311 April 2019

Comment
Leaders

Gilded coffin gives Met a golden opportunity

To prevent similar high-profile losses in the future, the Met should hire a permanent, full-time provenance curator

Interview
Artist interview

Simone Leigh, now in the spotlight, contemplates the theme of invisibility

With three presentations scheduled this spring in New York, the Brooklyn-based artist talks about her commitment to representing the experience of black women

News
Museums & Heritage

How to future-proof a work of art that will not be completed for 100 years

As Katie Paterson's sand castle project goes on tour, we look at how her Future Library is being made to outlive the artist

News
Museums & Heritage

Battered London tomb of the great French tightrope walker Blondin restored

The 19th-century daredevil is most famous for crossing Niagara Falls 17 times—once with a stove on which he cooked an omelette

Comment
Art market

Should dealers reveal past prices in provenance?

London case surrounding Brueghel painting raises questions over whether a work's full sales history should be listed—even when that shows a big markup

Analysis
Museums & Heritage

Nineteenth-century realists pull in mega-crowds as Russian museum attendance peaks

Exhibitions in Russia of homegrown artists attract proportionally greater numbers than blockbusters in other countries

Blog
Diary of an art historian

UK art charity has alienated its network of cheerleaders

The Art Fund is doing away with its volunteers

News
Art crime

Artist recreates exiled dictator's treasure trove in 3D—but what happened to the originals?

Pio Abad and Frances Wadsworth Jones's replicas of jewels smuggled into Hawaii by Imelda Marcos are displayed at the Honolulu Biennial alongside the social services they could have paid for

News
Havana Biennial

Cuban galleries rebound as Havana Biennial opens

Dealers mount work that responds to political tensions while noting art is a 'difficult business' in Havana

Review
Books

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

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

Preview
Exhibitions

Forty years rocking the foundations in Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates its anniversary by looking back over the past four decades

News
Museums & Heritage

X-ray of Uffizi's Artemisia Gentileschi reveals a tantalising underpainting

The portrait has striking similarities to a recent acquisition by the National Gallery in London

Preview
Exhibitions

How Caravaggio brought naturalism to Naples

Museo di Capodimonte examines the huge influence that the Old Master had on Baroque artists active in the city

News
Restitution

FBI launches campaign to return haul of Native and South American works

Thousands of illegally removed items—including human bones—were discovered on collector’s farm

Preview
Art fairs

ArteBA unfazed by uneasy Argentine recovery

The 28th edition of the fair opens this month as the Argentine economy continues to struggle—but the cultural sector remains upbeat

Preview
Germany

New Berlin exhibition exposes Emil Nolde’s Nazi ties

Show at the Hamburger Bahnhof explores how the German artist hid behind Hitler's "degenerate" label

Comment
Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor was one of the most influential curators in history

The Art Newspaper's features editor Ben Luke pays tribute

Comment
Obituaries

Hans Ulrich Obrist remembers his friend Okwui Enwezor

Many of Enwezor's ideas "are more relevant today than ever before", Obrist says

News
Art market

UK art market recovered in 2018, with hike in exports to UAE while trade with Switzerland declines

Global art and antiques imports and exports in and out of the UK increased last year but are yet to reach the levels seen during the 2015 peak

Preview
Exhibitions

There is more to Edvard Munch than just The Scream

A British Museum exhibition explores the personal philosophy behind the Norwegian artist’s work, as well as his printmaking techniques

Preview
Exhibitions

The all-too-human Shinto gods descending on Cleveland

Exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art aims to bring the Japanese belief system and its often quarrelsome deities vividly to life

Comment
Connoisseurship

Another new Leonardo is a reason to be cheerful

The Virgin and Laughing Child was recently re-attributed as the artist's “only surviving sculpture”

Comment
Museums in the changing world order

Museums in the changing world order: Restitution to Africa reaches tipping point

In the second part of a new series, Adrian Ellis examines the issue of post-colonial restitution

News
Attendance

Boom or bust for DC museums: how the US government shutdown affected visitor figures

