Issue 260 - September 2014

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News

Senate ratifies the Hague Convention 54 years after it was first signed

Treaty seeks to protect cultural property at time of war

Senate ratifies the Hague Convention 54 years after it was first signed

Treaty seeks to protect cultural property at time of war

Latin America’s big biennial at risk Free

This year’s São Paulo Bienal shows almost no art: is this a conceptual choice or just lack of funding?

Latin America’s big biennial at risk Free

This year’s São Paulo Bienal shows almost no art: is this a conceptual choice or just lack of funding?

Tussle over Gelman Collection

Lawsuit throws doubt on destiny of prized Mexican art

Tussle over Gelman Collection

Lawsuit throws doubt on destiny of prized Mexican art

Judge overturns artist’s rights ruling

Chapman Kelley wildflower sculpture fails originality test

Judge overturns artist’s rights ruling

Chapman Kelley wildflower sculpture fails originality test

Ex-art student becomes culture minister

Barbara Follett used Bauhaus colour theory in New Labour makeover

Ex-art student becomes culture minister

Barbara Follett used Bauhaus colour theory in New Labour makeover

Georgia and Russia rattle their sabres over war damage Free

Both sides claim the other damaged historic buildings

Georgia and Russia rattle their sabres over war damage Free

Both sides claim the other damaged historic buildings

New appeals lodged in court battle over Gustav Rau’s art collection

Philanthropist’s former foundations and descendant fight on over Unicef bequest

New appeals lodged in court battle over Gustav Rau’s art collection

Philanthropist’s former foundations and descendant fight on over Unicef bequest

Protest over advertising in St Mark's Square, Venice Free

For the first time in history, the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square are carrying huge advertisements and the agencies are cashing in

Protest over advertising in St Mark's Square, Venice Free

For the first time in history, the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square are carrying huge advertisements and the agencies are cashing in

Auction houses embark on damage limitation exercise as market slumps Free

Sotheby’s borrows $250m, Christie’s reduces credit terms, and Phillips negotiates firm’s takeover by Russians

Auction houses embark on damage limitation exercise as market slumps Free

Sotheby’s borrows $250m, Christie’s reduces credit terms, and Phillips negotiates firm’s takeover by Russians


Market

Fiac puts the squeeze on Frieze

But buyers bide their time as financial crisis undermines the contemporary art market

Fiac puts the squeeze on Frieze

But buyers bide their time as financial crisis undermines the contemporary art market

From up to down in just 23 days

Market falls away in three weeks after record-setting Phillips sale

From up to down in just 23 days

Market falls away in three weeks after record-setting Phillips sale

Banksy bombs

Lyon & Turnbull sale overtaken by authentication dispute

Banksy bombs

Lyon & Turnbull sale overtaken by authentication dispute

Aboriginal art auction hit by economic woes

Important pieces fail to sell

Aboriginal art auction hit by economic woes

Important pieces fail to sell

Contemporary Chinese art levels off

“Speculation” in Indonesian art picks up some of the slack

Contemporary Chinese art levels off

“Speculation” in Indonesian art picks up some of the slack

Boomerang “collected by Captain Cook” withdrawn by Christie’s

National Museum says direct link to explorer “unlikely”

Boomerang “collected by Captain Cook” withdrawn by Christie’s

National Museum says direct link to explorer “unlikely”

African-American art steps out of the shadows

US?museums can compete for the best in an affordable market sector

African-American art steps out of the shadows

US?museums can compete for the best in an affordable market sector

Difficult timing for autumn events

Allegations of “fake” antiques further undermine confidence at New York fairs

Difficult timing for autumn events

Allegations of “fake” antiques further undermine confidence at New York fairs

Twentieth-century Italian art defies the falling market

Record prices achieved despite disastrous economic backdrop

Twentieth-century Italian art defies the falling market

Record prices achieved despite disastrous economic backdrop

Kulik images impounded as ‘pornography’ at Fiac Free

Russian gallery directors handcuffed by police, but case dropped

Kulik images impounded as ‘pornography’ at Fiac Free

Russian gallery directors handcuffed by police, but case dropped

“Hot” categories cool rapidly as crisis bites Free

Auction houses and art fairs put on a brave face, but cannot hide a steep decline in sales growth after the recent boom years

“Hot” categories cool rapidly as crisis bites Free

Auction houses and art fairs put on a brave face, but cannot hide a steep decline in sales growth after the recent boom years

Christie’s has “worst Islamic sale in 17 years”

Over 50% lots unsold; Fatimid ewer fails to generate interest outside UK

Christie’s has “worst Islamic sale in 17 years”

Over 50% lots unsold; Fatimid ewer fails to generate interest outside UK

What goes up...

