298 February 2018

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Conservation

How refugees are conserving Iraq and Syria's extraordinary monumental heritage

Opening mega museums is not the only way to exercise soft power in the region

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Exhibitions

A golden age in the Americas when even artists were 'spoils of war'

Indigenous peoples valued luxury objects more as tools of statecraft and for communicating with the divine than for their precious metals

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Features

East German ‘arseholes’ are reappraised

The painter Georg Baselitz once profanely dismissed artists behind the Iron Curtain—but their work is now experiencing a long-overdue rediscovery

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Art market

First edition of 1-54 in Marrakech will attempt to lure Africa's collectors

London and New York fair opens at Winston Churchill’s favourite hotel La Mamounia this week

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Exhibitions

Howardena Pindell, shaped by segregation in 1950s America, receives first major museum survey

Activist artist tells a “very different story about what art does in our world”

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Building projects

Tretyakov and Rem Koolhaas have designs on Moscow's vast Soviet exhibition space

The Central House of Artists is set to be the largest exhibition venue in Russia

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Museums

Controversial new director plans to turn Rome museum into art ‘asylum’

Critics objected to selection of Giorgio de Finis for role at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma without an open recruitment process

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China

Shanghai's East Bund on the rise as museums building boom continues

State-backed projects along Huangpu river could rival West Bund's private museums and galleries

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Museums

Marrakech museum boosts Africa’s burgeoning art scene

Macaal’s international launch coincides with city’s first 1-54 Contemporary African Art fair

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Exhibitions

All the city's a stage: Munich celebrates Goethe's Faust with group show and festival

Exhibition commemorating German play includes works by Eugène Delacroix, Robert Mapplethorpe and Martin Scorsese

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Art market

Cyborgs and utopias: Arco looks to the future

Arco Madrid is changing strategy for its 37th edition (21-25 February)

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Conservation

Pastels: the 18th century’s answer to Photoshop

Getty show explores the versatility of the medium

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Architecture

Ellsworth Kelly’s final work—and only building—opens in Texas

Artist donated his design for Austin to the Blanton Museum in 2015, the year he died

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Restitution

The restitution revolution begins

President Macron is ushering in a new era for the return of displaced heritage

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Restitution

Berlin Museums chief calls for rules on restitution of colonial artefacts

Hermann Parzinger has global support for the equivalent of Washington Principles on Nazi-confiscated art for objects from former colonies

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Art market

Art businesses ill-prepared for new EU data protection law

Data privacy is getting a long-overdue overhaul with GDPR, but is the art market ready?

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Art market

Middle Eastern artists are charging a lot of money to certify—or condemn—their works

But when does protecting a creative legacy go too far?

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Art market

Düsseldorf gears up for the battle of the photography festivals

Düsseldorf Photo Weekend kicks off its seventh edition on 16 February

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Exhibitions

Fondazione Prada recreates 20 Italian exhibits made under Fascist rule

Show of more than 500 works ranges from Giorgio de Chirico to Gruppo 7

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Conservation

Urgent action needed to save Russia’s wooden architecture

Grassroots activists are leading a campaign to preserve the country’s unique, but sadly neglected, built heritage

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Philanthropy

Meet the collector who signed away her masterpiece to reform the criminal justice system

Agnes Gund talks to us about how she uses her philanthropy to push for change

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Diary of an art historian

How abolishing museum image fees could boost audiences

New research shows that image licensing is barely profitable for some UK museums

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Exhibitions

New Museum Triennial aims to deliver a message for our times

Every selected artist has a "degree of political and social engagement", curator says

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In the frame

Imagine that: Yoko is not the only arty Ono

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Art market

Surfacing on the market: from Giacometti to Le Corbusier

Our pick of objects from this month’s most interesting auctions

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Conservation

Egyptian ibis mummy holds clues to crooks behind ancient clothing caper

Scroll hidden in animal mummy may lead to the discovery of more old texts

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Exhibitions

New York welcomes Tarsila—the high priestess of Brazil’s Modernist cannibals

Recent appreciation of artist challenges “illusion that we have come to terms with variety of Modern art”

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Museums

The Getty, the world’s richest museum, hunts for wealthy patrons

Some are concerned that new fundraising drive will lure donors from other Los Angeles institutions

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Art in the age of the internet: from democracy and dialogue to a new dystopia

One of the largest historical surveys in the US traces the history of the world wide web

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Museums

Picasso’s stepdaughter to open museum in Aix-en-Provence with huge collection of artist's paintings

