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Museums

German museums report 2.5 million drop in visitor numbers in 2016

Number of people visiting art museums in the country has dropped by 7.4 per cent

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Appointments

Ralph Rugoff named artistic director of the 2019 Venice Biennale

Director of London’s Hayward Gallery will organise 58th International Art Exhibition

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Three to see

Three to See: London

From Michael Armitage’s powerful Gauguin-like scenes at the South London Gallery to Marguerite Humeau's hypnotic installation at Tate Britain

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Acquisitions

Serpentine 2017 pavilion snapped up by Malaysian buyer

Francis Kéré’s structure in London will head to Kuala Lumpur next year in deal struck with Ilham Gallery

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Conservation

Lasers and water gel used to restore Medieval altarpiece from Rimini

The treatment of Frankfurt’s Liebieghaus museum's fragile alabaster ensemble could pave the way for future loans

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Controversies

Polish parliament gift shop removes Jewish figurines from sale

The trinkets drew criticism from anti-racism campaigners

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Three to see

Three to See: New York

From Munch’s marvelous misery to the changing face of Mecca

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In the frame

Fabric Workshop and Museum shows artists’ creative process through detritus

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Appointments

Journalist and senior art consultant Alison Cole appointed editor of The Art Newspaper

Former editor of Art Quarterly joins the publication in February

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Venice Biennale 2019

Canada announces first presentation of Inuit art for 2019 Venice Biennale

Video collective Isuma will tell story of indigenous culture in Canadian pavilion

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Art market

Female artists really do earn less than men, survey finds

According to a new report, works by female artists are rated lower by wealthy men, contributing to a 50% pay gap at auction

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Museums

Iran’s first museum for a female artist honours nonagenarian

"Life’s work" of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian goes on show in former palace in Tehran

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Photography

New York’s ICP revisits America’s ‘shameful’ history of Japanese internment

An exhibition travelling from Chicago includes 100 images by documentary photographers like Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, as well as incarcerated artists like Toyo Miyatake and Miné Okubo

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Art market

Object lessons: our pick of highlights from upcoming design auctions in New York

Works by George Grant Elmslie, Umberto Bellotto and Jean Royère are being offered

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Controversies

Jock Sturges’s nudes incite strong feelings in Moscow, again

Activist targets American photographer’s latest show for second time amid claims of promoting paedophilia

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Controversies

Candice Breitz renames video installation at National Gallery of Victoria's Triennial to protest against Australia’s treatment of refugees

South African artist is campaigning against gallery's contract with Wilson Security and its involvement with country's offshore detention facilities

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Obituaries

Christos Joachimides, who captured the Zeitgeist of 1980s Berlin, dies aged 85

Norman Rosenthal on the life of the Greek-born German curator

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Artists

Banksy and Danny Boyle create Alternativity in Bethlehem, despite never meeting

Street artist and film director staged performance that was filmed for BBC Two documentary which will air this weekend

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Carsten Höller

Carsten Höller to build slide for Bonn Bundeskunsthalle

Installation will form part of an exhibition on playgrounds

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Education

New lease of life for life drawing classes?

Age-old practice is being ‘gradually reinvigorated', but new frontier is seemingly in 3D reprographic skills

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Conservation

Drip dry: Moca LA to restore Pollock painting in its galleries

The museum aims to open the cleaning process to the public, with a conservator on hand to answer questions

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Art market

Re-discoveries lead London Old Master auctions

New £7.3m record for Joseph Wright of Derby painting tops December sales in London

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Research

Salvador Dalí foundation completes digital catalogue raisonné after 17 years of research

Online inventory of more than 1,000 paintings will help scholars and the art market

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Politics

China lifts ban on Korean art

Embargo was enforced after South Korea installed air-defence system amid tensions with North Korea

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Performance art

Zardulu behind video of iguana appearing in Miami family’s toilet

The performance piece, viewed by millions as a viral news story, was based on an ancient Greek myth of Kronos usurping the throne of Ouranos, the artist tells us

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Exhibitions

Arson or art? Russian photographer in trouble for torching dilapidated houses

Foundation protecting the country’s cultural heritage to launch an appeal to the Culture Ministry

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Politics

Spanish police cordon off Catalonia museum after religious artefacts seized

Battle between the government and the Lleida Museum is a flashpoint in independence crisis

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Tate Britain

Anthea Hamilton becomes first black woman to be awarded Tate Britain commission

The London-born artist follows Cerith Wyn Evans and Pablo Bronstein taking up the Duveen Galleries commission

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Exhibitions

Qatar brings desert sands to snowy Berlin

Contemporary Art Qatar transcends cultural boundaries at the Kraftwerk

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Private view

Private View, December 2017

Noteworthy exhibitions at commercial galleries, from emerging names to rediscovered talents

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Fairs

Art world fights back in US culture crisis

Art Basel panel calls for united response to political “apocalypse”

