Issue 256 - April 2014

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

News

Obama’s pledges for the arts Free

Important policies in place, but some say more can be done

Obama’s pledges for the arts Free

Important policies in place, but some say more can be done

Museums make deep cuts in face of global financial crisis Free

US budgets slashed, programming reduced and expansions halted

Museums make deep cuts in face of global financial crisis Free

US budgets slashed, programming reduced and expansions halted

Museums make deep cuts in face of global financial crisis

US budgets slashed, programming reduced and expansions halted

Museums make deep cuts in face of global financial crisis

US budgets slashed, programming reduced and expansions halted

V&A off to Blackpool

Feasibility study under way for a regional venue

V&A off to Blackpool

Feasibility study under way for a regional venue

The man who saved Russia’s imperial treasures Free

Items rescued by Dmitry Ivanov—who met his death on a Moscow railway line—are on show in London

The man who saved Russia’s imperial treasures Free

Items rescued by Dmitry Ivanov—who met his death on a Moscow railway line—are on show in London

Fate of Lehman collection uncertain

Corporations reduce support for the arts, and other collections may be sold

Fate of Lehman collection uncertain

Corporations reduce support for the arts, and other collections may be sold

Collectors are calling the shots

Many sellers are offering discounts or favourable payment terms

Collectors are calling the shots

Many sellers are offering discounts or favourable payment terms

UK exhibition sponsorship limping

Large-scale museum shows running into major trouble

UK exhibition sponsorship limping

Large-scale museum shows running into major trouble

Obama’s pledges for the arts

Important policies in place, but some say more can be done

Obama’s pledges for the arts

Important policies in place, but some say more can be done

Cardiff to sell off rare books

Government pushes for some items to be retained in Wales

Cardiff to sell off rare books

Government pushes for some items to be retained in Wales

Prada Foundation’s next art project…

…will coincide with the opening of the Venice Biennale

Prada Foundation’s next art project…

…will coincide with the opening of the Venice Biennale

Russia returns windows

Final panes complete the 14th-century stained glass picture

Russia returns windows

Final panes complete the 14th-century stained glass picture

Kandinsky Prize for contemporary art sparks controversy

Winner’s nationalist politics criticised

Kandinsky Prize for contemporary art sparks controversy

Winner’s nationalist politics criticised

Russia returns windows

Final panes complete the 14th-century stained glass picture

Russia returns windows

Final panes complete the 14th-century stained glass picture

Odessa bids to become arts city

The scene is flourishing in the once-important port

Odessa bids to become arts city

The scene is flourishing in the once-important port

First major auction house opens

Regular sales of Ukrainian, Russian, European and American art

First major auction house opens

Regular sales of Ukrainian, Russian, European and American art

Soviet-era underground art is resurfacing

Two new venues open for exhibiting the large new collections

Soviet-era underground art is resurfacing

Two new venues open for exhibiting the large new collections

A new gallery for Odessa?

Native returns home to “free spirited” city

A new gallery for Odessa?

Native returns home to “free spirited” city

Artist’s Armory debut

Native returns home to “free spirited” city

Artist’s Armory debut

Native returns home to “free spirited” city

Man with a mission to bring contemporary art to the Church

The Vatican’s Culture Minister has set out his stall with a plan for a new pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale

Man with a mission to bring contemporary art to the Church

The Vatican’s Culture Minister has set out his stall with a plan for a new pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale


Market

Design forgery ring uncovered in France Free

Fake Nolls, Chareaus and Prouvés found

Design forgery ring uncovered in France Free

Fake Nolls, Chareaus and Prouvés found

Christie’s withdraws “Nimrud” gold earrings after FBI tip

Questionable provenance and news of a missing pair raise suspicions

Christie’s withdraws “Nimrud” gold earrings after FBI tip

Questionable provenance and news of a missing pair raise suspicions

Court halts Schlemmer auction in ongoing family feud

Daughter and granddaughter of Bauhaus artist at loggerheads over inheritance

Court halts Schlemmer auction in ongoing family feud

Daughter and granddaughter of Bauhaus artist at loggerheads over inheritance

Design forgery ring uncovered in France

Fake Nolls, Chareaus and Prouvés found

Design forgery ring uncovered in France

Fake Nolls, Chareaus and Prouvés found

Seven arrests follow “Dr K.” auction investigation

Expert valuer, dealer and consignor implicated in fraud case

Seven arrests follow “Dr K.” auction investigation

Expert valuer, dealer and consignor implicated in fraud case

Asian Art fair cancelled

Dealers hit by financial conditions

Asian Art fair cancelled

Dealers hit by financial conditions

Miami: sales fall sharply in tough market

Most dealers seemed relieved to sell what they could as the credit crunch bit

Miami: sales fall sharply in tough market

Most dealers seemed relieved to sell what they could as the credit crunch bit

More satellites, fewer deals

Stand costs barely covered for many

More satellites, fewer deals

Stand costs barely covered for many

Budapest looks to the future

Hungary’s art fair sticks with contemporary strategy

Budapest looks to the future

Hungary’s art fair sticks with contemporary strategy

Many lots left over as buyers hold back

Smaller houses hit hardest as Russian frenzy starts to fade

Many lots left over as buyers hold back

Smaller houses hit hardest as Russian frenzy starts to fade

Market rallies as masters fetch unexpected millions

Auction houses refute suggestion of under-estimating in face of economic downturn

Market rallies as masters fetch unexpected millions

Auction houses refute suggestion of under-estimating in face of economic downturn

Hong Kong Contemporary sales miss estimates by around 50%

Buyers run for cover with conservative purchases

Hong Kong Contemporary sales miss estimates by around 50%

Buyers run for cover with conservative purchases


Books

Vermeer and his contemporaries

Three books on the artist; the Rijksmuseum launches a series of catalogues and the definitive work on Jan Lievens

Vermeer and his contemporaries

Three books on the artist; the Rijksmuseum launches a series of catalogues and the definitive work on Jan Lievens

A book all left-handers will take to heart

This “grippingly enjoyable, profoundly insightful, excitingly provocative book” explores the meaning of “left” in art

A book all left-handers will take to heart

This “grippingly enjoyable, profoundly insightful, excitingly provocative book” explores the meaning of “left” in art

Radicals go back to the future

How the avant-garde took inspiration from Byzantine icon painting

Radicals go back to the future

How the avant-garde took inspiration from Byzantine icon painting

How Russia exported its silver age to a bright new world

This book will serve as a reference resource, rather than a narrative history

How Russia exported its silver age to a bright new world

This book will serve as a reference resource, rather than a narrative history

Lots of fun with rigid architecture and fantastic animals

A history of the grotesque, from antiquity to the 19th century

Lots of fun with rigid architecture and fantastic animals

A history of the grotesque, from antiquity to the 19th century

Ian Hamilton Finlay: a literary take on the laureate of the lawns

The most complete account so far of the Scottish artist

Ian Hamilton Finlay: a literary take on the laureate of the lawns

The most complete account so far of the Scottish artist


Comment

The Cold War may be over, but it is still being fought in terms of its artists Free

Must the Americans once again show Germans how to handle a dual heritage?

The Cold War may be over, but it is still being fought in terms of its artists Free

Must the Americans once again show Germans how to handle a dual heritage?

The ten first steps that Barack Obama could take to renew the arts Free

I believe that we have an administration that will take the steps necessary to re-establish support for the arts in the US

The ten first steps that Barack Obama could take to renew the arts Free

I believe that we have an administration that will take the steps necessary to re-establish support for the arts in the US

The new reality—the state of the art market in 2009 is not easy to predict Free

It seems the wrong time to be buying what is an inessential purchase

The new reality—the state of the art market in 2009 is not easy to predict Free

It seems the wrong time to be buying what is an inessential purchase


Conservation

Private rooms in the Forbidden City shine again Free

Lavish restoration of Emperor Qianlong’s bedrooms and theatre at China’s Palace Museum

Private rooms in the Forbidden City shine again Free

Lavish restoration of Emperor Qianlong’s bedrooms and theatre at China’s Palace Museum

Debated Roman statue that was restored multiple times is finally on show

The Getty Villa stages an exhibition on the work’s 300 years of conservation

Debated Roman statue that was restored multiple times is finally on show

The Getty Villa stages an exhibition on the work’s 300 years of conservation


Features

Is history repeating itself with the Titian Dianas? Free

The two paintings were almost sold in 1916 in a complex set of dealings between London’s National Gallery and Henry Clay Frick