Former convent in south of France will house Catherine Hutin-Blay's collection of more than 2,000 works

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Art market

Artists would do well to invest in their own work, study says

New research suggests that artists may be better off retaining equity in their own work than investing in the stock market

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Exhibitions

Museums pay tribute to Vienna’s visionary voyeurs, Klimt and Schiele, on 100th anniversary of their deaths

The artists are the subject of exhibitions across the Austrian capital—and beyond

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Art market

India’s art market grows, despite demonetisation

Subcontinent’s art scene expands with the help of private money as government cleans up the economy and simplifies tax

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China

Antique ivory not affected by China's complete trading ban

Regulation follows partial ban and intensive public campaign

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Ivory

How will the UK's proposed ivory regulations affect the trade?

Four exemptions, for art and musical instruments, are vital

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Museums

Kettle's Yard—where Modern art meets pot plants and pebbles—reopens after two-year facelift

House-museum in Cambridge now has “world-class” conditions for future exhibitions, says its director

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Deaccessioning

Auction houses must share the blame for university sell-offs

Christie's sale of 46 works from La Salle collection will diminish the museum and its academic programme

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Museums

Louvre shines a light on Nazi loot

Museum hopes to find rightful heirs through display of spoliated works

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Soft power and contemporary art: Vatican Museums director on fulfilling Pope Francis's vision

Barbara Jatta speaks to us one year after her landmark appointment

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Exhibitions

Women got the vote—now they get a voice as cultural bodies mark centenary of female suffrage

As #MeToo makes waves, UK institutions stage year-long programmes highlighting female artists

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Exhibitions

Sheila Hicks: an American with wool in Paris

Artist talks about her inspirations ahead of Pompidou exhibition

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Exhibitions

Pioneering curator Harald Szeemann celebrated in two Los Angeles shows

Getty draws on vast archive while ICA LA reconstructs 1974 exhibition in Swiss apartment

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In the frame

Hollywood comes to Vienna: Wes Anderson's pick of the Kunsthistorisches Museum

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Artists

Artists back Nan Goldin’s call to hold Sackler family to account over US opioid crisis

'Maybe the Sacklers don’t care, but we should give them the chance to discuss solutions, and if they rebuff, then f*** them'—Jeremy Deller

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Artist interview

Lydia Ourahmane on why she made a work about her grandfather pulling all his teeth

The Algerian-British artist explores her family’s experiences living in the shadow of colonialism

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Art market

Private view: our pick of February gallery shows

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

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Leonardo da Vinci

Museums race to secure loans for 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death

Venues across Europe ramp up requests as multiple shows are planned for 2019

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Exhibitions

Turner Contemporary celebrates T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land with show curated by local community

Exhibition in Margate includes works by Edward Hopper, Lee Miller and John Stezaker

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Conservation

Hidden ‘LeWitt’ wall drawing may once again see light of day

Current owner of the collector William Stern’s former home wants to uncover work that was painted over when the Menil Collection sold the property

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Art market

Seller beware: why does the art market fail to learn from its past?

Chowaiki & Co has imploded, but it is just the latest in a long line of art scams

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Diary

A very fond farewell to Machine Project

A post from Maxwell Williams' Take It To The Max

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Diary

High hopes for Cheech’s art centre

Part of Maxwell Williams' Take it to the Max

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Diary

Peter Shire shares Memphis memories

Part of Maxwell Williams' Take it to the Max

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Diary

Catherine Opie’s first film is right on queue

Part of Maxwell Williams' Take it to the Max

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Art market

Dreweatts 1759 buys struggling Mallett for £100,000 from Stanley Gibbons

London and New York antiques dealership will now form new private sales division of UK auctioneer Dreweatts, based in Berkshire and Pall Mall

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JMW Turner

UK government places export bar on Turner’s Ehrenbreitstein

Arts minister Michael Ellis has stepped in to prevent the painting from being exported

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Fakes & copies

The Art Newspaper's exposé helps close dubious Russian avant-garde art display in Ghent museum

Heirs of George Costakis, Naum Gabo and leading scholars disputed provenance claims of works on show at the Museum voor Schone Kunsten

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Authentication

When it comes to understanding authenticity, listen to the dealers and the market—not the academics

Display of works purportedly by Russian avant-garde artists fails to meet three key criteria

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Andy Warhol

The Vatican to host major Andy Warhol exhibition

Show will 'explore the artist's spiritual side' with Last Supper series and skull silkscreens