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The week in art news – Peter Doig awarded $2.5m in dispute over painting he didn’t paint

Plus: three defendants confess to involvement in Green Vault jewel theft and House of Lords reports lambasts UK government’s treatment of the arts

20 Jan 2023

Brazilian collector sues Detroit Institute of Art over allegedly stolen Van Gogh

Plus: the artist Michael Snow, the architect Renée Gailhoustet and the art historian Hans Belting have died this week

13 Jan 2023
Both (1976), Philip Guston. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Met gets 220 works by Philip Guston and a $10m donation

Plus: Adriano Pedrosa to curate the 2024 Venice Biennale, Cambridge to return Benin Bronzes, and the rest of the week’s top stories

16 Dec 2022
The Ukrainian culture minister Oleksandr Tkachenko. Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

The week in art news – Ukraine calls for cultural boycott of Russia

Plus: authorities seized looted artefacts from the home of Met trustee Shelby White, Artforum bought by Penske Media, and the rest of the week’s top stories

9 Dec 2022
Photo: Mößbauer/Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

The week in art news – hundreds of ancient coins stolen from German museum

Plus: Nottingham Castle Trust goes into liquidation, and the rest of the week’s top stories

25 Nov 2022
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The week in art news – Larry Gagosian plans for the future

Plus: German government introduces €200 Kulturpass scheme | American couple accused of smuggling in Guatemala | Divya Mehra wins Sobey Award in Canada

18 Nov 2022
Mark Hallett Courtauld

The week in art news – Mark Hallett named director of the Courtauld

Plus: museum directors denounce Just Stop Oil protests, Paul Allen collection sells for more than $1.6bn, and the rest of the week’s top stories

11 Nov 2022
The Barbican Arts Centre in London is among the institutions dropped from the Arts Council’s national funding portfolio. Photo: Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images

The week in art news – Arts Council England announces its national funding portfolio

Plus: Subhash Kapoor sentenced to ten years in prison, and the rest of the week’s top stories

4 Nov 2022
Frances Morris, photographed in the Tate Modern community garden in 2022. Photo: © Samia Meah

The week in art news – Frances Morris to step down from Tate Modern

Plus: Pierre Soulages (1919–2022), and a shake-up at the head of Art Basel

28 Oct 2022
Philadelphia Museum of Art

The week in art news – striking Philadelphia Museum of Art workers reach contract agreement

Plus: more looted objects connected to art dealer Subhash Kapoor returned to India, and the rest of the week’s art news

21 Oct 2022
Photo: Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the office of the president of Ukraine

The week in art news – cultural sites in Kyiv damaged by Russian bombardment

Plus: climate protestors arrested at National Gallery, restitution loophole in the new Charities Act likely to be closed, Angus Trumble (1964–2022)

14 Oct 2022
The Rosetta Stone in the British Museum

The week in art news – calls for the Rosetta Stone’s return to Egypt grow louder

Plus: the V&A has finally removed the Sackler name from the museum and Chris Dercon is to lead the Fondation Cartier

7 Oct 2022
Photo: Glasgow Life

The week in art news – Glasgow City Council to sell the Kelvingrove

Plus: the Charities Act of February 2022 grants museums new powers over restitution, Bard College establishes endowment of $50m for the study of Indigenous art, and more art news

30 Sep 2022
Photo: Chesnot/Getty Image

The week in art news – lights out early at the Louvre

Plus: Dimitrios Pandermalis (1940–2022) | and the Prado investigates its holdings for works seized during the Spanish Civil War

23 Sep 2022
The Queen standing before Royal Family, by Franz Winterhalter, in 1953. Photo: Keystone/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II (1926–2022)

The United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch served as patron of numerous arts organisations

9 Sep 2022
Photograph from an exhibition of the Guelph Treasure in Berlin in 2015.

US court dismisses Guelph Treasure lawsuit

Plus: antiquities trafficking investigation extends to Germany and dealer Johann König accused of sexual misconduct

2 Sep 2022
Courtesy ICOM

The week in art news – ICOM agrees on what a museum is

Plus: US Museums must include salaries in job adverts | the interim director of the Orlando Museum resigns after just a month

26 Aug 2022
, from the group known as Orpheus and the Sirens (350–300 BC), southern Italy.

The week in art news – Getty to return illegally excavated Orpheus sculptures to Italy

Plus: an arrest warrant is out for the antiquities dealer Georges Lofti, and the Tate has settled a discrimination case brought by three artists for a six-figure sum

12 Aug 2022
Max Hollein, president and soon-to-be CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The week in art news – Met director Max Hollein to take on chief executive role as well

Plus: new appointments at the National Gallery of Ireland and RIBA, Design Miami Paris cancelled amid security fears, and Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan museum

5 Aug 2022
Not falling any time soon: plaque dedicated to Cecil Rhodes in King Edward Street, adjacent to Oriel College, Oxford.

The week in art news – Cecil Rhodes plaque in Oxford gets listed status

Plus: Long-running dispute between Dmitry Rybolovlev and Yves Bouvier enters new phase and British geologist’s conviction for smuggling antiquities overturned

29 Jul 2022
Pop artist Claes Oldenburg with one of his works, an outsize tube of toothpaste on display in the Dusseldorf Kunsthalle, West Germany.

The week in art news – Claes Oldenburg (1929–2022)

Plus: Documenta director resigns in anti-Semitism row, Italian authorities stop Artemisia sale in Vienna and New York DA’s office returns 142 artefacts to Italy

22 Jul 2022
The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, London, designed by Charles Harrison Townsend and constructed in 1898–1901.

The week in art news – Horniman Museum wins Art Fund Museum of the Year prize

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in London is this year’s Art Fund Museum of the Year. The annual award, which…

15 Jul 2022
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

24 Jun 2022