US politics

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Protests

Monuments across the US are toppled, damaged as protests over George Floyd's death continue

Lawmakers mobilise the National Guard to quell destruction while demonstrators deface Confederate memorials and public works emblematic of white supremacy

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Nazi loot

US government recommends that the Supreme Court hear German museums’ appeal on Guelph Treasure claim

The solicitor general’s recent filing suggests the Nazis’ looting of Jewish collections in Germany was a domestic rather than international crime

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racism

The US has a big racism problem and the art world is not helping

A looted Kaws sculpture and museums' silence reveal a predatory not progressive industry as protests flare following the killing of George Floyd

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Heritage

Steve Bannon wins first major battle for medieval monastery

Italy retaliates with criminal prosecution of right-wing religious group funded by US President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist

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US politics

Mayors of major US cities urge Congress to provide additional support for the arts and culture sector

Spearheaded by the San Francisco Arts Alliance, more than 20 mayors have signed a letter requesting additional aid in its next relief package

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US politics

The unsung agency working to maintain museum and library access in the US

The leader of the Institute of Museum and Library Services tells us what his organisation is doing to help spaces reopen

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US politics

The NEA hopes to keep arts jobs alive in the US—with limited federal relief funds

Up to 30% of arts spaces may close permanently, and agency chief fears rural areas in the US will be the hardest hit

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coronavirus

Cultural figures discuss ‘Art in the Time of Coronavirus’

The UN-sponsored event led by Christopher Bailey, the WHO’s lead on art and health, included art critic Jerry Saltz, Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak, and artist Mona Chalabi

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Economics

US coronavirus legislation could do more for the arts, Boston museums say

The coalition is asking for $6bn in federal aid, and to permanently expand the charitable giving deduction to encourage US taxpayers to donate to non-profits

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Labour

New York art-handling company lays off pro-union workers, while others are paid to stay home during coronavirus pandemic

Teamsters union has filed charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board claiming the cuts are retaliation against efforts to organise

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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

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Economics

US artists need a federal bailout now

Congress needs to protect this country’s creative workforce

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coronavirus

US dealers rush to leave Maastricht as Trump’s European travel ban causes confusion

Aiming to stop the spread of coronavirus, the suspension begins at midnight on Friday and is expected to last 30 days

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US politics

More than 2,000 artists and cultural figures sign letter endorsing Elizabeth Warren for US President

The Artists for Warren campaign launched on Super Tuesday, as many US voters head to the polls to choose the Democratic candidate

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Exhibitions

Somali artists put their art on the map in Minnesota

Rochester Art Center engages with Soomaal House of Art at a time of rising anti-immigrant rhetoric

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US politics

Artist Whitney Bedford is drawing a portrait of Elizabeth Warren every day until she is elected president

The Los Angeles painter started the project shortly after the Democratic primaries began

Review
Book Shorts

Twentieth-century American hopes and dreams are shown in black and white in this book of prints

Volume shows how the political and social aspirations of the Progressive Movement inspired American artists

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Italy

Steve Bannon wins again in battle against Italian ministry of culture

President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist wants to set up a nationalist bootcamp in an Italian monastery

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US politics

Hundreds of artists endorse Bernie Sanders for US President

In an open letter, figures including Nicole Eisenmann, Hito Steyerl, and Kara Walker have voiced their support for the left-wing candidate

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US politics

'An impeachment tomb stone': Jenny Holzer creates work to mark President Donald Trump's trial

The skateboards are produced in a limited marble edition of 25 and a wood edition of 500

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Iran

'The normalisation of cultural warfare cannot go unanswered'

Tristram Hunt, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, calls on the international community to condemn President Trump's threat to target Iran's cultural sites

Analysis
Heritage

If the US destroys Iranian cultural sites, President Trump will be criminally liable by international law

The US is signatory to The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which forbids any act of hostility to cultural property

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Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon’s nationalists can stay in medieval monastery (for now)

In the first round of a lengthy legal battle, an Italian court has ruled in favour of a right-wing Catholic organisation which the Ministry of Culture is trying to oust from a historic abbey