For the first time in 12 years, prices come down as auctions move into the slow lane By Roger Bevan­­­

What goes up...

For the first time in 12 years, prices come down as auctions move into the slow lane By Roger Bevan­­­

Haunch RA move stalled

Planning hold-up blamed for delay

Haunch RA move stalled

Planning hold-up blamed for delay

Dealer sets up company to fund artists’ production Free

Perrotin also has plans to coordinate new works backed by other galleries

Dealer sets up company to fund artists’ production Free

Perrotin also has plans to coordinate new works backed by other galleries


Books

The magnificent history of Mantuan patronage

Courting the likes of Raphael, Titian and Castiglione, rulers’ wives were clearly the trendsetters

The magnificent history of Mantuan patronage

Courting the likes of Raphael, Titian and Castiglione, rulers’ wives were clearly the trendsetters

Giving a context to the art of Venice

Socio-political structures are pleasingly highlighted in this coherent study, but statistics and material information are lacking

Giving a context to the art of Venice

Socio-political structures are pleasingly highlighted in this coherent study, but statistics and material information are lacking

Baroque and Régence in California

French furniture and bronzes at the Getty Museum

Baroque and Régence in California

French furniture and bronzes at the Getty Museum

The who, what and where of Gillows of Lancaster

This book—flawed though it is—is essential reading for any study of the history of British design and manufacture

The who, what and where of Gillows of Lancaster

This book—flawed though it is—is essential reading for any study of the history of British design and manufacture

Visions of Babylon—and beyond Free

A clutch of books and two international exhibitions explore the famous ancient city, its culture and art

Visions of Babylon—and beyond Free

A clutch of books and two international exhibitions explore the famous ancient city, its culture and art

A la recherche des peintures perdues

A book that catalogues all the paintings and painters mentioned in Proust’s novel is inspired, but misses the point

A la recherche des peintures perdues

A book that catalogues all the paintings and painters mentioned in Proust’s novel is inspired, but misses the point

Fun, failures and frightening folks

The reminiscences of the late Marcia Tucker, New York radical

Fun, failures and frightening folks

The reminiscences of the late Marcia Tucker, New York radical

All roads to enlightenment lead to Rome

A multidisciplinary academic study examines the city as the centre of early medieval Christianity

All roads to enlightenment lead to Rome

A multidisciplinary academic study examines the city as the centre of early medieval Christianity


Comment

Artists should have same tax deductions as collectors when donating works of art Free

The current law is unfair to artists, hurts museums and libraries and results in fewer donations

Artists should have same tax deductions as collectors when donating works of art Free

The current law is unfair to artists, hurts museums and libraries and results in fewer donations

Tough times will provide opportunities Free

After all, art history is rarely made in the auction rooms

Tough times will provide opportunities Free

After all, art history is rarely made in the auction rooms


Conservation

Dispute over risk to Christian shrine Free

Mediators dismiss reports that crumbling Ethiopian monastery is a threat

Dispute over risk to Christian shrine Free

Mediators dismiss reports that crumbling Ethiopian monastery is a threat


Features

“I never thought there would be an audience for my work” Free

Richard Serra on why the moving body is so important to him and on using steel as a material in its own right

“I never thought there would be an audience for my work” Free

Richard Serra on why the moving body is so important to him and on using steel as a material in its own right

Rising from the ashes in the hands of Anthony Caro

The British sculptor has resurrected the choir of a Bourbourg church with an array of specially-made works By Laura Gascoigne

Rising from the ashes in the hands of Anthony Caro

The British sculptor has resurrected the choir of a Bourbourg church with an array of specially-made works By Laura Gascoigne

