Photo: Maxime Aubert/Griffith Center for Social Science and Cultural Research

The week in art news – world’s oldest animal painting found in Indonesia

Plus: Smithsonian scales back $2bn redevelopment plan | Naomi Beckwith appointed deputy director and chief curator of Guggenheim | and Champs-Élysées to be turned into ‘extraordinary garden’

15 Jan 2021
The Indian parliament building (Sansad Bhavan), designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1912–13, in New Delhi.

The week in art news – Indian Supreme Court approves plans for new parliament complex

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India dismissed objections to the construction of a new parliament complex in New Delhi. The plans, announced…

8 Jan 2021
A view of the National Mall and the United States Capitol from the top of the Washington Monument

The week in art news – lone US senator blocks bills to create national Latino and women’s museums

Plus: Dutch Restitutions Commission criticised for lack of empathy and transparency | US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Guelph Treasure case | and Tate ethics committee deems Rex Whistler restaurant mural offensive

11 Dec 2020
Demonstrators protesting against job losses at the Tate in July 2020.

The week in art news – Tate to cut 120 gallery jobs to reduce losses

Plus: Irina Antonova (1922–2020) | MCH Group approves investment from James Murdoch’s firm | letter calls for Philip Johnson’s name to be removed from public institutions

4 Dec 2020
Manchester Art Gallery will not reopen on 2 December after the national lockdown in England ends.

The week in art news – continuing restrictions mean a patchy reopening for European museums

Plus: The chair of the Dutch committee on Nazi-looted art has resigned | Staff at the MFA Boston vote to unionise | and the director of the Liverpool Biennial steps down after differences with the board

27 Nov 2020
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center in Washington, D.C., with the Washington Monument and National Mall in the background.

The week in art news – Smithsonian and other US museums close amid Covid surge

Plus: Art Fund launches £1m crowdfunding campaign | Royal Opera House chair David Ross is confirmed as Hockney buyer | Sheldon Solow (1928–2020)

20 Nov 2020
Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The week in art news – controversial road tunnel near Stonehenge gets the go-ahead

Plus: British Museum extends its Endangered Material Knowledge Programme | The Met appoints two co-chairs of its board of trustees | The state of New York is suing Sotheby’s for alleged tax fraud | Aldo Tambellini (1930–2020)

13 Nov 2020
A view of the closed National Gallery in London in June 2020.

The week in art news – museums and galleries in England close in new lockdown

Plus: new dates announced for Philip Guston show | French senate approves restitution of 27 colonial-era artefacts | director of communications at the MNBAQ dies in Quebec City attack | Gagosian director fired after investigation into misconduct

6 Nov 2020
The Baltimore Museum of Art, which in May sold five artworks at auction for nearly $8 million to raise funds for new acquisitions. Would capitalising those works have allowed the institution to pursue its acquisition strategy without compromising its existing holdings?

The week in art news – Baltimore Museum of Art pulls works from controversial sale

Plus: Mohamed Melehi (1936–2020) | museums in France close in new national lockdown | Sindika Dokolo (1972–2020) | Art X Lagos postponed

30 Oct 2020
Marian Goodman Gallery’s outpost in Golden Square

The week in art news – Marian Goodman closes London gallery

Plus: Baltimore Museum of Art board chair defends deaccessioning sales | Lost Jacob Lawrence painting found after six decades | Stéphane Aquin appointed director of Montreal Museum of Fine Art | Deana Lawson wins 2020 Hugo Boss Prize

23 Oct 2020
The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The week in art news – museums in Northern Ireland to close for four weeks

Plus: Brooklyn Museum to sell more works from its collection | French museum postpones Genghis Khan show after pressure from China | Art Fund announces Museums of the Year | and Chris Killip (1946–2020)

16 Oct 2020
National Trust

The week in art news – National Trust cuts 1,300 jobs

Plus: Nancy Spector resigns from the Guggenheim | France passes bill to restitute 27 colonial-era artefacts to Benin and Senegal | Baltimore Museum of Art plans to sell three paintings

