Issue 259 - July-August 2014

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

News

Lady Foster opens gallery and bookshop in Madrid

A former garage becomes an art space, as the Ivory Press publisher inaugurates building designed by her husband

Lady Foster opens gallery and bookshop in Madrid

A former garage becomes an art space, as the Ivory Press publisher inaugurates building designed by her husband

Arts do better than feared in bailout

President Obama signs Recovery and Reinvestment Act with reinstated support

Arts do better than feared in bailout

President Obama signs Recovery and Reinvestment Act with reinstated support

Further documents link key defendants

Hearings drag on into fifth year

Further documents link key defendants

Hearings drag on into fifth year

“People don’t come to Sharjah to see something that they’ve already seen in Venice”

Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, director of the emirate’s biennial, plans a museum

“People don’t come to Sharjah to see something that they’ve already seen in Venice”

Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, director of the emirate’s biennial, plans a museum

Bronze at British Museum may be loot

Drum stand now owned by Shanghai Museum but origins unclear

Bronze at British Museum may be loot

Drum stand now owned by Shanghai Museum but origins unclear

How Guernica nearly came back to Whitechapel

Former director Nicholas Serota tried to waylay it between New York and Madrid

How Guernica nearly came back to Whitechapel

Former director Nicholas Serota tried to waylay it between New York and Madrid

World record Islamic sale is cancelled

Doubts over age and authenticity of £9.2m “Kaaba key” forces Sotheby’s u-turn

World record Islamic sale is cancelled

Doubts over age and authenticity of £9.2m “Kaaba key” forces Sotheby’s u-turn

Francesca von Habsburg’s collection goes on long-term loan to Iceland

Decision made after rejection by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid

Francesca von Habsburg’s collection goes on long-term loan to Iceland

Decision made after rejection by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid

UN art collection to go on show in $150m “disposable” building Free

Travel and insurance costs of the 270 works discouraged off-site storage

UN art collection to go on show in $150m “disposable” building Free

Travel and insurance costs of the 270 works discouraged off-site storage

Jeff Koons’s $25 million sculpture for Lacma Free

Life-size train replica may be most expensive work ever commissioned by a museum

Jeff Koons’s $25 million sculpture for Lacma Free

Life-size train replica may be most expensive work ever commissioned by a museum

Bronze at British Museum may be loot Free

Drum stand now owned by Shanghai Museum but origins unclear

Bronze at British Museum may be loot Free

Drum stand now owned by Shanghai Museum but origins unclear


Market

Chelsea galleries visit Havana

US dealers challenge Cuba embargo in test of new president’s cultural policies

Chelsea galleries visit Havana

US dealers challenge Cuba embargo in test of new president’s cultural policies

Threat to Minton archive

Potteries museums mount rescue plan

Threat to Minton archive

Potteries museums mount rescue plan

Blow for US museums

Non-profits lose NY sales tax exemption

Blow for US museums

Non-profits lose NY sales tax exemption

Financial crisis scuppers Moscow fair

Exhibitors fear that collectors will no longer make high-price purchases

Financial crisis scuppers Moscow fair

Exhibitors fear that collectors will no longer make high-price purchases

Old masters survive test

New York auctions record strong sales for best paintings in “choosy” market

Old masters survive test

New York auctions record strong sales for best paintings in “choosy” market

Lincoln victory speech sets auction record

The “Great Emancipator’s” handwritten manuscript sells for $3.44m

Lincoln victory speech sets auction record

The “Great Emancipator’s” handwritten manuscript sells for $3.44m

A market pulls back from the brink

But was it a great buying opportunity or a last chance to sell? By Roger Bevan

A market pulls back from the brink

But was it a great buying opportunity or a last chance to sell? By Roger Bevan

Fashion and celebrity collection tops $8.6m in New York

Record prices set as Helmut Newton alone brings in $4m, but guarantee reduces Christie’s profit

Fashion and celebrity collection tops $8.6m in New York

Record prices set as Helmut Newton alone brings in $4m, but guarantee reduces Christie’s profit

Record for Degas sculpture in conservative London auctions

Weak pound encourages international buyers back to the market as auction houses cut lots and reduce estimates

Record for Degas sculpture in conservative London auctions

Weak pound encourages international buyers back to the market as auction houses cut lots and reduce estimates