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Insiders’ tips: what not to miss at Art Basel in Miami Beach

We asked curators, directors and collectors to tell us about the works that stopped them in their tracks

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

In pictures: Art Basel in Miami Beach Public sector

Artists claim their turf in Miami Beach

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Exhibitions

Hirshhorn to show Lozano-Hemmer’s ‘Pulse’ works

Show will include several of artist's immersive works that use biometric technology

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Wolfsonian’s poster show to travel to New York and Germany

Works from Miami institution's collection are by Julius Klinger, master of 20th-century poster design

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Swizz Beatz’s commission-free fair returns to Miami

The event is an entry point for new buyers and emerging artists

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Expert Eye: Dan Cameron

Curator picks his top works at Art Basel in Miami Beach

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Shortlist announced for BMW Art Journey prize

Winner is to be announced early next year

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Miami’s YoungArts foundation creates grant to mentor artists fresh out of school

Daniel Arsham will also mentor the winners, including the inaugural fellow Shenequa

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Getty Center

Getty reopens as California wildfires rage on

Fire-resistant museum was closed for three days

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Salvator Mundi

We acquired Leonardo's Salvator Mundi, Abu Dhabi says

Announcement appears to contradict earlier reports linking purchase to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

The Pérez Art Museum Miami acquires skateboard drawing with help from Nada

It's the first work acquired as part of the fair's new acquisition fund for the Miami museum

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Done deals: what's selling in Miami this week

Follow our tweets tagged #TANsalestally for a cross section of notable purchases from Art Basel in Miami Beach and the surrounding fairs

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From the Merrie Monarch's display of power at the Queen's Gallery to a family-friendly Winnie-the-Pooh show at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince launches institute to promote art in the Middle East

Recently identified buyer of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi is planning a pavilion at the Venice Biennale, art teaching in schools, international exhibitions, archaeology and virtual reality

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Three to see

Three to see: Miami

From Chinese workshops to artists' studios, find out what to see beyond the fair

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Fairs

Miami artist’s crowd-control work not for the faint-hearted

Artist’s performative work about societal violence does not pull its punches

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

In pictures: Design Miami

Best seat in the house

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Rauschenberg draws the crowds

The artist's "fast entertainment for people in stress" is for sale at Art Basel in Miami Beach

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Battle of the Brazilian Basquiat shows

Sao Paolo museum drops show after Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre decides to organise its own

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Fairs

Basquiat Boom reaches Miami Beach

Documentary about artist’s life screens at Art Basel in Miami Beach

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

On the money in Miami: Five works under $5,000

Our pick of more affordable fair finds

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Artists get down to work at the fair

Stands are transformed into studios as live works lay bare artists’ practice

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Pulse victims remembered at Pulse fair

Phoenix Lindsey-Hall's disco ball installation pays tribute and references queer club culture

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Leonardo da Vinci

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince revealed as buyer of $450m Leonardo and loan confirmed to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Gesture consolidates close political alliance between Saudi Arabia and the UAE

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Brexit

Nicholas Serota takes Prime Minister Theresa May to task

Mood of optimism “extinguished”, Arts Council head says

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Guggenheim commissions new works from five Chinese artists

Leading artists will produce site-specific works for permanent collection

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Artists bring fight against ‘new fascism’ to the fair

Work made under former dictatorships mirrors current political unrest

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Cuban artists crowdfund to create a ‘Havana Biennial for everyone’

Organisers vow to run their own exhibition after government postpones official event

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Allora & Calzadilla rebuild in Puerto Rico

Artist duo's new piece at ICA Miami responds to US policies towards the island

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Survey says: many US collectors have never had their art appraised or insured

UBS report surveyed 2,475 US-based high-net-worth investors

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Saudi prince revealed as mystery buyer of the Salvator Mundi

News sent Twitter into a tizzy

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Miami fairs raise funds for hurricane-hit artists

Art Center/South Florida has matched Art Basel donation

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Controversies

'Culture of fear' around reporting sexual harassment in UK arts organisations, survey says

Three quarters of known incidents go unchallenged according to Arts Professional study

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Openings

ICA Miami finds first home in Design District

Free-admission private museum says it will “remove all barriers from experiencing contemporary art”

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Museums

From Moomins to mobile phones: Finland celebrates 100 years of independence

Exhibitions at home and abroad mark centenary of country's split from Russia

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Prizes

Lubaina Himid wins 2017 Turner Prize for 'uncompromising' approach to race relations

At 63, she is the oldest artist to receive the Tate's prestigious £25,000 award

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Collector Jorge Pérez accuses Miami-Dade County of slashing museum’s funding as 'punishment' for Cuban art show

Funds promised to Pérez Art Museum Miami were allocated to American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora instead

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Rubell museum move to Allapattah delayed

Miami foundation to open new space in December 2019

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Design Miami award goes to artist-backed school in Africa

