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
Ice Watch (2018), Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing.

UN appoints Olafur Eliasson as climate ambassador

Plus: Wim Crouwel (1928–2019) | AI database to remove 600,000 images after artists expose bias | The Scottish Gallery to become employee-owned | and Paisley Museum renovation receives £2 million from Scottish government

23 Sep 2019
Robert Smithson and Richard Serra at Spiral Jetty, photographed by Gianfranco Gorgoni in 1970.

Gianfranco Gorgoni (1941–2019)

Plus: Montreal MFA appoints first curator of Inuit art | and recommended reading

20 Sep 2019
Fumio Nanjo in 2007.

Director of Mori Art Museum to retire

Plus: Séverine Lepape named director of the Cluny Museum | and Guatemala and Mexico protest pre-Columbian sale in Paris

19 Sep 2019

Getty Trust announces $100m world heritage programme

Plus: second arrest made in connection with Cattelan toilet heist | and Walker Art Center announces new sculpture commission

18 Sep 2019
Stephen Deuchar.

Stephen Deuchar to step down as director of Art Fund

Plus: French culture minister promises 1,000 digital museums | and Japan Art Association announces international award winners

17 Sep 2019
AMERICA (2016), Maurizio Cattelan.

Maurizio Cattelan sculpture stolen from Blenheim Palace

Plus: Daniel Buren painting attacked at the Pompidou | Rumours of Prince Philip statue at Trafalgar Square dismissed | and recommended reading

16 Sep 2019
Pauline Curnier Jardin, winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019.

Pauline Curnier Jardin has been awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie

Plus: painter arrested in Italy over Old Master fake scandal | Golden Age terminology vetoed by Amsterdam Museum | winning design unveiled for new Archaeological Museum of Sparta | and recommended reading

13 Sep 2019
Helen Whately MP

Helen Whately appointed UK minister for arts, heritage and tourism

Plus: Record-breaking £58.6m of cultural artefacts handed over to UK through Arts Council schemes | Mary Abbott (1921–2019)

12 Sep 2019
One Stamford Forum, Connecticut, containing the headquarters of Purdue Pharma

Sackler family reportedly ready to give up ownership of Purdue Pharma

Plus: Vasif Kortun announced as director of Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum | Whitney Museum names Tiona Nekkia McClodden as recipient of 2019 Bucksbaum Award | and Pace Gallery announces appointments at opening of new East Coast headquarters

11 Sep 2019
Robert Frank (1924–2019), photographed in 2014.

Robert Frank (1924–2019)

Plus: ICOM postpones vote on new definition for museums | and Banksy’s former agent Steve Lazarides quits gallery

10 Sep 2019
Francisco Toledo, photographed in 2015.

Francisco Toledo (1940–2019)

Plus: Dario Franceschini reappointed as Italian culture minister | Whitechapel Gallery announces winners of Art Book Awards | and majority stake in BADA fair sold to Masterpiece founders

9 Sep 2019
Sotheby's, New York, in June 2004. Photo: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Sotheby’s shareholders approve sale to Patrick Drahi

Plus: LAPD detectives recover stolen artworks last seen in 1993 | Art Recovery International asks ICOM to investigate Reynolds painting in Tokyo | and recommended reading

6 Sep 2019
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

UK government to increase DCMS funding by 4.1 per cent

Plus: Magalí Arriola named director of Museo Tamayo | Wildfires damage Bolivia’s rock art | and Amy Sadao to step down as director of ICA Philadelphia

5 Sep 2019