318 December 2019

News
Tax

Demand for New York's first freeport facility steps up

Increasing numbers of dealers and collectors take advantage of tax-exempt Arcis, the foreign trade zone in Harlem

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Money laundering

Is the art trade ready for new EU law calling for tough action on "dirty money"?

Many dealers say new regulations on money laundering will be almost impossible to comply with

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Art market

Dutch dealer promises new Rembrandt discoveries in five-volume publication

Part one focused on early years of Old Master's career will be published in 18 months

Review
Books

This was the most prolific year for Leonardo scholarship in history—here is a detailed guide to the best books

At least 250 volumes in European languages have been published in 2019, the year that saw the world commemorate 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci's death

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Exhibitions

Here come the 'angels of anarchy': Surrealist women to steal the shows in 2020

Exhibitions in UK, Europe and US speak to growing public appetite for scholarship on the women of art history

Blog
The Insiders

Sarah Lucas eggs women on at Red Brick Museum

Review
The Year in Review 2019

From the history of the festive putti to Arthur Jafa's hefty tome: the art world's favourite books of 2019

Regular contributors, scholars, curators and critics choose their favourite reads from the past year

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Brooklyn Art Library

Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook project expands

Library of more than 45,000 artists’ sketchbooks is planning to become a non-profit, and help establish satellite venues around the country

Feature
Video, film & new media

Reality check: is VR set to revolutionise museums?

With the Louvre revealing its virtual reality Mona Lisa, museums ponder the power of tech experiences

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The Year in Review 2019

From trafficked treasures to the ravages of climate change: the heritage headlines of 2019

We look back at the biggest stories of the year

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Art storage

As banks shut down vaults, safety deposit boxes lure in collectors

Political uncertainty has seen a rise in the use of private security boxes for art, jewellery and collectibles

Analysis
The Year in Review 2019

King Tut’s golden year, Koons’s worst: the highs and lows of the art world in 2019

As Notre Dame burned, protestors called the shots and a gold toilet vanished, it was certainly a year to remember

Interview
Exhibitions

‘I mix the paint with rainwater, mud and fish glue': Vivian Suter on being back in the limelight after 30 years in rural Guatemala

She left Switzerland and art-world success behind, but with current and forthcoming shows in New York, London, Liverpool and Madrid, Vivian Suter is much in demand again

Analysis
The Year in Review 2019

Finally out of the shadows: the biggest exhibition trend in 2019

We look back at some of the best shows this year

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Openings

Revamped, renamed, reopened: Musée Ingres Bourdelle honours Montauban's masters

After €13m expansion, French museum brings together works by painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and sculptor Emile-Antoine Bourdelle

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Russia

Russian museums follow Putin’s call for satellites in the regions

The Hermitage has opened a branch in Siberia, the Pushkin is renovating a Constructivist landmark in Samara and more agreements are in the works

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The Year in Review 2019

From the MoMA expansion to ‘artwashing’ ill-gotten wealth: the major museum moments of 2019

We look back at the biggest stories of the year

Preview
Exhibitions

Treasure trove of Fijian artefacts to reveal a rich artistic heritage at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Exhibition includes 19th-century breast plates and clubs made from whale ivory, as well as a newly commissioned 26ft canoe

Comment
Lawsuits

Dodgy dealers beware: anti-fraud lawsuits are on the rise

A spate of fraudulent agents in the dock this year give the art trade a bad image—even if only a few individuals are involved

Analysis
The Year in Review 2019

From cancelled fairs to street art's auction room takeover: the art market's fruitiest stories of 2019

We look back at the stories that have overturned the art world order this year

Preview
Exhibitions

Sculptor Gego closes Brazil museum’s year of women artists

São Paulo survey at Masp shows work by one of the leading figures of the 1950s kinetic and geometric abstraction movement

News
Accessibility

How to make museums more accessible for disabled people? Ask them

Research groups have designed new technologies and initiatives for the V&A, Kunsthistorisches Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza

News
The Year in Review 2019

From a Paris inferno to the Leonardo tussle: the art world's top stories of 2019

We look back at the major events that made the headlines this year

Preview
Exhibitions

Welcome to the world of Rufus Porter: painter, publisher and prophetic inventor

Legacy of 19th-century artist and maverick, who founded longest-running US magazine and foresaw networking potential of technology, is examined in new show

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Arts funding

Washington, DC’s mayor and arts commission locked in conflict

Muriel Bowser launches rival office of creative affairs and blocks access to the city’s public art vaults

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Museum attendance

Influx of millions of Chinese tourists wreaks havoc for Russian museums

Electronic visas pave the way for ever greater visitors numbers, creating major logistical problems at Tsarskoe Selo and the Hermitage

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Poland

Lublin governor files defamation suit against art historian sparking free speech fears in Poland

Case against Tomasz Kitliński follows row over installation that marked pogrom sites in the city

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Museums & Heritage

Brighton Pavilion gets its glitter back as fanciful treasures return on long-term loan from the Queen

