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Museum of Modern Art New York

Ninety years on, MoMA rediscovers its radical soul

New York museum's rotating rehang will emphasise diverse permanent collection to celebrate the “pluriverse” of art

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Exhibitions

'It's not about shock value': Russian artist skins, eats and performs sex acts on dead animals in the name of art

New exhibition in Italy shows videos from Petr Davydtchenko's past three years living exclusively off road-kill

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Museums & Heritage

Greenwich's Painted Hall reopens with day beds for visitors to admire 'England's Sistine Chapel'

Two-year restoration of James Thornhill's dizzying Baroque interior was the largest open-access conservation project in Europe

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Art market

Historic Bernheim-Jeune and Fine Art Society galleries shut up shop

A sign of the times, two of London and Paris’s oldest firms closed their premises in the traditional art heartlands of the cities

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Law

US Supreme Court declines to review a challenge to the National Gallery's ownership of a Matisse

Grandchildren of muse depicted in 1908 painting exhaust their US appeals

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Prizes

Caravaggio in the flesh at The Art Newspaper Russia’s annual prize ceremony

Actors, musicians, dancers and a famous Moscow film director, combined with lighting wizardry, celebrate the Russian art world

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Art crime

London dealers embroiled in Ezra Chowaiki fraud scheme over $1.2m Chagall painting

Fresh complaint seeks the return of the work allegedly sold by the disgraced Manhattan dealer under false pretences

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Sponsorship

London's National Portrait Gallery drops £1m grant from Sackler Trust

Mutual decision comes amid growing controversy over trust's links to Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, a prescription painkiller linked to the opioid crisis

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Economics

Trump wants to axe the NEA. Yes, again.

The administration points to private fundraising like crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter as a better way to support the arts

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Obituaries

Matisse expert and archivist Wanda de Guebriant has died, aged 69

The only authorised authenticator of the artist’s work started her 40-year career as an assistant to Matisse’s daughter, Marguerite Duthuit

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Obituaries

Experimental film-maker Barbara Hammer dies, aged 79

The pioneer of lesbian film became an advocate for medical aid in dying

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Tate

'State decline, spawning vanity and inequality': Mike Nelson's Tate Britain show offers bleak portrait of UK

Artist sourced defunct industrial machines online for new installations, reflecting “an eating away of ourselves”

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Openings

Basrah Museum unveils three new galleries in Saddam Hussein's former palace

Sumer, Assyria and Babylonia rooms open with support from UK government's Cultural Protection Fund

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Obituaries

Obituary: Lamia al-Gailani, the archaeologist who brought new life to the looted Basrah museum

She was a key figure in the post-war re-establishment of Iraq’s antiquities museums

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Politics

Ukrainian nationalists target lecture at Kiev arts centre as far-right activity rises

Protesters accused of leaving behind swastika graffiti at talk organised by Izolyatsia arts centre

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Biennials & festivals

Authorities cancel activist youth festival in Russia's Far East

Officials raise concerns that the festival was promoting an LGBT agenda

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Conservation

Stolen in 1985, a recovered de Kooning will undergo conservation treatment

University of Arizona Museum of Art will send its painting, damaged by the thief, to the Getty

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the collaborative creations of the Chicago Imagists at Goldsmiths CCA to the reopening of John Soane's Pitzhanger Manor

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Obituaries

Okwui Enwezor, curator of Documenta and Venice Biennale, has died aged 55

Enwezor inspired a global, inclusive view of art history

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Art market

Bid me up before you go-go: sun goes down on George Michael’s art collection at Christie’s

Buyers have faith in Tracey Emin who leads the white glove, YBA-heavy sale, but Damien Hirst’s market continues to soften

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Art market

Powerful collectors open up in Tefaf Maastricht's Chinese art market report

New study, released today, covers 40-year history of the country's market and reveals many private art museums run at a loss

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Openings

Lost features of John Soane’s dream country home Pitzhanger Manor restored

Architects, conservation experts and paint archaeologists have collaborated on £12m project to reopen west London house

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a meditation on power to female sexual awakening

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Museums & Heritage

Kaywin Feldman shatters the glass ceiling at the National Gallery of Art in Washington

During her first week on the job, the new director reveals her aspirations for the museum

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Cornelius Gurlitt

Signac painting in Gurlitt hoard identified as Nazi loot

Restitution discussions with descendants of Jewish owner are underway

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Restitution

Culture ministers from 16 German states agree to repatriate artefacts looted in colonial era

Joint declaration is “a statement of historical responsibility,” says Culture Minister Monika Grütters

