Anna Somers Cocks

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Man decapitated while fleeing volcano’s destruction of Pompeii

Excavation tells a poignant story of an unfortunate Roman

Analysis
Art fairs

Why the new Tbilisi Art Fair restores pleasure to buying art

It’s affordable, good quality, unspeculative—and the wine is great

Comment
Exhibitions

Is nothing sacred? The Metropolitan Museum should apologise to the Vatican for Heavenly Bodies show

Curator Andrew Bolton’s Costume Institute blockbuster is pointlessly offensive to believers

News
Comment

Why the French can sell arms and culture to Saudi Arabia, but the US and UK only arms

France's latest deal with the Kingdom reveals the close connection between culture and foreign affairs

News
Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Vatican to take part in the Venice Architecture Biennale with ten chapels

Norman Foster is among the roster of international architects

Interview
Artist interview

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The desire for paradise

Emilia Kabakov discusses the duo’s past in the USSR and their aim to stop it defining how they are perceived as artists

Comment
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'Issue one came out in less degraded times: more idealistic, less puffed up by PR machines'

Anna Somers Cocks, founding editor and chairman, looks back

Review
Books

The commercial rape of Venice is the result of a moral failing in the Italians

This is the view of a former Getty chief, who says the problems of the Serenissima are a paradigm for other historic cities

News
Art Dubai 2018

Resistance in multiple forms at Sharjah’s March Meeting

Minds from the Middle Eastern art world and beyond discussed topics such as urban planning and art and ecology

News
Art fairs

Brian and Anna Haughton, the dealers who put intellect into art fairs

Back in 1982, these ceramic specialists realised that top curators and hot research brought in the collectors. Today, they’re still keeping the flame of knowledge alive

Review
Books

Peter Wilson: The man who invented modern auctioneering

Buccaneering, brilliant, art-loving—he created the power of Sotheby’s (and Christie’s learned by imitation)

News
Museums

French art world shock at sacking of Bordeaux museum director

"We are stupefied"—50 art professionals sign open letter in defence of María Inés Rodríguez

Comment
Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Mohammed of Saudi Arabia has roped an ancient city into his London charm offensive

The splendid Nabatean site of Mada’in Saleh may be opened to tourists

News
Openings

Crown Prince Mohammed adds art, Silicon Valley and movies to his Saudi reforms as Wahabi influence wanes

MoMa hosts announcement of his Misk Art Institute, led by artist Ahmed Mater

News
Exhibitions

Royal Academy of Arts tried to borrow $450m Salvator Mundi for its Charles I exhibition

New London show has received glowing reviews but there is one conspicuous absentee

Feature
Victoria & Albert Museum

A new era for heritage reproduction

Digital technologies are at the heart of a declaration by major museums and heritage organisations to record and sometimes reproduce works of art

Feature
Google

How Google became a major producer of cultural content

The Google Cultural Institute’s We Wear Culture fashion stories are its latest museum collaboration, its director Amit Sood tells us.

Comment
Museums

How Egypt is destroying Cairo and civil society

The pharaonic new museum will not make up for misguided policies

News
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince launches institute to promote art in the Middle East

Recently identified buyer of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi is planning a pavilion at the Venice Biennale, art teaching in schools, international exhibitions, archaeology and virtual reality

News
Leonardo da Vinci

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince revealed as buyer of $450m Leonardo and loan confirmed to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Gesture consolidates close political alliance between Saudi Arabia and the UAE

News
Venice

This is no way to solve the cruise ship issue in Venice

The Italian government’s latest decision is in hock to the port’s own interests

Comment
Funding

Culture is compromised by donations from the Sackler family: we must not accept any more of their money

Anna Somers Cocks on the revelations published in the New Yorker magazine

Review
Books

How offsets on arms sales into Abu Dhabi have helped finance its Louvre

A French study of the Gulf museums sees them as the Versailles of the sheikhs—a step towards autocracy

Feature
Podcast

Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode three: how the UAE art scene became a force to be reckoned with

Art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac and curator Maya Allison tell us how the nation’s creative ambitions have blossomed. Plus: Silver Lion-winning musician and artist Hassan Khan on his Abu Dhabi Art performance

News
Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi: Nudes? non-Islamic religions? Questioning the nature of God?