More of the startling objects collected by George IV will return from Buckingham Palace in early 2020

Preview
Exhibitions

New perspectives on an Old Master: Andrea Mantegna show to open in Turin

Exhibition at Palazzo Madama promises an impressive number of works—and a fresh view of the Renaissance master's legacy

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Conservation & Preservation

Weaver uncovers hidden patterns beneath Old Master paintings

For artisan Helena Loermans, uncovering the intricate weaves of artists' canvases is like “a detective story”

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Conservation & Preservation

Conserving canvas: from tear-mending to 'mist lining’, conservators share their techniques

Hundreds gather as the Getty convenes the first major international conference on the issue in 45 years

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Restitution

Archaeologist launches private bid to retrieve priceless Egyptian treasures from European museums

Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian minister of antiquities, corrals international team of experts to press institutions for return of important artefacts

Review
Exhibition catalogues

Vienna museum's Caravaggio and Bernini catalogue presents the artist's studio as a theatrical site

Exhibition at Kunsthistorisches on the two Baroque heavyweights helps to clarify the relationship between Roman painting and sculpture of the period

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UK politics

The UK's culture secretary conveyor belt: who will be next?

As the election looms this month and Nicky Morgan announces she is standing down, the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport prepares for its latest secretary of state

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Miami

Welcome to Allapattah: two spaces open this week in Miami’s new arts district

Local collectors Jorge Pérez and the Rubells head west of Wynwood in search of more space to show their art

Preview
Exhibitions

Rare outing for East India Company art at London's Wallace Collection

Exhibition curated by the historian William Dalrymple celebrates the artists behind the works of flora, fauna and daily Indian scenes

News
Conservation & Preservation

Cold War-era mosaic sees light of day again in eastern Germany

Reappearance of a Josep Renau mural hints at a greater acceptance of East German public art

Analysis
Immersive experiences

Snap and go: the pros and cons of the art experience economy

Immersive experiences define the most popular contemporary exhibitions, but where does this leave the commercial art world?

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Instagram trials the removal of its 'like' button—here is what it means for avid users

The social media platform wants to "depressurise" the platform but the decision could cost creative influencers and artists dearly

Interview
Art dealers

‘I just wanted people’s attention’: dealer Mariane Ibrahim on championing young artists of the African diaspora

Ahead of her debut at Art Basel in Miami Beach, the Chicago-based gallerist walks us through her journey from marketing McDonald's to setting up shop in Seattle

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Exhibitions

Revellers and rivals: Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat reunited for major show

First museum survey exploring both artists together to open at the National Gallery of Victoria

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Openings

British architect David Adjaye to build a church, mosque and synagogue on a united site near the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The future House of Abrahamic religions in Abu Dhabi shows how the UAE differs from Saudi Arabia

Blog
Diary of an art historian

Why was the National Portrait Gallery so secretive about its closure?

The London museum will close between 2020 and 2023, but the announcement was buried in the fourth paragraph of a press release

Preview
Art fairs

Fees revamp brings new blood to Art Basel in Miami Beach

Over a dozen galleries will join the fair's main Galleries section for the first time

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Forgeries

Bankrupt 'playboy' James Stunt attempted to borrow £40m against works of art claimed to be forgeries

The former husband of heiress Petra Ecclestone owes £5m in debt including an unpaid sum of £3.9m to Christie's

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Art fairs

Untitled art fair takes on the human cost of climate crisis

Exhibitors and special projects at the Miami Beach fair will tackle both the global and local ramifications of a planet in serious peril

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Politics

Culture ministry failed to vet right-wing religious group close to Steve Bannon

Decision to lease Italian medieval monastery to an organisation affiliated with President Trump’s former chief strategist is blamed on staff shortages

Analysis
Sotheby's

Sotheby’s at the crossroads: new owner, new chief executive, new era

Will new management be able to grow the newly privatised auction house on a tight budget?

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Art market

Lifting the lid on auction house salaries: how long would it take an intern to earn Tad Smith's $28.2m Sotheby's payout?

Executive salaries rises, while junior staff struggle to move up the ladder

Comment
Venice

Italy should call in the Dutch to help finish the Venice flood barriers

Following years of corruption and issues with Italian administration, an independent expert is the best bet to rescue the city from peril

News
Art collection

The last of the great private Roman collections re-emerges

A 40-year struggle between Italy and the Torlonia family ends with major show in 2020

Review
Exhibitions

The Big Review: Leonardo at the Louvre

This once in a lifetime retrospective has a freshness and coherence which appeals to public and scholar alike

Interview
Paula Rego

A brush with... Paula Rego

We ask the artist about her favourite book, writer and work of art as well her thoughts on the most underrated—and overrated—cultural figures

Analysis
Auctions

New York's autumn sales were subdued but not necessarily septic

Overall sales were down by around 30% but beyond the disappointing headline figures, women and minority artists shone

Blog
Linda on the loose

Get your rah-rahs out: Paul Pfeiffer marches to a political tune at the Apollo