Issue 239 - October 2012

News | Market | Books | Comment | Conservation | Features | Museums | Obituary | TAN2 | What's on |


Guess Jeans boss to open Los Angeles art space Free

Maurice Marciano is looking for a space to house exhibitions, a library and a studio for an artist-in-residence

Dead Gaddafi in triplicate Free

Three major artists—Jenny Saville, Yan Pei-Ming and Luca del Baldo—have created paintings of the corpse of the deposed Libyan dictator

A little too much democracy at Gwangju Biennale Free

Six curators create "Round Table" exhibition with contontations of debate but a blurry message

Syria's world heritage sites are 'directly targeted'

Governments fail to support Icom project to monitor destruction using satellite photography

Super rich fear super tax

France's 75% wealth tax plan scares the art trade, billionaire collector embraces his inner Belgian

British called upon to stem illicit trade of artefacts Free

Head of new research programme says art dealers and collectors must be part of future policy decisions

UK gets new culture secretary

But sport and media will take priority over the arts

McQueen: the big picture Free

Artist gets catalogue raisonne—a rarity for a film specialist

Auction house bids for artists' estates

Christie's hopes Warhol Foundation sales will be a calling card

Riace Bronzes languish in limbo Free

The Greek statues have not been seen in public since 2008 while museum renovation is mired in controversy

Pinault to open new space next to Palazzo Grassi

His third Venetian building will house films, debates and performances

Berlin's famous art squat finally closes

Artists planning to become 'art guerrillas' after losing Tacheles

Report into Bode plan

Berlin museums "shocked" by Gemaldegalerie reaction

Artist faces blasphemy prosecution

Curator also sued after Christian complains about poster

9/11 museum is world's most expensive

Costs could soar to more than $1bn


Need a loan? Use your art Free

Lending against art seems to be booming, but interest rates can be sky-high and banks are taking few risks

LA gallery expands to Japan Free

Blum & Poe is opening an office in Tokyo

‘LA is tricky, slippery, invisible…’ says gallerist Shaun Caley Regen Free

…but that didn’t stop the contemporary dealer opening Regen Projects’ biggest ever space with a first-class show last month

Afghan-Pakistan loot alert

Fears that antiquities smuggling is increasing following Karachi seizure and recent arrests

Italy cracks down on art tax avoidance

Missing droit de suite payments are first target

Christie's looks for buyers in Baku

The oil-rich capital is identified by the auction house as a potential new market

Ancient coin trade fights back

Questions raised over US government's right to seize antiquities - even common currency - without findspots

Where to go

There are, broadly speaking, four types of lender against art

Tired, bloated and too expensive? That depends who's talking…

The Biennale des Antiquaires, celebrating its half-century, has many detractors. As we went to press, however, business was just fine

Battle for private selling shows Free

Auction houses are vying for supremacy with art dealers by holding more exhibitions, and adjusting their business models accordingly

What future for Sh Contemporary art fair?

The six-year concession ends in 2012, the Hong Kong Art Fair is on the rise and a Beijing firm has ambitions


From sex to supply and demand

Over the past 60 years, Grand Tour studies have moved well beyond recounting the memoirs of foppish Milordi sketching ancient ruins

The ruin of the Berlin art world

Modernism reduced - how the Nazis destroyed both the works and the market

A catalogue somewhat manqué

This catalogue raisonné of William Nicholson's oeuvre excludes works attributed to the painter by a leading scholar

More misses than hits

Sam Francis's later works are not a patch on those in his classic style

Raphael-all things to all ages

The artist is still the equal of Leonardo and Michelangelo, if not so popular

Out of deep archives

This study of bronzes appears as the RA holds the greatest show of them ever seen

The changing face of beauty

A look at the complexities of cosmetics and art in Western society from the Renaissance to the mid-20th century

It bloweth where it listeth

Readers will be transported by the dazzling analysis in this investigation of how an invisible force of nature is depicted in art



"W.M. Rossetti's letters provide ample evidence that he was the energiser in the Pre-Raphaelites" Alastair Grieve, ex-University of East Anglia

Gemildegalerie's 'risky' move bodes well for Old Masters

The controversial plan to move Berlin's collection of European paintings caused a storm on our letters page and website last month. Now, one of the city's most radical reforming directors argues in favour of the project - which could breathe new life into Modern art as well


