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Three to see

Three arty things to do at home this weekend

From the Getty's challenge to re-create masterpieces using three items to Firstsite’s activity pack with Antony Gormley and Gillian Wearing

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Book Shorts

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

The Hamburg Kunsthalle’s exhibition catalogue groups Tiepolo, Fragonard and Goya as forerunners of modernism

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Books

Of fossils, prisms and volcanoes: the scientific and imaginative investigations of the polymath Goethe

This extensive volume explores the relationship between the German writer's visual imagination and his fascination with natural science

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Book Shorts

Celebrating a generous donation to the Frick, this booklet pays tribute to the donor and his gift

The Arnhold family began collecting Meissen porcelain in the 1920s and the heir has given more than 100 examples to the New York museum

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Exhibitions

Will Covid-19 anxiety colour our perceptions of MoMA’s Donald Judd show?

The artist’s requirement that his works be viewed through a relaxed prism may be too much for a post-pandemic world

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Media & broadcast

Art films at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival

From a bio-pic on Italian naïve artist Antonio Ligabue to a documentary on the Berlin Wall fragments in the US

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Book Shorts

When nothing is sacred, nothing can be subversive: photographs of London’s Soho captured in catalogue

The area’s heyday in the mid 20th century has been obliterated by commercial exploitation

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Books

The image debate: new book looks at age-old question of figural representation in Islam

This collection of essays examines the Islamic treatment of figuration around the world, from pre-modern decoration to contemporary snowmen

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the Hayward Gallery's expansive group show about trees to the erotic underbelly of the Victorian era at Tate Britain

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Exhibitions

The big review: Edward Hopper at the Fondation Beyeler

The Basel exhibition on the painter's landscapes takes a fresh look at the American icon

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Books

Book offers broadest and deepest study of Nazi culture yet

This is the first publication to fully examine the cultural output of the Third Reich, which, unsurprisingly, failed to produce great art

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Book Shorts

A beautiful compendium of Early Modern scientific instruments

This exhibition catalogue shows European technological discoveries from the 16th to the 19th century

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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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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

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From David Hockney's portraits to a photography show radically rethinking masculinity

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Cauleen Smith’s feminist films at the Whitney to Rodney McMillian’s conceptual landscapes at Petzel Gallery

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

From Koolhaas and the countryside gang, a departure from radical urbanism

Guggenheim show underlines architect’s role as the quiz master

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Alina Szapocznikow's haunting sculptures to Shirin Neshat's first London show in 20 years

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Exhibitions

Largest US exhibition of works by J.M.W. Turner opens in Nashville

The Frist Art Museum has secured more than 70 works from the Tate’s Turner Bequest

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the first US retrospective devoted to the pioneering female photographer Madame d’Ora to an immersive Joan Miró experience at Acquavella Galleries

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Book Shorts

The full-colour beauty of the recently restored Catherine de’ Medici tapestries is revealed in this catalogue

Vibrant illustrations are accompanied by essays that discuss the history, making and purpose of the tapestries

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Exhibitions

Saudi Arabia's art festival 21,39: tackling climate change in the desert

This year's edition of the art initiative is a call to action on the climate emergency

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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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Books

Revamped art book prize wants to become the Oscars of arts publications—is it succeeding?

A year on from its announcement, we look at whether the Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards is meeting its ambitions

Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From today's finest figurative painters to British Baroque in the post-Brexit age

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Helen Molesworth’s presentation of Noah Davis at David Zwirner to the first installment of Laia Abril’s documentary project on misogyny

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Kent Monkman at the Met

The latest commission for the Met's Great Hall continues the New York institution's upending of the colonial-settler narrative of American history

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Book Shorts

Political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe tells the story of his life and work in new book

For more than 60 years the rapier-sharp pen has wounded his enemies deeply and he has met all the great and the good of our day

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From dark and pensive Sudanese prints at Mosaic Rooms to An-My Lê's US road trip photographs at Marian Goodman Gallery

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the Morgan’s ode to the French symbolist Alfred Jarry to overlooked paintings by a feminist pioneer at James Fuentes Gallery

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Book Shorts

Beautiful book captures the colourful restorations of Georgian homes in London

The story of a collection of 18th-century houses in the East End that have been carefully saved after years of neglect

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Exhibitions

Zervos: the name that can make or break a Picasso

An exhibition in Athens about the life of Christian Zervos, whose 33-volume catalogue of the artist is indispensable to the Picasso market

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Exhibitions

Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana show at the Prado is as much about biography as it is about the art

The Madrid exhibition compares the two artists who were successful in their time but whose reputations later waned

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Ruth Asawa's delicate structures to a revelatory show of Picasso's paper works

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Kehinde Wiley’s reimagining of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Brooklyn Museum to Luhring Augustine and Sam Fogg’s collaborative show on Gothic art

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Book Shorts

So you think you know your art? Brain teasers to test your knowledge of famous works

This puzzle book includes 36 of art history's best known pieces, from Botticelli’s Primavera to Van Gogh’s Starry Night

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Exhibitions

The best shows to see at Condo London 2020

From satirical prostitute advertisements to a baby's beating heart—the must see shows from London's coolest gallery sharing initiative

