Issue 256 - April 2014

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News

Revealed: one third of Brooklyn Museum’s Coptic collection is fake Free

Specialists warn that museums in the US and Europe will now have to re-examine their own sculptures

Revealed: one third of Brooklyn Museum’s Coptic collection is fake Free

Specialists warn that museums in the US and Europe will now have to re-examine their own sculptures

New law proposed in response to exhibition Free

It would criminalise those who harm animals when making art

New law proposed in response to exhibition Free

It would criminalise those who harm animals when making art

Archaeological sites in south Iraq have not been looted, say experts Free

Despite widely publicised fears of damage to ancient sites, a team of specialists found that eight of the most important have not been touched after 2003

Archaeological sites in south Iraq have not been looted, say experts Free

Despite widely publicised fears of damage to ancient sites, a team of specialists found that eight of the most important have not been touched after 2003

Daniel Libeskind in war of words with Berlusconi

The architect has described the Italian Prime Minister as a xenophobe who “hates foreigners” and compares his government to the Fascist regime

Daniel Libeskind in war of words with Berlusconi

The architect has described the Italian Prime Minister as a xenophobe who “hates foreigners” and compares his government to the Fascist regime

Pre-Raphaelite collection saved for public display Free

Hammersmith & Fulham was considering selling the works

Pre-Raphaelite collection saved for public display Free

Hammersmith & Fulham was considering selling the works

Agreement nears on running of Apsley House Free

Wellington family tried to withhold information

Agreement nears on running of Apsley House Free

Wellington family tried to withhold information

US lawsuit to confiscate Schiele's Portrait of Wally suspended Free

Judgement has been postponed to allow the government to review new evidence

US lawsuit to confiscate Schiele's Portrait of Wally suspended Free

Judgement has been postponed to allow the government to review new evidence


Market

Wanted: buyer for Hitler’s statue Free

A sculpture by Fritz Röll, once owned by the Führer, was rejected by Sotheby’s but is now being offered by a private dealer

Wanted: buyer for Hitler’s statue Free

A sculpture by Fritz Röll, once owned by the Führer, was rejected by Sotheby’s but is now being offered by a private dealer

Police return photographs seized from gallery Free

Prime Minister described the depictions of adolescents by Bill Henson as “revolting”

Police return photographs seized from gallery Free

Prime Minister described the depictions of adolescents by Bill Henson as “revolting”

How to snare a billionaire at a fair

One way is to offer them portraits of themselves. Booths laden with top-dollar art and jewellery are an added bonus

How to snare a billionaire at a fair

One way is to offer them portraits of themselves. Booths laden with top-dollar art and jewellery are an added bonus

No buyers for top lots at Russian sales

One reason was the “ridiculously high estimates” the auction houses placed on many works

No buyers for top lots at Russian sales

One reason was the “ridiculously high estimates” the auction houses placed on many works

Abramovich beaten to waterlilies?

World record set for Monet’s Nymphéas

Abramovich beaten to waterlilies?

World record set for Monet’s Nymphéas

Kahlo photographs on offer after long museum tour Free

Dealer says sale was not original intention

Kahlo photographs on offer after long museum tour Free

Dealer says sale was not original intention

Roman Abramovich keeps spirits high at Art Basel

The Russian billionaire’s first appearance at an art fair was the talk of the stands

Roman Abramovich keeps spirits high at Art Basel

The Russian billionaire’s first appearance at an art fair was the talk of the stands

The Bacon and Freud effect

Recent record prices for the two artists boosted results for 20th-century British works, while Victorian art struggled

The Bacon and Freud effect

Recent record prices for the two artists boosted results for 20th-century British works, while Victorian art struggled

Photography and wine added to traditional mix at Grosvenor House

Small objects do best, furniture and paintings harder to sell

Photography and wine added to traditional mix at Grosvenor House

Small objects do best, furniture and paintings harder to sell

Bollywood star sets record with £1.3m Souza purchase

Meanwhile, speculators continue to fuel Indian art market

Bollywood star sets record with £1.3m Souza purchase

Meanwhile, speculators continue to fuel Indian art market

Crisis, what crisis?

Records set in all fields—again

Crisis, what crisis?

