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Books

Sidney Knafel's collection of French 16th- to 18th-century faïence promised to the Frick Collection

The collector's collection of 75 magnificent pieces

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Renaissance prints as sources of images for maiolica and bronze reliefs

The interactions of Renaissance drawing, printing and ceramics

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Book Shorts

The influence of Klimt in Central European art after the First World War

The adaptations and expansions of the Austrian painter in the nations of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire

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What books in paintings mean

The significance of books in works of art

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Caucasian collecting: the Bodleian Library’s Georgian papers, books and medieval manuscripts

The collection amassed by Sir Oliver and Marjory Wardrop

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British Museum

British Museum’s Islamic art finally gets its fairy-tale ending

Restored Victorian galleries, funded by Albukhary Foundation and featuring screens by Ahmad Angawi, have transformed the presentation of the collection

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A monumental study of the heyday of Historicist painting

This comprehensive volume looks at a genre popular in 19th-century Europe but long scorned in the art world

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Exhibitions

Tintoretto’s drawings bring new surprises and scholarship to his 500th birthday celebrations

An exhibition at the Morgan Library adds insight through the Venetian artist’s contemporaries

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Biennials & festivals

Pittsburgh’s Carnegie International is a DIY (Do Interpret Yourself) exhibition

The show’s curator Ingrid Schaffner has avoided an ill-fitting theme and allowed the art to speak for itself—sometimes this works and sometimes it does not

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Jackson Pollock's art gets lost in academic theory in new book

This scholarly overview of the artist’s work is modishly opaque

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Reputations redeemed by art: two books examine what made Charles I and II great collectors but bad rulers

Despite the failings of the Stuart kings, their art collections stand in their favour, as exhibitions in the UK this year have shown

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Gwangju Biennale

Gwangju Biennale's 11 curators delve into South Korea's hidden traumas

The theme of Imagined Borders addresses the fraught relationship with the North as well as global tensions surrounding migration and identity

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Exhibitions

An enigma solved: Old Masters and contemporary artists mix together well at David Zwirner

A show co-organised with the dealer Nicholas Hall demonstrates the endlessly exciting possibilities of blending the old and the new

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Exhibitions

In a troubled Iranian era, art defied darkness

A show at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum zeroes in on creativity in the Qajar Dynasty

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Art market

Beirut Art Fair gives helping hand to embattled Egyptian galleries

Lebanese event cuts 'special offer' to help Egypt's galleries exhibit abroad and invests $100,000 in outreach to encourage collectors from further afield

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Video, film & new media

Gael García Bernal’s new film Museo turns Mexico’s biggest art heist into a madcap caper

The Spanish-launguage movie follows two middle-class flunkies who somehow pulled off one the largest antiquities thefts in modern-day history

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Chicago’s art history, revised

An essay collection illuminates a rich and, ultimately, countercultural legacy

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Otto Marseus van Schrieck: introducing the inventor of the 'forest-floor' still-life

This splendid book uncovers the Dutch painter who brought the lowliest creatures of the forest ecosystem to life

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Prefab(ulous): the story of an 18th-century chapel made entirely in Rome for a church in Lisbon

This fascinating survey offers both detailed commentary and lavish illustrations

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Abstract art

What debt does mid-century American abstract painting owe to Monet?

Exhibition in Paris attempts to draw connections between the Impressionist and Pollock, Rothko and friends—with mixed results

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Donald Judd

Settling into Donald Judd’s demanding furniture

A show at SFMoMA reminds a critic of his past experience with Judd and his creations

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Telling us why and how: a groundbreaking study of Veronese’s techniques and paintings

These two books—very different in approach—analyse the process and works of the Italian Renaissance painter

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Henry I of Haiti: the little-known story of a king and his amazing building spree

A short but fascinating book about a man immortalised through architecture

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Exhibitions

David Wojnarowicz was a poet, a fighter, a hustler, a survivor

The many sides of a complicated artist are explored with the freshness, polish, and insight in the Whitney Museum’s retrospective

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The tortuous story of Gustav Klimt’s Nazi-looted, 100ft-wide Beethoven Frieze uncovered

New book exploring work's provenance is a must-read for those interested in the contentious field of art restitution

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Exhibitions

Nicholas Galanin remixes Native American identity at Phoenix’s Heard Museum

The artist, who is of Tlingit and Unangax descent, confronts the traumatic past in deeply affecting ways but does not wallow in it

