Issue 257 - May 2014

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News

Revealed: the art Damien Hirst failed to sell Free

On the eve of Sotheby’s auction of over 200 new works by the British artist, we disclose the extent of unsold stock held by his London gallery White Cube

Revealed: the art Damien Hirst failed to sell Free

On the eve of Sotheby’s auction of over 200 new works by the British artist, we disclose the extent of unsold stock held by his London gallery White Cube

Race to save £300 million Titians for UK Free

The Duke of Sutherland is selling two paintings on loan to the National Gallery of Scotland since 1945; National Gallery in London joins forces with Edinburgh to raise the money

Race to save £300 million Titians for UK Free

The Duke of Sutherland is selling two paintings on loan to the National Gallery of Scotland since 1945; National Gallery in London joins forces with Edinburgh to raise the money

Francis Bacon claims his place at the top of the market Free

As Tate Britain opens a major travelling retrospective, we examine the factors underpinning the meteoric rise in prices for the artist’s work and reveal the identity of his biggest collectors

Francis Bacon claims his place at the top of the market Free

As Tate Britain opens a major travelling retrospective, we examine the factors underpinning the meteoric rise in prices for the artist’s work and reveal the identity of his biggest collectors

Death row inmate gives his body to art Free

Marco Evaristti wants public to feed it to goldfish

Death row inmate gives his body to art Free

Marco Evaristti wants public to feed it to goldfish

Unwelcome truth

In our summer issue we revealed that an international mission had found no evidence of recent looting at eight sites in south Iraq; some archaeologists were far from pleased

Unwelcome truth

In our summer issue we revealed that an international mission had found no evidence of recent looting at eight sites in south Iraq; some archaeologists were far from pleased

Artist John Chamberlain can be sued over disputed Warhol, says Judge

Warhol didn’t make it, I did—says former Factory assistant

Artist John Chamberlain can be sued over disputed Warhol, says Judge

Warhol didn’t make it, I did—says former Factory assistant

Dealers duped by Coptic fakes

One third of the Brooklyn Museum’s collection is not authentic

Dealers duped by Coptic fakes

One third of the Brooklyn Museum’s collection is not authentic


Market

Art Basel’s parent company to run Miami venue Free

Plan to manage US convention centre “is like the fox in the henhouse” says one city commissioner

Art Basel’s parent company to run Miami venue Free

Plan to manage US convention centre “is like the fox in the henhouse” says one city commissioner

China cracks down on foreign artists during Olympics

Works by Warhol held at customs for a week

China cracks down on foreign artists during Olympics

Works by Warhol held at customs for a week

Jeff Koons: better than oil

Works by Warhol held at customs for a week

Jeff Koons: better than oil

Works by Warhol held at customs for a week

Not for sale: Haunch’s first show in New York

Gallery secures prestigious museum works and a managing director from MCA Chicago

Not for sale: Haunch’s first show in New York

Gallery secures prestigious museum works and a managing director from MCA Chicago

Immendorff: copies, fakes or authorised reproductions? Free

Michael Werner, his dealer for 30 years, says “everything was out of control” before the artist died

Immendorff: copies, fakes or authorised reproductions? Free

Michael Werner, his dealer for 30 years, says “everything was out of control” before the artist died

Luxury buying strong despite economic turmoil

Sales of art and jewellery continue, particularly in Middle East and Asia

Luxury buying strong despite economic turmoil

Sales of art and jewellery continue, particularly in Middle East and Asia

Phillips struggles in bid to lead auction week

But Bacon brings profitable business to Christie’s and Sotheby’s

Phillips struggles in bid to lead auction week

But Bacon brings profitable business to Christie’s and Sotheby’s

Paris dealers take on Manhattan Free

“We meet a broader range of collectors here”

Paris dealers take on Manhattan Free

“We meet a broader range of collectors here”

Sotheby’s leads in Paris

Firm overtakes Christie’s and Artcurial

Sotheby’s leads in Paris

Firm overtakes Christie’s and Artcurial

The beginning of the end for satellite fairs? Free

Two in Miami and three in London fall by the wayside

The beginning of the end for satellite fairs? Free

Two in Miami and three in London fall by the wayside

Mixed fortunes in Salzburg

There were fewer dealers than last year and sales were slow, but attendance at the World Fine Art Fair was good

Mixed fortunes in Salzburg

There were fewer dealers than last year and sales were slow, but attendance at the World Fine Art Fair was good

Owner of auction house accused of market manipulation Free

Rodney Menzies has denied consigning and then buying works from his own collection

Owner of auction house accused of market manipulation Free

Rodney Menzies has denied consigning and then buying works from his own collection

India: a tale of two markets

While the contemporary market thrives, the regulations regarding antiquities desperately need reform

India: a tale of two markets

While the contemporary market thrives, the regulations regarding antiquities desperately need reform


Books

Cardinals, kings, popes and artists: collecting sculpture from the Renaissance to the 18th century

A series of papers from a scholarly conference is now an outstanding reference work

Cardinals, kings, popes and artists: collecting sculpture from the Renaissance to the 18th century

A series of papers from a scholarly conference is now an outstanding reference work

Fatimids and Mamluks compared

Two books that trace the history of the artistically inclined dynasties

Fatimids and Mamluks compared

Two books that trace the history of the artistically inclined dynasties

The story of wax before it waned

A collection of essays explores the many-faceted aspects of a medium, once highly regarded, but now held in little esteem

The story of wax before it waned

A collection of essays explores the many-faceted aspects of a medium, once highly regarded, but now held in little esteem

How did religious pictures work?

