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Podcast

Podcast episode nine: $450m! The Leonardo breaks all records

How the art sale of the century happened, with Judd Tully, our man in the salesroom. Plus, a new museum in Indonesia

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Biennials & festivals

New Orleans biennial Prospect.4 looks to Louisiana history, warts and all

Event coincides with the city's tricentennial next year

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Auctions

Painting looted from Hitler withdrawn from auction in Cologne

Franz von Stuck’s portrait of two girls was due to be sold at Van Ham

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Art market

Object lessons: late works by Maria Lassnig and Di Cavalcanti and a creative chair by Roy Lichtenstein

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Openings

Wende Museum of Cold War artefacts spills its secrets in California

More than 100,000 Soviet and Eastern European objects find new home in former Armory

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Art market

Art Düsseldorf wins over the Rhineland’s collectors

Local rivalry between Düsseldorf and Cologne was put to bed as the inaugural fair opened

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The Buck stopped here

Your correspondent goes Inside Pussy Riot—and gets a wake up call

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Law

Conservative leaders oppose court order to remove cross from Pope John Paul II sculpture in France

Poland’s prime minister has offered to save the work from censorship and the “dictates of political correctness”

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Exhibitions

Venetian mega-exhibition aims to highlight plight of European craftsmanship

Homo Faber's initiative, focussing on artisanal techniques, will take over the entire Fondazione Giorgio Cini next autumn 

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Art market

Emily Kame Kngwarreye painting sells for $1.6m, breaking record for an Australian female artist

Aboriginal work, Earth’s Creation I, was shown at the 2015 Venice Biennale

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From Pussy Riot's immersive penal colony installation to a final chance to see Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion

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Protest

'In Russia, either be brave or be silenced… there is no middle ground'

Russian art patron Igor Tsukanov has created a show at the Saatchi Gallery about artists who have risked protesting against conditions in Russia since 1991

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Openings

Washington's new $500m Museum of the Bible claims 'non-sectarian' mission

Private institution is funded by evangelical Hobby Lobby chairman, Steve Green

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Archives

Paris to open an LGBT archive centre in 2020

Move spurred by recent success of 120 Beats per Minute film about Aids activism

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Art market

Phillips and Sotheby's deliver healthy totals for contemporary art

Capping an epic week of auctions, solid results featuring records for female artists and a Ferrari bode well for market's future—so long as it doesn't overheat

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

From a divine Renaissance man to Indian Modernists

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Museums

Mogul and Russian culture ministry vie with museum for prized icon

Curators call on St Petersburg prosecutor to investigate "criminal expropriation" of the artefact

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In the frame

Let New York’s new spy museum bring out the James Bond in you

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Spain

Gaudi's first masterpiece opens as public museum in Barcelona

Amidst political turmoil in Catalonia, opening of Casa Vicens could bring "a moment of peace"

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Art market

Egon Schiele drawings in private hands for 85 years surface on the market

Dorotheum sale piques interest, pre-empting centenary of the artist’s death next year

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Exhibitions

World tour of Cairo’s Surrealists comes to Tate Liverpool

Show examines role of Art et Liberté in international fight against fascism, nationalism and colonialism

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Documenta

Documenta’s budget blowout will not put next edition at risk

City of Kassel says it can cover €5.4 million deficit from this year’s event

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Art market

Analysis: Christie's postwar and contemporary auction nets $785.9m, with a big assist from an Old Master

Despite buy-ins, the sale saw several strong prices and records below the dizzy height of $450.3m for Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

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Philanthropy

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund awards $22m in grants to activist groups and social programmes

As well as backing arts-focused initiatives, the money will help support organisations working to make changes in government policy

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Art market

Leonardo's Salvator Mundi sells for $450m at Christie's New York

Price makes it the most expensive painting of all time

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In the frame

For Oz museums, #loveislove

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In the frame

Lock up your pets: Russian artist uses roadkill as raw material for his work

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In the frame

Moving art: Martin Luther King’s words echo around Newcastle

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Art market

Can any fair kickstart the Berlin art market?

