News

Police killings prompt a resurgence in political art Free

Artists are fighting back after the controversial deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown

Year of record sales but at what cost to the art?

Unease grows as it gets harder for artists to resist servicing a booming market

Street artists call in the lawyers over copyright infringement

Greater willingness to sue as graffiti becomes part of the mainstream

Landmark loan sparks fresh requests for British Museum’s Marbles

Greece angry after London institution sends sculpture to Russia, but there is already serious interest in further loans

Police killings prompt a resurgence in political art

Artists are fighting back after the controversial deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown

US could stop artists using drones

New regulations may restrict the use of surveillance technology in their work

Antiquities next to contemporary in Prada Foundation’s new home

Rem Koolhaas-designed space in Milan to open in May with Roman sculpture and 21st-century art

Italian group saves Auschwitz memorial from being destroyed

Spiral walkway from concentration camp will go on display in Florence

Paris conference on the Arab world to show where there is hope Free

A revived Institut du Monde Arabe under Jack Lang engages softly with today’s politics in the Middle East and North Africa

Ukraine’s art scene soldiers on despite political crisis

Artists can fight for freedom as the country asserts its independence, says gallery founder Victor Pinchuk

In Artibus foundation opens non-profit Moscow gallery

Focus will be on “classical” works

Scepticism over US-backed freedom of expression award in Singapore

Embassy and art fair launch new prize in wake of crackdowns on local and international artists’ work


Art Market

Economic chaos, dealers under threat, leaderless sale rooms…

The five things you need to know in 2015

French judge throws out Rodin cast case

Court rules that French law has no jurisdiction over bronze casts made from foundry plaster moulds and sold abroad

French judge throws out Rodin cast case

Court rules that French law has no jurisdiction over bronze casts made from foundry plaster moulds and sold abroad

Trust no one: victory for Gagosian in two-year case

Court concludes that dealers’ statements of value are legally meaningless

Old Masters make records too

Auctions reveal surprises and bargains

Face to face with collectors in the other China

Taiwan has more major buyers than neighbour

Get ’em now, while they’re hot?

A selective guide to artists expected to make an impact on the market in 2015


Books

Orientalist paintings, naughty and nice

Rediscovering the 19th-century works of John Frederick Lewis and Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant

Dramatic monologues

Artists take centre stage in Sarah Thornton’s new book on contemporary art

Programmes for the royal hunting lodge

A study of the paintings made for Philip IV’s Torre de la Parada

The master in his workshop

Jonathan Brown on his intense, lifetime’s experience of Spanish art

Love, letters and difficult lives

The interconnected relationships of Effie Gray, Robert Bateman and Jane and William Morris

Utilitarianism versus arts as a sacred gift

The battleground of arts policies in the UK

Grey areas of the Nazis’ dark legacy

Were “degenerate art” dealers saviours of Modernism?

The uglification of Italy is a moral failing

The problems of Venice are a paradigm for other historic cities, says a former Getty chief


Comment

Will there be life after death for new private museums?

Founders need to plan for their institutions to develop after their demise—or stagnation could result

Demand for art soars but a tiny number of artists benefit

Research reveals the vast majority of artists are among the have-nots, so to make ends meet many are multi-tasking and some are joining forces to campaign for change


Conservation

Artist’s big plans for Hobart: a bridge too far?

Heritage experts object to proposal to link war memorials near the city centre using Vito Acconci’s design

Disputed portraits united for the first time

Long-debated works in Milan show are now believed to be by Pollaiuolo brothers—but experts still disagree about who painted what

Hitler’s ‘Renaissance’ jewels fashioned in the 19th century

Rijksmuseum’s examinations reveal truth about pendants


Exhibitions

Van Gogh’s Belgian beginnings

Mons’s year as a European Capital of Culture opens with the first of many shows marking the 125th anniversary of the artist’s death

A walk in the woods with Trockel

The German artist finds inspiration in the Bregenzerwald for her latest show

German art’s loss

The careers of friends Macke and Marc were cut short by war

A year of disappearing art

Tino Sehgal’s major survey at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk is a gradually unfolding series of 12 month-long performances

Solved: the square root of avant-garde art

The Whitechapel Gallery traces the story of geometric abstraction around the globe from pre-revolutionary Russia to the present

But first, let me take a selfie

The continuous allure of the self-portrait takes a contemporary twist

America’s segregated past goes on show in Boston

Gordon Parks’s unpublished images of discrimination in Kansas


Fairs Auctions

The other Swiss fair

Artgenève offers a boutique alternative to Art Basel


Features

The dealer cherished by “degenerate” artists and Nazis alike: The other Gurlitt

The discovery of Hildebrand Gurlitt’s Nazi-confiscated art hoard caused a scandal. His cousin Wolfgang’s story is less well known, but asks troubling questions of collections across the world.

Matthew Barney: Exploding the myths

The American artist has brought his epic, gruesome retelling of Egyptian legends, “River of Fundament”, to Tasmania, where his sculptures fittingly commune with ancient works.

Peeling back the complex layers of the National Gallery

As Frederick Wiseman’s documentary film of the London museum opens in the UK, he and the National’s director Nicholas Penny explain that its making was a mutual journey of discovery.

Portrait of the artist as a Communist spy?

Why the British government regarded the Surrealist Julian Trevelyan as a dangerous subversive.


Museums

Art of the Americas placed in continental context Free

Museums from Buenos Aires to Toronto collaborate on an unprecedented scale as institutions broaden their horizons

Los Angeles museums find expert partners

The second edition of Pacific Standard Time is a greater collaborative effort that crosses borders

Photography exhibitions that made history Free

As a new book surveys landmark shows, museums are only starting to catch up with the digital revolution of the medium

Abu Dhabi’s wish-list from the British Museum grows

Loans could number several hundred and go to the Gulf for extended stays

Giant leap for mankind

Paris’s historic ethnographic museum, which Chirac tried to denude, finally to reopen

Pushkin plans design satellite

Director wants to work with London’s V&A and help Moscow’s homeless design museum

China’s design culture to benefit from the Bauhaus

Leading university builds museum and institute aiming to inspire innovation


Obituary

Bernard Heidsieck

Banker, heir to the champagne fortune and avant-garde poet.