Saatchi to sell Tracey Emin’s bed

Collector hopes for a king-sized return

Victory for Thailand in US Free

Bowers Museum to return illicit artefacts after undercover investigation

Eyes on Denver and Cleveland

Cambodia regains more sculptures from US

Anti-Putin artists’ U-turn over Crimea Free

Co-founder of anti-establishment group Voina is “proud” of Russia’s controversial annexation—and he is not the only one

Moscow cancels YBA show over tensions in Ukraine

Foundation pulls out of British Council-sponsored exhibition after “Challenging Boundaries” proves too close to the bone

Percent for Art schemes fail to deliver Free

Cities across the US are neglecting to enforce a law that requires property developers to help fund public art

New York’s new mayor shifts arts priorities

Arts groups are expecting Bill de Blasio’s grassroots policies to be radically different from the flashy projects of his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg

British architect unveils affordable housing in Harlem

Contemporary art exhibition set to inaugurate the space

Moment of truth for Michelangelo discovery?

Attributed crucifix goes on show alongside two figures accepted as being by the master

Bye bye Van Dyck, but Bernie’s son-in-law is buying at speed

Businessman James Stunt loves Peter Lely, finding “sleepers” and lending to top US museums

Art Market

If you can’t beat them... Free

Auction houses and some dealers are setting their traditional rivalries aside

The slow decline of Drouot

The French organisation’s market share has plummeted as other auctioneers have opened their own spaces

Private club, private sales

New trading platform enables members to buy and sell works online, promising total discretion

Low profile, high quality

John Scott, the previously anonymous owner of the Birkenhead Collection, may raise £8m when his British decorative art is sold this year

Not yet ready for its close-up?

Slow sales and casual local collectors suggest that Paris Photo LA still needs to woo Hollywood


Messages on the walls

A survey of 100 corporate art collections

Antisocial, aggressive and artistic

The life of Henry Darger, the outsider now firmly on the inside

The Nazi who painted ‘degenerate’ art

Emile Nolde’s life and career, timidly told

Scintillating scholarship sparkling gems

Sheikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al Thani’s collection of Indian jewels

Material success

Islamic arts and crafts in many media

The best life yet

The first biography of James McNeill Whistler in 20 years

Supply and demand

The archive of the 19th-century dealer, John Smith, and his sons

Synaesthesia in the Serenissima

The connections of music and painting in Venice from the 16th to the 18th centuries


The message about looted art is finally getting through

The restitution of Cambodian statues by major museums and auction houses is an encouraging sign

We don’t need the ‘new’ connoisseurs Free

There's more to art history than establishing authorship and intuiting quality, says Tate Britain's curator Martin Myrone

The case for old-fashioned connoisseurship Free

The stifling of expert opinions is like having fully trained doctors who can’t make a diagnosis, says the art historian Bendor Grosvenor


Survey to record Queen’s colossal art collection Free

Royal Collection’s unprecedented study will check, clean and photograph all 7,564 oil paintings

Warrior comes out of his shell Free

Simon Starling’s sculpture to show its mussels

Not fake, but ‘tarted up’ Free

Painting due to be removed from museum wins reprieve after tests prove it is a genuine Old Master


The greatest Charles ever known

Aachen celebrates Charlemagne, dubbed the Father of Europe, with a three-part exhibition

One hundred years of architecture

Rem Koolhaas’s Venice Architecture Biennale turns to history to reflect on fading national identities and to inform the future

Roginsky gets a foot in th­e door

The Russian Pop artist, who emigrated to Paris, has his first exhibition in Italy

The effect of El Greco on Modernism

Prado exhibition marks 400th anniversary of artist’s death

Nothing Scottish about Scottish art

More than 60 galleries and museums celebrate 25 years of Scotland’s art

The ‘peculiar art’ of British folk

Thatched figures, leather jugs and ships’ figureheads among exhibits

What you see is what you get

The Whitney closes its Breuer Building with the biggest ever Jeff Koons show

Which artist gets the $25,000 prize? You decide!

Collaboration is in the air at LA’s second biennial

Restored work by Ensor in LA

First showing for drawing outside Belgium

Rem Koolhaas’s Venice Architecture Biennale opens this week Free

Architect turned curator explains why history interests him more than the contemporary

Fairs Auctions

Art Basel picks up the performance theme

New one-off strand includes works by Abramovic, Ono and Nauman

Portrait of a patron

Sotheby’s, Paris, Impressionist and Modern Art 4 June


A sacred palimpsest in stone revealed

The interior of Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest place in Islam, has at last been photographed in detail.

ED ATKINS vile and virtual bodies

As the British artist prepares for shows in London and Paris, he discusses his latest ambitious work, featuring an avatar of an internet troll.

Malevich: freed from ideology?

The West has had a complicated relationship with Kazimir Malevich and the Russian avant-garde. But as a touring show opens at Tate Modern, is a rounded picture finally emerging?


Why luxury is so fatiguing

Europeans may be tiring of it, but new markets are opening up all round the world. By Stephen Bayley

Choice items

Expensive classics selected by arbiters of style Stephen Bayley and Sophie Walker

Choice items

Expensive classics selected by arbiters of style Stephen Bayley and Sophie Walker

The right stuff?

As the meaning of luxury has changed, museums face a starker choice of which objects to preserve

‘A burning, excessive appetite’ Cesare Ripa, 1618

But in the past, the production of luxury goods was one of the motors of innovation and manufacture. By Heike Zech

And the first rule is… break all the rules

Promoting luxury items means taking a decidedly counter-intuitive approach. By Georgina Adam

Luxury sets news agenda

Arts publications start to catch on to what artists and galleries have known all along: art + money = brand. By Felix Salmon

Dates for the diary

Highlights: antiques, jewellery, design, crafts and luxury goods


François Hollande inaugurates Musée Soulages Free

Veteran French artist Pierre Soulages has donated works to institution in his hometown

Politics of Manifesta 10

One of the world’s great museums takes on the risk and responsibility of showing contemporary art

Armenian museum fights for its Paris home Free

Director goes to court to regain access to the collection, after locks were changed on shared building

A shrine, a mausoleum and a place of mourning

Thirteen years after 11 September, the US President opens powerful museum at Ground Zero

Eli Broad says patience is not his strong point Free

The Los Angeles-based collector has been busy buying art while his museum is delayed

Make sure the artists are on board

More museums are following MoCA’s lead in appointing their trustees

Friends with benefits

The National Gallery’s membership scheme is not all about fundraising, says its director, Nicholas Penny

The Girl with a Pearl Earring comes home

Vermeer’s painting among famous works going back on show when Mauritshuis reopens this month

Dark works, bright future

Museum dedicated to Pierre Soulages opens in French artist’s hometown

Hong Kong’s M+ on target for 2017

Director outlines recent acquisitions, staffing and costs during Art Basel Hong Kong


Michael Spens

Author and essayist, architect, publisher, Scottish nationalist and Lion of Finland