Issue 259 - July-August 2014

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

News

Court battle fuels calls for less art market secrecy Free

Lines are drawn between those who favour openness and others who prefer a “handshake” culture

Is the Olokun Head the real thing? Free

A “copy” of one of the greatest African sculptures may be genuine, researchers believe

Hirst and Baselitz joint show cancelled Free

Both artists were unhappy with an exhibition concept pairing their work, and are to show in separate rooms instead

Italian government seizes Vasari archive Free

Controversy surrounds €150m sale to Russian company, which officials think may not actually exist

Government seizes Vasari archive

Controversy over E150m sale to Russian company

Is the Olokun Head the real thing?

A “copy” of one of the greatest African sculptures may be genuine, researchers believe

Hirst and Baselitz show cancelled

Artists unhappy with Vienna exhibition concept of pairing their work

Francesca von Habsburg cools on Iceland

Banking sector collapse blamed for throwing plans for new art centre into doubt

Plans to introduce art handling courses

Could become a pre-requisite for obtaining insurance

Google sued by photographers, illustrators

Search engine book-scans breach rights of artists, class action suit alleges

“Arts equals jobs”

National Endowment boss wants more

Google sued by photographers, illustrators

Search engine book-scans breach rights of artists, class action suit alleges

Italia Pavilion comes home

But only for 2011

Court battle fuels calls for less art market secrecy

Lines are drawn between those who favour openness and others who prefer “handshake” culture

Is the Olokun Head the real thing?

A “copy” of one of the greatest African sculptures may be genuine, researchers believe

Plans to introduce art handling courses

Could become a pre-requisite for obtaining insurance

Private view-goers attacked in east London

Three injured by violent gang

Francesca von Habsburg cools on Iceland

Banking sector collapse blamed for throwing plans for new art centre into doubt

Maja Hoffmann and Frank Gehry to create massive arts “campus” in Arles

The park, parts of which will be operational in 2011, will house several exhibition spaces, a study archive, workshops and a library.

Opposition builds to Sarkozy’s cultural reforms

Strikers march against “territorial reorganisation” and tax changes

Government seizes Vasari archive

Controversy over E150m sale to Russian company

Hirst and Baselitz show cancelled

Artists unhappy with Vienna exhibition concept of pairing their work

Funding cuts threaten contemporary art spaces

Government grants no longer cover costs of kunstvereine

Shanghai prepares to welcome all comers

World Expo 2010 aims to be “largest event in history”, despite criticism of lack of local participation

Protests by Beijing artists pay off

Officials rule in their favour over proposed government demolition of studios

Google sued by photographers, illustrators

Search engine book-scans breach rights of artists, class action suit alleges

“Arts equals jobs”

National Endowment boss wants more


Market

Art market analysis: Why works make records in a recession Free

In her new column, Lindsay Pollock examines how prices at auction can remain high despite the downturn

Art market analysis: Why works make records in a recession Free

Dealers are already groaning that the auction houses are back in control

The artists who invest in themselves Free

The Artist Pension Trust could provide a nest egg for an uncertain future. If it works…

Dealer interview, Thomas Woodham-Smith: “We thought the fair model just wasn’t glamorous enough” Free

The Mallett boss and Masterpiece London co-founder explains why his latest venture will stand out from the crowd

“I shoplift things, I swallow them…”

Goldsmiths College’s aspiring art stars reveal their inner workings to the British public

All change in New York

Galleries are trading up or teaming up

Sotheby’s stock rises sharply

Though some caution against volatility

The artists who invest in themselves

The Artist Pension Trust could provide a nest egg for an uncertain future. If it works…

Norman Rockwell legal case resolved

Court rules against dealer from whose gallery painting was stolen in 1973

Collector and dealer Zhang Rui arrested

No access to lawyers claims source

Berry-Hill forced to hand over stock after court ruling

Art seized after gallery, emerging from bankruptcy, defaults on loan repayments and conceals sales

Snappy results indicate recovery

Combined totals up by $4m since last round six months ago

Why do works make records in recessions?

