Issue 266 - March 2015

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


List of looted antiquities finally released Free

Ministry admits 54 objects were stolen from the Egyptian Museum

“Libertate, libertate!” Free

The Sharjah Biennial is sensitive to the winds of change in the Arab world

Public sculpture faces political squeeze

“Percent for Art” comes under increasing attack

Is the Russian art world turning against Voina?

Curators, artists and critics brand the guerilla art collective’s actions “immature”

Floral art denied copyright protection

Court ruling on Chicago installation casts doubt over non-traditional art forms

Artist sues over ban on mural

Case claims right to free speech has been violated

Armenian restitution claims grow Free

Getty case may be tip of the iceberg

Support for Israeli art

West Coast projects

Culture ministry’s poor financial management

Report criticises how cuts were handled

Art students face £9,000 fees

Universities may have to charge maximum fees to offset cuts

List of looted antiquities finally released

Ministry admits 54 objects were stolen from the Egyptian Museum

Race to save Buddhist relics in former Bin Laden camp Free

Workers are desperately trying to excavate Mes Aynak before a Chinese mining company moves in

Begram ivories to return home

Artefacts will go back to Kabul after London exhibition

“Libertate, libertate!”

The Sharjah Biennial is sensitive to the winds of change in the Arab world


Giacometti forgers face jail Free

Three members have been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment over the fakes

Hirst auction not for us Free

Sotheby’s 2008 sale “pushed boundaries of what is believable” says Christie’s boss

No show in Maastricht Free

Carlo Maratta’s The Crucifixion of St Andrew pulled from an exhibition at Tefaf

EU bans sale of antique rhino horns

Dealers believe new law will only drive trade underground

Bonhams sets out its stall

Recent hires give hint of ambition

Small dealers are squeezed by the auction house giants

private sales art market analysis, Georgina Adam

“I get a lot of amusement putting what’s downtown, uptown” Free

New York gallerist Paul Kasmin, the son of a dealer himself, tells us why he likes creating crowd stopping installations with artists

Anger over tax rise but Maastricht fair still makes major sales Free

VAT increase on imports didn’t dent attendance at The European Fine Art Fair

Sales hold steady at a spruced-up Armory

It seemed there was something for everyone during New York art world’s busiest week

Dead artists are alive and well

Works by Warhol continue to dominate salerooms

A market now growing from within

regional auctions Indonesia Viv Lawes


Shedding light on darkness Free

After a gap of 20 years, a monumental series about the representation of black people in Western art is back on track

True reflection of a fine collection

A catalogue of remarkable Islamic ceramics is refreshingly honest

Palladio’s dreams for Venice

A Venetian architect, and descendant of the longest serving Doge, considers the buildings that might have been

Early Italian court reports

The lives and works of artists in noble city-states

The universal appeal of ivory

The post-medieval collections of the Musée du Louvre

No longer the butt of the avant-garde

William Bouguereau’s work is evidence of the complexities of the Parisian art world

Bourgeois, but brief and violent

The life and works of Théodore Géricault

At heart, a graphic artist

The sketchbooks of Max Beckmann

Freed from the Wyndham Lewis yoke

Merlyn Evans in his own right


Museums should not fear the art snobs Free

By assuming that the entire public is good enough to be in the museum, the Met could become a centre of human wisdom for everyone


European treatment harms African works? Free

Questions are being raised about a protective coating applied to Ife sculptures

Outcry over lab’s decision to stop printing 16mm film Free

Tate Modern curator and leading artist head protests

Stowe House is within reach of its £10m fundraising target

The Georgian mansion’s music room is the next interior to be restored


Kent gets a kunsthalle-by-the-sea

Margate, J.M.W. Turner’s favourite seaside resort, launches contemporary art gallery named in his honour

Mexico’s female focus

Fair devotes section to emerging women artists

Don’t put away those childish things…

… there are many collectors who might bid for them


China’s new Age of Enlightenment Free

National Museum in Beijing looks to 18th-century Europe for its grand reopening

The real Natalia Goncharova

Authenticity issues have plagued her work, but a new catalogue aims to shed light on the Russian painter and theatre designer By Claudia Barbieri

“Giacometti enabled me to know myself better” Free

Alberto Giacometti’s last surviving model, Paola Carola, on the sculptor’s enduring influence and how he changed her life

Small world of sex and violence Free

Nathalie Djurberg’s disturbing films set to the music of her partner Hans Berg take clay animation to a new level

new york diary

Anthony Haden-Guest

Flawed visions of two towering talents

Portraits of Lord Foster and Yohji Yamamoto fail to get under the skin of their subjects

LONDON diary

Louisa Buck

Unfinished business

MEDIA REVIEW iain millar

Trading with the terrorists

A German film exposes how Islamic militants profit from antiquities trafficking


Japanese old master tops the attendance tree Free

In Tokyo and Kyoto, Hasegawa Tohaku pulls in the crowds, as does Abe Lincoln in Washington, DC

Coming soon? Movie montage for LA Free

Lacma in negotiations to acquire Christian Marclay's The Clock and project it in their courtyard

Long hidden Kienholz to get LA show Free

First US exhibition of Five Car Stud, artist’s hard-hitting depiction of a lynching

Stedelijk delayed until 2012

Costs rise for extension

The price of a Picasso loan Free

Musée Picasso director reveals the cost of borrowing

Artists back Guggenheim boycott

Foundation says workers are protected

Battle rages over knight’s helmet

Royal Armouries empty handed as Hampshire church auctions medieval relic

Sharing the Nimrud ivories

British Museum and Baghdad benefit

Director doubles up

One head better than two in Manchester

Russian art in London gets cash injection

Half of Calvert 22’s costs will be met by Russian bank

Met and Yale reject stolen art claim

Great grandson fights to recover work by Cézanne and Van Gogh nationalised by the Bolsheviks

“Game changer” in Los Angeles

Museums set to get own subway stops by 2022

Not the year of France-Mexico

Cultural exchange turns into a débâcle as relations sour

Islamic centre in Paris to mark 9/11 anniversary

New home planned for cultural institute

Thyssen-Bornemisza’s hard bargain

Málaga gives private collection a palatial home

Back to the drawing board in Budapest

Government ditches museum extension in favour of cultural quarter

U-turn in Hamburg

New mayor promises extra money

Art centre stands firm in Gdansk shipyard

Fundraising campaign launched to make welding school Wyspa’s permanent home