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Statues

'Geffrye must fall': Labour MP Diane Abbott leads protests demanding slaver statue be removed from London museum

Former UK shadow home secretary led protests at the Museum of the Home in Hoxton, which reopened to the public at the weekend

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Christo

Date confirmed for Christo wrap of Arc de Triomphe in Paris

The artist's posthumous project was delayed due to Covid-19

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Public art

Detroit-area municipality removes ‘offensive’ tile accompanying a controversial mural celebrating the police

The tile, whose imagery has been associated with white supremacy, was created in a workshop sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Art

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Environment

Sea junk sculptures draw crowds in Canada for World Oceans Day

After popping up in Vancouver, an installation of figures made from trash travels to Toronto and Quebec City

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Public art

Detroit Institute of Arts under fire for sponsoring mural depicting police officers

Critics says that the subject matter is out of touch with racial justice issues, and artist now regrets creating it

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Canada

Haida artist Tamara Bell installs 215 shoes on the steps of Vancouver Art Gallery as a memorial to Indigenous children who died at residential school

The work has become a community shrine and gathering space for mourners after the remains of children as young as three years old were discovered last week using ground-penetrating radar

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Public art

Martin Roth’s posthumous project to turn an abandoned upstate building into a living ‘plant concert’ is nearly complete

The City Club in Newburgh could open to the public with a large-scale “magical garden” installation at the end of June

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Race

The Greenwood Massacre, America’s ‘single worst incident of racial violence’, is remembered 100 years on

The historic example of domestic terrorism, when white mobs killed hundreds of Black residents and destroyed businesses, finally gets due recognition

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Palermo

'The city is ours, not the Mafia’s': public art project in Palermo unites community against organised crime in Sicily

Four commissions, including a 30-m high mural of a Mafia-assassinated judge, have been unveiled in the southern Italian city

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Protest

Plywood boards used to shutter New York shops are transformed into canvases for local artists

The Plywood Protection Project has given five artists material to create new public works in each borough

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Soviet art

Campaigners fight to preserve monumental Soviet-era murals in Ukraine

Victor Arnautoff’s large-scale 1960s mosaics on public buildings in Mariupol are threatened by neglect and a “decommunisation” campaign

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Public art

A year after George Floyd’s death, art memorials are at a crossroads

Efforts to preserve murals and street art are growing, as are threats to sites around the country, including the intersection where Floyd was killed

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Public art

Bosco Sodi brings a hopeful, reflective public art performance to Manhattan

The work invites members of the public to bring home and plant one of 439 small clay spheres, each with seeds inside

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Sarah Oppenheimer

Sarah Oppenheimer will create a monumental permanent work for the University of Texas at Austin

The commission is part of the university’s Landmarks public art programme, which includes pieces by artists like Louise Bourgeois and Mark di Suvero

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Public art

Take the stage, New York: Rashid Johnson will build a platform for the public as Creative Time’s summer project

The city’s residents will be able to use the space for performances or public action, as well as take part in a programme of artist-led events

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James Turrell

James Turrell will unveil another Skyspace this year in the Colorado mountains

The permanent work will be installed on a hillside in Green Mountain Falls later this summer

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Diary

Critters to take over Cork Street for London Gallery Weekend

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Diary

Colossal calamari sculpture causes kerfuffle in Japan

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Sanford Biggers

Sanford Biggers unveils monolithic sculpture at Rockefeller Plaza

The work is part of a campus-wide exhibition exploring themes around European and African mythologies

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Public art

‘Some Like It Not’: protesters rally against plan to install Marilyn Monroe sculpture near Palm Springs Art Museum

Dozens gather to denounce sexualised depiction of actress with her skirt flying up

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Public art

David Hammons's monumental public sculpture Day's End is done

The steel frame structure, which recreates the outline of a former warehouse on the Hudson River, is now a permanent fixture on the shoreline

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Public art

Creative Time launches Kickstarter campaign for Kamala Sankaram’s concrete opera about trees

The immersive soundscape will feature sounds from nature and address the climate crisis

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Public art

New Dread Scott works critiquing power structures censored by Instagram as ‘hate speech’

The text-based pieces, installed on the façade of a New York theatre, probe American imperialism and white supremacy

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Canada

Work for the Weekend: Vancouver unveils sound piece inspired by 1980s working-class pop anthem

The public art work by the local artist Brady Cranfield has been installed in the Vancouver Art Gallery's newly pedestrianised south plaza

