322 April 2020

News
William Shakespeare

The best may be yet to come for Shakespeare monument in Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's £30,000 appeal aims to restore ambitious sculpture of the Bard in grounds of his former home

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Museums & Heritage

V&A’s rare Frank Lloyd Wright interior is spruced up after years in storage

One of the museum’s finest period rooms, the Kaufmann Office is being restored for display in new V&A East collection centre

News
Art collection

Looted Benin treasures to go online in international project led by Hamburg museum

Project is backed by the Ernst von Siemens art foundation, which seeks “a more factual focus to the discussions about restitution”

Blog
Insta’ gratification

An Instagram masterclass from the man behind the Louvre’s eight million social media followers

We caught up with the Paris institution's head of digital communications, Niko Melissano, to get his advice on creating a mega-museum Instagram presence

Feature
Marcel Duchamp

Was Duchamp’s Fountain a misogynist vaginal pun?

Waldemar Januszczak gives a taste of a forthcoming BBC programme in which he focuses on a little-explored aspect of the artist's controversial work

News
Digital art

Conservators and computer scientists join forces to update older internet works for today’s browsers

Work on Mark Napier’s 2002 piece net.flag was recently completed by the Guggenheim

News
Los Angeles

Why Los Angeles is America’s free museum capital

Four of the city’s major art museums do not charge an entry fee—but that is more than just a way to boost visitor numbers, they say

Review
Exhibitions

The Big Review: Andy Warhol at Tate Modern

Can yet another Warhol retrospective tell us anything new about the Pop Art icon?

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Museums & Heritage

New York’s Met renounces ‘outdated’ divisions of encyclopaedic museums for its 150th anniversary

Awaiting reopening, the institution’s birthday displays reveal the interconnectedness of world cultures

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Art market

Forgery, drugs and sex abuse in the Canadian art world exposed in new documentary

There Are No Fakes connects a forged Norval Morrisseau painting to a crime ring behind "the greatest art scam in Canadian history"

Analysis
Art theft

Boomerang art thefts: the stolen art that finds its way back

From a Van Gogh left in a public toilet to a Klimt found inside a gallery wall, just what is it that prompts criminals to return such valuable works?

Interview
Zoe Whitley

A brush with... Zoe Whitley

The new director of London's Chisenhale Gallery recommends her favourite book, music, and Instagram account

Comment
coronavirus

Mourning a ‘golden' exhibition season curtailed by coronavirus

Major shows by male artists dominated the London museum landscape before the crisis, now women and non-binary artists are missing their turn

Analysis
coronavirus

Galleries and auction houses reflect on Italy’s ground zero

Events have moved to summer and autumn in a swift response, with acceleration of online activity

Comment
Economics

Don’t forget to support our artists, the chroniclers of such crisis

Suzy Delvalle, the president of Creative Capital, urges us all to help artists hurt by the coronavirus pandemic

News
Museums & Heritage

All eyes on Asia: normality is still a long way off as museums emerge from lockdown

Visitor numbers at some of the world’s most popular art venues have nosedived and uncertainty for the future remains

News
Vincent Van Gogh

How Van Gogh’s handwritten texts were tragically chopped up

The artist copied poems and hymns into an album that belonged to his London landlady; our investigations reveal that, around 100 years later, an unknown perpetrator cut the pages into pieces in order to make a quick buck

Preview
Private view

Available online or by appointment: the best new commercial exhibitions to check out during lockdown

From a virtual tour of William N. Copley's Surrealist-inspired paintings to Joshua Citarella's exploration of young political online spaces

Comment
coronavirus

Will coronavirus-related cancellations spell the end of ‘fairtigue’?

When the merry-go-round restarts, it will be in a changed landscape. While fairs have been postponed and others cancelled, there may be benefits

News
coronavirus

Coronavirus complicates US Census—and the arts funding tied to it

Art + Action has launched a multi-pronged initiative to reach Bay Area residents in hard-to-count communities, and galvanise the art world to get behind the national headcount

Blog
Diary of an art historian

Mona Lisa, Rembrandt and Venus enjoy a well-earned rest during lockdown

After the coronavirus pandemic, we will need our museums' masterpieces as never before

News
Art market

London’s young galleries fight for survival during lockdown

But being smaller can mean lower overheads and more nimble business models, with some venues more upbeat than others as the shutdown hits

News
Salvator Mundi

How the Louvre concealed its secret Salvator Mundi book

Publication with new scientific analysis of the picture was withdrawn after the Saudi authorities refused to loan Leonardo’s $450m painting to Paris

Comment
Museums & Heritage

Tristram Hunt: 'When the lights come back on, our museums will need support'

What coronavirus is really forcing us to address is the societal function and justification for public culture in the 21st century, says the Victoria and Albert Museum's director

Analysis
coronavirus

Post-pandemic, the art market might return to 'normal'—but do we want it to?

Many in the art world see the impact of coronavirus as a chance to slow down the frenetic pace of global activity and rethink the whole system

Comment
coronavirus

'The real ideological war has just begun and Covid-19 is only the starting point': Ai Weiwei on China's response to the outbreak

The Chinese artist and activist reflects on how authoritarian political systems have been able to tackle the crisis more effectively

Analysis
coronavirus

New York galleries turn on the cameras as they turn off the lights during coronavirus lockdown

As programming and expansion plans are halted, innovation kicks in with virtual performances and tours

News
coronavirus

Tefaf Maastricht comes under fire as Covid-19 cases surge among the fair's attendees

Infected participants criticise fair’s decision to open in March as virus was spreading

Blog
The Insiders

The Great Disruptors: two museum shows look back at 1970s New York

Feature
Video, film & new media

Criminally artful heist films to take your mind off the coronavirus this weekend

Heat up some popcorn and find a welcome distraction with some decidedly non-pandemic viewing