Is history repeating itself with the Titian Dianas? Free

The two paintings were almost sold in 1916 in a complex set of dealings between London’s National Gallery and Henry Clay Frick

A pioneering art-in-the-workplace experiment is over Free

Works are being sold off after British American Tobacco decided the venture was no longer relevant

A pioneering art-in-the-workplace experiment is over Free

Works are being sold off after British American Tobacco decided the venture was no longer relevant

“Sometimes I would love to be free from conventions…as artists are”

Billionaire industrialist Reinhold Würth, owner of 11,000 works of art and 14 museums, is a driven man By Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz

“Sometimes I would love to be free from conventions…as artists are”

Billionaire industrialist Reinhold Würth, owner of 11,000 works of art and 14 museums, is a driven man By Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz

“I’ve always spent more time with poets”

Jim Dine on the benefits of dyslexia, the endurance of the “bleeding heart” and why students should destroy their drawings interview adrian dannatt

“I’ve always spent more time with poets”

Jim Dine on the benefits of dyslexia, the endurance of the “bleeding heart” and why students should destroy their drawings interview adrian dannatt

Give us a sign!

De Kooning? Pollock? Forget ’em. We want rusty old metal

Give us a sign!

De Kooning? Pollock? Forget ’em. We want rusty old metal

Coventry cracks up

Arts Council England buys drugs-based work

Coventry cracks up

Arts Council England buys drugs-based work

Revealed: the secrets of divine geometry

The story of the reconstruction of the Minbar of Saladin ran from Jerusalem to Shoreditch to Jordan and back again

Revealed: the secrets of divine geometry

The story of the reconstruction of the Minbar of Saladin ran from Jerusalem to Shoreditch to Jordan and back again

Is history repeating itself with the Titian Dianas?

The two paintings were almost sold in 1916 in a complex set of dealings between London’s National Gallery and Henry Clay Frick By Martin Bailey

Is history repeating itself with the Titian Dianas?

The two paintings were almost sold in 1916 in a complex set of dealings between London’s National Gallery and Henry Clay Frick By Martin Bailey


Museums

Barcelona arts centre plan sparks national protest Free

Catalan government criticised for alleged heavy-handed manoeuvring

Barcelona arts centre plan sparks national protest Free

Catalan government criticised for alleged heavy-handed manoeuvring

Barcelona arts centre plan sparks national protest

Catalan government criticised for alleged heavy-handed manoeuvring

Barcelona arts centre plan sparks national protest

Catalan government criticised for alleged heavy-handed manoeuvring

Lausanne scraps lakeside extension

Locals vote against contribution

Lausanne scraps lakeside extension

Locals vote against contribution

Not by Rembrandt

Locals vote against contribution

Not by Rembrandt

Locals vote against contribution

First ever censure over sales

National Design Academy to be boycotted on collaborations

First ever censure over sales

National Design Academy to be boycotted on collaborations

Smithsonian chief axes art oversight post

Dedicated undersecretary vacancy will not be filled

Smithsonian chief axes art oversight post

Dedicated undersecretary vacancy will not be filled

…while board gets new chair from Bill Gates

Dedicated undersecretary vacancy will not be filled

…while board gets new chair from Bill Gates

Dedicated undersecretary vacancy will not be filled

Accounts reveal “breakdown” in control

Director left before inquiry completed

Accounts reveal “breakdown” in control

Director left before inquiry completed

Palazzo Grimani opens to public

Twenty-year restoration sees return of Roman statuary and Bosch painting cycle

Palazzo Grimani opens to public

Twenty-year restoration sees return of Roman statuary and Bosch painting cycle

Design to move west?

Twenty-year restoration sees return of Roman statuary and Bosch painting cycle

Design to move west?

Twenty-year restoration sees return of Roman statuary and Bosch painting cycle

16th-century chapel bought by art historian

Crypt to house Quellinus paintings

16th-century chapel bought by art historian

Crypt to house Quellinus paintings

Prince of Liechtenstein’s second venue

Biedermeier art collection to go on show in the City Palace

Prince of Liechtenstein’s second venue

Biedermeier art collection to go on show in the City Palace

Attendance plummets at Gaza’s only museum

The drop in visitors is a result of an Israeli blockade

Attendance plummets at Gaza’s only museum

The drop in visitors is a result of an Israeli blockade