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V&A is turned inside out to win space race: If you’ve ever been curious about what goes on beyond a museum’s walls, away from prying eyes, help is in store. A vast collection is being “turned inside out” in an experience offering remote-control cameras, so-called digital uncapping of crates, and a view of a 15th-century marquetry ceiling.
02.11.2018, The Times: V&A is turned inside out to win space race
01.11.2018, The Financial Times: V&A masterpieces to go on display at its new museum in east London
UK issues export bar for Antonio Canova’s Bust of Peace sculpture: The white marble Bust of Peace sold for £4.5m (£5.3m including buyer’s premium) at Sotheby’s on July 4, 2018. Following an application for an export licence by the new owner, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) deemed the sculpture to be a “significant cultural object symbolising end of Napoleonic era and return of peace to Europe after years of conflict”.
02.11.2018, Antiques Trade Gazette: UK issues export bar for Antonio Canova’s Bust of Peace sculpture
As Artissima Turns Up the Volume on Sound Art, 9 Collectors Tell Us What Makes the Turin Fair Stand Out From the Crowd: Fall is a busy season for art fairs in Europe, but Turin’s Artissima comes with a local delicacy that is missing at other fairs. You won’t find truffles on the menu at Frieze in London or FIAC in Paris.
02.11.2018, The Financial Times: Artissima opens a new sound art section
A Cunning Husband-and-Wife Duo Sold Hundreds of Forged Artworks in Finland. Now, They Are Headed to Prison: The ringleaders of a forgery scam in Finland were sentenced to prison and ordered to pay €13 million ($11.4 million) in damages for selling hundreds of fake artworks over five years.
‘After a Long Sleep, It Woke Up’: What Is Driving the Market Frenzy Around Late German Artist Günther Förg: Around five years ago, a new plutocracy pouring money into art fuelled the rise of a new generation of abstract painters who became known as the “Zombie Formalists.” Before too long, however, the number of largely anodyne, process-driven paintings coming out of their studios—and the price points for those rapidly multiplying works—grew out of control, and the market for them imploded.
Royal Academy to display seldom-seen drawings by Klimt and Schiele: More than 100 seldom-seen drawings and paintings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele will go on display from Sunday in London after a rare exhibition loan from a Vienna museum.
A Family Recovered Most of What the Nazis Stole. But Not This: The family of Paul Rosenberg, a renowned Paris art dealer whose gallery had exclusive arrangements with Braque, Matisse and Picasso, has worked tirelessly, with tremendous success, to recover the 400 works the Nazis looted from him.
31.10.2018, The New York Times: A Family Recovered Most of What the Nazis Stole. But Not This.
Pierre Bergé’s Foundation Withdraws a Mysterious Painting the Fashion Mogul Once Attributed to Manet From Its Sale at Sotheby’s: The late French collector Pierre Bergé used to tell people that Edouard Manet had painted the 19-century canvas of a young boy with a dog, though it wasn’t formally authenticated as such. Now, it has been abruptly pulled from the “Pierre Bergé: From One Home to Another” sale at Sotheby’s Paris, where it was set to be auctioned this past Monday, attributed to a “19th century French school.” The first session of the five-part sale was also postponed by a day after a judge placed a restriction on 18 lots.
31.10.2018, The Art Newspaper: Sotheby’s withdraws painting that Pierre Bergé ‘maintained was by Manet’
Major coup for Paris’s Institut du Monde Arabe as it receives one of its biggest ever donations of works: The Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris has received one of its largest donations ever from the dealer and collector Claude Lemand and his wife France who have given almost 1,300 works to the institution by artists of Arab origin. The couple have also initiated a permanent fund in addition to the donation—called the Claude & France Lemand-IMA Fund—which will be used to secure “acquisitions, organise exhibitions, research works and publish catalogues”, says an IMA statement.
