News

Edward VIII borrowed works from the nation Free

And took it upon himself to reframe the masterpieces before they were returned to the National Gallery

Cuts, cuts and yet more cuts

The UK government is preparing to impose further deep reductions in state funding for the arts

Flavins will see the light of day Free

Artist’s estate lifts ban on the posthumous production of unrealised fluorescent light sculptures

What happens when the lights go out? Free

Estates and galleries are developing strategies to preserve light-based works while striving to remain faithful to the artist’s original vision

Lawsuit raises questions about Warhol authentication process

Foundation’s sales agent also worked for authentication board; president rejects claim decisions may have been made for financial gain

Prince case continues

Photographer accusing artist of copyright infringement wants appeal reheard

Sky’s the limit for sculpture

Who and what is fuelling the craze for gigantic commissions?

Italy: we’ll help you, but only if you’re rich

Four years after devastating earthquake, L’Aquila is still in ruins, but prosperous neighbouring region is getting plenty of money to rebuild

Old Masters found rotting in library

Works missing from Girolamini church are in dire need of conservation

Culture is key to our future, says China in bid for soft power

With Chinese support, Unesco conference presses for culture to be included in UN’s sustainable development goals after 2015


Market

Why some pictures go for more than others Free

All other things being equal, a grouse sells for more than a duck, roses beat lupins and everyone loves a pretty woman


Art Market

When is an Utrillo not an Utrillo? Free

The answer is when the owner of the droit moral says it isn’t, despite the assertions of a Princeton professor

Ruined castle will lose star Jan Steen painting Free

The planned sale may be linked to the delay in restoring Lowther Castle into a public picture gallery

Christie’s pulls works after ‘forgery’ concerns Free

Ten items from one collection withdrawn from New York auctions

Steady sales, but little spark

Impressionist and Modern auctions worthy but dull

The architecture of art Free

Why the “white cube” formula has become universal for branded galleries

Russian art forgers jailed

Trade speculates that sentences mask more widespread criminality


Books

Alternatives to the avant-garde

French 19th-century Naturalism and Academic painting come in for serious reconsideration

An opportunity missed

There are not enough additions and corrections to this new edition of the life and works of William Burges

A bad end, but a rich life

Totting up the treasures of Richard II

Vast time span, continuities and innovations

After a gap of 30 years, a new introduction to Anglo-Saxon art

Mughals low and high

This British Library catalogue features many less-successful works of art as well as the masterpieces

Cushions yes, curtains no

Figural imagery in Islamic religious art

A biography in objects

Pietro Bembo seen through his books, collections and portraits

Piero della Francesca all’americano

Helen Clay Frick emerges as the foremost US champion of the Italian artist in this catalogue

Bernini on the boards

The artist as actor, playwright, director and designer, and how these roles influenced his art

Art in the Golden Age of literature

The English distinguished themselves with silver in the Tudor and Stuart eras

Fat, flimsy and narrow

A sorry book on gay art and culture


Comment

Still testing the frontiers of art Free

The latest ruling on Richard Prince’s use of existing photographs shows the legality of appropriation is far from settled

Make copyright law less of a lottery Free

Legal uncertainty in the US over what constitutes fair use of copyrighted material by artists is stifling free expression


Conservation

Looking at Rubens

His ceiling in the Banqueting House in Whitehall, London, installed in 1634, may need work

Hospitals in need of a cure

Heritage sites across France are under threat from political reforms, modernisation and neglect

Cold War spy photos help locate sites Free

Major grant to expand project that uses images from Corona military satellite system to pinpoint archaeological remains


Diaries

Exhibitions

All roads lead to Marseilles

Three new cultural sites open to the public as the French city’s year as European Capital of Culture gathers momentum


Features

Norway’s greatest artist: Edvard Munch at 150

Norway is celebrating its famous son. Sue Prideaux, his biographer, tells the story of his art and what came after

Exploitation—or art?

As child abuse continues to emerge, how—if at all—should art by paedophiles be shown? By Christian Viveros-Fauné

Out of Africa

Paris exhibition shows how the collector, dealer and tastemaker Charles Ratton brought the tribal art market to the West


Focus

Is the smart money on Old Masters?

Historic works are doing well at fairs and in auctions, but has the market gone truly global? By Claire Wrathall

Still crazy after all these years

Now in its 254th year, is the Royal Academy’s “Summer Exhibition” just a show of artists in the grip of the past? No, say its supporters. By Lucinda Bredin

On the shopping list

What type of art and objects are being bought to decorate houses? We ask six interior designers from Milan to New York what they are looking for at art and design fairs—and why. By Helen Kirwan-Taylor

Best in show

Five of the top works on offer at Masterpiece

Drawing new buyers Free

The experimental character and technical virtuosity of Old Master sketches are inspiring interest from new sectors of the art world


Media

No place for Pussy Riot

Film digs into artists’ psychology but is missing a look at why political performance is misunderstood in Russia


Museums

‘Orphaned’ Cézanne watercolour surfaces in Ottawa Free

Pressure could mount to identify the owner of a work separated from French dealer’s collection

Frac forward

The man who took contemporary art to the regions of France on the Grand Projet’s legacy and future

Thieves target rhino horn Free

Medically useless, it’s still worth more than gold

World’s most generous museums

British Museum tops the list of the leading art lenders, sending more than 4,000 works on loan

Hermitage and Pushkin in war of words

President Putin asked to intervene in clash over the future of modern masterpieces

See Australia from the rooftops of Paris Free

Musée du Quai Branly puts indigenous art above all

A ‘quiet and reserved’ new wing for Saint Louis Art Museum Free

David Chipperfield-designed wing was inspired by a need to show more of the collection

Ready to travel to China

Conference marketplace offers touring shows


Obituary

Rick Mather

The US-born, British-based architect who devoted his career to improving museums and universities


Venice

Massimiliano Gioni’s journey into 'the delirium of the imagination' Free

The curator of the 55th Venice Biennale discusses his exhibition, “The Encyclopaedic Palace”

Outsiders no more Free

Rejected from the canon for so long, self-taught artists are taking centre stage at the Biennale—but are museums ready to follow suit?

No biennial is an island

The Venice Biennale has its roots in politics, but is it connected to the real world today, or is it out of step?

Open and closed case for Russian pavilion

As in 2011, commissioner Stella Kesaeva has selected a Moscow Conceptualist in her foundation’s collection

“Any flag-waving would be ridiculous here”

Paolo Baratta, president of the Biennale, defends its national pavilion model and hails the growth in countries “expressing their existence” in the art world

Pavilions of dreams

Outside the Giardini, nations compete to find the ideal location for their pavilions, a process that can prove arduous—and costly

Ten newcomers plant their flags

From East to West, the newest participants in Venice reflect the pavilions’ increasingly global reach

France and Germany embrace new world order

Pavilion swap and global choice of artists reflect a broader definition of national identity

The weight of the nation

Veterans of previous Biennales remember the artistic and diplomatic challenges of representing their—and others’—countries

State of a nation: pavilions mirror internal politics

How artists’ experiences have shaped their presentations

Space invader

As she prepares to fill the five rooms of the US pavilion at the Venice Biennale with an immersive installation, Sarah Sze discusses the inspiration of everyday materials, scholars’ rocks and the unique Venetian light. By Louisa Buck

An international exhibition?

As US and EU artists dominate “The Encyclopaedic Palace”, organisers defend the exhibition’s global imbalance

From muted to politically charged

Middle Eastern nations are taking contrasting approaches to the region’s continuing political and social upheavals