Issue 264 - January 2015

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

News

Hirst’s mini skull heads east Free

The new version—this time an infant's skull cast in platinum and pavé set with pink and white diamonds—will inaugurate Gagosian's new space in Hong Kong

ICA director Eshun leaves early Free

Private report cites “poor management” and “bad luck”

New national pavilions planned for Arsenale Free

Former barracks set for restoration

“Neither condemned nor vindicated” Free

Marion True on why it is hard to accept the lack of verdict after her five-year trial

“Clandestine excavation is a crime that is hard to prove” Free

Former public prosecutor Paolo Giorgio Ferri on the scourge of looting

Leonardo case exposes back-room deals Free

A court ruling over commission on the sale of a drawing has revealed a complex web of payments

Czech Venice selection descends into chaos Free

Culture minister overrules museum director’s choice of artists for the Biennale

Archives cast a shadow over revered state museum director Free

Correspondence between Bode Museum namesake, Wilhelm von Bode, and his protégé Hans Posse shows race was an issue

One year on and Haiti still lies in ruins Free

Political unrest and cholera outbreaks force conservators to suspend work

Brisbane museums face flash floods Free

Ground level areas of Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art have been inundated, but no works have been damaged, according to staff

Archives cast a shadow over revered state museum director

Correspondence between Bode Museum namesake, Wilhelm von Bode, and his protégé Hans Posse shows race was an issue

The secretive art of diplomacy

Leaked cables reveal US ambassadors’ artistic concerns

Downturn hits arts sponsorship

Corporate giving down 14% over three years

Czech Venice selection descends into chaos

Culture minister over-rules museum director’s choice of artists for the Biennale

New national pavilions planned for Arsenale

Former barracks set for restoration

Not just the same old sh…

Artist evokes Manzoni’s infamous cans

“Neither condemned nor vindicated”

Marion True on why it is hard to accept the lack of verdict after her five-year trial

Why the Italian prosecution?

Paolo Giorgio Ferri on the scourge of looting

Morgantina Venus sets sail for Sicily

The statue is the last and most important of 40 antiquities the Getty has returned to Italy

Is Donald Judd’s art being wrongly handled? Free

His former fabricator is planning two conferences to “put the record straight”

Police station turns contemporary art space Free

If planning permission is granted it will be the first non-profit hub in the city

“Clandestine excavation is a crime which is hard to prove”

Former public prosecutor, Paolo Giorgio Ferri, on tracking down stolen antiquities

“The largest celebration in modern Olympic history”

Major exhibitions on Shakespeare and “World Changing Ideas” are planned for London 2012

Courtauld faces renewed spoliation claim

Review may follow Dutch decision

One year on and Haiti still lies in ruins

Political unrest and cholera outbreaks force conservators to suspend work


Market

Alive and kicking despite the slump Free

How young dealers are on the up

Art world up in arms at “light bulb” law Free

Could the ruling on light works and higher import taxes face a legal challenge?

Rare Chinese scroll to be auctioned in France

Discovery of missing work means only one of four-strong set remains to be found

Top galleries commit to Art HK fair

Dealers keen to work with eager Chinese collectors

Selling show is reaction to expanding Asian market

Buyers want impressionist and modern

The rise and rise of the China houses

regional auctions china - Viv lawes

Art world up in arms at “light bulb” law

Could the ruling on light works and higher import taxes face a legal challenge?

Basel in Miami: the maturing of an art fair?

Steady sales rather than feeding frenzy as lower price points encourage collectors

Alive and kicking, despite the slump

How young dealers are on the up - united states ART MARKET ANALYSIS lindsay pollock

“I don’t go to work, I go to something I love” Free

Xavier Hufkens, Belgium’s most successful contemporary art dealer admits he's always been a bit lucky

Photography fund director buoyant at prospects

Zelda Cheatle says investors have already received 30% returns after selling began in October

Leonardo case exposes back-room deals

A court ruling over commission on the sale of a drawing has revealed a complex web of payments

Doha record—for World Cup football—still stands

Sotheby’s December sale in the Gulf was successful, if not very lucrative

Old masters’ patchy sales

Erratic prices at London houses

Sydney Aboriginal art specialist shuts up shop

Hogarth owner blames oversupply


Books

Dedicated followers of fashion

The Caravaggeschi and their brief moment of fame

Nancy Spero: the whole woman

A thorough survey of the life and work of the leading American feminist artist

Strange bedfellows

Louise Bourgeois and Hans Bellmer compared and contrasted

The messages of Italian Romanesque church sculpture

Late 11th- and early 12th-century churches in the Po Valley reflect the struggles between Pope and Emperor

