Issue 257 - May 2014

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

News

Future of Midlands arts centre in doubt Free

funding threat as The Public in West Bromwich faces multiple teething troubles

Future of Midlands arts centre in doubt Free

funding threat as The Public in West Bromwich faces multiple teething troubles

Titian deal delayed by legal and financial details Free

To be resolved: continuing Bridgewater loan and sale of second painting

Titian deal delayed by legal and financial details Free

To be resolved: continuing Bridgewater loan and sale of second painting

“Spanish Forger” bought by V&A Free

Scholars no nearer to finding the faker’s identity

“Spanish Forger” bought by V&A Free

Scholars no nearer to finding the faker’s identity

Controversial tapestry to star in Whitechapel reopening Free

Work deemed sensitive at the United Nations

Controversial tapestry to star in Whitechapel reopening Free

Work deemed sensitive at the United Nations

First evidence of damage to Gaza’s cultural sites emerges Free

Antiquities museum hit; fears grow for excavated archaeology

First evidence of damage to Gaza’s cultural sites emerges Free

Antiquities museum hit; fears grow for excavated archaeology

Russian president attacks historic Soviet art sales

Works ended up in western collections

Russian president attacks historic Soviet art sales

Works ended up in western collections

US cracks down on Chinese antiquities

Sweeping regulations cover almost all pieces up to the end of the Tang dynasty

US cracks down on Chinese antiquities

Sweeping regulations cover almost all pieces up to the end of the Tang dynasty

Infighting spoils Futurism celebrations Free

Inadequate national funding and curatorial disputes threaten to undermine centenary year

Infighting spoils Futurism celebrations Free

Inadequate national funding and curatorial disputes threaten to undermine centenary year

Future of Midlands arts centre in doubt

Funding threat as The Public in West Bromwich faces multiple teething troubles

Future of Midlands arts centre in doubt

Funding threat as The Public in West Bromwich faces multiple teething troubles

Spot the ancient monument with the attractive visitor centre

The two world heritage sites have long been mired in development red tape. Now Greece seems to have won the race to upgrade

Spot the ancient monument with the attractive visitor centre

The two world heritage sites have long been mired in development red tape. Now Greece seems to have won the race to upgrade

Sainsbury’s latest offer

New non-profit gallery to open in London’s East End

Sainsbury’s latest offer

New non-profit gallery to open in London’s East End

Mark Dion theft

Stolen sculptures not covered by policy

Mark Dion theft

Stolen sculptures not covered by policy

Radical change of curatorial direction at Villa Manin

Out goes contemporary art; in come “blockbusters”

Radical change of curatorial direction at Villa Manin

Out goes contemporary art; in come “blockbusters”

Kandinsky Prize row rumbles on Free

Controversy widens to take in rival media groups

Kandinsky Prize row rumbles on Free

Controversy widens to take in rival media groups

Government looks to China as Europe suspends funding for Ilisu dam

Authorities fail on environmental and social impact conditions

Government looks to China as Europe suspends funding for Ilisu dam

Authorities fail on environmental and social impact conditions

Mark Dion sculptures stolen Free

Theft not covered by insurance policy

Mark Dion sculptures stolen Free

Theft not covered by insurance policy


Market

Park West sued by customers Free

Plaintiffs demand refunds for “fake” works as gallery dismisses “smear campaign”

Park West sued by customers Free

Plaintiffs demand refunds for “fake” works as gallery dismisses “smear campaign”

Aboutaam held in Sofia

Egypt pursues Phoenix Ancient Art chief

Aboutaam held in Sofia

Egypt pursues Phoenix Ancient Art chief

The shift to new financial realities

Competitive pricing pays dividends for dealers at first London event of the year

The shift to new financial realities

Competitive pricing pays dividends for dealers at first London event of the year

Art fairs face shake-out

Old versus new in struggle for survival

Art fairs face shake-out

Old versus new in struggle for survival

Government acts to shore up shaky market

Authorities create art support fund in the face of multiple gallery closures

Government acts to shore up shaky market

Authorities create art support fund in the face of multiple gallery closures

Art trade centre given tax-free status

Links planned with Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore

Art trade centre given tax-free status

Links planned with Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore

Staff cuts at leading auction houses

Sotheby’s and Christie’s prepare for layoffs amid bleak outlook for art and antiques

Staff cuts at leading auction houses

Sotheby’s and Christie’s prepare for layoffs amid bleak outlook for art and antiques

Money market goes from strength to strength (old money, that is)

As the world stumbles from one financial crisis to another, numismatics is defying the trend

Money market goes from strength to strength (old money, that is)

As the world stumbles from one financial crisis to another, numismatics is defying the trend

VAT cut as court rules that video and light art is sculpture

British customs had branded Dan Flavin and Bill Viola works as “light fittings”

VAT cut as court rules that video and light art is sculpture

British customs had branded Dan Flavin and Bill Viola works as “light fittings”

