Issue 234 - April 2012

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

News

Rauschenberg’s foundation could outspend Warhol’s

The artist’s foundation reveals its intention to become one of the largest grant-making organisations in the country

A pun fit for the President

A gift from the Rauschenberg Foundation is soon to grace the White House walls, only the fourth contemporary work to enter the collection

Rauschenberg’s foundation could outspend Warhol’s Free

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation reveals its intention to become one of the largest grant-making organisations in the US

A pun fit for the President Free

A gift from the Rauschenberg foundation is soon to grace the White House walls, only the fourth contemporary work to enter the collection

US museums rebuild but fears of relapse linger Free

Directors’ optimism tempered by sluggish economy and slow recovery of investments

No longer El Niemeyer

Architect’s name dropped in Avilés

Marrakech plays down Arab Spring

Event is strong on site-specific works but weak on political engagement

Activism vs “clickerism”

Politics of Arab social media debated

Egyptian archaeology is in turmoil

Revolving door in Cairo after the fall of Zahi Hawass as head of nation’s antiquities

Rauschenberg’s foundation could outspend Warhol’s

The artist’s foundation reveals its intention to become one of the largest grant-making organisations in the country

US-Russia loans blocked as talks fail

Hasidic Jewish community returns to court and seeks sanctions against Russia

Met faces claims for Hittite artefacts

Provenance of late trustee’s gifts investigated as Turkey takes tougher line on restitution

Wanted: museums in need of advice

Blouin starts arts consultancy

Indiana wins “Hindi love” case

Judge accepts artist did not approve work

Ministers shun arts in new qualification

Creative subjects will not be part of the English Baccalaureate, despite report in favour

No way to treat a goddess

Police files reveal that Berlin sculpture came from Taranto

European Union funds for Sicily

But €5m not enough for Valle dei Templi

Two museums promised a third of one of the great collections of modern American art Free

Which poses the question: will the late Hannelore Schulhof’s heirs sell major works?

Germany supports research into Russia’s wartime losses

Archives of the western allies will be searched for clues

Still waters run deep in the Gulf Free

The noise may all be about the art scenes of Doha and Dubai, but the solid creativity is in Sharjah


Market

Newer, bigger, better? Eggleston reprints sell out Free

Trade divided over production of large prints of some of the photographer’s best known works, but buyers love them

Row over lack of vetting committees at fairs

Modern and contemporary events tend not to have strict policies, while Tefaf Maastricht enforces stringent rules

Perriand named sole creator

Court backs ruling

Gallerists vote for Berlin art fair

Art Forum could be resurrected

Riven with contradictions: India’s volatile market

Lack of state funding counters growing gallery scene, tastes veer from insular regionalism to dependence on the West

Is there a New York giant?

The Armory Show, The Art Show and Independent went head to head last month

An unlikely champion of socially engaged art

Kavi Gupta passionately hated his job as an investment banker so decided to fulfil his ambition to open an art gallery

The silver lining: Maastricht fair shines in 25th year

The European Fine Art Fair appears to be immune to the world’s ongoing financial troubles

A more affordable treasure hunt

As the Old Master supply shrinks, lower-priced works stand out


Attendance

Brazil’s exhibition boom puts Rio on top

Escher worked his magic in Rio, McQueen reigned supreme in New York, but Tokyo hit by after-effects of earthquake

Coming to a city near you… Free

What happened when 200 paintings from Paris, and “The Cult of Beauty” from London, went on tour


Books

Portrait of a limelight junkie Free

A clutch of new books proves his enduring appeal, but there are questions about the quality of David Hockney’s work

The master of Venice

Deborah Howard’s assessment of Marc’Antonio Barbaro, who made the Venetian cityscape we know today

Biographies of the biographer

Lives of Giorgio Vasari, the painter, architect and writer

Caravaggio, a cornucopia of conflicting meanings

Two strongly contrasting interpretations of the work of the Italian painter

A decade of change

What happened between the pre-Raphaelites and the aesthetic movement

Intentional phallacies

Iconographical studies reveal the sexual symbolism in Zoffany’s art

Some sex please, we’re Georgians

A history of the many pleasures available at Vauxhall Gardens


Comment

Break the silence over fakes Free

Enforced silence encourages fakes. It gives forgers the space in which they can manoeuvre

A court of law is no place to authenticate art

Calder case in 2009 set a legal precedent


Conservation

Ancient monastery attacked by Israeli extremists Free

Vandalism at Christian sites condemned by religious communities and politicians

Experts express concern at fortress restoration

Plans for jubilee celebration have led to “museumification” of ancient site

Veteran inherits admired but endangered institution

Newly appointed Marco Ciatti faces challenges as experts in conservation retire, leaving a gap in this specialist field


Exhibitions

Sale, full steam ahead!

