Issue 232 - February 2012

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

News

Hungary’s government tightens grip on arts Free

Right-wing leadership stands accused of controlling the cultural sector for political ends

Origami artists vs abstract painter: the legal battle continues

After winning in California, Sarah Morris is sued in New York

Who left works from Israel’s Venice pavilion to rot?

As the artist Sigalit Landau prepares to sue, the producers, customs and the ministry of culture all deny responsibility

Government agency raids Florida museum

A work on loan from an Italian institution is seized with aim of returning it to heirs

Coin collecting in the Dark Ages

Byzantine coins may have been kept as curios by ancient Britons

Surrey’s secret Victorian art treasures

A University of London college has a rarely seen collection of art that should have a wider audience

Bringing art to the French railway network

Agency wants to team up with Pompidou’s mobile museum

Aix-en-Provence may pull out of Euro culture project

City feels snubbed after proposals rejected and funds withheld

Police raid criminal gang suspected of faking antiquities Free

Alleged forgers used x-ray machine to cheat dating tests; arrests include boxer and hospital nurse

“It feels like a movement”

Could an exhibition of contemporary art in Jeddah be the start of something new?


Market

French police investigate allegedly fake early photographs Free

The works, which were sold at Artcurial Deauville, were supposedly from the artist’s family

Park West sued again

Denies Dalí claim

Top dealer arrested over attempt to sell looted coin

The consignor is a trustee of the American Numismatics Society

Van Gogh goes under the hammer in Mumbai

Saffronart expands its scope

Banksy murals prove to be an attribution minefield Free

Problems arise over issues of ownership, illegality of street art and the artist’s refusal to sign works

Authenticate at own risk

Dealer attacks committee over Giacometti

Art market analysis: A market in need of supervision Free

The best way to protect the trade is to safeguard scholarship

In the trade

The people and the places

“The gallery business is a terrible concept”

Despite reservations, former oncologist and “fierce” collector Marc Straus has turned to dealing in contemporary art

Los Angeles’s art fairs vie for attention

Six events opened in the city last month, although results were mixed

First design fair for the Middle East

Director hopes to boost local awareness

London Art Fair loses regulars…

…but gains contemporary newcomers

Singapore fair has pulling power for region’s super-rich

Strong sales of works up to $10,000, Indonesian buyers out in force

“The gallery business is a terrible concept”

Despite reservations, former oncologist and “fierce” collector Marc Straus has turned to dealing in contemporary art


Books

Illuminating scholarship

Catalogues of the illuminated manuscripts in the Cambridge University Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum

Great clothes, shame about the text

An exhibition catalogue on clothing in the Middle Ages, a tribute to its late curator, is let down by the editing

Hold on to your seats

Misericords and the messages they hide underneath

More toil than wisdom

Look elsewhere for information on Samuel Palmer’s art

A luminary of writing

The last book by the late journalist and illustrator Tom Lubbock

Inside the outsider

Britain’s most famous art critic, Brian Sewell, reveals quite a lot

The collection, not the collector

The owner of the historic “RA” collection of Chinese porcelain remains anonymous

A princely pleasure

The evolution of portrait jewels

Mapping the family album

Taryn Simon’s grand genealogical installation of photographs is captured in this book

Ancient and modern

How today’s artists employ classical mythology

A lifelong love affair with the Aegean

The first in-depth monograph on the work of John Craxton

Rebel on the margins

Edward Burra the non-conformist

Records, celebrations, denunciations

A personal reflection on artistic responses to war

How to observe a garden

Robert Mallet’s profound meditation

Unbroken views

Arundel Castle


Comment

The National Gallery’s blockbuster exhibition could mark a turning point for Leonardo scholars Free

Let us move the debate about restoration, which is tied up with questions of scientific analysis, on to a less fevered basis

It’s time to compromise over Haring’s mural Free

Let the conservators do their job and turn down the volume. And to the conservators: back off a little

Where next after Leo-mania?

The National Gallery’s blockbuster exhibition could mark a turning point for Da Vinci scholars


Conservation

Earliest copy of Mona Lisa found in Prado Free

Experts say the painting was completed at the same time as Leonardo’s original

Earliest copy of Mona Lisa found in Prado

Experts say the painting was completed at the same time as Leonardo’s original

Napoleonic Institut d’Egypte ravaged by riot fire

The ruler of Sharjah to fund new building and donate books

The great billboard scam Free

Restorers in Naples sold ads worth €3m, but failed to carry out work on the buildings

Extra cash for the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Around €3.5m will go towards restoring its portico and other improvements to attract more visitors

Caravaggio’s Lazarus heads to Rome

The painting, which is in poor condition, will be conserved at last


Features

Klimt: a very local hero

While Vienna celebrates “Klimt 2012”, why does the most popular and expensive modern artist remain largely ignored by international scholars?

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee: A true icon Free

This month is the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. We kick off the celebrations with the story of the royal portrait that has most deeply embedded itself in British consciousness and was adopted all over the Commonwealth

The healing power of art

A programme for Alzheimer’s sufferers launched by New?York’s Museum of Modern Art is flourishing in the UK

The outsider’s outsider

Is Jeremy Deller the best artist whom collectors rarely buy? And why is he showing in London, a city he tries to avoid?

How Hockney starred in the original reality show

“A Bigger Splash”, shot between 1971 and 1973, is based on events experienced by the artist and his circle

Urban film needs to be grittier

Gary Hustwit’s critique of 21st-century cities lacks bite


Museums

Ten years of free entry, but can it last? Free

Why the political gain in the United Kingdom outweighs the economic cost

Charging to see the stars Free

Visitor numbers plummet at the Royal Observatory

Ten years of free entry, but can it last?

Why the political gain in the United Kingdom outweighs the economic cost

Charging to see the stars

Visitor numbers plummet at the Royal Observatory

Strength in numbers?

Growing pains for national directors’ lobby group as key member resigns

Portrait Gallery seeks to lease back its old spaces

Talks held with National Gallery next door

Legal go-ahead for Wedgwood sale

Paying for company pension scheme trumps museum’s claim

How to get ahead in US museums Free

Once considered the weakest candidates by boards, curators are now getting the top management jobs

New head aims to shake up Venice’s heritage

Modernising the Museo Correr and rejuvenating the exhibitions programme are twin priorities

Reshuffle at Sarkozy’s history project

Director faces strong opposition

Guggenheim’s “modest” proposal to Helsinki

Scandinavian satellite with €140m price tag gets mixed reception

Warsaw’s modern art museum debacle

Row over who is to blame for the delay

Arabic language not optional, says ministry

Message is clear but museums say guidelines are vague

My father, the architect

Israeli film-maker to open architecture museum in homage

Singapore’s quick march to open kunsthalle in former barracks

Critics fear that artistic freedom will be limited in space due to open by end of 2012

Qatar to revive photography showcase?

Calatrava’s design might be built after all