320 February 2020

Review
Books

Of fossils, prisms and volcanoes: the scientific and imaginative investigations of the polymath Goethe

This extensive volume explores the relationship between the German writer's visual imagination and his fascination with natural science

Review
Books

The image debate: new book looks at age-old question of figural representation in Islam

This collection of essays examines the Islamic treatment of figuration around the world, from pre-modern decoration to contemporary snowmen

Review
Books

Book offers broadest and deepest study of Nazi culture yet

This is the first publication to fully examine the cultural output of the Third Reich, which, unsurprisingly, failed to produce great art

Review
Books

Despite its 'hybrid' approach, the Met's catalogue on French painting lacks detailed analysis

When used together, the New York museum’s print catalogue and supplementary website on their 18th-century French works make an excellent initial resource but offer little new information

Comment
Letters

Letters to the editor | Did Duchamp really steal Elsa’s urinal?

Debate rages on our Letters pages over whether Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven was responsible for the famous urinal that is attributed to Duchamp

Review
Books

The case is made for connoisseurs and their role in art history

The practice of connoisseurship, which, the author Frédéric Elsig argues, is a skill that can be learned, is examined in relation to 15th-and 16th-century painting

News
Openings

Semperbau museum in Dresden, home to Vermeer's hidden cupid painting, reopens after €49m renovation

The 19th-century palace is returning to the idea of showing sculpture alongside its Old Masters

Blog
Diary

Vogueing is in vogue at Tate Britain with performance masterclass from Diva Miyake-Mugler

News
Exhibitions

Picasso packs a punch: photography show offers unseen candid glimpses of artist's personal life

Exhibition at Le Vieux Chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, shows images captured by the war photographer David Douglas Duncan

Preview
Art fairs

Arco Madrid reforms selection process following criticism of lack of transparency

The 39th edition, opening tomorrow, has exhibitors from across Latin America, including Peru, Cuba, Chile and Colombia

News
The Momentary

Crystal Bridges launches satellite for living artists

Arkansas private museum’s cross-disciplinary new venue shines a spotlight on contemporary American art, from performance to cooking

Blog
A brush with

A brush with... Tomás Saraceno

We ask the artist about his favourite book, film and cultural experience as well his thoughts on the most underrated—and overrated—cultural figures

Preview
Exhibitions

Artists explore the dark side of AI in Silicon Valley's backyard

The exhibition of 13 artists, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, will include works about automation and machine bias

Preview
Exhibitions

Works by Cézanne, Matisse and Van Gogh from private Swiss collection head to Vienna's Albertina

The Hahnloser Collection paintings are being lent to the Austrian museum while the Winterthur villa where they usually reside undergoes renovations

Preview
Exhibitions

Neri Oxman harnesses the powers of 17,000 silkworms for New York show

The designer has employed natural processes and used materials from plants and shellfish for her exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art

Comment
BTS Connect

Why I'm working with the South Korean boyband BTS on an art project

The curator of the global public art collaboration Connect, BTS suggests that new definitions of art are required to democratise it

News
Openings

Back to school: Massachusetts college museum gets a $12.5m makeover

The free-entry MassArt Art Museum, formerly known as the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, opens this weekend

Analysis
Art market

'You have the right to culture with a capital C': Africa's growing collecting class shifts focus to home

From Marrakech to Cape Town, the continent's growing fairs and auctions scene is catering to a burgeoning domestic buying base

News
Books

Monet's beloved pottery cat comes to life in children's book

Story directly inspired by The Art Newspaper’s article on the artists’s Japanese ornament, which sat in the dining room at his Giverny home, will be published in May

Preview
Exhibitions

Linder's provocative cut-outs come to Kettle's Yard

For her retrospective, the artist has made a series of interventions in the Cambridge museum including creating special staff uniforms and a café menu

News
Museum of Modern Art New York

'Universally admired' arts patron Agnes Gund stars in new documentary at MoMA

The film, directed by her daughter Catherine, shows the roots of the collector's social activism

News
Kunsthalle Wien

Are three heads better than one? How to run a museum as a collective

Curatorial group WHW (What, How & for Whom), who are joint directors of Vienna’s Kunsthalle, on their experimental approach to museum leadership and exhibitions

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Instagram residencies: the artists moving into museums' digital spare rooms

As the Musée d’Orsay in Paris appoints an Instagram-artist-in-residence, we look at the growing trend in museums for social media takeovers and collaborations

Blog
Diary of an art historian

What can mysterious markings in stone teach us about British art?

