319 January 2020

Interview
Exhibitions

Tschabalala Self: 'what information is needed for one’s body to become gendered and racialised?'

The US artist’s colourful, tactile works that mix printmaking, painting and fabric are political without being ponderous

News
Commercial galleries

Flash sales and no-fee subscription scheme fuel up-start New York gallery

The dealers behind Tennis Elbow in Tribeca aim to subvert traditional artist representation with a more "democratic and transparent approach"

Blog
The Insiders

Valie Export and crowning babies bring mixed messages of motherhood to Mayfair

Analysis
Buyer's Guide

How to buy a...Charles White

He chronicled the African American experience when white male abstraction ruled. Now record prices for his work are frequently reset

Preview
Exhibitions

Survey show reframes novelist Wright Morris as pioneering Depression-era photographer

Amsterdam's Fotografiemuseum exhibition aims to show how the writer's images of dust bowl America are as compelling as those of his more famous peers

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Exhibitions

Angelica Kauffman, who was lauded in her lifetime but later largely ignored by art historians, gets new show

Travelling Kunstpalast exhibition will feature the only known ceiling paintings created by a woman in the 18th century

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Exhibitions

Paris exhibition shines light on Brazilian photographer Claudia Andujar and the plight of indigenous peoples

As the Yanomani way of life is threatened once again, we hear from the photographer ahead of a major show at the Fondation Cartier

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Exhibitions

Convention-defying legacy of playwright Alfred Jarry goes on show at New York's Morgan Library

The 300-work exhibition showcases Jarry’s experimentation with book and magazine design, including his rough woodcuts and collages

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Exhibitions

Naum Gabo’s ‘art for the modern world’ returns to Cornwall for first major exhibition in 30 years

Sculptures and drawings by the Russian Constructivist who “lived his life out of a suitcase” to go on show at Tate St Ives—close to where he once lived.

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Exhibitions

Mum's the word: the exhibitions rethinking motherhood

Several London shows focusing on representations of pregnancy and female parenting cast new light on these sometimes divisive themes

News
Museums

Tokyo’s treasure house of Impressionist painting reopens as Artizon Museum

Former Bridgestone Museum of Art will have new focus on creativity through the ages after a three-year renovation

Preview
Pablo Picasso

Royal Academy of Arts to show rare Picasso drawings from ground-breaking 1956 film of the artist at work

Most of the works, created with felt tip pen on newsprint, have been lost, but two have been specially restored for London show

Review
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

Preview
Exhibitions

Jacob Lawrence’s epic series depicting America's early struggles sets off on US tour

Twenty-three of the US artist’s surviving panels will be reunited for the first time in six decades

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Art fairs

Singapore and Taipei art scenes vie for Hong Kong trade

Fairs hope political upheaval and ongoing protests will not deter pan-Asian collector base

Comment
Museums

Letter to the editor | Necessity, not secrecy, will close NPG’s doors

Nicholas Cullinan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, responds to criticism about the museum's three-year closure

Interview
Art market

In person | Dealer Daniella Luxembourg on taste-making and being stubborn

The gallery owner and art world grande dame explains why the big art fairs are not for her

News
Catalogues raisonnés

Secret papers on famous artists including Gauguin, Renoir and Monet to be revealed

New York-based Wildenstein-Plattner Institute will digitise fabled Wildenstein archive of sale catalogues, letters and experts’ notes

News
Museums

Will new €50m Albertina Modern museum revolutionise Vienna’s contemporary art scene?

Satellite venue of historic Albertina is to focus on Austrian and international art made after 1945

Review
Books

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

Comment
Africa

Why Africa’s future museums should forget Western models

The time is ripe for artists and curators to reconfigure what can actually be done within the walls of a museum

Blog
Diary of an art historian

Disneyfication at the National Gallery? Plus, the problem with deaccessioning in the UK

The stigma around state museums selling works means that other institutions dare not buy them; and a frank review of the National Gallery's Leonardo exhibition

News
Art crime

Why do courts lack conviction in art cases?