Records set in all fields—again

Virginia college sells Tamayo Troubadour for $7.2m

Students and teachers fail to block the sale; Randolph College will take home $6.4m

Virginia college sells Tamayo Troubadour for $7.2m

Students and teachers fail to block the sale; Randolph College will take home $6.4m

CoBrA anniversary sale makes €2.3m

Karel Appel’s works are most sought after

CoBrA anniversary sale makes €2.3m

Karel Appel’s works are most sought after

Huge crowds at Latin American fair, despite regional emphasis (or perhaps because of it)

Argentinians are old-fashioned and not open to new art, says director of ArteBA which drew 120,000 visitors

Huge crowds at Latin American fair, despite regional emphasis (or perhaps because of it)

Argentinians are old-fashioned and not open to new art, says director of ArteBA which drew 120,000 visitors


Books

Immortality, Roman style Free

Hadrian was a politically savvy, calculating, vicious, lion-hunting, married, gay general in the best tradition

Immortality, Roman style Free

Hadrian was a politically savvy, calculating, vicious, lion-hunting, married, gay general in the best tradition

An admirable monograph on Giovanni Bellini (as long as you ignore the typos…)

A compendium of observations, some old, some new, that help the reader see this artist with fresh eyes

An admirable monograph on Giovanni Bellini (as long as you ignore the typos…)

A compendium of observations, some old, some new, that help the reader see this artist with fresh eyes

What ever happened to Dora Gordine?

This book, and a forthcoming exhibition, should set the record straight

What ever happened to Dora Gordine?

This book, and a forthcoming exhibition, should set the record straight

Heat, dust and lust in the landscape

The story of Los Angeles as seen through the camera lens

Heat, dust and lust in the landscape

The story of Los Angeles as seen through the camera lens

A vital subject, yet so poorly displayed

The first study in over 40 years of wall paintings in English and Welsh churches

A vital subject, yet so poorly displayed

The first study in over 40 years of wall paintings in English and Welsh churches

Impressionist women and Impressionists’ women

Books on a quartet of women painters and the wives and models of three of the men

Impressionist women and Impressionists’ women

Books on a quartet of women painters and the wives and models of three of the men


Comment

Loan fees risk killing the goose that lays the golden eggs Free

Have your your glitzy tours for billionaires but don’t forget what you are really there for

Loan fees risk killing the goose that lays the golden eggs Free

Have your your glitzy tours for billionaires but don’t forget what you are really there for

Damien Hirst is rewriting the rules of the market (1) Free

Damien’s divide and conquer policy may prove to be one of his cleverest

Damien Hirst is rewriting the rules of the market (1) Free

Damien’s divide and conquer policy may prove to be one of his cleverest

Academics don’t know it all Free

All you may need is one correct observation to unlock the meaning of a masterpiece.

Academics don’t know it all Free

All you may need is one correct observation to unlock the meaning of a masterpiece.

Damien Hirst is rewriting the rules of the market (2) Free

Are primary dealers becoming cuckolds?

Damien Hirst is rewriting the rules of the market (2) Free

Are primary dealers becoming cuckolds?


Conservation

Monastery on Mount Athos rises from ashes Free

The Serbian complex was devastated by a fire in 2004

Monastery on Mount Athos rises from ashes Free

The Serbian complex was devastated by a fire in 2004


Features

City locks down in run up to Olympics

The increased security may affect the flagship openings planned for August

City locks down in run up to Olympics

The increased security may affect the flagship openings planned for August

Another month, another slew of galleries

SZ Art and Yuanfen New Media Art Space are the latest arrivals

Another month, another slew of galleries

SZ Art and Yuanfen New Media Art Space are the latest arrivals

“Big galleries such as ours, will help by setting standards” Free

We talk to the director of Pace Wildenstein’s new Beijing gallery

“Big galleries such as ours, will help by setting standards” Free

We talk to the director of Pace Wildenstein’s new Beijing gallery

“This is the coming of age show for the National Museum of China”

The country’s first major survey of new media took place in June—with a little help from MoMA, Tate, and several others

“This is the coming of age show for the National Museum of China”

The country’s first major survey of new media took place in June—with a little help from MoMA, Tate, and several others

