Issue 237 - July-August 2012

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

News

Biting the hand that feeds them Free

Activists turn “human zoo” into Occupy-style working group

Artist to set sail in former migrant boat Free

Lucy Wood will travel in a craft used by fleeing Libyans

How long can the art market walk on water?

The wealth of the super-rich is keeping the miracle going but mostly for the best works

Crystal flat on the move Free

Roger Hiorns's copper sulphate rooms, now part of the Arts Council Collection, head north

Biting the hand that feeds them

Activists turn “human zoo” into Occupy-style working group

It’s a Late Stone Age horse, of course?

Discovery of a prehistoric sculpture in Saudi Arabia could mean horses tamed in 7000BC

White House wants delay in Chabad case

Call by Jewish group to fine Russian government over disputed manuscripts

Debt-free Prospect woos biennial funders

Event delayed until 2014—so new director gains extra time to raise money

Blake’s painting for St Paul’s delayed

But Bill Viola’s videos are due to go on show in 2013

Henry Moore’s "Arch" returns after 20 years to London park Free

“Unsafe” sculpture has been reinforced

Artist to set sail in former migrant boat

Lucy Wood will travel in a craft used by fleeing Libyans

Arts get set for final Olympic hurdle

After an unfocused start, the UK’s Cultural Olympiad is finishing strongly in time for the Games

Heritage and local economy hit hard

Three quakes and numerous aftershocks rock the region of Emilia-Romagna, sparking fears of a repeat of L’Aquila’s fate

Former director of library charged

Auction house pulls suspect books from sale

The Degas whodunit: a mystery in wax, plaster and bronze

As the debate over recently discovered plaster sculptures grows, the plot hinges on when they were made


Market

Art sanctions aim to hit Syria’s rich where it hurts Free

A ban on the import of luxury goods includes fine art, collector’s pieces and antiques

How long can the art market walk on water? Free

The wealth of the super-rich is keeping the miracle going but mostly for the best works

Ed Kienholz to go on show at the Pace Gallery Free

Exhibition to include ten conceptual tableaux of "unmade" commissions

Art sanctions aim to hit Syria’s rich where it hurts

A ban on the import of luxury goods includes fine art, collector’s pieces and antiques

Economic crisis forces baroness to sell her Constable

The work, which has hung in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza since 1992, is estimated at £20m to £25m

The market where banks fear to tread

A Berlin-based partnership offers funding for galleries based on specialist knowledge of the trade

In the trade

The people and the places

Chinese art funds on a risky road to maturity Free

A glut of investment products has mirrored the rise of the Chinese art market, but caution is advised

Hong Kong sales: the party’s winding down

Only very high-quality items are likely to get buyers’ attention

The best of the best at Art Basel

With outstanding works on offer, sales were strong despite the gloomy world economy

The cream of the Old Masters crop

Works by Constable, Rembrandt and Hans Baldung Grien come to the block at Sotheby’s and Christie’s

American paintings market on the road to recovery

Sotheby’s and Christie’s stage comebacks


Books

Roll over, Vasari Free

First volume of Michael Hirst’s life of Michelangelo is a triumph of scholarship

A tale of two ladies

The mystery of Leonardo’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder

The many faces of Cindy Sherman

From screen siren to centrefold star, from fairytale character to clown, the artist continues to reinvent herself

What makes an “icon” “iconic”?

Martin Kemp’s analysis of popular images fails to explain their ubiquity and endurance

When more becomes less

A biography of Jackson Pollock fails to locate him as an “Icon of America”

Foreign fears, native hopes

Although the city is crumbling, its residents are confident


Comment

The dos and don’ts of artists’ bequests Free

An increasing number of artists are becoming philanthropists. Setting up a foundation is one option but there is another way

When the Met moves to Madison Avenue

Why opinion is divided over the New York museum’s ambition to become a powerhouse of contemporary art - Thomas Campbell’s curatorial reshuffle

The dos and don’ts of artists’ bequests

An increasing number of artists are becoming philanthropists. Setting up a foundation is one option but there is another way - Research reveals the variety of gifts