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Monuments

Stitching together a monument to sick kids, one bead at a time

Anishinaabe artist Nico Williams’s testament to the bravery of children facing difficult illnesses has been created using pieces that record every procedure, test or jab of a needle they undergo

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Public art

Venice Biennale artist Sonia Boyce to unveil 2km-long wall mural in London’s East End

Longest public art piece in Europe reflects community life, charting 170 local stories

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The Buck stopped here

Artists take to billboards to commemorate one year anniversary of UK lockdown

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Public art

Marc Quinn’s BLM protestor statue could be reinstalled on Bristol plinth that held slave trader monument

Sculpture of Edward Colston was pulled down by activists last summer and will now be placed in a museum

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Public art

Miami’s art world allergic to plan for cat and dog sculpture park

A nearly $1m project to be permanently installed next to the Pérez Art Museum Miami has raised opposition from the local art scene

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Public art

Six artists—including Nicole Eisenman and Ibrahim Mahama—shortlisted for Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth public art commission

Winning sculptures will go on show in central London in 2022 and 2024

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Outdoor sculpture

After an extended fight, acclaimed sculptural installation will leave National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington

An accord calls for Elyn Zimmerman’s Marabar to head to a new site, with the move and reinstallation financed by the society

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Public art

Bloomberg Philanthropies grants for street murals open for applications

Up to $25,000 in award money will fund projects in as many as 20 US cities

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Museums

Are museums as Covid-risky as saunas? Culture leaders outraged over late reopening of English art spaces

Commercial galleries, non-essential retail, and even gyms have been given the green light to open before museums under the UK government's "roadmap" to lift coronavirus restrictions

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Controversies

Bank of England wades into UK's escalating culture war on controversial monuments, saying it will remove images of slave owners

“Retain and explain” or restrain and refrain? Culture chiefs raise the alarm on government’s policy to keep problematic statues ahead of crucial meeting

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Monuments

Chicago’s list of 41 public statues for review includes depictions of Native Americans and several monuments of Abraham Lincoln

The city-formed advisory committee is now asking for public feedback on the works, as well as considering proposals for new monuments

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Public art

Smoke sculptures, word gardens and a ‘jackrabbit homestead’: Desert X announces artist projects for third edition

Judy Chicago, Oscar Murillo, Nicholas Galanin and others to present works in Southern California's first major art event since the pandemic shutdown last year

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Statues

Keep problematic monuments and ‘explain them’, UK government to tell cultural leaders

Opponents argue that some public statues reinforce racism, chauvinism, sexism and homophobia

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Maya Lin

Maya Lin’s 'ghost forest' will rise in Madison Square Park this spring

The installation about climate change was postponed for a year due to the pandemic

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Public art

In unanimous decision, Kinderhook zoning board recognises Nick Cave’s Truth Be Told is art not a sign

The village zoning board agreed with public and art world opinion that the vinyl text installation is “a political message in art”

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The Buck stopped here

‘UK’s biggest art exhibition’ gets underway—and they want your work, too

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Public art

Locals in upstate New York defend Nick Cave installation at appeal hearing over its removal

A debate about art and censorship erupted in Kinderhook after village officials ordered a work to be taken down from Jack Shainman’s The School outpost

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Public art

Mobile portraits of American life roll in to three US cities through PBS public art initiative

The roving works, by Rick Lowe, Swoon and Carlos Ramirez, take over repurposed vehicles

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Controversies

Amid child sexual abuse accusations, Paris authorities turn off Claude Lévêque light sculptures

The French artist is under police investigation over claims that he abused minors under the age of 15

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Monuments

Tearing down troubling statues is not lying about our history—it is removing impediments to truth

The UK communities secretary Robert Jenrick's plans to prevent the removal of controversial monuments reveals his inability to view the past as shifting and complex

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Public art

Seesaw installation at US-Mexico border wins Design of the Year award

The joyful project became a counterpoint to the division and violence sown by the Trump administration

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Public art

Biden inauguration is largely virtual—but some live art is planned

A public art installation of 200,000 flags opens on the National Mall, as coronavirus and heightened security forces most events online

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Vancouver

Douglas Coupland brings his prophetic slogans to Vancouver's billboards

Slogans for the 21st Century are on view in the city's new Arbutus Greenway

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Public art

UK government announces new laws to protect controversial historic monuments from 'woke worthies and baying mobs'

Proposed plans have been criticised as distraction tactics from the state's "lethally failed response to the pandemic and the consequences of a disastrous Brexit"