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British Museum

The Big Review: Troy at the British Museum

With an impressive range of objects, this show evokes the eternal power of the greatest stories ever told

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Pope.L’s overdue retrospective at MoMA to meditations on the climate by Andrea Bowers at Andrew Kreps

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Book Shorts

Book reveals the ways in which artists helped make scientific discoveries

From the 17th to the end of the 19th century natural history depended on illustrations for clarification

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Books

Book on Bellini proves more philosophical than art historical

Scholarly analysis of 15th-century Venetian painter aims to bring his work into the 21st century

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Born of hate and contempt, how the Bargello's extraordinary collection of medieval ivories came to be

Book tells the tale of how Italian museum amassed such a vast array of important sculptures thanks to Frenchman Louis-Claude Carrand

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Biennials & festivals

Mali's reputation for insecurity challenged by the 25th Bamako Encounters

This year's edition of the photography festival showed "there are many Africas", as 85 artists portrayed a multifaceted, self-aware continent

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Three exhibitions to see during Mumbai Gallery Weekend

From how Uber drivers visualise their company’s headquarters to the rediscovery of an Indian Modernist pioneer

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a sweeping survey of American Indian contemporary art to historical photographs at the Met

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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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How the Habsburgs conquered by having arms rather than using them

New book and exhibition shows that the arms and armour of the Emperor Maximilian I were the visible signs of his chivalry

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The Year in Review 2019

Ten memes that define the absurdity of the art world in 2019

From Maurizio Cattelan’s $120k banana to dedicated viral accounts, here are the images that tickled us this year

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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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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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Book Shorts

Peter Kennard’s artistic political commentaries cloy when they are presented altogether as they are in this book

The artist’s unremitting commitment to the Left may be commendable, but has limited his development as an artist

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Elizabeth Peyton's historically contextualised portraits to a jarring installation on queer existence

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Books

This was the most prolific year for Leonardo scholarship in history—here is a detailed guide to the best books

At least 250 volumes in European languages have been published in 2019, the year that saw the world commemorate 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci's death

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Exhibitions

Betye Saar conjures a new mythology at MoMA

The artist’s prints and assemblage works use symbolism to ascribe meaning to Black women’s place in the world

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The Year in Review 2019

From the history of the festive putti to Arthur Jafa's hefty tome: the art world's favourite books of 2019

Regular contributors, scholars, curators and critics choose their favourite reads from the past year

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Bomberg's love of the Renaissance to Bruce Conner's sexy music video

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Public art

Andy Goldsworthy’s Walking Wall unites and delights in Kansas City

The artist’s fragmented installation for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has completed its trek through time and space

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Films

Review | Art and authenticity in Hong Kong

Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window follows filmmaker Andrew Hevia as he fumbles his way through the often exclusionary art world

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the UK's hottest graduates to forgotten Indian masterpieces

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Book Shorts

Tell-all book details life of the rich and idle celebrity Ira von Fürstenberg

Socialite, B-movie actress, fashion model and, in her later years, an artist, Princess Ira was feted throughout the 1950s and 60s

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Exhibition catalogues

Vienna museum's Caravaggio and Bernini catalogue presents the artist's studio as a theatrical site

Exhibition at Kunsthistorisches on the two Baroque heavyweights helps to clarify the relationship between Roman painting and sculpture of the period

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

New documentary offers unvarnished view of Clyfford Still

Lifeline/Clyfford Still sheds light on the Abstract Expressionist who despised critics, condemned the work of his contemporaries, and was admired by many

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Feliciano Centurión's blankets to a recreation of Valie Export's show at the 1980 Venice Biennale

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Peter Halley’s day-glo funhouse to Rachel Harrison’s retrospective at the Whitney

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Jockum Nordström's childlike collages to Leo Villareal's mesmerising light displays

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Leonardo at the Louvre

This once in a lifetime retrospective has a freshness and coherence which appeals to public and scholar alike

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Exhibitions

London exhibition examines 'tragic absurdity' at the Korean border

Group show at Korean Cultural Centre UK combines photography, installations and archival material to explore one of the world's most heavily militarised zones

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Books

Demanding artists and receptive architects in book about design and function of the studio

This book shows how, from the end of the 19th century to the Second World War, artists collaborated with architects to craft an image of themselves

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Art fairs

Still very much a local (af)fair: Art Düsseldorf's Asian promise is yet to come to fruition

Strong German collector base attracts European and US galleries but the the influx of international dealers and visitors is only a trickle

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Roy Oxlade's energetic canvases to Nan Goldin's first UK show in almost two decades

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Rachel Feinstein’s first survey at The Jewish Museum to a superlative collection of drawings and prints at the Met

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Art market

Also Known As Africa fair draws crowds but lacks big galleries—for now

Parisian fair dedicated to contemporary African art is gaining momentum in its fourth edition

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Fairs

Premium vintage prints dominate Paris Photo

The world's largest photography fair aims to champion diversity and young blood, but new works from the medium's biggest names tower over this year's edition

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From an unflinching look at childbirth to sound performances on the Strand

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Wayne Thiebaud’s little-known paintings of the Southwest to Shirin Neshat’s exhibition of Iranian women artists