Issue 259 - July-August 2014

News | Market | Books | Comment | Features | Museums |

News

Revealed: Royal family of Qatar is buyer of world’s most expensive Hirst Free

The ruling Al-Thanis bought the artist’s Lullaby Spring at Sotheby’s last year for £9.7m and are also believed to have purchased the Rockefeller Rothko for $72.8m

Revealed: Royal family of Qatar is buyer of world’s most expensive Hirst Free

The ruling Al-Thanis bought the artist’s Lullaby Spring at Sotheby’s last year for £9.7m and are also believed to have purchased the Rockefeller Rothko for $72.8m

Terror campaign by animal rights groups forces closure of exhibition Free

The show attracted no protests when it was seen in France but was cancelled by curators in Glasgow earlier this year

Terror campaign by animal rights groups forces closure of exhibition Free

The show attracted no protests when it was seen in France but was cancelled by curators in Glasgow earlier this year

Gordon Brown approves first public display of art from Chequers Free

Ten paintings including two newly-attributed Van Dycks will be lent from the prime ministerial country home to Compton Verney near Stratford-upon-Avon next month

Gordon Brown approves first public display of art from Chequers Free

Ten paintings including two newly-attributed Van Dycks will be lent from the prime ministerial country home to Compton Verney near Stratford-upon-Avon next month

Contemporary art “to connect” to China Free

The new US embassy in Beijing, opening in August, will include art by Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, and others

Contemporary art “to connect” to China Free

The new US embassy in Beijing, opening in August, will include art by Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, and others

Westminster council rejects gift of £2.5m Caro sculpture Free

The massive work is now for sale

Westminster council rejects gift of £2.5m Caro sculpture Free

The massive work is now for sale

Vandal fined $17,000 and banned for breaking ear off ancient statue Free

Finnish visitor escapes prison but is made to publicly apologise

Vandal fined $17,000 and banned for breaking ear off ancient statue Free

Finnish visitor escapes prison but is made to publicly apologise

Obelisk looted by Mussolini to be re-erected after 70 years Free

Italy returned the monument to Axum over 50 years late

Obelisk looted by Mussolini to be re-erected after 70 years Free

Italy returned the monument to Axum over 50 years late

The glittering prizes Free

Winners

The glittering prizes Free

Winners


Market

Qatar’s relentless drive to build museum collection sustains Islamic market Free

Doubts about provenances did not dent prices in latest round of London auctions

Qatar’s relentless drive to build museum collection sustains Islamic market Free

Doubts about provenances did not dent prices in latest round of London auctions

Restituted Dutch old master makes record $8.1m Free

Larger-than-life Cornelis painting had been appropriated by East German secret police

Restituted Dutch old master makes record $8.1m Free

Larger-than-life Cornelis painting had been appropriated by East German secret police

Agnew’s sells historic home Free

Firm will put more emphasis on contemporary art

Agnew’s sells historic home Free

Firm will put more emphasis on contemporary art

Gladstone chooses Brussels for European gallery Free

Belgian capital offers tax advantages; dealer opens second space in New York

Gladstone chooses Brussels for European gallery Free

Belgian capital offers tax advantages; dealer opens second space in New York

Government offers incentives in bid to revive market Free

But trade is disappointed by lack of significant tax breaks to encourage collecting and donations

Government offers incentives in bid to revive market Free

But trade is disappointed by lack of significant tax breaks to encourage collecting and donations

Indian gallery chooses Berlin for first outlet in Europe Free

Bodhi is the newest addition near the Hamburger Bahnhof

Indian gallery chooses Berlin for first outlet in Europe Free

Bodhi is the newest addition near the Hamburger Bahnhof

Phillips has disappointing results but market continues to climb Free

Sotheby’s set auction records for 25 artists, while Christie’s made the most for a sale in this field

Phillips has disappointing results but market continues to climb Free

Sotheby’s set auction records for 25 artists, while Christie’s made the most for a sale in this field

