299 March 2018

Analysis
TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Latin America's colonial art captivates a new generation

Two touring exhibitions are highlighting the explosion of global interest in viceregal period

Preview
Exhibitions

History repeating itself? Three major US shows look at 1930s art and political climate

Exhibitions of Grant Wood, Precisionism and interwar Europe draw parallels with today

News
Art market

Art Basel in Hong Kong welcomes more mainland galleries

Dealers from across Asia are ramping up their presence, and around half of the projects in the Kabinett sector are by Asian artists

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Exhibitions

Face to face with a Mesoamerican metropolis—in Los Angeles

Largest city of the ancient Americas brought back to life in show of Mexican treasures at Lacma

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Exhibitions

Laid bare: seven centuries of the human body in colour

Sleeping Beauty waxwork joins Donatello and Degas sculptures at Met Breuer

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Politics

Plant from Las Vegas gunman’s garden is at the centre of anti-gun exhibition in New York

The Austrian artist Martin Roth says the aim is to create a space to discuss violence in the US and help visitors, including school children, take action

Comment
Museums

Museums have a duty to be political

Activist curators and directors can make truly democratic spaces, but they need brave boards to support them

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Art market

Will new global galleries stifle competition in Hong Kong?

Opportunity knocks, but there is a risk that it will deliver a blow to local artists and gallerists

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Art market

Drawings week hits Paris

The 27th edition of Salon du Dessin at Palais Brongniart assembles 39 dealers from Europe and the US

Feature
TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Getting to know the real Tintoretto

A string of exhibitions celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Venetian master’s birth will help to bring him back into favour

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Art market

Art Dubai to show international artists' vision of the UAE

New residencies initiative aims to promote Gulf state's creative scene, while African galleries are on the rise at fair

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Conservation

How much of conservators’ work should be visible and how much should be hidden?

The release of a pre-conservation image of Leonardo’s $450m Salvator Mundi reignites debate over the transparency of conservators’ interventions

Preview
Exhibitions

Bruce Nauman keeps his edge, 50 years on

Retrospective at Basel’s Schaulager ranges from artist’s earliest works to a new 3D video installation

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Exhibitions

From social realism to human waste: new exhibition looks at Italy’s post-war art scene

Show in Florence aims to bring "the complexity of the Italian art world” to an international audience

Blog
In the frame

Get your own little piece of the Ritz

News
Public art

Beer and bread rolls for a vandalised sculpture in Münster

City residents aim to raise €1.2 million for Nicole Eisenman’s Sketch for a Fountain

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)

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Art market

Asia Week auctions reveal breadth of the market

Christie’s and Sotheby’s dominate in terms of value but smaller firms can compete in the field of Asian art, with the internet’s help

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Exhibitions

Performance pioneer Joan Jonas takes over Tate Modern

Survey of US artist at the London gallery includes an exhibition, performance and film programme

Interview
Features

Tacita Dean on her three major London shows

From genre fluidity to the British artist's love of analogue film

Blog
Diary of an art historian

The National Gallery’s issue of trust

I only found out by accident how well off the museum really is

Comment
Leaders

The mirage of riches in museums’ vaults

Putting aside museum ethics, Martin Gammon looks at the financial viability of museums deaccessioning their collection as a quick fix for financial trouble

Analysis
TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Tefaf trends: Sweden is in, England is out, but Italy is always in vogue

Melanie Gerlis sets the scene for six specialist collecting categories at this year’s Maastricht fair

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Palestine

Gifts multiply for fledgling Palestinian museum’s solidarity collection

Sixty works donated by European and Arab artists will stay at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris until a permanent home is built

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Art law

New Russian law recognises contemporary art at last

Ultra-rich collectors who run their own museums will benefit from the change

Feature
TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Lessons in collecting from the court of Charles I

He relied on advisers such as Van Dyck to guide his acquisitions. How different is the art of connoisseurship today?

News
Art market

Tough new scrutiny by district attorney rattles New York antiquities trade

Will New York district attorney’s new unit clean up the antiquities market—or shut it down?

Interview
TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Tefaf’s new chairman: ‘There needs to be less secrecy about everything’

Nanne Dekking, thinks transparency will push fairs into the 21st century

Feature
TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Big data meets Old Masters at Tefaf Maastricht

As artificial intelligence becomes more common, the market is embracing tools that might help to bring digital natives into the Golden Age

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Museums

The road to recovery: Puerto Rican museums regroup after hurricane

Island’s institutions join forces to safeguard collections and plan for future disasters

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Exhibitions

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: David Bowie blockbuster gets New York remix

Around one-fifth of the objects in the Brooklyn Museum's show were not included in previous iterations

Feature
TEFAF Maastricht 2018

A day in the life of… a Tefaf vetter

Maastricht is famous for its tough vetting procedures, but what is it really like to be on the fair’s expert team?

Feature
TEFAF Maastricht

The Tefaf Maastricht wish list: objects to suit every collector’s taste

From glass succulents to magic belts, the fair will not disappoint

News
Technology

Elon Musks's Telsa Roadster: Is it art? Or is it ‘garbage in space’?

The entrepreneur has begun implementing his plan to colonise Mars and make us a “multi-planetary species”

News
Museums

Frick sends Old Masters to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Ten works are due to go on display at the Museo de Arte de Ponce

Preview
Exhibitions

Dreaming to drowning: a year in the life of Picasso

Tate Modern’s major new show focuses on 1932, a period of turbulent creativity that gave rise to some of the artist’s greatest work

News
Armory Extra 2018

New York's March fairs aim to seize market moment

Your essential guide to the Armory Show, Volta, Independent, Nada and beyond

News
Museums

Against the odds, Louvre exhibition opens in Tehran in historic deal

French museum became first cultural institution to secure ties with Islamic regime after sanctions lifted in 2016

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Art market

Private View: our pick of March gallery shows

New shows at commercial galleries, from emerging names to rediscovered talents

News
Politics

Polish art world calls on national museum to stage 'major international show' against fascism

An open letter to Krakow institution asks for exhibition to counter rise of the right in Poland

Blog
Linda on the loose

Havana moment at MoMA

News
Attendance

Why visitor numbers at two of London’s major museums have plunged

Fewer blockbusters the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery meant UK audiences stayed away

Blog
Linda on the loose

Danh Vo the decoder

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Linda on the loose

Basquiat heads back to his Brooklyn home

Blog
Linda on the loose

Hit singles from the New Museum

News
Conservation

Mauritshuis shines a light on its famous Vermeer

A team of international specialists are studying Girl with a Pearl Earring for two weeks straight

News
Loans

How Britain tried—and failed—to borrow the Bayeux Tapestry twice before

One attempt was made in 1953 to mark the coronation of Elizabeth II and another for the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066

News
Conservation

Bayeux Tapestry to be conserved in London?

The British Museum has the space and facilities to restore the embroidery, which is returning to England for first time in 940 years

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Museums

Family feud forgotten as Thyssen-Bornemisza plans contemporary shows

Madrid museum's collector-trustees, Carmen Cervera and Francesca von Habsburg, turn conflict into collaboration

Feature
Media & broadcast

Civilisations: how the BBC's new series takes on Kenneth Clark's legacy

Documentary breaks with many of the assumptions in the art historian’s seminal series, but it also owes a great deal to it