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Must-see shows this autumn

Basquiat: Boom for Real Barbican, London 21 September-28 January 2018  The last Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition in London was, remarkably, a 1996 show at the Serpentine Gallery of around 20 works. Now, the one-time graffiti artist who became a star in the 1980s (and died of a drug overdose in 1988) is the subject of a much grander survey. Around 100 …Continue reading →

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Venice can’t manage its tourists—yet it’s encouraging more to come from China

Last month an article appeared in the New York Times about the Venetians anger and grief at the degradation of their town by mass tourism; the city is becoming an intolerably crowded monoculture and is ceasing to be a community as the locals abandon it for the mainland, they say. The piece got wide coverage in the Italian media, although …Continue reading →

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On the side of the angels

Vittorio Scarpati lay dying in Manhattans Cabrini Medical Center for five months before finally succumbing to Aids in 1989, one of the thousands of New Yorkers to fall victim to the epidemic that ravaged the cityand the wider worldin the 1980s and 1990s. In those months, Scarpati, a 34-year-old cartoonist and artist from Italy, filled notebooks with hundreds of felt-tip …Continue reading →

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Jenny Holzer: Words of Conflict

Jenny Holzer has put words in unexpected places for nearly 40 years. Her texts have been flyposted across buses and boats, flashed across electronic billboards and, when she was the first woman to represent the US at the Venice Biennale in 1990, engraved into the US Pavilions marble floor. The Ohio-born artist has projected verses of poetry onto the banks …Continue reading →

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Texas museums brace for full impact of Hurricane Harvey

Tropical Storm Harvey continues to batter south-eastern Texas with torrential rain, potentially displacing thousands of residents in Houston and the surrounding area. Most museums across the region remain closed and many took precautions before the storm to protect their collections and staff. This page will be updated with replies from institutions as they come in. The Museum of Fine Art, …Continue reading →

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MCA Chicago makes the most of Murakami merch mania

The demand for Murakami merchandise at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago shows no signs of letting up. With just a few weeks left before the travelling retrospective Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg closes on 24 September, the museums shop continues to roll out new items, including limited edition prints that sell out as soon as they …Continue reading →

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South Africa’s first legal auction of rhinoceros horn fails to attract buyers

South Africa’s first legal, online auction of rhinoceros hornsprized by some collectors but banned for international trade due to the animals threatened statusdrew few bidders. The three-day auction, which closed Friday 25 August, was hosted by Pretoria-based Van’s Auctioneers. On offer were 264 pieces of rhino horn, weighing a total of 500 kilogrammes (1,100 pounds), consigned by rhino breeder John Hume, …Continue reading →

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São Paulo gallerist Luciana Brito is the latest Brazilian to launch a New York space

The So Paulo-based gallerist Luciana Brito launches her New York project spacea collaboration with the design firm Espaoon 6 September, with Ruptura, a group show of modernist Brazilian artists relatively little known in North America. Britos expansion follows that of fellow Brazilian galleries Nara Roesler and Mendes Wood DM, both of which have opened outposts in Manhattan in the past …Continue reading →

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Solange’s take on black identity via Tate.org

The superstar singer Solange Knowles Ferguson, sister of Beyonc, reflects on black identity and womanhood in a striking new online interactive piece available on the Tate website. As part of the digital dossier, entitled Seventy States, Solange discusses what drove her recent album, A Seat at the Table, musing also on the significance of the Tate Modern show Soul of …Continue reading →

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Designs for Nicolas Berggruen’s mountaintop thinktank revealed

The designs for the new Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles founded by the art collector and billionaire Nicolas Berggruen have been revealed. The high-profile Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meurons plans for the institute campus encompass a linear park, or gardened plinth moulded from concrete and wood, according to the Los Angeles Times. Berggruen has bought a 447-acre plot …Continue reading →

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