Mid-market pictures in demand

Collectors respond as prices drop to 2005-6 level

Mid-market pictures in demand

Collectors respond as prices drop to 2005-6 level

Antiques offer security in Brussels

Event sees some strong sales as dealers welcome Russian taste for opulence

Antiques offer security in Brussels

Event sees some strong sales as dealers welcome Russian taste for opulence

Private collectors active

But museums quiet at Arco Madrid

Private collectors active

But museums quiet at Arco Madrid

New York auctions and fairs struggle

Sales figures fall to as little as one-sixth of last year’s results

New York auctions and fairs struggle

Sales figures fall to as little as one-sixth of last year’s results

Chelsea galleries visit Havana Free

US dealers challenge Cuba embargo in test of new president’s cultural policies

Chelsea galleries visit Havana Free

US dealers challenge Cuba embargo in test of new president’s cultural policies


Books

Australian art—a revisionist history

This first volume—of a projected three—expands the standard account with a reappraisal of the work of many key figures

Australian art—a revisionist history

This first volume—of a projected three—expands the standard account with a reappraisal of the work of many key figures

A crusading saint’s right royal prayer book

The first full-scale monograph on the psalter of Louis IX

A crusading saint’s right royal prayer book

The first full-scale monograph on the psalter of Louis IX

Deluxe miniatures for the pioneering patron of Burgundy

A scholarly monograph on the prayer book of Duke Charles the Bold

Deluxe miniatures for the pioneering patron of Burgundy

A scholarly monograph on the prayer book of Duke Charles the Bold

Victorian advice on politically correct furniture

The liberal messages that were subtly associated with styles of British interior decoration, 1870-1914

Victorian advice on politically correct furniture

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

How to make a picture out of a thousand words

Ekphrasis and illustration in English writing and art from the 17th to the 20th centuries

How to make a picture out of a thousand words

Ekphrasis and illustration in English writing and art from the 17th to the 20th centuries


Comment

The recession and US museums n By Adrian Ellis

How to compensate for the loss of philanthropic, endowment and visitor incomes

The recession and US museums n By Adrian Ellis

How to compensate for the loss of philanthropic, endowment and visitor incomes

The arts and economic stimulus n By Robert Lynch

The Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help the arts, but more is still needed

The arts and economic stimulus n By Robert Lynch

The Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help the arts, but more is still needed

John Updike n By Sebastian Smee

An urbane, informed and fluent critic

John Updike n By Sebastian Smee

An urbane, informed and fluent critic

The recession and US museums Free

How to compensate for the loss of philanthropic, endowment and visitor incomes

The recession and US museums Free

The alternative to open-minded exploration is maintaining a sort of “living dead” museum

The recession and US museums Free

How to compensate for the loss of philanthropic, endowment and visitor incomes

The recession and US museums Free

The alternative to open-minded exploration is maintaining a sort of “living dead” museum

The Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help the arts, but more is still needed Free

leaders should recognise the essential contribution of the arts to the economy

The Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help the arts, but more is still needed Free

leaders should recognise the essential contribution of the arts to the economy


Conservation

Greek panels restored to former glory

The 2,500 year-old Heroon of Trysa is reassembled seven years after shattering into 500 pieces

Greek panels restored to former glory

The 2,500 year-old Heroon of Trysa is reassembled seven years after shattering into 500 pieces

Italy to restore ancient wall paintings

Conservators will show the relationship between Western and Chinese murals

Italy to restore ancient wall paintings

Conservators will show the relationship between Western and Chinese murals

Ancient monuments at risk

Report cites bad conservation and the use of cement as major factors

Ancient monuments at risk

Report cites bad conservation and the use of cement as major factors

Greek panels in Vienna restored to former glory Free

The 2,500 year-old Heroon of Trysa is reassembled seven years after shattering into 500 pieces

Greek panels in Vienna restored to former glory Free

The 2,500 year-old Heroon of Trysa is reassembled seven years after shattering into 500 pieces


Features

Downing Street artists’ bash

Over 100 attended drinks reception at Chancellor’s residence

Downing Street artists’ bash

Over 100 attended drinks reception at Chancellor’s residence

Inside the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea

It is the last place where Socialist Realism is still flourishing; our reporter spent a week there visiting artists’ studios By Adrian Dannatt

Inside the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea

It is the last place where Socialist Realism is still flourishing; our reporter spent a week there visiting artists’ studios By Adrian Dannatt

While others retrench, the Whitechapel Gallery expands its building, its programmes and its staff

The institution has taken bold risks throughout its history. Next month it unveils an ambitious new home By Laura Gascoigne

While others retrench, the Whitechapel Gallery expands its building, its programmes and its staff

