Issue 266 - March 2015

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


Massive redundancies at London's ICA, but will senior heads roll? Free

The contemporary gallery is in crisis with a deficit that has ballooned from £100,000 to £1m in a year

Shock appointment of anti-modernist to Venice Biennale Free

Critics include Whitney Biennial curator Francesco Bonami who says Italy "deserves Sgarbi" because of its antipathy towards contemporary art

All change at the top of Italy’s cultural administration Free

Roberto Cecchi named as the new secretary general for heritage as nine high-ranking superintendents retire

Huge damage to heritage

International response begins

Ikea adds culture to shopping experience Free

Contemporary artists create sculptures for Moscow’s mega retail park

Putin replaces Lenin with national heroes

Portraits to be collected for Red Square museum

Massive redundancies but will senior heads roll?

Deficit has ballooned from £100,000 to £1m in a year


Shock contemporary art appointment

Cyrus Cylinder: British Museum counters Iranian retaliation

Loan of relic caught up in international political tensions

Tate to sell Muñoz staircase

First step to upgrading national collection

Massys discovery

Flemish work found in church

Estate tax “holiday” could hit bequests

A year of no duty on estates might mean less art is donated to museums

César sculpture forgers convicted

Group sentenced for flooding market with more than 100 fake works

Berlin fails to restore Bauakademie

Senate rejects offer of E15m from local businessman Hans Wall

Paris cuts funding for new art centre Free

City council to slash its subsidy for Centquatre in the 19th arrondissement, prompting the resignation of its co-directors


Rights battle over Polaroid sale Free

Former judge urges artists to go to court over original contracts before June auction

Scandal prompts Drouot reforms

Stricter procedures follow in wake of “cols rouges” arrests

US loses art market share

While China is on the up, says new research of auctions and dealers

Record-breaking Giacometti leads revived market

Big spending was the order of the day as wallets opened and prices soared in the salerooms

Antiques on the up in NY

Spending is back

New looks and hard bargains at Palm Beach

American International Fair deemed a success, despite slimmed down VIP events and tough discounting

Fifty-five and thriving in Brussels

Brafa stays ahead of the game with international focus

Thinking local, acting global

Fairs in Puerto Rico, The Netherlands and Italy nurture a local collecting base while cultivating an international outlook

Galleries bring out their best for Maastricht fair Free

Art and antiques fair builds on last year’s success of attracting high-spending collectors with a new section devoted to works on paper


The last word on Du Paquier porcelain

This definitive work also provides a fascinating survey of Viennese baroque court culture

The best portraitist of 1800s Austria

The catalogue raisonné of Heinrich Friedrich Füger

The foremost craftsman of the golden age of Augsburg

The life and work of virtuoso goldsmith David Altenstetter

Battling in the Balkans: a history of weaponry

Swords, guns and armour were frequently used as an outlet for artistic impulses

Dissecting the Nazarenes

A controversial analysis of the dissenting group praised for their revival of medieval piety, but also accused of anti-Semitism

Passion, preoccupation and precocity

John Singer Sargent’s seascapes and sea-side paintings

From Germany’s industrial heartland to a gallery near you

The story of the highly influential Düsseldorf School of Photography

RAs revealed. Every last one of them

The story of the highly influential Düsseldorf School of Photography

Four lives bound up with death

A confident, powerfully written and thoughtful novel

The Gunnis project fulfilled—and then some

A hugely expanded dictionary of sculptors in Britain from the 17th to the 19th centuries


Foster. Create. Develop. Diversify… Free

Museum leaders need real plans, not just buzzwords

More than a set of prints Free

It was a misfortune for the Polaroid Collection to fall into the hands of a crook. To sell it off would look like carelessness

Government neglects culture at its peril Free

The lack of ambition and drive in London is pushing culture and creativity back to the margins


Shining a light on environmental directives

European Union “green” guidelines create new conundrums for museums and artists

Going green will help Asia’s “stairway to heaven”

Energy companies donate $1m hydro plant to support preservation efforts of Philippine rice terraces

Beautiful inside

Courtyard of the Doge’s Palace restored

See why conservation is costly Free

Fondation Beyeler visitors to observe restoration of Matisse



The silence of the Degas scholars Free

Some museums have lined up to authenticate “amazing” find of lifetime plaster casts, but the leading experts refuse to comment

The link to Degas Free

Where did the purported plasters come from?

Artists cash in on Detroit doldrums

With 80,000 abandoned homes and pervasive disarray, the city provides rich pickings for creative projects on the cheap By Andrew Goldstein

Jenny Holzer: in her own words

The American artist on her “odd and lonely” childhood, other people’s texts and why she’s returned to painting By Louisa Buck

Revealing all for Andres Serrano

Naked and vulnerable in front of the camera, discussing the end of art dealing and memories of a silent star

Now that’s what we call disposable income

Hirst puts a skull in the bin, psycho squirrels are must haves, hanging Christine Keeler and crazy canine canvases

Artists and museums get the red carpet treatment Free

Documentaries featuring Ilya Kabakov, Magritte, the Rijksmuseum and London’s National Gallery show in Canada


Has China missed out on the YCAs?

Museums criticised for failing to collect China’s young Chinese artists during the boom

Mies van der Rohe’s vision to be “consummated”

Original plan for Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie may now be realised

Museums fear funding double whammy

Directors gather at the Treasury for crisis meeting as government grants and earned income under pressure

Who wins when a commission goes wrong?

Balance tips back in the artist’s favour in Büchel case

Judge decides Getty knew its Greek bronze was illegal

Italian minister asks for restitution of the Fano Athlete

Annenberg ranch to open as museum Free

The Palm Springs home of the late philanthropist and diplomat will be turned into a museum and conference centre, with presidential-level security

Eastern Christianity to the fore

Louvre ordains new department

Sport preferred to Rembrandt in Rotterdam

Louvre set to lend Da Vinci to Milan

Church claims shrine from Hermitage

State museums under increasing pressure to return sacred art and buildings

The odalisques return

Ruined Gérôme now on view

Lisbon’s “sleeping beauty” awakens

Isabel Carlos, the new director of the Centro de Arte Moderna, on revitalising the Gulbenkian’s modern art museum