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Openings

Milton Keynes gallery expansion wants to ‘make people think again’

MK Gallery's new £12m building is inspired by utopian 1970s heyday of England’s maligned New Town

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Funding

New £150,000 grant to ‘embolden’ museums goes to Whitworth and Van Abbemuseum

Award from Outset Partners will support Arte Útil project to queer collections and work with local communities

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Restitution

Dutch museums take initiative to repatriate colonial-era artefacts

Rijksmuseum opens talks with Sri Lanka, ethnology museums publish guidelines

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McMullen Museum of Art

Boston College mascot identified as Meiji bronze

The monumental bronze eagle was donated in 1954 by a gardener who inherited it from a diplomat and collector

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Museums & Heritage

Hiroshi Sugimoto to redesign Hirshhorn's sculpture garden

The renovation taps into the spirit of the founding architect, Gordon Bunshaft

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Shutdown

Counting the cost of the longest government shutdown in US history

The shutdown dealt a blow to federally-funded museums, with disappointed visitors, furloughed staff, disrupted exhibitions and lost revenue that “can never be regained”

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Appointments & departures

Terra Foundation’s transformational leader Elizabeth Glassman to step down

During her two-decade tenure, the Terra closed its Chicago museum and turned its attention to grant-making and collaborations

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Museums

Major museum designed by V&A Dundee's architects to open in Turkey

Odunpazari Modern Museum designed by Kengo Kuma, which will show the collection of architect Erol Tabanca, will open in the university city of Eskişehir in June

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Bob and Roberta Smith

Bob and Roberta Smith protests Hertfordshire County Council's decision to auction off art collection

Works by Carel Weight and Julian Trevelyan are among those to be sold at Cheffins auction house

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Liu Ye

Liu Ye announced as David Zwirner's first Chinese artist following gallery's Hong Kong expansion

Zwirner plans to hold a solo exhibition of Liu's work in New York next year

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Disasters & destruction

Tributes pour in for Italian marine archaeologist Sebastiano Tusa who died in Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

He was was an expert on the battle of Egadi of 241BC

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Museums & Heritage

Austrian exhibition to reveal story of Wolfgang Gurlitt, art dealer for the Nazis turned museum director

Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz confronts the legacy of its controversial first director, cousin of Hildebrand Gurlitt

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Auction

Van Ham to auction 4,000 contemporary works from SØR Rusche collection

Dutch Old Masters in the retailer’s corporate collection are to be sold at Sotheby’s

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Diary of an art historian

Perhaps even a Leonardo copy shows you’re rich and cultured

A version of the Mona Lisa by a follower of Leonardo da Vinci recently sold at Sotheby's for $1.69m

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Public art

Michele Oka Doner finds fertile ground as the New York Botanical Garden’s new artist in residence

The Miami-born, New York-based artist known for her richly botanical works hints at “raves” and a departure from the expected kind of art installation as she digs in to the 250-acre landscape

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China

Is Budi Tek's Yuz Museum branching out?

The Indonesian-Chinese collector, who is behind the Shanghai institution, recently partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Art market

Jean-Claude Juncker dismisses claims that freeports are ‘systematically used to commit fraud’

European Commission president rebuffs German MEP Wolf Klinz's demand for a proper investigation into the management of Le Freeport Luxembourg

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Collectors

Collectors pledge support for contemporary art in Italy

Private spaces throughout the country are uniting to host a joint show in the face of government funding cuts

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Museums & Heritage

Hermitage and Pushkin join forces to show stellar Russian collections of Modern art

The museums are pooling the divided collections of Sergei Shchukin and Morozov brothers for a quartet of exhibitions

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Kara Walker

Southern discomfort: Kara Walker to take over Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall this autumn

The Tate had previously purchased a large linoleum silhouette work by Walker in 1998

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Venice Biennale 2019

State Hermitage Museum to curate Venice Biennale pavilion

Russia’s entry for 2019 show influenced by Gospel of Luke and includes installation by famous film director Alexander Sokurov

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TEFAF Maastricht 2019

Savoy-Sarr report fails to dent tribal market, says Tefaf exhibitor

Didier Claes, who was consulted for the restitution report commissioned by French president Emmanuel Macron, says it has invigorated the market for African art

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In the frame

New York to build monuments to four more female trailblazers

Honourees range from Billie Holiday to a pioneer in public health

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Art market

Galleries are focusing on female artists to tackle the industry's gender divide

Dealers are attempting to redress the balance as report shows that women continue to be underrepresented

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Lyon & Turnbull

Contemporary works from London charity to be sold at inaugural Lyon and Turnbull modern auction

