Issue 260 - September 2014

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

News

Sharjah Biennial: open invitation to artists leads to focused and evocative show Free

Participants asked to make new work in response to the specific attributes of the emirate

Sharjah Biennial: open invitation to artists leads to focused and evocative show Free

Participants asked to make new work in response to the specific attributes of the emirate

Open invitation to artists leads to focused and evocative show

Participants asked to make new work in response to the specific attributes of the emirate

Open invitation to artists leads to focused and evocative show

Participants asked to make new work in response to the specific attributes of the emirate

Major Bruce Nauman show across three venues

US pavilion in Giardini, a gothic palazzo and a former convent

Major Bruce Nauman show across three venues

US pavilion in Giardini, a gothic palazzo and a former convent

Austria’s showcase city faces up to its Nazi past

Linz, Hitler’s hometown, acknowledged its dark history in an early show—now it’s looking to the future

Austria’s showcase city faces up to its Nazi past

Linz, Hitler’s hometown, acknowledged its dark history in an early show—now it’s looking to the future

Much ado about something: the mystery of Shakespeare’s hair

The removal of overpainting in two portraits may be a lost opportunity to have seen the playwright as his contemporaries did

Much ado about something: the mystery of Shakespeare’s hair

The removal of overpainting in two portraits may be a lost opportunity to have seen the playwright as his contemporaries did

Richard Prince and Gagosian fight back over copyright Free

Response to lawsuit by French photographer Patrick Cariou claims images not “strikingly original”

Richard Prince and Gagosian fight back over copyright Free

Response to lawsuit by French photographer Patrick Cariou claims images not “strikingly original”

Troubles deepen for museums: layoffs, budget cuts and cancelled shows Free

No end in sight as pain continues for institutions across the country

Reina Sofía and Prado strike historic loan deal Free

Twenty Goyas will bolster rehang

Reina Sofía and Prado strike historic loan deal Free

Twenty Goyas will bolster rehang

Downturn hits art investment funds Free

Plans to inject at least $200m into the market have been shelved

Downturn hits art investment funds Free

Plans to inject at least $200m into the market have been shelved


Market

Nuns sue art dealer for $1.75m

Affidavit says appraiser planned to “screw” the Daughters of Mary over painting

Nuns sue art dealer for $1.75m

Affidavit says appraiser planned to “screw” the Daughters of Mary over painting

Cohen buys into Sotheby’s

And will show his collection in New York

Cohen buys into Sotheby’s

And will show his collection in New York

New commercial venture aims to drive up art prices

Oil and gas magnate is behind auction house incorporating two private galleries

New commercial venture aims to drive up art prices

Oil and gas magnate is behind auction house incorporating two private galleries

Arco fair reviews gallery numbers

Cutback suggested in order to improve quality

Arco fair reviews gallery numbers

Cutback suggested in order to improve quality

Old masters and antiquities attract the money in Maastricht

With banks on the retreat and contemporary art looking shaky, buyers look to tried-and-tested investments

Old masters and antiquities attract the money in Maastricht

With banks on the retreat and contemporary art looking shaky, buyers look to tried-and-tested investments

Armory: sales down but confidence high

Turnout better than expected, but business slower than last year

Armory: sales down but confidence high

Turnout better than expected, but business slower than last year

Steady start for Kinetica

Robots and electronic art on show

Steady start for Kinetica

Robots and electronic art on show

Big name brings out the big spenders

The dispersal of the collection of the late couturier and his partner, Pierre Bergé, saw records tumbling in all categories

Big name brings out the big spenders

The dispersal of the collection of the late couturier and his partner, Pierre Bergé, saw records tumbling in all categories

Disputed Yves Saint Laurent bronzes

The fate of the Qing Dynasty rat and rabbit is still unclear

Disputed Yves Saint Laurent bronzes

The fate of the Qing Dynasty rat and rabbit is still unclear

Pompidou’s new de Chirico

Artist wanted work destroyed

Pompidou’s new de Chirico

Artist wanted work destroyed


Books

Pottery plates and pots in a class of their own

The catalogue of the British Museum’s Italian Renaissance ceramics is the fruit of extensive scientific and archival research

