Issue 264 - January 2015

News | Market | Books | Comment | Features | Museums |

News

Prince of Liechtenstein threatens major Royal Academy show Free

If one of his works is not released by the UK authorities, an exhibition drawn from his collection will be pulled

Auction results show confidence returning

But volumes and prices are down, and speculators have gone

Prince of Liechtenstein threatens major Royal Academy show

If one of his works is not released by the UK authorities, an exhibition drawn from his collection will be pulled

British Museum and Tate expand focus on Middle East Free

Both set up acquisition committees

“I will never again accept a public commission in my home country”

Scottish artist Douglas Gordon discusses the Edinburgh project that never was

East End sculpture prize

Art park also planned for Spitalfields

Nazi loot claim fails to stop Vermeer show

Vienna museum persists, despite attempt by Czernin family to get masterpiece back

The man who hunts down art thieves

The head of the Metropolitan Police Art & Antiques Unit says museum theft is his number one priority

Buying fragments deplored

Witness describes degree of damage

Mystery of Vasari archive deepens

Minister questions the reality of the “sale”

Hidden Kienholz re-emerges 38 years on

Polemical installation caused horror for portrayal of racial violence in America


Market

Modernism and Art20 fairs combine Free

Joint event was well attended but dealers report patchy sales

Dealers look to LA future

Blue-chip galleries in particular see opportunities, despite small collector base

The art that comes with preconditions

Including ban on estimates at auction

Insurers wary of covering fairs

Stockpiled works in large spaces is a risk too far for some

State buys silver hoard

E1.4m deal struck before auction

Warhol’s dollar bills attract big bucks in New York sales

The market has recalibrated, but major pieces spark highly charged bidding wars

Botero still rules as Latin America beats expectations

Big two declare themselves satisfied and claim interest in the region is growing

Sotheby’s has the edge as prices settle

The worst may be over, but totals still way down year-on-year

Abu Dhabi Art proves a brave, new world for dealers

The latest fair attempting to establish a market in the region made galleries embrace different ways of thinking

Latin America fair builds for the future

More specialist curators and a planned London edition keep Pinta focused

Paris Photo has “solid year”

But big crowds didn’t mean big returns

Paris Photo has “solid year”

But big crowds didn’t mean big returns


Books

Why is Vermeer so revered?

Historical and cultural ignorance have led to the recent vaunting of the painter over Rubens, who was much the greater artis

The bid for political and artistic hegemony

An exhibition catalogue and book of essays underline the importance to European art and history of Charles the Bold

Doggedness, chutzpah and resilience

A monograph on John Hoyland, based on conversations with the artist

The conjurer concealed by his assistants

Gerhard Richter, a life—with obfuscations

Cindy Sherman, Sèvres ceramicist? You bet

A survey of three centuries of the foremost French porcelain

Tout à fait Fini: 2 men, 17 cats

The multi-faceted surrealist painter

Dolphin-friendly scholarship

The marine animal in art through the ages

Pontius Pilate—from indifference to hostility

How images of the Roman Procurator, who caused Christ to be crucified, changed around the 10th century

This is not a drawing

The place of draughtsmanship in illuminations and other media

The concrete labyrinth

Knossos in myth and interpretation

The female body is alive and well—and fighting back

The various artistic approaches to the human body since 1990


Comment

The New Museum responds Free

"This preeminent collection is one that many museums in the US would be honored to exhibit"


Features

How the Victoria and Albert Museum dealt with the dying of Christianity Free

The redisplay of the museum's Medieval and Renaissance Galleries

Family feud at one of world’s top collections: Baroness Thyssen vs Francesca von Habsburg

A very public disagreement between the widow of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his daughter from a previous marriage has engulfed one of the best known art collections in the world

Having one of the best collections in Germany is not enough to keep the public happy

Frieder Burda shows his 800 modern and contemporary works in his own museum in Baden-Baden. Here he discusses his family, his collecting, and explains how to keep visitors coming back for more

Art to atone for our sins

Polish artist Miroslaw Balka explains the possibilities and problems of being known as a “Holocaust” artist

The multiple guises of Asher Edelman

He is a collector, dealer and former corporate raider who inspired Oliver Stone. Now for something entirely new

New Tate Britain director’s artistic side

Dr Penelope Curtis is a renowned scholar but also has a track record—as an exhibited artist

Saatchi, the starmaker, takes search for new talent to TV

The British collector sets six young artists a set of challenges; the winner will show at the Hermitage in St Petersburg


Museums

Dia returns home to Chelsea Free

Director Philippe Vergne wants to "put the voice of the artist back at the centre" of the New York institution

Museum attendance rises as the economy tumbles Free

In our survey of 20 major institutions, two-thirds saw an increase in visitor numbers over the past three years

German museums fear brutal cuts as cultural budgets set to be slashed

Protests as politicians debate state and city funding, with decisions due this month

National Portrait Gallery’s Mandela acquisition

Sculptor derided by former director

“The Fisher collection has scarcely been seen by the public”

Neal Benezra, director of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, reveals his plans for the 1,000-piece treasure trove

Museum attendance rises as the economy tumbles

In our survey of 20 major institutions, two-thirds saw an increase in visitor numbers over the past three years

Viking invasion

British Museum to host blockbuster

The picture that is just too great

Abbot Hall is too small to display triptych acquired with Art Fund’s support

Cornwall museum to sell two works

Proposal to boost endowment as funding cuts loom

Louvre and Verona agree six-year partnership

Starting with Corot, the Paris museum will send three shows to Italy

Lars Nittve to leave Moderna Museet

Director’s contract ends next year

Navy hands over Alexander Palace

Tsarskoe Selo Museum to restore 18th-century residence of the tsars

New look for Moscow’s folk art museum

Tsarskoe Selo Museum to restore 18th-century residence of the tsars

Efforts continue to save historic home of Edith Wharton

Leading French designers to “transform” parts of the mansion in 2011

The man the trustees obey

A valediction of Martin Wyld, who is retiring as chief restorer after 43 years at Trafalgar Square