Art News Daily

Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread wins the Whitechapel Gallery’s Art Icon award

Plus: Art dealer Mary Boone cites early-life trauma as reason for tax fraud | US Supreme Court refuses Hungarian restitution case filed by Jewish heirs | and five arts organisations shortlisted for Ampersand Foundation Award

9 Jan 2019
Marc-Olivier Wahler

Marc-Olivier Wahler resigns as director of MSU Broad Art Museum

Plus: Nazi-looted painting in Gurlitt collection returned to Jewish heirs | Stedelijk Museum confirms Beatrix Ruf will not return as director | and Artadia and Marciano Art Foundation establish new award for LA artists

8 Jan 2019
Stone carvings discovered in the Popoloca ruins in Puebla state, photo: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico

Temple of ‘Flayed Lord’ discovered in Mexico

Plus: Gaurav Bhatia resigns permanently as managing director of Sotheby’s India | and Ruth Estévez to be senior curator-at-large of Rose Art Museum

7 Jan 2019

Las Vegas casino buys 60-foot-high sculpture by Damien Hirst

Plus: Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum closes in federal shutdown | Warren MacKenzie (1924–2018) | Lauren Wittels named partner of Luhring Augustine Gallery | and recommended reading

4 Jan 2019
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

National Gallery of Art closes to public in Washington, D.C.

Plus: Artworks seized from residence of former president of Argentina | Nicola L. (1937–2018)

3 Jan 2019
Uffizi director Eike Schmidt with a framed photograph of 'Vase of Flowers' and the word 'stolen' in Italian, English and German. Photo: @UffiziGalleries via Twitter

Uffizi Gallery asks Germany to return Nazi-looted painting

Plus: Smithsonian sites in Washington, D.C. close due to government shutdown | Venice to introduce new tourist entry fee | Invisible ink drawings discovered on Basquiat work | Sister Wendy Beckett (1930–2018) | and recommended reading

2 Jan 2019
Rendering of Renzo Piano’s design for a new bridge in Genoa.

Renzo Piano designs for Genoa bridge revealed

Plus: Ivory Coast requests restitution of 148 artefacts from France | and bill on ivory ban receives Royal Assent to become UK law

20 Dec 2018
Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera files lawsuit against Cuban government

Plus: Hashim Sarkis to curate Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 | Amale Andraos to design Beirut Museum of Art | and Shortlist for Margaret Tait Award announced

19 Dec 2018

Excavations begin at newly discovered ancient Egyptian tomb

Plus: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag to be renamed | Loic Gouzer to leave Christie’s New York | and Vanessa German wins $200,000 Don Tyson Prize

18 Dec 2018

New York performing arts centre receives $89m grant

Plus: Dalí lobster telephone acquired by National Galleries of Scotland | Troels Wörsel (1950–2018) | and recommended reading

17 Dec 2018
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.

Anthea Hartig to direct Smithsonian Museum of American History

Plus: Strasbourg Biennale postponed after Christmas market shooting | Subodh Gupta steps down as curator of Goa arts festival over sexual misconduct claims | and recommended reading

14 Dec 2018
José Olympio Pereira

Fundação Bienal de São Paulo appoints a new president

Plus: Mario Merz Prize 2019 finalists announced | and Joan Mitchell Foundation announces 2018 grants

13 Dec 2018
Kaywin Feldman

Kaywin Feldman named first female director of National Gallery of Art in Washington

Plus: Julie Finch to direct Compton Verney Art Gallery | Leonor Antunes wins Zurich Art Prize 2019 | Anonymous Was a Woman 2018 grants awarded to 10 female artists

12 Dec 2018
Hao Hakananai'a at the British Museum

Easter Island mayor suggests Moai statue should stay in Britain

Plus: Robin Nicholson named director of Telfair Museums | Update on recovery of objects from National Museum of Brazil | and Tania Bruguera cancels appearance at Kochi-Muziris Biennale

11 Dec 2018
The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Photo: Timothy Schenck

Activist group stages protest at Whitney Museum

Plus: DRC to seek restitution of objects in Africa Museum in Belgium | and Carol Rhodes (1959–2018)

10 Dec 2018
A portrait of Lothar Baumgarten at work for his show ‘America Invention’ at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York in 1993.

Lothar Baumgarten (1944–2018)

Plus: ICA LA director Elsa Longhauser to step down | Tania Bruguera and other artists released in Cuba | and recommended reading

7 Dec 2018
Cloud Gate (2006), Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor reaches out-of-court settlement with the NRA

Plus: European Court of Human Rights rules that Russian government must pay compensation to Pussy Riot | Pieter Bruegel the Elder may have engraved earliest known Scottish landscape

6 Dec 2018
Charlotte Prodger, winner of the Turner Prize 2018. Photo: Emile Holba 2018

Charlotte Prodger wins 2018 Turner Prize for iPhone films

Plus: Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba | Italian court rules that Getty museum must return ancient statue | Anna Coliva reinstated as director of Galleria Borghese | and Academy Museum of Motion Pictures wins Sotheby’s Prize 

5 Dec 2018
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Whitney Museum director responds to concerns over vice chair’s business ties

Plus: Sotheby’s chief operating officer Adam Chinn to depart | and Andy Warhol Foundation arts writing grant recipients announced

4 Dec 2018
A burnt-out truck on the Champs Elysees in Paris, BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images

Several Paris museums close amid Yellow Vest protests

Plus: Staff members at Whitney Museum demand action over vice chair’s ties to tear gas production | Raqs Media Collective to be artistic director of 2020 Yokohama Triennale | and Helen Frankenthaler Foundation announces two art education funding initiatives

3 Dec 2018
An untitled work by Robert Morris on display at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 2012. Photo: © Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Robert Morris (1931–2018)

Plus: Andrew Hall wins legal battle over fake Leon Golub paintings | Final audit of Documenta finds bigger budget deficit | Nicola Calderón joins Timothy Taylor Gallery New York | and recommended reading

30 Nov 2018

Photograph long thought to be of Van Gogh is artist’s brother

Plus: Renoir painting stolen from Vienna’s Dorotheum auction house | Ivory Coast and Senegal request the return of artefacts from France | Head of Sotheby’s India takes ‘leave of absence’ following sexual harassment claims | and Nan Goldin awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal

29 Nov 2018
The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Berkshire Museum completes controversial deaccessioning sales

Plus: Daria Martin wins 2018 Film London Jarman Award | Archaeologists authenticate Stone Age rock paintings in Finland | and Adam Lerner to step down as director of MCA Denver

28 Nov 2018
Wanamaker Block (detail; 1955), Franz Kline. Yale University Art Gallery.

Hauser & Wirth opens non-profit institute for artists’ archives

Plus: Banksy works confiscated from exhibition in Brussels | and French court settles dispute over Majorelle trademark

27 Nov 2018