Research for a new book begins with a pilgrimage to find prehistoric rock art in northern England

Preview
Exhibitions

From trans to the Taliban: Barbican to explore the many sides of masculinity

Sweeping photography show will shine a light on the fluid and plural nature of what it means to be a man

Analysis
Art market

When artists and galleries split, what are the legal implications?

As successful artists increasingly seek non-exclusive contracts with multiple galleries, clarity becomes critical in navigating splits between artist and gallery

Interview
Artist interview

‘At 99, I’m another person entirely’: Luchita Hurtado on fossil fuels and new challenges ahead

As her touring retrospective arrives in Los Angeles and then heads for Mexico, the nonagenarian artist is excited about showing her new work—and the prospect of making more

News
Politics

US artists and museums join forces to fire up voters

Artists and activists gather in Los Angeles later this month for the first For Freedoms Congress, a three-day event to spur voter engagement

Review
Books

Revamped art book prize wants to become the Oscars of arts publications—is it succeeding?

A year on from its announcement, we look at whether the Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards is meeting its ambitions

Feature
Video, film & new media

When will the art TV binge begin? Platforms like Netflix and Amazon are slow to show original cultural content

Streaming services have changed the way we watch television, but while they feature plenty of arts programming, there are few new commissions

Preview
Exhibitions

Old Masters, new tricks: Chatsworth House drawings are off to Sheffield

Almost 60 works by artists including Rembrandt, Annibale Carracci and Sebastiano del Piombo will go on show at the Millennium Gallery

Interview
Art dealers

In person | Dealer Susanne Vielmetter on the decline of artist exclusivity and the empty talk around gender parity

The Los Angeles gallery owner explains why she encourages her artists to have galleries in Europe and New York too, and how collaboration is key

Preview
Exhibitions

Beyond the wall: a golden period of exchange between Mexican and US artists is revisited in new show

Whitney Museum exhibition will explore the enduring influence of artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros on US counterparts including Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston

Review
Exhibitions

The Big Review: Kent Monkman at the Met

The latest commission for the Met's Great Hall continues the New York institution's upending of the colonial-settler narrative of American history

News
Public art

As debate rages around controversial US monuments, New York park invites artists to make their own

The year-long programme Monuments Now at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens aims to evaluate ideas around public art

News
Public art

'We must stop memorialising such a dark part of our history': official stance on Confederate monuments is shifting

Memorials honouring controversial generals continue to stir debate in many Southern states, but lawmakers are finding creative ways to deal with them

Blog
Diary

The Japanese collector who bought Basquiat’s $110m painting will fly artists—and a new partner—to the moon

News
Venice

The cost of Venice's worst floods since 1966

We survey the multi-million-euro impact of the disaster on the city's cultural heritage sites—and the funds pledged for restoration so far

News
Art market

Goodbye Gerhard: Deutsche Bank shrinks art collection

Troubled firm offloads some major works, but vows to continue buying emerging artists’ work

News
Nazi loot

German court rules in favour of Nazi-looted art database, although owners say a listing makes works unsellable

Lostart.de is caught between the conflicting demands of claimants and the holders of disputed art

Comment
Art market

Condo’s grassroots collaborative spirit is infectious

The London gallery sharing initiative feels like a significant step in a healthier direction

Preview
Exhibitions

America's Deep South heads to the UK’s south coast for remarkable exhibition

Around 20 artists from the US will show at Margate's Turner Contemporary, some for the first time in a UK institution

News
Museums & Heritage

Seattle Asian Art Museum's $56m expansion reframes the question: ‘What is Asian art?’

