News

Uffizi draws the line at Leonardo loan request for Milan Expo show

Milan’s mayor fails to drag Italian minister of culture into row

Will Obama’s ‘middle-class economics’ hit inherited art?

Proposed tax reforms could make the rich feel less well-off—and less likely to spend on art

Elmgreen & Dragset train their telescope on New York Free

Project for High Line coincides with show of V&A installation at Perrotin gallery

New culture war takes root in US as major news outlet censors art

Artists say they are under pressure to tone down their work after Associated Press removes images of controversial pieces

Art experts publish ticking-time-bomb report

Warwick Commission study bemoans decline of children’s arts education and failure to make culture more inclusive

Election countdown: UK parties set out their cultural stalls

Labour’s leader promises committee of movers and shakers, Conservatives are tight-lipped and London might be the biggest loser

Germany loses out to Greek collector over Otto Dix prints

Tycoon keeps 500-strong collection after failure of German campaign to include it in national heritage list

Deaccession art to raise money, says head of Sotheby’s in France

Chief executive argues that museums should consider selling works as state subsidies continue to fall—but strict domestic rules may stop politicians following the US model

The plight of Syria’s artists

Artists carry on, even on the front line, but exiles face an increasingly precarious situation

Koons at cutting edge with giant stone mills Free

Artist ramps up production at Pennsylvania workshop where monumental works are carved

Van Dyck self-portrait reconfirmed as genuine Free

Artist’s gold chain provides clue that work in Minneapolis is an original


Art Market

Colombian art scene rebounds after civil war

Western dealers and curators look to the South

Dedicated Bonnard sale brings untested works to market

Sale of works from the artist’s great-nephew, coincides with major Paris retrospective

Russian bidding cools, but billion-dollar auctions in London allay economic fears

Solid results for February season as Sotheby’s takes the lion’s share of sales

Guidelines to regulate market are an ‘impossible dream’

Authors think the trade is more concerned about the risk of losing sales than risks to its reputation

Pioneering works to be shown side by side—at last

De Wain Valentine’s 1970s sculptures have never been installed as the Californian artist intended

Dealers ride into Los Angeles and rustle up some mean sales

Three trade events are creating a buzz in LA


Books

Lost libraries and broken Buddhas: war, iconoclasm and social media

The history of cultural destruction as a propaganda tool

Don’t be scared of what will be: the Medieval way of art and death

The union of devotional imagery and religious observance was a comfort

Reflections on mirrors in Classical art

The moral and mystical associations of all things shiny in the ancient world

Spranger’s spring to fame, and back to obscurity

A reassessment of Bartholomeus Spranger, the Antwerp-born artist who won the patronage of Rudolf II

Aquabobs may block a spronky smeuse

A master stylist reinvigorates the relationship between the British landscape and words

Snowdon, Hockney and Freud: when good things come in threes

Lord Snowdon’s photos of the British art scene in the 1960s, David Hockney’s life by location and Lucian Freud by his assistant


Comment

Miami’s art museums are becoming rudderless ships Free

Nearly half the city’s institutions are without leaders as powerful patrons, unruly trustees, funding issues and rivalries between ethnic groups make the waters nearly impossible to navigate

Have New York art galleries found a new sales tax dodge?

It has been reported that state tax and law enforcement officials are demanding to see documentation relating to the sale and shipping of works of art by several dealers

Why Italy should sell the 5,000 antiquities recovered by the police

Improperly excavated artefacts could be auctioned to help cash-strapped museums


Conservation

San Francisco finds DNA 200 years old in African works

De Young Museum’s research could improve authentication by identifying the species of trees used

Why Reynolds’s paintings can auto-destruct

Research project and show explain conservators’ difficulties with his techniques

Peru pays $3m to protect heritage site after Greenpeace publicity stunt

Major security measures approved as critics attack culture ministry over vulnerability of desert landscape


Exhibitions

Bodies like ours, but with completely different minds

The British Museum surveys ancient Greek sculptures of the human form

Not landscapes, but landscape-ish

The art of Richard Diebenkorn lands in London

McQueen show refashioned in London

Four years after going on show in New York, an expanded Alexander McQueen exhibition comes to the V&A

Berlin museum finally lays bare its war-damaged collection

An exhibition at the Bode Museum surveys the ethical implications of restoring damaged art

Milan puts on a once-in-a-lifetime show of its Renaissance art

We are as good as Florence, Venice and Rome, say curators

MoMA builds a new audience for Latin American architecture

Sixty years after a landmark architectural survey, the New York museum picks up where it left off


Fairs Auctions

Armory takes steps in the right direction Free

New York fair opens today with 197 international galleries

Time to find Hong Kong’s artists on their home turf

Local works will be prominent at Art Basel and the new Art Central satellite fair


Features

In exile or amid the horror, Syrian artists carry on working

While civil war tears their country apart, most artists have fled Syria and are achieving success in the Gulf and the West. But some remain in their native country, where art provides a brief escape from the conflict.

What if Italy sold this 5,000-piece hoard of orphan antiquities?

Experts say the haul, the result of a 14-year investigation, could raise as much as €15m for the country’s cash-strapped archaeological service.

The verdict that flies in the face of art history

A Belgian court recently found Luc Tuymans guilty of copyright infringement in his use of a photograph, a ruling that ignores appropriation’s vital role in art over the centuries and has worrying implications for the future.

Lynda Benglis: Going with the flow

Though best known for the 1970s Artforum ad in which she posed naked brandishing an enormous dildo, the American artist, now 73 and the subject of two spring shows, is still experimenting with a novel range of materials.


Focus

Rembrandt’s late work: the diary of a blockbuster

Staging a major exhibition requires hugely detailed planning. Tim Zeedijk, the Rijksmuseum’s head of exhibitions, kept a journal while organising the show for London and Amsterdam

Spare us the so-called experts and call for the connoisseurs

Inherited moral rights, over-ambitious academics and discredited catalogues raisonnés have led to a crisis in attribution

Fair wades deeper into contemporary waters

The selling show “Night Fishing” has brought eight new galleries to Maastricht

Sneak peek at pieces on parade

From ancient Greek erotica to 21st-century silverware, there is an army of treasures at this year’s fair

Conservators prove an unlikely gateway to more museum loans

Institutions are lending more works than ever, exploding the myth that preserving art means denying access to it


Museums

Work on Louvre Abu Dhabi goes into overdrive Free

Official opening date probably in 2016 as thousands of workers drafted in to complete the vast building

Grand Palais curtain-raiser for Gap founder’s collection Free

French debut of Donald and Doris Fisher’s art gives hint of what’s in store for San Francisco next year

Detroit to sell Van Gogh’s ‘klutzy’ still-life

Trading up resumes after victory against threat of forced sales

Mayor of London takes big step to bring Smithsonian to Stratford

As Boris Johnson visits Washington, DC, a hedge funder promises $10m towards institution’s first overseas satellite

Testing times await new national gallery directors

Further budget cuts are likely, whatever the result of May’s general election

Málaga’s mayor races to open pop-up Pompidou

Politician determined to launch satellite of Russian museum in March as well

M+ moves forward despite Hong Kong’s filibustering politicians

West Kowloon Cultural District dips into endowment to keep construction on course


Obituary

Walter Liedtke

Much respected art historian and curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art