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Museums & Heritage Putting Uruguay on the art map: sculptor Pablo Atchugarry is building a world-class museum in his home country Billed as Uruguay’s most comprehensive hub for international contemporary art, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Atchugarry will open in Punta del Este next January
The Buck stopped here Immersive sound work by arts charity Artichoke captures the mundane and magnificent noises of a Brighton basketball court
Prizes Winners of the Russian Art Focus Prize announced at Viennacontemporary The British journalist Theo Merz won “best publication” and writing collective Agitatsia won “best research paper”
Afghanistan Protocols are already available to help save Afghanistan’s cultural heritage In 2015, the Association of Art Museum Directors established a structure under which museums can act to protect cultural property in immanent peril
Canada ‘What they could have become’: artist Johnny Bandura creates mural imagining the lost futures of 215 Kamloops children The Qayqayt First Nation artist has created vivid portraits of the residential school victims whose lives were cut short
Damien Hirst First Kanye West now Drake? Damien Hirst plugged by A-list musicians—but the internet is rolling its eyes The Canadian rapper Drake yesterday posted a new album cover designed by the British artist
Afghanistan Afghanistan: the historical sites of key concern after the Taliban’s return From the Bamiyan Valley to an ancient spiritual centre of Zoroastrianism and Buddhism, former Unesco senior official Francesco Bandarin looks at the embattled country’s most important landmarks
Slade to Zaria Being young, Black and collecting art: my life in the art world The trials and tribulations of building an art collection
Nancy Kenney , David D’Arcy and Wallace Ludel
Johannes Vermeer First full image of ‘new’ Vermeer with uncovered Cupid released by Dresden museum Drastically altered composition of Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window can now be seen in all its glory ahead of major exhibition

Canada Klee Wyck, a historic home used by Emily Carr in West Vancouver, to be demolished The property, bequeathed to the district by a physician friend of the artist for use as an arts centre, has been neglected for decades
Art education CCS Bard receives $50m endowment from museum founder Marieluise Hessel and billionaire George Soros The donation is part of a $1bn endowment campaign to shore up the liberal arts school’s finances
UK politics UK’s controversial new police bill poses major threat to the art world Proposed legislation aimed at cracking down on unruly protests may criminalise protest art
Museums & Heritage A Berkshire aesthetic: artist Jonathan Prince establishes a collaborative arts hub in western Massachusetts «Berkshire House» aims to be a cross-disciplinary creative centre in the region
Met Gala Who will wear the hottest mask at the Met Gala? Museum charts a more intimate, health-conscious fundraiser
Art market Autumn crush: our pick of art fairs and gallery weekends this September and October The Covid-19 Delta variant may be causing some jitters, but a glut of fairs from New York to Paris are planning to go ahead in the next two months
Appointments & departures Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles names Johanna Burton of the Wexner as its first executive director Burton will run the museum with Klaus Biesenbach, who has been reassigned as artistic director in a restructuring
Restitution Amsterdam to return Kandinsky sold under Nazi occupation to heirs The decision ends a bitter dispute that damaged the reputation of Dutch restitution policy
Book Club An expert’s guide to Titian: five must-read books on the Venetian Old Master All you ever wanted to know about Titian, from a biography fit for a king to an overlooked lecture essay from 1990—selected by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum curator Nathaniel Silver
Adventures with Van Gogh Van Gogh’s mysterious Wheatfield with Crows—what does it really mean? Long assumed to be Vincent’s final painting, this foreboding scene is also full of life
ePaper Newsletter News Art market Museums & heritage What’s on Book Club Podcasts Diary Van Gogh blog News Art market Museums & heritage What’s on Book Club Podcasts Diary Van Gogh blog News Art market Museums & heritage What’s on Book Club Podcasts Diary Van Gogh blog News Art market Museums & heritage What’s on Book Club Podcasts Diary Van Gogh blog San Francisco will greet a new Institute of Contemporary Art News Contemporary art San Francisco will greet a new Institute of Contemporary Art Nascent museum proclaims a commitment to economic justice and expansion of the art canon
Museums & Heritage Italy evicts Steve Bannon’s right-wing group from medieval monastery Move follows long-running dispute with the Italian ministry of culture over the 13th-century Certosa di Trisulti
Acquisitions Sargent, Goya, Degas: Frick Collection welcomes its most significant gift to date of works on paper The 26 works, promised by a New York collecting couple, enhance the museum’s current holdings and add new artists to its collection
Statues Liverpool audio installation revisits history of slaver statue toppled 40 years ago Sound piece at site where William Huskisson sculpture was brought down is part of citywide Statues Redressed project
Exhibitions The Obama portraits arrive at the Brooklyn Museum The portraits of former President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley and former First Lady Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald continue their national tour in New York
Disasters & destruction Ancient Chinese sites hit by flash floods this summer Deadly rains in central Henan province threatened key Unesco World Heritage sites and hundreds of national relics. Experts warn the disaster may be a taste of future trouble
Exhibitions ‘Athletic prowess and great ambition’: major Joan Mitchell survey begins its three-stop tour Exhibition on the Abstract Expressionist includes little-known paintings and explores the influence of poetry on her work
