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Wreck of the ship Ernest Shackleton died on found off the coast of Canada

The famed explorer died aboard the Quest in 1922; the ship sank in the Labrador Sea 40 years later

Artur Snitkus, Ukrainian artist and musician, killed in combat near Donetsk, aged 36

In tributes, friends and colleagues described him as “icon of the Ukrainian queer underground” and “a holy man”

New York's Center for Italian Modern Art to close permanently

The Soho space will close its doors for good on 22 June

Torey Akers1 day ago

Agnes Denes resurrects famous ‘Wheatfield’ work in Montana

Sowing seeds of sustainable development, the artist has planted a version of her celebrated Land art piece in booming Bozeman, Montana

Gagosian’s chief operating officer Andrew Fabricant leaves gallery

Fabricant’s wife Laura Paulson, a former Christie's rainmaker who helped launch Gagosian Art Advisory, has also left

Art Basel 2024

A bucolic Basel Social Club adds a new layer to the art fair model

Freewheeling art project has moved to a farm, while Art Basel repositions for a new generation of collectors

Art created in response to Aids crisis resonates at Art Basel

Peter Hujar, whose work is still being uncovered posthumously, is among artists receiving acclaim

Mika Rottenberg: ‘Giant things are often triggered by tiny reactions’

The “silly but serious” artist’s experiences at the world’s largest particle accelerator at Cern have helped to shape her expansive retrospective at Museum Tinguely

The art fair social media power list: who is on top and on which platforms?

Unlike museums, art fairs’ energy is focused on events lasting a few days a year—but Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms give them a vital year-round presence

Adventures with Van Gogh

Adventures with Van Gogh is a weekly blog by Martin Bailey, our long-standing correspondent and expert on the artist. Published every Friday, his stories range from newsy items about this most intriguing artist to scholarly pieces based on his own meticulous investigations and discoveries.

The ‘Mona Lisa of Brabant’: Dutch museum raises €6m towards buying a memorable Van Gogh portrait

At today’s prices, few museums are able to purchase paintings by Vincent—the artist who failed to sell his own work

Martin Bailey1 day ago

The Week in Art

A podcast bringing you the latest news from the art world, every week

The Week in Art podcast | Art Basel: fireworks and nuance, Lynn Barber on her artist interviews, Guillaume Lethière at the Clark

We find out what this year's fair says about the state of the art market. Plus, the veteran journalist Lynn Barber tells us about her encounters with artists and we discover a forgotten master of Neo-Classical art

hosted by Ben Luke. produced by David. Clack, Julia Michalska and Alexander Morrison1 day ago

Museums & Heritage

Germany returns looted antiquities in Berlin’s Altes Museum to Italy

As a “thank you” gesture, Italy is reciprocating with loans from Paestum and Naples

Migrant museum on the Italian island of Lampedusa closes after seven years

The Museum of Faith and Dialogue, which could not afford the new €10,000 annual rent, displayed items found at sea following shipwrecks

Fire guts historic Toronto church, destroying its Group of Seven murals

A restoration campaign for St Anne’s Anglican Church in Toronto is already underway, but its historic art is lost forever

What do the Magna Carta and five small, costly, enamelled brackets have to do with each other?

A Paris dealer wants €50,000 for them, deadline the end of 2024, and a crowd-funding appeal has been launched in Italy

Former Vatican employee arrested for allegedly trying to sell Bernini manuscript

The 18-page document had previously disappeared from the Holy See's official archive

Art market

Carpenters Workshop Gallery denies allegations of sexual and financial impropriety

The gallery is "saddened" by accusations made by former employees and artists reported by the newsletter Air Mail

Anny Shaw1 day ago

US authorities charge three UK nationals in Evolved Apes NFT fraud scheme

The charges, brought by the office of the Attorney for the Southern District of New York, signal a commitment to pursuing wide-ranging cryptocurrency cases

Riah Pryor1 day ago

Photofairs' New York fair is cancelled until ‘market conditions improve’

The fair debuted in 2023 on the same dates and in the same building as The Armory Show

Does the De la Cruz collection sale mark the end of an era?