In a city of artists but few collectors, an overhauled fair hopes to drum up trade against competition from established Art Cologne and a new Düsseldorf event

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Private Museums

Rem Koolhaas transforms Paris building into moving gallery for French retail giant’s cultural foundation

Mobile floors in Lafayette Anticipations's central exhibition space will operate as ‘curatorial machine’, say organisers

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Looted art

Düsseldorf abruptly cancels exhibition about Jewish dealer Max Stern

City authorities cite ongoing restitution claims as reason for decision

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Museums

Louvre Abu Dhabi opens but questions over welfare of migrant workers persist

Improvements are well documented, but rules are still inadequately enforced

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Art market

Solid $269.7m at Sotheby's maintains momentum in Impressionist and Modern market

New York sale results boosted by strong Asian and Russian buying, and shored up by guarantees

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Art market

Quality as well as quantity in short supply at Sotheby's sale of American art

Where a museum's Rockwells had sparked interest in a flagging category, the removal of key lots from the sale dampened spirits

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Museums

Post-Harvey, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston moves Glassell School of Art opening to May 2018

The first phase of the campus expansion master plan has been delayed and there will be an estimated $1m to $2m in hurricane-related expenses, but storm preparations saved the museum from more costly damage

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo marketed as a rock star ahead of Salvator Mundi sale

Painting is being presented by Christie’s as the “Holy Grail of Old Master paintings”

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Art market

Christie's releases condition report on Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

Pre-auction assessment offers more evidence that painting is original Leonardo but also reveals problems posed by painting’s wooden panel

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Looted art

Painting looted from Hitler to be auctioned in Cologne

Van Ham to offer Franz von Stuck portrait in 17 November sale

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Art market

World's largest collection of manuscripts from bankrupt firm Aristophil to be sold in Paris

Auctioneer Claude Aguttes will sell the collection of historic books and manuscripts across 300 sales over at least six years as part of liquidation

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Art market

Christie’s $479.3m Impressionist and Modern sale hits highest total since 2007

Pent-up demand for top material kicks off New York's key auction week, with a $81.3m Van Gogh and records for Léger, Magritte, Man Ray and Vuillard

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Monuments

How the Vietnam Veterans Memorial went from an art battleground to a solemn destination

James Reston, the author of a book on the site’s history, talks to us about the power of monuments

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Swiss journalists reporting on opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi detained for two days

The pair were blindfolded then interrogated for up to 10 hours by authorities over their coverage of migrant workers

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Art market

Surfacing on the market: macabre mourning jewellery and a bronze cast by Camille Claudel

Our pick of this month's most interesting auctions

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei to auction cat toy sculpture for Syrian children

Proceeds from Berlin sale, which also includes works by Rosemarie Trockel and Tomás Saraceno, will benefit Kayany Foundation

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War

Letter from Yemen: artist speaks out about his country’s 'forgotten war'

Ahmed Jahaf describes what it is like to live through catastrophic conflict

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Exhibitions

Turin exhibition dwells on contemporary art's futile obsession with the new

OGR's first show remixes the city's collections from antiquity to present, reflecting on the over production of contemporary art and the fact nothing is new

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Art market

David Zwirner nabs representation of Rose Wylie

The octogenarian artist is in ascendance, with a solo show opening at the Serpentine later this month

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Media & broadcast

What to see at DOC NYC, New York’s documentary film festival

The art smuggler Michel van Rijn, the Outsider architect Ron Heist and the celebrity photographer Cecil Beaton are the subjects of films worth watching

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Art market

Optimism abounds heading into November auctions in New York

Discretionary sellers gain confidence in the market and Christie's leads its contemporary sale with Da Vinci—but recent overreaches sound a cautionary note

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Law

Massachusetts Appeals Court grants injunction to block Berkshire Museum sale

The successful Hail Mary pass came just before deaccessioned works, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell, were due to be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Monday