New York- and Miami-based dealer accused over multiple forgeries

Giuseppe Concepcion alleged to have sold fake Matisses

New York- and Miami-based dealer accused over multiple forgeries

Giuseppe Concepcion alleged to have sold fake Matisses

VAT cut as court rules that video and light art is sculpture Free

British customs had branded Dan Flavin and Bill Viola works imported by Haunch of Venison gallery as “light fittings”

VAT cut as court rules that video and light art is sculpture Free

British customs had branded Dan Flavin and Bill Viola works imported by Haunch of Venison gallery as “light fittings”


Books

From the Dark Ages to Damien Hirst: sixteen centuries of British art

A subjective but authoritative three-volume history of art made in Great Britain from the seventh century to the present day

From the Dark Ages to Damien Hirst: sixteen centuries of British art

A subjective but authoritative three-volume history of art made in Great Britain from the seventh century to the present day

Francophile Briton or Anglophile Frenchman?

The catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Richard Parkes Bonington

Francophile Briton or Anglophile Frenchman?

The catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Richard Parkes Bonington

A world somewhere between matter and spirit

Over a century after his death, Eugène Carrière’s paintings are fully compiled

A world somewhere between matter and spirit

Over a century after his death, Eugène Carrière’s paintings are fully compiled

Victorian advice on politically correct furniture

This book reveals the liberal messages that were subtly associated with styles of British interior decoration, 1870-1914

Victorian advice on politically correct furniture

This book reveals the liberal messages that were subtly associated with styles of British interior decoration, 1870-1914

More than just the biography of a building

The story of Brasenose College, Oxford and many associated with it

More than just the biography of a building

The story of Brasenose College, Oxford and many associated with it

Rich market, not so rich artists

The sociology, geography and economics of Australian Aboriginal art

Rich market, not so rich artists

The sociology, geography and economics of Australian Aboriginal art

Assyria in the UK

The British Museum’s palace sculptures

Assyria in the UK

The British Museum’s palace sculptures

Francesco I de’ Medici and the chamber of secrets

The significance and meaning of the studiolo in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Francesco I de’ Medici and the chamber of secrets

The significance and meaning of the studiolo in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Retrospective, revolutionary and resisting all categorisation

Federico Barocci’s work is characterised by the competing and contrasting qualities of devotion and allure

Retrospective, revolutionary and resisting all categorisation

Federico Barocci’s work is characterised by the competing and contrasting qualities of devotion and allure

The life and times of the first Young British Artist

This biography argues that the self-promoting C.R.W. Nevinson deserves a more prominent place in British art history

The life and times of the first Young British Artist

This biography argues that the self-promoting C.R.W. Nevinson deserves a more prominent place in British art history

Painter, theorist, teacher, revolutionary: Kandinsky from all angles

From the “Blaue Reiter” group to the Bauhaus, the Russian master was as much a thinker as a practitioner

Painter, theorist, teacher, revolutionary: Kandinsky from all angles

From the “Blaue Reiter” group to the Bauhaus, the Russian master was as much a thinker as a practitioner


Comment

Museums lending to commercial galleries: the debate Free

It is reactionary to think that there is some 'pure' separation between the principled museum and the unprincipled gallery

Museums lending to commercial galleries: the debate Free

It is reactionary to think that there is some 'pure' separation between the principled museum and the unprincipled gallery

Why it’s good that the Middle East loves European Orientalist painting Free

Indignation has often been a substitute for research

Why it’s good that the Middle East loves European Orientalist painting Free

Indignation has often been a substitute for research

Haunch of Venison VAT victory Free

HM Customs dispute over Dan Flavin and Bill Viola works

Haunch of Venison VAT victory Free

It is absurd to classify any of the works as components ignoring the fact that the components together make a work of art

Haunch of Venison VAT victory Free

HM Customs dispute over Dan Flavin and Bill Viola works

Haunch of Venison VAT victory Free

It is absurd to classify any of the works as components ignoring the fact that the components together make a work of art


Conservation

Thieves target 14th-century Islamic building

Experts express concern at the lack of action by Moroccan authorities

Thieves target 14th-century Islamic building

Experts express concern at the lack of action by Moroccan authorities

Experts head to Babylon to access damage

Minister wants to reopen Baghdad Museum despite risks

Experts head to Babylon to access damage

Minister wants to reopen Baghdad Museum despite risks

Unsupervised visitors threaten ancient site

Minister wants to reopen Baghdad Museum despite risks

Unsupervised visitors threaten ancient site

Minister wants to reopen Baghdad Museum despite risks

Sculptures on their way back to Portugal—covered in paint?

Conservator proposes returning Queluz Palace garden statues to their original, unnatural splendour

Sculptures on their way back to Portugal—covered in paint?

