Painting

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Book Shorts

The art of ceilings and domes—a book on where to see them

Almost a travel guide, this publication illustrates the great art to be found around the world, so long as you look up

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Book Shorts

This book makes an arresting argument for the foundations of modern art

The Hamburger Kunsthalle’s exhibition catalogue groups Tiepolo, Fragonard and Goya as forerunners of Modernism

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Books

Despite its 'hybrid' approach, the Met's catalogue on French painting lacks detailed analysis

When used together, the New York museum’s print catalogue and supplementary website on their 18th-century French works make an excellent initial resource but offer little new information

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Tefaf Maastricht 2020

Can you teach an Old Master fair new tricks?

While auction houses are more aggressive and newer works dominate the global market, Tefaf’s exhibitors remain resolute

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Conservation

Both sides now: Tate Britain to show rare two-faced painting by Aubrey Beardsley

British illustrator’s only known paintings—on front and back of the same canvas—will be displayed for the first time in new exhibition

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Books

The case is made for connoisseurs and their role in art history

The practice of connoisseurship, which, the author Frédéric Elsig argues, is a skill that can be learned, is examined in relation to 15th-and 16th-century painting

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Exhibitions

Léon Spilliaert’s doom and gloom to light up the Royal Academy of Arts

The first major UK show will include 80 works by the little-known Belgian artist who has always "escaped easy categorisation"

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Book Shorts

This little book will help the Scottish Colourists find further fame south of the border

Well known between the two World Wars, the four French-trained artists are slowly coming back into critical attention

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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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Exhibitions

Tate Britain presents the lesser-known British Baroque stars

The first exhibition to explore the style associated with mainland Europe will aim to show that it did exist in the UK—even if most painters were foreign

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Auctions

Sale prices soar past estimates at auction of decorator Mario Buatta's estate at Sotheby's

Christie's also holds its own at an auction of American furniture and folk art

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Book Shorts

The testimonies of 100 artists to the lasting influence of Mies van der Rohe on their work are compiled in this book

Well selected illustrations make clear the connections between the architect’s work and those of contemporary artists

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Books

Redefining Botticelli—from Post-Modernism to soft porn

Does putting the Renaissance artist's work in a modern context enhance or diminish his art?

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Books

A neuroscientist's view: how Bacon's paintings shake up the nervous system

Publication focuses on what neuroscience and psychology bring to the table with the late artist's works

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Discoveries

Stolen 'Klimt' found hidden in a wall will take a month to authenticate, officials say

Gardener discovered the painting behind a metal plate on an exterior wall at Italy's Ricci Oddi gallery

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Conservation & Preservation

Science illuminates art in Detroit’s celebration of Bruegel’s The Wedding Dance

Conservators discover that the 1566 painting was once bluer and revisit the exposure of the notorious codpieces

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Conservation & Preservation

Weaver uncovers hidden patterns beneath Old Master paintings

For artisan Helena Loermans, uncovering the intricate weaves of artists' canvases is like “a detective story”

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Conservation & Preservation

Conserving canvas: from tear-mending to 'mist lining’, conservators share their techniques

Hundreds gather as the Getty convenes the first major international conference on the issue in 45 years

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Discoveries

Conservator discovers secret scrawls hidden beneath Derek Jarman painting

Pleasures of Italy canvas on show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin throws light on late activist’s lovers and interests

Podcast

Anselm Kiefer on why size matters

On the podcast, we speak to the German artist about his new works inspired by String Theory, now on show at White Cube in London

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Book Shorts

A Southern belle with a range of painterly styles is bought to the fore in this thorough book

Dusti Bongé was an artist who lived and worked in the Deep South and who was a versatile, if little known, artist

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Exhibitions

Lucian Freud's self-portraits sure to pack a punch in London show

The artist’s altercation with a cab driver produced one of many revealing paintings being exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts

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MoMA expansion 2019

'Art history isn’t the neat package you think it is': first look at MoMA's $450m expansion

How the New York museum has remixed its unrivalled collection ahead of its 21 October re-opening

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Frieze London 2019

Frieze returns to safe haven of painting amid threat of recession and political instability

