John Giorno (1936–2019) in New York in 2012.

John Giorno (1936–2019)

Plus: Ettore Spalletti (1940–2019) | Charles Jencks (1939–2019) | Companies involved in fraudulent art investment case wound up by UK courts | Italian culture minister reappoints three museum directors

14 Oct 2019
Museum of Modern Art, New York

Open letter calls for MoMA trustee Larry Fink to divest from private prisons

Plus: Gladiator fresco uncovered in Pompeii | Nan Goldin and PAIN protest at Purdue Pharma bankruptcy hearings | and recommended reading

11 Oct 2019
Bertille Bak below in front of her works at the Mario Merz Prize finalist group exhibition

Bertille Bak wins Mario Merz Prize for art

Plus: Courtauld Institute adds courses in contemporary and modern African art | and Jill Freedman (1939–2019)

10 Oct 2019
Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1490, Gallerie dell'Accademia

Italian court blocks Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man from travelling to Louvre

Plus: Ikon wins £125,000 award and announces first UK exhibition of Renaissance master Carlo Crivelli | Stirling architecture prize awarded to Norwich council houses | and Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art receives gift of $1.15 million

9 Oct 2019
The lnfanta Isabella Clara Eugenia (detail; c. 1630), Anthony van Dyck.

Art UK initiative uncovers Van Dyck portrait in Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery

Plus: Musée Rodin to open China outpost | Desert X board members resign over planned Saudi exhibition | Artist and landscape architect Walter Hood wins $250,000 Gish prize

8 Oct 2019
Tim Marlow.

Design Museum appoints Tim Marlow as director and chief executive

Plus: Feminist exhibition cancelled in Shanghai | and Sally Soames (1937–2019)

7 Oct 2019
Jeff Koons poses in front of his Bouquet of Tulips in Paris on 4 October 2019.

Jeff Koons unveils controversial tulip sculpture in Paris

Plus: Sotheby’s has ceased publicly trading after its sale to BidFair USA | Tate Modern makes renaming of main building after activist permanent | and recommended reading

4 Oct 2019
The New Museum, New York.

New Museum reaches contract agreement with employees’ union

Plus: Ethiopian crown hidden by civil servant revealed after 21 years | Former Getty Foundation director Deborah Marrow dies, aged 70 | and Ludwig Forum to award artist Walid Raad, despite Aachen objections

3 Oct 2019
Dr Katherine Crawford Luber.

Katherine Crawford Luber to direct Minneapolis Institute of Art

Plus: Uffizi director Eike Schmidt cancels move to Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum | Websites ordered to remove allegations against artist Subodh Gupta | and German city of Aachen withdraws art prize over recipient’s alleged support of BDS

2 Oct 2019
Otobong Nkanga, who has been awarded the inaugural $100,000 Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award.

Otobong Nkanga wins inaugural Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award

Plus: Chile criticised for authorising use of heavy machinery in treasure hunt | and Wolfgang Tillmans to chair London’s ICA

1 Oct 2019
Maggie Appleton.

UK museum leaders warn of crumbling infrastructure

Plus: New Museum employees vote to strike if contract agreement not reached | Man sentenced to three years for theft from the Tretyakov | James Bradburne reconfirmed as director of Pinacoteca di Brera | and Jorge Pérez to open private museum in Miami

30 Sep 2019
Jacques Chirac at the inauguration of the Musée du Quai-Branly in 2006.

Jacques Chirac (1932–2019)

Plus: Looted sarcophagus acquired by the Met returned to Egypt | and recommended reading

27 Sep 2019

Christopher Le Brun to step down from Royal Academy presidency

Plus: French luxury goods billionaires finalise €300m donation to Notre Dame | Former BP chief one of four new sponsors of Turner prize | and more art news

26 Sep 2019
The Mocking of Christ, thought to have been painted by Cimabue, will be auctioned at Senlis on 27 October.

Painting attributed to Cimabue discovered in French woman’s kitchen

Plus: Italy lends key works for the Louvre’s Leonardo retrospective | MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ recipients announced | Pot excavated from beneath Rembrandt’s house linked to artist

25 Sep 2019
The Great Gallery at the Wallace Collection, London.

Wallace Collection to start lending artworks

Plus: Huguette Caland (1931–2019) | Josef Albers mural returns to Manhattan skyscraper | and recommended reading

24 Sep 2019
Ice Watch (2018), Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing.

UN appoints Olafur Eliasson as climate ambassador

Plus: Wim Crouwel (1928–2019) | AI database to remove 600,000 images after artists expose bias | The Scottish Gallery to become employee-owned | and Paisley Museum renovation receives £2 million from Scottish government

23 Sep 2019

Gianfranco Gorgoni (1941–2019)

Plus: Montreal MFA appoints first curator of Inuit art | and recommended reading

20 Sep 2019
Fumio Nanjo in 2007.

Director of Mori Art Museum to retire

Plus: Séverine Lepape named director of the Cluny Museum | and Guatemala and Mexico protest pre-Columbian sale in Paris

19 Sep 2019

Getty Trust announces $100m world heritage programme

Plus: second arrest made in connection with Cattelan toilet heist | and Walker Art Center announces new sculpture commission

18 Sep 2019
Stephen Deuchar.

Stephen Deuchar to step down as director of Art Fund

Plus: French culture minister promises 1,000 digital museums | and Japan Art Association announces international award winners

17 Sep 2019
AMERICA (2016), Maurizio Cattelan.

Maurizio Cattelan sculpture stolen from Blenheim Palace

Plus: Daniel Buren painting attacked at the Pompidou | Rumours of Prince Philip statue at Trafalgar Square dismissed | and recommended reading

16 Sep 2019
Pauline Curnier Jardin, winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019.

Pauline Curnier Jardin has been awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie

Plus: painter arrested in Italy over Old Master fake scandal | Golden Age terminology vetoed by Amsterdam Museum | winning design unveiled for new Archaeological Museum of Sparta | and recommended reading

13 Sep 2019
Helen Whately MP

Helen Whately appointed UK minister for arts, heritage and tourism

Plus: Record-breaking £58.6m of cultural artefacts handed over to UK through Arts Council schemes | Mary Abbott (1921–2019)

12 Sep 2019
One Stamford Forum, Connecticut, containing the headquarters of Purdue Pharma.

Sackler family reportedly ready to give up ownership of Purdue Pharma

Plus: Vasif Kortun announced as director of Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum | Whitney Museum names Tiona Nekkia McClodden as recipient of 2019 Bucksbaum Award | and Pace Gallery announces appointments at opening of new East Coast headquarters

11 Sep 2019