Issue 266 - March 2015

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“Jesuit priest” donates fake works

Academic museums and universities are being targeted by a suspected art forger

Decency law stifles art

Fewer provocative works

Has anyone seen Grace Jones? Free

You’ve missed Cincinnati, but Kehinde Wiley would still like to hear from you…

Artists boycott Bondi Beach sculpture event Free

Founding director David Handley is at loggerheads with galleries over split of sales commissions

How The Art Newspaper changed the law Free

Ten years after our report, the looted Benevento Missal will be returned to the cathedral

Far right scuppers public art project Free

Citizens vote against Thomas Demand’s Nagelhaus

Culture minister calls for “more acceptable” ads Free

Sandro Bondi defends commercial sponsorship but says new rules are needed

Tourists to contribute to cost of Venice Free

A new draft law would impose a charge on the 17.5m visitors a year

“Jesuit priest” donates fraudulent works Free

US museums and universities targeted by suspected art forger

Murdered Mexican women remembered in portrait show Free

Artists such as Tracey Emin, Paula Rego and Maggi Hambling have produced campaigning images

Treasury withholds museum donations Free

British Museum is denied access to £42.5m of its own cash

National museums spared the worst, but Arts Council savaged

Chancellor George Osborne’s spending review was met with relief by the lucky few

French arts projects also escape the chop

Culture minister announces budget “increase”

Gentrification prompts gallery attacks

Rapid development is angering poorer residents of up-and-coming districts

Aboriginal painter celebrated on stage

Play funds other indigenous artists

Contemporary art in Italy still politically fragile

Museums in Turin, Naples and Bologna suffer steep drops in financial and political support

Rodin and Braque museums fall out

Bailiffs sent from Paris to seize copies of sculptures


Warhol authenticity claim over

Queen Luise is a perennial fascination to Germans, and books and exhibitions have mushroomed this year. So who is she?

“Overvalued” ewer exported Free

UK government rejects committee advice, accepts Sotheby’s £20m valuation

Islamic classics: collectors pay top prices for the highest quality work

Christie’s totals higher, but Sotheby’s had the standout individual piece

Contemporary builds from quiet start

But Iran’s Moshiri can’t get into the Middle East top ten

Chinese lap up own art

Work consigned in Hong Kong does best

Post-war and contemporary: cautious but confident

Some good prices were made, but top quality works were relatively thin on the ground

Bling is out, but big is back (though the prices are sober)

Frieze had the major collectors, its quota of celebrities and plenty of students. But the feel was calm, not frenzied

Colombian fair looks for a more international reach

But buyers in Bogotá were mainly local, and even ex-President runs a gallery

Fiac holds its head up high

All-round praise for the Parisian contemporary fair, despite unrest in France

London museum showcases dealer’s works Free

Fashion illustration collection amassed by Joelle Chariau appears open to offers

“You have to devote yourself to what you are good at” Free

Mexican dealers José Kuri and Monica Manzutto discuss their partnership—both professional and personal

Masterpiece expansion gets thumbs up from dealers

The event looks to be winning the battle of London’s summer fairs

Peer to sell Brueghel

Work offered to National Trust

What happened to the Deitch class of 2010? Free

Once the art dealer announced his major museum job, the race was on to secure the gallery's artists

Dealers are collectors, too Free

Some things are for sale. And some aren’t

Phillips’ Dreier deal



Meissen the mighty

Two scholarly catalogues mark the tercentenary of the porcelain manufactory

A careful, punctilious regard for truth

Michael Baxandall’s unique ways of seeing

The horse was only the beginning…

An exhibition catalogue and a biography of Eadweard Muybridge, the “discoverer” of animal locomotion

A forgotten master remembered

Hans von Aachen has long been overlooked—until now

Not a lot to know

Giorgione’s life and works, such as they are...

The mega-celebrity you’ve never heard of

Queen Luise is a perennial fascination to Germans, and books and exhibitions have mushroomed this year. So who is she?

Can Irish art ride the economic storm?

