US politics

New York City’s 2025 budget includes a record $254m for culture

Mayor Eric Adams and the city council restored $53m in funding for public programming last month

Head of Frieze parent company Endeavor calls on Joe Biden to drop out of US presidential race

Ari Emanuel is the latest important Democratic donor to criticise Biden since his age and mental fitness were called into question during a debate against Donald Trump

Collector Jorge Pérez blasts Ron DeSantis for vetoing $32m in Florida arts funding

"We were long a society of fun and sun, but we’re no longer that—we don’t want that," he said.

Earliest known photograph of a US First Lady acquired by National Portrait Gallery in Washington

The museum recently purchased the 1840s daguerreotype of Dolley Madison at auction

State lawmakers pull funding for New Jersey's Centre Pompidou outpost

The mayor of Jersey City says the move to scuttle the Paris museum's first US location was politically motivated

New York City budget for 2025 restores $53m in cultural funding

The $112.4bn municipal budget for the coming fiscal year also restored $58m in critical funding for the city’s three library systems

Hottest Abe: wax statue of Lincoln loses its head amid US heat wave

The artist Sandy Williams IV’s wax replica of the Lincoln Memorial melted during the East Coast heat wave

Florida governor Ron DeSantis vetoes $32m in state arts funding

Museums and other cultural institutions will lose out on millions in promised grants that were originally in the state budget before it was sent to DeSantis to sign

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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

Art world power players reportedly encouraged New York mayor to send police to pro-Palestine student protests

Chat logs from a private WhatsApp group created by billionaire Barry Sternlicht were leaked to the Washington Post last week

The US sculpture park communicating difficult truths amid a cultural backlash

In a time of increased lawsuits over diversity initiatives, a civil rights organisation aims to make the history and legacy of slavery in the US undeniable through art and first-person narratives

Donald Trump dines with NFT mega-collectors during break from New York hush-money trial

Between days of testimony by Stormy Daniels, the adult-film star who claims she had sex with Trump in 2006, the former president is meeting NFT collectors at Mar-a-Lago

Arts industries contributed a record $1.1 trillion to the US economy in 2022

New US government data report shows cultural industries accounted for 4.3% of national economic activity in 2022, though some sectors struggled to surpass pre-pandemic figures

Jewish history museum in Philadelphia would become part of Smithsonian under proposed legislation

A new bill could create a commission to assess the feasibility of adding the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History to the Smithsonian family

Non-profit art collaborative using craft to promote cross-border relations returns to Los Angeles

Ambos (Art Made Between Opposite Sides) has been working with communities on both sides of the US-Mexico border for nearly a decade

Museum’s decision to remove artist’s monograph from its bookstore sparks questions about freedom of expression

Doug Argue’s exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum last year was not accompanied by the book that inspired it due to sensitivities Argue likened to “book banning”

Hunter Biden’s art dealer questioned by House Oversight Committee

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee questioned New York art dealer Georges Bergès this week about representing US President Joe Biden’s son

Divisive Los Angeles dealer Stefan Simchowitz runs for US Senate

Once dubbed “the art world’s patron satan”, the gallerist is hoping to take the Californian seat formerly held by the late Dianne Feinstein

Minnesota picks 24-year-old artist’s design for new state flag

While some may have preferred an endearing photo of a Minnesotan’s dog for the new flag, Andrew Prekker’s winning design is widely popular

Confederate Memorial coming down at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC

Now that a judge lifted a last-minute injunction, the monument will be gone by the end of the week

Border Biennial showcases art across the Texas-Mexico border

It’s the first physical iteration of the El Paso and Juárez exhibition in five years, after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the 2020 edition

Ron DeSantis’s ‘war on woke’ goes to college

The Florida governor’s recent education reforms are damaging arts and humanities programmes across the state—but educators and students are fighting back

Arts loom small in Ron DeSantis's proposed state budget

The Florida governor's proposed budget for the the next fiscal year includes some provisions for museums—and continuing to transport undocumented migrants to Democratic states

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Remembering Henry Kissinger, master of art politics, whose Cold War diplomacy still had resonance in 2023

Kissinger, one of the most photographed men of his time, with an instantly recognisable pair of spectacles, was a powerful graphic gift to artists including Philip Guston

Proposed US legislation would penalise use of AI to generate someone’s likeness without their consent

The No Fakes Act has been proposed by four US Senators and garnered support from organisations representing creative industries

New York City Council bill calls for an accounting of all monuments to beneficiaries of slavery

The bill, currently under review by Mayor Eric Adams's administration, renews conversations about the role of public statues that lionise America's history of slavery

Federally funded museums in the US brace for government shutdown

The Smithsonian Institution and National Gallery of Art are making plans for continuing operations amid a government shutdown that appears increasingly likely

The Guerrilla Girls take on an Arkansas music festival

The activist art collective is bringing an installation of its work and a series of workshops to the Format festival in Bentonville

US public art project seeks to combat rising antisemitism

The latest billboard campaign by For Freedoms follows an alarming rise in attacks and threats against Jewish people and sites

Second judge rules that Vermont Law School did not violate artist's rights in covering up problematic murals

The decision comes after the artist, Sam Kerson, appealed a district court’s 2021 ruling