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Lawrence Weiner about to leave port in Reykjavik to jettison his planks A PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS ASAP as his participation in Reykjavik Arts Festival, Iceland, 2005. © Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner wins Aspen Award for Art

Plus: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center handed over to Greek state | Congressman files lawsuit over removal of Ferguson protest painting from US Capitol | and Courtney J. Martin named as Dia Art Foundation’s new deputy director

24 Feb 2017

Miguel Falomir put forward as new Prado director

Plus: Münster Sculpture Projects artists announced | $12 million gift for Denver Art Museum | and LA nonprofit closes due to targeting by anti-gentrification activists

23 Feb 2017

Plans for David Bowie memorial sculpture unveiled

Plus: London art gallery sparks racism row | Rashid Johnson to make feature film debut | Andrea Rosen to close gallery after 27 years | Michael Werner awarded France's Legion of Honour | and recommended reading

22 Feb 2017

Bulletproof glass barrier to be erected around Eiffel Tower

Plus: UK museums worried about status of EU staff | Kiev exhibition vandalised | Art in General appoints Laurel Ptak as executive director

10 Feb 2017

How an artist is trolling the Venice Biennale

The Icelandic artist Egill Sæbjörnsson has handed over the creation of the country’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale to a brace of trolls. Really.

9 Feb 2017

Artist list revealed for Venice Biennale international exhibition

Plus: Van Gogh Museum announces date of return for stolen paintings | Jock Reynolds to step down as director of Yale Art Gallery | Nominees announced for 2017 Prix Marcel Duchamp | Rachel Whiteread wins Ada Huxtable Prize | and Tracey Emin among donors funding scholarship for refugees

7 Feb 2017

US collector rejects National Gallery’s offer for Pontormo painting

Plus: MoMA rehangs collection to highlight artists from banned countries | Anish Kapoor awarded $1 million Genesis Prize | Colby College Museum of Art receives $100 million gift | and recommended reading

6 Feb 2017
Italian police are investigating claims that staff at Pompeii deliberately destroyed a section of wall at the site after disputes with management.

Italian police investigate vandalism claims at Pompeii

Plus: Israel reverses decision to join EU arts programme | Spanish police arrest three in connection with Bacon theft | Glafira Rosales will not serve further jail time for Knoedler scandal | and Charles Saatchi to auction works in order to keep gallery free

1 Feb 2017

John Akomfrah wins Artes Mundi prize

Plus: Shortlisted designs revealed for UK Holocaust memorial | Tania Bruguera withdraws from Bronx Museum show | Hammer Museum announces major expansion and renovation | LACMA acquires Random International’s ‘Rain Room’

27 Jan 2017

US museums respond to Inauguration Day

Plus: The future of the NEA is in doubt | ISIS destroys more monuments in Palmyra | Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art reopens | Jorge Daniel Veneciano resigns as director of Museum of Arts and Design | Proposals for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth revealed | Paddle 8 parent company files for bankruptcy

20 Jan 2017
Italian military vehicles stand guard in front a Sant'Agostino church in Amatrice on January 19, 2017 after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region. The church was severely damaged in a major quake in August 2016. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s Marche region hit by four major earthquakes in one day

Plus: ISIS allegedly moving explosives to Palmyra | National Library of Israel acquires extraordinary collection of Hebrew manuscripts | Artists raise more than $1 million to create protest art for Inauguration Day | and moths damage Joseph Beuys suit in Kassel

19 Jan 2017
Maria Balshaw at the Whitworth Gallery in 2015.

Maria Balshaw expected to be appointed director of Tate

Plus: Major changes announced for Rome’s heritage sites | Garden Bridge trustees say costs likely to ‘substantially exceed’ estimate | Los Angeles chosen to host Lucas Museum of Narrative Art | and Japan recalls ambassador to South Korea over ‘comfort woman’ sculpture

11 Jan 2017
'Hahn/Cock' (2013), Katharina Fritsch, installed in on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2013.

Year of the Rooster, art of the poultry yard

Joana Vasconcelos has sent a cockerel sculpture to Beijing for Chinese New Year. She’s only the latest artist to have a thing for chickens

6 Jan 2017

Kirklees Council scraps proposed Francis Bacon sale

Plus: Heritage workers attacked in Iran | Johnny Van Haeften opens gallery in his London home | and Amon Carter Museum of American Art receives $20 million gift

5 Jan 2017
Andrei Karlov (R), the Russian ambassador to Ankara, gives a speech before being shot by a gunman (unseen) during an art exhibition in Ankara. Photo: UGUR KAVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead at Ankara art gallery

Plus: William B. Jordan donates Velázquez portrait to the Prado | Warsaw Jewish Community sues Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews for alleged copyright violations | and Ragged School Museum receives £4.3 million grant

20 Dec 2016

Poland may acquire Czartoryski family collection

Plus: Permanent home promised for Kochi-Muziris Biennale | Magnus af Petersens named director of Bonniers Konsthall | Zurich’s RaebervonStenglin space to close | and recommended reading

19 Dec 2016
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, Vincent van Gogh

Uncovering Van Gogh’s infamous days in Arles

Was Van Gogh arrested in Arles on the night that he severed his own ear?

17 Dec 2016

Museum sector criticises Welsh government’s vision for culture

Plus: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art director to step down | Birmingham arts organisations prepare for further cuts | Tate receives John Singleton Copley family portrait | and recommended reading

16 Dec 2016

Court rules that Gurlitt collection should go to Bern

Plus: Guillaume Cerutti to replace Patricia Barbizet as chief executive at Christie’s | Jennifer Scott appointed director of Dulwich Picture Gallery | Deborah de Robertis on trial for exhibitionism | Ilaria Bonacossa named director of ARTISSIMA | Nazy Vassegh to leave Masterpiece | and Christy MacLear to leave Rauschenberg Foundation for Sotheby’s

15 Dec 2016
Nonsuch Palace (1568), Joris Hoefnagel. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Rare watercolour of Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace heads to the V&A

Plus: Oakland mayor announces grant to create affordable spaces for artists | Kader Attia accuses Universal Music of plagiarism | New York’s ISE Cultural Foundation to close | and recommended reading

9 Dec 2016

China’s Terracotta Army is coming to Liverpool

Plus: Bavaria sued by heirs of persecuted art dealer Alfred Flechtheim | Director of Berlin’s Polish Institute fired | Renzo Piano’s ‘Paddington Cube’ given approval | and director of Seattle’s Pop Culture Museum to step down

7 Dec 2016
The New Art Gallery Walsall has received a grant from Arts Council England that has allayed fears of imminent closure. Funding to regional arts organisations has received a significant boost at the expense of London cultural attractions.

Art-world outcry at proposed funding cuts for Walsall’s New Art Gallery

Plus: France to join protocol to protect cultural heritage in war zones | Pearson to offer Art History A-level | Helsinki rejects Guggenheim proposal | and Museum Ludwig awards 2017 Wolfgang Hahn Prize to Trisha Donnelly

1 Dec 2016

Madonna and madness in Miami Beach

The art of celebrity comes to Miami Beach once more – and Rakewell is on hand to help you tell your James Corden from your James Franco

1 Dec 2016

James Stirling’s No. 1 Poultry granted listed status

Plus: Huge Bronze Age torc discovered in Cambridgeshire field | Artists march on Ivanka Trump’s Manhattan apartment | Mathias Ary Jan to direct Biennale des Antiquaires under new name | and Heather Phillipson wins 2016 Film London Jarman Award

29 Nov 2016