Central Park, New York

New York City puts out call for designs for black history monuments

Plus: TeamLab to open galleries in Shanghai and Macao | Crowds scale Uluru Rock in Australia before ban | and recommended reading

25 Oct 2019
A helicopter transports the remains of Francisco Franco from the Valley of the Fallen.

Spanish government exhumes Franco’s remains from Valley of the Fallen

Plus: FBI recovers Nazi-looted painting from Arkell Museum | Art organisations in Beirut close amid protests | and Karen Rifas wins Michael Richards award

24 Oct 2019
Smithsonian Institution Building, ‘The Castle’, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian partners with US Army to protect cultural heritage

Plus: Huntington Library appoints chief curator of American Art | Artcurial opens premises in Morocco| Francis Alÿs wins Whitechapel Gallery’s Art Icon award | Foundation dedicated to light art to launch in Berlin | and inaugural Helsinki Biennial announces artist list

23 Oct 2019
Andrea Lissoni.

Haus der Kunst names Andrea Lissoni as director

Plus: Contemporary Istanbul chairman apologises for defending Turkish invasion of Syria | Pew Center awards more than $8.4m in grants | and Junya Ishigami wins inaugural Obel Prize for architecture

22 Oct 2019
Huang Yong Ping in 2016.

Huang Yong Ping (1954–2019)

Plus: Ed Clark (1926–2019) | Polly Staple appointed director of Tate’s collection for British Art | Oxford professor alleged to have sold papyrus fragments | and unnamed art dealer arrested in Berlin

21 Oct 2019
The Pompidou Centre, Paris.

Centre Pompidou to establish ‘art factory’ in Paris suburb

Plus: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive receive bequest of African American art | Protestors target MoMA trustee with ties to Puerto Rican debt crisis | and recommended reading

18 Oct 2019
Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1490, Gallerie dell'Accademia

Italian court lifts loan ban on Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man

Plus: Brooklyn Museum offers Bacon Pope at Sotheby’s | and Carlos Celdran (1972–2019)

17 Oct 2019

Emilie Gordenker announced as new general director of Van Gogh Museum

Plus: Stefan Edlis (1925–2019) | Arthur Jafa named as winner of Prix International d’Art Contemporain | thief steals $20,000 Salvador Dalí etching from San Francisco gallery | and E.A. Carmean, Jr. (1945–2019)

16 Oct 2019
Éric Baudelaire at Locarno Film Festival.

Éric Baudelaire wins Prix Marcel Duchamp

Plus: Anti-Columbus Day protestors gather at Metropolitan Museum of Art | and Enda Bowe named as recipient of Zurich Portrait Prize

15 Oct 2019
John Giorno (1936–2019) in New York in 2012.

John Giorno (1936–2019)

Plus: Ettore Spalletti (1940–2019) | Charles Jencks (1939–2019) | Companies involved in fraudulent art investment case wound up by UK courts | Italian culture minister reappoints three museum directors

14 Oct 2019
Museum of Modern Art, New York

Open letter calls for MoMA trustee Larry Fink to divest from private prisons

Plus: Gladiator fresco uncovered in Pompeii | Nan Goldin and PAIN protest at Purdue Pharma bankruptcy hearings | and recommended reading

11 Oct 2019
Bertille Bak below in front of her works at the Mario Merz Prize finalist group exhibition

Bertille Bak wins Mario Merz Prize for art

Plus: Courtauld Institute adds courses in contemporary and modern African art | and Jill Freedman (1939–2019)

10 Oct 2019
Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1490, Gallerie dell'Accademia

Italian court blocks Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man from travelling to Louvre

Plus: Ikon wins £125,000 award and announces first UK exhibition of Renaissance master Carlo Crivelli | Stirling architecture prize awarded to Norwich council houses | and Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art receives gift of $1.15 million

9 Oct 2019
The lnfanta Isabella Clara Eugenia (detail; c. 1630), Anthony van Dyck.

Art UK initiative uncovers Van Dyck portrait in Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery

Plus: Musée Rodin to open China outpost | Desert X board members resign over planned Saudi exhibition | Artist and landscape architect Walter Hood wins $250,000 Gish prize

8 Oct 2019
Tim Marlow.

Design Museum appoints Tim Marlow as director and chief executive

Plus: Feminist exhibition cancelled in Shanghai | and Sally Soames (1937–2019)

7 Oct 2019
Jeff Koons poses in front of his Bouquet of Tulips in Paris on 4 October 2019.

Jeff Koons unveils controversial tulip sculpture in Paris

Plus: Sotheby’s has ceased publicly trading after its sale to BidFair USA | Tate Modern makes renaming of main building after activist permanent | and recommended reading

4 Oct 2019
The New Museum, New York.

New Museum reaches contract agreement with employees’ union

Plus: Ethiopian crown hidden by civil servant revealed after 21 years | Former Getty Foundation director Deborah Marrow dies, aged 70 | and Ludwig Forum to award artist Walid Raad, despite Aachen objections

3 Oct 2019
Dr Katherine Crawford Luber.

Katherine Crawford Luber to direct Minneapolis Institute of Art

Plus: Uffizi director Eike Schmidt cancels move to Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum | Websites ordered to remove allegations against artist Subodh Gupta | and German city of Aachen withdraws art prize over recipient’s alleged support of BDS

2 Oct 2019
Otobong Nkanga, who has been awarded the inaugural $100,000 Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award.

Otobong Nkanga wins inaugural Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award

Plus: Chile criticised for authorising use of heavy machinery in treasure hunt | and Wolfgang Tillmans to chair London’s ICA

1 Oct 2019
Maggie Appleton.

UK museum leaders warn of crumbling infrastructure

Plus: New Museum employees vote to strike if contract agreement not reached | Man sentenced to three years for theft from the Tretyakov | James Bradburne reconfirmed as director of Pinacoteca di Brera | and Jorge Pérez to open private museum in Miami

30 Sep 2019
Jacques Chirac at the inauguration of the Musée du Quai-Branly in 2006.

Jacques Chirac (1932–2019)

Plus: Looted sarcophagus acquired by the Met returned to Egypt | and recommended reading

27 Sep 2019

Christopher Le Brun to step down from Royal Academy presidency

Plus: French luxury goods billionaires finalise €300m donation to Notre Dame | Former BP chief one of four new sponsors of Turner prize | and more art news

26 Sep 2019
The Mocking of Christ, thought to have been painted by Cimabue, will be auctioned at Senlis on 27 October.

Painting attributed to Cimabue discovered in French woman’s kitchen

Plus: Italy lends key works for the Louvre’s Leonardo retrospective | MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ recipients announced | Pot excavated from beneath Rembrandt’s house linked to artist

25 Sep 2019
The Great Gallery at the Wallace Collection, London.

Wallace Collection to start lending artworks

Plus: Huguette Caland (1931–2019) | Josef Albers mural returns to Manhattan skyscraper | and recommended reading

24 Sep 2019