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Podcast

Podcast episode five: what's the story behind the $100m Leonardo?

What will happen when the only painting in private hands by the Renaissance master heads to auction? Plus: the New Museum's big new show on gender, and our literary editor talks 18th-century princesses

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Frieze 2017

Artists and the end of truth

Frieze London’s talks programme focuses on the rise of alt-facts and artifice—a realm historically the remit of artists

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Podcast

Podcast episode four: Frieze special with Peter Blake

As the art world descends on London, we take the pulse of the city's art scene with an art market specialist, a collector and two artists, Peter Blake and Ed Fornieles

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Politics

The sculptures that unite America

As the debate rages about divisive Confederate monuments, five leading US scholars and curators pick the nation’s greatest memorial sculptures

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Podcast

Podcast episode three: how the Getty is shaping southern California’s art scene

The story behind Pacific Standard Time in Los Angeles; Ming Wong on the historic queer art show in Taipei. Plus: an exclusive audio work by Zardulu the Mythmaker

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Podcast

Podcast episode two: Zeitz Mocaa and London autumn preview

The lowdown on the new Thomas Heatherwick-designed museum in Cape Town. Plus: London's most enticing shows this autumn

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Podcast

Podcast episode one: Nazi loot and Rachel Whiteread

Nazi-loot conference at London’s National Gallery. Plus: Rachel Whiteread on “mummifying the air” at Tate Britain

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From Rachel Whiteread’s mummified air to the burial rituals of the mysterious Scythians

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Podcast

Introducing: The Art Newspaper's new weekly podcast

Listen to our podcast teaser

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Features

Summer art pilgrimages

Artists and curators tell us about the journeys they have embarked on, or hope to make, to see something special. Compiled by Ben Luke

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Howard Hodgkin’s 50 years of travels to India revealed in Hepworth Wakefield show

Paintings include one that was thought to have been lost and one of his final works

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Art Basel 2017

Kasper König: in praise of an artists’ curator

The artistic director of Skulptur Projekte will be in conversation at Art Basel, celebrating five decades as a champion of public art

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Art Basel 2017

Pierre Huyghe creates sci-fi landscape in Münster

French artist’s four galleries chip in for spectacular project in ice rink that could cost more than €1m

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Exhibitions

Trust and risk: why Documenta and Münster are the artists’ favourite shows

This year’s German exhibitions may come round far less frequently than the biennials, but their influence on artists is immeasurably greater

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Exhibitions

Münster: reflective art in a neo-Medieval Disneyland

The fifth edition of the sculpture show, held every ten years, corrects a gender imbalance but continues a melancholy tradition, according to its chief curator

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Features

Nairy Baghramian: check your privilege

As she features in Documenta 14 and takes centre stage in Münster this summer, the Berlin-based artist discusses her approach to these major public exhibitions and the need to be wary of sensation and spectacle

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Venice Biennale 2017

Rachel Maclean uses Pinocchio to reflect on post-truth politics in Venice

The Scottish artist’s new film was inspired by the Italian fairy tale and Venice’s Baroque glitter

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The path to other dimensions: Christine Macel’s Viva Arte Viva at the Venice Biennale

The French curator behind this year’s main show discusses her belief in art’s transcendent power and her desire to create a focused exhibition

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Venice Biennale 2017

Memories from the director’s chair: five curators look back on their Venice Biennale shows

Selecting dozens of artists, dealing with a quirky organisation and navigating an idiosyncratic city—all under the gaze of a rapt art world—make curating the greatest art show on earth a test. Here, the five most recent artistic directors recall their experiences

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Prizes

Turner Prize shortlist dominated by painters and older artists as Tate lifts age limit

Hurvin Anderson, Lubaina Himid, Andrea Büttner and Rosalind Nashashibi are in the running for coveted award

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Why try to fix the Turner Prize when it ain’t broke?

There is a downside to dropping the age limit of 50 for qualifying artists

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Visitor Figures 2016

Artists and curators reveal their Damascene moments

From a brush with Jean Tinguely's machines to puzzlement at Malevich's Black Square

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Visitor Figures 2016

Top ten contemporary shows in 2016

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Visitor Figures 2016

Top ten Post-Impressionist and Modern shows in 2016

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Photography

Top ten photography shows in 2016

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Obituaries

Howard Hodgkin dies aged 84

British painter, described as one of the greatest colourists of his generation, won the Turner Prize in 1985 and exhibited widely including at the Met and Reina Sofia

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The other lives of artists

The exhibition Michelangelo & Sebastiano at the National Gallery in London reflects the younger artist’s sharp decline in production once he became keeper of the papal seal. But second jobs did not stop Rubens and Velázquez painting

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Exhibitions

Nathan Coley sets fire to (a tiny) Tate Modern for London show

Glaswegian artist's works gain pertinence at a time when cultural institutions are being targeted by extremists

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Exhibitions

Hadid’s paintings take on a life of their own

Virtual-reality experience is the result of a collaboration between the late architect’s studio, the Serpentine and Google

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Museums

The art machine: the Centre Pompidou at 40

As the Parisian cultural behemoth hits a landmark anniversary, figures from the world of art and architecture discuss its legacy

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National Gallery finally takes the Fourth Plinth to its heart

London museum embraces proposals for the works on this year’s plinth as opportunity to engage the public

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Museums

In her own words: Maria Balshaw, new director of Tate

Incoming director picks the art that impressed her the most in 2016