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Podcast

Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode three: how the UAE art scene became a force to be reckoned with

Art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac and curator Maya Allison tell us how the nation’s creative ambitions have blossomed. Plus: Silver Lion-winning musician and artist Hassan Khan on his Abu Dhabi Art performance

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Art market

Object lessons: a painting from Max Ernst's Arizona period, a Kurt Schwitters Merz collage, and a Cubistic still life by Jean Metzinger

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Research

Egon Schiele catalogue raisonné to go digital with updates on newly discovered works and provenance

The online platform will have an emphasis on connoisseurship says the catalogue’s author and art dealer Jane Kallir

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The Buck stopped here

Bruce McLean interviews himself as he launches his autobiography

He asked himself "ten difficult questions"

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Forgeries

Malevich painting in Düsseldorf state collection exposed as forgery

Expert studies reveal Black Rectangle, Red Square was produced after 1950

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Interview

How Uffizi 'super-director' Eike Schmidt transformed Florence's tourist magnet

The museum's first foreign leader is halfway through his tenure and heading to Vienna in 2019

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The Buck stopped here

Jarvis Cocker lights up the Hamlyn Awards with a Powerpoint

Pulp front man was the MC for the awards ceremony

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Prizes

Berlin Nationalgalerie prize nominees troubled by focus on gender and nationality

Four shortlisted artists issue statement calling for more money, less show

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Exhibitions

Who was Alina Szapocznikow? Survey of Polish artist’s radical sculptures comes to the UK

Underrated sculptor, whose fight against cancer is reflected in her art, goes on show at Hepworth Wakefield

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi: Nudes? non-Islamic religions? Questioning the nature of God?

Four unexpected works on show in the new museum

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From the British Museum's Lion Man to Matisse's studio studies at the Royal Academy

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Exhibitions

The man without a face: Jimmie Durham at the Whitney Museum

Questions about identity abound in the travelling retrospective of the American artist’s work

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In the frame

Met’s mascot William marks 100 years at the museum

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Podcast

Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode two: How Saudi artists are driving political change

As Abu Dhabi Art fair opens, we speak to the Saudi artists Manal Al Dowayan and Ahmed Mater. Plus: Iraq's Dia Azzawi on creating the Arab world's Guernica

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

From Canadian artists to a Korean film-maker whose work deals with history and trauma

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Law

Judge orders Mana Fine Arts to release Mugrabis’ ‘hostage’ art collection

The family plans to relocate all 1,400-objects to Crozier’s storage facility in New Jersey

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Acquisitions

Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey gets treasure trove of Soviet dissident art

The collection of more than 20,000 works by 1,000 artists from throughout the former USSR was secretly amassed over decades by the US economist Norton Dodge

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The Buck stopped here

Bloomberg reveals the Roman temple in its foundations

Ancient structure was unveiled beneath the new Norman Foster-designed building

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Art fairs

In the afterglow of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s opening, Abu Dhabi Art moves up a notch

Some dealers at the fair report brisk early business but say big sales are a waiting game

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Art market

International players vie for a slice of Shanghai

Art021 and West Bund Art & Design fairs open as galleries, fairs and museums move in on city's fast-growing art scene

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Conservation

Behind the seams at the Met’s Costume Institute

How the New York museum is leading the way in conserving half a millennium of style

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Art fairs

Benjamin Genocchio removed as director of Armory Show after reports of harassment

The New York Times reports that multiple women who worked with him said he made sexual comments and touched them inappropriately

Abu Dhabi Art

Video: Abu Dhabi Art opens as the world watches

Is the UAE now the art capital of the Middle East?

