Suspected poisoning of Pussy Riot member

Plus: Dubai private equity firm bows out of Art Dhabi sponsorship | Nazi-stolen Renoir painting returned to Jewish collector’s descendant | and Earliest known drawing found in South African cave

13 Sep 2018
The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Souls Grown Deep Foundation creates internship scheme for students of colour

Plus: New York appeals court rejects models heirs claims to Matisse portrait | Beazley Designs of the Year 2018 shortlist announced | and Shortlist for RIBA 2018 International Prize announced

12 Sep 2018
Self-portrait (n.d.), Anne Vallayer-Coster.

Four Nazi-looted works identified by Gurlitt Provenance Research project

Plus: Eduoard Kopp appointed chief curator of Menil Drawing Institute | Women arrested for damaging artefacts in Athens | LarbitsSisters win inaugural prize for interactive and new media art | and archaeologists discover Roman coins beneath disused theatre in Como

11 Sep 2018
Tristram Hunt,

Tristram Hunt floats idea of hotel tax for overseas tourists to fund UK museums

Plus: Yasufumi Nakamori appointed Tate’s senior curator of international art | Steven Parissien steps down as director of Compton Verney Art Gallery | and Nancy Blomberg (1946–2018)

10 Sep 2018
BEINGSAFEISSCARY (2017), Banu Cennetoğlu. ​Fridericianum, Kassel

Moritz Wesseler appointed as director of Fridericianum in Kassel

Plus: Dominic Willsdon named new director of ICA at VCU | Glenstone Museum sued by contractors for $24m | New York gallery cancels exhibition featuring alleged neo-Nazi | and recommended reading

7 Sep 2018
Mary Boone in 2008. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Dealer Mary Boone pleads guilty to two counts of tax fraud

Plus: CCA in Glasgow’s indefinite closure puts it in financial peril | Mary Jane Long (1939–2018) | Wizard of Oz ruby slippers found 13 years after theft | and Ben Hartley named executive director of New York’s National Arts Club

6 Sep 2018

Madani Younis announced as new creative director of Southbank Centre

Plus: Frieze Art Fair to introduce new pricing system at Los Angeles debut | Kokoschka returned to Jewish heirs by Sweden’s Moderna Museet | and Denise Scott Brown receives Soane Medal 2018

5 Sep 2018
Bonhams, London

Bonhams sold to private equity fund Epiris

Plus: Open letter criticises gender disparity at Rencontres d’Arles | and performance artist charged with sexual exhibitionism after posing nude at Lourdes

4 Sep 2018

Devastating fire destroys the National Museum of Brazil

Plus: Art Basel introduces booth pricing-system to benefit young galleries | Ullens Center to open second museum | UK cultural figures sign letter demanding release of Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam | Adila Laïdi-Hanieh appointed director of Palestinian Museum | and Joanna Kamm named director of Liste Art Fair

3 Sep 2018
Paul Taylor's dance company rehearsing at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, November 1964.

Paul Taylor (1930–2018)

Plus: Museum in Saskatchewan, Canada receives $25million endowment | Non-profit gallery evicted in Jerusalem | ICA Los Angeles announces new board members | and recommended reading

31 Aug 2018
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Guggenheim receives $750,000 grant for 1960s and ’70s art

Plus: Renzo Piano offers to design new bridge in Genoa | Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize shortlist announced | and MacDowell Colony fellows named

30 Aug 2018

Major Dutch museums drop Shell sponsorship

Plus: German biennale dismantles Erdoğan statue following protests | National Portrait Gallery revises visitor figures after error | Yale’s Peabody Museum gifted $160 million | and  Nancy Chunn wins Artists' Legacy Foundation 2018 Artist Award

29 Aug 2018
Egon Schiele’s Woman Hiding Her Face (1912), formerly owned by Fritz Grünbaum. In April a New York judge ruled that the drawing was Nazi-looted and that it be returned to Grünbaum’s heirs.

German Lost Art Foundation removes 63 Schiele works from database

Plus: Georgia returns 17th-century painting to Germany | and Berlin’s Arratia Beer Gallery to Close

28 Aug 2018

Spain passes decree to remove Franco’s remains from Valley of the Fallen

Plus: Krishna Reddy (1925–2018) | and recommended reading

24 Aug 2018
Camillo Borghese (c. 1810), François-Pascal-Simon Gérard. Courtesy of The Frick Collection, New York

Italian government revokes export licence for Frick acquisition

Plus: Oslo blocks artist’s plans for ‘death house’ near Munch’s studio | Lauren Halsey wins the Hammer Museum’s $100,000 Mohn Award | and Sotheby’s Japan announces new Chairman and Managing Director

23 Aug 2018
Chase F. Robinson, who has been named director of the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries.

Chase F. Robinson named director of Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler galleries

Plus: National Heritage List for England reaches 400,000 entries | Tuscaloosa Museum of Art in Alabama to close | and Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace appoints new director

22 Aug 2018

Confederate statue toppled at the University of North Carolina

Plus: ICA Philadelphia receives $1m endowment | and Mackenzie Art Gallery appoints its first director of programs

21 Aug 2018
The courtyard of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

MoMA agrees new employment contract with union workers

Plus: Leipzig gallery drops painter over anti-immigrant Facebook posts | Charles Blackman (1928–2018) | and recommended reading

20 Aug 2018
Aretha Franklin (1942–2018), photo: Express Newspapers/Getty Images

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery honours Aretha Franklin

Plus: Christina Nielsen named director of art collections at the Huntington Library | MFA Boston receives $1 million grant from Japanese foundation | Museu de Arte de São Paulo promotes Tomás Toledo to chief curator | and recommended reading

17 Aug 2018
A view of downtown Pittsburgh, one of the US cities whose cultural organisations are the beneficiaries of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management Training Program.

Bloomberg Philanthropies names participants in $43m arts initiative

Plus: The List destroyed for second time | Art dealer Andrew Fabricant joins Gagosian | and Titus Kaphar awarded Rappaport Prize

16 Aug 2018
Installation view of 'Face Down' (2008) by Martin Puryear at John Berggruen Gallery.

Martin Puryear to represent US at next Venice Biennale

Plus: Chilean minister quits over past criticism of human-rights museum | Petition filed for case of Norton Simon Museum’s Cranachs to be reheard | Activists and artists attack Cuban government decree | and Baltimore Museum of Art appoints three curators

15 Aug 2018
Portrait of Chelsea Manning.

ICA in London to honour Chelsea Manning

Plus: Cheryl Young to retire from MacDowell Colony | and Cleveland Museum of Art launches diversity strategy

14 Aug 2018
Constitutional Center, the headquarters for the National Endowment of the Humanities. Credit:

National Endowment for the Humanities awards $43.1 million in grants

Plus: Colin Amery (1944–2018) | Iranian artist banned from leaving the country | Truze Lodder appointed temporary chair of Stedelijk Museum | Bloomberg Philanthropies announces $43 million in grants |  and recommended reading

14 Aug 2018

British Museum facilitates return of looted Iraqi antiquities

Plus: Prosecutors drop case against former Documenta officials | Mika Rottenberg wins Kurt Schwitters Prize 2019 | Norton Museum director to retire

10 Aug 2018