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What a difference five years make

News The super-rich have grown in number since 2008, adding the feel-good factor to this year’s fair

News and analysis

Emin slams Russia over gay rights

News Artist says she is “very reluctant” to be involved in planned YBA exhibition in Moscow, but will use the opportunity to promote equality

The secret stories that works of art can tell

News Our selection of pieces with back stories that add interest as well as value

Something old at New Material Art Fair

News The work on view tends to be more conventional than not, though a few of the artists manning the booths use non-traditional media

Also in this issue

Pop goes Miami's art scene

Interview The director of Miami Beach's Bass Museum of Art on how a Swiss art fair has helped make South Florida buzz each December


How to collect art by numbers

Feature Limited editions and multiples demystified

Let’s get digital

Feature Post-internet artists take art offline

Street artists go to court to protect their work

News analysis A New York legal case is challenging traditional views of graffiti

My Miami: Elizabeth Withstandley

Interview The artist, film-maker and the co-founder of Locust Projects, Miami shares her favourite spots

Confessions of an art dealer: Angela Choon

Interview The director of David Zwirner gallery, London

Latin American art goes global

Feature Works by 61 artists from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection on show

The artist who transforms the detritus of everyday life

Feature Phyllida Barlow is a British artist who is embracing the message of modern America

No monkey business

Books Only humans can make art—but can we find its roots in our closest animal relatives?

Neon sculptures reveal Emin's spiritual side

Interview The artist's first solo show in a US museum is long overdue


Swiss chalet timeshare

One of the more bizarre pieces of public art in Miami this week is the life-sized inflatable Alpine chalet, complete with log walls and snow-covered roof, that bobs incongruously on its own artificial iceberg in the warm sea of Miami’s Virginia Key,...


Italian Futurism 1909-44: Reconstructing the Universe

The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism in the US opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum this month. “We’ve been wanting to do this show longer than I’ve worked here, and I’ve worked here for 20 years,” says Vivien Greene, the...
Gauguin: Metamorphoses 2014 Whitney Biennial Lygia Clark: the Abandonment of Art, 1948-88 When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South Oscar Murillo Glenn Brown Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010

The controversial Chris Ofili

The British artist Chris Ofili is no stranger to controversy. In 1999, his painting The Holy Virgin Mary, 1996, which depicted the Virgin surrounded by pornographic imagery and covered in elephant dung, was at the center of then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s threat to rescind public funding from the Brooklyn Museum, where the picture was on display at the “Sensation” exhibition. In this clip, Ofili discusses his 2002 work The Upper Room, which was purchased by the Tate amid more tumult in 2006, as the artist sat on the museum’s board of trustees as the time of purchase. His latest exhibition, “Night and Day,” (at the New Museum, New York, until 25 January 2015) opened this week.

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