Winning designs announced for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth

Plus: Global fund to protect cultural heritage launched | Artists and critics demand removal of painting from Whitney Biennial | Katharine Stout named deputy director at ICA | Trisha Brown (1936–2017) | David Rockefeller (1915–2017)

21 Mar 2017
Mr and Mrs William Hallett ('The Morning Walk') (detail; 1785), Thomas Gainsborough.

Man charged after attack on Gainsborough painting

Plus: Republican legislators express support for US arts funding | Pompidou Centre made no profit from record-breaking Koons show  | Christie’s removes work from Dubai auction | and recommended reading

20 Mar 2017

Monarch of the Glen to stay in Scotland after £4 million fundraising drive

Plus: Georgina Jackson to direct Douglas Hyde Gallery | Brooke Davis Anderson leaves Prospect New Orleans for Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts | Stolen Etruscan vessel to return to Italy | and recommended reading

17 Mar 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

Trump proposes to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts

Plus: Superflex to take on Tate Modern Turbine Hall commission | Jerusalem gallery faces eviction following ‘politically charged’ art event | Stolen paintings recovered in Denmark | and Hendrikje Crebolder joins Rijksmuseum board of directors

16 Mar 2017
Place des Martyrs in Algiers, where archaeologists have discovered 'spectacular' ruins dating back to the Roman occupation.

‘Spectacular’ archaeological remains discovered in Algiers

Plus: Franz Marc’s Tower of Blue Horses ‘may have survived the war’ | Miety Heiden named head of sales at Phillips | and Claudia Dillmann to leave Deutsches Filmmuseum after 20 years

15 Mar 2017
The state of Utah has voted to make Robert Smithson's 'Spiral Jetty' an official work of art.

Robert Smithson’s ‘Spiral Jetty’ named official Utah state artwork

Plus: LUMA Foundation acquires Annie Leibovitz archive | Developer plans 15 new galleries by New York’s High Line | Sotheby’s officially launches Dubai outpost | and Eileen Cooper RA to coordinate this year’s Summer Exhibition

14 Mar 2017
Miss Brummell (detail), (c. 1781–82), Thomas Gainsborough.

Art historian disputes Gainsborough attributions

Plus: Pharaonic statues discovered in Cairo | Warhol Museum appoints Patrick Moore as director | Bath warned of threat to UNESCO Heritage status | and recommended reading

13 Mar 2017
Jeff Koons with 'Gazing Ball: Barberini Faun' (2013).

Jeff Koons and Centre Pompidou fined for ‘counterfeit’ work

Plus: Turkish artist jailed for depicting destruction of Kurdish city | Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn evacuated after bomb threat | Stephanie Rosenthal named CEO and director of Martin-Gropius-Bau | and recommended reading

10 Mar 2017
Love Song (2015), Howard Hodgkin.

Painter Howard Hodgkin has died at the age of 84

Plus: Malta’s Azure Window arch collapses into the sea | ISIS leaves Mosul Museum in ruins | Bradford’s National Media Museum announces change of name | National Trust opens £30 million design competition for Clandon Park

9 Mar 2017
Christie's has announced plans to close its South Kensington branch

Christie’s to close South Kensington branch

Plus: Bernard Arnault to open new art space in Paris | Louvre security staff to strike | and Beyer Blinder Belle to become the Frick’s executive architect

8 Mar 2017

Iraqi forces recapture key sites in Mosul

Plus: UNESCO advisors issue warning over Stonehenge tunnel | Institute of Arab and Islamic Art to open in New York | LA’s MOCA to honour Jeff Koons | Seoul museum director resigns

7 Mar 2017

Major solo show for Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace

Plus: Jewish collector’s heirs file suit over German bank’s Kandinsky | Simon Martin confirmed as director of Pallant House | 30th anniversary commission for Met Museum’s Roof Garden announced | and recommended reading

6 Mar 2017

Syrian government forces recapture Palmyra

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3 Mar 2017
Gustav Metzger, the pioneer of auto-destructive art, has died in London aged 90. London Fieldworks (Jo Joelson and Bruce Gilchrist)

Gustav Metzger, inventor of auto-destructive art, has died aged 90

Plus: Max Beckmann’s granddaughter makes major donation to Munich’s museums | First Baltic Artists’ Award winners announced | Eleven bidders announced for the UK City of Culture 2021

2 Mar 2017
Metropolitan Museum director Thomas P. Campbell (pictured here speaking at the opening of the exhibition 'Manus x Machina' in 2016), has been awarded the second annual Getty Rothschild Fellowship.

Metropolitan Museum director Thomas Campbell resigns

Plus: Catalan trio awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize | 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair announces new Marrakech edition | Ancient palace discovered under shrine demolished by IS in Mosul

1 Mar 2017

Laurence des Cars appointed director of the Musée d’Orsay

Plus: Iron age gold found in Staffordshire | digital photography of Sistine Chapel now complete | Hudson Valley arts space announces opening date

28 Feb 2017

Nazi governor’s son returns looted art to Poland

Plus: Ren Hang (1987–2017) | Paul Schimmel departs from Hauser & Wirth | Lawyer in Pontormo case defends private collector | and recommended reading

27 Feb 2017
Lawrence Weiner about to leave port in Reykjavik to jettison his planks A PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS ASAP as his participation in Reykjavik Arts Festival, Iceland, 2005. © Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner wins Aspen Award for Art

Plus: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center handed over to Greek state | Congressman files lawsuit over removal of Ferguson protest painting from US Capitol | and Courtney J. Martin named as Dia Art Foundation’s new deputy director

24 Feb 2017

Miguel Falomir put forward as new Prado director

Plus: Münster Sculpture Projects artists announced | $12 million gift for Denver Art Museum | and LA nonprofit closes due to targeting by anti-gentrification activists

23 Feb 2017

Plans for David Bowie memorial sculpture unveiled

Plus: London art gallery sparks racism row | Rashid Johnson to make feature film debut | Andrea Rosen to close gallery after 27 years | Michael Werner awarded France's Legion of Honour | and recommended reading

22 Feb 2017

2017 Serpentine Pavilion commission announced

Plus: UK Cultural Property Bill will become law | Alan Aldridge (1943–2017) | Sarah Forrest wins Margaret Tait award | and Metropolitan Museum director defends NEA |

21 Feb 2017
Musee d'art moderne de la ville de Paris. Wikimedia commons

Eight-year sentence for ‘Spiderman’ art thief

Plus: Iraqi archaeologist appointed to assess destruction in Nimrud | Iraq Pavilion to exhibit antiquities from the National Museum of Iraq | Royal Academy launches summer festival | and recommended reading

20 Feb 2017
Madonna with the Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory the Wonderworker, , (1639) (detail), Guercino.

Stolen Guercino painting resurfaces in Casablanca

Plus: Cologne foundation insists it represents August Sander’s estate | Jannis Kounellis (1936–2017) | and Michigan art dealer handed three-year sentence for selling fake paintings

17 Feb 2017
Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap (Detail) c.1529, Jacopo Pontormo. The National Gallery's matching offer to buy the painting has been rejected.

UK formally refuses export licence for £30 million Pontormo painting

Plus: Nancy Spector appointed artistic director and chief curator of Guggenheim Museums | Questions raised in Parliament over UK Holocaust Memorial | Historic England criticises Giggs and Neville’s skyscraper proposals | and Bern and Bonn schedule first Gurlitt collection exhibitions

16 Feb 2017