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

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

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

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

The Chapman Brothers leave White Cube

Plus: South Korean artists sue impeached president | Isaac Julien appointed Art Fund trustee | and Paddle8 announces further layoffs

15 Feb 2017

Multi-faith art exhibits stolen and vandalised at Gloucester Cathedral

Plus: Dispute continues over Anselm Kiefer show in Beijing | Jay Sanders to take over as director of Artists Space | Andrew Goldstein appointed editor-in-chief at artnet News | Museum discovers rare Rembrandt drawing in its collection

14 Feb 2017
The Virgin and Child with Saint Mary Magdalen and the Infant Saint John the Baptist (c. 1535–40) Parmigianino.

Export bar placed on Parmigianino painting in the UK

Plus: Students foil attempted art theft in Boston | Heirs of Nazi sympathiser win battle to keep his work on display | and recommended reading

13 Feb 2017

Bulletproof glass barrier to be erected around Eiffel Tower

Plus: UK museums worried about status of EU staff | Kiev exhibition vandalised | Art in General appoints Laurel Ptak as executive director

10 Feb 2017
Art Dusseldorf new co-owners Walter Gehlen, Marco Fazzone, Rene Kamm, Andreas Lohaus.

Art Basel owner acquires stake in new Düsseldorf art fair

Plus: Public gallery planned for UK Government Art Collection | South Korea’s former culture minister charged with abuse of power | Africa Center announces departure of director Michelle D. Gavin | and Crossrail archaeological finds to go on display in London

9 Feb 2017

Neolithic tombs cause setback for Stonehenge tunnel

Plus: The Met adds 375,000 images to Creative Commons website | Right-wing protesters disrupt Syrian artist’s installation unveiling in Dresden | and Sotheby’s files second lawsuit over fake Hals

8 Feb 2017

Artist list revealed for Venice Biennale international exhibition

Plus: Van Gogh Museum announces date of return for stolen paintings | Jock Reynolds to step down as director of Yale Art Gallery | Nominees announced for 2017 Prix Marcel Duchamp | Rachel Whiteread wins Ada Huxtable Prize | and Tracey Emin among donors funding scholarship for refugees

7 Feb 2017

US collector rejects National Gallery’s offer for Pontormo painting

Plus: MoMA rehangs collection to highlight artists from banned countries | Anish Kapoor awarded $1 million Genesis Prize | Colby College Museum of Art receives $100 million gift | and recommended reading

6 Feb 2017

Louvre closes after knife attack and subsequent shooting

Plus: Harry Dalmeny appointed UK chairman of Sotheby’s | New Bolivian museum honours Evo Morales | Santiago Calatrava unveils designs for Greenwich project | and Ari Wiseman steps down as deputy director of the Guggenheim

3 Feb 2017