Karsten Schubert photographed by Helen Taylor, October 1990

Karsten Schubert (1961–2019)

Plus: British art dealer gets prison sentence for grand larceny and fraud | Portuguese authorities seize art from debt-ridden businessman | Europe's tallest artwork set to rise above Belgian motorway | and Wendell Dayton (1938–2019)

31 Jul 2019
The Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, photographed in 2014.

Fire brought under control at Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt

Plus: Boston's Museum of Fine Arts receives grant from Netherlands for new centre | Italian lawsuit over $800m estate threatens NYU collection | and recommended reading

30 Jul 2019
Carlos Cruz-Diez in Liverpool

Carlos Cruz-Diez (1923–2019)

Plus: Neil deGrasse Tyson keeps job at American Museum of Natural History after closure of sexual-misconduct investigation | Archaeologists discover temple belonging to sunken ancient city

29 Jul 2019
The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Photo: Timothy Schenck

Artists reverse decision to withdraw from Whitney Biennial

Plus: Paris heat wave threatens Notre Dame with collapse | Schiele drawing discovered in New York thrift store | Damian Ortega wins inaugural ICA Miami prize for sculpture | and recommended reading

26 Jul 2019
Warren Kanders and Allison Kanders at the Whitney Gala 2012.

Warren Kanders resigns as vice chair of Whitney board

Plus: Nicky Morgan named UK Culture Secretary | Paolo Giuerini reconfirmed as director of Naples museum of archaeology | and Baltimore Museum of Art to establish centre for Matisse studies

25 Jul 2019

Renaissance shipwreck found in Baltic Sea

Plus: the Netherlands establishes endowment fund at MFA Boston | and Portland Museum of Art awarded $4.6m in lawsuit

24 Jul 2019
The court casket from Newbattle Abbey (1565), Master of Perspective, Nuremberg (£750,000).

UK government export bar on rare Renaissance casket expires

Plus: Worcester Art Museum receives $10m donation | and CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain Bordeaux appoints new director

23 Jul 2019
The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Photo: Timothy Schenck

Eight artists withdraw from Whitney Biennial

Plus: Marisa Merz (1926–2019) | César Pelli (1927–2019) | Palais de Tokyo names Emma Lavigne as president | and recommended reading

22 Jul 2019
Royal statues from the kingdom of Dahomey (Benin), dating from 1890–92, currently at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, photo: Gerald Julien/AFP/Getty Images

France to lend Benin €20 million for museum to house looted artefacts

Plus: Kurdish artist Zehra Doğan detained in Berlin following protest-performance | Charles Dickens Museum buys back portrait lost for 133 years | and recommended reading

19 Jul 2019
The Weston at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park building makes shortlist for RIBA Stirling Prize 2019

Plus: Notre-Dame reconstruction bill passes into law | Tate declares climate emergency, promising broad reevaluation of practices | and recommended reading

18 Jul 2019
The Louvre in Paris.

Sackler name removed from Louvre galleries after protests

Plus: Two Egyptian pyramids reopen to public | Benin to open museum to house looted artefacts

17 Jul 2019
The novelist Ahdaf Soueif, who has announced her resignation from the board of trustees of the British Museum, photographed in London in 2016.

British Museum trustee Ahdaf Soueif resigns over BP sponsorship, repatriation and workers’ rights

Plus: Study suggests lard was used in Stonehenge construction | and Frieder Burda (1936–2019)

16 Jul 2019
Aerial view of the Tulip.

Mayor of London rejects Foster + Partners’ ‘Tulip’ skyscraper

Plus: Co-chairmen of Paris Biennale vetting committee resign | Tate acquires archive of surrealist painter Ithell Colquhoun | and recommended reading

15 Jul 2019
Street art by the French artist Eltono, in Beijing's Caochangdi art district.

Beijing artists evicted from two arts districts

Plus: Judge rules in favour of Agnes Martin authentication committee members | and recommended reading

12 Jul 2019
Three of the items seized by the Department of Homeland Security during the course of the investigation into Subhash Kapoor and his co-defendants.

Art dealer Subhash Kapoor charged with running extensive smuggling ring

Plus: David Zwirner to open Paris space, citing Brexit concerns | Himali Singh Soin wins 2019 Frieze Artist Award | New York court rules that Nazi-looted Schiele works will remain with victim’s heirs | and Eberhard Havekost (1967–2019)

11 Jul 2019
Anne Ellegood. Photo by Mark Hanauer.

Anne Ellegood appointed director of ICA, Los Angeles

Plus: Egypt to sue over Christie’s Tutankhamun bust sale | Open letter opposes destruction of George Washington mural in San Francisco high school | Philip Freelon (1952–2019)

10 Jul 2019
The Getty Center in Los Angeles.

Joan Weinstein becomes director of Getty Foundation

Plus: Pace Gallery closes Beijing outpost | Tania Bruguera to launch investigative journalism initiative in Cuba | and recommended reading

9 Jul 2019
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Guggenheim Museum added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Plus: Douglas Crimp, 1944–2019 | British Museum defends relationship with BP | and recommended reading

8 Jul 2019
Leon Kossoff. Photo: © Toby Glanville; courtesy Annely Juda

Leon Kossoff (1926–2019)

Plus: Lobby group Europa Nostra criticises UNESCO’s support of cruise ships in Venice | and recommended reading

5 Jul 2019
A reconstructed Iron Age farmstead at St Fagans National Museum of History, Wales.

St Fagans in Wales wins Art Fund Museum of the Year

Plus: France returns group of 445 ancient stolen artefacts to Pakistan | and Krefeld rejects artist’s heirs claim to Mondrian paintings

4 Jul 2019
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
David Koloane in 2016.

David Koloane (1938–2019)

Plus: Nan Goldin leads protest against Sackler wing at Louvre | Bartomeu Marí named executive director of Museo de Arte de Lima | and Heidi Zuckerman to step down as director of Aspen Art Museum

2 Jul 2019
Michelangelo's David at the Accademia in Florence.

Italian culture minister plans to appoint single director to run Uffizi and Accademia

Plus: Christian Rattemeyer named director of SculptureCenter | Germany to return Nazi-looted Dutch painting to Uffizi | and Guggenheim workers vote to unionise

1 Jul 2019

St Peter’s Seminary will not be saved by the Scottish government

Plus: Wellcome Collection names Melanie Keen as new director | Designs for extension to New Museum revealed | Aliph fund announces $6.3m for war-zone heritage projects | and recommended reading

28 Jun 2019