Biennials & festivals Artist creates ‘slave ship’ installation in Lisbon to spark debate around Portugal’s history of colonialism The work by Grada Kilomba is part of the Biennial of Contemporary Art and aims to counter the “politics of erasure”
Museums UCCA Center for Contemporary Art sets sights on Chengdu and a side hustle in a Beijing shopping mall Beijing museum unveils plans for fourth location in «one of the most exciting cities in China» and new co-branded U2 exhibition space
Unions Workers at the Brooklyn Museum vote overwhelmingly to form a union Represented by a UAW local, curators, conservators, educators and others at the New York institution will now seek to negotiate a contract with management
Museums & Heritage Progressive scientists, or high-flying elitists? The Met unlocks a secret behind a famous Jacques-Louis David portrait Scientific testing reveals that the artist radically changed his depiction of a Paris couple in a landmark 1788 painting
Public art Art on the move: Kasmin brings kinetic artist George Rickey’s monumental sculptures to Manhattan Rickey’s moving sculptures will be on view along the Park Avenue Mall and the gallery’s rooftop garden
Museums & Heritage Arts & Crafts Movement gets a dedicated museum in St Petersburg, Florida The new institution has been founded by the private collector and businessman and Rudy Ciccarello
Art market Choose your unicorn: why angel investors are ploughing millions into art startups Tech-led art businesses are starting to attract venture capitalist funding, with the NFT platform MakersPlace recently gaining $30m investment
Afghanistan New York human rights organisation ‘racing against the clock’ to get Afghan artists to safety As the deadline for evacuation looms, the Artistic Freedom Initiative wants the US government to grant refugee status to individuals
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Photography Male-centric and whitewashed: major photography brands Fuji, Canon and Kodak scramble to diversify following criticism Camera companies pledge to promote more women, LGBTQ and photographers of colour in response to online pro-diversity campaigns
Penn Museum Report condemns two University of Pennsylvania anthropologists for ‘gross insensitivity’ in handling of human remains from a 1985 police attack Investigation clears them of unethical conduct, however, while recommending a review of Penn Museum practices
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Exhibitions Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend From Adham Faramawy’s contemplative film on the migration of plants to Abbas Akhavan’s ancient Syrian colonnades
Adventures with Van Gogh Caught: the drug baron who claims to have bought €20m stolen Van Gogh paintings for ‘their artistic value’ Arrested in Dubai, the story of Mafia suspect Raffaele Imperiale confirms long-suspected links between the drugs trade and art theft
Art market New York dealer arrested for selling ‘cookie cutter’ manufactured goods as authentic antiquities Investigators found thousands of fakes, as well as tools and materials used to make them seem ancient, in rooms near Sadigh Gallery’s Fifth Avenue showroom
São Paulo Bienal São Paulo Bienal echoes the political polarisation in Brazil The 34th edition of the second longest-running international exhibition reflects on past and present political and social tensions
Art market From a Roly-Poly chair to a 15th-century illuminated manuscript made for the King of France: five highlights from Tefaf Online Our pick of items that are for sale via the fair’s online platform, which replaces the IRL fair which had been scheduled to run this week in Maastricht
Heritage Louis Armstrong’s ‘second home’ in New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Ida The Karnofsky Store, a Jewish family’s former tailor shop where the young jazz legend found early encouragement for his musical talent, has been reduced to rubble
The Buck stopped here Chila Burman brings her eye-popping Punjabi neon extravaganza to Covent Garden’s storefronts
Art market Not all they seem: how galleries can spot fake ID documents From face-matching software to watching out for shifty behaviour, here is how you can protect yourself from fraudsters attempting to buy art under a false identity
Video games From Atari to the No Fly List, artist Yucef Merhi uncovers the pervasive power of technology The Venezuela-born artist’s pioneering work exploring information systems is on view in two shows in Miami
Folk art Museum championing ‘art of the people’ reopens in San Diego after $55m renovation The Mingei International Museum, which has been closed for three years, holds a vast collection of folk art and design
Venice Billionaire collector Nicolas Berggruen turns Venetian palace into cultural thinktank The Berggruen Institute also announced that philosopher Peter Singer was the recipient of its annual $1m prize
Fakes & copies Tate’s Tahitian Gauguin is suspected fake Catalogue raisonné rejects unusual part-painting, part-sketch, as expert says the “colonial” nature of the composition is not the artist’s style
The Buck stopped here Paw-formance art: canine capers abound at celebrity-studded Myatt’s Field Dog Show in South London
Art market New dealer partnership between Lévy Gorvy, Salon 94 and Amalia Dayan hints at post-pandemic shift in traditional gallery model The firm, called LGDR, will launch in January as a hybrid advisory/gallery and will abandon costly US fairs in favour of only doing events in Asia
Insta’ gratification Instagram’s new sensitive content controls: what they could mean for the art world The photo-sharing app has introduced new opt-out filters that censor the images they see—but most people don’t even know they exist
Art market Art Basel promises to pay quarantine hotel bills and launches $1.6m ‘solidarity fund’ for galleries who fail to make sales As exhibitors threaten to pull out of the fair in the face of travel uncertainty, another letter offering «extraordinary» one-off concessions to dealers is sent
Helen Stoilas , Daniel Cassady , Nancy Kenney , Gabriella Angeleti an Wallace Ludel
Diary Kanye West spotted on a secretive art tour in Berlin—but what works caught his eye?
