296 December 2017

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Exhibitions

Bernini is guest of honour at patron's villa

Galleria Borghese celebrates the 20th anniversary of its reopening with a show that brings together the artist’s entire career

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Rasheed Araeen

Rasheed Araeen says British museums are failing to tell full story of 'multiracial' country

Tate rejected artist's project detailing “most inclusive history of art in post-war Britain”

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Art market

The future may be virtual, but who is running the show?

With VR going mainstream, legal questions about copyright and authorship are coming to the fore

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Museums

Collector David Walsh's subterranean Mona museum gets bigger in Tasmania

Pharos extension houses a light tunnel by James Turrell and oil installation 20:50

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Museums

Outcry over Polish government’s changes to Second World War museum

Five hundred academics sign open letter criticising amendments to the permanent exhibition of major Gdansk institution

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Politics

Erdogan replaces Ataturk’s cultural legacy with his own

The Turkish president is to demolish a landmark opera house that symbolises the modernity of the country’s founding father

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Exhibitions

Hail, Caesar, as Rome’s first 12 emperors return

Metropolitan Museum of Art reassembles 16th-century silver table ornaments for first time in two centuries

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Exhibitions

How theatre provided a brief escape for prisoners from concentration camp horrors

First major show on subject is at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

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Exhibitions

The American Dream and its powerful imagery questioned in the era of fake news

Exhibition in Germany includes works by major US artists from the 1960s until today

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Exhibitions

Life drawing from George III to Iggy Pop

Royal Academy of Arts exhibition explores the history of drawing the human figure and how artists depict it today

Analysis
Museums

The top ten museum acquisitions of 2017

We look back at some of most important purchases and donations that entered public collections this year

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Diary of an art historian

How to identify a wreck

Better public understanding of condition requires greater access to digital images

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Conservation

Lasers and water gel used to restore Medieval altarpiece from Rimini

The treatment of Frankfurt’s Liebieghaus museum's fragile alabaster ensemble could pave the way for future loans

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Controversies

Polish parliament gift shop removes Jewish figurines from sale

The trinkets drew criticism from anti-racism campaigners

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In the frame

Fabric Workshop and Museum shows artists’ creative process through detritus

Analysis
American art

Native American artists garner recognition—at last

US and Canadian institutions are rethinking their approach to contemporary indigenous art

Analysis
The Year In Review

The year in heritage

Dismantlement and reconstruction

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The Year In Review

The year in Museums

Private money makes its mark

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The Year In Review

The year in art: taking stock of Documenta, the Venice Biennale and Münster Sculpture Projects

Did the grand tour hit the mark?

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The Year In Review

The year in the market

Golden oldies and small-space blues

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The Year In Review

The art world's highs and lows of 2017

Curators, museum directors and artists respond to the year's events

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The Year In Review

From VR masterpieces to PR disasters: 2017's ups and downs

The Art Newspaper team assesses the art world's fortunes in a turbulent year

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Politics

China lifts ban on Korean art

Embargo was enforced after South Korea installed air-defence system amid tensions with North Korea

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Private view

Private View, December 2017

Noteworthy exhibitions at commercial galleries, from emerging names to rediscovered talents

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Art market

Sex still sells—but scandal-hit artists may not

Galleries forced to decide whether to work with artists accused of sexual harassment

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince launches institute to promote art in the Middle East

Recently identified buyer of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi is planning a pavilion at the Venice Biennale, art teaching in schools, international exhibitions, archaeology and virtual reality

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Brexit

Nicholas Serota takes Prime Minister Theresa May to task

Mood of optimism “extinguished”, Arts Council head says

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Exhibitions

Merrie Monarch’s collection goes on show at the Queen’s Gallery

Despite the dispersion of his executed father’s vast holdings, Charles II acquired a formidable set of works

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Openings

ICA Miami finds first home in Design District

Free-admission private museum says it will “remove all barriers from experiencing contemporary art”

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Exhibitions

The Portuguese empire navigates its way to Russia

Moscow show celebrates artistic achievement in Portugal and its colonies during the Age of Discovery

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Art market

P.P.O.W defies tough odds for mid-sized galleries

With the spotlight on issues of race and gender, one gallery that grew out of 1980s New York has again found its moment in the market