Pottery plates and pots in a class of their own

The catalogue of the British Museum’s Italian Renaissance ceramics is the fruit of extensive scientific and archival research

The art of war: French culture under the Nazis

How artists and the arts fared under the Vichy regime and the German occupation of France, 1940-44

The art of war: French culture under the Nazis

How artists and the arts fared under the Vichy regime and the German occupation of France, 1940-44

Picasso: playwright and poet

Two books focus on the artist’s use of a pen, rather than a paintbrush

Picasso: playwright and poet

Two books focus on the artist’s use of a pen, rather than a paintbrush

Me and Marc Chagall

An artist’s life where the author is perhaps too much in the picture

Me and Marc Chagall

An artist’s life where the author is perhaps too much in the picture

Bologna as the 17th-century artistic epicentre

This scholarly exhibition catalogue will remain an important resource for years to come

Bologna as the 17th-century artistic epicentre

This scholarly exhibition catalogue will remain an important resource for years to come

Altars and their alternatives

This careful study of Anglican communion tables reveals how the laity experienced the English Reformation

Altars and their alternatives

This careful study of Anglican communion tables reveals how the laity experienced the English Reformation

Munch: a tough job, but somebody had to do it

Forty years of study have gone into this survey of the paintings of an artist mired in mischief and misattribution

Munch: a tough job, but somebody had to do it

Forty years of study have gone into this survey of the paintings of an artist mired in mischief and misattribution

The Arabs got there first

A challenge to the conventional account of perspective

The Arabs got there first

A challenge to the conventional account of perspective

Fin de siècle Florence…

… as seen, principally, through the eyes of art historian Aby Warburg

Fin de siècle Florence…

… as seen, principally, through the eyes of art historian Aby Warburg

Geoff: you’re tone deaf

Too many puns, too much irony

Geoff: you’re tone deaf

Too many puns, too much irony


Comment

Museums and the recession: there is an alternative to closure or selling off the collections—sharing Free

remaining stuck in your operating rut could be a recipe for disaster

Museums and the recession: there is an alternative to closure or selling off the collections—sharing Free

remaining stuck in your operating rut could be a recipe for disaster

One-offs, but reassuring signs to the market—especially to Paris? Free

'Old Europe', with its expertise and long traditions, is suddenly looking stronger

One-offs, but reassuring signs to the market—especially to Paris? Free

'Old Europe', with its expertise and long traditions, is suddenly looking stronger

Art and copyright: what’s at stake Free

Art is created in a cultural context where appropriation is inevitable

Art and copyright: what’s at stake Free

Art is created in a cultural context where appropriation is inevitable


Conservation

Indonesian minister of culture’s public apology for destruction of archaeological site Free

Ministry issues apology for the destruction caused by the government-backed project

Indonesian minister of culture’s public apology for destruction of archaeological site Free

Ministry issues apology for the destruction caused by the government-backed project

Pioneering UK conservation course in jeopardy…

… while one of the country’s leading textile centres is set to close

Pioneering UK conservation course in jeopardy…

… while one of the country’s leading textile centres is set to close

Roman statue revived by Hollywood techniques

Researchers see future applications for this cross-over science

Roman statue revived by Hollywood techniques

Researchers see future applications for this cross-over science


Features

BBC launches “big, bold content” with “Baroque!”

A major new series journeys through Europe to chronicle the most spectacular art movement of them all

BBC launches “big, bold content” with “Baroque!”

