National Gallery’s £30m Pontormo bid rejected owing to sterling slump Attempt to save Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap for the nation is knocked back by US buyer in wake of Brexit vote. The work was sold at auction two years ago to US hedge fund manager, Tom Hill. The painting had been in the family of the Earl of Caledon since 1825.
MoMA installs works by artists from countries targeted by Trump’s travel ban In an unprecedented gesture, the New York museum has replaced works in its permanent collection galleries with eight by artists from Muslim-majority nations named in Trump’s executive order.
Anish Kapoor condemns ‘abhorrent’ refugee policies as he wins Genesis prize The UK-based artist is donating his $1m (£800,000) prize to help people who have fled war or persecution and has criticised “abhorrent government policies” towards refugees.
Arts charity accuses Fundraising Regulator of deceptive fundraising Children and the Arts is complaining to Trading Standards after receiving an unsolicited invoice and correspondence from the regulator implying that a voluntary levy is compulsory.
Hermitage storage centre searched by FSB agents Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, has played down concerns over the surprise investigation, but some see it as a warning against opposition.
Kiev exhibition that questioned the results of Maidan revolution vandalised Video (above) shows attackers beating a gallery guard and tearing posters at the exhibition by Davyd Chychkan, while also spray-painting walls with graffiti stating ‘Mouthpiece of Moscow’ and ‘Glory to Ukraine’.
UK government plans gallery for its off-duty art A selection of the 14,000 works in the Government Art Collection will be on show. Of the works, around a third are in store, with most of the remainder hanging in 100 government offices in the UK and 270 offices abroad, where there is very limited public access.
Artists nominated for France’s Marcel Duchamp Prize Four Paris-based artists have been nominated for the 2017 prize. The shortlist features Maja Bajevic, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Charlotte Moth, and Vittorio Santoro.
Louvre reopens after machete attack as Egypt identifies suspect An Egyptian interior ministry official confirmed to the Associated Press that the attacker is 28-year-old Abdullah Reda Refaie al-Hamahmy, and said that he has no record of political activism or criminal activities.
1. Jacopo Pontormo, Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap. Photo: DCMS