News

No more silence of the scholars Free

Law drafted to protect experts who fear being sued if they speak out

An independent Scotland could lose some of its greatest Old Masters Free

Long-terms loans to national collections were agreed under UK tax rules

Club begins search for portraits’ missing limbs

Historic private members’ club wants to find lower halves of 30 cut-off works

Where is China’s hidden art money? Free

A study reveals troubling import/export anomalies between China and the US

Taxman eyes art but owners hit back in court

Heirs contest increasingly high valuations of estates

Penthouse erotica comes off the shelf Free

The owner of publisher Bob Guccione’s personal collection says he is close to resolving rights disputes

Police and artist clash over Battle of Orgreave

Thirty years after miners’ strike, Jeremy Deller calls for the truth to be exposed

The Great Sacrifice, 1914

‘For the Fallen’

Heirs of Jewish dealers claim one of Germany’s great Medieval collections

Claimants say Prussia acquired the works through a forced sale in 1935, but research suggests that the objects were in Amsterdam and not at risk from Nazi seizure, and that the dealers who sold them may have been paid more than they believed the collection was worth

Unesco stops unauthorised reconstruction of Bamiyan Buddhas Free

Organisation says actions of German archaeologists who have partially rebuilt one of the statues “border on the criminal”


Art Market

De Chirico catalogue under scrutiny Free

Reliability of publication questioned as collector refuses to pay for painting claimed to be a fake

Fake graffiti reach courts as forgeries on market increase Free

Man charged with selling works imitating US artist JonOne as genre’s popularity continues to grow

International set boosts sales in London Free

Overseas property buyers in Kensington and Chelsea are having an impact on the art market

Critic’s heirs sue over ‘destroyed’ paintings

Previous settlements do not annul further claims, court rules

Artists’ pension trust starts to sell Free

Dealers anxious about effects on the market as world’s largest art fund begins to sell its collection of 10,000 works by 2,000 artists

Missing Chinese works appear at Hanart gallery

Artists discover their works, missing for 20 years, languishing in Hong Kong dealer’s warehouse

Singapore slings together a mixed fair

‘Platform’ sections praised, but Art Stage seen as having little international reach

Art 14 adds UK regional galleries to the mix

Eclectic and democratic spirit of last year’s debut fair attracts new exhibitors


Books

Flanders and Florence under the microscope

Northern and southern European Renaissance cross-fertilisation in detail

Italy’s heroic but little-known Monuments Man

The life of Rodolfo Siviero (1911-83) reads like an adventure story, with many of his activites carried out under the cloak of official secrecy. To coincide with the the movie “The Monuments Men”, directed by and starring George Clooney, which is based on the story of a group of art historians and museum curators dedicated to rescuing major works of art stolen by the Nazis, two new books remember the man who from 1943 onwards rescued or ensured the safety of hundreds of Italy’s works of art

Provenance: a plurality of possibilities

A new study reveals the complexities—and the rewards—of researching sources

The best book on a British great—now a museum show, please

The prolific and imaginative Julian Trevelyan deserves a wider audience

Happy birthday, Ham House

A study on the occasion of its 400th anniversary


Comment

Great art needs an audience Free

Art dealers who believe galleries are no longer necessary have forgotten an essential reason why works are valued

Lessons of California’s droit de suite debacle

As another attempt is made to introduce a US federal law granting resale royalties to artists, its supporters should first look west

Will the Scots sack the British Museum? Free

If Scotland votes for independence later this year, some very important native artefacts in UK institutions could be heading north


Conservation

Romanian mine project delayed

Government fights to pass law that would allow gold and silver extraction in Western Transylvania

From car parks to Colosseum?

Culture ministry suspends change in law that would allow ordinary builders to undertake specialist restoration

Experts condemn plans for historic Paris post office Free

Architectural historian leads fight to prevent building being converted—with a hotel on the roof


Diaries

Exhibitions

Pictures of war

Portrait gallery joins a season of shows marking the centenary of the Great War

The first Pop artist has his homecoming

Two-venue Richard Hamilton show includes recreated installations from 1950s

Jeunesse dorée, manic maturity

Musée d’Orsay exhibition surveys the works of Gustave Doré, the child prodigy whose later work defied categorisation

Redon’s leap into a world of colour

French artist’s late interest in polychromy is at the heart of Beyeler exhibition

Facing up to Futurism’s fascist past

Advisory committee assembled to tackle curatorial challenges of movement’s right-wing links

An antipodean alternative

The 29th Adelaide Festival includes the premiere of Matthew Barney’s film


Fairs Auctions

Features

Missing in action

As Hollywood highlights the work of the “Monuments Men” during and after the Second World War, thousands—perhaps millions—of Nazi-looted artefacts remain unaccounted for.

Web of intrigue

In the ‘post-internet’ age, digital artists are reassessing their relationship with galleries and collectors.

Shininga light on history

Iván Navarro uses neon and fluorescent strip lights to reflect on the troubled recent past of his native Chile, and this month, he brings his vibrant work to New York’s Madison Square Park.


Focus

When ‘current’ doesn’t mean ‘contemporary’

Banksy’s art is hugely popular and the ‘very pulse of the age’ – so why is he not considered to be a contemporary artist?

In China, merely painting in oils makes you contemporary

Chinese realist oil painting, which emerged at the beginning of the 20th century, is also the beginning of Modern Chinese art as a whole

Is this the Jurassic Park of the art world or a protected gene-pool for the future? Free

Traditional figurative art still rules in many Eastern European art academies, but talent still shines through

Drawing on tradition

Arno Rink, whose students formed the New Leipzig School, talks about the strengths of a traditional approach to teaching art

Why portraits endure: people like people

In the UK and Australia, the art form is stimulated by famous prizes

Where nature and nurture meet

Botanical illustration is a labour of love deserving of wider attention

The cutting edge of art

Surgical drawing, both aesthetic and educational

Two British artists on counter-Modernism

John Wonnacott: “Drawing should help understand the mystery of consciousness”

Two British artists on counter-Modernism

Alexander Stoddart: “I’m a formalist and unashamed of it”


Media

Art and TV join forces in Detroit

A powerful film on the fight to save the bankrupt city’s art doubles up as a fundraiser for local television


Museums

Director must prove his mettle

Philippe Vergne, the new head of MoCA, Los Angeles, has the confidence of former artist-trustees

Is China’s building boom slowing?

The government’s austerity drive could see more paper tigers—museums that may never get built

Most Chinese paintings in the V&A are fake

Artist-forgers have fooled Chinese collectors for centuries, as museums in the West are now discovering

The Mayor of London says, go east!

The V&A responds to Boris Johnson’s call to make the Olympic park a major cultural destination

Morgantina loan deal loses its sheen Free

Sicily wants to renegotiate “one-sided” agreement hammered out in 2006 between the Met and Italy over restituted treasure

US museums' about-face on restitution Free

Institutions take a proactive approach to problem antiquities, but critics want to see more information online


Obituary

Halet Çambel

Olympic fencer, archaeologist and populariser of Turkey’s past