307 December 2018

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Conservation & Preservation

Restoration for early Renaissance pulpit will get the big-screen treatment

The 1301 carved pulpit will undergo a two-year intensive monitoring programme

Comment
Victoria & Albert Museum

Museums must confront the big issues

In an era of deepening nationalism museums' ability to tell stories of hybridity and cosmopolitanism is vital

Analysis
Art market

Dealers turn to digital apps to help close sales

FaceTime and WeChat are shifting how collectors choose to buy

News
Heritage

How pioneering climate-change science dated one of Britain's oldest houses

Landmark Trust's restoration finds that oak timber used to build Welsh house was felled in the winters of 1418-19 and 1420-21

Comment
artificial intelligence

We must not let the art market hoodwink us in the AI debate

The AI work that was sold at Christie's is profound in its conservatism, but others reflect how the technology can impact on art in fascinating ways

Preview
Exhibitions

The slow and meticulous work of Vija Celmins zooms into view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Artist’s retrospective encourages viewers to take their time when looking in the modern age

Blog
Diary of an art historian

Gran Torino offers Van Dyck, hot chocolate and the ghost of Il Duce

Turin has all the grandeur of Paris, but none of the haughtiness

Interview
Museums & Heritage

The women taking charge in the Gulf's rising art scene

With many of the region’s museums, fairs and festivals under female leadership, we talk to three key decision-makers

Comment
Art market

Collaboration is key to solving art-market financial crime

Similar endeavours in other industries suggest that there is merit in working together to reduce financial crime

Preview
Exhibitions

Jean-Jacques Lequeu's fantasies finally find favour with Paris show

Petit Palais exhibition explores the architect's explicit drawings and designs for unrealised buildings including a cow-shaped dairy

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Art market

US anti-money-laundering bill could reappear early next year

Critics say the proposed law, which stalled following the US mid-term elections, would place an unnecessary burden on dealers

News
Museums & Heritage

Staff at State Russian Museum take legal action to halt renovation

Senior employees claim the $17m project threatens the Mikhailovsky Palace building and its collections

News
Monuments

Doris Salcedo melts down guns for new memorial in Colombia honouring sexually assaulted women

Some of the 15,000 victims attacked during the 53-year war between the government and leftist Farc rebels are helping to make the "anti-monument"

Analysis
Exhibitions

The year in exhibitions: world’s great collections reunited for once-in-a-lifetime shows

In 2018, curators turned into sleuths to track down works that belonged to some of history’s greatest—but often flawed—collectors

Analysis
The Year In Review

2018 in the market: the price is right for pale males

David Hockney was latest white male artist to set a record this year

Analysis
The Year In Review

2018 in contemporary art: the themes of Documenta 14 dominated much art over the past year

Contemporary artists are making art from adversity

Analysis
The Year In Review

2018 in museums: big ethics questions dominate the field

Museums are facing greater scrutiny over sponsorship and the artists they choose to display

Analysis
The Year In Review

The year in heritage: conservators become art

The conservation of masterpieces is happening in the full glare of the public

Analysis
The Year In Review

Market stunts predict the future… and evoke the past

The Leonardo and Banksy auction spectacles suggested a future in which marketing triumphs. But was it ever thus?

Analysis
The Year In Review

Vik Muniz: My advice to fellow artists in the face of grim political times

Brazil’s cultural sector must respond to hard-right politics by reconnecting with the wider community

Preview
Exhibitions

China finally gets caught in Louise Bourgeois’s web

First major survey in Shanghai of late artist’s work includes giant spider on loan from Tate

Analysis
The Year In Review

From counting muddles to collective cuddles: the art world's highs and lows of 2018

The people, places and things that had a year to remember—or to forget

News
Syria

New London gallery shows work by only-known artist to have worked secretly under Islamic State

The Stories Art Gallery champions artists who take a non-political approach in their work to challenge violent stereotypes of Syria

Feature
Artist interview

Elizabeth Price: Mining a rich seam of creativity

The changing world of work is central to Turner Prize-winning artist’s new show at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Preview
Exhibitions

Female artists emerge from shadow cast by Berlin Wall

Exhibition at Dresden's Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau reveals how women in the Eastern Bloc were often more radical than the men

Analysis
Market

In debt we trust: the rise of art-secured lending

The rapid growth in the number of loan providers, from private banks to specialist lenders, could transform the art market’s relationship with the financial markets

Preview
Exhibitions

Piero della Francesca exhibition at the State Hermitage Museum is largest ever—with 11 works

Half of movable works by Renaissance master included in St Petersburg show

Preview
Politics

Latin American galleries reassess sales strategies for Miami Art Week after border crackdown

Trump's decision to station 15,000 troops at the country's southwest border has further soured political relations between the US and its South American neighbours

News
Unesco

Goodbye Venice, goodbye Ravenna, goodbye Ferrara, goodbye Carthage?

Many World Heritage Sites around the Mediterranean are at grave risk from sea-level rise by 2100, report says

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Exhibitions

Judy Chicago’s career and journey into the art-historical canon celebrated in new show

Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami includes test plates for the artist's most famous work, The Dinner Party

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Albrecht Dürer

Dürer used his famous Praying Hands drawing to advertise his talent

Chief curator of Vienna’s Albertina argues that the work, which shows the artist's own hands, was a finished work rather than preparatory drawing

Preview
Art Basel in Miami Beach 2018

Dealers take a stand against transphobia at Miami's fairs

Exhibitors at Art Basel in Miami Beach and beyond respond to comments by President Trump with a wide range of queer art

Comment
Restitution

Should we relinquish our insistence on privileging original works of art?

Technological wizardry in replication is improving, alongside claims to relocate far-flung treasures

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Amedeo Modigliani

Forensic examination of all Modigliani works in French museums gets under way

Comprehensive analysis of 29 pieces from ten institutions could be “the best weapon against forgery”

Comment
Art fairs

Big changes on the horizon in the art-fair world

Concern for Delhi and Düsseldorf fairs following MCH Group withdrawal

News
Funding

Battle brews over Washington’s arts commission

The mayor’s plan to curtail the powers of the leading arts funder in the US capital could reduce its vital independence

News
Salvator Mundi

Would the 'royal' Salvator Mundi please stand up?

Pushkin Museum’s Giampietrino painting may be the one listed in inventory of Charles I’s collection, rather than the Abu Dhabi work

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Conservation & Preservation

Wallace Collection crowdfunds to conserve Canaletto works in room with many views

Museum aims to clean and analyse all 28 of its vedute paintings of Venice by spring 2020

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Art market

Censorship could stifle China's art market

Under president Xi Jinping's increasingly stringent regime, galleries must negotiate a slow and capricious approval process to show works of art

News
Museums & Heritage

V&A opens up towering replica of Trajan's column in revamped Cast Courts

New-look galleries invite visitors to explore inside Victorian plaster cast of Roman monument

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Los Angeles

Artists’ homes and work destroyed in California wildfires

It was not just Malibu’s celebrities who lost their property in the Woolsey Fire that ravaged the beachside community

News
Museums & Heritage

Washington Principles: the restitution of Nazi-looted art is still a work in progress, 20 years on

Major conference in Berlin this week marks anniversary of landmark agreement

Analysis
Auctions

The highs and lows of New York ‘gigaweek’

Hockney made the headlines, but other artists made waves—or flopped—at November’s auctions

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Austrian company behind Louvre Abu Dhabi dome is insolvent after non-payment

Spiralling costs of museum project chiefly to blame for bankruptcy, say press reports