Issue 248 - July-August 2013

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


Utopian visions in the Bronx Free

Thomas Hirschhorn’s monument to communist thinker Antonio Gramsci brings art to new audience

Art trees grow in the asphalt jungle Free

Plant life provides inspiration for more than 40 artists including Charles Ray, Sarah Lucas and Michael Stipe

Ambitious cities pour tens of billions into cultural districts

New network provides support for cultural hubs, but questions remain over the role of private investment

Art enters the third dimension Free

Artists are turning to 3-D printing as the technology—which can also help museums transport works—becomes more accessible

Van Gogh: murder mystery or straightforward suicide? Free

Specialists from Amsterdam museum refute recent claims that 16-year-old schoolboy killed the artist

Tourist board in Australia censors photo screening Free

Images by world-class photographers deemed not “family-friendly”

Artists deny nature terrorism Free

Icelandic police look abroad for those responsible for spray-painting giant words on rocky landscape

Israel and Vatican close to signing Holy Land accord Free

Palestine and Jordan fear deal on East Jerusalem sites will cross “red lines”

Art Market

Exhibitor breaches export rule

Collector initially told that Carlo Scarpa glassware was for sale but gallery later said item was “for display”

UK tightens rules on art funds Free

Watchdog limits the marketing of pooled investment opportunities to “sophisticated investors”

Ropac gallery shows cream of 30 years’ work Free

Works that the gallery has sold over the years by artists such as Basquiat, Baselitz, Beuys and Warhol, will be returned for loan exhibition

Resale rights are back on the table in the US

Hearings at Library of Congress could lead to changes in proposed Equity for Visual Artists Act

Concrete art helps set Pinta’s status in stone

Despite difficulties in some domestic markets, the fair remains London’s showpiece for Latin American art

Absent Impressionists make for dull evenings

Short supply and tiring season leaves London buyers listless

Measures of maturity at Art Basel

Mix of 20th-century masterpieces and more contemporary works holds buyers’ interest

Restituted Old Master painting lights up New York sales

Candlelit scene by “Gerrit of the Night”, recently returned by Montreal museum, sells at Christie’s for $3.4m


Good things come to those who wait

More than 50 years ago, the Rothschilds launched the catalogue series of the collections at Waddesdon Manor. Now the ambitious project is finally complete

The polyvalency of Dutch pottery

Long-awaited—and indispensable—catalogue of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s delftware collection

Burgundy dazzles (but what a shame about the editing)

Thirty-three scholarly conference papers on the exhibition “Charles the Bold (1433-1477)” have been ill-served

Creating a social fabric

An indispensable book on William Morris’s revolutionary cloth designs and techniques—and the political views that inspired them

Simple, natural, colourful

The first in-depth study of Pre-Raphaelite stained glass

Laying down the (art) law

This handbook provides detailed legal guidance, but various omissions are a cause for concern


Successful cultural districts are powerful policy tools Free

Global co-operation can help animate the cultural districts that are being planned to make cities better places to live

Trust, but verify, as they say Free

Relationships built on trust are crucial, but for the art market to grow, verifiable information about price and provenance is essential


Diocletian’s palace gets laser facelift Free

Roman Emperor’s palace in Croatia cleaned in a ten-year project

New building for ancient desert library Free

Coptic monastery of Deir al-Surian in Egyptian desert was established in the sixth century

London Underground to sell listed HQ Free

Art Deco building has sculptures by Epstein, Moore and Gill

Life through Frida’s lens Free

More than 350 photographs, with 20th-century greats both behind and in front of the camera, to be restored


Stop buying and start looking

With the fair and auction season wrapped up, the place to see art en masse, for the summer at least, is at festivals, biennials and triennials

What, where, when, who (and possibly why)

From Nuremberg to New Zealand, festivals, biennials and triennials come in all sizes and shapes

Art for outsiders

From Babylon to Yorkshire: a selective history and appreciation of sculpture parks


Pulling no punches

A candid look at living with an octogenarian boxing artist


Europe’s public funding emergency

As cuts in state subsidies bite hard, philanthropists at home and abroad are sought to help institutions avoid genteel decline

Sale of china to fund local panto?

Croydon sparks controversy by planning to sell Chinese porcelain worth £13m to upgrade theatre

Shared stories—and problems

Deaccessioning, lending and sensitive subjects debated at Baltimore museum conference

Pompidou camps out in Dhahran Free

Paris museum abandons mobile museum project at home and plans to launch instead a temporary exhibition in Saudi Arabia

Sydney art gallery sizes up its future Free

Director clears first funding hurdle as he plans to expand Art Gallery of New South Wales

Rising costs in Hong Kong criticised Free

Government officials plans to try blocking additional funding for West Kowloon Cultural District


Willi Sitte: goodbye, Lenin!

The committed Socialist Realist artist who would not accept the reality of reunification