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Exhibitions

The Hermitage's big Russian Revolution show that nearly didn't happen

Museum in tsars' Winter Palace, symbol of Bolshevik takeover, only decided how to mark 1917 centenary in February

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Art fairs

American heritage is back in style at Design Miami

Some of the fair's Curios presentations look to traditional craft and wood furniture

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Public art

Licence to show art: what hangs on the walls of MI6, the UK's Secret Service

We track down the works of art that British agents spy at their London HQ

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Venice

This is no way to solve the cruise ship issue in Venice

The Italian government’s latest decision is in hock to the port’s own interests

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Exhibitions

Rasheed Araeen: still fighting art-world racism, 50 years on

Van Abbemuseum hosts first career survey of Karachi-born artist, who recently spoke to The Art Newspaper

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Art market

Three highlights from London's Old Master auctions

Rothschild's El Greco, a candlelit scene by Joseph Wright of Derby and an out of season crucifixion scene lead pre-Christmas sales

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Design

V&A's first foray into China opens to visitors

Design Society in Shenzhen, steered by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, unveils four galleries this month, with two to follow in 2018

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Art market

What does a $450m Leonardo mean for the Old Master market?

Slick marketing produced stupendous sale price for Salvator Mundi, but it sparked revulsion as well as elation

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Art market

New online auction site connects collectors with art-school graduates

AucArt offers platform upon which its pick of British art-school graduates can sell directly to buyers

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Art market

Race relations in the spotlight at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Works that address civil rights and cultural politics are in abundance at the US fair

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The Rachel Report

Showing Christian charity

Some art is Made to Be Destroyed

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The Rachel Report

Chicago’s bawdy night in Brooklyn

Feminists take that stage for the Sackler Center First Award at the Brooklyn Museum

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The Rachel Report

Brooklyn Museum’s rush to celebrate Rodin

“The Brooklyn Museum is hustling to become the greatest, new, 200-year-old discovery on the planet,” said the museum’s director Anne Pasternak

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The Rachel Report

It’s a family affair for McArthur Binion

The Chicago-based painter is one of 11 children, born and raised in Macon, Mississippi, at a rural address known simply as Route One, Box Two

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Obituaries

Linda Nochlin: the American art historian who first pointed the finger at institutional barriers as the explanation for the absence of great female artists from the canon

She changed forever the way people thought about the mythology of artistic genius, and the masterpiece theatre version of art history

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In the frame

You be the jury: New Yorkers ready to vote for art that promotes social change

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Leonardo da Vinci

The Salvator Mundi may have changed the market for ever—but we have been through this before

Martin Gammon on the historical precedents of the $450m sale

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Leonardo da Vinci

Was a 'double-bind guarantee' behind the $450m Leonardo sale?

Rumour mill has gone into overdrive over record-breaking auction

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Art market

Middle East anti-fake drive triggers refund

Bonhams returns £176,500 for piece attributed to Egyptian sculptor

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Exhibitions

British Museum sends treasures to Mumbai for grand exhibition of Indian history

Encyclopaedic show was inspired by former director Neil MacGregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects

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Funding

Culture is compromised by donations from the Sackler family: we must not accept any more of their money

Anna Somers Cocks on the revelations published in the New Yorker magazine

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Funding

Business as usual for museums funded by Sackler opioid money?

Beneficiaries of the family’s largesse deflect or ignore questions about the donors’ role in the drugs epidemic sweeping the US

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Art market

Spotlight on: London Art Week Winter

Inaugural December event brings city's Old Master dealers out from the shadows with exhibitions at more than 30 galleries

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Law

UK museums' right to charge image fees is called into question

Campaign for institutions to free up photographs of out-of-copyright works is backed by legal experts

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Law

How Trump’s new tax plan could affect the art world

GOP proposal could result in fewer gifts to museums and less art on the market

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Biennials & festivals

Top Australian donors pull funding from Venice Biennale

Funders are furious about plans to exclude them from selecting the artist to represent the country

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Venice Biennale

Why I’m no longer funding Australia at the Venice Biennale

The financier and philanthropist Simon Mordant says the proposed restructure is 'not in Australia or the artists’ best interests'