Issue 266 - March 2015

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Are strong words enough to support dissidents? Free

Institutions working with China may face calls to do more as critical voices are silenced there

Backlash in Germany at wisdom of Beijing exhibition Free

Artist's arrest prompts a heated debate on ethical implications for country's museums

Culture cold war thaws between UK and Russia Free

Pressure eased over extradition of former KGB agent as Yuri Gagarin statue is unveiled in London

British embassy art burned Free

Works almost certainly destroyed last month when building was set on fire by pro-Gaddafi protesters

Artist remains unrepentant for judging prestigious prize by tossing a coin Free

Leading indigenous artist says that awards like John Sulman Prize are not about art

Artists in court over copyright payments Free

Case should establish whether exhibitions will attract collectively negotiated fees

Who folds first? Origami makers sue over paintings

Sarah Morris based her work on their diagrams and now they want millions

Death of Sir Denis Mahon

Centenarian connoisseur and benefactor

Does street art show encourage graffiti? Free

LA sees rise in tagging in museum district—will the same happen in Brooklyn?

Are strong words enough to support dissidents?

Institutions working with China may face louder calls to do more as critical voices are silenced there

Call for UK’s government collections to merge Free

A review to be completed in June is expected to consider greater co-operation

ICA returns to its artist-led roots

The struggling institution is forming a creative committee to help run the museum

Two new publications come under critical assault

Professionals dispute Goncharova attributions in recent books. Could money and professional rivalries be behind the conflict?

South African artist quits pavilion over selections Free

Zwelethu Mthethwa pulls out over “lack of transparency”

Romanian project to premiere at Venice Free

Installation will share artists' experiences during the Cold War

Azerbaijani artist unveiled

Moscow-based Aidan Salakhova presents her first sculptural works

The elusive Giorgione revealed Free

Venetian archive sheds light on the painter’s surname and place of death

Krakow photography festival blurs fact and fiction

Artists invited to take on imagined personalities


All’s fair in art market war

Frieze Art Fair and Art Basel expand their empires

Mayan god: ancient or modern?

Mexicans cry fake at Paris auction

Video art fair zooms in on London Free

Moving Image comes to a four-storey warehouse on the Southbank during Frieze week

Website could be holy grail of private market prices Free will unite would-be collectors with art and dealers they may not know. And it’s all built on trust

First London venture for French auctioneer

Was shaky sale down to culture clash?

Collector settles financial dispute with David Khalili

Farbod Dowlatshahi no longer advisor to Khalili trust

Gallery launches buy now, pay later scheme

Dealer hopes to entice newcomers

In the trade

The people and the places

Art market analysis: Are domestic collectors ready to take on the world? Free

"As taste develops, collectors branch out and look outside their own frontiers," says Sotheby's Lord Poltimore

“Having a partner takes a lot of work, but it’s worth it” Free

The founders of L&M Arts, Dominique Lévy and Robert Mnuchin, discuss their partnership

Chicago shrinks again

Fair loses 40 dealers from 2010

New York’s tribal ambition

Auction and fair season gives Europe a run for its money

DiCaprio raises more of a buzz than Picasso

Impressionist and modern reports

Christie’s dominates the contemporary numbers

Sotheby’s can’t keep up with main rival; Phillips holds its own

Brazil and Argentina square up

São Paulo does better business, but both fairs strictly local

Advantage to Germany in the clash of the calendars

Major Berlin dealers opt to stay put rather than make the trip across the border

Belgium’s local colour

regional auctions belgium

More, more, more!

Incessant demand from China means long out-of-sight items are coming on to the block

Still local, and still finding its way

Loyal collectors and galleries keep contemporary show on the map


Awakening the Sleeping Beauty Free

The vital and multifaceted endeavours of the aesthetic movement are brought to light as never before

A power that would have made Caravaggio proud

The career of elusive Spanish master José de Ribera from his teens to his early 30s

Not immediately to British taste

The slow development of interest in Spanish art

The studio as stage, incubator and archive

Alberto Giacometti interpreted through his workplace

Move over Foucault, Lyotard and Derrida

Making the case for narrative figuration

Framing the meaning

The significance of picture frames for icons and paintings

Inside the “Mexican suitcase”

The recently discovered cache of photographs by Capa, Seymour and Taro documenting the Spanish Civil War


To trade up, or not to trade up?

