315 September 2019

Interview
Art dealers

In person: Pilar Ordovas on playing hard to get and striking out on her own

The Spanish-born independent dealer discusses working with Larry Gagosian and why she won't do art fairs

News
Museums & Heritage

Southampton's new art space takes over tower of 700-year-old city gateway

Exhibition venue and heritage attraction inside Grade I-listed monument God's House Tower is called GHT

Review
Books

Titan of Turin: Italy's greatest interior decorator receives definitive scholarly book

Bertrand de Royere provides a thorough examination of the life the 19th century decorator and furniture designer Pelagio Palagi

Blog
In the frame

Quirky snaps reveal whats going on off-camera in passport photos

Feature
Collectors

The architects who build art collections: from Phil Freelon to I.M. Pei

While architects and designers are often inspired by the works of artists, their own acquiring habits are as varied as their influences

Review
Books

Back to scuola: book series provides accessible introduction to Italian and Northern Renaissance art

The five volumes offer a range of perspectives and chronological breadth for budding scholars of the field

Preview
Exhibitions

'It’s our intervention that causes the mayhem': Kiki Smith on work, wandering and the wonders of nature

Tapestries, photography and sculpture feature in the US artist’s first major UK show for 25 years at Modern Art Oxford

News
Restoration

King of bling’s magnificent home—destroyed by Allied bombing—is recreated in Dresden

Splendid royal state apartments of Augustus the Strong are opening to visitors again after a lavish reconstruction

Preview
Exhibitions

Woven conflicts: Hannah Ryggen's fascist-fighting tapestries go on show in Frankfurt

Textile-works showing Nazi prison camps and Mussolini with a spear through his head will feature in first German survey of Swedish artist

Review
Books

National Gallery definitively catalogues 'small but perfectly formed' collection of French 18th century paintings

Humphrey Wine’s lavishly illustrated book details the London museum's 60 authentic works and 12 replicas, copies or  pastiches

News
Museums

Peabody Essex Museum's $125m expansion includes new displays shaped by its neuroscience research

Institution in Salem, Massachusetts, opens new wing to display maritime and Asian art collection

Preview
Exhibitions

Beyond the Metaphysical: Milan show aims to reassess Giorgio de Chirico's late period

Major survey at Palazzo Reale will include his "most difficult" works as well as early pieces that inspired the Surrealists

News
Palmyra

'The most beautiful female bust' brought back to life with vivid colour

Ancient Palmyra’s painted lady is digitally reconstructed from traces of pigments for new exhibition at Copenhagen’s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Interview
Santiago X

Native American artist Santiago X on rebuilding Indigenous cities, one mound at a time

The forgotten history of Indigenous mound building will be reclaimed at this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial

Preview
Exhibitions

Albertina’s Albrecht Dürer drawings enjoy a rare outing

Exhibition will bring together Vienna museum’s collection with key loans from European institutions, as well as unveiling a raft of new theories

Preview
Exhibitions

Michelangelo drawings head (Mid)West for Cleveland show

The exhibition, which includes a preliminary drawings for the Sistine Chapel ceiling, will also travel to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles

Preview
Art fairs

Strong, diverse and on the ascent: new fair and galleries add to Chicago's booming commercial art scene

Growing momentum in the Windy City is drawing in talent from across the US and around the world

News
Restoration

Restorers discover shield fragment is 1,700 years old, making it the oldest German panel painting

Researchers at the Landesmuseum in Halle found fragments of paint on the ancient wooden object

Blog
In the frame

Power—and pesos—to the people, as 'artivism' project travels around New York’s East Harlem

News
Art fairs

'It was painful, it was hardship': Marina Abramovic on her ill-fated, epic walk towards Ulay across the Great Wall of China

Three decades after the artists made the journey, in the dying throes of their relationship, PhotoFairs Shanghai is showing the work for the first time in the country

Feature
Collectors

Feeling the pinch: why the middle-class collector is a dying breed

The Vogels filled their modest apartment with contemporary art, but wage stagnation has seen the professional-classes squeezed out of this overheated market

News
Museums & Heritage

Middle East think-tank opens art gallery in Washington, DC

New space for Modern and contemporary art from the Arab world will put on five exhibitions a year

Preview
Art & Design 2019

The year ahead in design: all the key dates you need

The biggest biennials, fairs and exhibitions over the next 12 months

News
Art & Design 2019

Form and (dys)function: new objects question the role of 'usability' in design

Artists at London Design Festival are taking a swipe at the foundations of Modern design

Feature
Art & Design 2019

London Design Festival: meet the designers pushing us to take action on the world's big issues

We take a look at artists tackling environmental and social issues through large-scale, experimental works

News
Russia

Pushkin State Museum to take control of nine contemporary art centres across Russia

Handover from Russian culture ministry is expected to be completed in early 2020

News
Art fairs

Paris fair struggles to move on from forged furniture fiasco

Criminal investigation launched three years ago into Parisian dealers at La Biennale continues to diminish confidence in the event's integrity

Interview
Maurizio Cattelan

'Art's most high-profile provocateur' Maurizio Cattelan on his new Blenheim Palace show

Known for this dangling horse and gold toilet, the Italian artist's exhibition is in the unlikely setting of Winston Churchill's birthplace

News
Building projects

Oakland’s ‘museum of the people’ launches $85m capital campaign

Renovation aims to reflect the demographic diversity of the birthplace of the Black Panthers

Comment
Museums & Heritage

It's back to school for the art world—here's why you shouldn't just rush to the blockbusters

From William Blake at Tate Britain to Gauguin at the National Gallery, London's museums are opening their biggest exhibitions this month—but how much are you really able to enjoy them?

