Issue 266 - March 2015

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


Pompidou plans to go global: focus is Brazil, India, China Free

President looks to extend the brand through a network of rotating galleries

Who’s in the picture?

Anti-terror software might tell us

Titanic spat over Picasso (now in 3D) Free

Artists Rights Society claims compensation from director James Cameron over use of Picasso painting

Artists benefit as commercial property slumps

Economic downturn has resulted in affordable work spaces, even in London

Controversial sculpture divides Tatarstan

Muslim clerics say work by Buddhist artist Dashi Namdakov is offensive

Galleries’ survival threatened by railway expansion plans Free

Uncertainty surrounds future of Santa Monica arts centre

Send us your Polaroids Free

Project will document the “magical” film’s contribution to art and science

Dealer says collector supplied fake Malevich drawings

Gary Tatintsian counter sues Lew Nussberg for at least $62m

US law to protect foreign governments lending art

Bill to close commercial activity loophole

Move fails to stop opposition to BMW Guggenheim Lab

Demonstrators vow to continue anti-gentrification campaign

Return of Morgantina Venus inspires Sicilian enterprise

Public-private tourism partnership aims to make more of the island’s heritage

Plans, money but slow progress in L’Aquila

Three years on and still a city of rubble

The lotus and the hearth mother

The first Kiev Biennale yokes international art to national pride


Schiele case could damage NY business, say dealers Free

Ruling in long-standing restitution battle may threaten defence that a purchase was made in good faith

Credit card investigation shows art market open to international fraud Free

Criminal charges brought after London and regional UK auction houses are targeted

Modigliani catalogue raisonné still years away

Competing claims and potential conflicts of interests delay publication, originally scheduled for 2006

Battle to buy Barceló’s prized bullfighters

Auction houses experience surprisingly high demand as the most expensive living Spanish artist has his best year yet

Transatlantic crossing for former Christie’s pair

Now stationed on either side of the pond, Christopher Eykyn and Nicholas Maclean open a London gallery

No worries for Sotheby’s in Hong Kong

High prices point to regional economic strengths. And, of course, there was that $27m bowl…

Confiscated works make $2.4m

Korean bank pictures were seized over alleged improprieties

China likes them old (but they’re getting younger)

Survey reveals 63 is the average age of China’s bestselling artists

Strong sales at New York’s Asia Week

Houses and dealers rewarded for showing rare works

Dull days for drawings at sales, but fair flourishes

Top quality items are scarce, and collectors tend towards less demanding work

French introduce auction ethics reforms

Code of practice is a response to the “cols rouges” theft scandal of 2010

Art Paris fights to improve under new director

Main fair section is good, but still a long way to go to reach highest standards

Collectors remain cautious at design fair

Mixed results at Pavilion of Arts and Design as impulse buying declines

The dodgy numbers game Free

Was the 2011 joint turnover of the Chinese auction houses $154.2bn, $148.5bn, $88.1bn—or much less?

What Chinese collectors are really buying Free

Buyers are still overwhelmingly focused on domestic art, ranging from archaic bronzes to "wet paint" works by contemporary Chinese artists

Move to Hong Kong? Sounds like a good idea… Free

The opportunities for selling contemporary art are proving irresistible to many


Damien Hirst, plain and simple

For all the hype accompanying the show, the exhibition catalogue is remarkably sober and serious

The art of improvement

Biographies of the Victorian collectors and art historians, the Morrisons and the Eastlakes

Libido and lunacy: the obsessions of two artists

Rossetti’s fascination with women’s bodies and Dadd’s madness are investigated

An architect who allowed art to take centre stage

This appreciation of the architect Max Gordon reveals many paradoxes

Utopian explorations

Fascinating perspectives on maps and art

In between the (contact) sheets

A heavyweight volume trawls the archives of Magnum Photos to celebrate a once revolutionary, now dying technique

Opening our eyes to a world without sight

William Hunt’s personal commentary illuminates his vision—a collection of pictures of those who cannot see


No longer appropriate? Free

“Appropriating” other artists’ work without consent is still common, but savvier practitioners know that permission is far less painful. Breaching copyright is a serious business


British naval heritage at risk of being sold off Free

Artefacts from HMS Victory could be auctioned to pay for its excavation by US company

National Geographic treasure hunt show condemned

Archaeologist alleges the excavation television programme may have broken the law

Florentine altar returned

Huge, silver, life of St John restored

“Leonardo” sent for tests

Possible self-portrait needs urgent treatment for mould and bacteria


Trees of knowledge

Ackroyd & Harvey have fused nature and engineering to mark London 2012’s legacy and the Olympic Park’s hidden history

The scoop on Russia

Milena Orlova, the editor of The Art Newspaper Russia, discusses the market, collectors and why Russia needs an art newspaper

Why Dürer endures Free

As a major exhibition opens in Nuremberg, is Germany’s greatest artist a nationalist symbol as well as a national treasure?

The reluctant comic-book hero Free

A major survey of R. Crumb’s countercultural cartoons opened in Paris last month, but he remains mystified by the attention

Revolution, reaction and much more

Manfred Kirchheimer gets political while Damien Hirst avoids a grilling from Paxman

Remembering the siege of Sarajevo

Screenings of two films mark its 20th anniversary


Tax-relief cap will curtail major gifts Free

British government’s proposal to close tax loopholes upsets museums and their biggest donors

Canadian government doubles indemnity

The move will reduce museums’ insurance costs when organising international loan exhibitions

Peabody Essex to get all dressed up Free

Iris Apfel donates highlights of her wardrobe to help create textiles gallery

Google’s Art Project creates a copyright conundrum

Plus the other hot topics raised at the 2012 “Legal Issues in Museum Administration” conference

Tate admits error in giving away confidential export data

Photographic archive of paintings transferred to Paul Mellon Centre in haste

Security subcontracted in South Ken

Three national museums sign £50m joint contractbut how much it will save them is uncertain

Empire museum sells its historic home

Trustees transfer collection to Bristol council but fate of lost artefacts is unclear

French court rules for curator

Profit-share settled

Heirs seek Klee in Munich museum

Berlin ruling encourages others to renew their claims

Florence hosts first global fair on cultural tourism

Every year, 330 million people travel to cultural destinations or events. This international meeting aims to get the tourism and cultural sectors talking to one another

Putin pledges billions to tackle storage crisis

President-elect holds summit with leading directors, while Moscow announces a shared store for city’s collections

Munch money worries in Oslo

Anniversary funding uncertain with only months to go

Builders move in, works of art move out

Loans offered to museums across Europe and Sweden