It’s a risky business if you do or don’t

Deaccessioning needs an expert eye

But scholars are in too short supply


Unesco rejects Palestinian heritage proposal Free

Non-member status of the United Nations makes it ineligible to successfully nominate sites

Unesco rejects Palestinian heritage proposal

Non-member status of the United Nations makes it ineligible to successfully nominate sites

Artists fight the destruction of historic houses in Finland

Wood buildings in Turku, the 2011 European Capital of Culture, are being demolished to make way for new developments

The restoration of Charles II

Conservator confirms sculpture is by 17th-century artist Grinling Gibbons

Long road to World Heritage status Free

Application process, which could take 15 years, has drawn attention to the Ancient Tea Horse trade route


Maynards looks East

Canadian sale targets new Asian collectors

Art Basel: a fair for all weathers

Art Parcours heads indoors to the city’s historic quarter, while the Messeplatz remains sculpture-free

Masterpiece returns

Second edition moves to new, larger, London venue


Biennial or bust Free

What’s the point of international art festivals like Venice, Folkestone and Yokohama, all on this summer?

“I’ve included a very well-known outsider: Tintoretto!” Free

Bice Curiger, curator of this year’s Venice Biennale, says its scope still makes the exhibition unique

“I’ve included a very well-known outsider: Tintoretto!”

Bice Curiger, curator of this year’s Venice Biennale, says its scope still makes the exhibition unique By Franco Fanelli

Biennial or bust

What’s the point of international art festivals like Venice, Folkestone and Yokohama, all on this summer? By Ben Luke

The epic performance Free

Marina Abramovic, Doug Aitken and Matthew Barney are leading the way in a new kind of durational, theatrical art

“I think the art world is where I belong” Free

Musician Antony Hegarty explains why he is performing in the stage production The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic

The masterpiece sold for $1,500 and a suckling pig

The Roman authorities are holding a 30-year archive that reveals the true story behind thousands of transactions in the antiquities market: here is a taste of what will be revealed By Fabio Isman

“I’m not quite sure what installation is…” Free

Mike Nelson's work at the Venice Biennale has meant rebuilding an installation inside a rebuilt caravanserai within the British Pavilion

new york diary

Anthony Haden-Guest

The hermit, the theologian and the groper

Armando Reverón and David Hockney appear in two classic films, while Andy Warhol’s exploits are remembered on Radio 4

Following Ai Weiwei

Documentary captures Chinese artist in run up to arrest


Pushkin restyled by Dior

Mixing clothes and art divides Moscow’s critics, while Met’s loan stays in NY

Hedge funder’s French connection

Museum of ancient & modern to open

Unrest in Syria scuppers Royal Academy show in London Free

Two years in the works, the exhibition was scheduled to open in September 2013 and could have travelled to the Louvre

Krakow delighted by mineral deposit Free

Bank donates Miroslaw Balka’s sculpture to city’s new contemporary art museum

Istanbul’s castle of contemporary art

Borusan Holding to open space for its corporate collection

Indigenous shields for a special occasion

Melbourne gallery’s 150th anniversary

Collector’s £100m art bequest to the nation

Denis Mahon’s gift of the century comes with conditions

British Museum to lend Aboriginal collection

Return trip for Captain Cook’s trophies and a few contentious objects

Don’t blame the building

Folk Art Museum architects defend their design

The real deal for Detroit

Arts hub for indigenous scene

A warm welcome at Sunnylands

Visitor centre fit for a president to open in November

Pompidou embraces North Africa

Pledge of e450,000 for acquisitions and funds to create mobile museum

Arab institute launches satellites

Destinations Lille and Roubaix

Cutting a figure in Barcelona

Museum aims to“counteract abstraction”

Kunsthalle Wien director under fire

Gerald Matt accused of “sponsorship for passport” irregularities

The mother of abstraction?

Af Klint not Kandinsky, says historian

Focus on Berlin’s emerging, and sceptical, artists

Concept and organisation of city-wide survey show criticised

Fewer women lead boards

Museum mergers have cut numbers

Chinese masterpiece reunited in Taipei

But a reciprocal loan exhibition to the Mainland is still a step too far for Taiwan

Super-collecting couple to open new space in Shanghai

Dragon Art Museum will be “self-sufficient” in works of art