Issue 262 - November 2014

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

News

Exhibitions axed as recession bites

US worst hit as sponsorship withdrawn and endowment wealth shrinks

Exhibitions axed as recession bites

US worst hit as sponsorship withdrawn and endowment wealth shrinks

Revealed: the secret conditions behind the Titian deal

Freedom of Information request heeded

Revealed: the secret conditions behind the Titian deal

Freedom of Information request heeded

Ukraine suffered “colossal” looting during World War II

New research challenges Russians’ claim that they own many cultural valuables from the independent state

Ukraine suffered “colossal” looting during World War II

New research challenges Russians’ claim that they own many cultural valuables from the independent state

Abramovic takes over MoMA

Artist reveals plans for the longest performance of her career

Abramovic takes over MoMA

Artist reveals plans for the longest performance of her career

Architecture counts as art, court rules

Santiago Calatrava wins case against alteration of Zubizuri Bridge

Architecture counts as art, court rules

Santiago Calatrava wins case against alteration of Zubizuri Bridge

Details emerge of London Olympics cultural plans

Young people will be the focus; exhibitions and festivals to question what gives Britain its national identity

Details emerge of London Olympics cultural plans

Young people will be the focus; exhibitions and festivals to question what gives Britain its national identity

Details emerge of London Olympics cultural plans

Young people will be the focus; exhibitions and festivals to question what gives Britain its national identity

Details emerge of London Olympics cultural plans

Young people will be the focus; exhibitions and festivals to question what gives Britain its national identity

Legal vetting of graduation shows raises spectre of censorship

Swedish students’ work comes under scrutiny after a series of controversies

Legal vetting of graduation shows raises spectre of censorship

Swedish students’ work comes under scrutiny after a series of controversies

Monument competition rejects all entrants

Judges turn down all 532 proposals for reunification sculpture commission

Monument competition rejects all entrants

Judges turn down all 532 proposals for reunification sculpture commission

Exhibitions axed as recession bites Free

US worst hit as sponsorship withdrawn and endowment wealth shrinks

Marina Abramovic takes over MoMA

Artist reveals plans for the longest performance of her career

Ukraine suffered “colossal” looting during World War II Free

Research challenges Russians’ claim that they own many cultural valuables from the independent state


Market

Basel satellite fairs under pressure

Exhibitors wary of investing in weak market, while community groups oppose Scope tent on public open space

Basel satellite fairs under pressure

Exhibitors wary of investing in weak market, while community groups oppose Scope tent on public open space

Hauser & Wirth to open in New York

Gallery hopes to buck the downturn with transatlantic expansion

Hauser & Wirth to open in New York

Gallery hopes to buck the downturn with transatlantic expansion

Shining a spotlight on the art market’s “open secrets”

Ben Lewis’s investigation of the machinations of dealers and auctioneers might be obvious to some. But it still got up a few noses

Shining a spotlight on the art market’s “open secrets”

Ben Lewis’s investigation of the machinations of dealers and auctioneers might be obvious to some. But it still got up a few noses

Signs of life? It could be a lot worse than this…

The impressionist and modern sales threw up some exciting deals and some salutary lessons

Signs of life? It could be a lot worse than this…

The impressionist and modern sales threw up some exciting deals and some salutary lessons

Russian results calm nerves

Canny estimates ease the pain

Russian results calm nerves

Canny estimates ease the pain

Exceptions prove that tough economic realities are the new rules

Postwar and contemporary: veterans might be breaking records, but the big numbers don’t lie (especially if you’re Jeff Koons)

Exceptions prove that tough economic realities are the new rules

Postwar and contemporary: veterans might be breaking records, but the big numbers don’t lie (especially if you’re Jeff Koons)

Artropolis: a case of too much, too young?

Dealers remain quick to praise Merchandise Mart’s turnaround of Art Chicago. But, as part of a trio of fairs, sales were sluggish

Artropolis: a case of too much, too young?

Dealers remain quick to praise Merchandise Mart’s turnaround of Art Chicago. But, as part of a trio of fairs, sales were sluggish

International Fine Art Fair gets even smaller

Haughtons include contemporary prints to attract younger crowd

International Fine Art Fair gets even smaller

Haughtons include contemporary prints to attract younger crowd

Fresh faces keep Cologne afloat

New director, more galleries and reasonable sales in Germany

Fresh faces keep Cologne afloat

New director, more galleries and reasonable sales in Germany

Brussels bids to be best of the rest

Unspectacular results behind selection committee hype

Brussels bids to be best of the rest

Unspectacular results behind selection committee hype

Hong Kong sees off the mainland

Dealers agree that Art HK is the destination event in Asia

Hong Kong sees off the mainland

Dealers agree that Art HK is the destination event in Asia

Mexico defies the odds

Contemporary sells well, despite the flu

Mexico defies the odds

Contemporary sells well, despite the flu

Hauser & Wirth to open in New York Free

Gallery hopes to buck the downturn with transatlantic expansion

Hauser & Wirth to open in New York Free

Gallery hopes to buck the downturn with transatlantic expansion


Books

How Darwin changed art

The author of On the Origin of Species showed little interest in visual representation—but his influence has been profound

How Darwin changed art

The author of On the Origin of Species showed little interest in visual representation—but his influence has been profound

Who should actually own what? And why

A collection of essays by museum directors worldwide on restitutions and ownership

Who should actually own what? And why

A collection of essays by museum directors worldwide on restitutions and ownership

Want to buy a picture? How the art market flourished in Rome

The massive outpouring of drawings and paintings that were devoured by Romans both rich and poor, patrician and plebeian

Want to buy a picture? How the art market flourished in Rome

The massive outpouring of drawings and paintings that were devoured by Romans both rich and poor, patrician and plebeian