Art classes will be key to the school in Zambia, supported by Rashid Johnson and New York-based charitable foundation

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

The Puerto Rican artists Allora & Calzadilla reflect on Hurricane Maria and its aftermath

Landscapes of shock, circuits of solidarity

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Early sale in Miami: Martin Margulies buys Ibrahim Mahama’s installation

The work is made of wooden boxes used by shoe repairmen in Ghana

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Art market

P.P.O.W defies tough odds for mid-sized galleries

With the spotlight on issues of race and gender, one gallery that grew out of 1980s New York has again found its moment in the market

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Law

Supreme Court hears arguments in claim against Iranian antiquities

Victims of a 1997 suicide attack want to seize ancient Persian tablets from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71m judgment in their favour

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Artists

Cai Guo-Qiang’s pyrotechnic mushroom cloud successfully erupts over Chicago

Multi-coloured explosive commission marks the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear reaction

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Manifesta 12

Plans for Manifesta 12—The Planetary Garden—take root in Palermo

Italian city's botanical garden inspired the concept behind the roving biennial

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Museums

The Met decides not to pull 'sexually suggestive' Balthus painting after petition signed by thousands

Controversy provides "opportunity for conversation", museum says

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Museums

British Museum to move storage to Reading

New research facility will provide new home for many of the two million artefacts currently at Blythe House

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Exhibitions

The Hermitage's big Russian Revolution show that nearly didn't happen

Museum in tsars' Winter Palace, symbol of Bolshevik takeover, only decided how to mark 1917 centenary in February

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Art fairs

American heritage is back in style at Design Miami

Some of the fair's Curios presentations look to traditional craft and wood furniture

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Prizes

Knight Foundation awards $2.5m in grants to realise 43 Miami art projects

Funding will help bring the Creative Time Summit to South Florida, back a show on the Cuban artist José Antonio Aponte, and finance a “wine club for art” subscription collecting service

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Obituaries

Vincent Scully, fervent professor of art of architecture, has died, aged 97

His lectures at Yale University inspired generations to think about “the humanity within architecture”, says former student Maya Lin

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Art market

Abu Dhabi Art censors work by Saudi Arabian artist

Abdulnasser Gharem’s painting about Sunni-Shia divide was removed from Brigitte Schenk's stand at organisers' request

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Public art

Licence to show art: what hangs on the walls of MI6, the UK's Secret Service

We track down the works of art that British agents spy at their London HQ

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Venice

This is no way to solve the cruise ship issue in Venice

The Italian government’s latest decision is in hock to the port’s own interests

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Exhibitions

Art made in Guantanamo is now US property

An exhibition in New York has sparked the Department of Defense to review its policy of allowing work created in prison art classes off the island

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Exhibitions

The top ten shows to see in Miami this week

From a look at artist’s studios at the ICA and Dara Friedman’s intimate films at Pamm, to Michele Oka Doner’s underwater explorations at the Lowe and the mystical artist Rafael Soriano at the Frost

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Art fairs

Miami’s satellite fairs take on issues like climate change, pollution and labour

We select some of the most interesting projects to see at events across the city this week

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Law

Federal authorities want to seize Martin Shkreli’s Picasso and Wu-Tang Clan album

The objects are among $7.3m in assets prosecutors are seeking from the jailed “pharma-bro”, who was convicted of securities fraud and conspiracy

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Art market

Object lessons: a Bellekin nautilus shell, an Achrome by Piero Manzoni and a seascape by Emil Nolde

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Greece

In the wake of Documenta 14, Athens's contemporary art museum awaits 2018 rebirth

After years in limbo, EMST has received government approval to open fully in former brewery

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Art market

Three highlights from London's Old Master auctions

Rothschild's El Greco, a candlelit scene by Joseph Wright of Derby and an out of season crucifixion scene lead pre-Christmas sales

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From Rose Wylie’s parade of footballers and royalty to Arthur Jafa’s powerful video collage

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Design

V&A's first foray into China opens to visitors

Design Society in Shenzhen, steered by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, unveils four galleries this month, with two to follow in 2018

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Art market

What does a $450m Leonardo mean for the Old Master market?

Slick marketing produced stupendous sale price for Salvator Mundi, but it sparked revulsion as well as elation

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Art market

Masterpiece London to expand internationally as MCH Group buys majority stake

Art, design and antiques fair becomes first cross-discipline event to become part of Art Basel parent company, with plans to expand to US, Asia and the Middle East

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Art market

New online auction site connects collectors with art-school graduates

AucArt offers platform upon which its pick of British art-school graduates can sell directly to buyers

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Art market

Race relations in the spotlight at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Works that address civil rights and cultural politics are in abundance at the US fair

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Exhibitions

Experience art like a 15th-century monk at the Frick

An upcoming exhibition pairs works by Jan Van Eyck and Petrus Christus, including a piece of devotional "clickbait"

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

From a precocious photographer to a 45th birthday