A major new series journeys through Europe to chronicle the most spectacular art movement of them all

How grandma’s crochet inspired my artistic vision

On the eve of a show at PaceWildenstein in New York, the veteran US artist discusses the importance of the year he spent with his grandmother when he was eleven

How grandma’s crochet inspired my artistic vision

On the eve of a show at PaceWildenstein in New York, the veteran US artist discusses the importance of the year he spent with his grandmother when he was eleven

David LaChapelle: “If I could choose any period to have been an artist, it would definitely be the Baroque” Free

The artist-photographer discusses his affinity with the dynamism, drama and spirituality of 17th-century art

David LaChapelle: “If I could choose any period to have been an artist, it would definitely be the Baroque” Free

The artist-photographer discusses his affinity with the dynamism, drama and spirituality of 17th-century art

Newsprint magnate puts his contemporary art on show

Peter Brant and his wife Stephanie Seymour have one of the largest collections of American art in the world. Next month it goes on display in a new permanent gallery in Connecticut

Newsprint magnate puts his contemporary art on show

Peter Brant and his wife Stephanie Seymour have one of the largest collections of American art in the world. Next month it goes on display in a new permanent gallery in Connecticut

Peter Brant and Stephanie Seymour put their contemporary art collection on show Free

The newsprint magnate and his wife have one of the largest collections of American art in the world. Next month it goes on display in a new permanent gallery in Connecticut

Peter Brant and Stephanie Seymour put their contemporary art collection on show Free

The newsprint magnate and his wife have one of the largest collections of American art in the world. Next month it goes on display in a new permanent gallery in Connecticut


Museums

Japanese treasures draw astounding crowds in Nara and Tokyo Free

But other institutions became wary of blockbuster shows

Japanese treasures draw astounding crowds in Nara and Tokyo Free

But other institutions became wary of blockbuster shows

Rockefeller rooms find homes Free

Bedroom to go to Virginia and dressing room to go to the Metropolitan

Rockefeller rooms find homes Free

Bedroom to go to Virginia and dressing room to go to the Metropolitan

Tretyakov fights demolition plan

Gallery wants state to finance new building

Tretyakov fights demolition plan

Gallery wants state to finance new building

Battle over Joseph Beuys collection at Moyland Castle

Widow claims artist’s reputation is being damaged

Battle over Joseph Beuys collection at Moyland Castle

Widow claims artist’s reputation is being damaged

Conference aims to shed light on looted Russian art

German museums call on Russian officials to open archives

Conference aims to shed light on looted Russian art

German museums call on Russian officials to open archives

After 20 years of planning, the Neues Museum reopens

By October all five venues on Berlin’s famous Museum Island will once again welcome visitors

After 20 years of planning, the Neues Museum reopens

By October all five venues on Berlin’s famous Museum Island will once again welcome visitors

Van Dyck: spot the difference

Rare chance to see two portraits of Princess Mary

Van Dyck: spot the difference

Rare chance to see two portraits of Princess Mary

New chief curator for Whitechapel

Achim Borchardt-Hume on history, community and leaving the Tate

New chief curator for Whitechapel

Achim Borchardt-Hume on history, community and leaving the Tate

Denver’s two contemporary art institutions have merged operations

Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lab now under one director

Denver’s two contemporary art institutions have merged operations

Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lab now under one director

Gehry’s leaky panes

Art Gallery of Ontario’s damp problems

Gehry’s leaky panes

Art Gallery of Ontario’s damp problems

Rockefeller rooms find homes

Bedroom to go to Virginia and dressing room to go to the Metropolitan

Rockefeller rooms find homes

Bedroom to go to Virginia and dressing room to go to the Metropolitan

Sicily embraces contemporary art

Major new venue in Palermo, while two open in Catania

Sicily embraces contemporary art

Major new venue in Palermo, while two open in Catania

Prado to open a further major extension

Housed in the Salon de Reinos, it is due for completion in 2013

Prado to open a further major extension

Housed in the Salon de Reinos, it is due for completion in 2013

Liège’s mega-museum

Five collections united under one roof

Liège’s mega-museum

Five collections united under one roof

Japanese treasures draw astounding crowds in Nara and Tokyo

But other institutions became wary of blockbuster shows

Japanese treasures draw astounding crowds in Nara and Tokyo

But other institutions became wary of blockbuster shows