Record price predicted for 1932 Picasso

Houses and dealers turn up the heat in New York’s Asia week

Strong sales by auction houses and by galleries indicate a resurgence in the market

Islamic art sees upturn in demand

Sheikh Saud Al-Thani spotted at Sotheby’s as prices bounce back

Turkish results lack fizz

Emerging market sees so-so sales

Works on paper sell, but the best pieces are hard to come by

Mid-market works performed well, as first-class old master drawings become increasingly scarce

Tables and chairs put the squeeze on art

Now Patrick Perrin sets his sights on New York

Modern British shows faint signs of life

Market sees slight improvement, with top pieces selling over the odds

“We thought the fair model just wasn’t glamorous enough”

The Mallett boss and Masterpiece London co-founder explains why his latest venture will stand out from the crowd


Books

Drawing us in: the joys of draughtsmanship Free

Three exhibition catalogues of Italian Renaissance art demonstrate the unique intimacy of pen or pencil on paper

Drawing us in: the joys of draughtsmanship

Three exhibition catalogues of Italian Renaissance art demonstrate the unique intimacy of pen or pencil on paper

All the Puvis you could ever need

This near exhaustive study and catalogue of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes is as good as it will get

The idiot emperor’s “peep-box” of delights

Feeble Ferdinand I of Austria commissioned some of the finest watercolours of the early 19th century

The architecture of Venice as music to the ears

The synergistic relationship between churches and their choirs

Return of the night-time ranter

A new edition of Roger Hilton’s notorious “Night Letters” is just too respectable

The anonymous Mr Smith

The catalogue raisonné of an ­underrated master painter

Frozen in time and gone for good

A survey of London architecture and cityscapes, lost between 1870 and 1945

Oxford’s greatest treasure trove

The catalogue of the Ashmolean’s English and continental gold and silver


Comment

The case for droit de suite in New York Free

What’s up with all the secrecy and touchiness about a simple transaction?

Why Tate Modern needs to expand Free

Like the contemporary art that it presents, Tate Modern is operating in a vastly expanded field.

Why Tate Modern needs to expand Free

As the institution turns ten years old, its director explains where the power-station-turned-museum is headed


Conservation

Reassembled 15th-century altarpiece to go home Free

St Korbinian panels by Friedrich Pacher will return to the Austrian pilgrimage church

Second chance for UK textile centre Free

After closing the programme in Winchester in October 2009, it is set to reopen in Glasgow

Show me the mummy

A new use for airport screening technology

Reassembled 15th-century altarpiece to go home

St Korbinian panels by Friedrich Pacher will return to the Austrian pilgrimage church

Heritage awards recognise the great and the small

Annual Europa Nostra/EU Prize pays tribute to conservation, research, education and training projects


Features

Mark Bradford on class and identity in South Central LA Free

As his solo show opens at the Wexner Center in Columbus, the Los Angeles artist talks to us about the dynamics of community, working with children and making art in post-Katrina New Orleans

Elite art: how to get a foot in the door Free

A select group of artists rarely appear at auction. If you want to own their work, you’ll need more than just deep pockets

“It’s a complex conversation and there’s no closure”

Mark Bradford on class and identity in South Central LA, working with children and making art in post-Katrina New Orleans By Charmaine Picard

Elite art: how to get a foot in the door

A select group of artists rarely appear at auction. If you want to own their work, you’ll need more than just deep pockets By Lindsay Pollock

“Furniture is just high art, like sculpture”

Septuagenarian designer Wendell Castle has come a long way from his Kansas roots and association with American craft By Brook S. Mason

Confessions of the wife of a cross-dressing potter

The psychotherapist who mistook her gardener for an artist, plus multiple tales of male member madness

“I shoplift things, I swallow them…”

Goldsmiths College’s aspiring art stars reveal their inner workings to the British public


Museums

Museums gear up for Shanghai World Expo Free

A flurry of institutions and cultural centres open as 100 million visitors are expected

Ten years on: Tate Modern reaches a watershed Free

After a decade of acclaim, will its success be topped by Tate Modern 2?

Legal issues for museums—the hot topics Free

Don’t accept every gift, don’t keep security footage forever and remember that portraits have a family history

Countries unite over repatriation

Seven gang together in Cairo

Tate Modern reaches a watershed

After a decade of acclaim, will its success be topped by Tate Modern 2?

Building a museum powerhouse

After a decade of acclaim, will its success be topped by Tate Modern 2?

How the Serpentine Gallery built its reputation

Julia Peyton-Jones on the capital’s small but influential contemporary space that adds a “wing” every summer

“You don’t just move a Botticelli”

Patrizia Nitti on a fresh start at the Musée Maillol, après le déluge

Two French museums dig deep

Patrizia Nitti on a fresh start at the Musée Maillol, après le déluge

Polish arts bodies show solidarity

As Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art takes shape

Public service or private gain?

Museums’ pro bono work for Dallas Cowboys criticised

Legal issues for museums—the hot topics

Don’t accept every gift, don’t keep security footage forever and remember that portraits have a family history

Museums gear up for Shanghai Expo

A flurry of institutions and cultural centres open; 100 million visitors expected