Issue 266 - March 2015

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


Big shows take a back seat

Rediscovering the collection: long-term trend or short-term necessity?

State pays porcelain compensation

Wettin family accepts E4.2m from Saxony for items lost in post-war partition

Hawass’s fresh claim for Nefertiti

Egyptian antiquities chief’s demand despite political unrest

Setback for Louis Vuitton museum

Dispute over public footpath sees Frank Gehry-designed project grind to a halt

Legal row escalates over “lost” Adams photographs Free

Owner of unauthenticated negatives accuses University of Arizona of conspiracy

Street artist Mr Brainwash sued over “copied” image Free

Photographer goes to court over image of rap band; more cases expected as “underground” art becomes ever more mainstream

Looting headaches for promoted Hawass

New minister must increase museum security and distance himself from Mubarak

Abramovic wins two-year copyright battle Free

French court orders film-makers to pay €75,000 in damages to the artist for infringement of her rights

Guilty verdict for dealer who sold the Getty Museum its dubious $10m kouros

Gianfranco Becchina had a leading gallery in 80s and 90s


Tax changes alarm UK art market Free

Income tax and VAT increases mean wealthy art buyers could feel the pinch

Degas’ dancers part of secret impressionist collection Free

The works were originally owned by Bruno Cassirer, a refugee from Nazi Germany

Stolen sword spotted online Free

Auction site withdraws antique that may have been looted from Baghdad

Giacometti forgers face jail

Three members have been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment over the fakes

Dealer rejected from Art Basel calls for trade support

Eigen+Art asks others not to show its artists

Berry-Hill stacks up lawsuits Free

Interest on debts running at $9,000 a day

Modest prices and police guards in New Delhi

Despite protests over M.F. Husain, visitor numbers were well up at India Art Summit. But few were prepared to spend lavishly

Growing the market

Viv Lawes Regional auctions, India

Isabella Brancolini and Camilla Grimaldi

“You have to embrace photography for what it is”

VIP online art fair overwhelmed by early technical setbacks

Majority of dealers claim disappointment as organisers defend privacy settings and vow to overcome glitches

Why is NYC not Basel?

armory season ART?MARKET?ANALYSIS Georgina Adam

Picasso and Dalí rule the rooms

Russian money behind many sales as records tumble

Regional fairs keep going… for now

In Los Angeles, Bologna and Rotterdam, the big-ticket sales were few and far between

Wealthy buyers return to Palm Beach

David Lester reinvents the fair as economy starts to firm up

Sotheby’s steals the show at Manhattan old master sales

Six-figure results put dealers in a positive mood

Maastricht fair reaches beyond its European core Free

Chairman Ben Janssens has spent the year charming galleries and collectors in other continents


What the lives of the wives tell us about the art of their men Free

The influence of Camille Monet and Effie Gray compared and contrasted

Piecing together the scrapbooks of the Mughal empire

The Chester Beatty’s magnificent collection of folios is investigated and explained

The power of culture and the culture of power

The interaction of art and politics in the late 18th and early 19th centuries

Yankee bon ton

The first scholarly survey of the Tonalists

The art of liturgy

A thorough study of the building and beautification of Chartres Cathedral

Kissing the habit

A history of dress for monks, nuns, friars and sisters


Another casualty of the culture wars

Damage to the Egyptian Museum is just the latest example of the politicisation of archaeology

Even a talent like Titian couldn’t resist copying Free

Then as now, the real issue concerned the quality of the work of art that emerged, which is why we variously refer to such derivations as plagiarism or homage

We must tighten the rules that govern selling national treasures

Museums are losing confidence in the system


Tenth anniversary of Taliban’s destruction of ancient buddhas Free

Unesco hopes to remove Bamiyan site from its danger list by the end of this year

Seeing spots in King Tut’s tomb

Experts now believe the marks are 3,300-year-old fungi

Tenth anniversary of Taliban’s destruction of ancient buddhas

Unesco hopes to remove Bamiyan site from its danger list by the end of this year

Preserving the photographic heritage of the Middle East Free

A conservation grant allows a Beirut foundation to digitise two rare archives

Artist’s utopian project threatens ancient carvings Free

Archaeologists warn that creating Eduardo Chillida’s cave endangers site of historic importance


Dealers gather for antiques highlights

Section is Maastricht’s largest with about 100 dealers

Singapore comes into its own

Biennial overcomes local problems and looks set for the international stage

Manhattan dealers skip the Armory

Europeans flock to fill the art fair on the Hudson River piers

Sharjah Biennial in the frame

Middle East fair follows new script

Art Dubai reaches its critical fifth year

As Gulf market comes of age


“I wanted to create a feeling of ‘too much’” Free

James Franco on stepping outside of Hollywood fame and why collaboration feels so natural

“I wanted to create a feeling of ‘too much’”

James Franco on stepping outside of Hollywood fame and why collaboration feels so natural

Not a material girl

Lynda Benglis on the 1970s feminist movement, pornography and that Artforum advert

The highs and highs of ArtFifa Festival 2011

A survey of Sol LeWitt’s life and work, a portrait of David Bailey and a sincere account of the life of Emily Carr

Smart and the stupid

Alastair Sooke inspires, Matthew Collings takes a swipe at Tracey Emin and Martin Creed fails to enlighten

The changing landscape of Belarus

President Lukashenko is rebuilding the official cultural infrastructure, but pockets of independent art are emerging


LONDON diary by Louisa Buck


NEW YORK diary by Anthony Haden-Guest

Knitted lights and boiled leather chairs

Collectors in search of unusual materials at Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile design fair should expect the unexpected


Major museum expansion scrapped Free

Plans to redevelop Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts are cancelled as construction was set to begin

Heading back to Mexico a step at a time Free

Austria and Mexico close to a deal that would see Moctezuma’s Crown return on loan

Long road to Kabul Free

Afghanistan opens more of war-torn museum

Eight years late and millions over budget Free

Santiago de Compostela’s City of Culture branded an “expensive mistake”

True confessions in Tasmania

Outspoken collector unveils crypt-like museum

Bought by Qatar but staying in Britain

Export reviewing committee fears that loan deal opens a loophole for owners

Bolton’s fake Egyptian princess returns Free

While its real antiquities from Egypt travel to China

Where next for folk art museum?

Campaign launched by New York institution in crisis

“Censorship has no role here”

Hirshhorn director takes a stand

Sky-high setback

Developer and MoMA delay closing the deal

Rio gears up for World Cup and Olympics Free

Host of museum projects underway but will they be ready in time?

Macba’s quick step

In Buenos Aires, not Barcelona

Work stops at the Stedelijk

Mayor steps in after builders go bust

Mystery at d’Orsay

And Chanel makes a sequined splash

Pergamon facelift

Critics denounce modernisation

Under new management

Musée du Luxembourg reopens

Cool reception in Helsinki

Not everyone is thrilled by the prospect of a Guggenheim satellite in the Finnish capital

Munch Museum’s plans lead to angst in Oslo

But the artist’s “Frieze of Life”should be reunited for 2013 anniversary celebrations

“Retirement is not an option” Free

Peter Noever, the uncompromising director since 1986 of the MAK, Vienna’s museum of applied art, on the end of his era