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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 to see

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 to see

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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Exhibitions

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 to see

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 to see

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 to see

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 to see

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 to see

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 to see

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

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Book Shorts

Dead kings and queens and where to find them

A dictionary of the burial places of the English and Scottish kings and queens (and their relations)

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Exhibitions

Jasper Johns’s latest work is unmistakably his own, transmitting traces of the past

From the very first painting in his show at Matthew Marks Gallery, visitors will find familiar themes

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Art market

This is African art's Golden Age, but can 1-54 Marrakech help build a sustainable domestic clientele?

Western interest in contemporary works from the continent is at a high, but that can be a double-edged sword

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Books

Scenography in contemporary Scandinavian opera and theatre take centre stage in new book

Lars-Ake Thessman on his set- and costume-designs

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Biennials & festivals

Hits and misses at Palm Springs's second Desert X biennial

Some half-baked works mean this year’s event fails to live up to the promise of the first edition

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Books

A hefty tome on the arts of the Austro-Hungarian belle époque

The extraordinary mitteleuropäische flourishing of all the arts from 1900 to 1914

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Media & broadcast

A man-made landscape is writ large on the screen in Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

After its US premier at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the visually stunning documentary heads to Berlin

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Books

Wish you were here: revolutionary postcards in Imperial Russia

Book collects pictorially subversive propaganda in a populist medium

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Media & broadcast

In broad strokes, Velvet Buzzsaw slashes the art world, but without drawing much blood

It is during the film’s quieter moments that Jake Gyllenhaal’s critical character comes out and John Malkovich is shown to be a sensitive artist

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Exhibitions

Dawoud Bey brings viewers on an evocative journey along the Underground Railroad

The artist’s new series of nocturnal photographs, on show at the Art Institute of Chicago, vividly imagine the kinds of scenes escaping slaves might have seen

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Exhibitions

Madrid's small but perfectly formed Bartolomé Bermejo show is 'art history at its best'

Museo del Prado’s show on the 15th-century Spanish painter is elegant, intellectually incisive and rich in both news and rarely seen art

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Art market

Brafa fills a gap in the art fair market (yes, apparently there is one)

New exhibitors at Brussels event are targeting a strong European collector base seeking works priced under €1m

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Jasper Johns

Complex, ingenious, emotional: the concluding volumes of Jasper Johns’s catalogues raisonnés

Two further volumes comprehensively cover the artist's drawings and monotypes

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Books

Clement Greenberg: still waiting for sympathetic treatment

On the 110th birthday of the great American critic, we delve into our archive and discover that writings about him are either too academic or too sensationalist

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Exhibitions

Pakistani-American painter Ambreen Butt imbues traditional miniatures with timely social criticism

Her show Mark My Words is at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC—one of the museums still open during the shutdown

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Exhibitions

Essential viewing: Warhol from A to B and Back Again at New York’s Whitney Museum

The sprawling show is a needed revisit for those who remember Warhol as a living, brilliant savant, taste-maker and oddball

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Biennials & festivals

Environmental issues grow on the Taipei Biennale

Co-curators Mali Wu and Francesco Manacorda have invited Taiwanese indigenous land right protesters to occupy parts of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum

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Books

Close study of fashions in medieval manuscripts is key to understanding interactions of literature and dress

Book of illuminations show various fashions that shed light on literary styles

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Exhibitions

Skip the art history lesson—experience Picasso ‘intuitively’ at Musée d’Orsay's Blue and Rose blockbuster

The show promises a continuum in Picasso’s work, a gentle slide, rather than rigidly compartmentalised episodes

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Books

Southeast Asian illuminated manuscripts

Book looks at Thai and Burmese historic texts from the British Library

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Books

Book delves into the Rothschild collection of bizarre objects associated with death and dying

The collection was assembled by baroness Henri de Rothschild

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Books

First book on art collection of the draughtsman and cult figure Edward Gorey

Gorey inexplicably left his collection to the Wadsworth Atheneum

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Exhibitions

A dive into Bruce Nauman’s confounding, zigzagging career

Nauman's early artistic quandaries seem to have manifested larger cultural anxieties that have never really abated

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Books

Philippe Costamagna’s combination of autobiography, anecdote and single discovery told in his own words

The memoirs of the Pontormo expert and director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Ajaccio

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Exhibitions

Unlocking the secrets of China’s Qing dynasty empresses

From portraits to robes to jewelry, Peabody Essex Museum explores the intricate trappings of female power and influence

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Exhibitions

Big on Bruegel: Vienna museum assembles largest show on the artist

A literally once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum

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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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Books

Renaissance prints as sources of images for maiolica and bronze reliefs

The interactions of Renaissance drawing, printing and ceramics

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Books

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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Books

What books in paintings mean

The significance of books in works of art

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Books

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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Books

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