Bonhams brings sale to London; market uncertain despite demand for leading names


Murakami is no competition for the Sun King Free

The Japanese artist’s works, with their “overdressed” style, are not at home amid the baroque décor

Letters to the editor Free

If a collector could go to a public archive and determine whether a prospective purchase was questionable, the object would likely remain unsold

The château’s being crowded out Free

Whatever one may feel about the art of Koons and Murakami, it is hard to imagine a more perfect setting for it than Versailles

First casualties announced as the battle for the arts begins

After a funding “blitz”, it’s siege warfare by Robert Hewison


Striking the right balance when it comes to preservation

Conservators gather in Turkey’s largest city to discuss protecting heritage without hampering people

From chainsaw massacre to masterful restoration

Ancient tomb finds permanent home in western Turkey

Tourists threaten Petra’s paintings Free

A recent conservation project has brought publicity—and a lot more people

Holbein cycle presented for the first time in centuries Free

Recent restoration corrects earlier botched treatments

Heritage, a developing country’s best friend? Free

A new report says sites could make $100 billion a year by 2025

Homage to Wren

18th-century hospital is on the mend


The art of signing art

Italian deaf people now have the terms with which to enter the discourse of contemporary art

Europe’s first pagoda in urgent need of repairs

£3m required to reopen Kew Gardens’ 18th-century attraction to the public By Martin Bailey

Is Avilés ready for “the Niemeyer effect”? Free

Its backers range from Brad Pitt to Stephen Hawking, but can a new arts centre in northern Spain really replicate the success of the Guggenheim Bilbao?

Interview with Oscar Niemeyer: “The architect’s role is to fight for a better world…” Free

Now approaching his 103rd birthday, Niemeyer continues to practise from his office in Rio de Janeiro

Film follows Brazilian artist’s project with garbage pickers in Rio

Vik Muniz spent three years with the catadores at the world’s largest landfill, but does he give us the whole picture? MEDIA REVIEW iain millar

Gillian Wearing’s debut feature film

Artist explores the traumas of real peoples’ lives

Where dreams come true Free

Deep in the Brazilian jungle, Inhotim’s founder Bernardo Paz offers artists a place to realise their most ambitious projects

“I don’t have this notion of extreme skill”

Ged Quinn on the benefits of a free education, the influence of Caspar David Friedrich and working in pyjamas and wellies By Viv Lawes


Historic house museums go to the wall

Across America smaller institutions and heritage sites are on the verge of shutting, or already closed

Money pours in to add lustre to Islamic art collections

But Arab donors are in scarce supply, while Turks, Iranians and others spend freely

Chicago Art Institute seeks day in court

Modern Wing’s structural engineers surprised to be sued for “inadequate” work

International move to curb disposals Free

UK position weakened, leading to calls for greater safeguards against rash sales

Temple of nation’s art

Gallery planned in London mansion

Proposed scheme for reforming museum deaccessioning Free

These and other ideas for the reform of deaccessioning will be debated at the National Gallery in London on 10 May 2011

Native home for Aboriginal art

National Gallery of Australia dedicates new wing to indigenous artists

Doha modern to open

Mathaf’s focus will be art of Arabia

Cost-benefit of blockbusters under scrutiny

Canberra and Melbourne’s spectacular shows stretch institutional budgets

Controversial Polish director forced to step down

After one year in charge art historian leaves national museum having lost vote of confidence

If Carlsberg did Kunsthallen

Politicians give go-ahead to exhibition centre on site of famous brewery in the Danish capital

“Slav Epic” to be sent to Prague

Ownership of patriotic paintings still undecided

Images of Beuys performance banned Free

German court rules museum breached artist’s copyright by displaying photographs of 1964 happening

Selling a Richter to fix the roof

Bremen museum’s controversial move to raise funds and return to kunsthalle roots

High cost of returning Nazi loot in Bavaria

Museum must reimburse the state if it restores watercolour to rightful owners

Rotterdam’s “Rembrandt” is a Rembrandt

Tobias and his Wife is the work of the master, as project takes wider view of oeuvre

Blue-sky thinking

Director Marie-Claude Beaud turns lack of space into an opportunity