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Exhibitions

St Louis’s Counterpublic triennial tests the limits of local engagement

In its first iteration, the exhibition paired artists with local storefronts far from the city’s major cultural districts

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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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Edouard Vuillard

A mini magnificence: Edouard Vuillard at Bath's Holburne Museum

Odd points of view and tense interior scenes feature in an exhibition of small, precious works from early in the artist's career

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‘Less is a Bore’: ICA Boston takes Maximalism to the max

Exhibition celebrates patterns yet transcends decoration

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Art & Technology

The natural world meets the virtual in Jakob Kudsk Steensen's augmented reality experience at Serpentine Galleries

Marking the galleries' first Augmented Architecture commission, explores the sights and sounds of the flora and fauna in London’s Hyde Park

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Book Shorts

This catalogue succinctly surveys Leon Kossoff’s London life paintings

Cityscapes and portraits, along with his Old Master transcriptions, feature in this book that accompanies an exhibition at Lodnon's Piano Nobile Gallery

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A dizzying mash-up in a trio of New Museum shows

Scenes morph, body language pops, and colours gyrate in art by Lubaina Himid, Mika Rottenberg and Marta Minujín

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a travelling survey show on Stonewall to bronze sculptures of everyday objects

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the magnetic Takis at Tate Modern to destruction and preservation of culture at the Imperial War Museum

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the poster master Alphonse Mucha to Mrinalini Mukherjee's organic, sexual forms

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Book Shorts

A collection of 50 contemporary artists’ favourite works of art

Book looks at what they like and how they think it helps their own work

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the little-known Renaissance painter Bartolomé Bermejo at the National Gallery to the Hayward Gallery's huge group show exploring gender fluidity

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Hito Steyerl's Park Avenue Armory takeover to Simone Leigh's commanding Plinth commission

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Book Shorts

Book looks at the persistence of the scroll throughout the Middle Ages

Even when the codex became ubiquitous, scrolls held a special place for the written word

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Exhibitions

This carefully selected exhibition of the Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo is small and perfectly formed

The MA curatorial show at the Barber Institute, Birmingham, challenges many of our assumptions

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Books

How Rheims Cathedral's destruction in the First World War had a happy ending

New book explores how the burnt cathedral created a 'profound intellectual rift' between Germany and France, then reconciliation

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Books

Agents of faith: the art of votive offerings

Bard Graduate Center's 25th anniversary exhibition considers devotional offerings across religions

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Conservation & Preservation

Quarries, quarrels and a lesbian affair: the life of sculptor Mary Spencer Watson

The Dorset farmhouse in which she lived with her father, the portrait painter George Spencer Watson, has been recently restored by the Landmark Trust

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Books

Michelangelo for beginners, and a new view of the master’s bronzes

Three new books offer fresh angles on the Renaissance master

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Three exhibitions to see in Basel this weekend

From the towering ambitions of a young Picasso to Rebecca Horn's Body Fantasies

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

Celebrate Pride Month with commemorations of Stonewall's 50th anniversary

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Book Shorts

Catalogue captures re-creation of the destroyed Tiepolo ceiling frescoes in Milan

Historic photographs and contemporary papers have been used in new book to re-imagine the cycle

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Exhibitions

How Renoir’s nudes helped the Clark get its groove back

An exhibition sheds refreshing new light on the artist’s development

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Media & broadcast

Speaking frankly: Robert Frank on his work and life

A documentary originally made in 2004 about the Swiss-American photographer and film-maker finally opens in US theaters 15 years later

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Michael Rakowitz’s recreations of bombed artefacts at the Whitechapel Gallery, to Faith Ringgold’s story quilts at the Serpentine Gallery

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Three exhibitions to see in Boston this weekend

From gender bending fashion at the MFA, Boston to Joan Jonas's animal treasure hunt at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Books

What was the real purpose of the English country house library?

Mark Purcell's study explores 19th-century bibliomania and rejects the notion that books in historic libraries were "bought by the yard"

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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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Books

William Hunter and the enlightened art of science

A new publication brings together the Scottish surgeon's art collection for the first time in many years

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Jan Weenix

A family affair: three generations of Weenix showcased in two-volume magnum opus

The new book features newly discovered appendices, including the profligate Jan Baptist’s three-volume bankruptcy file

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Tbilisi Art Fair

Why the Tbilisi art fair should not be afraid of communist-period art

A successful second edition of the fair, with visits to houses and studios, and lots of collateral shows

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From a major survey of Abstract Expressionist Lee Krasner at the Barbican, to rooftop sculptures at Bold Tendencies in Peckham

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Tibetan Buddhism on the battlefield to Theresa Chromati's women on a journey

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Petra Museum

Petra's rich heritage goes on show for all to see in new museum

Nearly a decade after the Arab Spring scared off tourists, the Petra Museum is poised to welcome back visitors—and open up access for locals

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Books

Book review | Recent archaeological finds on Keros bring new authoritative scholarship on Cycladic art

Excavation campaigns on the Greek island have raised questions about our knowledge of Cycladic art and culture

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the largest Leonardo da Vinci show in half a century, at the Queen's Gallery, to the first retrospective of Luchita Hurtado at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

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Exhibitions

Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, gets first show in Asia since release from house arrest

Exhibition at Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art reveals grief of families of political prisoners

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Harold Ancart's handball court to Hank Willis Thomas's Afro pick

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the legacy of Augusta Savage to memories of Leonard Cohen

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Art market

Back to the drawing board: new London fair pushes works on paper

Draw Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery caters to fans of the quieter medium with a range of budgets

