L’Aquila still a semi-ruined ghost town Free

Italian government policy over two years has failed the earthquake city

Syria turmoil kills Mrs Al-Assad’s forum Free

The wife of President Bashar Al-Assad was attempting to gather international cultural experts

Saif Gaddafi’s Islamic art museum at a standstill Free

Libyan conflict has halted construction on—and acquistions for—new museum in Tripoli due to open in September

Rio art festival cancelled Free

Semana de Arte’s backers fall out, artist-curator Vik Muniz quits, and plans alternative event

Iran wins immunity in artefacts case

Jerusalem suicide bomb victims had also brought claims against US museums

The lights go out on Cabrini-Green

LED installation dims as high-rise is demolished

“The Sharjah Biennial will go on” Free

Sheikha Hoor confident despite last month’s sacking of its director Jack Persekian

Art, profit and the Nazis

How the market thrived on the destruction of Jewish business

Giant ads must go

Minister deplores “horrible sight”

Pinault rotates again

Roll-over rate at Venice exhibition spaces is too slow for many

Revealed: secrets of the Tate bricks

Newly released documents uncover a heated argument and the search for spares

Zurbarán sale could lead to National Gallery branch

Auckland Castle is target for northern outpost

The great schism in São Paulo

Architecture biennial decamps to a new space, signalling an ideological split with art event

Bulgaria’s surprise pavilion

Art world demands answers, government passes the buck

First biennale for India

Location is far from buzzing art market

Retracing a pilgrim’s footsteps

Curators discover ancient wall paintings along tenth-century Buddhist monk’s journey

Land art writ large Free

Art park in Cappadocia, Turkey set to open

How old is St John the Baptist Church?

Archaeologists in Jerusalem struggle to date ancient building


Sotheby’s bosses get 125% pay rise Free

Shareholders expected to approve packages for top five executives

Latest online startup aims for 3D sales Free

The creators of a new software venture think that adding an extra dimension will get things moving

Priska C. Juschka gallery sued by artist

Dana Melamed is claiming more than $1m in cash and damages

In the trade

The people and the places

Richard Nagy

“It is about sex, it is tense, anxious and emotional”

Local galleries fare well at Zona Maco

International collectors and curators were out in force for the eighth edition of the Latin American art fair

Americana and fashion photography in vogue

Market gains ground as annual auctions bring in new collectors

Ullens collection’s lucky numbers

Sotheby’s auction sold out but buyers still predominately international

Curators on top

Two private collections sell strongly

Collectors drawn to Paris

But attendance was down at fairs devoted to works on paper

Modest prices at London antiques fair

Visitor numbers curtailed by protests

“There is a sea change happening”

But there are no short cuts to Chinese market, says Magnus Renfrew, the director of Art HK

Antiquarians at large in London

Rare manuscripts from an Irish library collection


What are museums for? Free

Three highly contrasting views reflecting current debates and controversies in policy and practice

How conflict shaped the nation’s painting

The Seven Years’ War was pivotal to artistic developments from the 1750s to the 1780s

Books in Brief

Kronschatz und Silberkammer Michaela Völkel Deutscher Kunstverlag, 128 pp, €19.90 (pb)

Van Gogh’s Scottish connection

A biography of Glasgow dealer Alexander Reid

That slippery old sublime

An anthology of texts that attempts to update an evasive idea

William Eggleston seldom seen

Collections of the American photographer’s black and white work, and archived rarities

The pioneering painter-priest of abstraction

A large-scale study of Malevich by the leading expert

China Focus

Eastern promise

China offers plenty of opportunities for Western dealers and auction houses—and a host of risks

Chinese auction data lacks credibility

Leading British university research questions saleroom reporting

Galleries contemplate the big move east…

Perrotin and Lehmann Maupin, among others, weigh up the pros and cons of new outposts

Why bringing it back home is a mark of respect

Many Chinese collectors use their wealth to repatriate once-looted objects

“Is a new generation turning to contemporary art?”

Collectors from mainland China are beginning to buy across the board, both at home and abroad

Asia Art Archive closes in on permanent home

Now a decade old, the research and documentation project hopes to move into the old Central Police Station building

Kowloon museum still on track

Director Nittve plays down departure of chief executive

Booming Chinese economy boosts art market

But emphasis is still on traditional works, with less understanding of contemporary art


Is England’s culture ministry fit for purpose?

A recent report gives pause for thought

Defend holy sensibilities Free

Modern art is likely to gain from contradiction, and even, on occasion, from censorship


Peers condemn plans to sell bishops’ palaces

House of Lords debates whether the Church of England has the right to sell historic properties

Silent films in the spotlight Free

A Save America’s Treasures grant will be used to treat 42 early American films recently returned from New Zealand

Cold War cover-up to continue Free

Museum has no plans to uncover early socialist mural by Gerhard Richter


Blockbusters: too big to fail? Free

The death of the mega exhibition has been predicted for years. So why is it still very much alive?

Israel and Palestine: who owns what? Free

While officials squabble over heritage sites, non-government experts are working behind the scenes to propose solutions

“I’m what we Italians call a dilettantissimo”

Alessandro Mendini celebrates his 80th birthday this year—and his approach to design continues to be relevant By Alex Coles

“You won’t find an ‘Untitled’ among my works” Free

The German painter on the burdens of being a professor, the need for figures and his prophetic abilities

new york diary

Anthony Haden-Guest

LONDON diary

Louisa Buck

Inside the mind of Pere Portabella

The veteran Catalan director has a season of films at Tate Modern

New York’s digital shorts

Web-based videos consider artists’ relationships with the city

Latin America Focus

The view from Peru

Public projects and private initiatives are rapidly raising the country’s arts profile

Rio’s plans to be more than just the carnival capital Free

City culture secretary doubles budget with World Cup and Olympics on the horizon

Where public meets private

A new hybrid funding model for the arts is emerging in the Latin American country

Sacred art theft on the rise

Mexico steps up its efforts to combat the illegal trade in art

No money for tax? Pay by painting

A government scheme allows donations from artists in lieu of contributions

No money for tax? Pay by painting

A government scheme allows donations from artists in lieu of contributions

The rush to get things made

Artists increasingly drawn to “production paradise”

Picking up the pace

It is still modest in size, but a roster of star artists and a rich buying elite are propelling the art market


Zurbarán sale could lead to National Gallery branch Free

Auckland Castle is target for northern outpost

Revealed: secrets of the Tate bricks Free

Newly released documents uncover a heated argument and the search for spares

Raising a glass to Gilbert and George Free

Tate curators wined and dined the artists—and The Art Newspaper found the bill

“Too expensive, too many tourists”

Funding of national museums in Paris is unsustainable, says critical report

Melodrama in Malaga

New museum loses director and trustee

Japanese disasters lead to cancelled exhibitions Free

Lenders deterred by inadequate climate control and radiation fears

Local councils unload art

Fears grow that more will follow to raise money

Tasmania thinks big

State museum’s $210m masterplan

Can sex save the Barnes? Free

Campaign to keep doctor’s art in Merion receives a tonic

Niemeyer returns

Architect adapts own building for art

Broken pledges, bankrupt donors and sharing works of art Free

…hot topics from the 2011 Legal Issues in Museums conference

Hull misses out on old master

German museum raises the money to buy painting sold by Scottish aristocrat

Designer basement

V&A extends down, not up…

Double vision

Two regional galleries transformed

Toledo reclaims El Greco

Artist’s “house” museum gains paintings, and dispels the myth that he lived there

Maillol without walls

Bottlenecks cleared in Paris museum