Issue 262 - November 2014

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

News

Pistoletto rethinks Bordeaux Free

City biennial explores issues of identity and citizenship

Outrage at Sarkozy’s Versailles choice Free

President criticised for appointing a journalist as director

Alexander McQueen show for London? Free

V&A is now in discussions to mount an exhibition on the late British fashion designer

Looking back on LA’s early art scene Free

How the Getty was a catalyst for a citywide rediscovery of a history that was in danger of disappearing

How to put the art into particle physics Free

The Cern research facility, home to the large hadron collider, is to offer a series of artists’ residencies

Giant mural commission

City’s “Mount Rushmore”

Turkish tourism drive threatens ancient sites Free

Push for economic progress and development sidelines scholarship

The hunt for missing government art Free

The Government Art Collection isn’t entirely sure where everything is…

How to put the art into particle physics

The Cern research facility, home to the large hadron collider, is to offer a series of artists’ residencies

Estate seeks declaration that it owns Renoir painting

Claimants say the work was lost by a sale of duress

Nazi restitution case to go ahead

Herzog’s heirs can now pursue Hungary through the courts to recover 32 works

Getty was investigated for being a Nazi sympathiser

FBI feared the tycoon was fraternising with German spies and selling oil to Hitler

Who owns this damaged masterpiece by Henry Moore? Free

No one is taking responsibility for the work, which stands opposite the Houses of Parliament

Pistoletto rethinks Bordeaux

City biennial explores issues of identity and citizenship

Outrage at Sarkozy’s Versailles choice

President criticised for appointing a journalist as director

Shipshape launch for art centre in Nantes

La Fabrique designed to transform the city into a creative hub

Looking back on LA’s early art scene

How the Getty was a catalyst for a citywide rediscovery of a history that was in danger of disappearing

Future uncertain for Watts Towers

Year-long partnership with museum is up for review

Ed Kienholz’s civil rights work revisited

Five Car Stud is just as emotive as it was in 1972


Market

Art market analysis: “Premium lots” damaging sales? Free

Some dealers blame the spectacular failures seen during Asia Week's sales to the premium lot system

Support wavers for commercial projects in LA Free

Dealers unsure about Art Platform, but hope to benefit from Pacific Standard Time ripple effect

Sotheby’s calls on author to retract looted art report

The auction house says there is “no credible support” for allegations it sold illegally traded Khmer artefacts

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China boasts 36 art exchanges

But regulation of platforms can’t keep up with demand

Hard times hit Haughton fairs

Once there were six, now two survive

Support wavers for commercial projects

Dealers unsure about Art Platform, but hope to benefit from Pacific Standard Time ripple effect

Library goes large

Public and private commissions grow across Los Angeles

Peter Goulds

The man who moved to LA and stopped making films

Art market analysis

“Premium lots” damaging sales?

Sales but no boom in Berlin

Despite Art Forum’s absence, Art Berlin Contemporary fails to pull in the crowds

Art Taipei becomes more contemporary

Fair shifts focus to lure collectors


Books

The beginnings of the divide

The first of two surveys on the emergence of 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art as distinct entities

Underneath the Venetian mask

How the Republic’s favourite disguise often covered more virtue than vice

Rewriting US art history

Was post-war art in California as potent as that of New York?

Individualism in the Wild West

A survey of the arts in California, 1974-81

Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-80

Kellie Jones, ed Prestel, $60 (hb)

The consolations of photography

Attempts to confront dying and death through the camera lens

John Carter

Chris Yetton, Royal Academy of Arts, £29.95 (hb)

Looming large

Essays that complement and expand the catalogue of the Met’s “Tapestry in the Baroque” exhibition

What did “Classical” mean to them?

