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Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, and Pace Gallery. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

The week in art news – Sam Gilliam (1933–2022)

Plus: Daniel H. Weiss is stepping down as president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

1 Jul 2022
Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Vancouver Island

The week in art news – plan to demolish and rebuild Royal British Columbia Museum scrapped

Plus: Documenta removes artwork at centre of anti-Semitism allegations | Marble head of Hercules found in wreck off Greek island | and a round-up of recent museum appointments and art-world moves

24 Jun 2022
The Dionysos pediment from the Parthenon marbles at the British Museum.

British Museum chair George Osborne says ‘deal’ can be done over Parthenon Marbles

Plus: Smithsonian board votes to return 29 Benin Bronzes | UK places a temporary export bar on £19m Poussin painting | Marina Lambraki-Plaka, the director of the National Gallery in Athens, has died at the age of 83

17 Jun 2022
Paula Rego, photographed in 2021. Photo: © Nick Willing

The week in art news – Paula Rego (1935–2022)

Plus: the Tate is returning Barry Joule’s Francis Bacon archive | the Ivory Act has now come into effect in the UK | Sasha Suda has been appointed director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art | and a new contemporary art fair is coming to Tokyo

8 Jun 2022
Jean Luc-Martinez at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in December 2017.

The week in art news – former head of the Louvre investigated for money laundering and organised fraud

Plus: Inigo Philbrick sentenced to seven years in prison | Rima Abdul Malak appointed French culture minister | Randall Griffey appointed head curator at Smithsonian American Art Museum | Italian police find lost Titian

27 May 2022
Sotheby’s Oliver Barker fields bids during the second Macklowe collection sale on 16 May 2022. Courtesy Sotheby's.

The week in art news – Macklowe collection sells for record-breaking $922m

Plus: Angus Grossart has died at the age of 85 | Brazilian curator resigns amid MASP controversy | Protest takes place outside the Whitney | Ukrainian soldiers discover ancient artefacts in Odessa

20 May 2022
Courtesy the Courtauld

The week in art news – Deborah Swallow to retire as director of the Courtauld Institute

Plus: Ukraine demolishes statue symbolising friendship with Russia | Winners of competition to renew the Barbican Centre announced | Painting by Diego Rivera among assets seized from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska

29 Apr 2022

The week in art news – Turner Prize shortlist announced

Plus: Jessica Bell Brown named head of contemporary art at Baltimore Museum of Art | Kim McAleese appointed director of Edinburgh Art Festival | Francis Hine paintings discovered in dumpster to go on show

14 Apr 2022
Photo © Samuel Stuart Hollenshead, courtesy New York University

The week in art news – Getty Trust appoints Katherine Fleming as president

Plus: Charles Darwin’s stolen notebooks returned to Cambridge University | Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego reopens | Finland seizes art shipments from Russia worth €42m

8 Apr 2022
Andy Warhol photographed in 1973.

US Supreme Court to rule on dispute over Warhol’s use of Prince photograph

Plus: The Met returns looted statues to Libya | Ashton Hawkins (1937–2022) | Delfina Entrecanales (1927–2022) | Qatar to build three new museums in Doha

1 Apr 2022
destroyed buildings in Mariupol city

The week in art news – Mariupol art school bombed with civilians sheltering inside

Plus: Bonhams acquires Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen | Budi Tek (1957–2022) | Planning permission granted for Madison Square Garden Sphere in east London

25 Mar 2022
Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images)

The week in art news – France launches emergency fund for Ukrainian artists

Plus: Museums review security protocols after recent  MoMA stabbings | Francis Kéré wins Pritzker Architecture Prize | Frida Escobedo to design Met’s Modern and Contemporary wing | and parliamentary report calls UK’s £120 ‘Festival of Brexit’ a waste of public money

18 Mar 2022

The week in art news – Ukrainians try to safeguard cultural heritage

Plus: Raphael from the Hermitage no longer to travel to National Gallery | Smithsonian in talks to return Benin Bronzes | and Dayanita Singh wins Hasselblad Prize

13 Mar 2022

The week in art news – Unesco voices concern for Ukrainian heritage sites

Plus: Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam cuts ties with St Petersburg | Shirley Hughes (1927–2022) | Museum ethics committee condemns proposed removal of Whitworth director

6 Mar 2022

The week in art news – Ukrainian museums try to protect their collections

Ukraine’s museums try to protect their collections | director of the Whitworth Art Gallery said to have been asked to resign | Neolithic site uncovered in Jordan | Weltmuseum’s audio guide hacked by activists

27 Feb 2022
Roundel (c. 1500) attributed to Gian Marco Cavalli. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Met acquires much-coveted Renaissance roundel for $23m

The second most expensive purchase the Met has ever made is a stunning Italian bronze – and efforts to keep it in the UK have come to nothing

23 Feb 2022
The Africa Museum in Tervuren, outside Brussels.

Belgium hands over full inventory of objects to DRC

Plus: Carmen Herrera (1915–2022) | Mona Saudi (1945–2022) | David Zwirner is latest gallery to announce Los Angeles branch | and National Gallery of Canada creates department for Indigenous ways and decolonisation

20 Feb 2022
The new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens.

The week in art news – SFMOMA appoints Christopher Bedford as director

Christopher Bedford to leave Baltimore Museum of Art to direct SFMOMA | Fine Arts Paris and La Biennale to merge | Jorge Zamanillo appointed director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino | Jonathan Watkins leaves Ikon after nearly 25 years | Bamber Gascoigne (1935–2022) | and Russian guard doodles on $1million painting

13 Feb 2022
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The week in art news – UK government announces ‘levelling-up’ plans

Plus: New York gallery faces lawsuit for refusing to divulge a Rothko’s provenance | Biden reverses Trump’s restrictions on art displayed in federal buildings | Ancient Greek artefacts and ruins unearthed in southern Italy

6 Feb 2022
Grand Palais Paris

The week in art news – Art Basel owner bumps FIAC from its slot with a new Paris fair

Plus: Art Basel Hong Kong postponed to May and France to restitute 15 works looted by the Nazis

30 Jan 2022
TEFAF Maastricht: now coming to you in June. Photo: Loraine Bodewes, courtesy of TEFAF 2015

The week in art news – TEFAF Maastricht moves to June, now jam-packed with fairs

Plus: The Courtauld Institute and Kings College London announce 10-year ‘strategic partnership’ | Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover (1927–2022) | and a round-up of recent museum appointments

21 Jan 2022
The ‘Colston Four’ – Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, Jake Skuse and Sage Willoughby, speak outside Bristol Crown Court after being found not guilty of criminal damage.

The week in art news – Colston Four cleared of criminal damage

Plus: Iwona Blazwick to step down as director of Whitechapel Gallery | Annick Lemoine appointed new director of Petit Palais | and Bengi Ünsal appointed new director of ICA

6 Jan 2022
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. Photo: Eye Ubiquitous/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The week in art news – Danish and Dutch museums close in lockdowns

Plus: TEFAF and Salon du Dessin have been postponed | bell hooks (1952–2021) | and Sally Mann wins Prix Pictet

19 Dec 2021
The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on March 28, 2019.

The week in art news – Metropolitan Museum of Art to remove Sackler name from its galleries

Plus: Billionaire collector Michael Steinhardt surrenders 180 looted artefacts | Polish government ends contract of Museum of Lodz’s director | and New York City to give $50m to 1,000 cultural organisations

12 Dec 2021