In January, the 19 Smithsonian institutions had just 13% of the footfall they had experienced the year before

News
Cuba

Activists to stage alternative biennial in Havana

Independent artists groups plan to put Cuba's controversial Decree 349 to the test

News
Museums & Heritage

Weimar—birthplace of Bauhaus—opens new museum dedicated to the influential design school

On the same day, the nearby Neues Museum Weimar will open a new permanent exhibition on early Modernism

Preview
Private view

Private View: must-see gallery exhibitions opening this April

New commercial gallery shows—from East African scenes to Freud’s sitter

Analysis
Museums & Heritage

Topping a million visitors: how MCA Australia broadened the appeal of contemporary art

With more than a million people through the doors annually since 2015, the museum is a case study in how to expand audiences

Preview
Exhibitions

Lift-off for the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing

New exhibition in Zurich exploring artistic engagement with the Moon will be joined by more lunar-themed shows launching around the world

Comment
Caravaggio

Discovery in a Toulouse attic is no Caravaggio

There are too many oddities in the painting discovered in France five years ago

Interview
Art market

'I would give my head to be cut off—like Holofernes!' Eric Turquin on the Caravaggio attribution

The Old Master specialist who researched the provenance of the recently attributed painting on the joys of exploring French attics

Preview
Art fairs

Big-hitters join Miart for first time

Hauser & Wirth, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and other well-known galleries have joined the Milan fair

News
Brazil

Brazil’s art market emboldened by Bolsonaro as São Paulo's SP-Arte fair opens

Controversial president’s economic reforms may prove a boost for the country’s art market, despite worries about censorship

Preview
Exhibitions

Out of time? London’s recent queer past comes under the spotlight at the Whitechapel Gallery

A new exhibition examines how the community has been affected by rapid development and gentrification in the UK capital

News
Sponsorship

Why is the British Museum still accepting tobacco sponsorship?

London institution has acquired 600 objects thanks to funding from Japan Tobacco International, makers of Benson & Hedges, Winston, Camel and Silk Cut

News
Art market

Sotheby’s settles claim against London dealer Mark Weiss in Frans Hals case

Settlement came day before trial was due to start, but its suit against financier will continue

News
Museums & Heritage

Shapeshifting $475m arts space The Shed opens in New York's Hudson Yards

Gerhard Richter, Trisha Donnelly and Steve McQueen will show new commissions

Preview
Exhibitions

Naples museum explores Antonio Canova’s love for—and reinvention of—ancient sculpture

Exhibition includes more than 110 works with key loans from the Getty and the State Hermitage Museum

News
Museums & Heritage

The Hirshhorn acquires a reconfiguration of Yayoi Kusama's first Infinity Mirror Room

The 1965 work, Phalli's Field, was a breakthrough in the artist's career

News
Openings

Expect the unexpected at the new National Museum of Qatar

Jean Nouvel-designed museum opens in Doha with multi-sensory history galleries and contemporary art and film commissions

Interview
National Museum of Qatar

Jean Nouvel: 'desert rose' Qatar museum blooms against the odds

We speak to the French architect about the search for a national landmark and the hurdles that faced the mammoth project

News
Art's Most Popular 2019

Heavenly figures: how two Met shows topped The Art Newspaper’s attendance survey

The New York museum's Heavenly Bodies exhibition came first even though curator “never set out to create a hit”

Comment
Leaders

When it comes to museum attendance, it’s more than just a numbers game

London's National Portrait Gallery director on the way cultural institutions engage audiences and measure success

News
Turkey

Turkish photojournalist Cagdas Erdogan to stand trial on terrorism charges

The Kurdish freelance photographer is accused of creating propaganda for an outlawed separatist group

News
Venice Biennale 2019

Venice Biennale's Kazakhstan pavilion is cancelled after curators are snubbed

Organisers blamed budget cuts before taking on a new team and subsequently withdrawing from the biennial

News
Sponsorship

South London Gallery returned funding to Sackler Trust last year

Plus, Nan Goldin's show at the National Portrait Gallery is expected to go ahead after the trust and London museum decided not to proceed with a £1m grant