Issue 266 - March 2015

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Will low US estate tax discourage bequests? Free

Fears that the President’s surprise concession means less for museums

The war we want to forget Free

Why American art museums are reluctant to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War

Tensions rise over Israel’s plan to restore sites in occupied territories

Palestine and Syria object to the addition of three further sites to Israel’s “national heritage” list

Let bygones be bygones

The Getty and a Roman museum join forces

Partygoers damage public sculptures

City’s art in peril from over enthusiastic gamblers

Will low US estate tax discourage bequests?

Fears that the President’s surprise concession means less for museums

Benin mask withdrawn from auction

Cancellation follows accusations that the object was looted, although no formal claim has been made

The fight for Paris’s historic buildings

Listed sites including the Hôtel de la Marine are set to be rented out to private companies

Investigation begins into neglect of Pompeii Free

Nine people to be questioned following extensive damage at the 2,000-year-old site

Hungarian car crash opera

Artist won biennale competition

Rembrandt Research Project ended Free

“Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings” will have a much-reduced final volume

Sistine Madonna gets a show of its own

Gemäldegalerie will celebrate 500th anniversary of commission


Scholars divided over Leonardo attribution Free

Where did the drawing come from—and is it the real thing?

Benin mask withdrawn from auction Free

Cancellation follows accusations that the object was looted, although no formal claim has been made

Dickinson to sue Luxembourg Free

Fallout from Leonardo case sees London dealers locked in legal dispute

Financial squeeze is good news for Dubai’s galleries

Rent reductions have led to the creation of cultural hubs in place of shops

From catwalk to penthouse space

Major curators, including Neville Wakefield, commit to Ford Models’ gallery

Minor fight goes on

Christie’s in court

Betting on Los Angeles—again

Manhattan galleries take a punt on the “second city”

“Is there a Berlin market? Yes, there is!” Free

The German gallerist on her move away from the Mitte district and why she hopes Berlin Gallery Weekend won’t be too busy

Tarasieve opens second Paris space

Dealer follows the pack to the Marais district

Dealers’ latest city swap

“Berlin-Paris” participants pleased but there are dissenters

Japan envies China’s rising sales

Tokyo’s dealers and houses acknowledge shift to Beijing

Good start for Asia’s latest fair

Art Stage Singapore pleases, but is Hong Kong the hub?

Asian business benefits regional houses

regional auctions UK Viv Lawes

The auction becomes the art

Canvases removed as bids increase


As many Lifes as there are biographers

A clutch of recent life histories of Michelangelo reveals a gregarious, albeit uniquely creative, nature

How to put up walls and how to move them about

The common ground between the culture of “collection museums” and a Daniel Buren installation at the Pompidou

Cardinal virtues

On the wealth of works of art amassed by the higher clergy

What accounts for Bronzino’s current popularity?

Complex, mannered, elegant and strange, the artist is back in postmodern fashion

Holiness pictured

The saints in Italian art from the 14th to the 17th century

Too many presumptions, too few facts

This study of Guercino’s alleged political motivations is seriously flawed

Painterly protests

The many faces of Natalia Goncharova’s prolific career

Destroyed by frivolity —and drink

The life and work of Patrick Procktor

A little goes a long way

Catalogues of the 19th-century miniatures in the Royal Collection and of those in the Wallace Collection


Hunt must give more thought to giving

The culture secretary’s latest scheme to encourage corporate giving has the wrong focus

Hunt must give more thought to giving Free

While holding out one hand to the arts and culture, the government is taking away with the other, by removing financial support right across the sector

Who owns the sacred sites of the Holy Land?