Klimt’s studio opens its doors Free

Renovated space, reconstructed using original photos, includes artist’s bath and exact copy of his carpet

How to look 1,800 years younger

Famous symbol of the founding of Rome is actually medieval, tests confirm

Do-it-yourself? Just don't... Free

A Spanish grandmother's handiwork hit the headlines, but Ajax and rainstorms have contributed to other amateur disasters

Libyan shrines under attack Free

Protesters demand protection for cultural heritage as militant Islamists target Muslim mausoleum

Gazprom to tower over St Petersburg

City approves project despite Unesco's concerns


Anthony Haden-Guest's New York

"I think it's interesting the way Warhol polarises people," says Catherine Johnson. "Some people love to hate Andy"

The writing is on the wall

Joey Garfield's film looks at murals by the street artist Steve Powers, while Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould track down fakes on the BBC

Champion of the 'free radicals'

After introducing film to Fiac and battling to get fair prices for film-makers' works, Pip Chodorov made his own history of experimental cinema - and now he is celebrating the work of a pioneering artist in a forthcoming Serpentine Gallery show.

Let us welcome the next United States president

The race for the White House has inspired the curator Francesco Bonami and Mario Calabresi, the director of La Stampa, to organise an exhibition in Turin. Work by eight artists and 27 Magnum photographers capture the drama of the hustings


Retreat in Moscow Free

Proposal for a Russian national portrait gallery is killed off by museum celebrating Napoleon’s defeat

Two huge state-run museums open in Shanghai Free

Expo 2010 buildings become China Art Palace and Power Station of Art

A not so golden Olympics

London's leading museums lose more than a million visitors during the Games, but Hirst helps Tate Modern buck the trend

East London awaits

Stratford basks in a post-Olympic glow. But the west is still best for museums

Boulder is an LA blockbuster

Heizer's land art at Lacma attracts the size of audience that temporary exhibitions rarely do

Histoires islamiques

Under a golden canopy, the Louvre offers a French view of the art of the Middle East (and thereabouts)

Hungary's ruling party backs vast museum quarter

National art collections reunified as plan to create cultural complex gets go-ahead. Critics upset by lack of consultation


Carla Panicali

Art dealer who forged a successful business in Italy and New York from the 1950s


Crossover collecting: ancient meets Modern Free

What happens when you mix a Medieval tapestry with a Modern abstract? Collectors are finding out for themselves

Tribal art attracts Modern collectors

A new breed of buyer is crossing over from Modern and contemporary art and acquiring the top pieces in every field

New takes on Old Masters

Five artists describe how the ideas and techniques of the artists of the past have informed their work.

How Modernism revolutionised taste

But left the art world prone to the judgements of the few

Frieze's new fair in line with market trends

As the contemporary market cools, Frieze Masters opens with older art

Pavilion adds to London's appeal

US galleries have grown in number at the art and design fair

What's on

Another Glasgow boy?

Luke Fowler could be the fourth Glaswegian in a row to win the Turner Prize

The pictures that speak 1,000 words

First major UK show for the US conceptual artist Mel Bochner

Hollywood comes to V&A

'Wizard of Oz' and 'Gone with the Wind' costumes among those on show

Little island, big melting pot

Treasures from the rich cultural heritage of Cyprus are revealed in Paris and Princeton

"Everything is violent except my soul"

Adel Abdessemed's works in his Centre Pompidou retrospective reflect the brutality of the world

Vermeer's renaissance

Exhibition aims to ignite Italian interest in the work of the Dutch master

The last of the German Classicists

Johann Christian Reinhart's years in Rome

An exhibition in the pipeline

The price of gas and soft diplomacy lie behind a show that looks to the things that unite Russia and Germany

Steve McQueen gets the retrospective he never wanted

The Art Institute of Chicago looks back at the Turner Prize-winning artist's films

How to trade up Texan-style

The Kimbell Art Museum celebrates four decades of collecting Old Masters and Modern masterpieces

Super Mario goes to Boston

The London-based fashion photographer Mario Testino gets his first major museum show in the US

The ways to tinker with the truth

Photographers began manipulating their work long before the digital era

Photography's stamp of approval

The first photography exhibition to be staged at the National Gallery in London opens this month - and is long overdue