306 November 2018

Feature
Photography

Edward Woodman: the light and space of a golden era

UK retrospective freeze-frames often ephemeral works from the 1980s and 1990s

Comment
Art market

Art authentication is not an exact science

The process of art attribution has come under attack, with forgery scandals rampant

Preview
Exhibitions

Two new shows highlight the politics of being apolitical in the powderkeg Middle East

Exhibitions in Doha on the history of Syria and revolutions in the Arab world tread a fine line

News
Conservation

Restored, but demoted: stained-glass window not by Tiffany, expert says

River of Life depiction has been newly reattributed to J & R Lamb Studios

Comment
Art market

Why the Christie's and Sotheby's duopoly is impregnable

The auction houses sell more than 80% of works priced over $1m at auction—can an underdog ever wrestle market share away from them?

News
London

How the UK has revived its Monuments Men

The CPPU consists of a solitary lieutenant-colonel, but he is recruiting

Blog
Diary of an art historian

The public deserves to see restorations laid bare

London's National Gallery and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam are both documenting repairs of major works—plus a personal conservation confession

Interview
Art market

Notorious forger Wolfgang Beltracchi on ethics, the art market and how to make a great fake

Now painting under his own name, Beltracchi's works are part of a selling exhibition currently touring Europe

News
Museums & Heritage

Mass Moca adds another decade to its long-running Sol LeWitt show

The museum celebrates the tenth anniversary of the installation, which is still "full of surprises"

Preview
Exhibitions

Grotesque, exotic, fantastic: Emil Nolde's road to Expressionism explored through three lenses

Survey exhibition of "degenerate" German artist at Zentrum Paul Klee includes works being exhibited for first time

News
Contemporary art

Rachel Whiteread’s breakthrough work Ghost gets complex conservation treatment

Structural engineers and architects were among those restoring the room-sized cast at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

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Art market

Latin American art gets a boost on the auction block

Including the region’s art in broader sales has been a positive move for some artists' sales

News
Exhibitions

Eleanor Antin revisits her dieting diary, 45 years on, for Lacma show

Artist who photographed herself naked every morning in 1972 has recreated her "Carving" work, to be shown in May 2019

Preview
Exhibitions

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's exotic art was inspired by cabaret, circuses and the travels of fellow artists

New show explores the flights of fancy made by the Expressionist who never ventured outside Germany and Switzerland

Preview
Art market

How high will Hockney go and can his soaring market last?

A double pool portrait, estimated at $80m and offered at Christie’s with no reserve, could set a record for the most expensive work by a living artist

Comment
Art market

Will the UK be able to take part in antiquities busts after Brexit?

Nineteen of the accused in Operation Demetra face trial in December, while the alleged UK mastermind awaits extradition

News
Paris

Double vision: Paris show displays two Mary Magdalene Caravaggios

Scholars are divided over whether either of the paintings of Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy—or both of them—are copies

Blog
In the frame

Taking on the Tories: new culture magazine wants your anti-Conservative art

News
Conservation

Restoration of rare English Medieval altarpiece reveals a history of serial vandalism

The Battel Hall retable, which survived the fury of 16th-century iconoclasts, bears later scars of graffiti and "witchmarks" against evil spirits

News
Austria

Austria returns wrong Klimt to wrong family

Painting of apple trees is pulled from exhibition after admission that its restitution was a mistake

News
Art market

Guarantees: the next big art market scandal?

Third-party auction deals have made some people very rich—but they may be bad for the market in the long run

Interview
Features

Larry Poons: Art isn’t business

The octogenarian painter stars in The Price of Everything, a new film about the machinations of the market airing on HBO

Preview
Art market

What to watch on the block during New York's fall sales

Lesser known lots still hold plenty of hammer potential

Preview
Exhibitions

Victorian pioneer Roger Fenton's images of Crimean War continue to inspire photographers today

New exhibition at the Queen's Gallery tells the story behind the photographs and also reveals a royal connection

Preview
Exhibitions

Andy Warhol for the Instagram age: huge retrospective opens at the Whitney in New York

Exhibition spanning four decades looks to introduce the king of Pop art to the social media generation

Preview
Art market

Shanghai’s two rapidly expanding fairs—Art021 and West Bund Art and Design—are attracting dealers despite China's slowing economy