Look on St Christopher and live to fight another today

The catalogue of 12th- to 16th-century pilgrim badges found in London

A vast Persian epic with a long history of fine illustration

This catalogue does not do justice to the various illuminated manuscripts of the Shahnameh

Vesical soufflets, jambs and subarcuations

A history of medieval church windows for experts

The Pre-Raphaelites: three down, two to go

Ford Madox Brown joins Rossetti and Holman Hunt as fully documented

Unesco according to its designers

The history of the UN’s cultural office in Paris


Comment

Sellers and buyers need to know who’s who Free

The case reveals the casual approach to the legal concept of agency—but who acts for who is a fundamental question when it comes to transferring ownership, and also when deciding to whom duties are owed

European definition of art is absurd Free

The fact that the European Commission can, without any public consultation or publicity, overrule the decision of two national tribunals, makes a mockery of the judicial process

The sponsorship dance goes on

Randall Bourscheidt


Conservation

King Tut’s tomb: Part II Free

Facsimile of Boy King’s crypt includes lost panel reconstructed from photographs

England’s episcopal palaces up for sale Free

Church Commissioners deem two residences “not suitable”, and others are expected to follow

A Titanic problem

Rust-eating bacteria consumes doomed liner

King Tut’s tomb as you’ve never seen it

Lost panel reconstructed in a facsimile of Boy King’s crypt

Medieval altarpiece shines again

Pala d’Argento is on view in Berlin before returning to Venice


Features

“The sleeping giant of philanthropy” Free

How artist-endowed foundations are growing in number and financial strength

The lure of the East Free

Orientalism is back in the spotlight with a slew of exhibitions and auction sales

How women changed the (art) world

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s film is an invaluable historical record of the feminist art movement in the US - MEDIA REVIEW iain millar

Going against the grain in Iran

Film throws spotlight on revolutionary female artists

Flotsam

New York Diary - Anthony Haden-Guest

Jetsam

London Diary - Louisa Buck

“So much emerges from what I destroy” Free

John Stezaker explains why he never throws anything away and how teaching allowed him the stability to develop his work

From the bus garage to the biennale

The appointment of Stella Kesaeva as commissioner of the Russian Pavilion is controversial, but may turn out to be inspired By Claudia Barbieri

“The sleeping giant of philanthropy”

How artist-endowed foundations are growing in number and financial strength By András Szántó


Museums

Modernist haus fit for Vienna’s modern art Free

As former expo showcase is re-erected, Von Habsburg hopes to move Berlin’s Kunsthalle next door

Vienna director steps down Free

Come to China, says Thomas Krens

Cloud looms over Chillida’s sculpture park Free

Basque artist’s open-air “dream” faces uncertain financial future but family denies it will sell art in situ

Countdown to reopening Free

Iraq’s National Museum set to fully open this spring, US and UK tours may follow

Beijing and Taipei aim to overcome historic divide Free

The director of the National Palace Museum in Taipei is borrowing from mainland China—lending to US and UK is trickier

Inspired by falcons

A third extraordinary museum design, by Foster+Partners, is unveiled in Abu Dhabi for Saadiyat Island

Faith, hope, corruption?

Questions asked of Italian cardinal

Tate gets Oman bonus

Sultanate gets UK show and know-how

Countdown to reopening

Iraq’s National Museum set to fully open this spring, US and UK tours may follow

Beijing and Taipei aim to overcome historic divide

The director of the National Palace Museum in Taipei is borrowing from mainland China—lending to US and UK is trickier

Rocky road to independence

Directors lobby culture ministry to cut bureaucracy

Modernist haus fit for Vienna’s modern art

As former expo showcase is re-erected, Von Habsburg hopes to move Berlin’s Kunsthalle next door

Vienna director steps down

Come to China, says Thomas Krens

Palatial home, but pauper’s budget

Director of Bucharest’s contemporary art museum hits back at funding cuts

Cloud looms over Chillida’s sculpture park

Basque artist’s open-air “dream” faces uncertain financial future but family denies it will sell art in situ

Controversial appointment in Venice

Politician/curator overcomes opposition

MA in the Middle East

Sorbonne and UCL teach museology

Debt crisis takes shine off San Francisco’s cultural jewel

Loan deal to create setting fit for city’s Asian art collection turns sour

From Miami booth to museum wall

Show opens in West Palm Beach after ten-day turnaround

Capital cave-in

Outrage at Smithsonian self-censorship

The shows won’t go on

Cost cuts include exhibitions, jobs, reduced hours—and cheaper canapés

Be “entrepreneurial” says minister

But income needs to double to compensate for cuts

Hurt by lost ticket sales

Company collapse leaves museums out of pocket