Untitled, (1982) Jean-Michel Basquiat, courtesy Sotheby's, © 2017 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris/ARS

Basquiat painting sells for a record $110.5m

Plus: Conservative manifesto pledges ‘strong support for the arts’ | Chris Dercon ropes in Tino Sehgal for inaugural season at Volksbühne | Susana Bautista appointed director of Pasadena Museum of California Art | and recommended reading

19 May 2017
Françoise Nyssen

Françoise Nyssen is the new French culture minister

Plus: Conservative culture minister attacks Labour’s arts manifesto | David Hurn donates his archive to the National Museum of Wales | and Hal Foster to give 2018 A.W. Mellon Lectures

18 May 2017
UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour manifesto promises ambitious arts agenda

Plus: Museums join forces to digitise collections | Estorick director awarded Italy’s top honour | and Cincinnati Art Museum receives gift of $12m

17 May 2017
A picture taken on 13 May, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Photo: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

Necropolis discovered in Egypt

Plus: Mies van der Rohe Award goes to ‘heroic yet ordinary’ housing block redevelopment | Lost Camden Town Group painting discovered | and shortlist announced for John Ruskin Prize

16 May 2017
Demonstrators march during a protest in Moscow on 14 May, 2017, against the city's controversial plan to knock down Soviet-era apartment blocks and redevelop the old neighbourhoods. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

Moscow’s architectural heritage threatened by development plan

Plus: Anne Imhof awarded Golden Lion at Venice | Luis A. Croquer appointed director of Rose Art Museum | ELEMENTAL wins commission to design Qatar’s Art Mill project | and recommended reading

15 May 2017
Anne Imhof

Winners announced for 2017 Absolut Art Award

Plus: Ancient Egyptian tomb discovered in Dahshur | Los Angeles planning department approves Lucas Museum development | and recommended reading

12 May 2017
Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst accused of cultural appropriation

Plus: White House curator William Allman to retire | Louvre Abu Dhabi tipped to open in November | Thomas W. Gaehtgens to retire from Getty Research Institute in 2018 | and Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker appointed director and CEO of Biennale of Sydney

11 May 2017
St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Panel stolen from epic tapestry in Edinburgh’s St Giles Cathedral

Plus: Hundreds protest arts funding cuts in San Diego | Tamara Winikoff stands down as director of NAVA | Diamond encrusted tiara stolen from Karlsruhe museum

10 May 2017
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The Met files proposal to charge entry fees

Plus: Gallo-Roman era necropolis discovered in Pas-de-Calais | National Gallery of Canada receives major gift | Sotheby’s launches $250,000 award for museum sector innovation | Cécile Debray to direct Musée de l’Orangerie

9 May 2017

Portland Art Museum criticised for raising money for provisional extension

Plus: Tracey Emin and Lehmann Maupin part company | Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève named European Museum of the Year | and recommended reading

8 May 2017
Helliniko Olympic Arena, (2016) Richard Mosse

Richard Mosse wins the Prix Pictet

Plus: MFA Boston settles lawsuit over porcelain figures | Pyotr Pavlensky granted asylum in France | and recommended reading

5 May 2017
A.R. Penck © The Flying Studios International, Heinz-Günter Mebusch

Neo-Expressionist artist A.R. Penck has died aged 77

Plus: Hong Kong’s June 4th Museum to reopen | Martin Clark named director of Camden Arts Centre | Tate Modern extension to be named in honour of Len Blavatnik | and Rod Hebden appointed interim director of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust

4 May 2017
Lubaina Himid, one of two nominees for the 2017 Turner Prize who would not previously been eligible for the award.

Shortlist for 2017 Turner Prize showcases older artists

Plus: Police say terrorist suspect planned to target art collective | Alex Katz painting stolen from Munich gallery | and Dan Byers appointed director of Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

3 May 2017
16 members of the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities have resigned in protest at Donald Trump's response to the Charlottesville riots

Bipartisan agreement set to increase NEA funding

Plus: Orlan and Kader Attia speak out against Marine Le Pen | Cornelia Parker named official artist of 2017 general election | Vito Acconci (1940-2017) | and recommended reading

2 May 2017
London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Mayor of London withdraws support for Garden Bridge

Plus: Iraqi forces capture ancient city of Hatra from ISIS | Works of art worth €27m stolen in northern Italy | Shortlist revealed for the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year award | and recommended reading

28 Apr 2017
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The Met considers levying entrance fee

Plus: Two acquitted in Brett Whiteley forgery case | Jean Pigozzi plans foundation for contemporary African art | and World Monuments Fund launches Instagram initiative to protect modern buildings

27 Apr 2017
Herzog & de Meuron's design for a new museum in Berlin should be subject to more extensive public discussion, critics argue

Plans for Berlin’s Museum of the 20th Century criticised

Plus: MFA Boston in censorship dispute with Instagram | Marisol estate bequeathed to Albright-Knox Gallery | and Lindsay Pollock steps down as editor of Art in America

26 Apr 2017
Foster + Partners Battersea HQ. The company is to lay off around 100 staff due to 'market uncertainty'.

Foster + Partners plans redundancies due to ‘market uncertainty’

Plus: Painting looted by Nazis to be auctioned despite protests | LAXART founder to open production centre in Hollywood | and global online art sales grow by 15 per cent

25 Apr 2017

English cathedrals facing maintenance crisis

Plus: Missing Festival of Britain sculpture identified in hotel garden | NEA report reveals economic impact of arts in all 50 states | Claire Doherty appointed director of Arnolfini | and recommended reading

24 Apr 2017
An example of rock art at Murujuga (Burrup), Western Australia

World’s largest indigenous rock art site at risk

Plus: National Gallery of Denmark scammed by fraudsters | Director of Swindon Museum project resigns | and Peggy Guggenheim’s heirs accuse Guggenheim Foundation of ignoring her wishes

21 Apr 2017
The New York Historical Society

New York museum launches citizenship initiative

Plus: Court rules that Yves Bouvier cannot be sued in Singapore | Marc Porter appointed chairman of Christie’s Americas | Ancient ruins discovered in Iran | and Alistair Burtenshaw appointed director of Watts Gallery Trust

20 Apr 2017
Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkey plans museum dedicated to ‘martyrs’ of failed coup

Plus: Concerns over planned Academy Museum in LA | Ai Weiwei criticises Hong Kong after HSBC bank account refusal | Artists’ Pension Trust withdraws 18 lots from Sotheby’s | Getty Museum evacuated | Barkley L. Hendricks (1945–2017)

19 Apr 2017
Political deadlock at Stormont has ushered in uncertainty over grants from Arts Council Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland arts funding suffers due to political deadlock

Plus: Sculptor sues Manhattan church over removal of 9/11 memorial | May Xue stands down as Ullens Center CEO | Carolee Schneeman wins Venice Biennale lifetime achievement award

18 Apr 2017
The records of the Stasi, former East German secret police, are stored at the Stasi Museum, in Berlin. (Photo: 21 February, 2017).

Germany to investigate mass art seizures by the Stasi

Plus: Musée d’Orsay accused of discrimination | Warhol Foundation files pre-emptive lawsuit over ‘Prince’ series dispute | and Robert Ryman donates 21 works to Dia Art Foundation

13 Apr 2017