Issue 266 - March 2015

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Palestinian heritage spared

Court rules against development plan

Turkey blocks loans to US and UK Free

Multiple claims for antiquities at New York’s Met, major exhibitions hit at London’s British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum


Memorials to Norway massacre victims prove divisive

Artist Nico Widerberg’s sculptures welcomed by many, but the way an anonymous donor is funding them upsets others

We don’t own that Modigliani Free

Nahmads say the contested painting, Seated Man with a Cane, 1918, belongs to another organisation

US sanctions on Iran could create back door to seize museum antiquities

Persepolis tablets on loan to Chicago since the 1930s under threat

Oxford to return RA’s copy of The Last Supper

Academicians make high-table request

Landmark ruling to be challenged Free

Why a British judge decided that an image of a bus on Westminster Bridge infringed copyright

Italian pop art forgery scandal widens

Six more works by Rotella sought by public prosecutor, as well as pieces owned by former F1 boss

Contemporary art space could go dark in Naples

Madre is €8m in debt, embroiled in politics and might shut

Palazzo Riso’s problems multiply

Director censured, art in storage

Richter’s archive of rejected works reveals its secrets

Critics divided over the importance of photographic record of destroyed paintings

Dürer becomes a political football

It’s a sore point in Bavaria that a Munich museum refused to lend artist’s self-portrait to Nuremberg, his home city

Thuringian palace counts its losses

Catalogue launched of more than 400 missing works, some stolen, many looted

Street protest becomes performance art

Activists use art to outwit the authorities

Collector’s prize launched

Pinchuk supports young artists (again)

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi backs dig of ancient Christian site

Sir Bani Yas Island had a Nestorian Christian monastery into Islamic times

Culture fused with tourism in Abu Dhabi merger

Builders of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, TDIC, now join forces with ADACH, the cultural authority


Arrest in latest Prouvé fakes case Free

Three dealers say initial complaints were dismissed by Artcurial specialists

Fears grow that Greek art market is riddled with forgeries Free

A legal case brought against Sotheby’s by a major Greek collector could be the tip of the iceberg

Stolen art laws under review

Time limit due for ownership rights

Antiques dealers look to emerging markets

Banking on collectors from China, Brazil, Russia and the Gulf to show an interest in pre-20th-century European works

Sale reports: London + Richter

Peaks for best modern and contemporary artists High prices for works by Miró, Bacon, Moore and Richter are reminiscent of the boom

The future has yet to arrive

Brand expands its business model and improves technology, but big-name dealers are unconvinced

Fairs in brief

Cool emerging art in chilly Rotterdam

Sale report: New York

New attributions lift Old Master sales Sotheby’s puts together the stronger catalogue, with renaissance and French successes

Fair report: Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts

A fair with international artists But exhibitors still play to taste of Belgian clientele

Finding new markets for pre-Columbian art

Argentina, Mexico and Brazil could be the future for a field struggling with limited supply, says Santo Micali

Tefaf: going Dutch has never felt better Free

A short history of the world’s most admired art and antiques fair

The old-timers: Johnny Van Haeften, London Free

Veteran dealers reminisce about the past and weigh-in on why Tefaf Maastricht still matters

New faces: Thomas Gibson Fine Art, London Free

The up-and-coming dealers at Tefaf discuss why they joined the fair

A beginner’s guide to the key sections at Maastricht Free

The Art Newspaper spoke to scholars, dealers and auction experts to produce a brief guide to some of the key objects and fields at the fair


A long, drawn-out romance

This catalogue raisonné of Caspar David Friedrich’s drawings enlarges our knowledge, but leaves some questions unanswered

The money of colour

A 500-year survey of the artists’ paint trade

Material gains Free

The National Gallery’s latest Technical Bulletin makes some great discoveries

Rather less than meets the eye

Essays on Paul Pfeiffer don’t tell us if his work really matters

Rubens the pagan, Rubens the Catholic

How the Flemish artist combined his knowledge of ancient mythology with a deep religious faith

Baedeker avant la lettre

A scholarly, facsimile edition of Albertini’s 1510 guide to Florence


In praise of the expert eye

The connoisseurship of renaissance drawings is complex, inexact and as important as ever

Marine heritage’s troubled waters Free

The popular assumption is that anything recovered from the sea is ‘finders keepers’

