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
Alan Jones, the newly appointed president of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

RIBA appoints new president amid controversy

Plus: NADA’s New York fair 2019 cancelled | Liverpool Biennial restores destroyed work documenting refugee crisis | and Pussy Riot member barred from leaving Russia

9 Aug 2018
The Hoa Hakananai’a at the British Museum in London.

Easter Islanders call for British Museum to return Moai statue

Plus: Nam June Paik Prize 2018 shortlist announced | CEO of MCH Group resigns | and Toby Kamps joins White Cube

8 Aug 2018

MoMA employees stage protest ahead of union negotiations

Plus: Sotheby’s sales increase but net profit falls | Bangladeshi police arrest renowned photographer Shahidul Alam | Gagosian Hong Kong appoints Han-I Wang as Senior Director | and recommended reading

7 Aug 2018

Chinese authorities demolish Ai Weiwei’s studio

Plus: Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art rediscovers ten Picasso works in its collection | Russia appoints Steven Seagal as a cultural envoy | and recommended reading

6 Aug 2018
The Design Museum in Kensington, London.

Artists remove works from Design Museum in protest over arms-trade event

Plus: New Museum receives $660,000 grant to develop art technology | Sotheby’s names Simon Shaw vice chairman of global fine art division | and recommended reading

3 Aug 2018
Cordoned crime scene at Strängnäs cathedral, west of Stockholm.

Crown jewels stolen from cathedral in Sweden

Plus: Joan Jonas show at Haus der Kunst cancelled due to financial difficulties | American Folk Art Museum names Jason T. Busch as executive director | and Antonio Dias (1944–2018)

2 Aug 2018

MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach to head LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Plus: Jewish Museum receives $10m and more than 70 artworks from the Barnett Newman Foundation | and Getty Foundation awards grants to improve conservation skills

1 Aug 2018
Adam and Eve (around 1530) by Lucas Cranach

US appeals court upholds ruling on Nazi-looted Cranachs

Plus: Peter Ainsworth appointed as chair of the Heritage Alliance | Florida’s Norton Museum gets $16m for new wing | and foundations of Roman library uncovered in Cologne

31 Jul 2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York., photo: Wikimedia Commons

Legal battle continues over Picasso painting at the Met

Plus: AIDS activists stage protest at the Whitney | Historic England celebrates local heroes in new exhibition | VR used to recreate artists’ studios at the State Tretyakov | and recommended reading

30 Jul 2018
Charles Saumarez Smith

Charles Saumarez Smith to leave the RA and join Blain|Southern

Plus: Tuesday Smillie awarded Rose Art Museum residency | Art Gallery of South Australia appoints Rhana Devenport as director | and recommended reading

27 Jul 2018
Marta Gili, director of the Jeu de Paume.

Jeu de Paume director Marta Gili to step down

Plus: UK high court rules that Giotto painting left Italy unlawfully | and Powerhouse Museum director resigns amid fundraising row

26 Jul 2018
The Design Museum in Kensington, London.

Design Museum criticised for hosting event linked to arms industry

Plus: BRIC appoints Kristina Newman-Scott as president | and Warhol Foundation urges University of Kansas to reinstate artwork

25 Jul 2018
Relief of a Persian soldier (5th century B.C), Photo: © Office of the New York district attorney

US judge orders return of Persian bas-relief to Iran

Plus: Cleveland Museum of Art establishes conservation centre for Chinese paintings | and record six-month sales period for Christie’s

24 Jul 2018

Exhibitors criticise management of Bahrain’s flagship art fair

Plus: Nan Goldin continues opioid protests | New York dealer finds ‘lost de Koonings’ in storage locker | and recommended reading

23 Jul 2018

Walker Art Center forms Indigenous Public Art Selection Committee

Plus: Anne Olivier Bell (1916–2018) and recommended reading

20 Jul 2018
Tate St Ives exterior visualisation. © Jamie Fobert Architects

Tate St Ives among finalists for Stirling Prize 2018

Plus: Regiment museum in Stirling awarded £1m lottery funding | Ancient skulls stolen from church display in Kent | and winners of Write on Art prize announced

19 Jul 2018
Waverley Gate, the site of Creative Scotland’s Edinburgh headquarters.

Janet Archer resigns as chief executive of Creative Scotland

Plus: Robert Leckie is appointed director of Spike Island | Oxford’s Story Museum receives £1m funding boost | and Inaugural European ArtEast Foundation grants announced

18 Jul 2018