The proceeds of the auction will go towards a fundraising campaign which helps those affected by homelessness in London

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Censorship

Exclusive interview: photographer Shahidul Alam speaks out about prison, being tortured and the human rights situation in Bangladesh

Artist was granted bail in November after being held in custody in Dhaka for 102 days

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Henry Moore’s Helmet Heads at the Wallace Collection to Renaissance nudes at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Art market

Frieze shareholder Endeavor returns $400m investment to Saudi Arabia

Sport and entertainment group severs ties with the kingdom’s leaders after murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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Art market

Gerhard Richter’s jet fighter painting finally takes off at Phillips after bumpy legal battle

After previous buyer defaulted on paying for the work in 2016, painting sold in London for £15.5m in a significantly smaller auction compared with 2018

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Claude Monet

Export licence granted for Monet's $63m painting of London

Owned by a British collector for almost 70 years, the work showing Charing Cross Bridge has gone abroad

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Art market

Smaller galleries rely on just one artist for almost half their income, Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report finds

Gender parity and behaviour of high net worth collectors are focuses of the study, which calculates market grew to $67.4bn in 2018

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Art market

Sales at New York’s Armory Show prove more stable than its venue

After the fair's last-minute relocation that displaced Volta from Pier 90, exhibitors from both fairs credit 'generous' community support for good business

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Acquisitions

Kimbell Art Museum fêtes International Women's Day with Anne Vallayer-Coster acquisition

Still Life With Mackerel demonstrates the French 18th-century artist's virtuosity in the genre

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Art market

Richard Saltoun will donate a portion of his sales at Independent New York to support the all-female exhibition space A.I.R. Gallery

Founded in 1972 to support women artists, the non-profit gallery will use the proceeds to fund its fellowship programme

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Obituaries

'Forces of time snatch people like devils': remembering pioneering feminist artist Carolee Schneemann

The painter, performance artist and film-maker, who won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2017, has died aged 79

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson exhibition goes ahead in Germany and Finland despite latest sexual abuse allegations  

The Thriller star's estate is reportedly suing HBO for $100m over the Leaving Neverland documentary

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Exhibitions

Exhibition at Brooklyn’s Green-wood Cemetery shows a day in the life of immigrants seeking sanctuary

Photographs of people young and old who hope to avoid deportation have been installed along the fence of the historic site

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Rembrandt

English Heritage lends its Rembrandt self-portrait to Gagosian gallery in exchange for support

Self-portrait with Two Circles at Kenwood House is the charity’s greatest painting, along with a Vermeer

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Art market

Sotheby's puts female artists first in contemporary sale, but men still end up on top

Jenny Saville's Juncture sells for £5.4m and records set for Rebecca Warren and Nigerian artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, but Jean-Michel Basquiat still leads prices

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Art market

Getting Old Masters' sexy back: Colnaghi to take over Venetian abbey for Biennale show

London-based gallery will team up with interior designer Chahan to create "home of a 21st-century Grand Tourist" in the medieval Abbazia di San Gregorio

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Ethnographic art

Oxford museum rethinks famed display of shrunken heads

The review of the ‘tsantsas’ is part of a wider exercise looking at the Pitt Rivers Museum’s historic labels

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Building projects

Miami’s Art Center/South Florida gets a new facility—and a new name

Oolite Arts is due to move from Miami Beach to a purpose-built space on the mainland

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Appointments

Zeitz Mocaa appoints new director following #MeToo scandal

Koyo Kouoh, who founded RAW Material Company in Dakar, replaces Mark Coetzee who was accused of misconduct

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Art market

Blain Southern to open in New York

British art dealers will open in Cheim & Read's former Chelsea space in May with a show of Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté

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Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

Artist accuses Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art of selling off works at a premium

Rokni Haerizadeh sold his work to the museum at a reduced rate before it was auctioned without his permission

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Censorship

Protests against Cuba’s censorship law continue as Havana Bienal opening nears

A new report by the non-profit organisation Pen America calls for the repeal of Decree 349 while Cuban artists ask for solidarity from biennial participants

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Art market

New York’s fair landscape is in flux as Armory Week kicks off

Armory Show shifts venues, causing the cancellation of Volta and the emergency launch of Plan B, revealing the stakes for commercial art platforms are rising

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Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent

Jasper Conran buys Yves Saint Laurent's Villa Mabrouka in Tangier

The villa was the fashion designer's home in the last decades of his life

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Disasters & destruction

Inhotim arts centre reopens in wake of deadly Brazilian dam collapse

As one of the biggest employers in the area, the vast open-air culture complex wants to support victims