Issue 259 - July-August 2014

News | Art Market | Books | Comment | Conservation | Exhibitions | Fairs Auctions | Features | Focus | Media | Museums | Obituary |

News

Cigarettes for art

Seemingly unrelated taxes are generating revenue for cultural groups as government funding shrinks

Rapid rise in cultural districts—but there are risks

More creative zones are being built than ever, but who do they serve?

‘Yes’ vote for Scottish independence could create cultural divide

Uncertainty builds north of the border as concerns grow that UK funding bodies will stop donating if Scotland goes it alone

Curators’ fees are up for grabs

Germano Celant’s pay for Milan is at the top end of the biennial league table

Goldsmiths’ art school to build dedicated gallery

Fundraising includes auction of works donated by star alumni of leading art school

You think you live in America? Think again

Installation questions US cultural dominance

Calls to clean up Russian market

As a major Malevich show opens in London, claims grow that the avant-garde market is still plagued by fakes

The real curse of Tutankhamun

As Howard Carter’s archive goes on display in Oxford, the contents of the boy king’s tomb remain in bad condition and seriously under-researched

Threat to Mount Sinai monastery

Retired general files lawsuit demanding that the sixth-century Orthodox monastery is torn down—and an Egyptian court agrees to hear the case

Sale of ancient statue goes ahead despite opposition from Egypt Free

Northampton council is selling sculpture at Christie's to fund museum expansion and refurbishment

Calls to clean up Russian market Free

As major Malevich show opens in London, claims grow that the avant-garde market is still plagued by fakes

How much are curators really paid? Free

Germano Celant’s pay for Milan is at the top end of the festivals and biennials league table


Art Market

A dealer with ‘daring and panache’

Fine instincts and a love of “the adrenaline of the deal” made self-taught Daniel Katz the leading sculpture trader of his generation

Swap art to save on taxes

Collectors are making use of “like-kind” exchanges, but the US government wants to clamp down

Slim pickings at pedestrian sales

Sotheby’s prime Impressionist works pleased, while Christie’s challenging catalogue was largely unrewarded

From Russia with deep pockets

Ukrainians were more cautious, but Russians splashed out for top quality pieces in London

Artists take the market into their own hands

Tactics include printing extra works and rock-bottom sales

UK/US art trade: where is the missing money?

Money laundering, trafficking and tax avoidance could all be factors in the discrepancy in figures

Back to the past

Change of direction sees London’s Masterpiece luxuriously fill the gap left by the defunct Grosvenor House


Books

The arch of time

From its invention by the Romans, the monumental arch has been a feature of the built environment ever since

The arch of time

From its invention by the Romans, the monumental arch has been a feature of the built environment ever since

An anthology of absences

A thesis that Titian’s work was the end of the Venetian Renaissance fails to convince

How artists view themselves

Two books assess self-portraits through the ages and in the 18th-century English country house

Beware of the drunken bear

Swedish diplomatic 17th-century silver helped to keep the peace with Russia

Is anyone listening?

A vigorous, if misdirected, defence of excellence and discrimination

John Ruskin: a painter of record

Ruskin was a formidable draughtsman and painter, though he saw his art only as a means to an end

Character studies

The tension between author, text and image in Islamic art


Comment

Scientific truth the victim of Venice barrier-builders

After this huge corruption scandal, new organisations are needed, perhaps under EU control, if the city is to be saved

World turned upside down

As the Centre Pompidou revisits its landmark exhibition “Les Magiciens de la Terre”, its curator and a featured artist assess its impact

World turned upside down

As the Centre Pompidou revisits its landmark exhibition “Les Magiciens de la Terre”, its curator and a featured artist assess its impact

World turned upside down

As the Centre Pompidou revisits its landmark exhibition “Les Magiciens de la Terre”, its curator and a featured artist assess its impact


Conservation

Oldenburg's giant rubber stamp gets a facelift Free

Artist advises on restoration of 8m-high sculpture in Cleveland's Willard Park

Bottoms up in Boston

Museum restores 17th-century drinking game for new Kunstkammer gallery

Spain limits Church’s powers after Córdoba cathedral row

New law makes it harder to register religious sites

Big changes in store for Paris theatre

Hidden parts of the Théâtre National de Chaillot will be reopened as part of a major renovation project


Exhibitions

Summer in the cities

A selection of art festivals and biennials taking place across the globe during the hot season

(Inter)facing the future

Show explores the impact of digital technology on art, music, film and design

US artists make an impression on Europe

How the Americans adapted the French style

Eliasson show promises surprises

Details of new site-specific work at Danish museum remain undisclosed

Clark Institute re-opens with Chinese bronzes

Shanghai Museum lends antiquities for inaugural show at renovated campus

A variety of Arab worlds

New Museum show cautiously embraces politics of the region


Fairs Auctions

The South African art market is warming up

Numbers swell at Africa’s biggest art event as its contemporary market matures


Features

I dissent, therefore I paint

Mikhail Roginsky had little time for the label “founder of Soviet Pop” or, in fact, for any group at all.

Journeys INTO SPACE

Wolfgang Tillmans’s Venice work explores architectural details, grand and humble, from 37 countries. By Louisa Buck

A humiliating treasure hunt

Inside Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Swiss pavilion

The lines between Venice’s two Biennales blur

Architects’ work resembles installations while several pavilions have artists rather than architects at their core

ARCHITECTURE as a living organism

Rem Koolhaas’s Biennale reflects his discipline not just as a technical process but as the embodiment of human experience across the ages.

I dissent, therefore I paint Free

Mikhail Roginsky had little time for the label "founder of Soviet Pop" or, in fact, for any group at all


Focus

Take risks with your art, but not your exchange rates

The issues around dealing in foreign currencies are more important than many collectors and art dealers realise

Secrets of history’s greatest art fund

A century ago, André Level sold works by emerging artists including Picasso and Matisse. But how did he create his fund—and was there a bidding conspiracy?


Media

Gove policy lampooned in new film

Bob and Roberta Smith’s “Art Party” savages “visually illiterate” UK education minister

A Louis-Dreyfus affair

“Seinfeld” actor introduces her billionaire art-collector father’s philanthropic project


Museums

Director extends olive branch

Laurent Le Bon arrives to find Musée Picasso far from ready to reopen and attempts to soothe feelings of his sacked predecessor

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The British Museum’s battle on the home front during the First World War

The museum’s archive reveals how air raids threatened the collection and George V intervened to stop the building being requisitioned

How green is my Berkshires valley

The Clark Institute’s architecturally understated expansion allows it to receive major loans from the world’s leading art museums

Thinking of applying for an Italian museum job? Don’t

The British-Canadian director of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence may be the next victim of local power games

Hermitage 250

To mark the 250th anniversary of Catherine the Great’s first purchases, we present a selection of the works of art acquired by the State Hermitage Museum over the past three centuries

Thinking of applying for an Italian museum job? Don't Free

British-Canadian director of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence may be the next victim of local power games


Obituary

Ultra Violet

The young French bourgeoise who became a Warhol starlet