Senate investigation finds art market secrecy allowed Russian billionaire brothers, friends of Putin, to evade government sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin joins billionaire Arkady Rotenberg (left), during to a visit to the construction site of the Kerch Strait bridge in Kerch, Crimea. Investigators traced $18m in art purchases to shell companies linked to Rotenberg and his brother Boris, who are close Putin associates who American officials say benefited financially from the annexation…

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Public art initiative encourages New Yorkers to get outside as museums remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Jeffrey Gibson, Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House, 2020 Courtesy of the artist; Socrates Sculpture Park; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles. Image: Scott Lynch As museums and other cultural institutions in New York remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the city…

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‘Brutal’ planned redundancies at London’s Southbank Centre called out in open letter

Crowds gathered outside London’s Southbank Centre on Saturday to protest a series of proposed redundancies Steve Eason/flickr More than 1,500 people have signed an open letter to the management team at the Southbank Centre in London, voicing their “concern about the current crisis […] which is seeing a programme of brutal redundancies across the [Southbank]…

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Yves Bouvier evaded paying taxes on £276m of art sales, Swiss authorities claim

Yves Bouvier is accused of tax evasion in Switzerland © Hpetit21/Creative Commons The Genevan art dealer Yves Bouvier allegedly owes unpaid Swiss taxes on CHF330m (£276m) of profits made through the sale of around CHF2bn (£1.7bn) of art to the Russian collector Dimitry Rybolovlev, according to documents unsealed yesterday by Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court. The…

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