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In pictures: Art Basel's Unlimited is all about the human touch

Giovanni Carmine, the curator of the fair's section dedicated to monumental works, shares some of his favourites

Four must-see exhibitions during Art Basel

From Precious Okoyomon's nightmarish animatronic bear to a global survey of Black figurative painting, sci-fi chairs and Dan Flavin

US judge rejects Nazi-loot claim to Van Gogh Sunflowers painting owned by Japanese company

After almost two years, the case has been dismissed due to a lack of jurisdiction, so the work will remain at the Sompo Museum of Art in Tokyo

New arts complex to open in Philadelphia with help from Theaster Gates

The collectors Michael Forman and Jennifer Rice will both house their extensive collection there and engage the working-class neighbourhood where they bought almost a whole city block

Penn State university's art museum reopens in new $85m building that seeks to blend art with nature

The Palmer Museum of Art in the city of State College, Pennsylvania, has nearly doubled its space

Officials in New York return antiquities worth $14m to Pakistan

Some of the 133 objects being repatriated are associated with the antiquities smugglers Subhash Kapoor and Richard Beale

Woman sues Walker Art Center after being told she could not breastfeed in a gallery

It appears the museum’s own employees were unaware of the policy that “parents are free to nurse children wherever”

National Endowment for the Arts awards more than $110m in grants to US organisations

Visual-art projects receiving support include a new Agnes Denes work in California, a Duane Linklater commission in New York and a public collaboration to help heal Indigenous generational trauma in Alaska

Chile returns 400-million-year-old fossils to Morocco

The 117 artefacts had been smuggled into South America within the past several years

American Museum of Natural History curator detained at Istanbul airport with 1,500 spider and scorpion samples

Lorenzo Prendini says his permits to transport the specimens out of Turkey were ignored by police

Six galleries turning a school in upstate New York into a collective art space

The Campus, near the town of Hudson, will open to the public this summer

Jacob Lawrence’s painting series on Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L’Ouverture to be conserved thanks to $1m grant

The Amistad Research Center in New Orleans has received a grant from the Terra Foundation to get the 41 paintings ready for their first public exhibition since 2010

19th-century book stolen from Brazilian museum in 2008 is located in London and repatriated

The 1823 naturalist tome describes species of monkeys and bats unique to the Amazon

Virginia Overton creates new public work for Brooklyn’s former Domino Sugar Refinery

The Brooklyn-based artist has created an abstract wall sculpture for the building’s lobby using parts of the old factory’s iconic yellow sign

Frieze New York's animal art gives fairgoers paws for thought

From fabulous fish to playful pups, The Shed in Chelsea is crawling with wildlife

Frieze New York staff t-shirts show off Atlanta-based artist’s abstract painting

Hasani Sahlehe’s Trying Green, acquired by the Georgia Museum of Art with help from fashion company Stone Island, gives uniforms a pop of colour at The Shed

Fifteen exhibitions to see in New York this spring

From a historic Harlem Renaissance show at the Met and MoMA's Joan Jonas retrospective to solo museum debuts for Melissa Cody and Nona Faustine

Met Museum signs cultural-property agreement with Thailand and returns two statues

In a ceremony at the museum, Met director Max Hollein signed a "memorandum of understanding" together with a representative of the Thai cultural ministry

Getty Museum restitutes ancient bronze head to Turkey

More than a decade after Turkey asked for it back, the sculpture will finally be returned

UBS Art Collection gives 166 photographs to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

Drawn from a 300-work sub-collection gathered by John Szarkowski in the 1990s, the gift includes images by 96 photographers—among them Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston

Getty Museum acquires portrait by Neo-Classical painter Sophie Frémiet

It is the first US-museum acquisition of a work by the talented pupil of Jacques-Louis David

The Himalayas come to Manhattan for Rubin Museum’s final show in its New York space

Works by artists from the region and diaspora appear alongside objects from the museum’s collection

Dindga McCannon mural unveiled at Rikers Island

The work's brightly coloured positivity stands in sharp contrast to the notorious reputation of the prison where it is installed

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Tamara de Lempicka makes her Broadway entrance

A new musical about the glamorous Art Deco painter matches its subject’s maximalism

Kim Conaty, curator of prints and drawings at the Whitney Museum, promoted to chief curator

She was the curator of the museum's blockbuster Edward Hopper and critically acclaimed Ruth Asawa exhibitions

Archaeologists in Brazil find petroglyphs alongside dinosaur tracks

No, this does not mean dinosaurs and humans lived there at the same time

The 2024 Whitney Biennial in five key themes

The Whitney Museum’s flagship contemporary art showcase turns on questions of identity, authenticity and mutability, which play out across more than a handful of interrelated topics

Warhol Museum director Patrick Moore stepping down

The president and chief executive of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, which operates the Warhol Museum, insists that the move is not a result of recent controversies

Redevelopment of Modernist complex on Toronto waterfront alarms residents and preservationists

The provincial government passed legislation to push through a controversial, publicly funded development of Ontario Place