29.10.2018, The Art Newspaper: Major coup for Paris’s Institut du Monde Arabe as it receives one of its biggest ever donations of works
Murdered mob boss gave stolen Boston art to IRA, says former Met detective: It is a beautiful crime scene. On the first floor of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Dutch Room is lined with green silk wallpaper from its terracotta cobbled floor to oak-timbered ceiling. On the walls hang works by Rubens, Dürer, Van Dyke and others. But it’s the empty frames that catch the eye.
04.11.2018, The Guardian: Murdered mob boss gave stolen Boston art to IRA, says former Met detective
They Get Paid to Touch the Art: When the Broad opened in 2015, the Los Angeles museum’s contemporary-art collection, downtown location and free admission quickly attracted a young, diverse audience. According to survey data it released in 2016, over 70% of its visitors were 34 years old or younger, and six out of 10 identified as nonwhite.
03.11.2018, The Wall Street Journal: They Get Paid to Touch the Art
Donald Trump Appoints a Republican Political Strategist to Lead the National Endowment for the Arts: Mary Anne Carter will step up as chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, the federal agency that President Donald Trump once wanted to axe. A former policy advisor to Governor Rick Scott of Florida, Carter has been unofficially in charge of the arts funding agency, first as the senior deputy chairman and then as acting chairman, since joining the NEA during the transition process after the 2016 election.
01.11.2018, The New York Times: Trump Nominates Former Rick Scott Staffer to Run N.E.A.
The Menil Drawing Institute’s New $40 Million Building Opens in Houston With a Lofty Goal: to Redefine the Medium: In Houston’s newly opened Menil Drawing Institute, the exhibition “The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns” features all of the titular artist’s signature motifs: American flags, targets, letters, and numbers. Some are outlined on paper in pencil or charcoal. Others are muddled in washes of ink and watercolor that pooled on sheets of plastic, forming cloudy gradients of opacity as they dried.
31.10.2018, The Art Newspaper: Houston’s museum building boom continues with opening of Menil Drawing Institute
A record-setting $30.1m sale of an Assyrian relief at Christie’s raises red flags: A 3000-year-old Assyrian relief sold at Christie’s New York on 31 October for $30.1m, tripling its estimate and setting an auction record for Assyrian work. The sale, however, has provoked the Iraqi Ministry of Culture to call for the repatriation of the panel and is drawing widespread criticism of the Virginia Theological Seminary’s decision to sell the rare seven-foot relief.
02.11.2018, The Art Newspaper: A record-setting $30.1m sale of an Assyrian relief at Christie’s raises red flags
01.11.2018, Antiques Trade Gazette: Assyrian relief sets second-highest price for ancient art at Christie’s New York despite Iraq’s repatriation call
This New Database Aims to Become the World’s Best Resource on the History of Overlooked Women Artists: Picture an artist in your mind. Is that person male? Probably. The majority of famous artists most people can name off the top of their head are men. But that doesn’t mean that women haven’t had an important place in the history of art. And while most of them have yet to make it into the textbooks, a new illustrated database should go a long way toward providing the public with information about overlooked artists active between the 15th and 19th centuries.
Dallas school given largest collection of Swiss art outside of Switzerland: What connects a technical school in Texas to Switzerland? A remarkable promised gift of more than 400 works by Swiss artists that will form the nucleus of the first museum at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). Amassed since the 1990s by the late Nona Barrett and her husband Richard Barrett, who continues to collect with his current wife Luba, this “is the most important collection of Swiss art ever formed out-side of Switzerland”, says Richard Brettell, the director of UT Dallas’s Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, where the works will go.
02.11.2018, The Art Newspaper: Dallas school given largest collection of Swiss art outside of Switzerland
Van Gogh self-portrait—almost sold by cash-strapped Detroit—will be star of major show on the artist and America in 2020: A Van Gogh painting which was nearly sold off four years ago by cash-strapped Detroit is to form the centrepiece of a major exhibition in 2020. The self-portrait of the artist with a straw hat, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, was then valued by Christie’s at between $80m and $150m, although the price today would be considerably more.