Meet China’s top collector of contemporary art Free

Guan Yi tells us about his plans to open a museum and sculpture park on a 16.5-acre plot of land in Beijing

Meet China’s top collector of contemporary art Free

Guan Yi tells us about his plans to open a museum and sculpture park on a 16.5-acre plot of land in Beijing

Telecoms millionaire, restaurateur, hotelier, reality TV producer, gallery owner and collector

We talk to Zhang Hao Ming, part-owner of Beijing’s Art Now gallery which took part in Art Basel for the first time in June

Telecoms millionaire, restaurateur, hotelier, reality TV producer, gallery owner and collector

We talk to Zhang Hao Ming, part-owner of Beijing’s Art Now gallery which took part in Art Basel for the first time in June

“My dream is to acquire a Nurse painting by Richard Prince” Free

Valentino talks to us about his art collection

“My dream is to acquire a Nurse painting by Richard Prince” Free

Valentino talks to us about his art collection

Child’s play: the 65-ft skyscraper made from a toy set Free

US artist Chris Burden reveals the inspiration behind his new massive installation at the Rockefeller Center

Child’s play: the 65-ft skyscraper made from a toy set Free

US artist Chris Burden reveals the inspiration behind his new massive installation at the Rockefeller Center

“I always insist that the artist must be given carte blanche” Free

Huang Yong Ping discusses his work, politics, censorship, “fake art” and the Beijing Olympics

“I always insist that the artist must be given carte blanche” Free

Huang Yong Ping discusses his work, politics, censorship, “fake art” and the Beijing Olympics

The boat that Koons “camouflaged” with art

Berlin, Basel and Athens were among the most exciting places for Europe’s art crowd this summer, with museum openings, Art Basel and the launch of an artist-customised yacht

The boat that Koons “camouflaged” with art

Berlin, Basel and Athens were among the most exciting places for Europe’s art crowd this summer, with museum openings, Art Basel and the launch of an artist-customised yacht

Picking over Salander’s remains

Art world heavy-hitters party in the dealer’s ex-headquarters

Picking over Salander’s remains

Art world heavy-hitters party in the dealer’s ex-headquarters

Billionaires binge on best of British

Even singer Amy Winehouse went back for seconds at the preview party for Daria Zhukova’s CCC Moscow

Billionaires binge on best of British

Even singer Amy Winehouse went back for seconds at the preview party for Daria Zhukova’s CCC Moscow

Lives of the rich and famous

Annie Leibovitz has shot them all—but do her photographs tell us anything truly revealing about her subjects?

Lives of the rich and famous

Annie Leibovitz has shot them all—but do her photographs tell us anything truly revealing about her subjects?


Museums

Louvre cancels loan show to Verona

Around 100,000 tickets had already been sold for the exhibition

Louvre cancels loan show to Verona

Around 100,000 tickets had already been sold for the exhibition

New guidelines for US museums acquiring antiquities Free

The Association of Art Museum Directors says no works which left their country of origin before 1970 should enter collections

New guidelines for US museums acquiring antiquities Free

The Association of Art Museum Directors says no works which left their country of origin before 1970 should enter collections

Parthenon frieze will be recreated in New Acropolis museum Free

Originals to be displayed next to plaster casts of British Museum’s marbles

Parthenon frieze will be recreated in New Acropolis museum Free

Originals to be displayed next to plaster casts of British Museum’s marbles

Magritte gets his own museum

A partnership has been set up with the Menil Foundation in Houston

Magritte gets his own museum

A partnership has been set up with the Menil Foundation in Houston

Nazi-loot claimants countersue US museums

The cases hinge on whether works sold during the Nazi period can be considered “looted”

Nazi-loot claimants countersue US museums

The cases hinge on whether works sold during the Nazi period can be considered “looted”

Whitney’s billionaire chairman of trustees steps down

Leonard Lauder’s decision to leave the institution coincides with launch of $680m fundraising campaign

Whitney’s billionaire chairman of trustees steps down

Leonard Lauder’s decision to leave the institution coincides with launch of $680m fundraising campaign

New Islamic museum in Sharjah

Collection surveys all aspects of Islam and its visual culture

New Islamic museum in Sharjah

Collection surveys all aspects of Islam and its visual culture