Conservator proposes returning Queluz Palace garden statues to their original, unnatural splendour

Oranienbaum Palace restoration speeds up

Peterhof Museum assumes control of project; plans to spend $350m

Oranienbaum Palace restoration speeds up

Peterhof Museum assumes control of project; plans to spend $350m

Thieves target 14th-century Islamic building Free

Experts express concern at the lack of action by Moroccan authorities

Thieves target 14th-century Islamic building Free

Experts express concern at the lack of action by Moroccan authorities


Features

Futurism emerges from the shadow of Fascism

The Futurists launched their Manifesto 100 years ago. Now a series of exhibitions argues that the movement was “the first European avant-garde” By Gareth Harris and Guglielmo Gigliotti

Futurism emerges from the shadow of Fascism

The Futurists launched their Manifesto 100 years ago. Now a series of exhibitions argues that the movement was “the first European avant-garde” By Gareth Harris and Guglielmo Gigliotti

What kind of cultural leader will Obama be? Free

His campaign suggests he will focus on communities, education, and grass-roots organisations but there are many unanswered questions. Here we survey the policy areas where the new President is likely to take a stand

What kind of cultural leader will Obama be? Free

His campaign suggests he will focus on communities, education, and grass-roots organisations but there are many unanswered questions. Here we survey the policy areas where the new President is likely to take a stand

Stanley Kubrick’s photographs brought to life by Jane and Louise Wilson

The sisters had access to the late film-maker’s huge archive and focused on a film about the Holocaust which never got made By Louisa Buck

Stanley Kubrick’s photographs brought to life by Jane and Louise Wilson

The sisters had access to the late film-maker’s huge archive and focused on a film about the Holocaust which never got made By Louisa Buck

Gallery opens for just one artist

But who is behind the mysterious BLT space?

Gallery opens for just one artist

But who is behind the mysterious BLT space?

Jay gets jiggy at staff party

And his White Cube staffers are not amused

Jay gets jiggy at staff party

And his White Cube staffers are not amused

Warhol remembered by his ageing stars

Twenty Factory regulars look back on the creative freedom, sexual politics and party spirit that fuelled the New York enterprise

Warhol remembered by his ageing stars

Twenty Factory regulars look back on the creative freedom, sexual politics and party spirit that fuelled the New York enterprise

Stanley Kubrick's photographs brought to life by Jane and Louise Wilson Free

The sisters had access to the late film-maker's huge archive and focused on a film about the Holocaust that never got made

Stanley Kubrick's photographs brought to life by Jane and Louise Wilson Free

The sisters had access to the late film-maker's huge archive and focused on a film about the Holocaust that never got made


Museums

Portraits for Tate Van Dyck show at risk Free

Insurance obstacle for exhibition

Portraits for Tate Van Dyck show at risk Free

Insurance obstacle for exhibition

Deaccessioning halted

New York Board of Regents scuppers proposal to sell works to pay debts

Deaccessioning halted

New York Board of Regents scuppers proposal to sell works to pay debts

Government funds more Nazi loot research

Museums Association granted E1.3m, until 2013, for provenance investigation

Government funds more Nazi loot research

Museums Association granted E1.3m, until 2013, for provenance investigation

Director in expenses row

Färgfabriken chief resigns over claims

Director in expenses row

Färgfabriken chief resigns over claims

Controversial tapestry to star in Whitechapel reopening

Work deemed sensitive at the United Nations

Controversial tapestry to star in Whitechapel reopening

Work deemed sensitive at the United Nations

"Spanish Forger” bought by V&A

Scholars no nearer to finding the faker’s identity

"Spanish Forger” bought by V&A

Scholars no nearer to finding the faker’s identity

Louvre funds its first feature film

Paris museum supplies 20% of budget

Louvre funds its first feature film

Paris museum supplies 20% of budget

Munich welcomes Brandhorst collection

Revolutionary building houses 700 artefacts worth over E100m

Munich welcomes Brandhorst collection

Revolutionary building houses 700 artefacts worth over E100m

Future uncertain for Berlin antiquities

The collection has no permanent residence; various options are under review

Future uncertain for Berlin antiquities

The collection has no permanent residence; various options are under review

Furore over a facade

Neues Museum restoration unpopular

Furore over a facade

Neues Museum restoration unpopular

Duchess Anna Amalia Library dispute settled

The Weimar cultural authority, which had claimed E20m, agrees to E5m

Duchess Anna Amalia Library dispute settled

The Weimar cultural authority, which had claimed E20m, agrees to E5m

Restored Suriname synagogue finds new home in Israel Museum

18th-century interior donated by dwindling Jewish community

Restored Suriname synagogue finds new home in Israel Museum

18th-century interior donated by dwindling Jewish community

Historic medal on show

Engraver was hanged in 1788

Historic medal on show

Engraver was hanged in 1788

“Our collection is up with the top five”

The new head of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum speaks frankly about her predecessors, politics and surprise appointment

“Our collection is up with the top five”

The new head of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum speaks frankly about her predecessors, politics and surprise appointment

Soviet-born billionaire funds top shows

Robert Frank exhibition is latest to benefit

Soviet-born billionaire funds top shows

Robert Frank exhibition is latest to benefit

Maritime museum for Istanbul

Byzantine shipwrecks will be centrepiece of tourist attraction

Maritime museum for Istanbul

Byzantine shipwrecks will be centrepiece of tourist attraction