Traditional medium is back in fashion amid looming Brexit

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Albert Oehlen

How to buy an...Albert Oehlen

With three separate shows of his work taking place in London during Frieze Week, the German artist's market is heating up

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Books

Titan of Turin: Italy's greatest interior decorator receives definitive scholarly book

Bertrand de Royere provides a thorough examination of the life the 19th century decorator and furniture designer Pelagio Palagi

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Book Shorts

Not all about nudes: volume uncovers new area of Lucian Freud’s work

Best known as a portrait painter, the artist was also fascinated by plant life

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Exhibitions

Beyond the Metaphysical: Milan show aims to reassess Giorgio de Chirico's late period

Major survey at Palazzo Reale will include his "most difficult" works as well as early pieces that inspired the Surrealists

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Conservation & Preservation

Probing nine paintings, conservators in Amsterdam unlock Chagall’s secrets

Research project at the Stedelijk Museum sheds light on some of the artist’s techniques

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo at the Louvre: an exclusive first look at this year's biggest blockbuster

We reveal the research and science behind the monograph exhibition exploring the Renaissance painter's artistic evolution

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Environment

Jeppe Hein's ‘breathwork’ is headed to the United Nations headquarters

The project will be launched on the heels of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York

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Exhibitions

From blasphemer to bookworm: Paris show reframes Francis Bacon's later works

Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou focuses on the artist’s post-pope period, which has received less critical examination

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Book Shorts

The first book on official Australian art and artists in the First World War explains how the national collection was made

The aim of Australian government’s war art scheme was to prioritise first-hand representations of the conflict

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Restoration

Monumental Veronese painting—once cut into 32 pieces by Austrian soldiers—to undergo fourth restoration

Work on the battle-scarred 39 sq. m Papal feast scene, housed in a monastery in Vicenza, should be completed by early 2021

Podcast

Top of the Pods: David Hockney and other modern British mavericks

We revisit our exclusive interview with the British artist. Plus, expert Martin Gayford tells us about Hockney, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and others in post-war London

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Book Shorts

This book of essays explores the varieties and definitions of Islamic art

The authors ask “What is Islamic about ‘Islamic’ art?”

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Museums

Art Gallery of Ontario acquires a Caillebotte after long legal struggle

A government grant for works of importance helps to block departure of the painting from the country

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Politics

Drawing with the ashes of Isis-ravaged buildings: Piers Secunda on the art of destruction

Artist’s works on iconoclasm in Mosul are currently on show at the Imperial War Museum in London

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Exhibitions

More great Danes: new Copenhagen show expands Denmark's Golden Age

Works from the 19th-century helped construct a national identity in Denmark that is ripe for discussion now, says curator

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Books

The scientific brotherhood: Pre-Raphaelite art put under the microscope

The Victorian artist group explored the connections between art and scientific observation to enhance art’s moral purpose

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Exhibitions

In highly personal portraits, an artist speaks up for his native Baltimore

Painted before Donald Trump disparaged the city, Derrick Adams's new works celebrate family life there

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Book Shorts

The travel books of Eugène Delacroix have now been translated into English

These notebooks reveal how the artist discovered the "real" Orient in North Africa and southern Spain and adjusted his paintings accordingly

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Books

Fit for a king: book lays out the vast scale of the Orléans collection

The second Duke of Orléans’ assembly of his famous art collection may have been a covert preparation for seizing the throne of France

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Attribution

Hidden number discovered in conservation helps reveal painting is from Titian's workshop

Part of the Wellington Collection in London, the picture was originally believed to be by a minor north Italian artist

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Exhibitions

Winslow Homer beach paintings—cut in half after a bad review—reunited for Cape Ann Museum show

Exhibition of marine paintings will be joined later this month by a survey of the artist's Civil War illustrations at Harvard Art Museums

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Book Shorts

This book gives a first-hand account of Second World War art and propaganda

A vivid account of the art arising from the experiences of the artist, George Plante

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The Buck stopped here

The gadflies and the gifted: Johnny Dewe Matthews and Andrew Logan at Roche Court

Johnny Dewe Mathews on his exhibition of 1970s photographs at New Art Centre

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Book Shorts

A book of wallpaper art for students

The botanical illustrations of Alexander von Humboldt in poster form

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Books

Coming out of one’s shell: new book explores overlooked mollusc art by naturalist's daughters