What you can and cannot copyright Free

The boundary between the expression of an idea which copyright protects and the underlying idea which cannot be protected is a fluid one


US court rules for Spain over sunken coins

Florida company denied appeal over $500m treasure salvaged from ship holed by British in 1804

Fight to save France’s outsider “cathedral”

Family plans to sell site created by late ceramicist Jean Linard

Adverts on scaffolding removed in Naples

Restoration firm under investigation

Vermeer’s Woman in Blue regains its hue

Japanese tour raised the funds needed to restore the work’s cool tones

The boy who bared his teeth

Dulwich Picture Gallery X-rays a work and finds some 17th-century defiance


A fair tale of New York

As Frieze gears up for its inaugural New York edition in May, the Armory takes on the battle for the top spot

Asia Week seeks to broaden its appeal

More Japanese, southeast Asian and contemporary art on show

Underground cinema

London tube station to become art-house theatre

Middle, Near and Far East

Art Dubai becomes more international

A generation apart

New Museum Triennial takes its cue from the militant students of South Africa

Artists on the soapbox

Political art takes centre stage at the Whitney Biennial

Coming in from the cold

Houston biennial focuses on Russian photography

Flowers, fruit and critters

The first ever monographic show of the sumptuous still-lifes of Willem van Aelst

In borrowed light

Turner’s admiration for Claude

From mini skirts to Milton Keynes

Putting the great into post-war British design

Turkish delight

The West’s changing view of the Ottomans

Matisse by Matisse

How the French modernist reworked his own masterpieces

Face to face with Caesar

Ancient Arles reveals its secrets

Seduced by Florence

The American artists who flocked to Italy

Picasso: Me, Myself and I

Museo Picasso, Málaga 5 March-10 June

Owen Jones: Islamic Design, Discovery and Vision

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation 21 March-15 July


Heirs and disgraces: the murky world of French artists’ rights

Intellectual property and inheritance disputes in France are more likely to lead to court than to the bank or the gallery

How to update a utopian vision in concrete

One of Europe’s largest arts centres, built on the wartime ruins of the City of London, is an artistic success but remains trapped in a 20th-century financial model

Exposing the art world from within

From mock guided tours to a sexual encounter with a collector, Andrea Fraser’s art is a unique form of institutional critique


New York Diary


London diary

Not run of the mill Free

A major new film, based on a Bruegel the Elder painting, is due to open the international festival in Montreal

This charming man

A tender portrait of New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham

Out of time

Film’s snobby appraisal of Starck’s take on a Louis XV armchair


Deadlock broken in the Urals

Perm’s “Hermitage” to get purpose-built home, allowing Orthodox Church to regain its cathedral

North Miami museum sets sights high

Stop/start expansion project clears final hurdle

Will we see Pacific Standard Time II?

It’s too early to plan a sequel, says the Getty, but early talks have started

Three museums in search of mega-millions

Despite the recession, the British Museum, Tate and V&A attract major donations

Designer makeover with £80m price tag

Where the money is coming from to convert the Commonwealth Institute

Round-the-clock security

Museums collaborate in case terrorists strike or protesters run amok

Director defends curatorial changes

Constable and Turner experts may go

A century late, Venice gets a space for modern glass

The Fondazione Cini with the Pentagram Stiftung to create exhibition galleries and a study centre on the island of San Giorgio

Arab institute revamps its museum

Paris space aims to celebrate cultural diversity in the Middle East

Cut us and we’ll close

At least 17 Dutch institutions at risk, national survey shows

Artipelag, Astrup Fearnley and co: why once-rare private museums are on the increase

…showing that tall poppies can grow in a Nordic climate

Don’t try to visit if you have a disability

Museums criticised for lack of ramps, lifts and action

Heads should roll

Collector calls lack of progress on Russian national portrait gallery “shameful”

Eastern home for Asia Society

US institution’s $50m centre opens

Shanghai Expo site to become “museum zone”

Palace of art and nation’s first state-run contemporary space planned

Sydney’s contemporary space expands

Big vision, bigger spaces and fine harbour views

Maastricht's museums mark 25 years of the art fair Free

Tefaf is the main sponsor of the newly renovated city museum, which is hosting the anniversary show

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