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The Year in Review 2019

From a Paris inferno to the Leonardo tussle: the art world's top stories of 2019

We look back at the major events that made the headlines this year

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Feminism

Women artists fight for reproductive rights with US election fundraising show

"I want to normalise abortion as a life-saving medical procedure, mentally and physically," says Marilyn Minter

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Climate Change

Climate emergency in Miami: large-scale protest march planned during Art Basel fair

With Miami Beach predicted to be 30% underwater by 2045, the convention centre where the fair currently takes place could soon become an island

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Museums

Michael Rakowitz wants to pause his video work at MoMA PS1 as a protest against museum's ties to 'toxic philanthropy'

"It's censorship", the artist says of curators' denials to suspend work that is part of show on the artistic legacy of the Gulf War

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Politics

Culture ministry failed to vet right-wing religious group close to Steve Bannon

Decision to lease Italian medieval monastery to an organisation affiliated with President Trump’s former chief strategist is blamed on staff shortages

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Museums & Heritage

Los Angeles's Marciano Art Foundation lays off staff trying to unionise

The private museum cited low attendance records over the past few weeks in a short letter to nearly six dozen workers who recently announced they voted to join a union

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US politics

Museums must engage more with Indigenous peoples

There is a direct connection between how predominantly white curators have categorised Indigenous peoples as part of “natural history” and how we are misrepresented in contemporary art spaces

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Exhibitions

Women artists take over museum schedules in 2020 to coincide with US presidential election

Coalition of curators organise events and exhibitions of art by women at 50 museums

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Performance art

Artist reimagines Louisiana slave uprising with a different outcome

Hundreds to take part in re-enactment of America’s largest slave rebellion, ending with a victorious celebration in New Orleans

Podcast

Dread Scott’s slave revolt reenactment. Plus, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

The US artist on his two-day performance in Louisiana and the role of women in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Produced in association with Bonhams

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US politics

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles examines architecture and design amid housing crisis

A symposium bringing together architects and scholars from around the world takes place as homelessness surges in the state of California

Interview
Shirin Neshat

‘This US government looks more like Iran's every day’: Shirin Neshat talks about the power of political satire ahead of LA show

The Iranian artist's major exhibition opens at the Broad museum features new work addressing discrimination in Trump's America

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US politics

Experts fear California's gig economy law may hit culture workers

Independent curators and handlers could be affected but no major changes predicted in museum recruitment practices

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Art market

US-China trade war expands to books and maps as increased tariffs hit art imports

Trump's newly increased tariff of 15% on Chinese goods now applies to the antiquarian trade, further affecting dealers and auction houses

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UK politics

Too much politics? UK Green party MP and anti-Brexit campaigner Caroline Lucas turns curator

High-profile UK politician will organise a show of works at Towner Art Gallery that focus on the environment

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Restitution

Trump opens door to restitution claims on art seized by Cuba

While the president is the first to allow Title III of Helms-Burton Act to be used, some whose collections were taken doubt it will have an impact

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Museums & Heritage

Philanthropy, but at what price? US museums wake up to public's ethical concerns

Daniel Weiss, Adam Weinberg and other museum leaders speak out following the fallout from the resignation of the Whitney’s vice chairman and the ongoing Sackler affair

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Art market

Trump delays tariffs on Chinese goods until December—but not for art and antiquities

New 10% tax will come into force on 1 September and apply to all works originating from China, regardless of where they are imported from

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US politics

African American leaders object to erasure of controversial school mural in San Francisco

Local figures defend portrayal of the nation’s blemished early history

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US politics

Anti-Trump seesaw by architect duo unites children on US-Mexico border

“Actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” say project founders

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In the frame

The ‘most petty piece of art’ or an apt satire of the US presidency?