Greece can make do and mend

What the crisis means for its cultural life


Conservation

Software could reconstruct medieval mosaics Free

Project to conserve Coventry’s 5,000 stained-glass fragments—some believed to be the work of a master

Sudan relics at risk from dam floods Free

Appeal to archaeological community as proposals leave three- to six-year window

HMS Victory controversy

UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt met chair of charity during consultation

Experts criticise Kremlin-backed monastery restoration Free

Multi-billion-rouble project a "discredits" Russia and diverts much-needed fund, experts say

Software could reconstruct medieval mosaics

Project to conserve Coventry’s 5,000 stained-glass fragments—some believed to be the work of a master

Database helps building restorers find perfect stone Free

English Heritage and the British Geological Survey create resource for the restoration of historic buildings


Exhibitions

On your marks

Local authorities have warmed up to public art because of London’s Olympic commissions

The Wellcome Collection puts its best (false) foot forward

Prosthetic technology in sport is the focus of this show

Get tanked at the Tate

Dancers and a singles’ night open Tate Modern’s new space

3 x 3 x 3 x 3

Transformations at the National Gallery and the Royal Opera House

Shakespearean stuff

The British Museum looks at Shakespeare through objects rather than his plays

Edinburgh Art Festival: bigger, louder and opening next week

From symbolist landscapes to Susan Philipsz' siren call

Great expectations

A small part of the vast collection of Catherine the Great

Fresh French photography

Les Rencontres d’Arles puts originality first

Atget on the other side of the world

The first major Australian show of the photographer’s Parisian cityscapes

Collaboration is the key

David Chipperfield’s Architecture Biennale in Venice is about teamwork, not star turns

Reading with Ruscha

The artist’s first Austrian show is all about the words

The necessary changes being made

Catherine David does away with “home art” at the Secession in Vienna

Anti-gay law clash

Young Russians' art may challenge St Petersburg hate legislation

A river runs through it

American painting, photography and prints in the Civil War period

Chicago’s 1,000-pound gorilla

The skyscraper gets its own show in its native city

The “truthy” is better than reality

This year’s SITE Santa Fe queries truth, lies and fictions

Mughal must-see

A show of rarely exhibited Mughal and Persian paintings

Comic art grows up

Works by Hergé and Moebius feature in Sotheby’s first ever sale of comic books


Features

Where art and politics meet

Anti-capitalist or tourist attraction? Documenta strives to be as different as possible from a contemporary art fair

Artist interview: Oscar Tuazon creates sculptures you are supposed to play with Free

The artist discusses his new series of works commissioned by the Public Art Fund for Brooklyn Bridge Park

Ai Weiwei speaks out on film Free

As Chinese artist hit with £1.5m tax fine, "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" goes on general release in US

Classical Islam for beginners

Narrated by an Oscar winner, this informative film criss-crosses the globe


Museums

Florence’s contemporary art museum shuts Free

Asset rich, policy poor: Florence’s culture should be for the Florentines, not just tourists

Getty to keep PST rolling Free

As the success of the original project is measured, talks begin in Los Angeles about a sequel

Two guitar players better than one

Philadelphia’s rare copy of Vermeer to travel to London’s National Gallery?

Arts council to fund non-art museums

The move could signal a change in the way the council operates

Florence’s contemporary art museum shuts

Asset rich, policy poor: Florence’s culture should be for the Florentines, not just tourists

Venetian island gets modern glass gallery

The project has been funded by a private Swiss foundation

Russia Cartoonist censored by museum

Putin-esque hamster removed

Director detained by police over stolen icon

Museum founder says he intended to repatriate 17th-century icon, director says paperwork was in order

Singapore pins hopes on new national gallery

The multi-million-dollar project is under way—now its chairman, Koh Seow Chuan, is looking for a director to lead it

Resurrection of art by murdered painter

The American University of Beirut aims to create a museum of art around a collection of works by Khalil Saleeby

William Morris’s birthplace reopens Free

Museum in east London celebrates arts and crafts pioneer and his legacy