Public art Destination Crenshaw commissions its first group of Black artists to create new works in Los Angeles The $100m public art and community improvement project will launch with new sculptures by Kehinde Wiley, Melvin Edwards, Alison Saar, Brenna Youngblood and more
The Armory Show 2021 Michelle Stuart: Beyond the Earth She was one of the first artists to use the land in her work, art article websites and now an Armory exhibition showcases the full range of her career
Exhibitions Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pre-Raphaelite paintings go on show in his refurbished historic London theatre Composer has funded a two-year, £60m renovation of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to turn it into a public gallery and heritage attraction
Restitution Looted 2,700-year-old bricks—discovered in Swiss warehouse—are returned to Iran Before the discovery of the more than 50 painted blocks, “the richness of Mannaean civilisation had not been appreciated”, expert says
Afghanistan Is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth from the British embassy in Kabul now in Taliban hands? UK politicians are stumped Work left inside the British embassy will be protected, vow Taliban insurgents
Statues Destroying public symbols of the past will not lead to a juster society. We must keep our mistakes visible Our monuments should be radically relabelled or repurposed to better represent who we are today, says former British Museum director Neil MacGregor
Art market Object lessons: from an Inuit child’s parka made of seal guts to a golden shawl spun from spider silk Our pick of the highlights from this month’s fairs and auctions
Three to see Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend From Aline Motta’s meditation on colonial erasure at the New Museum to recent paintings by Markus Lüpertz at Michael Werner
Art fairs Art Basel gets complicated: Swiss authorities will not accept Astra Zeneca vaccine while US issues ‘do not travel’ advisory Non-EU visitors will have to apply for Swiss Covid-19 certificate before attending and, with certain vaccines not recognised, some will have to take tests onsite
Exhibitions V&A’s groundbreaking British design exhibition 75 years on—what can a post-pandemic UK learn from this historic show? A prioritisation of design and a harnessing of public spirit are vital in the face of challenges posed by Brexit and Covid-19
Art market Stargazer idol will not be returned to Turkey, New York federal judge rules The court found there is not enough evidence that the work was taken out of the country after 1906
Art market Secrets and lies: the role of restorers in art crime Regulation of the conservation profession may be a start, but can it quash the “ego” that often motivates restorers-turned-forgers?