Christie’s grabs lion’s share of market... Free

...while private exhibitions by dealers take a toll on Haughton’s annual fair

Christie’s grabs lion’s share of market... Free

...while private exhibitions by dealers take a toll on Haughton’s annual fair

Armory sales solid as New York defies financial markets Free

But the adventurous works were to be found at Volta, rather than the main fair

Armory sales solid as New York defies financial markets Free

But the adventurous works were to be found at Volta, rather than the main fair

Art Cologne improves despite lack of director Free

But contemporary galleries in the dark

Art Cologne improves despite lack of director Free

But contemporary galleries in the dark

Estella Collection pushes Chinese contemporary total to US$51.7m Free

New auction records set for Zhang Xiaogang, Xu Bing, Liu Xiaodong and Guo Bochuan

Estella Collection pushes Chinese contemporary total to US$51.7m Free

New auction records set for Zhang Xiaogang, Xu Bing, Liu Xiaodong and Guo Bochuan

British decorative art auction proves risky Free

Mixed results for Sotheby’s and private dealer’s joint venture

British decorative art auction proves risky Free

Mixed results for Sotheby’s and private dealer’s joint venture

Dutch collection gets off to a solid start Free

Record set for Bharti Kher

Dutch collection gets off to a solid start Free

Record set for Bharti Kher

Dutch collection gets off to a solid start Free

Record set for Bharti Kher

Dutch collection gets off to a solid start Free

Record set for Bharti Kher

Czechs buy back past Free

State secured over 100 lots at House of Liechtenstein sale

Czechs buy back past Free

State secured over 100 lots at House of Liechtenstein sale

Russian 19th-century art saves the day Free

But postwar, modern and contemporary consignments flop

Russian 19th-century art saves the day Free

But postwar, modern and contemporary consignments flop


Books

The man who turned everything into art Free

Did Harald Szeemann single-handedly invent the idea of the contemporary curator? Three new books make the case

The man who turned everything into art Free

Did Harald Szeemann single-handedly invent the idea of the contemporary curator? Three new books make the case

Sinuous nudes and protestant propaganda Free

The Cranach exhibition catalogue and a book on technical aspects of his work

Sinuous nudes and protestant propaganda Free

The Cranach exhibition catalogue and a book on technical aspects of his work

Portrait of a portraitist—the life of Yousuf Karsh Free

A biography of the photographer of the famous, who believed in the essential goodness of his subjects

Portrait of a portraitist—the life of Yousuf Karsh Free

A biography of the photographer of the famous, who believed in the essential goodness of his subjects

Rags to riches, fame to obscurity. And back again Free

The story of Maria Cosway has been rescued by feminist scholarship

Rags to riches, fame to obscurity. And back again Free

The story of Maria Cosway has been rescued by feminist scholarship

Monumental masonry—an alternative history Free

A radical, revisionist examination of 18th-century English tomb statuary

Monumental masonry—an alternative history Free

A radical, revisionist examination of 18th-century English tomb statuary


Comment

Features

The recipe for a record price: auction house hype, media frenzy, and billionaire buyers Free

For ten years Jasper Johns held the title of the world’s most expensive living artist; in the last year the accolade has been claimed by Damien Hirst and now belongs to Jeff Koons

The recipe for a record price: auction house hype, media frenzy, and billionaire buyers Free

For ten years Jasper Johns held the title of the world’s most expensive living artist; in the last year the accolade has been claimed by Damien Hirst and now belongs to Jeff Koons

I would recommend dramatically increasing the number of national pavilions Free

In the second part of our interview with Robert Storr, the director of the 2007 Venice Biennale, he considers the question of how to make the historic event truly representative of today’s global art world

I would recommend dramatically increasing the number of national pavilions Free

In the second part of our interview with Robert Storr, the director of the 2007 Venice Biennale, he considers the question of how to make the historic event truly representative of today’s global art world

“I haven’t done much at all” Free

Despite having tackled some of the most ambitious commissions in contemporary art, such as Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, the Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor says “the problems in the end are always in the studio”

“I haven’t done much at all” Free

Despite having tackled some of the most ambitious commissions in contemporary art, such as Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, the Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor says “the problems in the end are always in the studio”

