Notre-Dame Cathedral on fire, 15 April 2019.

Competition to design Notre-Dame spire announced

Plus: Arts Council England reports £390m growth in culture sector | and Gagosian art advisory firm launched in New York

17 Apr 2019
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, early on April 16, 2019.

Efforts to salvage art from Notre-Dame continue as Macron vows to rebuild

Plus: American Museum of Natural History cancels Bolsonaro event

16 Apr 2019

Huge fire devastates Notre-Dame Cathedral

Art news daily : 15 April

15 Apr 2019
The American Museum of Natural History, New York.

American Museum of Natural History is ‘deeply concerned’ by Bolsonaro event

Plus: Cuban artist arrested before Havana Biennial | Petition launched to remove mural in French Parliament | and recommended reading

15 Apr 2019
The Birds of America, from drawings made in the United States and their territories (1840–44), John James Audubon.

Six hundred lost books and manuscripts return to Bonn

Plus: New York will demolish Elizabeth Street Garden | Court case over paintings once attributed to Frans Hals closes | and Mike Kelley Foundation gives $400,000 to arts organisations in LA

12 Apr 2019
The late sculptor Claude Lalanne, phtoographed in 2015 (photo: Luc Castel).

Claude Lalanne (1924–2019)

Plus: EU introduces new regulations for cultural imports | Tokyo Contemporary Art Award winners announced | and recommended reading

11 Apr 2019
Courtney J. Martin.

Courtney J. Martin to direct Yale Center for British Art

Plus: Los Angeles approves $650m LACMA extension plan | Roberta Smith receives Rabkin Foundation’s first lifetime achievement award | and Germany’s Five Continents Museum restitutes indigenous remains to Australia

10 Apr 2019
The Pinacoteca de São Paulo.

Governor of São Paulo defends deep cuts to Brazil’s budget for culture

Plus: Carlos Urroz named director of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary | and Malevich portrait found to be the work of his student

9 Apr 2019
Anthony d’Offay in front of ‘untitled: upturnedhouse 2’ (2012) by Phyllida Barlow, at Tate Modern, London on 14 January 2016. Photo: NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

Tate and National Galleries of Scotland reinstate ties with Anthony d’Offay

Plus: Open letter calls for Whitney to remove Warren B. Kanders as board vice chair | and inaugural recipients of Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship announced

8 Apr 2019
Ingrid van Engelshoven (Minister of Education, Culture and Science) with Meriem Bennani (Winner Art & Film Prize 2019) and Sandra den Hamer (Director Eye) during the Eye Film gala 2019

Meriem Bennani wins EYE Art & Film Prize

Plus: Antonio Asis (1932–2019) | Brooklyn Museum launches $25,000 prize for emerging artists | Fire at Brazil’s National Museum caused by air conditioning unit | and recommended reading

5 Apr 2019
Jimmie Durham.

Venice Biennale Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement goes to Jimmie Durham

Plus: Saatchi Gallery now registered as charitable organisation | Antique jewels stolen from Rome’s Etruscan Museum have been recovered | Berlin’s Jewish Museum will no longer accept Sackler donations | and Nazi-looted 17th-century Dutch painting returned to Jewish heirs

4 Apr 2019
Aerial view of the Tulip.

City of London gives ‘Tulip’ skyscraper planning permission

Plus: Art Gallery of Ontario deaccessions works by A.Y. Jackson | Airbnb partners with Paris’s Louvre for night at museum | and T. Barton Thurber appointed director of Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

3 Apr 2019
Ritual offerings found at Lake Titicaca. Photo: Teddy Seguin

Archaeologists discover ancient ceremonial site at Lake Titicaca

Plus: Mark Weiss reaches $4.2m settlement with Sotheby’s over disputed Frans Hals; and Art Institute of Chicago postpones exhibition of Mimbres pottery

2 Apr 2019
Jean Rene, aka JR walks in the Cour Napoleon of the Louvre Museum as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Louvre Pyramid, Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Louvre paper installation destroyed in one day

Plus: Kochi-Muziris Biennale drops investigation into alleged sexual misconduct of co-founder | New report reveals art institutions have half the exhibition budget of science museums | and Frick announces four new trustees

1 Apr 2019
Agnes Varda in front of 'La Grand Mer', one of her works on display at the Vitry-sur-Seine museum outside Paris, in 2010, photo: © MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images

Agnès Varda (1928–2019)

Plus: Norway’s Kon-Tiki museum to return Easter Island artefacts | Latinx activists issue open letter to El Museo del Barrio | Erdogan announces plan to turn Hagia Sophia back into a mosque | Getty Trust announces $5m endowment grant to Courtauld Institute of Art | and recommended reading

29 Mar 2019
Madonna of the Pomegranate (c. 1487), Botticelli's workshop.

Botticelli ‘copy’ reattributed to artist’s studio

Plus: Contractor accuse Kochi-Muziris Biennale of non-payment | and Algeria defers participation in Venice Biennale

28 Mar 2019
Arthur Brand with the recovered Buste de Femme (1938) by Picasso.

Stolen Picasso recovered after 20 years

Plus: Sackler-owned Purdue Pharma reaches $270m settlement with Oklahoma | German panel calls for return of Hitler’s Bellotto paintings to Jewish heirs | MoMA PS1 settles with curator alleging gender, pregnancy and caregiver discrimination | Tate Modern overtakes British Museum as UK’s top attraction | and Dallas Museum of Art receives major gifts for Latin American art

27 Mar 2019
Jerwood Gallery

Jerwood Gallery to relaunch as Hastings Contemporary

Plus: Italy agrees to repatriate 796 cultural artefacts to China | and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council announces arts centre on Governors Island

26 Mar 2019
The Sackler Courtyard at the Victoria and Albert Museum, photo: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Sackler Trust suspends UK donations

Plus: EU will allow UK art shippers into Europe without permits until end of year | and Decolonize This Place leads second protest at Whitney Museum

25 Mar 2019
The Switch House, now named The Blavatnik Building, at Tate Modern,Photo: © Iwan Baan

Tate will not accept further donations from Sackler family

Plus: Van Gogh at Wadsworth Atheneum authenticated | US files suit to return Nazi-looted painting to Ukraine | Artory acquires and makes public Auction Club database | and recommended reading

22 Mar 2019
View of a Dutch Square (detail; c. 1700), Jan van der Heyden.

German cathedral returns Nazi-looted painting to Jewish owners

Plus: Harvard University sued for ownership of slave daguerrotypes | and Monika Szewczyk to direct De Appel Center in Amsterdam

21 Mar 2019

Japanese company launches $1m contemporary art prize

US Supreme Court will not hear case over National Gallery’s Matisse | Rose Hilton (19312019) | Kehinde Wiley announces new artist residency in Senegal

20 Mar 2019
The entrance to the National Portrait Gallery, London in summer 2018.

National Portrait Gallery will not receive £1m Sackler grant

$2.8m of Met admissions revenues to go to 175 New York arts organisations | Trump’s 2020 budget proposal plans to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts | Lawsuit seeks return of Chagall sold to three London dealers by Ezra Chowaiki

19 Mar 2019
Edmund Capon, pictured with a calligraphy painting from his own collection in 1999.

Edmund Capon (1940–2019)

Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) | Signac painting identified as seventh Nazi-looted work in Gurlitt collection | and recommended reading

18 Mar 2019