin of chocolate, breaks the mould with permanent works

The French chocolate maker has also been quietly casting works in bronze, silver and gold

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Museums & Heritage

Grand Egyptian Museum pushes full opening to 2020

Egyptian government hopes vast museum near Pyramids of Giza will win back international tourists

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Politics

Mount Athos, the Greek peninsula that is home to 20 monasteries, is under threat after Ukraine wins approval to split from the Russian church

Russian pilgrims can no longer participate in services or sacraments there

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Appointments

Former Tate Modern chief Chris Dercon takes the reins at the Grand Palais in Paris

The Belgian curator, who quit the Volksbühne Theatre in April, has been appointed head of the culture body Rmn-GP

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Law

US court orders collector to repay Sotheby’s $1.2m for Parmigianino fake

The judgement comes after two experts found the painting was made with modern synthetic pigments

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Conservation

Houston museum reattributes painting to Velázquez

After conservation effort, Museum of Fine Arts decides its hunch was correct

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Podcast

Surreal ideas about sex: how Dorothea Tanning and Leonor Fini resisted being pigeonholed by their gender

On The Art Newspaper podcast this week, we explore the life and work of two women connected to Surrealism whose work had until recently been overlooked

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Renaissance

Isenheim Altarpiece restoration finally back on track after public outcry

More than 30 conservators will treat paintings and sculptures, seven years after French culture ministry halted reckless cleaning of two panels

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Vienna

Austrian culture minister Gernot Blümel ‘is a no-show’, claims opposition

Austrian People’s Party politician has refused to schedule parliamentary culture committee meetings and has overseen a decline in the culture budget

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Conservation

Modernism award honours preservation of a French school dating from 1933

Prize goes to firm for restoration of a monument to ‘civic Communism’

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Museums

Native American group denounces Met’s exhibition of indigenous objects

The Association on American Indian Affairs says the "first mistake was to call these objects art" and that tribal representatives should have been consulted

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Building projects

Cost of Manchester arts centre The Factory jumps due to 'construction inflation'

City council will cover extra £20m costs for the Rem-Koolhaas designed venue

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Exhibitions

Selfie-takers accidentally damage Goya and Dali works in Russia’s Yekaterinburg

A group of women send ‘Bravissimo!’ etching and ‘No’ print crashing to the ground, as one punter only just escapes being crushed

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Art market

Tefaf drops dealers and auction house specialists from vetting committees

Move brings Dutch and New York art fairs in line with each other

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Art market

Art dealers across the US are mobilising in support of Democrats ahead of US mid-term elections

Galleries in New York and Los Angeles make the most of their cultural and financial capital

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Heritage

Looted vessels returned at event marking 15 years of US-Italy art crime fighting co-operation

Italian official also says the country will ratify 2017 Nicosia Convention outlining penalties for offenses involving cultural heritage

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National Museum of Qatar

Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar announces opening date

Architect, who also designed the Louvre Abu Dhabi, drew inspiration from the crystalline forms that emerge in the desert

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Art market

Kerry James Marshall painting created for Chicago library withdrawn from Christie’s auction

Knowledge and Wonder was estimated to sell for more than $10m, but Chicago’s mayor had a change of heart

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Appointments

Liverpool Biennial chief Sally Tallant named executive director of Queens Museum

She replaces Laura Raicovich who stepped down in January, citing differences with the board of the museum

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Photography

Steve McQueen’s school initiative shows 'striking similarities' with another photographer's work

The Turner prize winner's photography project has been likened to Classroom Portraits by Julian Germain

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Photography

Martine Franck comes into focus at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson's new Paris space

Inaugural show honours Belgian photographer and Cartier-Bresson's wife, who created the foundation to preserve their legacy

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Heritage

Long-lost Tudor tapestry could be saved for the UK

Work commissioned by Henry VIII for Hampton Court Palace left the country in the early 1970s

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Sponsorship

Imperial War Museum London receives 'generous' donation from Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich

The money will go towards new Holocaust Galleries due to open 2021

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Art market

A record-setting $30.1m sale of an Assyrian relief at Christie's raises red flags

The 31 October sale has prompted calls for repatriation and criticism of the seller, highlighting the gap between art ethics and law

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Art market

Art Basel owner backs off from its regional fairs

MCH Group is selling its stakes in Art Düsseldorf and India Art Fair and will pull out of Singapore’s Art SG

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Museums

Dallas school given largest collection of Swiss art outside of Switzerland

The University of Texas at Dallas is building its first museum to house the gift

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the erotic drawings of Klimt and Schiele at the Royal Academy to a last chance to see two hard-hitting shows by Mika Rottenberg and Hannah Perry

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Disasters & destruction

Flood-damaged tapestries by Miro return to Venice museum in time for exhibition opening

The two works at Palazzo Zaguri were found submerged in water on Monday night

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Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh self-portrait—almost sold by cash-strapped Detroit—will be star of major show on the artist and America in 2020

Sale was stopped at last minute after city received financial support from Michigan

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Politics

The art world reacts to Brazil’s new far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro

The former army captain's apparent leanings toward authoritarianism and his fundamentalist views have arts professionals feeling wary

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

As midterm elections approach, take in art that takes on issues at stake