02.11.2018, The Art Newspaper: Van Gogh self-portrait—almost sold by cash-strapped Detroit—will be star of major show on the artist and America in 2020
Sotheby’s CEO Tad Smith Warns of a ‘More Subdued’ Art Market in 2019: Sotheby’s announced today that it lost $27.8 million in the third quarter of this year, a 19 percent drop from the equivalent period a year ago. The dip was due in part to the fact that relatively few major sales are held during the quarter, which includes the summer months and ends on September 30. (The largest auctions take place in the second and fourth quarters of the year, with the biggest sales coming up in New York in November.)
01.11.2018, Artnet: Sotheby’s CEO Tad Smith Warns of a ‘More Subdued’ Art Market in 2019
Warhol Sales Are in a Rut. Can Whitney Show Bring Mojo Back?: The tome announces the upcoming retrospective of one of the most iconic American artists: Andy Warhol. His first U.S. survey in almost 30 years opens next month at the Whitney Museum of American Art with major supporters including hedge fund manager Ken Griffin and Bank of America Corp. Top museums and private collections around the world have loaned paintings, drawings, sculpture and films.
31.10.2018, Bloomberg: Warhol Sales Are in a Rut. Can Whitney Show Bring Mojo Back?
The Price of Everything draws back the curtain on the art world: It’s the day after the premiere at New York’s Museum of Modern Art of the new contemporary art documentary The Price of Everything, and octogenarian Larry Poons is basking in his star turn. As the wizened artist labouring away in a rural, ramshackle studio that looks like a dank cave, decades after defying the art world by refusing to continue to churn out his popular “Dot” paintings, Poons is the soul of the film. Dressed in baggy jeans and an ill-fitting jacket at the Yares Art gallery, where his expressively coloured, heavily worked abstractions are on view, he beams when a couple from Argentina pronounce his work “astounding”.
30.10.2018, The Financial Times: The Price of Everything draws back the curtain on the art world
A Discreet Jubilee for a Groundbreaking Chelsea Gallery: Many dealers have influenced art history through the works they’ve bought and sold, but only a very few have done something more profound: reshape how we see art and transform what we value. In New York that dealer is Paula Cooper, whose namesake gallery — the first to open south of Houston Street — has led the charge for Minimalist and Conceptual art for 50 years now. The Paula Cooper Gallery has also been defined by an embrace of music, dance and poetry, and by a political activism uncommon in galleries of its prominence. (Ms. Cooper and her husband, the editor Jack Macrae, also own the excellent bookshop 192 Books, on 10th Avenue nearby.)
30.10.2018, The New York Times: A Discreet Jubilee for a Groundbreaking Chelsea Gallery
As Art Fairs Proliferate, Old Master Dealers Have to Decide Which Ones to Prioritize. TEFAF New York Makes the Cut—But Others Don’t: Orchids and oysters were in ample supply at the fall edition of the European Fine Art Fair in New York, which arrived at the Park Avenue Armory for its third edition on Friday. The fair, which was founded in 1988 in Maastricht and expanded to New York in 2016, is making a serious mark on the landscape here and drawing praise for its high vetting standards and quality. With 93 dealers compared to 250 in Maastricht, the affair is a fraction of the size of its Netherlands-based cousin. But the jewel-box feel has lent it an air of exclusivity.
29.10.2018, The Art Newspaper: Tefaf New York Fall proves a ‘chocolate box’ of a fair, though sales lack Maastricht’s urgency
From a Portrait by a Teenage Picasso to Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Allegory,’ Here Are 5 Standout Works at TEFAF New York: The 67th Regiment Armory on the Upper East Side was buzzing on Friday afternoon as a crowd of VIPs descended to get a first glimpse of the current offerings on show at TEFAF New York. The works range widely—from antiquities, rare books, and maps to vintage jewels, Asian ceramics, and scrolls, and even modern American paintings. The fair, which originated in the Netherlands in Maastricht, now takes place twice a year in New York, in the spring and the fall, with the latter season weighted toward Old Masters and historic works.
