Issue 264 - January 2015

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News

Missoni settles with artist

Fashion house used my art to sell umbrellas, says Mark Grotjahn

Missoni settles with artist

Fashion house used my art to sell umbrellas, says Mark Grotjahn

US returns over 1,000 antiquities to Iraq

Customs officers confiscated the objects in four investigations starting in 2001

US returns over 1,000 antiquities to Iraq

Customs officers confiscated the objects in four investigations starting in 2001

Billboard owner cancels display of US soldiers

They were supposed to be shown during the Republican National Convention

Billboard owner cancels display of US soldiers

They were supposed to be shown during the Republican National Convention

Sienese panels found in English parish church Free

The paintings, by Sano di Pietro, were part of a 15th-century Tuscan altarpiece

Sienese panels found in English parish church Free

The paintings, by Sano di Pietro, were part of a 15th-century Tuscan altarpiece

Museum needs £200,000 for Marc Quinn’s blood portrait Free

The National Portrait Gallery is hoping to buy the artist’s latest version of the work for £350,000

Museum needs £200,000 for Marc Quinn’s blood portrait Free

The National Portrait Gallery is hoping to buy the artist’s latest version of the work for £350,000

Remembering 9/11 Free

Memorial benches unveiled at Pentagon

Sign of things to come? New York art market shows evidence of weakness Free

Global stocks crash; buying drops at auctions in US and fairs in Korea and France

Sign of things to come? New York art market shows evidence of weakness Free

Global stocks crash; buying drops at auctions in US and fairs in Korea and France


Market

Few American buyers at Paris biennial

But quality of visitors pleased dealers

Few American buyers at Paris biennial

But quality of visitors pleased dealers

Sales slow at British Art Fair but chequebooks come out on final day

Expensive works of art attract most interest at RCA

Sales slow at British Art Fair but chequebooks come out on final day

Expensive works of art attract most interest at RCA

Market slump

The leading art fair had a tough year

Market slump

The leading art fair had a tough year

Takashi Murakami’s biannual talent search

No dealers, just students and young artists showed their work at Geisai

Takashi Murakami’s biannual talent search

No dealers, just students and young artists showed their work at Geisai

Gupta shines through contemporary Indian sales

Saffronart in Mumbai successfully competes with Sotheby’s and Christie’s

Gupta shines through contemporary Indian sales

Saffronart in Mumbai successfully competes with Sotheby’s and Christie’s

Security threat: Husain’s work banned

The artist’s prints are then vandalised at an alternative show

Security threat: Husain’s work banned

The artist’s prints are then vandalised at an alternative show

Wall Street collapse hits sales but Christie’s takes market share

Sotheby’s total down over $30m on last year; buy-in rates high across the board

Wall Street collapse hits sales but Christie’s takes market share

Sotheby’s total down over $30m on last year; buy-in rates high across the board

Tattooed pigs, Mao’s penis and explicit sculpture banned from ShContemporary

Competition from rival events also reduces attendance in Shanghai

Tattooed pigs, Mao’s penis and explicit sculpture banned from ShContemporary

Competition from rival events also reduces attendance in Shanghai

Shockproof: as the Dow drops 500 points, 223 lots make £111m in three auction sessions

The evening segment of Beautiful Inside My Head Forever took place on the day Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy By Roger Bevan­­­

Shockproof: as the Dow drops 500 points, 223 lots make £111m in three auction sessions

The evening segment of Beautiful Inside My Head Forever took place on the day Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy By Roger Bevan­­­

Phillips de Pury to represent Annie Leibovitz Free

For the first time the auction house will act as dealer for a living artist

Phillips de Pury to represent Annie Leibovitz Free

For the first time the auction house will act as dealer for a living artist

The curious incident of the artist who may have known Andy Warhol

UK auctioneer says Pietro Psaier worked in The Factory and died in the 2004 tsunami; his body has never been found

The curious incident of the artist who may have known Andy Warhol

UK auctioneer says Pietro Psaier worked in The Factory and died in the 2004 tsunami; his body has never been found

Sotheby’s sues technology entrepreneur for non-payment

Defendant says auction house did not disclose its ownership of painting

Sotheby’s sues technology entrepreneur for non-payment

Defendant says auction house did not disclose its ownership of painting

From £200 to over £3m in just ten months

“French claret jug” has now been authenticated as a rare Fatimid ewer

From £200 to over £3m in just ten months

“French claret jug” has now been authenticated as a rare Fatimid ewer

Nahum calls off sale

No offer for gallery

Nahum calls off sale

No offer for gallery

Delhi photographer takes centre stage in Berlin Free

Nature Morte debuts in German capital with Delhi-born photographer

Delhi photographer takes centre stage in Berlin Free

Nature Morte debuts in German capital with Delhi-born photographer

Mexico fair owners split

Legal battle ensues

Mexico fair owners split

Legal battle ensues

Christie’s sells miniatures stolen from public gallery Free

The auction house consulted stolen art databases but was not made aware of theft

Christie’s sells miniatures stolen from public gallery Free

The auction house consulted stolen art databases but was not made aware of theft

Swiss bank UBS used Art Basel Miami Beach in tax avoidance scheme

Former employee sentenced this month for “conspiracy to defraud” US and Internal Revenue Service

Swiss bank UBS used Art Basel Miami Beach in tax avoidance scheme

Former employee sentenced this month for “conspiracy to defraud” US and Internal Revenue Service


Books

This art stuff—what does it all mean? Free

Our contributor Sarah Thornton immerses herself in art’s subcultures, while Hans Ulrich Obrist asks artists to do the maths

