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Keep your distance, former culture ministers warn UK government

Two former UK culture ministers have spoken out to The Art Newspaper in defence of the country’s cherished “arm’s length principle”, which ensures national museums and organisations such as Arts Council England can operate independently, without government interference. Ed Vaizey and Chris Smith say that the rule is under threat because of the “anti-woke” campaign…

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Governments are ‘weaponising’ Covid-19 to silence dissident artist voices, report says

Seventeen artists were killed, 82 were imprisoned and 133 detained over the past year in 26 countries, according to Freemuse in its latest State of Artistic Freedom report. The survey, published last week by the the Copenhagen-based human rights organisation, is based on the analyses of 978 incidents regarding “violations to the right to freedom of artistic expression”…

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The ‘quintessential’ Art Deco smoking (or vaping) room—yours for £2m

It could be straight from an episode of Poirot. This smoking room, Les Palmiers (1930-36), designed by Jean Dunand for the Parisian apartment of Mademoiselle Collette Aboucaya on rue de Monceau, is the height of Art Deco decadence. And, though we are now in the age of vaping not smoking, it is now coming up for sale at…

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‘Lamborghini’ of ancient Roman chariots unearthed near Pompeii

Archaeologists have discovered a four-wheeled ceremonial chariot near the ancient city of Pompeii, which has been hailed as a “unique find”. The vehicle was unearthed in near-perfect condition from the ruins of the Civita Giuliana, a suburban Roman villa northwest of Pompeii, which was buried by volcanic ash in 79AD spewing from Mount Vesuvius. Last…

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‘They’re kind of impolite’: the artist Carol Bove ruminates on her steel and aluminium sculptures for the Met’s façade

When Carol Bove was first asked by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create sculptures for the niches along its Fifth Avenue façade, she faced a bit of a conundrum: she felt she had to consider “every inch” of the architecture, even as she realised that she would have to challenge its Beaux-Arts forms. “In…

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Winston Churchill’s painting of Marrakech—given to President Roosevelt and being sold by Angelina Jolie—sells for record £8.2m

The former British prime minister Winston Churchill was a keen amateur painter and his landscapes frequently come up at auction. But his works do not sell for the sort of sums that might have persuaded him to give up the day job. Until tonight. No tonight, Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque (1943)—the only painting done…

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Tapestry replica of Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece Guernica removed from United Nations headquarters after 35 years

A tapestry depicting Picasso’s epic painting Guernica, which for 35 years had hung outside the entrance to the Security Council at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, has been removed and returned to its owners, the Rockefeller family. The work was commissioned in 1955 by the diplomat and philanthropist Nelson A. Rockefeller, who requested…

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One hundred years since a hellish vision of technology spawned that fateful word: robot

The Czech playwright Karel Čapek coined the expression for artificial men in 1921. Now they are far more than science fiction “Listen Josef,” said the Czech playwright Karel Čapek to his brother. “I have an idea for a play.” Josef, an artist of some renown, was painting furiously and unimpressed by his brother’s intrusion. “What…

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How pianist Jason Moran is exploring art and Black influences to get through the pandemic

The jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran was wrapping up three days of recording in Brooklyn when an angry mob of Trump supporters ambushed the U.S. Capitol. He put his phone down after reading the news and decided to get his project out immediately as a way to help the nation heal from its divisiveness….

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Entrepreneurs Bet Big on Immersive Art Despite Covid-19

Even as the pandemic takes its toll on tourism, immersive museums and experiential art centers are expanding to new cities and wooing investors willing to gamble on the future of the emerging industry. Fotografiska wanted to introduce New Yorkers to a different type of museum when it opened in December 2019 in Manhattan, welcoming visitors…

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