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Book Shorts

A comprehensive survey of geometric forms in Modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art

Twenty-four artists present their own works in new book, including the late Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

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Biennials & festivals

Everything is good at the Whitney Biennial but nothing makes a difference

Despite a history of protest and a very present controversy at the museum, this year’s survey of American contemporary art is missing a radical spirit

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Harvard’s sublime show makes you see Bauhaus everywhere

The university has a long history with the movement’s artists, many of whom fled from Germany to Cambridge, and has drawn from its impressive archive for a 100th anniversary exhibition

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Public art

Wishful thinking: LA’s latest pop-up art project is both highly memorable and totally Instagrammable

Artist collective The Art Department spent a year gathering heaps of dandelion fuzz for their immersive "wish factory"

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Venice Biennale 2019

Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions around the city

An indoor beach, Mongolian throat singing and ceramic vaginas—where to go beyond the Arsenale and Giardini

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Venice Biennale 2019

We've chosen the best of the art in Venice, now here's the worst

We’ve seen a lot of exhibitions in the city so you don’t have to

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Three exhibitions to see in Venice this weekend

From Tuymans's Third Reich paintings, to Kounellis's poor materials, there's more to see in the city than the Venice Biennale

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Venice Biennale 2019

Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions in the Arsenale

The former shipyards house many of the star national displays this year, here are some of the best

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Venice Biennale 2019

Screen time: digital art eclipses painting in Ralph Rugoff's 'mightily impressive' Venice Biennale show

With multi-artist spaces and the split between the Arsenale and Giardini, May You Live in Interesting Times offers a new way of looking at a biennial exhibition

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Venice Biennale 2019

Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions in the Giardini

From an aquatic odyssey to a guerrilla dance performance, here are the exhibitions we loved at the heart of the big event

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Art market

Expanded Art Chengdu bucks slowing Chinese economy

Second edition of fair moves from tent to bricks-and-mortar in western China's 'skyrocketing' city

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Art market

Watch out Frieze, here comes Tefaf with its mac and cheese

Sales to the Upper East Side set may take their time at the New York fair, but they do happen and exhibitors praise its slick presentation and diverse offering

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Three exhibitions to see in Berlin this weekend

From Julian Charrière’s deep dive into the Anthropocene to Bernar Venet’s enormous ropes of rolled steel

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From imperturbable colourful calm at White Cube Bermondsey to Mandy El-Sayegh's information overload at the Chisenhale Gallery

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Alicja Kwade's rooftop solar system to Joe Minter's commanding sculptures

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Book Shorts

New York’s gardens, parks, flower markets and florists captured in new book

Volume uncovers floral wealth of the US metropolis

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Exhibitions

Two shows that lost the plot

Joan Miró at MoMA and the Neue Galerie’s self-Portrait survey are both filled with great works, but they forget to stick to their themes all the way through

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Three exhibitions to see in San Francisco this weekend

From a Modernist community on California's northern coast, to the kimono's continuing influence on international fashion

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Hito Steyerl’s powerful critiques at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery to Rembrandt and friends at Gagosian Gallery

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Art market

Smaller Art Cologne caters to our short attention spans

Less is more in the internet age, says organiser of fair which has dropped from 210 exhibitors to 176

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Books

Bruegel: great research, great exhibition—shame about the catalogue

The Kunsthistorisches's Bruegel exhibition catalogue fails to include any scholarly information

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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

Sunday in Chapultepec Park with Carsten Höller

The artist’s interactive exhibition at Mexico City’s Museo Tamayo encourages visitors to explore, take drugs and dream, but is it more than just another “art experience”?

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Exhibitions

Lismore Castle serves up a rich palimpsest of themes for new show

Irish home of the Dukes of Devonshire is grand backdrop to works by Martine Syms, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Nicole Eisenman, among others

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Art market

A 'feminist fair' but Art Paris still lacks a clear identity

Focus on female artists this year has given the fair a boost yet some exhibitors think more should be done to draw international collectors

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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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Art market

Sketchy Brexit fails to smudge Paris drawings fair

Sales at the Salon du Dessin continued to be brisk regardless of turmoil in UK parliament

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Video, film & new media

Julian Schnabel’s Van Gogh film is moody and marvellous in spells—but gets two things crucially wrong

At Eternity’s Gate, based on the Dutch artist’s life, is released in the UK today

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National Museum of Qatar

Review: Jean Nouvel's National Museum of Qatar opens with surprises at every turn

Every aspect of modern museography is used to create immersive displays and engaging learning experiences

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Art market

No mega-buck deals, but Art Dubai dodges economic doldrums

City's economy may be flagging, but fair's diverse offering and clientele help sales stay afloat—up to a certain price

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Book Shorts

Postcards as art and the art of the postcard

Book looks at British Museum’s contemporary artists' postcards from 1960 to the present

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Exhibitions

Ben Quilty: an artist on the frontline

As the Australian artist's major retrospective opens in Adelaide, we speak to him about his time as a war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign against the death penalty

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Book Shorts

A book on birth and child-rearing before Dr Spock

The history—in images and works of decorative art—of giving birth and raising children before 1900

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Media & broadcast

Ruben Brandt, Collector is an animated art heist film bursting with references

The comedy is clever, playful and inventive—although the car chases are never-ending

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Renaissance

#Menudetoo: naked bodies in the Renaissance explored at the Royal Academy of Arts and in three new publications

Examining the many meanings—and inanities—ascribed to the unclothed human body in Western art