Reduced value, mixed results dent idea of contemporary art as investable asset

German medieval altarpiece wings that remained in one family for 500 years to be auctioned at Sotheby’s

The portraits painted by Bartholomäus Zeitblom carry an estimate of £400,000-£600,000

Exhibitions

Peggy Guggenheim's time in Petersfield before she purchased her Venice palazzo

Before becoming an art collector extraordinaire, Peggy Guggenheim lived for five transformational years in the deepest Hampshire countryside

Andreas Mühe makes wartime bunkers all soft and cuddly for his latest show

The German artist's exhibition at the Kunsthaus Dahlem is a playground with a poignant message

Exiled Russian artist reflects on the impact of war on his hometown in Peckham show

Pavel Otdelnov's show at the Old Waiting Room in south London aims to “discover the origins of the catastrophe unfolding before our eyes today”

Guillaume Lethière: forgotten master of Neo-Classical art

New show will bring to life the story of the mixed-race Caribbean artist who mentored Ingres and Rousseau

AI on AI: Alex Israel uses artificial intelligence to re-engage with memory

The Los Angeles-based artist is presenting his "REMEMBR" installation, which riffs visually, musically and emotionally on users’ smartphone camera rolls, in London

Technology

News, background and analysis on the latest tech developments—artificial intelligence tools; Web3, the blockchain, NFTs; virtual and augmented reality; social media platforms—and how they affect the art market, museums, artists and curators.

Two (or more) into one: Urs Fischer invites owners of his digital sculptures to have them remade into a new work

The maverick artist is working with 1OF1, collectors of high-level digital art, to offer owners of his "CHAOS" video sculpture series the chance to have them "fused" into new animations

AI on AI: Alex Israel uses artificial intelligence to re-engage with memory

The Los Angeles-based artist is presenting his "REMEMBR" installation, which riffs visually, musically and emotionally on users’ smartphone camera rolls, in London

The art world’s AI dilemma: how can artists and museums thrive when big tech controls the monetising of artificial intelligence?

The presence of AI in every aspect of life has been a fact for the past 20 months. With the publication of the Stanford AI Index, two areas have come into focus. For museums, how to work with industry giants, without having their offering "distanced" by the summarising power of AI. For artists, how to thrive where sources of production are being monetised in Silicon Valley

The art world's AI dilemma: informed insight from industry experts

The artist Refik Anadol, the museum director Thomas Campbell and the Future Art Ecosystems team at Serpentine share insights on how to thrive while working with artificial intelligence in 2024

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In Tokyo, teamLab's giant new immersive space opens glittering portals of the imagination

The light-filled, interactive, spaces at teamLab Borderless offer “full-body joy” to the author's school-age children—as well as some cool selfies

Book Club

What it's like modelling naked for Lucian Freud when he's your father

Rose Boyt’s memoir explores the highs, lows and contradictions of sitting for the artist

Tears, tantrums and Turner Prize titbits: Lynn Barber on the messy art of interviewing artists

In her latest book, the veteran UK journalist recalls her many encounters with artists such as Salvador Dalí, Howard Hodgkin and the Chapman brothers

An expert’s guide to Michelangelo: five must-read books on the Renaissance Old Master

All you ever wanted to know about Michelangelo, from a “masterly” catalogue of drawings to a collection of letters covering art, deliveries and the artist’s favourite wine—selected by the curator Grant Lewis

Books

Surrealist pioneer Eileen Agar's remarkable life

A new edition of her 1980s autobiography brings this vivacious and well-connected artist back to life

‘Shamefully duped’: friend of convicted art fraudster Inigo Philbrick spills the beans in new memoir

In the warts-and all publication, Orlando Whitfield discusses his 15-year friendship with Philbrick while offering insights into the world of art dealing

