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Sidney Felsen, co-founder of influential Los Angeles printmaking studio Gemini GEL, has died, aged 99

Felsen was also a trained artist and prolific photographer, who documented his close contact with the artists who worked at Gemini

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

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

Günter Brus, central figure of Viennese Actionism, has died, aged 85

Brus was the last surviving founder of the movement, though he abandoned performance art after 1970

Carl Andre, giant of Minimalism who was tried for and acquitted of murder, has died, aged 88

Andre rose to prominence in the New York art world of the 1960s to become a totemic—and controversial—figure renowned for his material-driven sculptures

Robert Whitman, artist renowned for experiments with performance and technology, has died, aged 88

Whitman was a pioneer of the early performance art events known as Happenings and collaborated with Robert Rauschenberg and others on technologically ambitious projects

Twelve must-see exhibitions in South Florida during Miami Art Week

From major solo shows of Sasha Gordon, Nam June Paik and Juan Francisco Elso to exhibitions around themes of food, magic and mystical animals

Radcliffe Bailey, an artist who explored the Black American experience across materials and forms, has died, aged 55

Known for toggling between works rooted in painting and more sprawling sculptures and installations, he was always concerned with the histories of objects and materials

US National Gallery of Art receives its first works of Haitian art, via two gifts

The 15 works, donated by two collecting couples, will form the core of an exhibition in autumn 2024

Juanita McNeely, feminist artist who created visceral paintings inspired by personal hardship, has died, aged 87

A survivor of cancer and an illegal abortion, McNeely channelled her experiences into very personal work

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Artists Dyani White Hawk and María Magdalena Campos-Pons among winners of 2023 MacArthur ‘genius grants'

Each MacArthur fellow receives $800,000 in unrestricted funds, making it one of the most important prizes available to artists

$1.5m bronze Buddha statue stolen from Los Angeles gallery

A single thief allegedly maneuvered the 250-pound sculpture, dating from Japan’s Edo Period, out of the Barakat Gallery’s backyard and into a rental truck

Fernando Botero, the Colombian artist beloved for his rotund figures, has died, aged 91

Botero re-imagined art historical motifs but also responded to current events, including a series of visceral paintings in response to the Abu Ghraib torture scandal

Brice Marden, painter revered for his distinctive approach to abstraction, has died, aged 84

Marden rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s, synthesizing elements of Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, Minimalism and more into his own unique idiom

Joop Sanders, early member of Abstract Expressionist movement, has died, aged 101

An influential figure in the New York scene of the early 1950s, Sanders spent the latter half of the decade in Europe and consequently was often left out of narratives of the AbEx movement

Richard M. Barancik, the last living Monuments Man, has died, aged 98

He was part of a group that saved thousands of artworks during the Second World War from destruction and seizure by the Nazis

Nine US cities receive grants totalling $25m to develop more diverse monuments

The latest round of grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Monuments Project will support projects in Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and elsewhere

Pop-up museum commemorating Tiananmen Square Massacre opens in New York

A similar institution in Hong Kong was forcibly shuttered in 2021 following the passage of the city’s restrictive security law

‘My work holds a mirror to one’s perspective’: Nicholas Galanin on his new public sculpture made of border wall steel

The Indigenous artist used steel destined for construction of the US’s southern border fence to make a large text art piece in Brooklyn

Twelve must-see exhibitions in New York during Frieze

From Lauren Halsey's new commission for the Met rooftop to funkily subversive sculptures at the Museum of Arts and Design, the season's essential exhibitions

‘Western Chinese restaurants are magical realist places’: Lap-See Lam on her first US solo exhibition

The artist’s video installation extrapolates a fantastical narrative from the kind of Chinese restaurant her own parents ran

Kwame Brathwaite, photographer who encapsulated ‘Black is beautiful’ movement, has died, aged 85

The New York photographer pioneered lighting and developing techniques that helped transformed how Black figures were photographed and seen

Leonardo scholar claims newly discovered document proves artist’s mother was enslaved

While researching a work of historical fiction, Carlo Vecce says he found a document signed by Leonardo da Vinci’s father implying his mother was an enslaved woman from the North Caucasus region

The arts made up more than $1 trillion of the US economy in 2021

The art and cultural sectors had a larger impact on the US GDP in 2021 than ever before, according to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bureau of Economic Analysis

New international laboratory aims to study and promote health benefits of arts activities for individuals and communities

The Jameel Arts & Health Lab is a collaboration between the World Health Organisation, New York University’s Steinhardt School, the roving art non-profit Culturerunners and Community Jameel

Estate of Ralph Iwamoto—Japanese-American painter overlooked after early-career successes—gains gallery representation

New York gallery Hollis Taggart is preparing a solo show of Iwamoto’s Surrealist works of the 1950s

Los Angeles Natural History Museum’s $75m expansion to create new, free spaces

The ambitious campus revamp will include construction of an admission-free entry pavilion and “sustainable” gardens designed in consultation with a new Indigenous advisory council

The Smithsonian and MTV are launching a reality television art competition

The winner of “The Exhibit” will receive $100,000 and a solo exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum

Postponement of exhibition on Russian architecture school sparks accusations of ‘censorship and historical erasure’

New York’s Cooper Union postponed an exhibition on Vkhutemas, a school that operated in Moscow for ten years in the early 20th century before Stalin shut it down