Galleries are also seemingly undeterred by tussles between Presidents Trump and Xi Jinping

Preview
Exhibitions

Assyrian warrior king Ashurbanipal rides into London with treasures in tow

Exhibition at the British Museum includes carved ivories and a recreation of his huge library of cuneiform tablets

News
Renaissance

Isenheim Altarpiece restoration finally back on track after public outcry

More than 30 conservators will treat paintings and sculptures, seven years after French culture ministry halted reckless cleaning of two panels

News
Vienna

Austrian culture minister Gernot Blümel ‘is a no-show’, claims opposition

Austrian People’s Party politician has refused to schedule parliamentary culture committee meetings and has overseen a decline in the culture budget

Analysis
Art market

Paris versus Shanghai: photo fairs old and new compared

Despite censorship, China’s appetite for photography is growing but Paris Photo remains pre-eminent

Preview
Collecting

Giampietro Campana assembled the greatest private collection of his age—then lost the lot

A new show at the Musée du Louvre reunites 500 of the collector's artefacts, showing his admiration for Italian art across the ages

Preview
Exhibitions

When the avant-garde met E=mc2: the story behind Dimensionism

Supported by prominent figures in its day, the little known movement is at last being rescued from obscurity

Preview
Andy Warhol

Is Warhol to blame for Trump? Pop pioneer's work touches on many issues facing America today

“It’s a very potent time to raise many of these issues,” says curator of the Warhol survey opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art

News
Photography

Steve McQueen’s school initiative shows 'striking similarities' with another photographer's work

The Turner prize winner's photography project has been likened to Classroom Portraits by Julian Germain

News
Photography

Martine Franck comes into focus at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson's new Paris space

Inaugural show honours Belgian photographer and Cartier-Bresson's wife, who created the foundation to preserve their legacy

News
Heritage

Long-lost Tudor tapestry could be saved for the UK

Work commissioned by Henry VIII for Hampton Court Palace left the country in the early 1970s

Interview
Museums & Heritage

Tristram Hunt unveils plans for V&A East—the Victoria & Albert Museum's satellite London location

Museum will receive the buildings in former Olympic park for free, director says

News
China

Pompidou pops up in Chengdu but 'is not considering a permanent presence'

French museum takes Cosmopolis biennial platform to southwestern China less than a year before Shanghai outpost opens

Preview
Artissima

Artissima makes some noise with a new section for sound-based art

The Italian contemporary art fair is looking into cutting edge works this November

News
Mexico

Mexico’s presidential palace could become one of the world’s largest museums

But some experts question whether another art space is necessary

Preview
Art market

Private View: our pick of November gallery shows

From a two-venue show of Albert Oehlen's abstract works in Paris to a Bridget Riley retrospective in Los Angeles, here are the gallery shows to see

News
Building projects

Houston's museum building boom continues with opening of Menil Drawing Institute

Campus expansions at three museums in Texas's biggest city focus on creating civic spaces as well as on showing art

Comment
Museums

Zeitz Mocaa: Africa’s private ‘Tate Modern’ must do more for its public

More than a year after opening, the Cape Town museum’s curatorial and educational record has yet to live up to its promise

Comment
Jamal Khashoggi

Do not penalise Saudi Arabian artists for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

"There is great fear now within Saudi Arabia, with even stricter self-censorship than before"

News
Riyadh

Huge French-Saudi cultural collaboration cemented despite Khashoggi murder

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed plans to develop Al-Ula Province one day after Turkish officials announced killing of Saudi journalist

News
Museums & Heritage

Top museum directors on the challenges of climate change and mass tourism

Vatican conference on preventive conservation warns of environmental impact of short-term politics

News
Contemporary art

What's next for the Met after its 2020 Breuer exit?

Sheena Wagstaff says the move is part of a “positive, forward-thinking” new regime under Max Hollein’s directorship

News
Brazil

‘Brazil’s Donald Trump’ Jair Bolsonaro may thwart efforts to rebuild Rio museum destroyed in fire

New far-right president wants to remove the country’s ministry of culture

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Conservation

Alaskan dancer helps the Met solve riddle of the Yup’ik mask

Conservator calls in master storyteller to decipher shamanic object