How did Italy get so ugly? Free

While the art world celebrates Palladio’s quincentenary, no-one is pointing out that his famous villas and the sublime countryside around them have been wrecked by hideous urban sprawl

How did Italy get so ugly? Free

While the art world celebrates Palladio’s quincentenary, no-one is pointing out that his famous villas and the sublime countryside around them have been wrecked by hideous urban sprawl

Balthus at 100: a celebration

The enigmatic and provocative master’s centenary has been celebrated in Italy, Japan, the United States and Switzerland, By Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz

Balthus at 100: a celebration

The enigmatic and provocative master’s centenary has been celebrated in Italy, Japan, the United States and Switzerland, By Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz

Very big boys and their expensive, shiny toys

In search of the oligarchs, their art and what drives them to collect

Very big boys and their expensive, shiny toys

In search of the oligarchs, their art and what drives them to collect

No sing-a-long with Sam

Taylor-Wood’s quiet night out with the Pet Shop Boys

No sing-a-long with Sam

Taylor-Wood’s quiet night out with the Pet Shop Boys

Has the Louvre gone Latin?

Never mind Abu Dhabi, welcome to the Lower East Side

Has the Louvre gone Latin?

Never mind Abu Dhabi, welcome to the Lower East Side


Museums

Autonomy for Metz satellite

The new space will “not be a Paris clone”

Autonomy for Metz satellite

The new space will “not be a Paris clone”

Francesco Bonami defends his “40 years of Italian art” Free

The curator “didn’t intend to create a stink”, but wanted to distance himself from the expectations of the art establishment

Francesco Bonami defends his “40 years of Italian art” Free

The curator “didn’t intend to create a stink”, but wanted to distance himself from the expectations of the art establishment

Artists to be paid if work appears in state-funded shows

Museums are nervous about the impact of the charges

Artists to be paid if work appears in state-funded shows

Museums are nervous about the impact of the charges

Stockholm’s Moderna Museet expands southwards

Museum takes over home of Rooseum

Stockholm’s Moderna Museet expands southwards

Museum takes over home of Rooseum

Ethiopia moves for Maqdala treasures

British Museum, Victoria & Albert and British Library face claims

Ethiopia moves for Maqdala treasures

British Museum, Victoria & Albert and British Library face claims

Beijing plans major museum

Exclusive interview with the head of the national gallery

Beijing plans major museum

Exclusive interview with the head of the national gallery

Wadsworth exhibits private furniture collection destined for the market Free

Museum says collector has pledged to donate 30 works

Wadsworth exhibits private furniture collection destined for the market Free

Museum says collector has pledged to donate 30 works

Proa Foundation’s grand reopening

First Duchamp show in Latin America

Proa Foundation’s grand reopening

First Duchamp show in Latin America

Why the Tate turned down Rothko’s offer of 30 paintings

Archives reveal the events behind director Norman Reid’s decision to accept only nine of the artist’s pictures

Why the Tate turned down Rothko’s offer of 30 paintings

Archives reveal the events behind director Norman Reid’s decision to accept only nine of the artist’s pictures

Art fund created in honour of late gallerist

Sotheby’s was keen to secure consignment

Art fund created in honour of late gallerist

Sotheby’s was keen to secure consignment

Local boy makes good—and comes home

The Art Gallery of Ontario reopens with first major Canadian building by Toronto-born star Frank Gehry

Local boy makes good—and comes home

The Art Gallery of Ontario reopens with first major Canadian building by Toronto-born star Frank Gehry

Terrorism exhibition cancelled

Museum curator resigns over claims of censorship

Terrorism exhibition cancelled

Museum curator resigns over claims of censorship

University’s Pollock saved from sale

Sotheby’s was keen to secure consignment

University’s Pollock saved from sale

Sotheby’s was keen to secure consignment

Dresden takes provenance research to Russia

Strives to break restitution “logjam”

Dresden takes provenance research to Russia

Strives to break restitution “logjam”

New discoveries in America’s oldest public collection of drawings Free

Works by John Singer Sargent and David Wilkie are among the finds

New discoveries in America’s oldest public collection of drawings Free

Works by John Singer Sargent and David Wilkie are among the finds