Issue 244 - March 2013

News | Art Market | Books | Comment | Conservation | Diaries | Features | Focus | Media | Museums | Obituary |


New deal for donors with problem antiquities Free

US museums promise to be more open about lack of provenance, but are new rules too flexible?

While the rich get richer… Free

As the top galleries branch out, the middle tier is being squeezed

Seattle to unveil Doug Aitken’s digital Land Art Free

The artist has been filming for the commission over the past five years, capturing images of Seattle area

Met buys a David for $840 Free

Sharp-eyed curators spot that sketch is an artist’s original, rather than a copy

Getty Institute publishes Nazi auction data

Rise in restitution claims expected after launch of online German auction catalogues for 1930-45

End to Indiana’s 35-year wait Free

First New York retrospective will prove there’s more to “blackballed” artist than “Love”

Third time export lucky?

The Prince of Liechtenstein is making another attempt to take his Coello portrait from the UK to Austria

Decade of conflict takes its toll on Iraq Free

Looted items missing and museums still closed in Baghdad

Ai Weiwei declares his intent for triennial Free

The Chinese artist is creating a work for this summer’s Emscherkunst art festival, held in the Ruhr region in western Germany

Artist sued by reluctant YouTube star Free

“Technoviking” alleges breach of privacy

Politicians convicted

Appeal expected after guilty verdicts over museum that never was

Art Market

Gauguin in alleged fraud by former NFL star Free

Ponzi-scheme case highlights vulnerability of those looking for a quick return on art

Money talks on market courses Free

Christie’s Education joins the push to prepare postgraduates for work in the commercial art world

Stars come out at night

The success of the recent round of evening sales in London reflects the ever-improving health of the market

Insider praise for Outsider art

New owner’s decision to move Manhattan fair pays off as critics call for museums to accept self-taught artists in their collections

Chasing the Chinese dragon, galleries open in Hong Kong Free

Major dealers are opening spaces, but getting business isn’t always easy

Singapore not out, but New Delhi a draw

How Art Stage Singapore and India Art Fair faced the challenge from Hong Kong

Souvenirs of London’s most elegant man Free

Sotheby’s to sell contents of Mark Birley’s house


All smoke and mirrors? Free

The many issues—the market, law, conservation, originality, reproduction and simulacra—bearing on the meaning of “authentic”

He who spends more, spends better

A?wealth of data illustrates the cost of art, liberality and splendour in Italy

Revisiting the Garden of Earthly Delights

As the 500th anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch’s death approaches, his works are still providing scholars with fascinating avenues of research

Picking up the threads of Tudor life

Details of the textiles owned by Henry VIII reveal so much more than the splendour of his dress

Good bottles up from the cellar

A heavyweight volume exploring Magnum Photos goes in between the contact sheets to celebrate a dying technique

Why Britain is a treasure house today

A comprehensive history of collecting from the Tudors to the present

How Warburg helped to invent the exhibition—and the curator

The art historian’s collected writings include an illuminating essay drawn from his dazzling, lengthy lectures

Commissioning: the naked truth

This valuable handbook assesses the benefits for artists—and the pitfalls for patrons who try to interfere


Safeguard the manuscripts of Djenné

There are many more collections of rare Arabic manuscripts in Mali besides those feared destroyed in Timbuktu

Can $75,000 make you a high-flier? Free

A prestigious new course promises to teach graduates the skills needed in the art trade—but it’s not cheap

Venice is all at sea in the face of its greatest peril

The new (and only) management plan for the city is fatally flawed, dodging the issues of cruise ships, the need to limit tourist numbers, and sea level rise


Mali papers still at risk

Most of Timbuktu’s ancient manuscripts survived the coup, but their future is far from secure

Facelift for Panthéon, Paris's grande dame Free

Building that has become an expression of national pride to undergo a €100m restoration lasting ten years—but funding is still to be found

A marriage restored Free

Grant will enable US museum to treat previously untouched paintings by Hogarth of society couple



Publish and be damned?

As the art book trade falters, what does the future hold for publishers and what are the survival strategies that could help them get through 2013?

Artist interview: Wangechi Mutu and her warrior women Free

One of the most dramatic artists to emerge from Africa in the past decade discusses the arts of immersion, identity, politics and collage

Pac-Man at MoMA: it’s no game Free

Paola Antonelli on a show opening this month about the diversity and pervasiveness of design in the virtual and physical worlds


How and why taste changes Free

While an artist’s popularity can wax and wane, there are very few genuine rediscoveries

Out with the old, in with the newest Free

Is the cult of contemporary banishing older art to the Dark Ages?

The Courtauld opens up its research to the world

The dynamic Research Forum gets minds to cross specialisations

Relabel, rebuke or reject

Museum experts help vet the Tefaf Maastricht fair strictly

In defence of a trade

A more realistic but still ethical approach is needed. By Kate Fitz Gibbon

Connoisseur collectors

A story of ten approaches to acquiring art

Tefaf Maastricht exhibitor list

An alphabetical list of the participating galleries and a floorplan of the fair


The finest art films on earth Free

We pick the best from Fifa, the world’s biggest festival of its kind, taking place in Montreal this month


Olympia allowed to leave Paris Free

President Hollande gives special dispensation for Manet’s work to travel to Venice

Louvre hails Mexican school Free

Paris museum is on a mission to collect Latin American art—and a show of colonial-era paintings is the overture

Dutch history in full colour Free

The restored Rijksmuseum will present an object-rich narrative on a grand scale

Caught in the crossfire

Conservative and anti-gay campaigns hit museums

Glasgow's second try to alter donor's will Free

Scottish city wants to lift travel ban so world tour of Burrell Collection can raise its profile and funds

Oxford’s silver gilt bequest

Acquiring the Wellby collection of silver is a coup for the Ashmolean, but also presents a challenge

New rights for orphans in institutional care

Support for bill that promises remedy for museums’ copyright headache


Geoffrey de Bellaigue

Forsaking a career in banking, he became an expert on French decorative art, and as surveyor of The Queen’s works of art he was responsible for numerous discoveries