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Controversies

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky caught up in politician sex tape scandal is arrested in Paris

Dissident wants to create a “political porn” website focusing on behaviour of people in power

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Mr Brainwash to open Los Angeles museum

The vacant Paley Center in Beverly Hills will be transformed into a space for both his own and other artists’ work

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Artists go bumper to bumper at Frieze with auto-themed works

The car's the star as galleries move into the driving seat

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Turrell's Roden Crater gets some starry support

Proceeds from sales of colour-shifting works by the artist will go toward a fundraising and awareness-raising initiative for the crater

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Plans for Berggruen Institute's 'scholars' campus' in the Santa Monica Mountains move forward

First cohort of artist fellows includes Nancy Baker Cahill, Agnieszka Kurant and Pierre Huyghe

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Sun and sales on the best coast: LA’s second edition of Frieze firms up the city’s art market potential

Strong sales during VIP hours at both Frieze and Felix have dealers embracing the California dream

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Australia

Street art auction in aid of Australian bushfire clean-up includes works by Banksy and Shepard Fairey

The Bushfire Relief Auction in Melbourne has been organised by the collectors Sandra Powell and Andrew King and prices start at £200

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Artists

British artist calls for 'unethical' Unseen fair to cease operation after bankruptcy and buy-out

The Amsterdam-based photography event has failed to pay Felicity Hammond for commissioned work, but still plans to host a 2020 edition

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Public art

Carousel in Frankfurt to recall the Kindertransport that saved thousands of children from the Nazis

Yael Bartana's public sculpture commemorates those who were shipped out before the Second World War

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Museums & Heritage

Face-off with a founding father: Brooklyn honours African art by placing it amidst its other collections

New exhibition seeks to “fill in the blanks that are still present in museums and art history books”

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Climate change fundraisers and a new space for Perrotin: dispatches from Frieze Los Angeles

Plus, Sprüth Magers's Los Angeles outpost will host a posthumous survey of John Baldessari’s last painting series

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Pose for a Polaroid with Gary Simmons at Frieze Los Angeles

The artist restages his 1993 Backdrop Project at the fair

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Aboriginal art

Emily Kame Kngwarreye show in New York highlights spike in interest for Australian indigenous art

The exhibition brings together museum-quality pieces, most consigned by US collectors

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Appointments

Cabinet reshuffle: Oliver Dowden appointed new UK culture secretary

The Conservative MP for Hertsmere in Hertfordshire replaces Nicky Morgan

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Exhibitions

British dealer James Butterwick cleared of defamation for describing Russian Avant-garde works in Mantua exhibition as fake

Italian judge said his opinion of the 2013 show was based on his “proven and recognised competence and experience”

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Exhibitions

Tate Modern to show Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room in year-long exhibition marking 20th anniversary

Louise Bourgeois’s Maman spider sculpture will also return to the Turbine Hall

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Heritage

Hidden LGBTQ histories of London's royal palaces to come out in new guided tours

Immersive performances will begin this month at Tower of London, with more planned at Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Dressing for success, an artist helps women demand their due

Michele Pred is asking artists, their dealers and potential collectors to commit to a price hike for works of art by women

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Los Angeles galleries search for the next hot art spot...

An evolving real estate landscape is keeping the city's dealers on their toes

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Art market

Blain Southern shuts all three galleries

Harry Blain, who split from co-founder Graham Southern last year, says he is "unable to secure the gallery’s future long term"

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Venice Biennale

Sonia Boyce chosen as UK's first post-Brexit Venice Biennale artist

Selection committee says British Afro-Caribbean artist "has consistently probed one of society’s big questions: how do we live with difference?”

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Kicking off Frieze LA week at the Getty, art world honours Art for Justice Fund

Performance and panel discussion underline the plight of the incarcerated

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Museums

MoMA acquires historic Gordon Parks series The Atmosphere of Crime

The photographs will go on view in the New York museum's permanent collection galleries in May, along with a selection of works by other artists and a clip from the classic 1971 film Shaft

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Politics

US artists and museums join forces to fire up voters

Artists and activists gather in Los Angeles later this month for the first For Freedoms Congress, a three-day event to spur voter engagement

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Art market

Mat Collishaw 'parts company' with Blain Southern

British artist announced on Instagram today that he will cease to be represented by the gallery “with immediate effect”

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Bonhams

Bonhams chief executive Matthew Girling to leave auction house

Former jewellery specialist, who joined the firm in 1988, will be replaced by Bruno Vinciguerra, who will also continue in his role as executive chairman

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Controversies

Embroiled in Palestine row, artist Zineb Sedira says she will not stand down as France’s representative at 2021 Venice Biennale

