Issue 257 - May 2014

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

News

Archaeo­logists attack BP’s drilling plans Free

Damage feared to underwater sites off the coast of Libya, after Gulf disaster

Grant irregularity at Arts Council England Free

“Illegal” grant to trustee reveals slack procedures, and novelist Diran Adebayo refuses to repay the £10,165 given to him

New Orleans artists react to BP oil spill Free

Gulf Aid charity benefits from same spirit that responded to Hurricane Katrina

Archaeologists attack BP’s drilling plans

Damage feared to underwater sites off the coast of Libya, after Gulf disaster

Grant irregularity at Arts Council England

“Illegal” grant to trustee reveals slack procedures

Ireland’s choice provokes controversy Free

Alarm bells ring as commissioner and artist for Venice Biennale pavilion connected to the same New York gallery

Artists boycott Rose Art Museum shows

Four pull out as ex-director says university “doesn’t understand” outrage

New Orleans artists react to BP spill

Gulf Aid charity benefits from same spirit that responded to Hurricane Katrina

5m Guercino returns to its historic home

Purchase begins final phase of Lord Rothschild’s visionary restoration of London’s Spencer House

“Museums will take their share of the pain” Free

But the new British culture minister insists the government is not walking away from the arts

UK braces itself for swingeing cuts across the board Free

A key question is whether the cuts will be staggered or all start immediately in 2011

Murakami’s change of direction Free

After his Versailles retrospective, the Japanese artist will return to painting

César estate scandal

Minister denies waiving E27m tax

Venetian island gets green makeover Free

Plans to redevelop Certosa, the largest abandoned island in the Venetian lagoon, include a nature park, marina and vineyard

Portugal Arte punches above its weight

Limited budget and predominance of US artists do not dim director’s enthusiasm

Villa Reykjavik’s light touch

Non-commercial focus was breath of fresh air, says organiser

Ile Seguin plans revealed Free

Seine island may finally be developed


Market

Is art a hedge against inflation? Free

A recent glut of auction records suggest the rich are once again investing in art

Is art a hedge against inflation?

A recent glut of auction records suggest the rich are once again investing in art

Salander victims tell of their pain

Disgraced dealer sentenced for “art world’s biggest fraud”

Christie’s launches its own fair

Move by auction house garners mixed response from dealers

Deutsche Bank restructures its art services Free

The German bank's art consultancy service will contract, while art financing is to expand

Italian sculpture for New York

Art services are restructured

Dealers shy of Abu Dhabi return

Over a third of last year’s galleries will stay away

Drouot porters’ union charged

Organisation banned from continuing activities

“I want Paris to be the capital of the art market” Free

Hervé Aaron, one of France's leading antique dealers, believes in the power of the market

Fairs and auctions by mouse Free

Leaving the house has never seemed more unnecessary

Here’s an idea. If you want the art you should pay for it. Promptly Free

Artists and dealers can be badly hit by late payments

The highs and lows of art at auction Free

A comparison of art versus gold


Books

Copy, adapt, equal, surpass

The complex and masterful relationship of Rubens to his predecessors

The late Renoir

An exhibition catalogue that bullishly re-examines works made towards the end of the artist’s life

At home with the surrealists

Essays on the surrealist house, where function met fantasy

Heir to the old masters

A short, insightful study of Otto Dix

All the pop art of the day

A comprehensive study and a collection of essays on 17th-century prints

Vermeer—from young painter to master Free

Two exhibition catalogues demonstrate their increasing importance to scholarship, but with different approaches

Invitation to a hanging

The story and study of the remarkable Toms Collection of tapestries


Comment

Istanbul: look beyond the hype Free

The art scene in Istanbul is active but the protagonists are locally minded and not as truly international as their contemporaries in New York, London, Berlin or Beijing

The Irish question Free

The Manichean vision that allocates good and bad practice in the institution and market respectively is no more than a passé notion, in fact, a mere cliché.

Ownership isn’t everything—The future will be shared Free

Museums don’t have to own art. We can commission it, or we can borrow and return it. Stewardship is the new normal

Letter to the editor—There is no threat to the Warburg Free

The University of London is not “trying to curtail the Warburg’s independence” but instead respects, and takes great pride in, its unique character

Letter to the editor—The Warburg responds Free

The vice-chancellor of the University of London understandably paints a picture of harmony; but it is a mirage


Conservation

Leonardo in a new light Free

The Virgin minus fog: National Gallery in London cleans its famous canvas while the Louvre perform a quantitative chemical analysis on the Mona Lisa

Row over Colosseum restoration

Specialists say they have been left out in the cold

List boosts profile of non-European sites

Asia and the Pacific come out on top

Fighting the fungus Free

Restorers may have discovered a way to save the volcanic stone Moai on Easter Island from damaging lichens


Exhibitions

São Paulo aims to recover lost ground

Curators focus on the link between art and politics to restore the Brazilian biennial’s international status


Features

Plugging the arts Free

PBS launches interactive portal making visual arts programming more accessible than ever

The museum that was written down Free

The Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk has turned his fictional Museum of Innocence into fact

In the drawing room Free

Louis-Antoine Prat on how he has amassed the greatest collection of French drawings, soon to go on show in Australia

Cataloguing the changes

US museums are shunning traditional exhibition catalogues for print-on-demand and online versions By Judith H. Dobrzynski

“We are not moralists”

Artist duo Bik Van der Pol on climate change, butterflies and why they’re not pointing any fingers By William Oliver

Cataloguing the changes

US museums are shunning traditional exhibition catalogues for print-on-demand and online versions By Judith H. Dobrzynski

“We are not moralists”

Artist duo Bik Van der Pol on climate change, butterflies and why they’re not pointing any fingers By William Oliver

Don’t artists drink and fight anymore?

Boozing and brawling at Max’s, performance promoted, an anthropology of art practice and the distrust of dealers

The show must go on (about 30 years later)

Something Strange in West London, the art of the car park, a Baghdad tribute and Maggi blowing in the wind

Zooming in on Chuck Close

A film new on DVD reveals a portrait of a warm and profoundly thoughtful artist

Plugging the arts

PBS launches interactive portal


Museums

A trip too far for Vermeer? Free

Girl with a Pearl Earring heads to Japan despite previous problems at Kobe museum

Saatchi’s gift, but can the nation afford it? Free

Surprise announcement of donation poses questions that will be difficult for the government to deal with

Miami’s loss is the Met’s gain

Miami Art Museum’s new director keeps his cool as local philanthropist favours New York

Klimt lawyer’s fee funds museum Free

New space for Los Angeles Holocaust centre opens in October

Structural damage in Santiago Free

Chilean museum runs out of funds to re-open its doors in time for the country’s bicentennial celebrations

Hanover on hold, budget cuts in Hamburg

But debt-ridden Berlin set to build a €30m kunsthalle, and a €270m library

Sweden’s second sex

Research into gender gap in collections

Munch maestro

Opera chief to run Oslo museum

Women on top mean more cash for the arts

Swedish expert says women bosses will prefer culture to football

Italian to run Warsaw art centre

Poland appoints first foreign museum director

“We will almost become part of the National Museum”

Gunnar Kvaran on how Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum will bring more international contemporary art to Norway