The refreshed museum will soon reopen with diverse collection displays informed by the local Asian Pacific Islander community

Preview
Art market

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening in February

Huma Bhaba's humanoid sculptures and Hairy Who member Gladys Nilsson—the best new commercial exhibitions this month

Analysis
Buyer's Guide

How to buy a... René Magritte

The artist’s trademark motifs make his work easily recognisable and desirable—but there is more to this Surrealist than apples and bowler hats

News
Exhibitions

Largest collection of contemporary Indian art heads to Moscow

Several Indian private museums are lending works for an exhibition due to open at the State Tretyakov Gallery

News
Leaders

Hans Ulrich Obrist: 'Ecology will be at the heart of everything we do'

The Serpentine Galleries' artistic director will reduce his flying 'very significantly' as the London institution goes green to mark its 50th anniversary

News
Musée du Domaine Royal de Marly

Decadence of Sun King’s pleasure palace revealed at reopened museum near Versailles

Musée du Domaine Royal de Marly is dedicated to the château where Louis XIV partied with his favoured courtiers

Preview
Exhibitions

Tate Britain presents the lesser-known British Baroque stars

The first exhibition to explore the style associated with mainland Europe will aim to show that it did exist in the UK—even if most painters were foreign

News
Restoration

Light relief: could new lighting technology avert the need for restoration?

Precision illumination can draw out a work’s fine details without physical intervention, but some doubt it will ever replace traditional conservation

News
Brexit

Crying over EU: how the arts should mark Brexit day

From Richard Artschwager's huge exclamation point, to David Shrigley's thumb, here are some of the most appropriate artistic responses to this historic moment

Comment
Leonardo da Vinci

Doubly lost: why the Salvator Mundi's failure to show up at the Louvre is to be greatly regretted

Insurance measures allowed the Leonardo painting to be included in the Louvre’s blockbuster if the loan was confirmed by 1 January. Now that date has passed, Martin Kemp laments its disappearance

News
Commercial galleries

Mumbai Gallery Weekend and India Art Fair go on despite continuing protests

Dealers and fair organisers advocate for "freedom of expression" though many worry dissent could prompt retaliation from the government

Preview
Frieze Los Angeles

Frieze Los Angeles exhibitors challenge rules preventing them from showing at other fairs

Galleries lament terms that mean they cannot participate in multiple fairs, even when they have different styles and audiences

News
Photography

Vast Fratelli Alinari photographic archive saved by Tuscan government

Tuscany has acquired agency collection and will create a new foundation in Florence to preserve its more than five million items

News
East German art

Arseholes or artists? How East German art is becoming a new collecting frontier

As a cache of communist pieces stored near Beeskow castle for 25 years is being rehabilitated, the market for such work is growing

News
J. Paul Getty Museum

Bedevilled: multi-million Getty Gauguin is a fake

Museum probably paid at least $3m for the widely exhibited sculpture of a horned devil, but the misattributed work may have been made by a Polynesian artist for the European market

Preview
Exhibitions

Rare loans bolster biggest ever Jan van Eyck show

Visitors will be able to get up close to Ghent Altarpiece panels and compare the Flemish artist to his Italian peers at Museum of Fine Arts show in Ghent

Blog
Diary

Artist creates black-faced portrait of Italian far-right politician Matteo Salvini

Current bid for re-imagined image of the controversial party leader stands at €45,000 in online auction

Analysis
Art market

How serious are the dangers of market sponsorship of museum exhibitions?

Involvement from galleries and auction houses is on the rise as public institutions face dwindling government funds and increased scrutiny over toxic philanthropy

News
Museums & Heritage

Thomas Campbell, former Met director, sizes up challenges for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

After more than a year in his new job, we interview the director about his priorities

Blog
The Insiders

The art world is reborn in Tribeca