9 Oct 2020
Courtesy National Museum of African American History and Culture

The week in art news – Kevin Young appointed director of Smithsonian’s African American history museum

Plus: V&A to cut 10 per cent of workforce | RIBA’s Royal Gold Medal goes to David Adjaye | and Clore Duffield Foundation announces £2.5m grants for cultural organisations

2 Oct 2020
Guston in the studio with Painter’s Table (1973).

The week in art news – Philip Guston show postponed to 2024

Plus: Agreement reached in dispute over Robert Indiana’s estate | Two Manhattan antiquities dealers charged with fraud | and ARCO Madrid and London Art Fair postponed

25 Sep 2020
Lucretia (c. 1526–37), Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The week in art news – Brooklyn Museum to sell 12 works at auction

Plus: Royal Academy to cut 40 per cent of staff | FIAC cancels 2020 edition | and Terence Conran (1931–2020)

19 Sep 2020
Jean-Sébastien Jacques, CEO of Rio Tinto Group.

The week in art news – mining company chief resigns after destruction of sacred Australian sites

Plus: The French government announces a €2bn culture fund | DCMS Committee argues for extension to UK furlough scheme | and Tate cuts ties with Anthony d'Offay

11 Sep 2020
Art Basel Miami Beach 2019. Courtesy Art Basel

The week in art news – Art Basel Miami Beach cancelled

Plus: Siah Armajani (1939–2020) | and SFMOMA is cutting the pay of all full-time staff

4 Sep 2020
The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Photo: Timothy Schenck

The week in art news – the Whitney cancels ‘Collective Actions’ exhibition after criticism

Plus: Dallas Art Fair exhibitors demand refunds | Heinz Frank (1939–2020) | Man who attacked Picasso painting gets 18-month sentence

28 Aug 2020
Mosaic of the Enthroned Christ and the Donor, Theodore Metochites above the entrance to the naos of the Kariye (Chora) Museum, Istanbul.

The week in art news – Kariye Museum in Istanbul to be turned into a mosque

President Erdogan of Turkey today issued a decree to allow the Kariye (Chora) Museum to be used as a mosque.…

21 Aug 2020
Demonstrators protest outside Tate Modern over proposed job losses on 27 July, 2020.

The week in art news – Tate to make almost half of its commercial staff redundant

Plus: houses in Old City of Sanaa collapse after heavy rains, and current and former MMFA staff support sacking of Nathalie Bondil

14 Aug 2020
Staff inspect the damage at the Sursock Museum in Beirut on on 5 August 2020, a day after a blast in a warehouse in the port of the Lebanese capital sowed devastation across entire city neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP via Getty Images

The week in art news – museums and galleries destroyed in blast that devastated Beirut

Plus: Southbank Centre staff protest against redundancies | Major US museums announce further job losses | and dozens of artefacts privately restituted to Ecuador

7 Aug 2020
Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

The week in art news – National Trust considering up to 1,200 redundancies

Plus: House of Representatives votes to create a National Museum for the American Latino | Picasso murals removed from government building in Oslo | Two museums cancel shows by Jon Rafman | Senate report finds Russian businessman bypassed US sanctions by buying art

31 Jul 2020
Firefighters at Nantes Cathedral on 18 July 2020. Photo: Sebastien Salom-Gomis/AFP via Getty Images

The week in art news – arson suspected in Nantes Cathedral fire

Plus: Gavin Brown to shut down his gallery and join Gladstone Gallery | the government of Quebec investigates Montreal Museum of Fine Arts | and Martin Parr resigns from Bristol Photo Festival after racism row | Birmingham Museums Trust places half its staff at risk of redundancy

24 Jul 2020
Inside the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul.

The week in art news – Hagia Sophia to be turned back into mosque

Plus: James Murdoch’s firm to invest in MCH Group | Frieze fairs in London cancelled | Frank Popper (1918–2020) | Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation to be disbanded | Delphine Lévy (1969–2020) | Statue of Black Lives Matter protester erected in Bristol | Met to open five days a week from August | TEFAF New York has been cancelled

13 Jul 2020