Collapse of Bulmer theft case is just the latest in string of failed art-related convictions

News
Albrecht Dürer

Possible Dürer discovered above souvenir shop in Vienna's cathedral

Experts believe underdrawing in St Stephen’s is first evidence that the master worked in the Austrian capital

News
Contemporary art

Rodney Graham’s Spinning Chandelier creates a ‘class-warfare’ debate in Vancouver

Installation in gentrified area is criticised as artists are priced out of the city's housing market

Interview
Gillian Wearing

A brush with... Gillian Wearing

We ask the artist about her favourite book, writer and work of art as well her thoughts on the most underrated— and overrated—cultural figures

News
Paul Cézanne

Drop the accent? Cézanne’s acute dilemma

A campaign to revert the artist's surname to the original Provençal spelling is being led by the artist's grandson

News
German art

How a vast Käthe Kollwitz collection ended up at the Getty

Richard Simms, the 93-year-old donor, built up the enviable collection on a dentist’s salary starting in the 1960s

News
Restitution

New evidence cited in restitution claim for Panama Papers Modigliani

Dealer Oscar Stettiner’s grandson says painting, now owned by David Nahmad, was looted by Nazis

News
Discoveries

Like ‘Tutankhamun’s tomb’: first look inside emperor's sepulchre in 500 years reveals magnificent treasures

Discovery in Vienna's St Stephen's cathedral was made with photographs taken through a small hole in the marble

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Auction houses

2020 vision: the big year of change for auction houses?

Supported by transformational new technology, the sector is ditching its traditional business model in favour of the luxury goods market

News
Restitution

How a Nazi-looted painting entered an Israeli museum

Tel Aviv Museum of Art reveals surprising provenance of 19th-century work by Jozef Israëls, which will be restituted to Jewish owner’s heirs in October

News
Animal welfare

E-commerce sites accused of fostering trade in ‘blood brushes’

Wildlife trust calls on artists and online markets to help stem illicit sales of Indian mongoose hair

Preview
Commercial galleries

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening in January

Lydia Benglis's sparkly vessels and an abortion rights fundraiser—the best new commercial exhibitions this month

News
Conservation

How medical experts helped curators discover the hidden secrets of a Senufo helmet mask

Spectral CT scans enabled the Dallas Museum of Art to identify unknown elements in the West African piece

News
Venice

Governing body of St Mark’s basilica wants to build a Perspex anti-flood wall

Officials warn cathedral cannot take any more damage after the record-breaking floods that hit Venice in November

News
Yemen

Museum restoration offers rare glimmer of hope in war-torn Yemen

Yemeni authorities and World Monuments Fund team up to repair ruined National Museum in Taiz

News
Comment

As The Art Newspaper turns 30, the question is—will the A-word survive?

"Art" is a loaded term, freighted with associations of class and power

Review
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?

News
Artists

Yinka Shonibare plans ambitious artist residency programme in Nigeria

The artist's foundation will run spaces in Lagos and Ijebu coinciding with the 2021 Art X Lagos fair

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Exhibitions

Biggest ever Dalí show comes to Russia—where his work was banned during the Soviet era

More than 180 works will feature in the Moscow exhibition including a section focusing on Dalí's Russian-born wife Gala

News
Museums

The Met’s British galleries are radically reimagined for museum's 150th anniversary

Lead curator says relaunch next spring is timely as "the UK is reassessing its role on the European and global stage”

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Five steps to the perfect arty Instagram in 2020

Here are our top tips to help you gain—and keep—new followers in the new year

News
Museums

Sent packing: V&A mission to empty 250,000 objects from Blythe House is on target

West London storage centre will be empty by late 2022 following move to state-of-the-art collection centre in Olympic Park

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Exhibitions

Angry early works from Grayson Perry's "pre-therapy" years reunited for Bath show

Collectors, enthusiasts and friends loan works that channel subculture of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain

Analysis
Art market

Jitters and reasons to be cheerful: art market experts give their 2020 predictions

Faced with economic uncertainty, turmoil in Hong Kong, Brexit and a shrinking auction market, the art trade has some justifiable anxiety about the coming year

News
Art market

'All bets are off': Hong Kong protests cause insurance headaches for dealers heading to Art Basel

With pro-democracy demonstrations showing no sign of abating, the fair is working with a broker to offer galleries cover at 20 times the normal rate