Carl’s <i>The Empress Dowager Cixi</i>, 1903—in a frame designed by Cixi herself Conservation

Empress’s first portrait restored

Painting commissioned from US artist in 1903 returns to Smithsonian for extensive work (Carl’s The Empress Dowager Cixi, 1903—in a frame designed by Cixi herself) Published online: 23 September 2014
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To have and to hold

Paris museum acquires Napoleon and Josephine’s marriage contract for €437,500

Published online: 23 September 2014

Sotheby’s sells the stars and stripes

A 1983 Flag work by Jasper John hits the New York auctions in November

Published online: 23 September 2014

Hailstorm does €1.5m worth of damage to Florence's museums

Last week’s intense downpour caused leaks in a number of historic buildings

Published online: 22 September 2014

Berlin Art Week builds on its strengths

The city's annual art festival has expanded beyond its commercial roots—but still keeps its mind on the local market

Published online: 20 September 2014

Designs for Beijing mega-museum unveiled

Jean Nouvel’s plans for the expanded National Art Museum of China include an internal garden and sprawling open-air roof terrace

Published online: 20 September 2014

The Louvre’s director Jean-Luc Martinez reveals revolutionary changes ahead

Work begins this month on improving the Pyramid entrance

Published online: 19 September 2014


Art plays key role in Chicago mayor's re-election hopes

As Expo Chicago opens, Rahm Emanuel's record on culture comes under scrutiny

Published online: 18 September 2014

A piece of Ferguson protests come to Chicago

Glenn Kaino has been collecting stones from conflict zone over the past two years for a work to be shown at Kavi Gupta Gallery

Published online: 18 September 2014

Too hot to handle

As the People’s Climate March launches this weekend, scientists team with artists to urge museums to drop sponsors who deny man-made climate change

Published online: 18 September 2014

To catch an art forger

The documentary “Art and Craft” pits the troubled character who copied art to donate to museums, and the obsessed registrar who tracked him down

Published online: 18 September 2014


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Researchers at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York have found a group of 101-year-old movies believed to be the earliest existing feature film footage to include black actors. Although other films with African-American casts were made in the same era, MoMA’s reels are the only one known to survive. The museum will include them in the exhibition “100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History,” which opens 24 October.

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Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010, from Monday, 5 May in Beacon

In 1958, the young Carl Andre put down his chisel. Dispensing with a studio and gathering industrial materials such as brick, copper tile or raw timber locally for each show, he proceeded to section or stack them in geometric patterns on the floor, thereby disrupting every convention of sculpture...