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Sundial for Spatial Echoes (2019), Tomás Saraceno.

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Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

27 Mar 2020
Stitchers working on Wolfgang Tillmans’ No Man is an Island (2019).

Sotheby’s is at the centre of a stitch-up – but it’s all for a good cause

The auction house is hosting an exhibition and online auction for a charity that trains prisoners in craft work

21 Feb 2020
Afoor Family Bedroom, Vaalrand (1988), Santu Mofokeng. Courtesy Lunetta Bartz, MAKER, Johannesburg; © Santu Mofokeng Foundation

‘The full measure of the great artist so many suspected had always been there was becoming visible’

Joshua Chuang remembers working with Santu Mofokeng on a series of books presenting the South African photographer’s life’s work

21 Feb 2020

Frieze Masters broadens its horizons

A Botticelli portrait and an ancient bronze hedgehog are among the must-see artworks at this year’s event

27 Sep 2019

The art world goes to Legoland

Lego exhibitions are cropping up at museums across the UK – and the bricks are becoming the medium of choice for some artists

19 May 2019
Seeking After the Fully Grown Dancer *deep within* (2016–2018), Paul Maheke. A version of this performance will be staged at the 58th Venice Biennale.

Performance art costs a lot to produce – but can it make money, too?

The status of performance may be on the up, but its place in the art market is still precarious

10 Apr 2019
A Banksy mural unveiled in New York in March 2018 to raise awareness of the imprisonment of Zehra Doğan.

Zehra Doğan, artist and journalist, released from Turkish prison

Plus: Participants announced for Whitney Biennial 2019 | Jamie Crewe wins Margaret Tait Award | and Jack Burnham (1931–2019)

26 Feb 2019
Karl Lagerfeld photographed at the Palazzo Vecchio in 2015.

Karl Lagerfeld (1933–2019)

Plus: Ai Weiwei-directed segment in Berlin film cut | and founding director of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art steps down

19 Feb 2019
Tiger, Tiger, Tiger (2015), Ai Weiwei. Lisson Gallery and neugerriemschneider, price on request.

The best of Art Basel 2018

Melanie Gerlis on the works not to miss at the fair in Basel this year

8 Jun 2018
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Should museums display artworks that feature live animals?

Victoria Dailey and Giovanni Aloi consider if there is any place for live animals in modern museums

29 May 2018
Turning The Place Over (2007), Richard Wilson. The work was built into the condemned Cross Keys House in Moorfields as part of the Capital of Culture for 2008, in June 2007 in Liverpool, England.

Has Liverpool squandered the legacy of its year as city of culture?

Ten years on from its tenure as European Capital of Culture, the city and its heritage face a precarious future

1 Feb 2018

Notre Dame launches €100m drive for urgent restoration work

Plus: Ancient citadel in Turkey threatened by construction work | New York neighbourhood group objects to Ai Weiwei art project | and Berkshire Museum board turns down financial offer to halt sales from its collection

30 Aug 2017

Getting round the Great Firewall of China

Will increased restrictions on the internet in China be too much for new media artists?

23 Aug 2017
The Chancellery in Berlin, currently the location of an art installation targeting Turkey's president.

Turkey hits out at Berlin art installation

Plus: José Luis Cuevas (1934–2017) | £6 million funding for David Livingstone Museum in Scotland | Artists design covers for special edition of Evening Standard | and South African court dismisses ‘hate speech’ complaint against artwork

5 Jul 2017
The Martyrdom of Saint Victoria (1737), Nicolas-Sébastien Adam. Sotheby's Paris: estimate €200,000–€300,000

In London’s salerooms, bigger is no longer better

Auction highlights this month include a dramatic plaster relief in Paris, and a diminutive but vibrant Van Gogh in London

6 Jun 2017
Glassmasters working on Pieke Bergman's piece for 'Glasstress 2009'. Courtesy of Fondazione Berengo

Venice must keep its Murano glass industry intact

The future of the historic craft will only be secure if contemporary artists and audiences understand it better

24 Apr 2017

Acquisitions of the month: February 2017

The finest new additions to public art collections, from a late medieval altarpiece panel, to 62 works of art by contemporary African American artists

1 Mar 2017
Venus of the Rags (1964–2016), Michelangelo Pistoletti. Photo: Tom Lindboe. Courtesy of the Blenheim Art Foundation

Michelangelo Pistoletto goes from rags to riches at Blenheim Palace

The Italian artist uses humble materials to promote a high-minded utopian message. How does his work fare in such opulent surroundings?

20 Dec 2016

Hans Ulrich Obrist tops art world power list

Plus: Stolen artefacts ‘gushing’ out of Libya, experts warn | ‘Gigantic’ jade stone discovered in Burma | Southend resumes hunt for Thames Estuary Museum architect | Michael Bloomberg donates $50 million to Boston’s Museum of Science | and UK local authorities encouraged to give museums greater independence online

20 Oct 2016
The exterior of Reading Prison

Artangel’s ambitious new project at Reading Prison is inspired by Oscar Wilde

This is the first time the prison has been opened to the public – and it’s an ambitious feat

29 Aug 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Grayson Perry, restaurant critic, plus the rest of this week’s art world gossip

16 Aug 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The artists providing airline security, an Olympic art blooper and looking for the Mona Lisa at the National Gallery

8 Aug 2016
Switch House, Tate Modern

Tate Modern extension welcomes millionth visitor since opening

Plus: New report suggests Garden Bridge funding plan ‘optimistic at best’ | New non-profit organisation to carry out technical analysis of Modigliani works  | and Artangel launches Oscar Wilde-inspired art project at Reading Prison

22 Jul 2016

Kneaded Knowledge

The Language of Ceramics Together with artists Ai Weiwei and Edmund de Waal, the Kunsthaus focuses on a material long…

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