Issue 256 - April 2014

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

News

Artists and academics fight animal rights activists in Supreme Court Free

Anti-censorship group believes law against images of cruelty limits artistic freedoms

Part of world’s oldest Bible found at ancient monastery

London-based student conservator spots fragment at library in Egyptian desert

When is a sculpture not a sculpture?

When it’s a building, says region; nonsense says artist

Blunt: Art history made me into a Marxist

Embargo lifted on memoirs of spy who was put in charge of Royal Collection

Martin Parr to offer collection to nation Free

Magnum photographer in talks with Tate and V&A over legacy of British documentary works

Mitterrand mark two

High profile new minister for culture

Could this masterpiece still be found?

Van Gogh self-portrait presumed burned in mine may have been looted

Franco Stella under fire

Doubts over Berlin competition victory

Battle rages over Dresden bridge

Plans for controversial construction lead to Elbe valley losing World Heritage status

New station brings out Calatrava’s artistic side

The Spanish architect on how his sculptures were the inspiration for Liège’s striking railway terminal

Still no plan for Prince’s house

The artist’s fire-damaged Second House environment faces an uncertain future

Ai Weiwei assaulted

The artist’s fire-damaged Second House environment faces an uncertain future

Gupta collector’s item

Claude Berri pendant inspires sculptor

Five trusts join up

First show

Pinault, Saatchi…Lauro?

Major contemporary art collection unveiled in remote town

Defence case continues

Final objects examined


Market

Is “mythical” mask for sale?

Last of rare Benin ivories in private hands is expected to go on the market

Sotheby’s shares surge

Hedge funds sniff around for profits

Monet show at Helly Nahmad

Work from family collection and elsewhere will not be for sale

Maastricht plans on paper

Fair expands again for 2010

Bergman at auction

Film-maker’s collection for sale

New index and fund track post-war art

Castlestone plans 18-month buying spree while prices remain low

Sotheby’s and Ritchies “divorce”

Delayed payment to consignors blamed for end of partnership

The big chill seeps through Chelsea

But why haven’t more galleries hit the wall?

Appraisers see sharp rise in demand

Shifts in value of art stimulate boom in business

London summer slot up for grabs

Fairs jostle to fill the gap left by the demise of the Grosvenor House fair

Market shifts as top dealers reassess priorities

Traditional US fairs in shake-out

Salzburg

Fresh start for a fair that lost its sponsors

Contemporary still the weakest link

Despite individual successes, buyers still holding back for shake out

Old masters stay strong

Tried and tested work most attractive

Impressionist and modernists’ mixed results

Two Picassos, painted a day apart, make all the difference

In with the old, as tradition continues to attract investors

Our seasonal survey of the world’s national and regional auction houses WORLD SALES ROUNDUP Viv Lawes


Books

What defines Middle Eastern art?

The market for contemporary art from Islamic countries is greater overseas than at home. Three new books survey the scene

How we got the loot back from the Nazis

The story of the US Monuments Men

Two Titans of Tuscany

Complementary volumes on Giotto and Duccio

The curly-headed master of Padua

The catalogue of the exhibition of the works of Andrea Riccio

Having it large, from big to bloated

Two studies explore various aspects of Tudor visual propaganda

Alfred, Lord Tennyson—iconophobe

The great Poet Laureate was loved by artists; he wasn’t so sure about them

Thomas Eakins the liberal? Not necessarily…

Race, class, gender, nationalism and colonialism in the work of the American painter

Pop art Peter perfectly pitched

This monograph on Sir Peter Blake is the defining book on the English artist

The secular high priest of realist mystical painting

Gerhard Richter’s writings reveal the trajectory of his career—and his spiritual ambivalence

Strange but nearly true: life in the Boarding House

Roger Ballen’s disturbing reimagining of a South African subculture

Strange but nearly true: life in the Boarding House

Roger Ballen’s disturbing reimagining of a South African subculture

What, exactly, are you trying to say?

A musing on the link between photography and literature falls between two stools

Three generations and one lost painting

A Van Gogh, a Nazi and a dealer in trouble


Comment

De-accessioning and responsibility n By Charles Saumarez Smith

Why Southampton is wrong to sell works of art to fund a Titanic museum

De-accessioning and responsibility n By Charles Saumarez Smith

Why Southampton is wrong to sell works of art to fund a Titanic museum

US Supreme Court: US v Stevens n By Wayne Pacelle

The law will not inhibit freedom of expression, only cruelty to animals

The purposes of de-accessioning n By Giles Waterfield

Southampton’s decision sets a dangerous precedent

The arguments for Section 48 Free

The law will not inhibit freedom of expression, only cruelty to animals

The arguments against Section 48 Free

US v Stevens case poses serious threat to freedom of expression


Conservation

Exposing a medieval mosaic

Visitors to Westminster Abbey in May will be the first to see Henry III’s Great Cosmati Pavement in 150 years

Porcelain: a British invention?

A study of the “Buckingham Vases” has revolutionary implications

Van Gogh’s fingerprints discovered on a mistral work

A study of the “Buckingham Vases” has revolutionary implications

Santiago de Compostela prepares to stop the rot

Disappointing the pilgrims now will protect the cathedral for generations to come


Features

When the economy goes into recession, cases of insurance fraud shoot up.

Industry specialists for the art world say they are watching contemporary dealers particularly closely By Cristina Ruiz

The most important collectors you’ve never heard of

The Van Otterloos have assembled one of the most focused groups of Dutch and Flemish 17th-century paintings in the world. Next year it goes on display for the first time in Europe and the US. The couple gave us their first ever interview By Judith H. Dobrzynski

The luxuries of a vanished world

The Maharajas once ruled India as kings. Today, they have no real power and many are impoverished. Next month the V&A in London presents over 250 objects from the former royal families of the sub-continent By Nigel Reynolds

“The Guernica of the credit crunch” By Louisa Buck

Grayson Perry is about to show his most ambitious work: a huge tapestry depicting images of consumer excess and retribution

Painting as an extreme sport

David Hockney returned to his native Yorkshire in 2004 to see the English landscape with new eyes. A film-maker followed his journey over four years

Why paintings succeed where words fail Free

Belgian artist Luc Tuymans talks to us on the eve of exhibitions in Europe, Russia and the US


Museums

Musée d’Orsay to overhaul upper galleries

Impressionist and post-impressionist works set for global tour

Threat to image libraries

Courtauld to cease collecting and reduce hours

Farewell to forgeries

The V&A’s Fakes Gallery to close

British Museum’s expansion plans in stasis

Planning application rejected and funding uncertain

Royal Armouries calls in the army

After the recent “irregularities”, the national weaponry museum has, for the first time in decades, appointed a soldier as Master

MoMA tower to loom over Manhattan

Concerns over Jean Nouvel skyscraper, to house museum extension in its base

Romania’s growing scene

Series of contemporary art centres planned

“I am who I am. I’m not going to adopt a grand-style persona”

Thomas Campbell speaks for the first time in depth on his plans as the new director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Beijing and Taiwan in groundbreaking deal

Close collaboration over Emperor Yongzheng exhibition in Taipei

China plans free entry to half its museums

Close collaboration over Emperor Yongzheng exhibition in Taipei

Thomas Campbell: “I am who I am. I’m not going to adopt a grand-style persona” Free

The new director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art speaks in depth on his plans for the first time