The gilded ancient Egyptian coffin at the Met in New York (detail).

The Met to return ancient coffin to Egypt

Plus: Nan Goldin threatens to boycott National Portrait Gallery show over Sackler funding | Royal Academy receives £10 million from Hans and Julia Rausing | San Francisco Museum of Modern Art sells Rothko | and Recommended Reading

18 Feb 2019
Mary Boone in 2008. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Mary Boone sentenced to 30 months in prison for tax fraud

Plus: Radical Matriarchy group protests outside National Gallery of Art in Washington | National Endowment of the Arts announces more than $27m in grants | and recommended reading

15 Feb 2019
J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library in winter, 2011, Morgan Library & Museum.

Morgan Library & Museum announces $12.5m exterior restoration project

Plus: Junya Ishigami to design Serpentine Pavilion 2019 | Christie’s helps return eight looted antiquities to Italy | Bisi Silva (1962–2019) | and fire breaks out at empty Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

14 Feb 2019
Axel Ruger

Axel Rüger appointed head of Royal Academy

Plus: Richard Green sued by US client over ‘high price’ of Old Masters | Cindy Sherman awarded 2019 Max Beckmann Prize | and Blanton Museum of Art receives $20m gift from the Moody Foundation

13 Feb 2019
FatoŞ Üstek

Fatoş Üstek named director of Liverpool Biennial

Plus: Vancouver Art Gallery workers reach agreement with museum | High court dismisses Neo Bankside residents’ case against Tate | and Tomi Ungerer (1931–2019)

12 Feb 2019
Portrait of Robert Ryman in 2002.

Robert Ryman (1930–2019)

Plus: Nan Goldin leads anti-opioid protest at New York’s Met and Guggenheim museums | and Baltimore Museum of Art receives $3.5m to endow chief curator position

11 Feb 2019
Alicja Kwade

Met selects Alicja Kwade for 2019 roof garden commission

Plus: Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio win Royal Academy Architecture Prize | Nuremberg prosecutor seizes 63 suspected Hitler forgeries | and Oliver Barker to direct Cape Ann Museum in Massachusetts

8 Feb 2019
A saleroom in New York during the sales of the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller.

Christie’s posts record sales total of £5.3bn for 2018

Plus: Vancouver Art Gallery staff go on strike over wages | Philipp Kaiser joins Marian Goodman Gallery | and recommended reading

7 Feb 2019
MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, photographed in 2013.

Rio museum completes controversial Pollock painting sale

Plus: Venice implements tax for day tourists | and Jessica Martinez to direct Cornell University’s art museum

6 Feb 2019
North/south section-perspective through the new gallery spaces at The Museum of Modern Art, looking east along Fifty-third Street.

MoMA to close for four months during final stage of expansion

Plus: Germany puts €1.9m towards research on colonial-era artefacts | Nabatean carved stones returned to Jordan | and Met curator wins $100,000 Vilcek Prize honouring immigrants in US

5 Feb 2019
Jerwood Gallery

Relationship between Jerwood Foundation and Jerwood Gallery in doubt

Plus: Nigeria asks British Museum to return Lander Stool | Lyn Kienholz (1930–2019)

4 Feb 2019
Watlington Hoard

UK government wants to widen legal definition of treasure

Plus: Annabelle Selldorf to design Forbidden City’s visitor centre | Ramiken Gallery awarded inaugural Armory Show prize | and recommended reading

1 Feb 2019
The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Berkshire Museum appoints Jeff Rodgers as executive director

Plus: Elmgreen & Dragset monument vandalised in Berlin | Georgia O’Keeffe Museum buys Ritz Tower painting | and Kimbell Art Museum names new European art curator

31 Jan 2019

Mosul Museum partially reopens with contemporary exhibition

Plus: More than 75 New York galleries sued over disability access | and El Museo del Barrio cancels Alejandro Jodorowsky retrospective

30 Jan 2019
The artist Susan Hiller in 2014.

Susan Hiller (1940–2019)

Plus: Row over British Museum director’s comments on Elgin Marbles | London’s Royal College of Art launches regeneration programme | and Assyrian sculptures in Scottish mansion sold abroad

29 Jan 2019
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Federally funded museums reopen after US government shutdown

Plus: Banksy mural stolen from the Bataclan theatre | Fine Art Group buys the Falcon Group’s art lending division | and Johns Hopkins University to buy Newseum building

28 Jan 2019

Large Asian art collection donated to the University of Texas at Dallas

Plus: Apichatpong Weerasethakul wins Artes Mundi prize | New Museum workers vote to unionise | Van Gogh’s Sunflowers will no longer leave Amsterdam | and recommended reading

25 Jan 2019
Architect’s rendering of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building.

Vancouver Art Gallery receives $40m for new building

Plus: Tate and Hyundai launch research centre for non-Western art | and John Ashbery’s library donated to Harvard |

24 Jan 2019
Jonas Mekas in 2015.

Jonas Mekas (1922–2019)

Plus: National Museum of Scotland to return Native American skulls | Aaron Fowler wins $10,000 prize from Seattle Art Museum | and Trevor Paglen’s space sculpture hindered by US shutdown

23 Jan 2019

Haus der Kunst Munich appoints commission to oversee programming

Plus: Stolen Spanish stone carvings recovered in England | Designs for London Centre of Music revealed | Arts Council publishes guide for ‘no deal’ Brexit | and new prize for art history doctorates in France

22 Jan 2019

Proposed ‘Tulip’ skyscraper breaches London planning guidelines

Plus: Hayward Gallery names Zoe Whitley as senior curator | Lamia al-Gailani (1939–2019) | and recommended reading

21 Jan 2019

Zimbabwe biennial postponed due to political turmoil

Plus: American Alliance of Museums announces new museum leadership diversity initiative | UK government pledges £20m culture fund for five English regions | Haifa removes McJesus sculpture after continuing protests | and recommended reading

18 Jan 2019
Sebastian Cwilich. Photo: John Parra/Getty Images for Art Basel Miami 2012

Artsy president and co-founder Sebastian Cwilich to step down

Plus: MOCA Los Angeles to close Pacific Design Center | and Warhol Foundation announces latest grants

17 Jan 2019
Art Stage Singapore 2016. Photo: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Art Stage Singapore cancelled

Plus: Global fund Aliph announces its first cultural heritage projects in Iraq and Mali | 'Michelangelo' painting stolen from Belgian church | Bloomberg awards $1m to Tulsa, Oklahoma | and winners of Creative Capital Awards 2019 announced

16 Jan 2019