Controversies

Cultural boycott of Israel under fire

Jeremy Deller’s name withdrawn from campaign backed by more than 1,000 cultural figures

Published online: 26 February 2015

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Tate website reposts landscapes by convicted child abuser Graham Ovenden

Images of children still available to view at gallery “by application”

Published online: 19 February 2015

Cultural boycott of Israel gains momentum

Artists and activists in the UK and US call for withdrawal from Israel-sponsored events

Published online: 13 February 2015

Prosecutor asks for five-year suspended prison sentence for Picasso’s former electrician

A final verdict is due next month in the trial against Pierre Le Guennec, who was found to have kept a box of the artist’s works in his garage for 40 years

Published online: 13 February 2015

Union rep suspended amid National Gallery strike negotiations

Five day walk-out by gallery staff is due to continue until Saturday

Published online: 04 February 2015

French artist withdraws prayer rug installation from show after threats from Muslim group

Curators ask Clichy’s mayor to support the display of Zoulikha Bouabdellah’s Silence or shut the exhibition down entirely

Published online: 28 January 2015

 

Swiss schmoozing helps bag a Gauguin

There was great relief at the Zurich Kunsthaus when a Gauguin painting from Tehran arrived on Thursday afternoon (19 February), just hours...

Malevich’s heart of darkness

Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox Church is known for his harsh views on contemporary art, widely denouncing the “punk prayer”...

Controversial Maggie statue is on the move

The controversial marble statue of Margaret Thatcher by Neil Simmons has been banished from its prominent spot near the entrance to...

 

The travails of Ai Weiwei

In 2011, the artist Ai Weiwei was arrested by Chinese authorities on charges of posing a threat to national security. He was released 81 days later, but the harassment did not end there. A new documentary looks at Ai’s life following his release and the troubles he has faced since. “I have a difficult life,” he says in the film. “It doesn’t make me weaker or stronger. I just have to face it.”