Issue 256 - April 2014

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

News

The Teenage Rembrandt revealed Free

Leading scholar believes that the 16-year-old artist features in a Lievens painting

Fate of historic Scottish houses under severe threat Free

Concerns over collections as National Trust for Scotland closes three properties

Historic Dutch country house at risk Free

Government plans to punch route through middle of 300-year-old estate

Venice’s Accademia Bridge to be redesigned Free

The city council aims to provide access for the disabled—but refuses to contribute to the €5m cost

Has the market finally bottomed out?

Reports of tentative signs of rallying confidence, and sales, but still hard to call

Hermitage vs Kremlin in the battle of the dolls Free

Tourist tat or authentic folk art?

Fate of historic Scottish houses under severe threat

Concerns over collections as National Trust for Scotland closes three properties

Royal Collection opts out of oil painting survey

Surprise decision as Duchess of Cornwall is patron of the project

Historic Dutch country house threatened by motorway

Government plans to punch route through middle of 300-year-old estate

Pompidou expansion rejected

Government says no to proposed encroachment into Palais de Tokyo

Defence continues

“Stolen”items put under microscope

Battle rages on over ownership of a group of church objects

Civil and ecclesiastical courts to decide if the works should be transferred from Catalonia to Aragon

Judge tells Florida treasure hunters to return seabed booty to Spain

International waters do not override sovereign rights

Works by “more diverse” artists for White House walls

Discreet approaches have been made to dealers who represent black, Hispanic, Asian and women artists

All that glisters might not be gold, but in Venice art still rules

Artists in the Biennale’s biggest edition travel deep into the city with winning effect

Royal Collection opts out of oil painting survey Free

Surprise decision as Duchess of Cornwall is patron of the project

China censors Ai Weiwei Free

Chinese authorities act against the artist

Major new UK gallery set to open three years late Free

Work has ground to a halt on the Firstsite project in Colchester

Works by “more diverse” artists for White House walls Free

Discreet approaches have been made to dealers who represent black, Hispanic, Asian and women artists


Market

American art weak at Sotheby’s and Christie’s New York sales despite museums’ clear-out Free

A new willingness to deaccession brought some success, but overall picture is of caution in the teeth of the recession

LACMA ditches old masters Free

Paintings from the museum boosted Sotheby’s 4 June sale

Is China ready to recover? Free

Despite state subsidies and heavy promotion, not everyone is feeling the benefit

Forbes family sale Free

Brothers raise cash with a few pictures from their extensive collection

French and Russian dealers join forces

Art and antiques collaboration targets Moscow’s elite

American art weak despite museums’ clear-out

A new willingness to deaccession brought some success, but overall picture is of caution in the teeth of the recession

Buyers wary of unpredictable prices

Mixed results as contemporary art nosedives while earlier works avoid the worst

Exceptions prove the downturn rule

Like everywhere else, region takes a hit

Dealers breathe easier as Basel stays solid

Buyers at main fair look for reliable, bankable work, while Design Miami/Basel benefits from new location

Sales increase markedly in São Paulo

Number of galleries doubles in five years; building booked for another five

Where did all the old masters go?

Mixed response from dealers as “modernised” Grosvenor House hit by defections to Master Paintings Week


Books

The mamas take their place with the dadas Free

The feminist reclamation of the absurdist movement

A prodigious talent, tragically cut short

A welcome addition to the literature on Paula Modersohn-Becker

Evil—with mediocre taste

The works amassed by Hermann Goering, Hitler’s deputy

And the Dictionary begat the Encyclopedia

A valuable reference book based on The Grove Dictionary of Art

Two Dutch Golden Age brothers from London

A monumental double monograph on Simon and Isaack Luttichuys

Inventor, scholar, designer, industrialist and businessman

The life and many achievements of Matthew Boulton, Birmingham’s “Renaissance man”

Piercing the sky: Egypt’s colossal gifts to the rest of the world

This history of the obelisk delves into the European fascination with these giant monuments to the Egyptian pharaohs and gods


Comment

Robbing Peter to pay… who? Free

Deaccessioning rules have a strange interpretation of what constitutes the public interest

Closure of the Textile Conservation Centre will be a tragedy Free

Do we want to lose another national treasure and another worldwide resource?

African American art still needs support Free

The Obamas' actions have evinced an ability to transform the bully pulpit into a poetic perch

Are we colonialising Middle Eastern art? Free

No one needs western-style “fine art” with some orientalist flourishes


Conservation

New life for ancient Syrian sculptures Free

Conservators in Berlin piece together the Tell Halaf fragments over 60 years after they were damaged by Allied bombs

The Getty puts panel painting into perspective

The initiative aims to train a new generation of specialists to replace leading experts who will soon retire

Parliament building gets a makeover

The government will spend E175m to modernise the structure

Baroque church in danger of collapse

Urgent work on the foundation begins this summer

Crisis in conservation programmes as another UK course closes Free

Who will look after historic houses and fragile museum objects, specialists ask?

The Getty puts panel painting into perspective Free

The initiative aims to train a new generation of specialists to replace leading experts who will soon retire


Features

America is changing—but are its art museums? Free

Most major institutions are still run by white people, are supported by them, and tailor their exhibitions to suit them

How to beat the recession: cut costs, slash prices, don't lie and be creative Free

Older and more experienced dealers offer their younger colleagues advice on how to weather the bad times

Jeff Koons on his Serpentine show, his inspirations and how his studio system works Free

The US artist reveals what he hopes to communicate to the public through his work

Don’t call her the bag lady Free

Miuccia Prada on conceptual fakes, Italy’s cultural backwardness and what she plans to do with her own arts centre

Don’t call her the bag lady

Le New Museum de Brooklyn sur le Bowery?

Chapmans’ peace offering to Tracey Emin

The brothers resolve an ongoing dispute with their colleague

What happens when the public commissions art?

A recent programme on Channel 4 followed seven different projects over four years to find out


Museums

Why has the Tate still not claimed for its stolen Freud?

Although it was covered by British government indemnity, the painting’s value remains unclaimed since its 1988 theft

Battle to save contemporary museum

Battle to save contemporary museum

Brooklyn Museum man arrested for fraud

Former payroll manager investigated

Future of the Jolika collection still uncertain

Sotheby’s sells works as joint claimant with museum and donator’s siblings

Tone set for the Abu Dhabi Louvre with display of first acquisitions

“Any mistakes would be catastrophic, because the reputation of the Louvre is involved”

MoMA brings super-collector into the fold

Greek industrialist joins painting and sculpture committee

Major restoration programme for Mondrian paintings

Gemeentemuseum begins work on unrivalled collection

Hiatus in dispute over artist’s foundation

Loan of Guerrero works extended

Major new Magritte museum opens

600,000 visitors expected each year to view 250 works by the Belgian surrealist

Will the success of the Acropolis Museum change the Marbles debate?

Unesco intergovernmental committee is now seeking “a mutually satisfactory resolution to the issue”

Major restoration programme for Mondrian paintings Free

Gemeentemuseum begins work on unrivalled collection