Cultural ‘matrimony’ could resolve heritage disputes: Cultural patrimony laws today are overstretched, often failing to take into consideration artists’ mobile, transnational lives and careers, or the fact that works of art can live on in different countries long after they were made. The root of the problem is the concept of national patrimony, which views culture as something innate, inherited and owned by one country, rather than part of a shared world heritage.
02.11.2018, The Art Newspaper: Cultural ‘matrimony’ could resolve heritage disputes
Bangkok’s first biennial is a blissed-out affair: Bangkok has launched its first biennal (until 3 February 2019) with an international schedule of artists showing at diverse venues around the city. “We’ve wanted this for a very long time,” says artistic director Apinan Poshyananda.
02.11.2018, The Art Newspaper: Bangkok’s first biennial is a blissed-out affair
Old art responds to new media: Tefaf New York Fall may be a fair for older art (from antiquities to the 1920s) but its exhibitors certainly know how to woo with 21st-century tactics.
02.11.2018, The Financial Times: Old art responds to new media
Art Basel’s Parent Company MCH Group Is Pulling Out of Regional Art Fairs to Usher in a ‘Profound Transformation’: In 2016, Art Basel’s parent company, the MCH Group, embarked on a major expansion into regional art fairs. That plan manifested across international borders, as the Swiss firm announced it would debut Art SG, a new fair in Singapore; took a majority stake in the India Art Fair and a minority stake in Art Düsseldorf; and added Masterpiece London to its portfolio last December.
02.11.2018, The Art Newspaper: Art Basel owner backs off from its regional fairs
Pompidou pops up in Chengdu but ‘is not considering a permanent presence’: Less than a year before the Centre Pompidou opens its outpost in Shanghai’s West Bund Museum, the French institution is extending its Chinese presence with a major exhibition in Chengdu. Organised with the Mao Jihong Arts Foundation, Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence (2 November-6 January 2019) takes place at five sites in and around the southwestern city. The show looks at digital technology’s impact on the relationship between urban and rural spaces, with works by almost 60 Chinese and international artists and groups, including Ming Wong, Cui Jie, Xu Bing, Qiu Anxiong, Shilpa Gupta and Oscar Farfán.
01.11.2018, The Art Newspaper: Pompidou pops up in Chengdu but ‘is not considering a permanent presence’
Huge French-Saudi cultural collaboration cemented despite Khashoggi murder: Just a day after Turkish officials announced that the journalist Jamal Khashoggi had been murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 7 October, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, issued a decree officially confirming the grandiose cultural and tourism development of Al-Ula Province in Saudi Arabia. It is a project born out of a personal commitment by both Macron and the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, so any change in the balance of power in the Kingdom is likely to threaten the undertaking.
30.10.2018, The Art Newspaper: Huge French-Saudi cultural collaboration cemented despite Khashoggi murder
The National Museum of Damascus Reopens in the Heart of War-Torn Syria After More Than Six Years: More than six years after Syria’s largest museum was forced to close amid the country’s brutal civil war, the National Museum of Damascus has partially reopened to the public.
A New Museums Report Reveals the (Perhaps Lopsided) Calculations Behind Hosting Traveling Exhibitions: For data enthusiasts in the art industry, the proliferation of market reports and auction analytics seems to nudge us further into a golden age every day. Although the vast majority of this quant revolution has so far taken place on the for-profit side of the business, one innovative startup is now expanding museum professionals’ understanding of their field with a slew of never-before-seen institutional data. Exhibition-matchmaking platform Vastari launched its “Global Report” and “Exhibition Finance Report” during Frieze week, and the findings just might be able to help museums adapt their strategies to our turbulent times.
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