Issue 266 - March 2015

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


Cylinder in Tehran has a bit missing

US-owned fragment stays in London

Artists rally to defend Islamic centre Free

Studios and exhibition spaces are part of the so-called “Ground Zero mosque”

Warhol Brillo boxes downgraded to “copies” Free

Authentication board says famous museum director “falsified” their history

Olafur Eliasson’s work is dismantled after it is deemed unstable

The glass “blocks” for Reykjavik’s Harpa building are not strong enough to withstand the elements…

Poussin’s set of “Sacraments” to be split up

The Duke of Rutland is selling one of the paintings at Christie’s

The horror story of Venice’s civic museums

Leading businessman-scholar resigns as chairman of the board and tells The Art Newspaper the truth of the situation

Western emphasis at South Korea’s Gwangju Biennale

Although some installations honour the revolutionary spirit of the city

California’s controversial restitution bill

Move to make it easier for claimants to recover looted art is dividing the state

Van Meegeren’s secret supplies Free

Documents reveal the forger placed bulk orders for lapis lazuli from UK art suppliers Winsor & Newton

King Tut replicas for Manchester mall Free

German promoter spends €15m on reproductions

No surrender to the vandals of Warsaw

Artists, curators and the community unite to create corner of paradise in rundown park

Patriotic art museum gets historic facelift

Gallery of 19th-century art records nation’s struggle for independence


“I haven’t stopped and I have no intention of stopping” Free

With the gallery he founded with his father celebrating its golden anniversary, Giuseppe Eskenazi is at the top of his field and has no plans to slow down

Medici “loot” for sale? Free

Two works coming to auction with Bonhams appear similar to those pictured in Polaroids found in the convicted dealer’s Geneva store

Shanghai’s local art party leaves the fairs in the shadows

Regional galleries dominate, despite World Expo boost

United Kingdom

Trade fury at delayed report on resale right tax

Will the pendulum swing back to traditional art? Free

The answer is bound up with economics, taste, supply and the global expansion of the art market

Paris: centre for African and Oceanic

Contemporary and modern art buyers entering market

Chinese appetite unabated

$3.3m online record set; many pieces will be going home

Giuseppe Eskenazi

“I haven’t stopped and I have no intention of stopping”

Art and antiques show solid long-term returns Free

Report suggests dealers perform particularly well, but auction houses less strong

Chinese rush to invest

Art vies with stocks and property

Three arrested over “forged collection”

Dealer thinks scam could involve E80m of works by modern German masters

Nahmad’s Zurich show

Kunsthaus in 2011


A long overdue publication on the British Museum’s collection

A presentation of 16th- to 19th-century English and Irish delftware

Australia’s acerbic export

Robert Hughes’ early formation Down Under

Holy Russian art before the reign of Peter the Great

A panoramic sweep through eight centuries of the art and architecture of Christian Russia

The V&A’s magnificent ivories

The summation of a lifetime’s work and a triumph of scholarship

The debatable genius of Neo Rauch…

…?and what there is to be learned from turning his paintings upside down

Painting saved his life

A biography of Chuck Close

Ford’s foursome

A study of the women who had the greatest impact on the life and work of Ford Madox Brown

England’s Michelangelo at home

A paper reconstruction of G.F. Watts’s amazing house in Kensington

Astronomical sex Free

Two books explore how bodies were understood and sex was depicted in the Renaissance


Short-term solutions to a permanent problem Free

Temporary art enables artists to realise their dreams while activating public spaces


Turkey’s Roman spa town in peril Free

Archaeologists mount last ditch attempt to stop the flooding of Allianoi by controversial dam

Turkey’s Roman spa town in peril

Archaeologists mount last ditch attempt to stop the flooding of Allianoi by controversial dam

Three million reasons to celebrate

Jericho’s ancient sites get funds for restoration work to mark 10,000th anniversary

What is the meaning of this?

By changing a sculpture’s medium, artist says restorer mixed its message

The making of a magnanimous monarch Free

Research into a Velázquez portrait uncovers the real reason for the commission


Ads of Sighs Free

The huge ads proliferating in Venice, now also lit up by night, are not bringing in huge money and stretch the application of the law to the point of illegality

“It wasn’t a choice, being an artist was what I was reduced to” Free

In a new film, William Kentridge talks frankly about his early lack of creative direction and evolution as an artist

Anselm Kiefer’s last days at Barjac Free

Director Sophie Fiennes spent two years filming the artist

Fake nuke nick bloke back

Building a nuclear bomb in Beijing has its downside

Viv’s Gainsborough moment

The dame’s not so hot about the 20th century…

Monet’s favourite portrait of himself—but it is not by him

The hunt is on to identity the mystery artist By Martin Bailey

"Life is getting faster, the art has to go slower”

Marina Abramovic on the pain of sitting still, being the black sheep of the family and working with Robert Wilson By Louisa Buck

The changing faces of Berlin’s museums

As the nation celebrates 20 years since reunification, the cultural landscape has altered radically By Rita Pokorny

Ads of Sighs

The huge ads proliferating in Venice, now also lit up by night, are not bringing in huge money and stretch the application of the law to the point of illegality


Russian Museum looks west

Advisors recruited

“Specialisation is a problem of our time” Free

The Moderna Museet’s new director, Daniel Birnbaum, on tearing down the walls between art, literature and philosophy

Directors’ pay restored—and a few bonuses too

While one half of leading museums are financially stronger, the other half are still feeling the squeeze

Resnick pavilion opens in LA

The relentless sprawl of Lacma continues apace

Who will pay for The Public?

Year-old gallery’s cash crunch

The non-commissioned sculptor

Gormley’s statue for war museum was shot down by Battle of Britain hero

Private giving should be private

Conservative peer objects to politicians telling donors to trumpet philanthropy

Time to fix the roof of Tate Britain

Millions needed to stop leaks, control humidity and open up the rotunda of the Victorian building

Hanover forced to return stolen Tiepolo

Italian owners triumph after seven-year legal battle

Director turnover

Motive of five changes questioned

Drive to double visitors to top sites

While museums off the beaten track remain underfunded