Museums & Heritage Wanted: leaders with ‘stamina’ as Smithsonian tackles the creation of two new museums in Washington, DC A turf battle may loom on the National Mall, but secretary Lonnie Bunch hopes to limit the hurdles for institutions devoted to Latino culture and women’s history
Art fairs Armory week marks a return to normal—but not business as usual As the art world judders back into action, dealers are taking stock of lessons learned, with many prioritising “doing more by doing less”
Censorship Cuba on the brink: artistic voices refuse to be silenced As Amnesty International calls on «prisoners of conscience» to be released, a movement starts to boycott Havana Biennial
Doug Aitken ‘I think as a society we want more from art’: Doug Aitken on his pop-up kaleidoscope pavilion set on an abandoned Venetian island The US artist created the commission Green Lens for the fashion brand Saint Laurent
Art market More uncertainty for autumn fair season: PAD London cancels The art and design event has been cancelled due to the continuing difficult travel situation between the UK and France and will return in October 2022
Museums & Heritage Maya stone monuments to be installed in the Met’s Great Hall The stelae, on loan from Guatemala, feature life-sized depictions of ancient Indigenous leaders
Gabriella Angeleti , Wallace Ludel , Nancy Kenney and Ruth Lopez
Confederate monuments Robert E. Lee monument removed in Richmond, Virginia The equestrian statue of the Confederate general has been heavily vandalised since the eruption of Black Lives Matter protests last summer
Art market Were Banksy and Pranksy both pranked in $330,000 NFT sale? NFT of a smoking punk appeared to link to Banksy’s website but the webpage was swiftly removed, prompting rumours of a hack
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The Armory Show 2021 The top five museum shows to see during Armory Week From Dior at the Brooklyn Museum to Shigeko Kubota at MoMA
Banksy Banksy’s £1m self-destructing painting goes back to auction—and could sell for six times the price Work went viral in 2018 when it shredded during the sale at Sotheby’s
Exhibitions The Big Review: Terrible Beauty: Elephant—Human—Ivory at Humboldt Forum The first exhibition at the controversial new museum complex in Berlin unflinchingly confronts a controversial subject
Art market Art Basel writes letter of reassurance as galleries suggest fair should be cancelled Fair says it is committed to going ahead but offers concessions to exhibitors, including rolling over booth fees to 2022 if they cannot enter the country and offering staff to man stands
Diary ‘Nudity is just an added bonus!’ Comedian Joe Lycett to host BBC Life Drawing Live TV show
The Insiders Fertile artistry in England’s green and pleasant lands
Diary Basquiat at Tiffany’s—Beyoncé and Jay-Z pose in jewellery ad alongside ‘unseen’ painting
The Armory Show 2021 New and noteworthy: see what the Armory Show’s younger galleries are bringing to the fair In the Presents section, galleries founded within the past ten years present solo or dual-artist shows. Here are some works to look out for this year
September 11 Artists remember 11 September On the 20th anniversary of the terrortist attacks, artists reflect on how the event has impacted their work
Statues Bank of England removes ten slave trader works But contentious statues of politicians involved in slave trade still remain in city’s Guildhall building
Sculpture Please do touch the works: visitors to Prune Nourry’s show can only experience her sculptures using their hands The busts of visually impaired models have never been seen by the artist who sculpted them blindfolded
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Exhibitions Recently restored Cupid joins nine Vermeer masterpieces for blockbuster show Dresden exhibition will include Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window along with key international loans and works by other Dutch Golden Age artists
Media & broadcast Troubled skies behind the happy little clouds: an interview with Joshua Rofé, director of Netflix’s new Bob Ross documentary The film-maker behind Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed discusses what makes the artist an enduring icon who saw the beauty in life despite personal tragedy
Gabriella Angeleti , Wallace Ludel and Daniel Cassady
Museums & Heritage An ancient Buddhist city is perched on top of an Afghan copper reserve worth $50 billion—what will happen to it under Taliban control? Cultural heritage workers estimate they have five years to secure the heritage site’s contents before it is destroyed to extract the ore
Art market Art world rushes to conform to UK’s anti-money laundering laws So far a total of 475 «art market participants» have been registered—but delays mean more are likely to comply in the coming months
Museums & Heritage Museu de Arte de São Paulo plans to tunnel its way through to a new 14-storey building The Lina Bo Bardi-designed museum in Brazil can currently only display 1% of its 11,000-piece collection
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Art market Manet of the Valleys: portrait of the artist’s bespectacled cousin to be restored by National Museum Wales Painting will undergo extensive technical examination and cleaning thanks to €20,000 grant from Tefaf fund
Books Book on Luisa Roldán shines new light on the 17th-century Spanish sculptor—but why does it lead on her marriage, not her masterpieces? Volume is the debut instalment of a new series, Illuminating Women Artists, responding to the interest in those “who had nearly been lost to history”
Anna Brady , Daniel Cassady and Kabir Jhala
Obituaries Former Bonhams owner Robert Brooks dies The ambitious auctioneer started out in car racing before going into art and antiques, eventually retiring to his farm near Exmoor to rear a herd of beef cattle
Video, film & new media The Lost Leonardo—a thriller-like film on the world’s most expensive painting—opens in the UK on 10 September The documentary features experts including editor-in-chief of The Art Newspaper, Alison Cole, and editor-at-large Georgina Adam
Exhibitions ‘Laboratory of ideas’: Paris exhibition explores Sandro Botticelli’s busy studio A new show looks at the Renaissance artist’s role as a designer and head of a busy workshop as well as the inventor of an instantly recognisable style
Cathedral of Notre Dame What do the bells of Notre Dame ‘hear’? Artist Bill Fontana listens to the soul of Paris The Bay Area sound artist is working on a contemporary sound installation in the fire-ravaged cathedral’s bell tower
Podcast Afghanistan: the threat of the Taliban to artists and heritage Plus, artist Bill Fontana records Notre Dame’s bells
Human rights Cultural activist Osman Kavala remains imprisoned in Turkey without conviction almost four years after his arrest Turkish authorities behind the legal saga have been criticised by the European Court of Human Rights
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