Issue 238 - September 2012

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


As the euro totters, art does dollars

With European economic unity looking ever more fragile, only the top of the trade is unconcerned

Lehman gift angers Nigeria

Works from Benin, looted by the British and reassembled by banking heir, find permanent home in Boston

National Gallery’s Dürer shunned

St Jerome, bought for £10m, is left out of German exhibition due to attribution doubts

The private island where Sisley painted the Thames

The prolific Impressionist set up his easel on Boyle Farm Island to make his only view of Hampton Court Palace

Lobby group targets presidential conventions Free

Americans for the Arts rallies support at Democratic and Republican gatherings

We’ll cut funding and you’ll thank us

Romney and Ryan propose to slash arts budgets in half, but will the private sector make up the shortfall?

Got milk? No, got art

Collectors convert former milk depot

Ziggy Stardust fashion for the V&A

David Bowie’s outrageous stage costumes to go on display

Vast home of Roman bikini girls reopens

The Villa Romana del Casale in Sicily has had a five-year, €18m restoration

Why are we waiting? ask furious citizens

October meeting in earthquake-ravaged L’Aquila will address government inaction across the whole of Italy

Ile Seguin plan mixes culture and commerce on big scale

Jean Nouvel hired to turn industrial site into hotspot on the Seine

Culture minister slams Pompidou sponsor

Aurélie Filippetti says Wendel involvement made her “feel sick”


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The cream of the Old Masters crop Free

Works by Constable, Rembrandt and Hans Baldung Grien come to the block at Sotheby’s and Christie’s

Cubans struggle to reclaim their art

More than a million objects were sent out of Cuba between the 1960s and 1990s under Castro

Art handler released from Beijing prison

German Nils Jennrich has been accused of tax evasion

Air India to sell its art?

Struggling company’s collection includes 18 works by late master M.F. Husain

It’s not what you paint, it’s the date when you do it

Art historian alleges that two works by Neo Rauch had their date of execution changed to increase their value

Grow, grow, Gagosian… Free

Temporary space in Rio de Janeiro means the gallery’s total space is greater than Tate Modern

Artnet wins takeover battle but will it lose the war?

Founder declares that hostile takeover bid has been defeated, but opponents are regrouping

Victims of forgery are ‘left in limbo’ Free

Recent high-profile trials mean collectors are wondering where to turn if they think they have fakes

Basquiat leaps into different league

Record price for early work sends late graffiti artist into “super blue-chip” territory as demand—and prices—soar

Viennafair steps up a gear

New investors enable fair to internationalise


Vanity and variety in portraiture

The 15th-century rebirth of efforts to capture individual likenesses quickly developed into a wide-ranging form of representation

The invention of colour

Even before the Great War, photographer Heinrich Kuehn had progressed beyond black and white

The YBAs in middle age

Reassessing a generation as the avant-garde becomes the old guard, plus a privileged look behind studio doors

Pictures of paternalism

How do dictators use visual propaganda? And is there a distinction between regimes of the extreme left and the extreme right?

Decline and fall

Why the landed estates of England are fewer and further between

Summer of Titian inspires literature

Artist’s “poesie” metamorphoses into newly commissioned poems—with mixed results


You can still do business with an exile from the euro

Sensible precautions can help companies trading in vulnerable nations to reduce fallout from the economic crisis


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Ancient stones revealed on tapestry Free

The Sheldon Tapestry Map may have the first depiction of the Rollright Stones

Aloha Damascus in Hawaii

Eighteenth-century Syrian room in Shangri La opens after a three-year conservation project

Iraq cuts ties with US archaeologists

Iraqi government refuses to co-operate until archives are returned

Egypt creates rapid-response unit

Conservators, archaeologists and engineers join forces to protect the country’s heritage in times of conflict

Peru’s "Sistine Chapel" shines again Free

San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas, on the Andean Baroque route, has undergone a four-year, $1.5m restoration

Ancient stones revealed on tapestry

The Sheldon Tapestry Map may have the first depiction of the Rollright Stones

1932 mural rehabilitated

LA visitor centre will enable Siqueiros’s work to be viewed, although the painting will never be what it was


Bienal finds power in numbers

Multiple works by fewer, but more local, artists may help São Paulo’s biennial get back on track after troubled years

Liverpool Biennial to unfold over three months

The former terminal for Cunard passengers crossing to and from New York is due to open to the public for the first time

Bienal finds power in numbers

Multiple works by fewer, but more local, artists may help São Paulo’s biennial get back on track after troubled years

The world after Warhol

The Pop artist’s influence on his contemporaries and younger generations

How apartheid powered photography

The second in the planned trilogy of Africa-related shows by the Munich-based curator Okwui Enwezor

Homer’s studio reopens after restoration

Timed to coincide with show of seascapes produced in Maine

Back to the future

Exhibition explores the avant-garde aspects of the conservative Pre-Raphaelites

A tree grows in Aldgate

Arte Povera veteran Giuseppe Penone returns to trees for new work

The Orsay dresses to impress

How contemporary fashion and Impressionism went hand in glove

Cage is completely Satie-sfied

Lyons celebrates the centenary of John Cage by focusing on his engagement with the composer Erik Satie

Original boho chic

The impact of Romani travellers on the French artistic elite

Two Venetian vedutisti in Paris

Canaletto’s and Francesco Guardi’s views of Venice go on show in the French capital

The long-awaited return of a ‘Luxembourg boy’

New space for photography will house Edward Steichen’s famous MoMA show on Great Depression America


Scandal untangled at last

The mistress, the Nazis, the 12-year lawsuit—Andrew Shea’s new film on the Schiele showdown has it all

Fascinated by Old Masters

Inspired by a talk at Christie’s, the collector has amassed 150 works from the 13th to 16th centuries, as well as Modern and contemporary pieces

Music to the ears of the post-war avant garde Free

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer John Cage, who died in 1992, and the celebrations of his life show how much he influenced—and was influenced by—some of the greats of American 20th-century art

The mayor and artists agree: art should be useful

Chicago has official backing for culture and a growing reputation for socially committed artists. Can it relaunch a less commercial art market?

Inside the house that Theaster built Free

Rising art star and activist Theaster Gates is transforming his neighbourhood, one building at a time


Gambler’s museum under threat

Australian collector extraordinaire David Walsh remains bullish despite multi-million-dollar tax bill

Louvre’s new wing gets royal seal of approval Free

Islamic art wing under billowing golden canopy funded by Arab rulers and Saudi prince

Summer of discontent at MoCA Los Angeles

High-profile resignations, tension among trustees, bad press and money worries… but could better communication be the answer?

Big brands team up with museums

But does the growing relationship mean art has sold out to luxury?

Let the performance begin?

British Museum debates what it should do next with its historic Reading Room

Goddess brings mixed fortunes

The Morgantina Venus has attracted flocks of visitors since it was returned to Sicily, but museum director’s job hangs in the balance

Row over Berlin’s Old Master plan Free

Critics fear bulk of collection will languish in store, with gems in Bode Museum

A very Orthodox blockbuster

Israel’s most religious Jews did not visit the Israel Museum—until now

City votes ‘yes’ to controversial tolerance centre

Opponents appeal for foreign help to save Muslim graves


Jacques Taddei

The French musician, museum director, public servant and man of many letters