The institution has taken bold risks throughout its history. Next month it unveils an ambitious new home By Laura Gascoigne

Schnabel pyjamas on eBay

The artist’s infamous nightwear was sold for charity

Schnabel pyjamas on eBay

The artist’s infamous nightwear was sold for charity

Downing Street artists’ bash

Over 100 attended drinks reception at Chancellor’s residence

Downing Street artists’ bash

Over 100 attended drinks reception at Chancellor’s residence

"I look at Jeff Koons’s stuff and I’m appalled”

The veteran rocker discusses the artists who inspire her, those who do not, and what drives her photography By Adrian Dannatt

"I look at Jeff Koons’s stuff and I’m appalled”

The veteran rocker discusses the artists who inspire her, those who do not, and what drives her photography By Adrian Dannatt

Victorian painting as reportage

Broadcaster Jeremy Paxman argues that 19th-century pictures are the “visual journalism” of their day

Victorian painting as reportage

Broadcaster Jeremy Paxman argues that 19th-century pictures are the “visual journalism” of their day

Patti Smith: “I look at Jeff Koons’s stuff and I’m appalled” Free

The veteran rocker discusses the artists who inspire her, those who do not, and what drives her photography

Patti Smith: “I look at Jeff Koons’s stuff and I’m appalled” Free

The veteran rocker discusses the artists who inspire her, those who do not, and what drives her photography

Inside the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea Free

It is the last place where Socialist Realism is still flourishing; our reporter spent a week there visiting artists’ studios

Inside the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea Free

It is the last place where Socialist Realism is still flourishing; our reporter spent a week there visiting artists’ studios


Museums

Conflict over reopening of Baghdad Museum

Former head of Iraqi antiquities board opposes government’s hurried decision

Conflict over reopening of Baghdad Museum

Former head of Iraqi antiquities board opposes government’s hurried decision

Landmark decision on Nazi duress sale

Out-of-court settlement: Picassos to remain at Guggenheim and MoMA with probable payment to Jewish owner’s heirs

Landmark decision on Nazi duress sale

Out-of-court settlement: Picassos to remain at Guggenheim and MoMA with probable payment to Jewish owner’s heirs

Brandeis’s Rose Museum to become educational facility

By changing its status, it can freely sell off its collection for operating funds

Brandeis’s Rose Museum to become educational facility

By changing its status, it can freely sell off its collection for operating funds

New LA MoCA chief wields the axe

Charles Young cuts 20% of workforce and slashes budget

New LA MoCA chief wields the axe

Charles Young cuts 20% of workforce and slashes budget

Oldest star chart gets even older

Chinese document is from seventh century, 300 years earlier than previously thought

Oldest star chart gets even older

Chinese document is from seventh century, 300 years earlier than previously thought

President Sarkozy’s pledges to the arts

Free entry to under 25s and teachers; most museums against the move

President Sarkozy’s pledges to the arts

Free entry to under 25s and teachers; most museums against the move

Bonnard museum to open in his home town

Around 100 works in collection

Bonnard museum to open in his home town

Around 100 works in collection

Niemeyer Centre may include new port

Project seen as boost to European Capital of Culture bid

Niemeyer Centre may include new port

Project seen as boost to European Capital of Culture bid

Kunsthalle Bremen’s works move to temporary homes

The museum is closed until at least 2011

Kunsthalle Bremen’s works move to temporary homes

The museum is closed until at least 2011

Battle to save Joseph Beuys wallcovering at Landesmuseum

Debate over whether it constitutes part of the original “Block Beuys” installation

Battle to save Joseph Beuys wallcovering at Landesmuseum

Debate over whether it constitutes part of the original “Block Beuys” installation

New director appointed at Oslo’s National Museum

Hopes are high after previous resignations

New director appointed at Oslo’s National Museum

Hopes are high after previous resignations

New art centre for Bucharest

Italian bank UniCredit funds contemporary venue

New art centre for Bucharest

Italian bank UniCredit funds contemporary venue

Denmark’s national gallery is missing over 40 works

Current location of many loans unknown

Denmark’s national gallery is missing over 40 works

Current location of many loans unknown

Niemeyer Centre in Avilés may include new port Free

Project seen as boost to European Capital of Culture bid

Niemeyer Centre in Avilés may include new port Free

Project seen as boost to European Capital of Culture bid

Fundraising challenges for Ashmolean Free

Oxford museum’s development project in need of major financial boost

Fundraising challenges for Ashmolean Free

Oxford museum’s development project in need of major financial boost