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Law

Appeals court allows heir to renew claim against Nahmad family over Modigliani painting

The convoluted case involves suspected Nazi loot, the Panama Papers leak and a shadowy shell company

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Appointments & departures

Rusty Powell, director of Washington’s National Gallery of Art, to retire in 2019

The museum’s fourth and longest-serving leader says his greatest achievements are building for the future

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In the frame

Here’s looking at the ‘real’ and ‘reel’ Casablanca

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Art market

Cutting-edge design meets antiques at New York’s Salon

The Salon Art + Design fair returns to the Park Avenue Armory for its sixth year this month

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Art market

Also Known As Africa expands horizons in Paris

Second edition of the contemporary art fair mirrors growing global attention on art from Africa, both commercially and institutionally

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi embraces all religions and displays the complexity of the world’s mind

New museum's universal approach derives from the open-mindedness of the founder of the UAE

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Art market

Ultra-rich will spend $2.7 trillion on art by 2026 says Deloitte

Art & Finance Report also predicts rising art market volatility and a need for tougher regulation to increase trust

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Art market

Paris Photo expands into film and celebrates Karl Lagerfeld

The Chanel fashion designer has picked 100 pictures to present at the fair, revealing his affinity for black-and-white photography

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Vincent Van Gogh

Grasshopper found in Van Gogh painting

Insect was presumably already dead as paint shows no signs of a struggle to escape

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Unesco

Unesco: the view from Israelis and Palestinians

How disparate approaches to international law play out at the organisation

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Podcast

Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode one: Louvre Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Art

With all eyes on Abu Dhabi this week, we speak to the architect Jean Nouvel on designing the Arab world's first universal museum. Plus: a preview of Abu Dhabi Art fair

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Deaccessioning

Berkshire Museum art sale to go ahead

A judge in Massachusetts has denied two motions to block next week’s auctions of deaccessioned works

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Art market

Paris photo auctions focus on single-owner sales

Led by a major Man Ray, auctions at Christie's, Sotheby's and Leclere play to sophisticated collectors in town for the Paris Photo fair

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Art market

Fine Arts Paris injects Old Masters into Paris Photo week

The new fair from the organisers of the Salon du Dessin mixes paintings, sculpture and drawings from the Renaissance to the contemporary

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Tax

Will the US tax proposal sell out art buyers?

A proposed revision to the tax code could subject sellers to capital gains tax on art and slow the market

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Biennials & festivals

Trio of curators to organise 2019 Sharjah Biennial that will look at rise of ‘echo chambers’ in high-tech society

Three separate shows will be curated by Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons

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Ragnar Kjartansson

Ragnar Kjartansson’s new work will see popular Italian song being played repeatedly for five weeks

The durational performance will take place at National Museum of Cardiff next year

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Japanese billionaire sends $110m Basquiat on 'world tour'

Yusaku Maezawa broke the news on Instagram, saying he hopes the work will be “loved by people all over the world”

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Museums

Former Stedelijk director Beatrix Ruf blames 'misunderstanding' for departure

German-born curator hits back against “baseless” accusations of a conflict of interest

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Museums

Louvre Abu Dhabi report: what was said at the grand opening of the €1bn project

Architect Jean Nouvel, Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez and more speak about the Arab world’s "first universal museum"

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Cultural policy

Russia and Israel sign historic deal to share digitised Gunzburg Collection

Ownership of vast library of Hebrew manuscripts and books has long been contested

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Art market

Abu Dhabi Art set to benefit from Louvre opening

This year’s fair has 13 new exhibitors and is hoping for more international visitors

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Video: Will Louvre Abu Dhabi become famous as a new wonder of the world?

Not just a spectacular building, the museum is a treasure house of art arranged in a radical, intercultural manner

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In the frame

Art advisors bring Middle Eastern masters to Hong Kong

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In the frame

New-York Historical Society celebrates centenary of women’s suffrage in the state

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Appointments

New chief executive joins The Art Newspaper

Julie Sherborn brings extensive experience of developing titles and brands in Asia

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City of Oslo Art Collection

Oslo looks to track down 1,600 missing works of art

Works are from City of Oslo Art Collection, which has pieces displayed in around 1,000 locations throughout the Norwegian capital