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Diary

Awash with art—Cristina Iglesias fills island lighthouse with bronze geological formations

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Pablo Picasso

Saga of Picasso murals ripped from Oslo building continues as heirs head to court

Family of artist Carl Nesjar—who collaborated on the works with Picasso—say they have a copyright claim and should help decide where the pieces are relocated

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Brazil

Brazilian sculptor João Turin memorialised with sculpture park in Paraná

The site will “encourage sustainable development that values the fauna and flora of the Brazilian environment—the themes to which Turin dedicated his life”, says collector and businessman Samuel Lago

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Deaccessioning

The fate of the San Francisco Art Institute’s historic Diego Rivera mural hangs in limbo

The proposed sale of the work has raised outcry from artists and city leaders, who have taken action to protect it

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George Floyd

Giant painting of George Floyd murder displayed on Los Angeles billboard after being cancelled in Minneapolis

Advertising firms in Minneapolis—where Floyd was killed by police—refused to show the work saying it was too violent, but advocacy group says it will try again

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Public art

Vandals apprehended after covering Richard Serra’s vast desert sculpture in Qatar with graffiti

Government organisation Qatar Museums has launched campaign to encourage locals to respect public works

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Bob Haozous

Apache artist Bob Haozous explains why he made a shrine to racism

The son of the modernist sculptor Allan Houser describes the impetus behind his piercing monument in Santa Fe

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Public art

Noguchi lobby installation is carted away from its high-rise New York home, across the street from MoMA

Museum sought to keep the site-specific work in place at 666 Fifth Avenue, but developer decided it had to go during renovation

Podcast

Contemporary public art: who is it for?

Plus, Tom Sachs on Mondrian's Broadway Boogie-Woogie

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Public art

Provocative Marilyn Monroe sculpture to return to Palm Springs—and the arts community is not happy about it

A plan to install the kitsch work in front of the city’s art museum has raised complaints from the community, which has called Forever Marilyn “blatantly sexist”

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The Buck stopped here

Mark Titchner's 'carnivalesque' posters deliver optimistic rallying cry to locked down London

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Public art

Anselm Kiefer makes first new works for Paris's Pantheon in almost a century

President Emmanuel Macron chose the German artist for the commission that commemorates the French writer and First World War soldier Maurice Genevoix

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Memorials

In honour of Armistice Day, more than 100 English war memorials listed as sites of historical importance

Monuments commemorating the First and Second World Wars—mostly built in small towns and villages—are added to Historic England's list of protected places

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Three to see

Three outdoor exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From empathetic documentary photography in King's Cross to Cauleen Smith's Covid Diary broadcast at Piccadilly Circus Lights

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Public art

Marina Abramovic work to show on 'world's largest digital canvas' in London

Curator Marco Brambilla says public art programme on vast screens off Tottenham Court Road will rival Tate's Turbine Hall commissions in impact

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Public art

The estate of George Rickey, who created balletic kinetic sculptures, now at Kasmin gallery

Monumental moving works by the artist will be shown next fall on the Chelsea space’s rooftop and along Park Avenue uptown

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Public art

#MeToo Medusa sculpture to be installed across from New York courthouse where Harvey Weinstein stood trial

But some have questioned whether the statue truly embodies the feminist movement

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a tribute to Breonna Taylor at Mitchell Innes & Nash to the Public Art Fund's portals placed through Central Park

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Public art

New public art project in London will show works by Ai Weiwei and Eddie Peake on Europe's largest billboard

The digital art platform CIRCA will commission a new artist every month to create a work that reflects on the year 2020

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Monuments

Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be memorialised with statue in Brooklyn

Governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested a site for the monument of the Supreme Court justice, overlooking the Statue of Liberty

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Canada

Mural memorialises Vancouver’s lost historic Black neighbourhood

Hogan’s Alley was once a thriving hub of Black Canadian culture, before it was demolished like so many communities in the name of urban renewal

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Public art

Central Park gets its first monument honouring women’s rights advocates on 100th anniversary of suffrage

Hillary Clinton attended the unveiling of the statue depicting Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth

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Public art

When a Gorilla sculpture lands in Hudson Yards, does anyone care?