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Books

Potty about pictures: ancient Athenian vases are an important historical resource—but this book fails to deliver

Large gaps in the material and a lack of thorough explanation make this volume less useful than it could be

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Exhibitions

John Akomfrah digs into history’s darkness at the New Museum

The British film-maker’s first US museum survey at the New Museum shows that he is one of the most forceful and stirring artists of the day—and one of our best social archaeologists

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Media & broadcast

Nico, 1988: the twilight after the spotlight

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s drama depicts the grim final years of the singer-songwriter

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Books

Very much an acquired taste: how did so many Italian baroque paintings end up in US museums?

Book provides a sampling of personalities, acquisition strategies and collections that many Europeans may not know

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Picture perfect: a 'sumptuous' book on Pre-Raphaelite stained glass

While its terminology is unsteady, the scholarship and production values of this sequel volume are exceptional

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How to force historians to use their eyes: book urges academics to 'take art more seriously'

Princeton University's Theodore K. Rabb says more visual materials—not only written records—should be explored

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Many pictures but no big picture: book struggles to capture the extraordinary life of Harald Szeemann

Volume on pioneering curator takes an admiring, rather than a critically analytical, approach

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Pull up a pew: vast volume surveys church cabinetmaking in 17th- and 18th-century Austria

Illuminating historical overviews and a mass of documentary research covers an under-studied subject

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Thinking with pictures: how images were used for philosophical thinking in the Early Modern period

A rich and fascinating book on what can rightly be called the art of philosophy

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A Käthe Kollwitz renaissance is under way (and about time, too)

A pair of publications shed new light on profoundly socially committed artist

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Exhibitions

Louvre’s Delacroix exhibition uncovers France’s superstar of the Romantic era

His boundless inventiveness as a painter—and not only—shines through in this ambitious survey

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Before gardens had capabilities: book explores English landscaping in the 17th and early 18th centuries

After “Capability” Brown’s tercentenary in 2016, this volume looks at the places the landscape architect is often accused of destroying

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Media & broadcast

Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti is a sombre picture of the artist under the sun

There are few surprises in this boilerplate biopic based on the painter’s time in Polynesia

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Books

Cottaging—an acquired taste? New book looks at England’s once-popular Cottage Orné style

An enlightening survey on the story of English architecture and the quintessential country house

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ArtVilnius

Get over the unpronounceable names—go east for talented, smart artists at affordable prices

ArtVilnius fair has just held its tenth edition and is building the market for ex-communist countries with long artistic traditions

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Manifesta 12

Manifesta 12 makes the most of Palermo's botanical backdrop

Explorations of migration, slavery, memory and decay flourish in nomadic biennial’s botanic garden setting

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Exhibitions

Joaquín Torres-García, mapped and remapped

Acquavella Galleries’ exhibition of the Uruguay-born Modernist is a primer for the uninitiated and a treasury of rarely seen gems

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Exhibitions

Chicago’s Surrealists get the homecoming they deserve at the Arts Club

An exhibition at the historic private members club gives recognises a lesser known group of artists

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Exhibitions

The best—and worst—of Magritte is on show at SFMoMA

The “philosophical painter” poses age-old questions about what the senses apprehend, what awareness and reflection contribute, and how we know

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Howard Hodgkin

A great send-off: Howard Hodgkin's extraordinary final paintings go on show at Gagosian

Late artist completed six paintings in five weeks, all of which are included in London gallery exhibition

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Exhibitions

The Met unpacks its Souls Grown Deep gift

An excellent show add new strands to our understanding of what makes American art uniquely American

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Books

Drawing the mercurial mind: book poses Michelangelo’s draughtsmanship as the key to his life and works

Volume produced for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition of the artist is "a lasting contribution to scholarship"

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Exhibitions

Blood, sweat, tears, piss and vinegar: Adrian Piper at MoMA

The retrospective shows how the artist has reckoned with structures of racial, gender and sexual oppression through her 50-year career

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Media & broadcast

Mapplethorpe feature film includes plenty of titillation and drama but not enough of the man himself

The film premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, along with several other art-related films

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Commercial galleries

Four must-see shows at Berlin's gallery weekend

From a gallery floor-turned-treadmill at Alexander Levy to Aztec inspiration at Barbara Wien