From pews to power stations: a history of interwar British architecture that some feared might not be published

Gavin Stamp’s final book offers a fitting memorial to the architectural historian and Private Eye columnist

Tracey Emin, who made that bed, is made a Dame

Other recipients in King Charles III’s birthday honours include the philanthropist Hannah Rothschild and sculptor Andrew Logan

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Mother of art patron Dasha Zhukova becomes the fifth Mrs Rupert Murdoch

Elena Zhukova, a former molecular biologist, married the billionaire media mogul on 1 June

Did Delacroix take a Liberty? New book discusses how 19th-century artist boobed

Sarah Thornton's new publication—Tits Up: What Our Beliefs About Breasts Reveal About Life, Love, Sex and Society—ponders on bosoms in (art) history

(Another) royal portrait unveiled—Kate Middleton cover image goes viral

Polarising Tatler cover image of the Princess of Wales was created by Hannah Uzor

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Podcast | A brush with... Otobong Nkanga

The Nigerian-born artist talks to Ben Luke about her influences—from writers to musicians, film-makers and, of course, other artists—and the cultural experiences that have shaped her life and work

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Opinion

How artists are uniting to defeat Donald Trump at the polls

The Artists For Democracy 2024 project is working with world-renowned artists including Shepard Fairey and Carrie Mae Weems to mobilise voters

The Tudor blockbuster: why Holbein still mesmerises 500 years on

"There is evidently something about Holbein that resonates strongly with modern audiences"

From Titian to Alex Katz, artists and poets have long enjoyed a symbiosis

Katz’s fruitful relationships with John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara among others are a reminder that art and poetry thrive in proximity

'Why British museums must start charging entrance fees'

Low pay for museum workers, decreased local authority spending and a theft scandal have highlighted that "it’s time for some difficult choices," says the writer and broadcaster Ben Lewis

Obituaries

Remembering Paul Auster, the ground-breaking novelist who fused art and literature

The New Yorker's collaboration with the artist Sophie Calle was just one way in which art was interlaced with his life and work

Benjamin Vautier, a French Fluxus artist known for his playful painted phrases, has died, aged 88

His irreverent texts, signed simply “Ben”, spanned art and merchandise that was ubiquitous in France

Dinh Q. Lê, master of multimedia art and mentor to fellow artists across southeast Asia, has died, aged 56

Vietnamese-American artist, best known for his distinctive photo-weaving works, made powerful statements in photography, video, sculpture and installation that challenged politics, history and memory

Richard Serra, creator of audacious steel sculptures, has died aged 85

The American sculptor received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale

Antoine Predock, architect of distinctive museums in the US and Canada, has died, aged 87

His Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Tang Teaching Museum and Tacoma Art Museum were typical of an approach that melded modernism and post-modernism into a characteristically unpredictable aesthetic

National Gallery, London: 200th anniversary

The museum has launched a year of celebrations, loans and public events to mark 200 years since the opening of the gallery on 10 May 1824. The collection, now covering international art from the 13th to 19th centuries, has evolved so that, for breadth and quality, it is arguably unmatched by any other single museum in the world.

The National Gallery, London, celebrates its bicentenary with a full-colour Big Birthday Weekend

Music, poetry, and Renaissance selfies are on the menu and—for two nights only—the Trafalgar Square frontage will be lit up with a dazzling, projection-mapped show on the museum's 200-year history

Gabriele Finaldi welcomes a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to rethink London’s National Gallery

As the London museum celebrates its 200th birthday, its director speaks to The Art Newspaper about plans to reopen the Sainsbury Wing in May 2025, rehang the collection and consider work on a further extension

Revealed: London's National Gallery will stage a Van Gogh blockbuster as part of its 2024 bicentenary celebrations

Star loans include The Bedroom, Garden of the Asylum and—of course—the exhibition will show the museum's own Sunflowers