Issue 231 - January 2012

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

News

Arab protesters put their art on the streets Free

Artists have used the walls of Cairo, Damascus and Tripoli to document the uprisings

Historic house in danger of losing its marbles Free

Outcry over English Heritage’s “disgraceful” support for potential sale of significant collection of classical sculptures

Online piracy bill has free speech supporters up in arms Free

Artists who use others’ work could be fined or have their websites shut down

A market divided Free

Top quality works are keeping the numbers up, but there are uncertain times ahead

Italy allows Unesco into Pompeii Free

The Roman city risks joining the World Heritage in Danger list

Anyone for tennis? Free

The German artist Tobias Rehberger plans to build a tennis court in London's Hyde Park and has invited Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to play on it

Historic house in danger of losing its marbles

Outcry over English Heritage’s “disgraceful” support for potential sale of significant collection of classical sculptures

Knoedler forgery scandal grows Free

The gallery is being sued over an allegedly fake Pollock, sold for $17m in 2007

Online piracy bill has free speech supporters up in arms

Artists who use others’ work could be fined or have their websites shut down

Miami Beach mayor comes out against mega-casinos

Art Basel?Miami Beach directors voice concern over proposals for Las Vegas-style resorts in Greater Miami

Political agenda blamed for The Public’s failure

Report commissioned by the Arts Council England is critical of the funding of its project

Exhibitions

Paralympic show: Cragg’s outdoor event

Giancarlo Galan

Italy’s former minister of culture

Berggruen builds collection for Los Angeles Free

The German collector shelves plans to build a Berlin museum in favour of long-term loans to the US

Authorities in bid to save derelict Van Gogh house Free

The plan is to restore the property and open it to visitors

Arab protesters put their art on the streets

Artists have used the walls of Cairo, Damascus and Tripoli to document the uprisings


Market

Balkans targeted in hunt for stolen art Free

This is a prime opportunity for art recovery experts to retrieve works

Trade up in arms as resale opt-out expires

Dealers say royalties mostly go to artists’ descendants and that British business is under threat

Law change could help non-dom art imports

Two charges to go, for short-stay works

Market forecast: the outlook is mixed

Tough times lie ahead for galleries, but auction houses and art advisers could continue to prosper this year

“If you don’t have enough competition, you have to create it”

Nicolai Wallner is working to develop the Danish contemporary art scene

Old Masters make new records

Works by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Adriaen Coorte and Willem van de Velde the Younger surpassed previous prices

Local collectors pick and choose

The days when buyers would pay top prices for any work seem to be over

Small but significant

A market that’s still to be fully tested

Lower the risk, raise the returns

Dealers prepared well in advance for this year’s fair, and were rewarded for their efforts


Books

The Richter Richter didn’t want you to see

The catalogue raisonné doesn’t include the German artist’s early GDR works

Taking a pop at received ideas

Hal Foster’s radical analysis of five pop art painters challenges long-held assumptions

Voluble and voluminous

The letters of Max Liebermann

Curating made easy, education made accessible

Hans Ulrich Obrist on exhibitions, and two US curators on teaching in museums

Drawing on memory

Betty Churcher’s last looks at art before going blind

The mysteries of Leonardo

An exhibition catalogue that is erudite, sound and elegant—but for scholars, not the general reader

Inspired by the religious divide

Five artists combined loyalty to the Counter-Reformation with personal vision

Revolution needed

A flawed handbook of political iconography that cries out for greater scholarship


Comment

Don’t kill the goose Free

We suggest the city looks for other sources of revenue, allowing cultural institutions to continue to do what we do best

Don’t kill the goose

The more Boston charges its Museum of Fine Arts, the less we will be able to do for Bostonians

London’s museums can do more for UK tourism Free

The national museums should be encouraged to market the rest of Britain through their collections


Conservation

This mural should be a living work Free

Campaign grows to repaint the last large-scale Keith Haring in Australia

Rubens masterpiece “made for market” Free

Artist chose “cheap and cheerful” wood

Restored Preti frescoes unveiled

Church in Valletta reopens in lead-up to artist’s 400th birthday

Hidden Alhambra revealed

Virtual visits are now a reality


Exhibitions

Looking on the bright side

European Capitals of Culture 2012, Maribor and Guimarães, aim to dispel the gloom in Slovenia and Portugal

From sea to shining sea

The American galleries open at the Met

Making a splash in Palm Springs

Sunbathing and swimming Californian style

Curiouser and curiouser

Surrealist women artists follow Alice’s footsteps

Hope and laughter

Yale’s celebration of Shakespeare’s comedies in art

Philadelphia stories

Face-to-face with Zoe Strauss

Leading the field

David Hockney’s multi-canvas Yorkshire paintings at the Royal Academy

Pilgrims’ progress

The British Museum turns its face to Mecca

Blood, sweat and turps

The paintings of Winston Churchill and the Pasha’s son

Turner in his element

Artist’s first solo show at Margate’s Turner Contemporary

A Cornish childhood

Simon Fujiwara returns to St Ives

An intimate experience with Bonnard

Numerous international loans at the Fondation Beyeler

Scaling up: the seductive powers of Andreas Gursky

A retrospective at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum

Why Frederick was great

A year of exhibitions reveals the many and varied aspects of the Prussian king

And they’re off

The first continental Stubbs show ever

The heart of Arabia

A Saudi mall becomes an art space

Going Dutch in Istanbul

The Van Abbemuseum and a Turkish foundation cement their partnership

Minted by Alexander the Great

Ancient Greek coin collection includes one featuring the conquering hero’s war elephant


Features

Art will cross the line last during the Olympics Free

Fears that cultural tourism will suffer this summer; London's museums and galleries will not reap the rewards until the years to come

Being Frank in Zaragoza

Frank Stella is showing a major collaboration with architect Santiago Calatrava in northern Spain

Documentary shines a light on designers’ colourful lives

A new study of Charles and Ray Eames proves definitive, but Pipilotti Rist’s feature-length film fails to convince

Calder Foundation to host rare films online

Four videos feature the artist’s stage work, sculptures and constructions

Jetsam

London diary


Museums

This is not a tax, says Boston’s mayor Free

Boston’s leading museums and charities face sharp rise in “voluntary” payments to city

This is not a tax, says Boston’s mayor

Director of Museum of Fine Arts opposes sharp rise in payments to city, others stay tight lipped

Blood on the beach as Miami museum changes name

The Miami Art Museum is to become the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County after pledge worth $35m

There’s no gain without loss at the Gardner Free

Renzo Piano’s extension to the Isabella Stewart Gardner meant her carriage house had to go

Peabody Essex aims for top ten

Director says low-key campaign pays dividends

International programme slashed Free

Government stops funds, focus shifts away from Africa

Why Zoffany restaged a cockfight

Shipwreck forced artist to repaint Indian scene

Why the Prince of Liechtenstein shut his museum

Vienna’s Summer Palace to open for groups and receptions only

Expert rediscovers a Rubens in Oslo

Oil sketch identified in National Gallery

The man who bought Picasso’s Dora

Billionaire with big museum plan and political ambitions

Church seeks return of cathedral Free

Stand-off over building that houses the “Hermitage of the Urals”

Collectors bring icons to the blind

Moscow show is a tactile experience

Seeking a world-class collection and the staff to curate it

Lars Nittve, the executive director of West Kowloon’s planned museum, is nurturing homegrown talent

Expert rediscovers a Rubens in Oslo

Oil sketch identified in National Gallery