Relics of the Titanic are due to be sold as one lot

It’s all politics in Berlin

Socially engaged work dominates the city’s biennial while the organisers of Gallery Weekend hope a certain dispute won’t linger

Frederick’s great big boast

Newly opened and restored rooms at Potsdam’s Neues Palais crown the king of Prussia’s anniversary year

Women through men’s eyes

Picasso, Beckmann, De Kooning and the female form

A spiritual journey on the Seine

Shamanic ritual meets contemporary art in Quai Branly

Rarity and austerity

Christopher Wool’s first major Paris show

Collages for Christ

Devotional works made by cloistered nuns

Keeping them guessing

Artist Danh Vo has surprises in store for Bregenz’s curators

Glasgow belongs to you

The International Festival of Visual Art aims to take over the city

Finally, it’s the big Damien Hirst show

Butterflies, a skull and a shark, but no recent paintings

Hats off to Feldmann

The veteran German artist remains forever young

Kings and queens of the Thames

The royal family’s relationship with London’s great river

A baroque bevy of beauties

Life under merry monarch Charles II

The future will be beautiful

How world fairs and great exhibitions designed the modern world

Arts and Kraftwerk

German electro comes to MoMA

Plumage and profit

Trade and culture in ancient Mexico

The countdown is over

The Asia Society launches a satellite in Houston

Lone Star state of mind

Dallas welcomes a one-off “biennial”, alongside a bigger art fair

From the Viennese court to the Melbourne mines

The Australian career of the Austrian landscape artist Eugene von Guérard


Features

Desert experience proves rather dry

It has hosted presidents and celebrities, but as a house museum, the restored Sunnylands near Palm Springs falls short

The rise and rise of the Glasgow art scene Free

A combination of factors including the art school, a network of experienced galleries and a steady flow of public money has put the Scottish city on the art map

Urs Fischer, the reluctant interviewee Free

On the eve of his Palazzo Grassi retrospective, the artist talks about how journalists have misinterpreted his work

A 21st-century take on art films Free

A US television series offers insights into the history and practice of artists from Marina Abramovic to Ai Weiwei

The good, the bad and the beautiful

Kötting’s family portrait and Russell’s X-rated film on DVD


Museums

Attendance survey 2011: Brazil’s exhibition boom puts Rio on top Free

Escher worked his magic in Rio, McQueen reigned supreme in New York, but Tokyo's shows hit by after-effects of earthquake in our annual worldwide survey

Sarajevo museums under siege Free

Staff unpaid and buildings unheated as Bosnia’s national museums fight for their survival

Row over site of Pushkin’s new store

Minister favours the suburbs, staff want it closer to home

National Gallery ticked off by tribunal

Ottawa employment board backs artists’ groups in exhibition fees dispute

Heizer’s boulder rolls into town

Lacma’s long-awaited land art edges closer to completion

New homes sought for aristocrats’ Old Masters

Titian cost £45m but the National Gallery might get a Rubens and Guercino in lieu of inheritance tax

Maori carving should never have been sold

New Zealand director calls for return of artefact disposed of by Empire museum

You are invited to attend…

A guide to the leading museums in England and Wales for weddings

Australasia waits its turn

Why whole continents have low profile in world museum

Pompidou welcomes collectors’ deferred gift

Guerlains donate 1,000 contemporary drawings mindful of the fate of ancestor’s impressionist works

Palais de Tokyo gets radical update

Ambitious programme announced after €20m expansion

“Super-museum” hits financial stumbling block

Hungarian National Gallery has €500,000 debt, partnership with Munkacsy Foundation under scrutiny