Pro-Israel arts group protested to French culture ministry about her appointment

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Bienal de São Paulo

The 34th edition of the Bienal de São Paulo explores ‘calls to resilience’

The biennial launches this month with “kunsthalle-sized” exhibitions ahead of the main show in September

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Serpentine Galleries

South African architectural practice Counterspace to design 20th Serpentine summer pavilion

Structure is inspired by places where people gather across London including migrant community hubs

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A dusts off Louis Vuitton trunk of American beauty for handbags exhibition

New conservation brings society hostess Emilie Grigsby's travelling case into limelight after decades in storage

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Leonardo da Vinci

Louvre to open non-stop over closing weekend of Leonardo blockbuster show

Free entry—plus coffee and madeleines—promised for nocturnal visitors in a move that will allow an extra 30,000 people to see the exhibition

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Sponsorship

Climate activists take over British Museum in all-night protest against BP sponsorship

Organisers of the three-day action, the group BP or not BP?, called it the "largest protest in the history of the museum"

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United Kingdom

Teenager who threw boy from Tate Modern viewing platform told carers about his plan to kill

Jonty Bravery said he wanted to “push somebody off” more than a year ago

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Art Basel Hong Kong

'With changes come opportunities': first reactions to the cancellation of Art Basel in Hong Kong

Local galleries are determined to forge ahead after the fair announced it will not take place this year in light of coronavirus fears

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Museums

Uffizi wins legal battle against 'cybersquatter' owner of Uffizi.com domain name

The unofficial websites were used to sell tickets to the Florentine museum at inflated prices

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Law

New York dealer sues artist Derek Fordjour for $1.45m

Gallery owner and real estate investor Robert Blumenthal claims the artist failed to deliver seven works promised in a $20,000 deal made in 2014

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Obituaries

Beverly Pepper, sculptor of colossal forms, has died, aged 97

Artist reveled in the corrosion and patination of her towering creations

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Art market

Art Basel in Hong Kong cancelled

The decision comes a week after the World Health Organisation declared Coronavirus outbreak a global emergency and repeated calls for the fair's cancellation from exhibitors

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Commercial galleries

Mexico City's galleries overcome growing pains as the city's art scene booms

As top-tier dealers and collectors continue to flock to Zona Maco, Material Art Fair nurtures a needed mid-level market

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coronavirus

Coronavirus: Australia stops two Chinese artists from entering country as more of China's art organisations halt programming

Beijing's Gallery Weekend and UCCA Centre for Contemporary Art have been forced to cancel or delay their events

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Art market

And all that jazz: upbeat sale at Christie's sees Tamara De Lempicka portrait beat record set just three months ago

Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist art auction last night made £106.8m, 35% down on last year—but with three works sold for over £10m

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ColdWar Steve

From Bristol to Bermuda: satirical artist Cold War Steve asks public to download and exhibit his work

Exhibition project You, Me & Cold War Steve: the International Exhibition of the People has already been downloaded 3,000 times with scheduled venues across the globe

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Artists

‘Who put a price on my head?’ Mayfair gallery’s show of coal miners’ bronze busts sparks controversy

Sculptures are a ‘preview’ of a public commission by Laurence Edwards due to be unveiled in Doncaster in May

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Architecture

Trump may order all new government buildings to be designed in the Neoclassical style

A draft executive order, called “Make Federal Buildings Great Again”, would completely rewrite the government’s existing architectural guidelines

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Climate Change

Heritage on the edge: new Google project reveals climate change damage to Unesco sites

Digital visualisations gathered for online exhibit will be a “blueprint” for heritage managers planning climate adaptation in the future

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David Roberts

Collector David Roberts—who closed London gallery to bring art to the regions—will focus 2020 programme on Scotland

Artists Lina Lapelytė, Paul Maheke and Nina Beier will present new live performance works at Glasgow International contemporary art festival

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Billie Eilish

Teenager from remote Russian town draws pop superstar Billie Eilish for Vogue cover

Sixteen-year-old Nastya Kovtun is the youngest person ever to design a Vogue digital cover

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Loot

Looted ancient temple sculpture—seized by UK police—will go home to Afghanistan

British Museum and Art Loss Register collaborate over recovery of ancient bull decoration that was consigned to an online auction

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Art market

Sotheby's new owner Patrick Drahi comes to auction house's first sale in post-Brexit Britain

“No fireworks” at last night's Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist art auction that featured three restituted works

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Public art

As debate rages around controversial US monuments, New York park invites artists to make their own

The year-long programme Monuments Now at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens aims to evaluate ideas around public art

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Sculpture Park

Sculpture park to show works by Ai Weiwei and Hans Arp at castle outside Berlin

Established by the founders of the Institute for Artists Estates, Loretta Würtenberger and Daniel Tümpel, the display will open in May at Schlossgut Schwante