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Books

Rodin revealed as daring experimenter in centenary book

More than just bronzes, this collection of essays captures 100 years of scholarship on the 19th century's most famous sculptor

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Books essay: naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian was a woman in a man’s world

Her work straddles the territories of art and science, bugs and flowers

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Media & broadcast

How Garry Winogrand captured the everyday drama of American life

A new documentary includes many of the artist’s myriad images and his voice, but leaves gaps in his story

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Theatre

Great Apes: when Planet of the Apes meets a White Cube opening

A new play in London based on Will Self’s 1997 novel is a viciously literate satire that imagines an art world populated entirely by chimpanzees

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Books

The commercial rape of Venice is the result of a moral failing in the Italians

This is the view of a former Getty chief, who says the problems of the Serenissima are a paradigm for other historic cities

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Peter Wilson: The man who invented modern auctioneering

Buccaneering, brilliant, art-loving—he created the power of Sotheby’s (and Christie’s learned by imitation)

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Media & broadcast

Andy Goldsworthy revisits his relationship with nature in new documentary

Leaning Into the Wind follows an earlier popular film on the artist and his works in stone, water, wood and earth

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Exhibitions

From Hirst's Medusa to Quinn’s marble bust: new London show explores how classical art inspires contemporary artists

Exhibition at King's College draws largely on private collection of Christian Levett

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Exhibitions

Milan's Fondazione Prada sheds light on Italy's Fascist past on eve of country's elections

Timing of exhibition organised by Germano Celant is coincidental but timely

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Exhibitions

National Gallery of Art show integrates the outliers

Outliers and American Vanguard Art in Washington, DC, makes clear that schooled and self-taught artists have never been that far apart

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Exhibitions

How the wonders of il Gesù were transported to America

A Connecticut Jesuit university aimed high when planning an exhibition to celebrate its 75th anniversary—and more museums should follow its example

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Exhibitions

In the age of a ‘fake president’, Mark di Suvero’s sculptures reflect on the beauty of truth

The New York artist’s newest abstract works at Paula Cooper Gallery are not exactly topical, but his devotion to the ideals of science, democracy and community remind us of America’s better self

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Exhibitions

Does Basquiat's work still burn with youthful energy or has it become a fossil of 1980s New York?

Kenneth Baker on the US artist's survey at the Barbican, which travels to Germany next month

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Exhibitions

Half a million visitors can’t be wrong: the Met’s Michelangelo show is the cultural event of the year

The major loan show is a doubly whammy in the quality of the works presented and its popularity

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Media & broadcast

From Koons to Kusama, five art films to catch from the Sundance Film Festival

Documentaries that examine the contemporary art market boom and the life of the world’s most popular artist had their world premieres in Park City, Utah

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Exhibitions

Time to look: Laura Owens’s self-reflective paintings demand considered attention

Visitors should not rush through the Los Angeles artist’s mid-career survey at New York’s Whitney Museum

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Media & broadcast

J. Paul Getty is a monster beyond belief in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World

Christopher Plummer portrays the billionaire art collector as a morally bankrupt villain who loves his art more than his family

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Books

Flipping, freeports and fakers: the commodification of fine art

Second volume of Georgina Adam’s analysis of the art market looks at the darker side of the trade

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Exhibitions

Arshile Gorky takes us ‘beyond the tangible’ in Hauser & Wirth show

Émigré’s contributions to Abstract Expressionism make him a seminal figure of 20th-century US art

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Exhibitions

Richard Wentworth and Kenneth Baker on Jasper Johns's retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts

“So many tropes going on in his work, it would make a lovely laundry list,” says the British artist of his US counterpart

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Media & broadcast

Richard Hambleton casts a long shadow in a new documentary film

The street artist behind Shadowman outlived many of his contemporaries, but heroin and untreated skin cancer eventually took their toll

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Books

How to read a Twombly

New book asks if late US artist’s work should be read literally or literarily

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Histories of 16th-century French art have overlooked manuscript illumination—until now

New book is fruit of a lifetime’s research by the late Getty curator Myra Orth

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Exhibitions

‘Everything refers to everything else’: Vienna exhibitions reveal impact of other artists on Raphael and Rubens

Concurrent surveys in Austrian capital also show how travel inspired the Old Masters