Martin Lister enlisted his daughters Susanna and Anna because of the unreliability of the best professional engravers

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Book Shorts

Children’s portraits without shadows: new book on painting childhood

No Chucky or Lord of the Flies in portraits by British and British-based artists

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh's correspondence about famed Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta unearthed

Largely overlooked postscript suggests surprise friendship between the Van Gogh brothers and the young Belgian

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National Gallery

'Exceptional loan' of Francesco Melzi painting from Russia comes to London's National Gallery

Unusual month-long display of recently restored work by Leonardo’s favourite and heir will be lent by the State Hermitage Museum

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Book Shorts

Boilly, prolific portraitist and genre painter

Almost unknown in Britain, his work was secretly amassed by Harry Hyams, the billionaire property developer

Interview
Frieze New York 2019

Alejandra Castro Rioseco on collecting the work of female artists

Latin American artists feature prominently in the collection of the Chilean supporter of women's rights

Damien Hirst

Exclusive: Damien Hirst channels Jackson Pollock for latest works

We take a sneak peek inside the British artist's studio to see him creating his Blossom paintings

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Damien Hirst

Blossoming artist: Damien Hirst on returning to the studio, fluorescent florals and the 'muppets' in government

Hirst has spent the past 18 months in his London studio painting cherry blossom and now, in an exclusive interview, he explains why this new body of work is a matter of life and death

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Frieze New York 2019

Collector's Eye: an interview with Bernard Lumpkin, a 'black art ambassador'

Art lovers tell us what they’ve bought and why

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Exhibitions

Twelve exhibitions not to miss during Frieze New York

From the Leipzig School artist Neo Rauch at the Drawing Center, to Nari Ward at the New Museum, there's plenty to see around New York City during Frieze

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Exhibitions

Hockney-Van Gogh exhibition is ‘a tame,though colourful, bit of fluff’

The British artist dominates the Van Gogh Museum’s dubious doubleheader, which offers little to connect the pair

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Exhibitions

Tate to show $6m Blake watercolours that sold for £1,000 in a Scottish bookshop

Discovered after 165 years, eight of the 19 paintings will be included in the London exhibition in September

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Book Shorts

William-Adolphe Bougeureau: tasteless, sentimental, soft-porny, but French above all

Book looks at the former official darling of the American republic

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Painting

Liu Xiaodong: an interview with China’s great documentary painter

The artist on portraying ordinary people and travelling the world with a “local spirit”

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Collecting

Collector's Eye: an interview with William Zhao

Art lovers tell us what they’ve bought and why

Analysis
Egon Schiele

How to buy an... Egon Schiele

While well known in the West, the work of this major figure of Austrian Expressionism is less recognised in Asia—until now

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Exhibitions

Grandmaster flash of the Mediterranean—Joaquín Sorolla comes to London's National Gallery

The enormously productive painter wielded the fastest of brushes on often huge canvases, suffusing them with Spanish sun and colour

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Exhibitions

Making Miró: MoMA show explores turning point in artist’s career

An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art focuses on The Birth of the World, a 1925 painting that marks a definitive turning point for Joan Miró

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The Armory Show

From grit to glitter: a look back at 25 years of The Armory Show

The Gramercy International Art Fair was the edgy alternative to establishment fairs when it first began—reimagined as The Armory Show, it has grown into an economic juggernaut

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Exhibitions

Agnes Pelton show looks to introduce the visionary but little-known painter to a new generation

Phoenix Art Museum hosts first US survey of the Californian artist in more than two decades

Podcast

Rembrandt special: the complete artist

As shows marking the 350th anniversary of the Old Master's death open, we look at his masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the British Museum. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Acquisitions

Spot the difference: newly acquired Cranach painting joins earlier work at London’s National Gallery

Moral painting of Venus and Cupid by the German Renaissance master shows the young god of desire being attacked by bees

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Adventures with Van Gogh

How Van Gogh's Sunflowers have inspired generations of British artists

Painters from Brangwyn to Nash paid homage to the masterpiece, all illustrated on the Art UK site