The diabolical sculptor of the Veneto

The catalogue raisonné of Francesco Bertos

The diabolical sculptor of the Veneto

The catalogue raisonné of Francesco Bertos

An influential Austrian

A fresh look at the work of Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

An influential Austrian

A fresh look at the work of Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

The movement that came in from the cold

An insider’s account of how impressionist paintings lost their sense of menace and became an essential accessory for the rich

The movement that came in from the cold

An insider’s account of how impressionist paintings lost their sense of menace and became an essential accessory for the rich

Collaboration and contradiction in the Pre-Raphaelite world

William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones are presented in an unfamiliar light

Collaboration and contradiction in the Pre-Raphaelite world

William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones are presented in an unfamiliar light

After the Nazis: how America took on the propaganda war

A study of US arts policy and the ideology of denazification in post-war Germany

After the Nazis: how America took on the propaganda war

A study of US arts policy and the ideology of denazification in post-war Germany

Leni Riefenstahl—never explain, never apologise

The life and career of Hitler’s personal film-maker and, arguably, “the most important female director of the 20th century”

Leni Riefenstahl—never explain, never apologise

The life and career of Hitler’s personal film-maker and, arguably, “the most important female director of the 20th century”


Comment

If arts journalism is in trouble, what about publishing? Free

If we moan about “dumbing down” it only means that we are living in the age of “more”

If arts journalism is in trouble, what about publishing? Free

If we moan about “dumbing down” it only means that we are living in the age of “more”


Conservation

Facelift for Saarinen’s structures

Renewed interest in the modernist architect leads to major restoration projects

Facelift for Saarinen’s structures

Renewed interest in the modernist architect leads to major restoration projects

Uncertain fate for Bauhaus complex

The debate to reconstruct rages on

Uncertain fate for Bauhaus complex

The debate to reconstruct rages on

Auschwitz seeks E120m to preserve Nazi death camp

Unique conservation issues over the Holocaust site raise difficult ethical questions

Auschwitz seeks E120m to preserve Nazi death camp

Unique conservation issues over the Holocaust site raise difficult ethical questions


Features

Taking the war in Iraq to the American people Free

A British conceptual artist, an Iraqi artist and a US soldier who served in Iraq, travelled from New York to Los Angeles with the remains of a car destroyed in a Baghdad bomb attack in tow

Why so little is known about Aboriginal art

There have been almost no museum shows of indigenous Australian art in Europe or the US By Elizabeth Fortescue

Why so little is known about Aboriginal art

There have been almost no museum shows of indigenous Australian art in Europe or the US By Elizabeth Fortescue

Rehabilitating Salvador Dalí

Twenty years after his death, the artist’s legacy has been severely damaged by the proliferation of works and organisations which carry his name. We visit the foundation he set up himself and hear about its battle to restore his reputation By Cristin

Rehabilitating Salvador Dalí

Twenty years after his death, the artist’s legacy has been severely damaged by the proliferation of works and organisations which carry his name. We visit the foundation he set up himself and hear about its battle to restore his reputation By Cristin

Eighties star artist reborn as UN Ambassador

Ross Bleckner has been working in Africa as an art therapist

Eighties star artist reborn as UN Ambassador

Ross Bleckner has been working in Africa as an art therapist

Caravan museum launches campaign for national venue

Artist wants to celebrate British folklore

Caravan museum launches campaign for national venue

Artist wants to celebrate British folklore

“Why not treat everybody as a hero?”

f he gets planning permission, Antony Gormley will transform Trafalgar Square into a space for the ordinary man and woman By Louisa Buck

“Why not treat everybody as a hero?”

f he gets planning permission, Antony Gormley will transform Trafalgar Square into a space for the ordinary man and woman By Louisa Buck

Behind the revolution at English Heritage

Simon Thurley took charge of the government-funded organisation in 2002. A documentary series examines four flagship projects

Behind the revolution at English Heritage

Simon Thurley took charge of the government-funded organisation in 2002. A documentary series examines four flagship projects


Museums

Aztec headdress will not travel to British Museum show

Fragile treasure, “Moctezuma’s Crown”, is subject of restitution claims

Aztec headdress will not travel to British Museum show

Fragile treasure, “Moctezuma’s Crown”, is subject of restitution claims

Three-way claim to Dutch painting

Work was used as collateral for loans from two banks while also sold to Rijksmuseum

Three-way claim to Dutch painting

Work was used as collateral for loans from two banks while also sold to Rijksmuseum

Huge bequest by literary agent

Joseph McCrindle’s collection of drawings, paintings and decorative art, expected to exceed $20m in worth, is distributed to more than 30 museums across the US

Huge bequest by literary agent

Joseph McCrindle’s collection of drawings, paintings and decorative art, expected to exceed $20m in worth, is distributed to more than 30 museums across the US

“I am trying to create the atmosphere of a helter skelter ride”

Berlin’s Nationalgalerie director Udo Kittelmann is determined to change the face of post-1800 art presentation

“I am trying to create the atmosphere of a helter skelter ride”

Berlin’s Nationalgalerie director Udo Kittelmann is determined to change the face of post-1800 art presentation

Hermitage reopens expanded Amsterdam branch

Amstelhof building converted to showcase loans from St Petersburg

Hermitage reopens expanded Amsterdam branch

Amstelhof building converted to showcase loans from St Petersburg

Antiquities thefts show no sign of abating

Fakes left in place of stolen artefacts in elaborate webs of deceit

Antiquities thefts show no sign of abating

Fakes left in place of stolen artefacts in elaborate webs of deceit

Huge bequest by literary agent Free

Joseph McCrindle’s collection is expected to exceed $20m in worth

Huge bequest by literary agent Free

Drawings, paintings and decorative art distributed to more than 30 museums across the US