News
Photography

Germany plans photography archive to preserve 'visual memory of our society'

Culture minister Monika Grütters enlists international experts to help create a central institution but critics question necessity and feasibility

Preview
Biennials & festivals

‘Post-industrial’ Biennale de Lyon to examine shifting social and economic experience of the region

As the largest edition of the biennial expands into an abandoned factory, we also roundup new festivals sprouting up around the world

News
Museums & Heritage

Lack of space at the British Museum sees major loan of Assyrian collection to Getty

Since the closure of a basement gallery in 2006 there is little room to store the whole collection

Comment
Museums & Heritage

Why it is vital to promote cultural inclusion at New York's institutions

The arts sector must engage in constant dialogue with communities, says the city's commissioner of cultural affairs

News
Art dealers

Banksy's former agent quits gallery world citing snobbery and the death of subculture

Steve Lazarides leaves Lazinc in Mayfair to pursue solo projects

News
Museums & Heritage

The William Blakes that got away—and why

As the Tate Britain show opens, we reveal the inside story of the Tate’s failure to acquire 19 watercolours from a portfolio that turned up in a Glasgow bookshop

Preview
Exhibitions

Verrocchio's first major US survey to delve into his role in shaping the High Renaissance

The artist is best known as Leonardo’s teacher, but an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington aims to highlight his own technical accomplishment and inventiveness

Preview
Exhibitions

From blasphemer to bookworm: Paris show reframes Francis Bacon's later works

Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou focuses on the artist’s post-pope period, which has received less critical examination

Analysis
Commercial galleries

Mega-galleries pick up the pace in the race for space

Commercial galleries continue to expand in Manhattan despite steep real estate costs

News
Australia

Can Australia support two new Aboriginal art museums?

Proposals for Alice Springs and Adelaide have political support but concerns have been raised over competing projects and lack of Indigenous involvement

Preview
Cosmoscow

Russia's only international art fair tackles tricky topics

Cosmoscow's public programme will explore 'the crisis of faith in expertise' in the art market

Preview
Commercial galleries

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening in September

New commercial gallery shows—from Baroque blackness in Chicago to flying saucers in London

News
Restoration

Monumental Veronese painting—once cut into 32 pieces by Austrian soldiers—to undergo fourth restoration

Work on the battle-scarred 39 sq. m Papal feast scene, housed in a monastery in Vicenza, should be completed by early 2021

Blog
Diary of an art historian

National Gallery should be ashamed of how it treated its educators

Court documents reveal that the museum took little action to rectify the education team's employment status

Analysis
Art crime

Seller beware: how to avoid being duped by an artful dodger

Timothy Sammons misled clients over sales of works by artists including Picasso

News
Ethics

How ethical can museums afford to be? We ask five major UK art institutions about funding challenges

We find out how mounting public scrutiny of private money could affect the bottom line of London's National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate

Comment
UK politics

Politics requires a science degree? Why Boris Johnson's chief strategist is wrong about arts education

“If you are interested in politics you will be far better off if you study maths or physics,” writes aide Dominic Cummings in his blog

News
National Museum of Brazil

Phoenix project rises amid the wreckage of Brazil’s National Museum blaze

The museum is seeking $30m to reopen one wing in 2022 for the bicentennial of Brazilian independence

News
Museums & Heritage

Kaiser's heir angers German public over huge restitution claims

Demands by the emperor's great-great grandson for the return of thousands of works from two German states threatens the future of at least two museums

News
Politics

The artists at the forefront of Russia's democracy protests

Street art and digital art used as tools of subversion, as artists themselves bear the brunt of a brutal government crackdown

News
Restitution

Trump opens door to restitution claims on art seized by Cuba

While the president is the first to allow Title III of Helms-Burton Act to be used, some whose collections were taken doubt it will have an impact

Blog
In the frame

Pictures of matchstick men: celebrating L.S. Lowry in a new film—and with a garden statue?

News
Art market

'Outrageous coup': art world shocked as Boris Johnson suspends parliament

Trade condemns the move and prepares for mayhem of no-deal Brexit

News
Renaissance

Science provides first deep dive into overlooked female Old Master Lavinia Fontana's work

After a grant enabled conservation on a much-loved painting, researchers at the National Gallery of Ireland are learning more about the artist’s technique

Comment
Museums & Heritage

Collectors are now collecting museums, not the other way around

Seats on boards offered by major museums are increasingly being used to serve the narrow agendas of the ultra-rich

Blog
In the frame

Revealed! UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s arts policy ...from 2004

News
Museums & Heritage

Philanthropy, but at what price? US museums wake up to public's ethical concerns

Daniel Weiss, Adam Weinberg and other museum leaders speak out following the fallout from the resignation of the Whitney’s vice chairman and the ongoing Sackler affair

Blog
In the frame

Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film Pain and Glory puts the art in arthouse

News
Museums & Heritage

UK's most valuable museum acquisition in a decade? National Gallery set to buy Gentileschi masterpiece

The Finding of Moses, currently on loan at the London museum, is owned by sofa-billionaire Graham Kirkham

News
UK politics

Boris Johnson’s Olympic mega-sculpture is £13m in debt

Visitors decline steeply at ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor in east London

News
Iran

British Council condemns Iran court upholding ten-year sentence for UK-based curator

Aras Amiri loses final appeal over spying charges