Issue 266 - March 2015

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


Costs of the white horse run away Free

Budget for Mark Wallinger's 50-metre high stallion has soared to £12m

Qatar revealed as the world’s biggest contemporary art buyer Free

The small, energy-rich state is behind most of the major modern and contemporary art deals over the past six years

Gallery system is structurally weak Free

A new report by the non-profit dealers’ federation Cinoa finds that fair-led and online business is taking over as the main source of revenue

Vik Muniz leads Rio’s regeneration Free

The artist is part of a creative group developing a cultural quarter in Lapa

Up and coming in Hudson Free

Collectors and artists flock to upstate New York

What happened to the Rothschild Chardins? Free

Were they destroyed by water or by fire, in London or Bath? And why were they sent to England at all?

Arles cultural centre falls foul of planning rules

French heritage authority wants Gehry-designed towers moved to reduce their impact on the city’s archaeology

Government takes hard line against Russia and Spain

Department of Justice intervenes in cases involving allegedly looted art

Who stood up for M.F. Husain?

Indian government, as well as artists and intellectuals, criticised for hypocritical stance following exiled artist’s death

Farewell to the “barefoot nomad”

by artist Jitish Kallat

Culture ministry condemned over running of archaeological sites Free

Report finds multiple failings in maintenance, security and management

The moustachioed surrealist sings Free

An opera based on the life of Salvador Dalí will premiere at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona in October

Dutch government refuses to back down over huge budget cuts Free

Cultural funding to be slashed by one quarter; performing arts worst hit

Curiger keeps it conservative, while the nations get political

The Swiss curator’s “ILLUMInazioni” puts form firmly over content, leaving the national pavilions to display more unsettling, socially engaged works


US Congress lobbied over resale rights Free

Campaigners push for reframed federal legislation that includes exemption for private galleries

How long can the house of Finarte survive?

With no sales in the diary and no work consigned, only shareholders can now save the Italian auctioneers

Size matters. Why is the work getting bigger? Free

The growth of private museums means alpha collectors have space to fill and the means to do it

Dealer interview: Emmanuel Perrotin Free

“People imagine it must be easy for me now…”

Crisis? What crisis? Dealers rack up big sales in Basel

The most expensive pieces may have been slow to sell, but otherwise it was as if the downturn never happened

UK Latin American fair sees off New York

Bigger spenders with wider tastes in London

Antiques fairs bumble on

High turnout despite Masterpiece fears

Market moves beyond masterpieces

Buyers at impressionist and modern art sales ventured past “trophy”works

Contemporary ceramics break the mould

regional auctions United states


Caravaggio cornucopia

A three-part survey of a slew of books on the 17th-century painter, starting with monographs

The many facets of the artist’s career

Catalogues full of perceptive observations, challenging speculations and controversial claims

The artist as a man—and as a concept

Two studies of the artist’s life take radically different approaches to illuminating their subject

Building a Protestant image bank

Domestic interior decoration as a sign of identity and as propaganda

Collecting outside of the box Free

The amazing and flamboyant career of the US collector, Norton Simon

Ludwig Justi: seeing the light

How the director of the Nationalgalerie coped with the changes of the 20th century

A very English modernism Free

Finding the avant-garde in the countryside, while downplaying the influence of refugees from fascism

An institution and her ex

The legacies of Barbara Hepworth and John Skeaping


The personal touch can still pay off Free

To adapt to an increasingly competitive market, dealers have expanded the channels through which they sell works

American artists must fight for resale rights Free

Given the art world in its current state, the American visual artist is low man on the totem pole


New heritage preservation institute

Yale establishes a conservation centre with $25m gift

New heritage preservation institute Free

Yale establishes a conservation centre with $25m gift

Rips, stains, not a problem says survey

Textile conservators test the public’s willingness to accept imperfections

Russian icons discovered in Egypt Free

Conservators say Sinai’s climate helped preserve art and artefacts

Heritage underappreciated

Says English Heritage’s chief executive

Carracci’s celebrated ceiling to be cleaned Free

Funding secured for €1m project at Rome’s Palazzo Farnese


Art festivals from Helsinki to Arles

The pick of Europe’s outdoor events that make the most of the summer months and warm nights

Season opens for sporting art at Bonhams

Fifteen works by game-bird painter in 19th-century auction


Walls come tumbling down Free

Has street art finally gone mainstream? A plethora of recent shows might suggest so

My life as an undercover negotiator Free

National Portrait Gallery director Sandy Nairne had a sensitive, secret role in recovering the Tate’s stolen Turners

“Photographs reveal people’s inner agenda” Free

On the eve of his solo show at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, Thomas Struth talks about society, the family and the gaze

The difference between Serra and Brancusi

The American sculptor says it is the contradictions, not the similarities, that make the Beyeler Foundation show interesting By Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz

Blind bids, flogging Bacon and a fisherman’s find

Three programmes that turn the art world over to reality television

No nonsense films on four 20th-century greats

Documentaries on Julio González and Kazimir Malevich are particularly striking

A picture paints 1,000 words

Elizabeth Markevitch’s channel screens images, but offers no commentary

“Ready-made elements were available in skips”

The Italian furniture maker on moving from hand-made to industrial production, and why he took Gio Ponti to pieces By Alex Coles


new york diary


LONDON diary


Backlog in Baghdad Free

Staff struggle to finish Iraq museum inventory, at current rate project could take a century

We need Leonardos and Van Goghs

Use Norway’s oil and gas billions to buy the best for the national gallery, says politician

Opposition grows to Jerusalem’s museum of tolerance Free

New building being constructed in a medieval cemetery is facing protests from minority groups

Collector plans “serious” space in Shanghai

Budi Tek builds bridges with Tate and MoMA, and buys work by Kiefer, Cattelan and Hatoum

Hits and misses in the regeneration game Free

Colchester’s Firstsite is likely to be the last in a line of publicly funded galleries outside the capital

Detroit uses purchase funds to plug deficit Free

Director gets OK to divert $10m for acquisitions to balance Detroit Institute of Arts’ budget

Small museum goes on $15m spending spree

The Clark institute sells a minor Renoir to fund acquisition drive

Chinese and Saudi links high on US museum agenda

But for many of the directors and delegates who met in Houston, domestic financial concerns are uppermost

Orsay of the north is a step too far for Paris museum

But the Mayor of Sedan still dreams of prestigious loans for new museum

Rodin to get refit

€8.5m upgrade for artist’s museum

Long loan makes Barcelona a Matta-Clark centre Free

Collector Harold Berg has agreed to lend "indefinitely” a cache of photographs by the artist

Düsseldorf criticised for hard stance on Nazi loot

Heirs’ lawyer objects to “misleading” labelling

China on show, north of Copenhagen Free

Louisiana’s director, Poul Erik Tøjner, on supporting Ai Weiwei

Budapest director’s double vision for national museum Free

Museum of Fine Arts head Laszlo Baan responds to extension cancellation with €150m proposal for two new buildings