Sheena Wagstaff to leave Met’s modern and contemporary department

Plus: the Smithsonian adopts new ethical returns policy and 2,000 works of art reported to have been looted from Mariupol

7 May 2022
Courtesy the Courtauld

Deborah Swallow to retire as director of the Courtauld Institute

Plus: Ukraine demolishes statue symbolising friendship with Russia | Winners of competition to renew the Barbican Centre announced | Painting by Diego Rivera among assets seized from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska

29 Apr 2022
Photo © Samuel Stuart Hollenshead, courtesy New York University

The week in art news – Getty Trust appoints Katherine Fleming as president

Plus: Charles Darwin’s stolen notebooks returned to Cambridge University | Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego reopens | Finland seizes art shipments from Russia worth €42m

8 Apr 2022
destroyed buildings in Mariupol city

The week in art news – Mariupol art school bombed with civilians sheltering inside

Plus: Bonhams acquires Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen | Budi Tek (1957–2022) | Planning permission granted for Madison Square Garden Sphere in east London

25 Mar 2022
Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images)

The week in art news – France launches emergency fund for Ukrainian artists

Plus: Museums review security protocols after recent  MoMA stabbings | Francis Kéré wins Pritzker Architecture Prize | Frida Escobedo to design Met’s Modern and Contemporary wing | and parliamentary report calls UK’s £120 ‘Festival of Brexit’ a waste of public money

18 Mar 2022

The week in art news – Ukrainians try to safeguard cultural heritage

Plus: Raphael from the Hermitage no longer to travel to National Gallery | Smithsonian in talks to return Benin Bronzes | and Dayanita Singh wins Hasselblad Prize

13 Mar 2022

The week in art news – Unesco voices concern for Ukrainian heritage sites

Plus: Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam cuts ties with St Petersburg | Shirley Hughes (1927–2022) | Museum ethics committee condemns proposed removal of Whitworth director

6 Mar 2022

The week in art news – Ukrainian museums try to protect their collections

Ukraine’s museums try to protect their collections | director of the Whitworth Art Gallery said to have been asked to resign | Neolithic site uncovered in Jordan | Weltmuseum’s audio guide hacked by activists

27 Feb 2022
Roundel (c. 1500) attributed to Gian Marco Cavalli. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Met acquires much-coveted Renaissance roundel for $23m

The second most expensive purchase the Met has ever made is a stunning Italian bronze – and efforts to keep it in the UK have come to nothing

23 Feb 2022
The Africa Museum in Tervuren, outside Brussels.

Belgium hands over full inventory of objects to DRC

Plus: Carmen Herrera (1915–2022) | Mona Saudi (1945–2022) | David Zwirner is latest gallery to announce Los Angeles branch | and National Gallery of Canada creates department for Indigenous ways and decolonisation

20 Feb 2022
The new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens.

The week in art news – SFMOMA appoints Christopher Bedford as director

Christopher Bedford to leave Baltimore Museum of Art to direct SFMOMA | Fine Arts Paris and La Biennale to merge | Jorge Zamanillo appointed director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino | Jonathan Watkins leaves Ikon after nearly 25 years | Bamber Gascoigne (1935–2022) | and Russian guard doodles on $1million painting

13 Feb 2022
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The week in art news – UK government announces ‘levelling-up’ plans

Plus: New York gallery faces lawsuit for refusing to divulge a Rothko’s provenance | Biden reverses Trump’s restrictions on art displayed in federal buildings | Ancient Greek artefacts and ruins unearthed in southern Italy

6 Feb 2022
Grand Palais Paris

The week in art news – Art Basel owner bumps FIAC from its slot with a new Paris fair

Plus: Art Basel Hong Kong postponed to May and France to restitute 15 works looted by the Nazis

30 Jan 2022
TEFAF Maastricht: now coming to you in June. Photo: Loraine Bodewes, courtesy of TEFAF 2015

The week in art news – TEFAF Maastricht moves to June, now jam-packed with fairs

Plus: The Courtauld Institute and Kings College London announce 10-year ‘strategic partnership’ | Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover (1927–2022) | and a round-up of recent museum appointments

21 Jan 2022

The week in art news – Ricardo Bofill (1939–2022)

Plus: Man attacks Eric Gill sculpture outside the BBC | Victoria Siddall steps down as global director of Frieze Fairs | and Stoke-on-Trent Museums plan to slash jobs and opening hours

14 Jan 2022
The ‘Colston Four’ – Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, Jake Skuse and Sage Willoughby, speak outside Bristol Crown Court after being found not guilty of criminal damage.

The week in art news – Colston Four cleared of criminal damage

Plus: Iwona Blazwick to step down as director of Whitechapel Gallery | Annick Lemoine appointed new director of Petit Palais | and Bengi Ünsal appointed new director of ICA

6 Jan 2022
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. Photo: Eye Ubiquitous/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The week in art news – Danish and Dutch museums close in lockdowns

Plus: TEFAF and Salon du Dessin have been postponed | bell hooks (1952–2021) | and Sally Mann wins Prix Pictet

19 Dec 2021
The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on March 28, 2019.

The week in art news – Metropolitan Museum of Art to remove Sackler name from its galleries

Plus: Billionaire collector Michael Steinhardt surrenders 180 looted artefacts | Polish government ends contract of Museum of Lodz’s director | and New York City to give $50m to 1,000 cultural organisations

12 Dec 2021
The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

The week in art news – Austrian museums close in national lockdown

Plus: New German culture minister is Claudia Roth of the Greens | Roman villa complex uncovered in Rutland | and Jasmina Cibic wins 2021 Film London Award

26 Nov 2021
Jimmie Durham at the 58th International Art Biennale in May 2019 in Venice. Photo: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

The week in art news – Jimmie Durham (1940–2021)

Plus: Etel Adnan (1925–2021) | Former art dealer Inigo Philbrick pleads guilty to fraud | Oxford University lists 145 looted Benin objects in its collections | and UK government says Parthenon marbles’ return a matter for the British Museum

19 Nov 2021
Aerial view of the Tulip.

The week in art news – UK government rejects ‘Tulip’ skyscraper

Plus: Sylvère Lotringer (1938–2021) | Tudor wall paintings discovered in Yorkshire manor | and National Gallery publishes research on slavery links

12 Nov 2021
Detail of a mid 16th- to 17th-century plaque depicting two members of the Benin Court. National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, D.C.

The week in art news – Smithsonian Museum of African Art commits to restituting Benin Bronzes

Plus: Humboldt Forum to remove medallion honouring donor with far-right views | Achim Borchardt-Hume (1965–2021) | Vancouver Art Gallery gets $100m for new building

6 Nov 2021

The week in art news – US returns some 250 stolen antiquities to India

Plus: Dutch court rules for return of Crimean artefacts to Ukraine | UK institutions return Benin Bronzes to Nigeria | and UK budget includes £850m for cultural sector

29 Oct 2021