Issue 264 - January 2015

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

News

German museum under fire for ceding control of exhibitions to dealers and collectors Free

Gallery director says private sector must be courted, not alienated

German museum under fire for ceding control of exhibitions to dealers and collectors Free

Gallery director says private sector must be courted, not alienated

Can past nuclear explosions help detect forgeries? Free

The inventors of a new technique for dating paintings say it can prove whether a work was made before or after 1945

Can past nuclear explosions help detect forgeries? Free

The inventors of a new technique for dating paintings say it can prove whether a work was made before or after 1945

Roman Abramovich brings home the $86.3m Bacon and the $33.6m Freud Free

The London-based Russian billionaire has bought the record-breaking works; he has not previously been known to collect art

Roman Abramovich brings home the $86.3m Bacon and the $33.6m Freud Free

The London-based Russian billionaire has bought the record-breaking works; he has not previously been known to collect art

Film director to leave house and collection to nation Free

He is in talks with Kensington and Chelsea council who may open it to visitors

Film director to leave house and collection to nation Free

He is in talks with Kensington and Chelsea council who may open it to visitors

Rauschenberg gallery to continue lawsuit after artist’s death Free

Case seeks to punish defendant for selling works found in trash

Rauschenberg gallery to continue lawsuit after artist’s death Free

Case seeks to punish defendant for selling works found in trash

New arts centre has cost taxpayer £57m but there’s not much art (and no theatre) Free

The Arts Council will provide £500,000 a year for the striking Alsop building

New arts centre has cost taxpayer £57m but there’s not much art (and no theatre) Free

The Arts Council will provide £500,000 a year for the striking Alsop building

City turns against photo show Free

Mayor says Zucca exhibition avoids reality of Nazi era

City turns against photo show Free

Mayor says Zucca exhibition avoids reality of Nazi era

Five foundations join forces Free

Contemporary art group will commission new works

Five foundations join forces Free

Contemporary art group will commission new works


Market

Controversial Mandela lithographs are back on the market Free

Part of proceeds to go to charity, but gallery has not sought statesman’s permission

Controversial Mandela lithographs are back on the market Free

Part of proceeds to go to charity, but gallery has not sought statesman’s permission

“Aggressive competition” hits Sotheby’s profits Free

Buyers punished to entice sellers

“Aggressive competition” hits Sotheby’s profits Free

Buyers punished to entice sellers

Sales down from last year Free

Merchandise Mart continues to invest in ancillary events despite downturn

Sales down from last year Free

Merchandise Mart continues to invest in ancillary events despite downturn

Mexican event cleans up its act Free

But leading galleries drop out this year

Mexican event cleans up its act Free

But leading galleries drop out this year

Norwegian dealer’s estate to benefit charity Free

Médecins Sans Frontières will get millions from the sale

Norwegian dealer’s estate to benefit charity Free

Médecins Sans Frontières will get millions from the sale

More selective Free

Exhibitor numbers cut by 38%

More selective Free

Exhibitor numbers cut by 38%

For sale: works seized by Stasi Free

The East German intelligence service confiscated hundreds of items in the 1970s and 1980s. These are now being returned to their rightful owners and their heirs By David D’Arcy

For sale: works seized by Stasi Free

The East German intelligence service confiscated hundreds of items in the 1970s and 1980s. These are now being returned to their rightful owners and their heirs By David D’Arcy

Iranian artists lead the pack Free

Market for contemporary art in the Gulf is maturing; mediocre works bought in

Iranian artists lead the pack Free

Market for contemporary art in the Gulf is maturing; mediocre works bought in

Authentication committee refused to give an opinion on my Basquiat, says collector Free

Complaint says work could lose $3m in value as a result

Authentication committee refused to give an opinion on my Basquiat, says collector Free

Complaint says work could lose $3m in value as a result


Books

A woman’s take on Meissen men Free

Maureen Cassidy-Geiger’s research of the Arnhold Collection was helped by the fall of the Iron Curtain

A woman’s take on Meissen men Free

Maureen Cassidy-Geiger’s research of the Arnhold Collection was helped by the fall of the Iron Curtain

The apostolic succession of academic art Free

Artistic influences from Perugino to Manet are made clear

The apostolic succession of academic art Free

Artistic influences from Perugino to Manet are made clear

Sorry tales of devastation and waste, with little hope on the horizon Free

Two books survey the current state of cultural institutions and archaeological sites in the country

Sorry tales of devastation and waste, with little hope on the horizon Free

Two books survey the current state of cultural institutions and archaeological sites in the country