This art stuff—what does it all mean? Free

Our contributor Sarah Thornton immerses herself in art’s subcultures, while Hans Ulrich Obrist asks artists to do the maths


Comment

Speculation in young artists is over, and the smaller dealers will be hurt the most Free

Perhaps the silver lining is a return to the importance of museums and critics

Speculation in young artists is over, and the smaller dealers will be hurt the most Free

Perhaps the silver lining is a return to the importance of museums and critics

Sleepers: whose side is the law on? Free

Auctioneers remain potentially liable for misattributions and reserves given carelessly

Sleepers: whose side is the law on? Free

Auctioneers remain potentially liable for misattributions and reserves given carelessly

The reassuring rise of the museum curator Free

It’s a good time to dismantle two prejudices against curators

The reassuring rise of the museum curator Free

It’s a good time to dismantle two prejudices against curators


Conservation

Land Art: here today, gone tomorrow? Free

Major installations in the American West by artists such as Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer could soon disappear

Land Art: here today, gone tomorrow? Free

Major installations in the American West by artists such as Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer could soon disappear


Features

Conflicts of interest, contests of value and murky ethics

These essays cover a variety of topics about the buying and selling of art, but the main message is for greater control

Conflicts of interest, contests of value and murky ethics

These essays cover a variety of topics about the buying and selling of art, but the main message is for greater control

Size matters

The 16th-century monumental print

Size matters

The 16th-century monumental print

Here’s looking at “U”

Cartoons for the upper classes

Here’s looking at “U”

Cartoons for the upper classes

How Henry VIII spoke to his subjects

A careful analysis of the ways in which court art conveyed many meanings

How Henry VIII spoke to his subjects

A careful analysis of the ways in which court art conveyed many meanings

What we learn from paintings of everyday life

A 21st-century guide to the visual culture of Britain

What we learn from paintings of everyday life

A 21st-century guide to the visual culture of Britain

The graffiti star and the forgotten masses

A biography of Keith Haring and the “beautiful poverty” photographs of Edward Burtynsky

The graffiti star and the forgotten masses

A biography of Keith Haring and the “beautiful poverty” photographs of Edward Burtynsky

Biology, nature and evolution turned on their head Free

On the eve of two exhibitions in England, the Canadian artist David Altmejd discusses his fantastical creations

Biology, nature and evolution turned on their head Free

On the eve of two exhibitions in England, the Canadian artist David Altmejd discusses his fantastical creations

Is that an “original” original?

Can’t afford Richard Prince? Here’s an alternative…

Is that an “original” original?

Can’t afford Richard Prince? Here’s an alternative…

Skulls, ears and knickers

All as seen by the Serpentine’s celebrity snappers

Skulls, ears and knickers

All as seen by the Serpentine’s celebrity snappers

“It’s just decadent. Full stop”

The veteran critic Robert Hughes assesses contemporary art and the values of those who collect it

“It’s just decadent. Full stop”

The veteran critic Robert Hughes assesses contemporary art and the values of those who collect it

In and out of love with Damien Hirst Free

Making sense of spots, sharks, pills, fish and butterflies

In and out of love with Damien Hirst Free

Making sense of spots, sharks, pills, fish and butterflies


Museums

First show of Arab contemporary art in Israeli musem Free

Exhibition is also first of its kind with an Arab curator

First show of Arab contemporary art in Israeli musem Free

Exhibition is also first of its kind with an Arab curator

Muslim woman questioned for wearing veil in Venetian Museum Free

Incident sparks national debate about security; government and city take opposing stance

Muslim woman questioned for wearing veil in Venetian Museum Free

Incident sparks national debate about security; government and city take opposing stance

Greece investigates antiquities in Atlanta

The provenance of three works at the Michael C. Carlos Museum is being questioned

Greece investigates antiquities in Atlanta

The provenance of three works at the Michael C. Carlos Museum is being questioned

Leonardo bust taken hostage in cash dispute

Hermitage sent the piece out for restoration

Leonardo bust taken hostage in cash dispute

Hermitage sent the piece out for restoration

Berlin Museums director steps down

Massive “Cult of the Artist” shows to celebrate Peter-Klaus Schuster’s tenure

Berlin Museums director steps down

Massive “Cult of the Artist” shows to celebrate Peter-Klaus Schuster’s tenure

Chaos at national arts museum as director and board resign

Report concludes that “conflict and distrust” are widespread

Chaos at national arts museum as director and board resign

Report concludes that “conflict and distrust” are widespread

Communist-era art comes in from the cold

Works go on public display after 20 years in storage

Communist-era art comes in from the cold

Works go on public display after 20 years in storage

Guggenheim director to refocus on Manhattan flagship

New appointment suggests that days of foreign expansion are nearly over

Guggenheim director to refocus on Manhattan flagship

New appointment suggests that days of foreign expansion are nearly over

Campaign to raise £100m for Titians continues

The Art Fund to pledge its support

Campaign to raise £100m for Titians continues

The Art Fund to pledge its support

Industrialist and collector opens his 14th gallery

Reinhold Würth has converted a church for old masters

Industrialist and collector opens his 14th gallery

Reinhold Würth has converted a church for old masters

New Metropolitan director is little-known insider

Thomas Campbell, curator of tapestries, has been chosen to succeed Philippe de Montebello

New Metropolitan director is little-known insider

Thomas Campbell, curator of tapestries, has been chosen to succeed Philippe de Montebello