A courageous attempt to reconstruct the receptions of five altarpieces painted in Rome between 1595 and 1626

How did religious pictures work?

A courageous attempt to reconstruct the receptions of five altarpieces painted in Rome between 1595 and 1626

Artist, designer or architect?

The many facets of Jorge Pardo

Artist, designer or architect?

The many facets of Jorge Pardo

Solitary figures in a landscape

A monograph on the work of Sean Henry

Solitary figures in a landscape

A monograph on the work of Sean Henry


Comment

Unpleasant, amoral, purposeless—but it can still be art Free

We do art and ourselves a disservice if we think that art can only be art if it is nice.

Unpleasant, amoral, purposeless—but it can still be art Free

We do art and ourselves a disservice if we think that art can only be art if it is nice.

The art factory and the death of the connoisseur Free

With money proliferating rarity generates lower, not higher, prices

The art factory and the death of the connoisseur Free

With money proliferating rarity generates lower, not higher, prices

The fine line between curating and promoting Free

What's the difference between a multimillionaire collector and a multimillionaire artist?

The fine line between curating and promoting Free

What's the difference between a multimillionaire collector and a multimillionaire artist?


Features

Francis Bacon claims his place at the top of the market

As Tate Britain opens a major travelling retrospective, we examine the factors underpinning the meteoric rise in prices for the artist’s work and reveal the identity of his biggest collectors

Francis Bacon claims his place at the top of the market

As Tate Britain opens a major travelling retrospective, we examine the factors underpinning the meteoric rise in prices for the artist’s work and reveal the identity of his biggest collectors

Homecoming for the Kabakovs Free

The first Russian retrospective of the country’s most celebrated living artists opens this month at three sites in the capital

Homecoming for the Kabakovs Free

The first Russian retrospective of the country’s most celebrated living artists opens this month at three sites in the capital

A Gatsbyesque Hirst watches on

…as his studio assistant turns his PG party x-rated

A Gatsbyesque Hirst watches on

…as his studio assistant turns his PG party x-rated

When Dalí met his match

An evening with the British film-maker who gave as good as he got

When Dalí met his match

An evening with the British film-maker who gave as good as he got

The Emperor who rebuilt the Roman world

Dan Snow tours Hadrian’s most spectacular landmarks

The Emperor who rebuilt the Roman world

Dan Snow tours Hadrian’s most spectacular landmarks

The art of war and sex

Dan Snow tours Hadrian’s most spectacular landmarks

The art of war and sex

Dan Snow tours Hadrian’s most spectacular landmarks


Museums

China bans loans to show on Cultural Revolution Free

The Asia Society is told the subject is too sensitive in Olympic year

China bans loans to show on Cultural Revolution Free

The Asia Society is told the subject is too sensitive in Olympic year

Race to save £300m Titians for UK

The Duke of Sutherland is selling two paintings on loan to the National Gallery of Scotland since 1945; National Gallery in London joins forces with Edinburgh to raise the money

Race to save £300m Titians for UK

The Duke of Sutherland is selling two paintings on loan to the National Gallery of Scotland since 1945; National Gallery in London joins forces with Edinburgh to raise the money

For sale: Serpentine’s Richard Prince exhibition Free

All works are from the artist’s studio

For sale: Serpentine’s Richard Prince exhibition Free

All works are from the artist’s studio

New display for Victorian painter who killed his father

Richard Dadd will get pride of place in Bethlem Royal Hospital’s expanded museum

New display for Victorian painter who killed his father

Richard Dadd will get pride of place in Bethlem Royal Hospital’s expanded museum

Inadequate security and poor lighting: why the Musée d’Orsay needs upgrading

New director launches ambitious exhibition programme, with Monet and Symbolism; shows to tour to raise funds

Inadequate security and poor lighting: why the Musée d’Orsay needs upgrading

New director launches ambitious exhibition programme, with Monet and Symbolism; shows to tour to raise funds

MoMA buys Chinese contemporary art Free

Twenty-eight photographs have been purchased from collector Larry Warsh

MoMA buys Chinese contemporary art Free

Twenty-eight photographs have been purchased from collector Larry Warsh

Sale of Whitney brownstones to help fund new site

But museum will not say if Breuer building has been valued

Sale of Whitney brownstones to help fund new site

But museum will not say if Breuer building has been valued

Jorge Pardo adds colour to Latin American galleries

He is the latest artist commissioned by the museum

Jorge Pardo adds colour to Latin American galleries

He is the latest artist commissioned by the museum

Kienholz’s backroom abortion

Plus Oceanic art and photography

Kienholz’s backroom abortion

Plus Oceanic art and photography

Denver deal under investigation Free

Billionaire collector was given a half share in a Charles Deas painting in exchange for funding a Thomas Eakins acquisition

Denver deal under investigation Free

Billionaire collector was given a half share in a Charles Deas painting in exchange for funding a Thomas Eakins acquisition

China bans loans to show on Cultural Revolution

The Asia Society is told the subject is too sensitive in Olympic year

China bans loans to show on Cultural Revolution

The Asia Society is told the subject is too sensitive in Olympic year

Maritime museum seeks move to Kowloon

Future is under threat in existing building

Maritime museum seeks move to Kowloon

Future is under threat in existing building