News

Artists’ legacies turn into a legal minefield

Barrage of lawsuits besieges foundations with art and property worth billions of dollars

Treasures flood out of the UK

Report reveals leap in the value of export-deferred objects being sold abroad

Heritage or ‘heritage’: that is the question

A big town-planning issue emerged at Sharjah’s March Meeting

Found: four Renaissance angels made for the tomb of Cardinal Wolsey

The bronzes were later seized to decorate King Henry VIII’s burial place, but were then lost for centuries

Small decision, big impact Free

Recent ruling could change the legal landscape for art forgery cases in New York

Alternative spaces edged out

New York’s non-profit scene is feeling the pressure of rising rents and the commercialisation of the art world

‘Lost Raphael’ surfaces in Spain Free

Authentic and rare copy of Madonna of Foligno rediscovered in private collection


Art Market

Dealing direct: do artists really need galleries? Free

Successful artists, as well as some smart youngsters, are in no rush to secure big-league representation

Dating of Degas plasters dropped as legal case settled

Requested tests would not have led to admissible evidence anyway, says dealer

Poly Culture moves to reassure shareholders Free

Chinese auction house addresses concerns over non-payment, forgeries and army links

A boom, but only for some

Annual report finds total sales are up, but gives little comfort to Tefaf’s Old Masters and antiques dealers

New York fairs let the Outsiders in

Museums have long recognised people who make art outside the mainstream—now the market is catching up

New York’s biggest ever Asia Week

This year’s event reflected the increasingly strong market for Asian art and antiquities

A breath of fresh air for the fair-weary

The second edition of London’s latest fair had plenty of variety and showed promise for the future

Polite response to Bonhams sale

Cautious start as the auction house bids for a bigger share of the contemporary market


Attendance

Taipei takes top spot with loans from China

Asian art is in the ascendancy globally, while in Europe, Salvador Dalí reigns supreme. By Javier Pes and Emily Sharpe

Why we’re queuing up for the art ‘experience’

For museums, the queue has become as big a spectacle as the art itself. But how long are we going to stand in line?

Mass exposure: why museums are focusing on photography Free

Image-sharing social media has fuelled a boom in audiences for photography exhibitions

The permanent attraction of the temporary hang

Museum collections and temporary shows juggle the figures

Museums bank on live art performing miracles

New spaces are opening as museums expand their programming and plan for increased visitor numbers.

Delicate task of borrowing the best

Museums are increasingly reluctant to let their finest works travel, to the point where some will never be lent again

The importance of being a director-curator Free

Nicholas Serota and Udo Kittelmann reveal why they still want to organise exhibitions


Books

Communists’ fistful of dollars

How the Bolsheviks pillaged and sold works of art from Russia’s private collections, museums and monasteries to raise state funds

The mighty Ming’s culture of power

A new study of Ming-era China and the place of art and artefacts in its society

Splendour and the spirit

A survey of the magnificent devotional art commissioned by 13th- and 14th-century Dominicans

Filling a gap

This Tate catalogue expands on the British photographer Peter Fraser

Lies, inconvenient truths and the peril of the sublime

Images of war interrogated by photographers and critics


Comment

Life and death of Mike Kelley

Why are leading curators so reluctant to acknowledge the prolific artist’s depression and suicide?

Why we sold this painting

Randolph College’s president reflects on the irony of being criticised by museum directors for selling art to the National Gallery, London


Conservation

Spanish cathedral caught in left-right row

A petition has been started to publicly acknowledge the Moorish origins of Cordoba’s “mosque-cathedral”

Herculaneum gains ground Free

Buffer zone to be created with the purchase of a 5,200 sq. m plot of land near the archaeological site

San Francisco salon reopens its doors Free

After a major restoration, the 18th-century French period room is ready to receive visitors again

Re-enter the dragon Free

MFA Boston’s blockbuster Edo-period painting goes back on show after 20 years


Exhibitions

Polke: the dots joined up at last

The German artist Sigmar Polke relished inconsistency and privacy. So it was a surprise when he agreed to a major survey of his work

Guess who’s coming to dinner this time?

There is a great deal more to Judy Chicago’s art than her best known and most celebrated work

Vive la différence! Or is it différance?

A season of exhibitions in New York examines the cultural connections and disparities between France and the US

Tate Modern’s Matisse show is a cut above

London, and then New York, will see the largest number of Matisse’s paper constructions ever assembled

All eyes on Glasgow

Scotland’s second city takes its biennial turn in the arts spotlight

A native culture that never died

Objects on show made by the North American Plains Indians date from the first century AD to today


Fairs Auctions

Brazil’s taxes keep foreign galleries cautious Free

The international names coming to São Paulo have to weigh risk versus reward


Features

In the pink

Michael Craig-Martin has reframed and replinthed historic works at Chatsworth in bright magenta for an exhibition opening this month. Can this type of contemporary approach bring older art back to life?

Collisions of Ancient and Modern:

three bold attempts to bridge the centuries

Paul Chan, a prize-winning artist who wants to be an amoeba Free

Hugo Boss Prize winner explains his recent hiatus and his publishing company for “the strangest books”


Media

How a Chicago nanny became one of photography’s greats

Vivian Maier took thousands of pictures of the city’s streets, but the images went undiscovered until shortly before her death in 2009. Now, a new documentary tells her strange tale

Shining a (natural) light on British portraiture

A film about the photographer Jane Bown reflects her search for her subjects’ humanity

Greenaway show celebrates the golden age of the Black Square

The veteran film director has teamed up with producer Saskia Boddeke to create a film installation exploring the radical era of Soviet Suprematism and Constructivism, which will be the centrepiece of a UK-Russian arts festival this month.


Museums

How to avoid a digital boom and bust Free

There are plenty of grants for new digital projects but finding long-term funding could be much harder

Priced out of central London?

Three national museums will need a lot of storage space if the UK government decides to sell the huge building they share

It’s good that my appointment raised eyebrows

The new director of the Cini Foundation’s Institute of Art History says that his priorities are enriching the archive and researching Italian Modern art

Tate Modern is our model, says director

Head of Pushkin museum seeks industrial space for Modern and contemporary art satellite in Moscow

China’s private museums keep multiplying

Two open in Shanghai, two more announced

Red-letter day in Rabat

King of Morocco gives royal seal of approval to national museum of Modern art


Obituary

Jan Hoet

The champion of contemporary art who founded the S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium