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New York art museum refuses to remove painting of girl after 'voyeurism' complaint

New York art museum refuses to remove painting of girl after 'voyeurism' complaint

Petition calls for Metropolitan Museum of Art to replace Therese Dreaming by Balthasar Klossowski, which shows girl with her underwear visibleNew York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has refused to
Leonardo's Salvator Mundi: Abu Dhabi bought world's most expensive painting

Leonardo's Salvator Mundi: Abu Dhabi bought world's most expensive painting

Louvre Abu Dhabi to display artwork sold for $450m as buyer is revealed as emirate’s culture ministryLeonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus Christ, which was sold for a record $450m (£335m) at auction
Charles II exhibition reveals how he tackled 'the king's evil'

Charles II exhibition reveals how he tackled 'the king's evil'

The Restoration monarch is known for his love of pleasure, but less so for his record-breaking efforts to dispel scrofulaCharles II brought many things into English life: theatre, horse racing,
Guantánamo art show rattles US military and could prompt confiscation or destruction

Guantánamo art show rattles US military and could prompt confiscation or destruction

Works by detainees are making waves at a New York exhibition – but now officials have taken away finished artworks and won’t let them leave the siteWhen Moath al-Alwi wants to get his mind out of the
‘We were just a normal family’: Che Guevara’s daughter remembers her father

‘We were just a normal family’: Che Guevara’s daughter remembers her father

Aleida Guevara with her father Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, Havana, 1964On the right is my father, cigar in hand, talking to his lifelong friend Fidel Castro, a fellow communist revolutionary. The
Human Flow review – arbitrary borders, ultimate responsibility

Human Flow review – arbitrary borders, ultimate responsibility

Ai Weiwei’s film about the world migration crisis moves from the universal to the personal to make an emphatic pointBroad in scope, vast in ambition but a little overbearing in execution, this
Qatar's dynamic young artists showcased in major Berlin exhibition

Qatar's dynamic young artists showcased in major Berlin exhibition

Contemporary Art Qatar includes 300 works reflecting the kingdom’s rapid change into a cultural and commercial hubThe largest ever exhibition of contemporary Qatari art has gone on display in Berlin,
Chaotic capitalism: the human sculptures of Nigeria's sprawling Balogan market

Chaotic capitalism: the human sculptures of Nigeria's sprawling Balogan market

It is one of the biggest street markets in the world, a sprawling, dazzling city within a city that is frequented by tens of thousands of people every day. Photographer Lorenzo Vitturi reveals how he
New portrait painting of Prince Philip highlights links with Denmark

New portrait painting of Prince Philip highlights links with Denmark

Artist Ralph Heimans says he hopes his work, showing Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor, portrays his ‘unique character’Wearing a menacingly friendly smile and the blue sash of the order of the elephant,
The walls have eyes: the best urban photography

The walls have eyes: the best urban photography

A sun-baked Niemeyer treasure, a decaying Montana schoolhouse and a scary manmade cave are just some of the striking pieces shortlisted for the 2017 Art of Building photography awards, run by the
Scuffles break out as artworks removed from Catalan city's museum

Scuffles break out as artworks removed from Catalan city's museum

Police clash with protesters in Lleida as 44 works of art at centre of dispute between Catalonia and region of Aragón are removedScuffles broke out between police and demonstrators after hundreds of
Lyon's festival of lights - in pictures

Lyon's festival of lights - in pictures

Lyon’s Fête des Lumières is the world’s largest visual arts festival. It takes place every year around 8 December for four nights. The festival attracts millions of visitors from all over the world to
How the original US-Mexico border markers led to decades of fear and antipathy

How the original US-Mexico border markers led to decades of fear and antipathy

Photographer David Taylor documented 276 monuments erected to mark the border in 1848, in an attempt to show how they’ve affected American mentalityForget the fence: these are the real markers of the
Amaravati Buddhist art to finally be seen in full glory at British Museum

Amaravati Buddhist art to finally be seen in full glory at British Museum

After a two-year declutter and revamp, the Sir Joseph Hotung gallery will allow visitors to view Asian antiquities up closeFor decades, the Amaravati sculptures, a stupendous collection of early
Banksy artworks up for auction in New York – in pictures

Banksy artworks up for auction in New York – in pictures

Forty artworks by the street artist Banksy are up for auction in New York on 12 December. It’s the first time that an auction has been devoted exclusively to the artist, and the prints on sale cover
Kickstarter for artbook of Viktor Kalvachev, one of comicdom's best illustrators

Kickstarter for artbook of Viktor Kalvachev, one of comicdom's best illustrators

Viktor Kalvachev is one of the most exciting figures in comics today. I love his art, which reminds me of the great paperback book illustrators of the 1960s. He's the creator of Blue Estate, a
California's Thomas wildfire enters its second week – in pictures

California's Thomas wildfire enters its second week – in pictures

Thomas fire, the largest of the blazes burning in southern California, has engulfed more than 900 buildings, including at least 700 homes, since it broke out on 4 December. The fifth biggest wildfire
First for Iran as museum celebrates works of woman exiled for decades

First for Iran as museum celebrates works of woman exiled for decades

First museum dedicated to solo female artist to display works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who gained international acclaim during years of exile Iran has opened its first museum dedicated to a
From Edinburgh's tram to Boston's Big Dig: readers' urban white elephants

From Edinburgh's tram to Boston's Big Dig: readers' urban white elephants

Our list of ill-conceived civic expenditure, topped by Toronto’s costly subway stop, spurred Guardian Cities readers to share suggestions for more … Colin Horgan’s roundup of urban white elephants
Quiz: can you identify these cities from their historic maps?

Quiz: can you identify these cities from their historic maps?

Cities evolve, but the old core stays same. Or does it? We’ve trawled the archives for a selection of historic maps. Can you ID the cities? BerlinPragueYorkRomeTokyoMexico