News

Guggenheim plans New York expansion… again Free

The Collection Center will have a “dynamic public-programming component”

Time for Italy to reverse its art

International access to post-war Italian art threatened as 50-year restrictions kick in

Ten Apostles found behind a bookcase

Works rediscovered in Durham Cathedral could go on show this month—if ownership can be agreed

Thatcher film postponed after Tories object Free

Blackpool gallery funded by local council delays show in run up to elections

England’s regions seize their chance as Scotland votes ‘no’

Referendum result gives encouragement to arts directors who say decision-making is too London-centric

Private universities commission their own collections Free

Eliasson and Villareal to create works for MIT through its Percent for Art programme

One small step for nanotechnology Free

The Korean-born artist Kimsooja worked with Cornell scientists to realise her newest sculpture

Moscow officials accused as heritage is destroyed

Pressure group claims authorities take cynical view of city’s “epidemic of demolition”

Mussolini’s vision of future to host long-delayed Holocaust museum

Museo della Shoah, planned since 2005, could open in Rome next year

Art the big winner as lottery turns 20

National lottery has given billions to heritage and the arts since 1994, but rising demand means grants—especially the largest—are now harder to get

Biennial gives São Paulo the chance to see broader horizons

The 31st edition concentrates on collaborative projects and types of work rarely seen in Brazil

V&A East could be vast Free

A planning brief released by the mayor of London reveals details of the cultural quarter for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Art Market

The trials of doing business in China Free

The problems at Sh Contemporary demonstrate the subjectivity of the country’s laws

Rise and fall of DIY magnate’s art fund

Private investors not likely to benefit from recent deal to rescue vast art collection

‘Poor door’ opens to let in the new collectors

From limited-edition works to T-shirts and tote bags, galleries are reaching out to a wider market

Native fair goes back to basics

The new Indigenous Fine Art Market fair was founded by key staff from an established rival

The new face of Phillips Free

Chairman Edward Dolman is bullish on new spaces, new markets and taking on the duopoly

Dealers open up rare archives to museums

Three major collections join the growing mass of records available for research

Growing new service to ease cash flow in the art market

Common in the finance and fashion sectors, “factoring” is now being introduced to the art world

Europe’s latest freeport opens for business

High-spec “hotel” for art in Luxembourg backed by main investor in Singapore facility


Books

Testing ethical boundaries

Balthus’s depictions of pubescent girls raise questions about the limits of artistic expression—and about the viewer’s response

The Ottoman effect in Europe

A collection of essays asks if the Ottoman Empire was integral to the European Renaissance

Heavy metal studies

Essays on French bronze sculpture

Gilt-edged diplomacy

How Lord Raby’s silver wine cooler was used to impress European kings

Let there be light

Essays promoting understanding of Medieval illuminated manuscripts

St Francis in focus

A book due out next month shows the glories of Assisi’s famous decorated church

Englishmen’s castles saved by Americans

How the Second World War took its toll on British country houses—and how transatlantic marriages preserved many of them

Too little, too late

An attempt, not entirely successful, to rescue the reputation of Emperor Friedrich III of Prussia

German-speaking, but in a culture of his own

The Austrian identity of art historian Alois Riegl, and his Nietzschean roots

Silent witness to a melancholy world

Johannes Thopas, the remarkable 17th-century deaf-mute Dutch artist


Comment

The importance of mud to Venice Free

The Italian government decides on 17 October what to do about the cruise ships

France’s museum bosses need to be properly managed

Ministers meddle and directors are effectively unaccountable. This must change

Ai Weiwei, Alcatraz and the radical side of conceptualism

The Chinese artist, unable to travel, has created a project on the US prison island that could only have happened as a conceptual work


Conservation

How to put Monet back together again

Tiny paint flakes from damaged work give clues to artist’s technique

The antiquated video bake-off

Germany’s ZKM Centre is forging ahead in restoring early video art—with the help of a customised oven

The bear necessities of frontier life revealed

Conservators discover what lies beneath the surface of George Caleb Bingham’s river paintings


Exhibitions

The light at the end of Rembrandt’s life

Personal plight did not diminish the Dutch master’s skill in his later years

Hollywood’s artist returns

Steve McQueen’s new film Ashes, set in Grenada, is his first since his Oscar triumph

Richard Tuttle: now’s the time to be-weave

Tate Modern, the Whitechapel Gallery and Bowdoin are showing the textile artist’s works

Weird world

Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch bring their dizzying video circus to London

Rules of engagement

Political agenda to the fore in the work of the artists shortlisted for the £40,000 Artes Mundi prize

No dummies

How artists used mannequins in their work

Velázquez in German—at last

The artist’s first big monographic show in the German-speaking lands takes place in Vienna

The adventures of Bernardo Bellotto

View painting for the 18th-century courts of Europe

Giants of Chinese art

Billionaire Adrian Cheng’s art foundation opens three-year collaboration with Palais de Tokyo with show of emerging artists

Looking backward to go forward

Franco-Chinese relations are celebrated in Paris with 300 artefacts from the ancient Han dynasty

The dealer who made a lasting impression

Paul Durand-Ruel sold works by Renoir, Monet and Pissarro when hardly anyone wanted to buy them

The art of causing offence

The lapsed beliefs of Robert Gober lie at the heart of his understanding of narrative and theatricality

Leonard Lauder’s Cubist gifts go on show Free

The Met unveils works that transform its Modern art collection


Fairs Auctions

Features

Can a biennial fix New Orleans? Free

In its short life, the Prospect biennial in Louisiana has lurched from critical acclaim to near-collapse. Can the third edition, opening this month, at last achieve its aims to help regenerate the city?

A better Prospect for African-American artists Free

In reflecting New Orleans’s racial mix, the biennial is breaking the mould

Interview: Camille Henrot, life, the universe and everything Free

The French artist’s film in Prospect 3 reflects her fascination with the human quest for control over the natural world

The Origin of the World: unhidden desire

After more than 100 years, Courbet’s famous nude still has the power to shock audiences, and inspire artists.


Focus

How art can help you keep the cuts at bay

While Western governments wrestle with austerity economics, tax concessions on art remain generous

USA


Museums

No Turkish loans for big Seljuk Turk show planned by the Met Free

Thorny early discussions with Ankara deterred the US museum but Turkish attitude now appears more conciliatory

Director ushers in open-door policy in Paris

As an encore to Musée Picasso’s reopening, Laurent Le Bon plans big shows in New York and Paris

Fondation Louis Vuitton's closely guarded secret

Bernard Arnault keeps underwraps what will go on show inside his Frank Gehry-designed museum

‘Museum directors hated Bilbao’ Free

Frank Gehry takes stock of his museums, as his Pompidou retrospective and the Fondation Louis Vuitton open in Paris

Wedgwood tangled in legal web

The Art Fund consulted leading lawyers but to no avail, so it launched a fundraising appeal to save the collection from being auctioned

Turner catalogue delayed again

The Tate still has 21,000 works to publish online—but those already posted suggest it will be worth the wait

Field trips become rare events Free

As US education policy prioritises maths, English and testing, museums focus on classroom learning

Chicago’s great photography sale

Art Institute reluctant to say why such classic images are surplus to requirements

Terra Foundation plans 'Pacific Standard Time' for Chicago Free

Institutions will research the art and design of the Midwest metropolis


Obituary

David Rosand

Academic, critic and conservationist who wrote widely on Venetian Renaissance art