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Monuments

The complicated history of the first monument to Sacajawea, funded by suffragists and designed by a woman

The Indigenous guide who helped the Lewis and Clark Expedition across America’s western territories was later celebrated by the women’s vote movement—but her story was never fully told

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Public art

As public art comes under increased scrutiny, New York's High Line asks the people to help pick its next installation

Around 80 artists—including Nick Cave, Mona Hatoum and Rafa Esparza have submitted proposals for the elevated park on Manhattan's West Side

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Public art

Public art initiative encourages New Yorkers to get outside as museums remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic

The campaign offers a digital map of public art works and exhibitions in the five boroughs

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Public art

While Burning Man is cancelled, festival art finds a home in Las Vegas

Art Island, a new outdoor project, plans to present—and sell—large-scale works more often found at desert events

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Exhibitions

As protestors call for justice in New York, Mel Edwards to install broken chains in City Hall Park

An outdoor exhibition of the sculptor’s work has been postponed to give space to the Black Lives Matters movement

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The Buck stopped here

New works by Thomas J. Price and Larry Achiampong on The Line extend the debate on public sculpture

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Museums & Heritage

San Francisco university in talks with US government about preserving New Deal-era murals slated for destruction

The General Services Administration considers paintings by Bernard Zakheim federal property on loan to the school, it says

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Diary of an art historian

'When the politics change, so must the statues'

History can teach us a lot about how to—and how not to—deal with problematic historic monuments

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Public art

Murals that ‘whitewash’ American history come under fire

Monuments are not the only problematic depictions of the past

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Public art

Minneapolis arts groups tackle inequality in the local scene—and the industry at large

Controversy over a mural homage to George Floyd in the city has prompted conversations about opportunities and resources for Black artists and community organisations

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Obituaries

Remembering Christo: a master wrapper whose boundless tenacity and charm redefined how art transforms its surroundings

With his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, the artist was a dreamer who got to realise his monumental, but ephemeral, dreams, all of them self-funded

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Statues

UK's first statues of black Brits—sited at Brixton station—to be restored after 34 years

The overlooked works are modelled on local residents

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Controversies

With demolition of Oslo's Picasso-Nesjar murals imminent, Norwegian sculptor’s daughter speaks out

Carl Nesjar’s daughter talks about the Norwegian sculptor’s long collaboration with the Modern master and shares exclusive images of the pair

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Public sculpture

Essex’s unlikely sculpture town is set for a renaissance

Built in the wake of the Second World War, Harlow maintains a remarkable collection with pieces by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Rodin

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Keith Haring

Once hidden, Keith Haring’s Amsterdam mural is ready for restoration

Conservators will repair paint losses and weatherproof a work that the artist executed “in a sort of frenzy” in 1986

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Public art

Suspected arson damages Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire in San Francisco’s Presidio park

The 100ft-tall sculpture is still standing after a major blaze, but crews will determine if it can remain in place

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Sculpture

Windrush sculptures honouring UK's Caribbean immigrants to be unveiled in London

Leading black artists Thomas J. Price and Veronica Ryan's works in Hackney are due to be completed in 2021

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Monuments

Riga installs six-metre statue to honour medical workers

Sculpture by Latvian artist Aigars Bikse is in a prominent spot in front of the National Museum of Art

Podcast

What to do about problematic statues?

Plus, Hew Locke on Agostino Brunias's Dancing Scene in the West Indies. Produced in association with Christie's

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Public art

Hank Willis Thomas covers US Justice Department with thousands of words from inmates

Launched last night, the guerilla intervention is the latest public work in Washington, DC to address structural racism—but can art effect change?

Analysis
Saudi Arabia

Are Saudi Arabia's big culture plans turning to dust?

As oil prices slump and the pandemic continues to spread, the kingdom's ambitious initiatives are being scaled back

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Diary

A patchwork of personal messages responding to Covid-19 could be displayed across the National Mall in Washington, DC

The crowd-sourced project by Patrick Shearn and his collective Poetic Kinetics will gather thousands of messages for an aerial project

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Public art

'Victimised and rejected': new work explores the history of artists working in New York and the need for public art

Julia Weist's project embedded in the New York public records reveals the uneven relationship between the city and its creatives

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Public art

Sculpture confronting Germany's colonial past installed at Berlin’s long-awaited Humboldt Forum

Kang Sunkoo’s bronze Statue of Limitations shows a black flag at half-mast

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Diary

It's lit: Tavares Strachan delivers a mountain message of social activism amid social distancing

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Controversies

'Intrusive addition': Antony Gormley’s memorial to mathematician Alan Turing draws fire

Some critics support the proposed sculpture for Cambridge University while others question the competition process

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Public art

Art world figures protest plan to dismantle sculptural installation in Washington, DC

Arrangement of boulders around reflecting pool on National Geographic Society campus is cited as a landscape art masterpiece