Unesco has provoked fury by designating two tombs that Israel claims are its exclusive cultural heritage as Palestinian. We sought the views of a respected figure in the international Jewish community and a leading Palestinian academic on the decision

The mystery of the Vasari archive sale

Is the E150m deal with a Russian businessman finally off the table? By Alexander von Hahn


Bard’s burgled book to be conserved Free

Conservators to repair damage done to Shakespeare First Folio during the ten years it went missing

Government begins flooding ancient spa town

Famed tenor pleads to stop Allianoi’s ruin

Restoring a Roman god

Getty investigates and stabilises ancient bronze from Pompeii

Unearthing Berlin’s medieval past

Excavations in the capital are revealing layer on layer of history


Las Vegas gets Guggenheim

The casino capital of the world is acquiring cultural respectability

More than Murakami and manga

Jean Pigozzi convinces artist Carsten Höller to mix and match the French collector’s Japanese and Congolese art

Picasso aplenty

From young man to old leftie and New York to Amsterdam

Cobbe portrait makes its US debut

The Morgan lets the public decide if it’s really Shakespeare

Cruz-Diez 3-D razzle-dazzle

Mammoth retrospective in Texas for the 97-year-old artist

Organic homes for all

Frank Lloyd Wright as an early environmentalist

Polymath with a spray can

How Keith Haring became a darling of the art world

Big show, little show

Mexican collection reaches California

Workers of the world—sound off

For Turner Prize winner the personal is political in Chicago

Gossaert show unites and divides

Flemish artist arrives in London from New York—with a difference or two

Bowling alley blues at the Barbican

Arcangel’s devilish, unwinnable video

The discreet charm of Coventry

You can take the artist out of the Midlands housing estate…

Bedouin fashion romp

Couturier Christian Lacroix’s “orientalist” vision

The many faces of medieval women

Elegant, humorous, erotic—and liberated

Teeth of taste

Baroque and rococo ivory fit for a Holy Roman Emperor

Through a glass brightly

German tableware that set the standard of good taste

Angelic beauty in service to the popes

Masterpieces by Melozzo reunited

Ringing the changes in Madrid

After a troubled 2010 edition, Spanish contemporary fair Arco aims to put the past behind it

Pride of African American art

Works priced to entice new collectors


The mystery of the Vasari archive sale Free

Is the €150m deal with a Russian businessman finally off the table?

“It’s fun to watch people enjoy our paintings”

After 40 years of silence, collector David Lewis talks publicly on the eve of his major loan exhibition, by Viv Lawes

“I lived poor and there was no shame”

Susan Hiller on the 1970s, public engagement and the supernatural By Louisa Buck

“Collectors have a tendency to self-delusion”

Harald Falckenberg on art as adventure, working with the Hamburg Deichtorhallen, and owning 150 works by Richard Prince By Rita Pokorny

new york diary

Anthony Haden-Guest

LONDON diary

Louisa Buck

On the death of a daughter Free

The life of late photographer Francesca Woodman and the frank observations of her artist parents


Low risk, high premiums Free

Museums greatly over estimate the dangers of lending, European research shows

French flagships feel the squeeze

Louvre forced to make unprecedented reduction in running costs

Battle of the Beaverbrooks

Press baron’s foundation claims art

Donations to the Tate leave others in the shade

Works of art by the likes of Hockney, Hirst, Bonnard and Bacon total £147m in gifts

Purchase fund to fall?

Stealth cut feared to acquisition fund

Spanish royal seal of approval for Dalí’s Florida home Free

Meanwhile in Europe, the artist’s foundation battles“pseudo museums” to protect his brand

Broad’s “muscular” museum

Los Angeles collectors aim for ultra accessibility

Exceptional acquisitions of 2010

Leading directors and curators choose their most significant gifts and purchases of the year

After censorship row, what next in Hungary? Free

Brussels shows and Budapest appointment overshadowed by government’s hands-on cultural policy

Russian collector expands Baden-Baden showcase

Tycoon to create space to display his old masters and automobiles

Last post for Berlin gallery

Photography centre seeks new home

“We will be the Louvre of media art”

Peter Weibel, head of ZKM Karlsruhe, on the Moscow Biennale and subverting military technology to create virtual sculpture

“Qatar is capable of taking on itself the role of backing Arab art”

As a museum of modern Arab art opens in Doha, the “new” Arab states challenge the old to be the region’s art centre