Paris gallery cancels show of artist accused of plagiarising Basquiat

Plus: Emma Son appointed senior director of Lehmann Maupin Seoul | German man forgets Picasso ceramic on train | 'Burn after purchase' sculpture of Spanish king goes on sale at ARCO Madrid

27 Feb 2019
Zehra Doğan, photographed in 2015.

Zehra Doğan, artist and journalist, released from Turkish prison

Plus: Participants announced for Whitney Biennial 2019 | Jamie Crewe wins Margaret Tait Award | and Jack Burnham (1931–2019)

26 Feb 2019

Mary Boone announces she will close her gallery

Plus: Ghana to present first national pavilion at Venice Biennale | A third of Armory show exhibitors relocated after safety concerns | and recommended reading

25 Feb 2019

Indonesian art collective to curate Documenta 15

Plus: Hermitage Museum evacuated after bomb threats | Bronx Museum of the Arts appoints new board members | and recommended reading

22 Feb 2019
Personifications of the eight cardinal virtues (1650–1700), southern Germany, probably Augsburg.

Liebieghaus in Frankfurt acquires more than 200 ivory sculptures

Plus: Dallas Art Fair to open permanent exhibition space | and ivory smuggler jailed in Tanzania 

21 Feb 2019
Naiza Khan. Image courtesy Rossi & Rossi, London

Naiza Khan to represent Pakistan at Venice Biennale

Plus: US investment firm sues artist Kristen Visbal | National Gallery’s newly acquired Cranach goes on display | and the Met appoints new deputy director for digital

20 Feb 2019
Karl Lagerfeld photographed at the Palazzo Vecchio in 2015.

Karl Lagerfeld (1933–2019)

Plus: Ai Weiwei-directed segment in Berlin film cut | and founding director of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art steps down

19 Feb 2019
The gilded ancient Egyptian coffin at the Met in New York (detail).

The Met to return ancient coffin to Egypt

Plus: Nan Goldin threatens to boycott National Portrait Gallery show over Sackler funding | Royal Academy receives £10 million from Hans and Julia Rausing | San Francisco Museum of Modern Art sells Rothko | and Recommended Reading

18 Feb 2019
Mary Boone in 2008. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Mary Boone sentenced to 30 months in prison for tax fraud

Plus: Radical Matriarchy group protests outside National Gallery of Art in Washington | National Endowment of the Arts announces more than $27m in grants | and recommended reading

15 Feb 2019
J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library in winter, 2011, Morgan Library & Museum.

Morgan Library & Museum announces $12.5m exterior restoration project

Plus: Junya Ishigami to design Serpentine Pavilion 2019 | Christie’s helps return eight looted antiquities to Italy | Bisi Silva (1962–2019) | and fire breaks out at empty Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

14 Feb 2019
Axel Ruger

Axel Rüger appointed head of Royal Academy

Plus: Richard Green sued by US client over ‘high price’ of Old Masters | Cindy Sherman awarded 2019 Max Beckmann Prize | and Blanton Museum of Art receives $20m gift from the Moody Foundation

13 Feb 2019
FatoŞ Üstek

Fatoş Üstek named director of Liverpool Biennial

Plus: Vancouver Art Gallery workers reach agreement with museum | High court dismisses Neo Bankside residents’ case against Tate | and Tomi Ungerer (1931–2019)

12 Feb 2019
Portrait of Robert Ryman in 2002.

Robert Ryman (1930–2019)

Plus: Nan Goldin leads anti-opioid protest at New York’s Met and Guggenheim museums | and Baltimore Museum of Art receives $3.5m to endow chief curator position

11 Feb 2019
Alicja Kwade

Met selects Alicja Kwade for 2019 roof garden commission

Plus: Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio win Royal Academy Architecture Prize | Nuremberg prosecutor seizes 63 suspected Hitler forgeries | and Oliver Barker to direct Cape Ann Museum in Massachusetts

8 Feb 2019
A saleroom in New York during the sales of the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller.

Christie’s posts record sales total of £5.3bn for 2018

Plus: Vancouver Art Gallery staff go on strike over wages | Philipp Kaiser joins Marian Goodman Gallery | and recommended reading

7 Feb 2019
MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, photographed in 2013.

Rio museum completes controversial Pollock painting sale

Plus: Venice implements tax for day tourists | and Jessica Martinez to direct Cornell University’s art museum

6 Feb 2019
North/south section-perspective through the new gallery spaces at The Museum of Modern Art, looking east along Fifty-third Street.

MoMA to close for four months during final stage of expansion

Plus: Germany puts €1.9m towards research on colonial-era artefacts | Nabatean carved stones returned to Jordan | and Met curator wins $100,000 Vilcek Prize honouring immigrants in US

5 Feb 2019
Jerwood Gallery

Relationship between Jerwood Foundation and Jerwood Gallery in doubt

Plus: Nigeria asks British Museum to return Lander Stool | Lyn Kienholz (1930–2019)

4 Feb 2019
Watlington Hoard

UK government wants to widen legal definition of treasure

Plus: Annabelle Selldorf to design Forbidden City’s visitor centre | Ramiken Gallery awarded inaugural Armory Show prize | and recommended reading

1 Feb 2019
The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Berkshire Museum appoints Jeff Rodgers as executive director

Plus: Elmgreen & Dragset monument vandalised in Berlin | Georgia O’Keeffe Museum buys Ritz Tower painting | and Kimbell Art Museum names new European art curator

31 Jan 2019

Mosul Museum partially reopens with contemporary exhibition

Plus: More than 75 New York galleries sued over disability access | and El Museo del Barrio cancels Alejandro Jodorowsky retrospective

30 Jan 2019
The artist Susan Hiller in 2014.

Susan Hiller (1940–2019)

Plus: Row over British Museum director’s comments on Elgin Marbles | London’s Royal College of Art launches regeneration programme | and Assyrian sculptures in Scottish mansion sold abroad

29 Jan 2019
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Federally funded museums reopen after US government shutdown

Plus: Banksy mural stolen from the Bataclan theatre | Fine Art Group buys the Falcon Group’s art lending division | and Johns Hopkins University to buy Newseum building

28 Jan 2019

Large Asian art collection donated to the University of Texas at Dallas

Plus: Apichatpong Weerasethakul wins Artes Mundi prize | New Museum workers vote to unionise | Van Gogh’s Sunflowers will no longer leave Amsterdam | and recommended reading

25 Jan 2019