Issue 260 - September 2014

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

News

Courtauld “fake” exposed as a real Dutch period piece Free

Work attributed to 20th-century master forger Han van Meegeren may be 17th-century painting owned by Vermeer

Secret scandal of British Museum director’s masterpiece Free

Government papers reveal how John Pope-Hennessy was allowed to export old master painting which he promptly sold

Salary cuts for one third of US museum directors Free

Survey shows widespread pay reductions, hiring freezes and layoffs

Salary cuts for one third of US museum directors

Survey shows widespread pay reductions, hiring freezes and layoffs

Oz gambler bets on “Big Brother” life of Boltanski

French artist to live and work 24/7 on camera

Curses, ghosts and secret tunnels

Scooby Doo? No, it’s the Smithsonian

Qatar bankrolls Murakami blockbuster

Perrotin Gallery lucks out with selection of three artists for historic palace

Finally, a scientific measure of tourist overcrowding in Venice

Report details maximum numbers for safety and for economic viability

Why restore this Caravaggio?

Government accused of choosing project for reasons of timing over necessity

Secret scandal of British Museum director’s masterpiece

Government papers reveal how John Pope-Hennessy was allowed to export old master painting which he promptly sold

Courtauld “fake” exposed as a real Dutch period piece

Work attributed to 20th-century master forger Han van Meegeren may be 17th-century painting owned by Vermeer

Oil installation returns to Saatchi

Richard Wilson’s 20:50 set for Duke of York’s gallery after Iraq show

Marlboro man creator shows new images

Genuine cowboys included

New evidence uncovered in Warhol Foundation lawsuit

Collector says a signed work from the same series confirms his work is genuine

"She was consumed by her day job”

With huge debts, will Annie Leibovitz finally make her gallery work pay?


Market

Museums sales keep the auctioneers happy

Deaccessioning work from public institutions is always controversial. But it’s business as usual, not panic, say auction houses

Mystery over who made the “Francis Bacon” rugs

New research poses more questions than answers over possible attributions for items that were withdrawn from March sale

Americana sales under pressure

Sotheby’s cancels September date as new houses muscle in

Abu Dhabi’s big guns

Top galleries for relaunched fair

Fairs reinvent themselves

Economic crisis shakes out the weak, shakes up the survivors

Rock boss turns to art

Green Day’s manager takes on roster of artists

Big two feel the heat from other houses

As Sotheby’s and Christie’s report losses, their smaller rivals have it all to gain

Phillips adds sales

“Now” series will sell lower priced work

Exceptions prove the rule as Far East sales keep falling

Western buyers stay cautious; results are half that of 2007; many lots heading back to China

Shanghai art week whets appetite for World Expo

Smaller ShContemporary deemed to have “survived” after last year’s problems


Books

Van Gogh’s letters: the definitive edition Free

The publication next week of the complete letters of the artist is a distinguished scholarly achievement

Van Gogh’s letters: the definitive edition

The publication of the complete, annotated and illustrated letters of the artist is a distinguished scholarly achievement

When mindsets met on the subcontinent

The cultural interactions of Muslims and Hindus in the late 12th and early 13th centuries

The social history of English church monuments

A rigorous sociological study that ignores aesthetics almost entirely

Alfred, Lord Tennyson—iconophobe

The great Poet Laureate was loved by artists. He, on the other hand, was not so sure about them

Thomas Eakins the liberal? Not necessarily…

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

Polymaths in periwigs

The virtuosi’s contributions to the interaction of art and science, 1620-1740

A great connoisseur you’ve probably never heard of

Essays on a very Grand Tourist: John Talman

A great connoisseur you’ve probably never heard of

Essays on a very Grand Tourist: John Talman

How art supplanted church and crown

Did Enlightenment sculpture erode the power of France’s Ancien Regime? Erika Naginski makes the case

Why rebuild a King’s palace?

The debate on the plans for the site of the former Royal Schloss in Berlin

The cautionary tale of America’s other “Leonardo”

The painting that still languishes in a vault, despite nearly a century of squabbling


Comment

Contemporary art in the Middle East Free

“Orientalism” is not the issue—we have art all of our own


Conservation

British Library restores oldest printed text

The Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist sermon printed in 868 AD, will go on display next May

Work resumes on roof over ancient Minoan site

Ill-fated construction designed to control climate at Bronze Age settlement

16th century outfit on show

New lease of life for silk parade garment

Vatican Museums get out their dusters

Director opts for “best practice” in preference to “sensational restoration projects”

Cleaned Tiffany windows shine in Paris show

Multiple glass layers restored to former glory by masking the cracks

Laser scanning puts Great Sphinx under microscope

Most accurate plan of sculpture to date examines colour and surface texture


Features

How are Hirst and Murakami coping with the downturn?

They have adopted marketing strategies more typical of luxury goods firms than artists. As Tate Modern opens a new show examining art and commerce, we look at both artists’ recent market history

“With art, emotion is vital, while in business it is generally considered suspect”

Billionaire collector François Pinault granted us a rare audience at his new gallery in Venice By Richard Brooks

The Istanbul Biennial looks east (Eastern Europe, that is)

The Turkish capital has curators, collectors and galleries. If the government pitches in, it could become the leading destination for contemporary art in the Middle and Near East By Roger Bevan

“Nobody does anything new”

On the eve of his Tate Modern retrospective John Baldessari talked to us about his latest work, his early days as a teacher and the infamous incident when he cremated 13 years’ work—and then made cookies out of the ashes By Charmaine Picard

US TV footage of Tehran Museum angers diaspora

It could be a prelude to a sale of the collection, they say

A rat for a hat at the National Portrait Gallery

Artists Noble and Webster pay homage to Isabella Blow

How Britain tries to save itself (and why it sometimes fails)

BBC2 examines evolving concepts of national heritage over the last 70 years


Museums

Cracked vase controversy

Hermitage reconsiders loan policy after dispute with French gallery

Battle over Steen work

Nazi-era claim on split painting

Beleaguered art centre finally opens

But are the displays at The Public worth the Arts Council’s £35m funding?

Hermitage embraces contemporary art

But are the displays at The Public worth the Arts Council’s £35m funding?

Vilnius Guggenheim behind schedule

Funding in doubt for the Zaha Hadid-designed project

Locals battle to preserve Trieste Oriental Art Museum

City council plans to convert 18th-century palace into offices for education department

Modigliani museum closes amid owners’ dispute

Brothers fall out over future of artist’s childhood home in Livorno

Berlusconi’s super-manager for Italy’s museums

Mario Resca, former McDonald’s chief, has the premier’s support to revolutionise the cultural scene

Art is super in Hamburger Bahnhof redisplay

A work critical of donor Mick Flick is placed in the entrance  

Shake-up for Berlin exhibition space

New programme at temporary Kunsthalle

“People only come here to see the museums”

The director of the Dresden State Art Collections on why his institution is the heart of the city

Guggenheim borrows back sold Kandinsky

Painting deaccessioned in 1990 returns to New York for retrospective show

First international show of Ife art

Tour to bring in $1m for Nigeria’s under-resourced museums

Bomb blast damage to National Museum

Director warns of security risks in Baghdad

Bruegel museum for Brussels

Housed in a building where the 16th-century Flemish artist once lived

Museo del Barrio is back

$30m renovation for Harlem venue