News

Fakes still on the market as Knoedler victims sue Free

New lawsuits filed after we publish list of those who bought forgeries—some of which have not been traced

Barney and Büchel to go Down Under

David Walsh in talks to stage shows by two major contemporary artists at his museum in Tasmania

Italy threatens to sue UK firm over ancient ‘loot’ Free

Government’s liquidator rumoured to be selling disgraced dealer Robin Symes’s antiquities

Cambodian smuggling saga quietly resolved out of court

Sotheby’s returns statue and is cleared of wrongdoing as federal government drops allegations

Has Catherine’s sunken art survived?

Russia and Finland plan to raise a wreck that may still contain paintings bought by Catherine the Great

Gallery and major donor fight it out over Van Dyck

National Portrait Gallery aims to raise £12.5m after supporter buys work and applies for export licence

‘As good as Chagall’s windows for Reims’

Damien Hirst planned stained glass for 16th-century building

Negotiations over Jerusalem’s holy sites not just for politicians Free

Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders say they must be involved in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks


Art Market

What will 2014 bring? Free

Tension between dealers and auction houses will grow, sales will get even less transparent and don’t bet on a $100m Picasso selling online

Rockwell results illustrate market’s potential for growth Free

Illustration is enjoying a boom in popularity—and museums are already being priced out

Is art really a good investment? Free

In her new book, our London-based art market editor argues that it’s just about the riskiest thing there is

Spanish believe helmets may have been looted

Arrests over objects seized in Zaragoza could be linked to armour sold in German auction house

Punitive taxes stifle Chinese art imports

A rate of 23% on a work’s full price makes bringing art into China an extremely expensive business

What will 2014 bring?

Tension between dealers and auction houses will grow, sales will get even less transparent and don’t bet on a $100m Picasso selling online

Business still booming in Miami Beach

Fierce competition drives major sales and lures new collectors, with the credit crunch a thing of the past

Jewels in the Old Masters crown

Strong results in London for Claude and Cranach—and a 2013 record for Fragonard

Singapore fair goes local

Art Stage focuses on the Southeast Asian market with its new Platforms section


Books

Cézanne in a fresh light

A biography and collection of letters bring the artist into sharp focus

Dominus illuminatio mea

The catalogue of the medieval stained glass of Merton College, Oxford

Curtain up on a remarkable theatrical guide

Russian stage designs, 1880-1930, from an outstanding collection

Visual poetry from scraps of paper

Well deserved reconsideration of neglected collage artist Francis Davison

A reputation in need of restoration

An assessment of the sculptor William Reid Dick, famous in his day, now largely forgotten

Blots, dots and lozenges

An otherwise fine reference book of British draughtsmen and drawing has some odd omissions

Painted photographs and evolutionary Richter

A history of Photorealism, and the latest volume of Gerhard Richter’s catalogue raisonné


Comment

Michigan should save Detroit’s collection Free

As the city authority continues to press for the sale of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection, it is time for state-wide action

Tate’s new worldwide web

Developing a global reach is just as important for major cultural institutions as it is for big businesses

Getting back art from Gurlitt’s hoard

While the legal status of stolen or confiscated works is as yet unclear, there is hope for those who make claims for restitution


Conservation

Police general to lead Pompeii project Free

Giovanni Nistri, a general in the carabinieri and the former head of the country’s art theft unit, named in surprise appointment

Canterbury’s £3m project to conserve stained glass

Work gets under way on country’s earliest surviving panels after window began to collapse

Paintings by Pollock go under the microscope

Initiative is a collaboration between institutions in Florence, Venice and New York


Diaries

Exhibitions

Painter to the king, king of painters

Religious institutions lend major works by Zurbarán for rare show outside Spain

Mexico’s 21st-century Duchamp

Abraham Cruzvillegas brings his brand of autoconstrucción—self construction—from Minneapolis to Munich

Bringing up the damned

How tortured mythological figures were depicted through the ages

Jarman’s warehouse party

King’s College show opens events marking the 20th anniversary of the film-maker’s death

The seven houses that a museum built

The sight, sound and smell of buildings are explored through full-scale structures by architects

The very last works from the popes’ sculptor

Antonio Canova’s seven metopes intended for his own colossal mausoleum go on show at the Met

The genius of Carrie Mae Weems

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is the final venue for the US artist’s touring retrospective


Fairs Auctions

Features

The year of El Greco

On the 400th anniversary of his death, numerous events and publications celebrate the painter’s work.

Are ethics better than pure aesthetics?

Away from the glitz of record-breaking auction prices and extravagant art parties, austerity has given strength to a new movement of socially engaged artists.

Nothing if notdecorative

Often characterised as an austere minimalist or conceptualist, Martin Creed argues that his art puts people first.


Focus

Big-name Brazilian artists break auction records…

…while the primary market in Brazil grows faster than ever before

Contemporary sculpture breaks all records

US artist Jeff Koons leads the pack, but British sculptors also prove popular

Thirtysomething US artists return to painting

Prices for emerging American artists range from $10,000 to $50,000

Art Deco ceramics by Italian architects and designers

Most sought-after works are those made in very limited editions or as prototypes for larger series

Italian Pavilion art available from $30,000 to $50,000

Most artists have had few appearances at auction and there is still a market to be built abroad

The shiny statues that make all the difference

Prizes boosts winners’ prices at auction

Today Helsinki, tomorrow the world?

Contemporary Finnish artists had critical success in 2013, but market is yet to develop internationally

Record sales for Czech art at auction

Modern master Kupka boosts the market, but contemporary art still lags behind

From the deserts of Australia to the rooftops of Paris

Only important works with impeccable provenance achieve big prices at auction

Japanese avant-garde artists in the spotlight

Artists of the post-war Gutai and Mono-ha movements finally get their due

Italian fair turns art adviser, curator and critic

“Back to the Future” section of the Artissima art fair hoped to revive interest in undervalued artists

Weaving a narrative between art and textiles

European exhibitions focus on artists who use fabric, as either material or concept


Media

Still in control, in front of the camera

In this documentary film commissioned by Arte for German television, Nan Goldin is defined by her friendships.

A lifelong outsider, finally let in

A new film chronicles the lengthy career of Llyn Foulkes—and his thorny relationship with the art world


Museums

Málaga’s mayor says the Pompidou is coming Free

Paris museum plans to open a satellite branch in the southern Spanish city

Abu Dhabi museums are becoming game-changers back in the West Free

Sharjah opens its New Art Spaces with extreme creations

US-Russia impasse hits Houston

Exhibition about Houghton Hall to tour America without loans from St Petersburg and Moscow

As one museum opens…

The Pérez Art Museum Miami opens to acclaim but MoCA, North Miami, faces an uncertain future

US round-up

Dallas

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Los Angeles

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Washington, DC

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Atlanta and Bentonville

Can a deal save Detroit’s art?

Several foundations are in talks with the Detroit Institute of Arts to help “buy back” its paintings from the bankrupt city for $500m

Anything Oxford can do…

The director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has a grand plan to match the Ashmolean’s successful expansion

These aren’t just works of art—they’re holy

As the Vatican makes its underground city of the dead accessible, Antonio Paolucci, the director of its museums, describes their complex role, recently extended to contemporary art

Pressure grows at Musée Picasso

As Paris museum’s reopening is delayed yet again, its president defends her leadership of the project


Obituary

Günther Förg

One of the generation of German abstract painters who came to prominence in the 1980s