Four unexpected works on show in the new museum

Feature
Podcast

Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode two: How Saudi artists are driving political change

As Abu Dhabi Art fair opens, we speak to the Saudi artists Manal Al Dowayan and Ahmed Mater. Plus: Iraq's Dia Azzawi on creating the Arab world's Guernica

Abu Dhabi Art

Video: Abu Dhabi Art opens as the world watches

Is the UAE now the art capital of the Middle East?

Comment
Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi embraces all religions and displays the complexity of the world’s mind

New museum's universal approach derives from the open-mindedness of the founder of the UAE

Feature
Podcast

Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode one: Louvre Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Art

With all eyes on Abu Dhabi this week, we speak to the architect Jean Nouvel on designing the Arab world's first universal museum. Plus: a preview of Abu Dhabi Art fair

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Video: Will Louvre Abu Dhabi become famous as a new wonder of the world?

Not just a spectacular building, the museum is a treasure house of art arranged in a radical, intercultural manner

Feature
Podcast

Podcast episode eight: how hackers are attacking the art world

Galleries are losing huge sums to cybercrime, what makes them vulnerable? Plus: the dubious restoration along the Camino di Santiago.

Feature
Louvre Abu Dhabi

Introducing Emirati Voices: a video series on Louvre Abu Dhabi

Emirati citizens talk about the museum's collection and global impact

Sponsored byAbu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Feature
Podcast

Podcast episode six: trouble at Unesco, plus Art and Terror

Why did the US and Israel pull out of the organisation and what will happen next? Plus: 9/11 and its impact on art is explored at London’s Imperial War Museum

Feature
Podcast

Podcast episode five: what's the story behind the $100m Leonardo?

What will happen when the only painting in private hands by the Renaissance master heads to auction? Plus: the New Museum's big new show on gender, and our literary editor talks 18th-century princesses

News
Frieze 2017

Join the orgy at Frieze Masters

Richard Artschwager's Triptych IV, Fucking Painting has a double meaning

Interview
Zaki Nusseibeh

Louvre Abu Dhabi aims to make up for failed education in the Middle East

Leading Emirati thinker, Zaki Nusseibeh, on why the UAE is more humanistic than its neighbours

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Emirati voices: works from the Louvre Abu Dhabi

UAE citizens talk about the work of art that speaks to them most

Sponsored byAbu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Feature
Features

Venice can’t manage its tourists—yet it’s encouraging more to come from China

The town council proposes digital monitoring and a charge to enter St Mark’s Square

News
Obituaries

Death of Russia’s 'most popular' artist, a pseudo-dissident, far-Right nationalist

Ilya Glazunov gained the backing of all Russia’s presidents from Khrushchev onwards

News

Portrait of the mystery man behind Castello di Rivoli’s £450m art loan

Federico Cerruti was extraordinary in his extreme ordinariness and austerity

News

Lavish show celebrates 70th anniversary of the fashion house that Christian Dior built

Musée des Arts Décoratifs dedicates main areas to collaboration with the House of Dior and the artistic directors who defined it

News
Museums

How departing director Perdita Hunt saved the Watts Gallery from near death

She led a seven-year, £10m project to restore the buildings, rehang the galleries and conserve the collection

News
Prizes

At last: the mayor of Venice recognises the role of the private citizen in defending Venice

Jane da Mosto wins Osella d’Oro prize

News
Auctions

Low total for Sotheby’s first African art sale (but what is “African” art?)

Highest prices for artists already in the international art system

News

Sharjah Biennial follows recipe of crops, earth, water and cooking

The curator Christine Tohme broadens the event’s potential audience by also taking it to Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah and Beirut

News

Modernism gives Art Dubai sales a boost

Rediscovered work from the 20th century has new relevance today

News
Interview

What is the point of a biennial in the Middle East?

Social activist, art-centre founder Christine Tohmé explodes the concept with her Sharjah Biennial

Feature
Features

The Antarctic Biennale: a crazy idea becomes reality

In little more than a year, the artists and scientists—and, crucially, the funds—have been gathered for a unique biennial. The journey begins this month

News

The 2017 Sharjah Biennial roots for crops, earth, water and cooking

Curator Christine Tohmé also takes it to Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah and Beirut

News

First Emirati to create art in Antarctica

News
Museums

Comment: Is expertise at risk at the Victoria and Albert Museum?

The world’s greatest museum of decorative arts has been without a ceramics expert since 2016 and other gaps in knowledge are opening up

News
Museums

A totem sculpture, Physical Energy, to rise up in the woods south of London

The Watts Gallery Trust has authorised a cast of this masterpiece by George Frederick Watts to celebrate his bicentenary