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Public art

'We must stop memorialising such a dark part of our history': official stance on Confederate monuments is shifting

Memorials honouring controversial generals continue to stir debate in many Southern states, but lawmakers are finding creative ways to deal with them

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Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley's monumental work in New York looks for human connection during 'an absolute fucking disaster'

The project in Brooklyn Bridge Park is a commission of BTS Connect, an international public arts initiative funded by the Korean boyband

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Commercial galleries

Flash sales and no-fee subscription scheme fuel up-start New York gallery

The dealers behind Tennis Elbow in Tribeca aim to subvert traditional artist representation with a more "democratic and transparent approach"

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US politics

'An impeachment tomb stone': Jenny Holzer creates work to mark President Donald Trump's trial

The skateboards are produced in a limited marble edition of 25 and a wood edition of 500

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Venice

The cost of Venice's worst floods since 1966

We survey the multi-million-euro impact of the disaster on the city's cultural heritage sites—and the funds pledged for restoration so far

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Art market

Goodbye Gerhard: Deutsche Bank shrinks art collection

Troubled firm offloads some major works, but vows to continue buying emerging artists’ work

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Nazi loot

German court rules in favour of Nazi-looted art database, although owners say a listing makes works unsellable

Lostart.de is caught between the conflicting demands of claimants and the holders of disputed art

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Museums & Heritage

Seattle Asian Art Museum's $56m expansion reframes the question: ‘What is Asian art?’

The refreshed museum will soon reopen with diverse collection displays informed by the local Asian Pacific Islander community

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India Art Fair

Delhi police shut down protest-inspired work at India Art Fair

The work, which was painted live at the event, featured Urdu calligraphy and images of women in hijabs

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Serpentine Galleries

How London's Serpentine Galleries is going green for its 50th birthday

Exhibitions in 2020 include Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, US painter Jennifer Packer, Chinese artist Cao Fei and Strasbourg-born Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

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Museums

Tadao Ando-designed He Art Museum postponed because of coronavirus

The X Museum in Beijing has also delayed its opening show

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Exhibitions

Largest collection of contemporary Indian art heads to Moscow

Several Indian private museums are lending works for an exhibition due to open at the State Tretyakov Gallery

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Leaders

Hans Ulrich Obrist: 'Ecology will be at the heart of everything we do'

The Serpentine Galleries' artistic director will reduce his flying 'very significantly' as the London institution goes green to mark its 50th anniversary

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Law

San Francisco artist sues Disney for copying her ‘tremendously cool’ painted van in Pixar film

Sweet Cecily Daniher rented her unicorn decorated vehicle to the studio for a party, only to find out its doppelganger will appear in the animated movie Onward

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Musée du Domaine Royal de Marly

Decadence of Sun King’s pleasure palace revealed at reopened museum near Versailles

Musée du Domaine Royal de Marly is dedicated to the château where Louis XIV partied with his favoured courtiers

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Museums

'Don’t panic': Glasgow City Council calms fears over proposal to close city's Modern art museum

Popular gallery was on the chopping block in latest budget option review

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Restoration

Light relief: could new lighting technology avert the need for restoration?

Precision illumination can draw out a work’s fine details without physical intervention, but some doubt it will ever replace traditional conservation

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Hong Kong

'The arts will continue to thrive': Hong Kong galleries band together in face of coronavirus fears

Local dealers plan to forge ahead with exhibitions even if Art Basel decides to cancel this year's edition of the fair in the city

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Art Basel

Growing unease among Art Basel in Hong Kong dealers as WHO brands coronavirus a ‘global emergency’

The fair's directors, meanwhile, say postponing or cancelling the fair “is a complex process”

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Brexit

Crying over EU: how the arts should mark Brexit day

From Richard Artschwager's huge exclamation point, to David Shrigley's thumb, here are some of the most appropriate artistic responses to this historic moment

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Brexit

Van Gogh Museum's Emilie Gordenker ruled out UK jobs because of Brexit

The incoming director was headhunted for museum posts in Europe and the US but steered clear of the UK "for obvious reasons"

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Museums & Heritage

After fire, Museum of Chinese in America hopes to salvage much of its collection

Curator says that conservators might be able to dry many wet objects in the museum’s archive

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Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro appoints conservative novela star Regina Duarte the new culture secretary

Duarte has been critical of the Rouanet Law, a federal cultural incentive, despite benefitting from it

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Washington projects for the arts

Washington Project for the Arts teams up with Warhol Foundation for new grant series to support DC-based artists

The move comes as the main grant-making body in the area is locked in a struggle with the mayor’s office over the city’s arts agenda and funding