The impact on its original viewers of sculpture from the fifth century BC is explored in this book for experts

The other ancient disaster area

The history and current state of Herculaneum

The Universe in the Landscape: Landforms

Charles Jencks Frances Lincoln, £40 (hb)

Dark spots revealed in shades of grey

A study exposes the moral ambivalences of the Städel’s directors during the Nazi era

A nation’s identity forged in its galleries

A meticulous history of Irish museums and their place in public awareness


Comment

This copyright confusion ought to end Free

The Visual Artists Rights Act does protect America’s site-specific work, despite recent rulings

This copyright confusion ought to end

The Visual Artists Rights Act does protect America’s site-specific work, despite recent rulings

Who will follow baby boomers into the art market? Free

From 2013 China will have a declining working population… but India’s will grow for 30 years


Conservation

Libya’s ancient heritage left vulnerable after battles break out Free

Anti-Gaddafi forces claimed control of two key heritage sites in August

Vandals target Los Angeles’ murals Free

An increasing graffiti problem is threatening the future of the city’s public works of art—and artists’ rights laws aren’t helping

Vandals target Los Angeles’ murals

An increasing graffiti problem is threatening the future of the city’s public works of art—and artists’ rights laws aren’t helping

Valentine sculpture sees the light

Resin work has been restored after 20 years in the artist’s studio

Is the British Empire’s legacy under threat? Free

British Empire and Commonwealth Museum plays down growing fears about the condition of its collections


Exhibitions

Los Angeles’ post-war art remapped

Pacific Standard Time puts city’s lesser known artists in the spotlight

Bonhams joins a packed Frieze week

Boetti work is highlight of contemporary sale


Features

“Artists are seen as one step above criminals” Free

Paul McCarthy on his B-movie early ambitions, art schools, the pressure to move to New York and why he’ll never leave LA

Way out west Free

How Los Angeles made its reputation as the art world’s outsider city

Way out west

How Los Angeles made its reputation as the art world’s outsider city

“Artists are seen as one step above criminals”

Paul McCarthy on his B-movie early ambitions, art schools, the pressure to move to New York and why he’ll never leave LA

Now you see him…

When Glenn Kaino thought the art world was getting too obsessed with money, he retreated into the realm of magic

A “landmark” museum for Ukraine Free

In a rare interview, Victor Pinchuk tells us about his plans to build a new contemporary art space in Kiev

The rebuilding of Cambodian art

Contemporary artists are gaining recognition on the international scene

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New York Diary

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LONDON diary

Artists in front of and behind the camera Free

Ben Rivers’s documentary is a portrait of a life lived in isolation, while a web series focuses on artists living in New York City

Superstition and brutality

David Gladwell’s vision of village life is released on DVD


Museums

Will Double Negative be a no show? Free

Curators face uphill task getting OK from Michael Heizer and Walter De Maria

African and Americas collection under offer

Dutch director’s radical disposal idea provokes chorus of disapproval

We have an obligation to share collections abroad

The V&A’s new, German-born director Martin Roth on what he learned in Dresden—and Beijing

Directors grin and bear 15% cuts

Fewer expensive loans, slimmed down exhibitions and staff redundancies in the big national museums

Will Double Negative be a no show?

Curators face uphill task getting OK from Michael Heizer and Walter De Maria

Moving to Los Angeles: why west is best

Directors and curators in the spotlight

Putting the Latino into LA

Pacific Standard Time bridges the US/Mexico border

Homage to Cocteau

Gallery takes shape in south of France

Orsay completes radical revamp

Impressionism shown in new light in €20m facelift, and café jazzed up

We will sell art but not for profit

The Faurschous to open museums in Copenhagen and Beijing

Beuys returns to Schloss Moyland Free

Museum risks €250,000 copyright fine

Scheme to buy Wrapped Reichstag… Free

…and display Christo’s archive in the Bundestag

Widow and ex-wife battle over collector’s icons

His former wife gave part of $30m collection to the Pushkin Museum. His last wife called in the lawyers

Sacked curator gets support from afar

Milada Slizinska dismissed for “disloyalty”, says director