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Acquisitions of the Month: June 2016

Both the Courtauld and the Menil Collection acquire important works by Jasper Johns, while SFMOMA bolsters its already impressive photography collection

3 Jul 2016
Whirlpool room, by Jussi Kivi

One of Finland’s most distinguished artists is back from the wilderness

Jussi Kivi represented the country at the Venice Biennale in 2009, before retreating from the limelight. Now he’s back with a book from Helsinki’s edgelands

1 Jul 2016

‘There’s still a lot more to learn about this haven in Rome’

Reflecting on the Protestant cemetery in Rome – which Shelley called ‘the most beautiful cemetery’ he knew

Has the French culture ministry lost its way?

The French state has always prided itself on its special relationship with culture. But its recent history has been a troubled one

27 Jun 2016
Boat in Harbour, Brittany (1929), Christopher Wood.

Poetry, painting and the world of Christopher Wood

Several notable modern poets have been attracted to the freshness of Wood’s artistic vision and the romantic glamour of his short life

27 Jun 2016

Concern and dismay in the art world after Brexit vote

The latest updates as key figures and organisations comment on the UK’s vote to leave the European Union

24 Jun 2016

Latin American art comes to London this summer

Alfredo Volpi is an unfamiliar name in the UK, but a cultural hero in Brazil. He is just one of the Latin American artists whose work is being discovered abroad

20 Jun 2016

Cultural engineering in Norman Sicily

The island’s Norman rulers encouraged the use of Islamic, Byzantine, and Romanesque elements in art and architecture as a deliberate display of their power

18 Jun 2016
Mrs. James Gurthrie

A special relationship? US attitudes to British art are changing

The old cocktail of countesses and Chippendale won’t cut it anymore, so the Met and the Yale Center for British Art are rethinking their displays

11 Jun 2016
Footage released by ISIS this week appears to show the destruction of the Temple of Nabu in Iraq.

ISIS destroys Temple of Nabu in Iraq

New footage released this week shows the militants detonating explosives at the site, and concludes with a threat to ‘demolish’ the pyramids at Giza

10 Jun 2016

Committed to memory: the art of Doris Salcedo

Doris Salcedo makes monuments to the victims of political violence – out of chairs, sewing needles, and rose petals.

4 Jun 2016
Quickeners (film still)

The Sobey Art Award shortlist has been announced

Five artists are in the running for Canada’s prestigious contemporary art prize

1 Jun 2016

How Tate Modern transformed London – and beyond

As the new Tate Modern opens, leading museum directors and critics assess the impact the museum has had since it opened in 2000

31 May 2016
Noviembre 6 y 7 (2002), Doris Salcedo

It’s the job of both artists and museums to reevaluate the past

Art can play a key role in recovering forgotten or neglected histories, and challenging received ideas

31 May 2016

‘800 years of oppression!’ Ireland’s contemporary art biennial

The latest edition of EVA International tackles issues of postcolonialism at home and abroad

31 May 2016

Time regained: a lost rococo clock is found

An outstanding 18th-century clock made for a Hanoverian prince has resurfaced

31 May 2016
John and Minnie Constable looking into the fire ‘All Hallows Eve’ (John Constable, Minnie Constable)

Acquisitions of the Month: May 2016

May’s acquisitions include rare signed etchings by Picasso and photography by the Victorian pioneer Oscar Gustav Rejlander

30 May 2016

Refreshingly partisan: David King’s homage to John Heartfield

The graphic designer, writer, editor, photographer, and researcher David King died earlier this month. His last book was a collection of John Heartfield’s pioneering photo montages

29 May 2016
Art Museum Gösta Serlachius

Factories, fine art and starry skies in rural Finland

The Serlachius Museums in Mänttä are an admirable example of how art can flourish outside Helsinki

25 May 2016

‘Conservative in art, radical in politics’: James Boswell and the Artists’ International Association

Boswell’s acutely observed satires sum up the social and political issues of the 1930s

25 May 2016

The man who gathered the many moods of Venice

Vittorio Cini collected remarkable Venetian paintings, which have never been publicly exhibited together – until now

20 May 2016

Around the galleries: what to watch out for this month

Collaboration is the order of the day in Brussels and Paris, where several art fairs are joining forces. Meanwhile, London gears up for Art16

16 May 2016
What's going on with museum funding in the US?

What’s going on with museum funding in the US?

Which museums are raking it in? And which ones are facing a deficit?

13 May 2016
View of SFMOMA from Yerba Buena Gardens

SFMOMA reopens at the heart of San Francisco’s booming art scene

With 3,000 new works, a major extension, and an ingenious way of working with collectors, SFMOMA is becoming a modern art museum to rival all others

12 May 2016