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Censorship

New US visa policy could stifle outspoken artists on social media

Several high-profile artists including Ai Weiwei have spoken out against the policy

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US politics

Russian artist denied US visa over ‘planted’ drugs

Artem Loskutov’s application was rejected on the same day that journalist and supporter Ivan Golunov was arrested

Comment
Artists

Abortion will happen—whatever the law says

The artist Paula Rego on why her abortion works are the best thing she's ever done

Review
Book Shorts

Book on artists’ opposition to the Vietnam War

Part of the 1960s US anti-war movement, artists then had nothing like the impact they have today

Interview
Adrian Ghenie

Painting is more important than politics: Adrian Ghenie on his Trump-inspired portraits in Venice

Romanian artist, whose show is open at the Palazzo Cini during the Biennale, compares his art market ascendancy to working in porn

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Italy

Battle over Bannon’s nationalist bootcamp in Italian monastery

Protests against the right-wing group’s takeover of a 13th-century cloister are growing

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Shutdown

Counting the cost of the longest government shutdown in US history

The shutdown dealt a blow to federally-funded museums, with disappointed visitors, furloughed staff, disrupted exhibitions and lost revenue that “can never be regained”

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US politics

Trump spent $60,000 in foundation money to buy vanity portrait, Michael Cohen reveals in testimony

The US President’s former lawyer and “fixer” tells Congress the candidate used a straw bidder to ensure his likeness was the top lot of an Art Hamptons auction

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Exhibitions

Parkland victims remembered through New-York Historical Society photo show

As part of her residency at the museum, the photographer Bettina von Zwehl made portraits with New York City high school students

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US politics

NEA, Smithsonian museums and National Gallery of Art to reopen

A temporary budget deal ended the US government shutdown on Friday, allowing state-funded arts organisations to get back to work

Comment

The recent protests at the Whitney show museum trustees’ dealings cannot be ignored

The same old arguments in favour of ignoring the business dealings of trustees, of pretending museum programming can function independently of those funding it, cannot stand for long

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Politics

Latin American galleries reassess sales strategies for Miami Art Week after border crackdown

Trump's decision to station 15,000 troops at the country's southwest border has further soured political relations between the US and its South American neighbours

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Art market

Art dealers across the US are mobilising in support of Democrats ahead of US mid-term elections

Galleries in New York and Los Angeles make the most of their cultural and financial capital

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Exhibitions

Saudi Arabian artist Gharem’s first US solo show escapes shadow of 9/11

Political and poignant, Gharem's art reflects on one of the defining moments of the 21st century

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Exhibitions

Pictures Generation artist Lawler confronts ‘alternative facts’ at MoMA

As fake news and 'fake news' takes over politics, Louise Lawler's retrospective hits home

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Exhibitions

The rise and fall of the American dream: Printmaking in America on show at the British Museum

200 works are now on show which explore hot topics from the 1960s onward, from Vietnam to the AIDs crisis

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Cultural policy

New York leans to the left under mayor’s plans for art

De Blasio focuses on diversity, social value and access for all

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Censorship

Censorship debate reignited as banned works go on show in American galleries

Display featuring 45 controversial artists takes on added resonance in wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks

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US politics

Married gay couples to get art tax breaks

Museums could benefit, as well as sponsors

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Washington, DC

US could stop artists using drones

New regulations may restrict the use of surveillance technology in their work

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US politics

Artists and academics fight animal rights activists in Supreme Court

Anti-censorship group believes law against images of cruelty limits artistic freedoms

Archive
Iraq

Interview with Jeremy Deller on tackling the troubled legacy of Iraq War

Turner prize-winner to take the controversial show on a three-week tour of the US in late March

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China

Contemporary art chosen for new US embassy chosen “to connect” to China

The new embassy in Beijing, opening in August, will include art by Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, and others

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News

New museum initiative designed to advance US foreign policy is looking for applicants

Can US museums help win the war on terror?

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US politics

NEA will establish new panel to select American artists for biennales

The State Department wants to promote programmes in the Muslim world

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Lawrence Gagosian

News from New York: Larry Gagosian gets exposed while US presidents get hosed

Meanwhile, doctors form an art club and Mimran takes on Type A

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Restitution

Auschwitz survivor wants her art back from concentration camp

Roma portraits were made by Jewish prisoner on the orders of Dr Josef Mengele

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Museums

MoMA acquires Luc Tuymans paintings

The works focus on American conservatism under the Bush administration

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US politics

Amateur painter's Anti-Bush painting in cafeteria exhibition enrages Republicans

But California Attorney General defends freedom of speech

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US politics

As conservatives switch their sights from art to social issues, are the culture wars over for artists?

The Bush administration and its supporters now have their guns trained on social policy

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Digital Age

Congress approves $100,000 for pilot digital project

Digital Promise non-profit will develop electronic education programmes