“Every society has its taboos” Free

Farhad Moshiri is the first Middle Eastern contemporary artist whose work has sold for over $1m. Here he discusses the state of the art market, his commercial success, and what it’s like to work in Iran

“Every society has its taboos” Free

Farhad Moshiri is the first Middle Eastern contemporary artist whose work has sold for over $1m. Here he discusses the state of the art market, his commercial success, and what it’s like to work in Iran

The $2m slave to art Free

Johnny Naked offers his service—at a price

The $2m slave to art Free

Johnny Naked offers his service—at a price

Martin Creed’s test run at Tate Britain Free

We can reveal that the artist’s commission for the Duveen Galleries, to be unveiled next month, is likely to startle visitors

Martin Creed’s test run at Tate Britain Free

We can reveal that the artist’s commission for the Duveen Galleries, to be unveiled next month, is likely to startle visitors

Twenty-six years to put the curtains up Free

What it took to realise Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Gates in Central Park

Twenty-six years to put the curtains up Free

What it took to realise Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Gates in Central Park

Around the world with hardly time to draw breath Free

Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank’s light touch could sometimes use a firmer hand, but he’ll win you over all the same

Around the world with hardly time to draw breath Free

Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank’s light touch could sometimes use a firmer hand, but he’ll win you over all the same


Museums

German gallery trys to block sale of works by Joseph Beuys Free

Director says moving the pieces, installed by the artist, would be a “catastrophe”

German gallery trys to block sale of works by Joseph Beuys Free

Director says moving the pieces, installed by the artist, would be a “catastrophe”

Dealer gives period prints Free

Cooper-Hewitt gets 85 watercolours of domestic interiors

Dealer gives period prints Free

Cooper-Hewitt gets 85 watercolours of domestic interiors

Retired clerk and librarian distribute 2,500 works Free

Collection will go to 50 museums

Retired clerk and librarian distribute 2,500 works Free

Collection will go to 50 museums

Bank of America sends its art on tour Free

Twenty-seven exhibitions drawn from the corporate collection will travel to US and European museums

Bank of America sends its art on tour Free

Twenty-seven exhibitions drawn from the corporate collection will travel to US and European museums

Copyright, conflicts of interest, and how to deal with Uncle Sam Free

US museum lawyers met last month to discuss the most pressing issues they are currently facing

Copyright, conflicts of interest, and how to deal with Uncle Sam Free

US museum lawyers met last month to discuss the most pressing issues they are currently facing

Austrian culture minister calls for investigation into Leopold collection Free

Gallery faces claims that it is holding Nazi-looted art

Austrian culture minister calls for investigation into Leopold collection Free

Gallery faces claims that it is holding Nazi-looted art

V&A needs £1.1m to keep Baroque cabinet in the UK Free

It was reassembled and sold after part of it was discovered in a pizzeria

V&A needs £1.1m to keep Baroque cabinet in the UK Free

It was reassembled and sold after part of it was discovered in a pizzeria

Rem Koolhaas to design new Prada museum of contemporary art Free

An industrial site is being converted to display the fashion house’s collection of over 500 works

Rem Koolhaas to design new Prada museum of contemporary art Free

An industrial site is being converted to display the fashion house’s collection of over 500 works

New display for self-portrait collection started by Medici Free

The Uffizi owns over 1,600 works; these are rarely accessible in their current home—the Vasari corridor

New display for self-portrait collection started by Medici Free

The Uffizi owns over 1,600 works; these are rarely accessible in their current home—the Vasari corridor

Poland gets its first contemporary collection Free

Art on loan for ten years from dealer Rafael Jablonka goes on view at the National Museum this month

Poland gets its first contemporary collection Free

Art on loan for ten years from dealer Rafael Jablonka goes on view at the National Museum this month

France’s big splash vs Britain’s slow infiltration Free

Ever since the Guggenheim opened in Bilbao, museums have started to go global. Two of the world’s top museum directors explain their foreign policy

France’s big splash vs Britain’s slow infiltration Free

Ever since the Guggenheim opened in Bilbao, museums have started to go global. Two of the world’s top museum directors explain their foreign policy