Simple in Europe, complex in the USA Free

The work of Edgar Martins and Gregory Crewdson compared and contrasted

Simple in Europe, complex in the USA Free

The work of Edgar Martins and Gregory Crewdson compared and contrasted

Why we can’t get enough of Velázquez Free

Two exhibition catalogues yet again confirm the dazzling genius of the artist

Why we can’t get enough of Velázquez Free

Two exhibition catalogues yet again confirm the dazzling genius of the artist

Antiquities as political dynamite Free

A forceful argument for western museums’ right to collect, and one for the return of the Elgin Marbles

Antiquities as political dynamite Free

A forceful argument for western museums’ right to collect, and one for the return of the Elgin Marbles


Comment

Conservation

Cypriot wall paintings get HIV test Free

Adapted antibody technique helps conservators find suitable restoration materials

Cypriot wall paintings get HIV test Free

Adapted antibody technique helps conservators find suitable restoration materials


Features

An arousing display at the Met Free

A-listers flock to the museum’s “Superhero” bash

An arousing display at the Met Free

A-listers flock to the museum’s “Superhero” bash

Art world gets back to bare essentials Free

Howard Hodgkin has an unusual request for the director of the ICA while Tate director’s wife is defrocked

Art world gets back to bare essentials Free

Howard Hodgkin has an unusual request for the director of the ICA while Tate director’s wife is defrocked

Robert Rauschenberg, 1925-2008 Free

We reprint extracts from an interview with one of the most important artists of the post-war era

Robert Rauschenberg, 1925-2008 Free

We reprint extracts from an interview with one of the most important artists of the post-war era


Museums

Russian capital gets new gallery in Melnikov bus depot... Free

A Kabakov retrospective will inaugurate CCC Moscow in September

Russian capital gets new gallery in Melnikov bus depot... Free

A Kabakov retrospective will inaugurate CCC Moscow in September

…and Mendelsohn factory in St Petersburg transformed Free

Real estate developer to show art

…and Mendelsohn factory in St Petersburg transformed Free

Real estate developer to show art

What is going on at the Ullens Center in Beijing? Free

Since it opened last November, four out of five senior curators and directors have left and one has apparently been redeployed

What is going on at the Ullens Center in Beijing? Free

Since it opened last November, four out of five senior curators and directors have left and one has apparently been redeployed

Herzog & de Meuron to design new museum of modern art in Calcutta Free

If all goes to plan, the gallery should open by 2013

Herzog & de Meuron to design new museum of modern art in Calcutta Free

If all goes to plan, the gallery should open by 2013

Germany follows France to the Gulf… Free

Museums in Berlin, Munich and Dresden have entered into a collection-sharing agreement with Dubai

Germany follows France to the Gulf… Free

Museums in Berlin, Munich and Dresden have entered into a collection-sharing agreement with Dubai

Revealed: details of contract between Abu Dhabi and France Free

The Art Newspaper obtained a copy

Revealed: details of contract between Abu Dhabi and France Free

The Art Newspaper obtained a copy

Albertina gets Klees withdrawn from California Free

Carl Djerassi, the inventor of the contraceptive pill, has donated over 60 works to the Viennese gallery. They were removed from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where they had been on long-term loan

Albertina gets Klees withdrawn from California Free

Carl Djerassi, the inventor of the contraceptive pill, has donated over 60 works to the Viennese gallery. They were removed from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where they had been on long-term loan

National Gallery drops Renaissance painting, splitting it in two Free

Director admits the accident was “extremely serious”

National Gallery drops Renaissance painting, splitting it in two Free

Director admits the accident was “extremely serious”

Courtauld to show Cézanne it did not know it had Free

The drawing was “discovered” in 1981

Courtauld to show Cézanne it did not know it had Free

The drawing was “discovered” in 1981

Stedelijk returns five Malevich works to artist’s heirs Free

Museum retains 79 works on long-term loan from the City of Amsterdam

Stedelijk returns five Malevich works to artist’s heirs Free

Museum retains 79 works on long-term loan from the City of Amsterdam

National museum looks for director abroad Free

And appoints London professor as chairman of new, independent board

National museum looks for director abroad Free

And appoints London professor as chairman of new, independent board

Whitney gets lion’s share of tobacco giant’s art… Free

Altria is giving 190 works to 10 museums in the United States

Whitney gets lion’s share of tobacco giant’s art… Free

Altria is giving 190 works to 10 museums in the United States

Barnes Foundation wins ruling to move to city centre Free

Court dismisses petitions from two organisations hoping to keep the collection in Merion County

Barnes Foundation wins ruling to move to city centre Free

Court dismisses petitions from two organisations hoping to keep the collection in Merion County

Top museum directors discuss the challenges of leading institutions in the global era Free

The benefits and drawbacks of lending art were considered

Top museum directors discuss the challenges of leading institutions in the global era Free

The benefits and drawbacks of lending art were considered