Issue 242 - January 2013

News | Art Market | Books | Comment | Conservation | Diaries | Exhibitions | Features | Focus | Media | Museums | Obituary |


Great leap forward for US-China loans

Museum directors meet as thaw in relations means historic works can be loaned without strict agreements

Imelda Marcos aide in art trial

Three charged as Philippines government seeks paintings once owned by wife of former president

Goodman Gallery sees off ANC’s would-be censors

Johannesburg space wins legal battle over controversial portrait of President Zuma, and artist’s notoriety attracts new collectors

A very public debate

Artists, writers and this newspaper leapt to the gallery’s defence

Serra’s ‘threat’ to Broad collection Free

Curator argues artists’ law can place “moral rights” above historical accuracy

Bill Viola gets back to work for St Paul’s

After a pause, US video artist hopes to finish his cathedral commission this year

US courts will rule on Nazi loot

National commission to deal with claims is impractical, says US government, unlike in Europe

Critics say artists’ rights will be hit by British law

Professional groups lobby to redraft bill that would allow use of works where the author cannot be traced

Disputed Moore pulled from sale

Art Fund says sculpture not property of east London local authority

Serra’s ‘threat’ to Broad collection

Curator argues artists’ law can place “moral rights” above historical accuracy

Don’t say ethnic or tribal: the word is ‘customary’ Free

The Asia Pacific Triennial pulls in Papua New Guinea and West Asia

Art Market


The safest brand in uncertain times

With the US fiscal cliff looming, the fair benefits as the wealthy put their funds into art

Stolen watercolour pulled from auction

Carl Larsson’s work, missing from Swedish museum since 1988, surfaces at Bukowskis

To buy or not to buy art online?

New swathe of online art businesses hope to replicate success of fashion industry

Growth in internet sales forces fraud issue Free

Identifying forgeries being sold on websites is not enough to tackle the problem

New York Old Master auctions preview: so much to see, so little time Free

Twelve sales in three days make the season a sprint rather than a stroll—but works by Batoni and Carracci are worth slowing down to see

Chinese houses take on Sotheby’s and Christie’s

Beijing Poly and China Guardian hold first sales in Hong Kong as battle for the mainland market heats up

Records and write-offs at Russian art auctions

Impeccable provenance at Christie’s, a bidding war at Sotheby’s, but most lots bought in at MacDougall’s


Why is Venice beautiful?

The essential role of water, the views of a 16th-century theorist and the paintings of a pre-eminent local artist are all part of the picture

Culture while awaiting al-Mahdi

The Shi’ite shrines, relics and monuments in the Middle East and India

Critters unite East and West

Beastly tales in the 13th-century Kitab Na’t al-Hayawan

Painter, photographer and father of Modern drama

But are August Strindberg’s misogynistic tendencies overlooked in this biography?

Friedrich the landscape structuralist

This magnificent visual record of the work of the German artist, who was virtually unknown before the 1960s, is matched by its scholarly text

Myth-busting findings

The Counter-Reformation was more concerned about the orthodoxy of texts than the images on which they were based

Free-wheeling, Spinoza-loving, radical jack of all trades

An assessment of John Berger and a collection of his drawings

­Cross-cultural ruses

Shezad Dawood’s multimedia works reveal hidden worlds


What’s in store for the market? Free

The growing numbers of the super-rich should keep the auction houses happy in 2013, but there are tougher times ahead for some


Picasso murals under threat Free

Government contemplates tearing down buildings damaged during terrorist attack in Oslo



Derry-Londonderry launches as UK’s first City of Culture

Northern Irish city’s programme addresses its troubled history as it joins European Capitals of Culture, Marseilles and Kosice

Alberto Giacometti as an early land artist

The first exhibition to focus on the Swiss artist’s unrealised sculptural compositions

It’s all about the Manet

The Royal Academy hosts the first exhibition to focus on the bold and influential portraits of the French painter

How printmaking made Rembrandt an international star

New technology and growing middle class consumption opened up his works and those of his contemporaries to new markets

A matter of life and death in Brooklyn

A new permanent display in reopened galleries explores the spiritual beliefs of the Americas


2012 News in review

A round-up of some of the major stories that filled the pages of The Art Newspaper last year

Artist interview, Walid Raad: a mediator between worlds Free

The artist challenges historical narratives in his Islamic-inspired show at the Louvre this month



Keeping it strictly old school Free

LA teaching is still top for next generation of artists

Paris sends its photo fair to LA

Rivals claim to be unconcerned as non-specialist dealers come to the fore in a once exclusive field

Open it and they will come. You hope… Free

A number of galleries are making the move in search of the right area

Private museum set to launch by the beach

Brian and Eva Sweeney will put their collection on public view in El Segundo

Another way to show

Artist-run and not-for-profit spaces form a Los Angeles counter-culture that is less obsessed with sales

Saving the ‘teardown’ city

Los Angeles is losing its reputation for being too quick to demolish


Wolfe goes on a charm offensive

The author’s new novel attacks the regulars at Art Basel Miami Beach, but a film documenting his time in the city reveals the man in white’s appeal


Qatar thinks global, builds local

Gulf state reveals plan to build a Smithsonian-style network of museums, and send its treasures abroad

Armouries suffers double blow

As a second chief executive resigns after being suspended, the Royal Armouries needs serious firepower at the helm

London’s last chance saloon

Museum calls time on East End pub to open restaurant

Miró on loan damaged at Tate Modern Free

Cost of repairs and depreciation was £203,000

England’s record £8.6bn loans Free

Fourfold increase in value of indemnified art borrowed—and nearly all of it returned safely

Fury at proposals to cut funding by half

Newcastle council’s leader says UK government is to blame if museums suffer

Writer’s shrine to get epic treatment Free

International team of artists and designers to create park dedicated to author of Master and Margarita

Let’s be nicer about Mother Russia

The Georgian and former Ukrainian heads of state agree about Uncle Joe

From shtetl to spectacle

Constructivist-style bus garage transformed into high-tech Jewish museum in Moscow

Life on the South China Sea Free

Hong Kong’s maritime museum to reopen on a pier in Victoria Harbour this month

England’s record £8.6bn loans

Fourfold increase in value of indemnified art borrowed—and nearly all of it returned safely