The Week’s Muse: 19 April

How should we look at art? A round-up of discussions on the blog this week

19 Apr 2014

Modern art is not the enemy of religious art – it’s revived it

Christian art can never be straightforwardly representational

18 Apr 2014

Curators, connoisseurship and the art of looking

Connoisseurship is still valuable, and many art historians know it

16 Apr 2014

Look closer: what art historians can learn from museum education

Have we forgotten how to look properly at art?

14 Apr 2014

The Week’s Muse: 12 April

Antiquities, etiquette and Easter eggs: a round-up of discussions on the blog this week. We also pay tribute to the painter Alan Davie.

12 Apr 2014

In Defence of the Antiquities Trade

A response to Christos Tsirogiannis’ post of 2 April on this site about possibly looted antiquities appearing in the London salerooms

11 Apr 2014

Museum Etiquette: are there manners in museums anymore?

Of course we want museums to be accessible, friendly and interesting, but we also have an imperative to protect and preserve

10 Apr 2014

Handle with Care: Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ fetches $36 million at auction

Tiny, fragile, and immensely valuable: the Meiyintang ‘Chicken Cup’ broke auction records at Sotheby’s yesterday

9 Apr 2014

Will the arts world in the UK miss Maria Miller?

Maria Miller has resigned as UK culture secretary. Perhaps it’s now time to rethink the DCMS entirely.

9 Apr 2014

Curator’s Notes: ‘Gauguin: Metamorphoses’ at MoMA

Starr Figura on the overlooked brilliance of Gauguin’s prints and transfer drawings

8 Apr 2014

Art and science in conversation: why now?

Why have art and science particularly come together in a glorious synergy of exhibitions in 2014?

7 Apr 2014

What should replace the Church of Francesco Vezzoli at MoMA PS1?

Francesco Vezzoli’s plans to rebuild a 19th-century Calabrese church at New York’s MoMA PS1 have been abandoned

5 Apr 2014

The Week’s Muse: 5 April

Could the art world do more to address the issue of looted and stolen art?

5 Apr 2014

The Spoliation Advisory Panel and Art Restitution Claims

Items from the Tate, V&A and Ashmolean museum are being investigated by the Spoliation Advisory Panel: what is the panel, and what do they do?

5 Apr 2014

Women in art: Australia honours Julie Ewington and Fiona Foley

In Australia, all of the major national art institutions are run by men, but it’s encouraging that women are being recognised

4 Apr 2014

Buying for Boijmans: the story behind a recent museum acquisition

Sjarel Ex explains how the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen acquired a Hammershøi at TEFAF

4 Apr 2014

Auction houses should do more to root out looted antiquities

Potentially looted items, such as those identified this week at Christie’s and Bonhams, keep making it to auction

Why rebuilding the Crystal Palace is a bad idea

Boris Johnson and Ni Zhaoxing plan to rebuild the Crystal Palace on Sydenham Hill. It’s a ludicrous project

2 Apr 2014

Flipping Out: Saltz and Simchowitz clash over the art market

Flipping art is a controversial practice: it was only a matter of time before it resulted in a public spat

1 Apr 2014

Scouring the art schools: the search for the UK’s best young artists

My annual search has turned into something of an obsession

1 Apr 2014

The last dance? Scandal surrounds the NGA’s allegedly stolen Shiva statue

The National Gallery of Australia has removed a Shiva statue from public view and may return it to India

31 Mar 2014

BLAST: Wyndham Lewis and Vorticism, 100 years on

Launched just months before the outbreak of war, Vorticism was ill-timed and short-lived. But it’s a vital chapter in the history of British art

29 Mar 2014

Art, Architecture and Sustainability

The Architecture Foundation’s latest display looks at models of sustainability in architecture. Are visual artists keeping up?

29 Mar 2014

The Week’s Muse: 29 March

Maurice Davies on museum funding, Daisy Dunn on Pompeii’s stolen fresco, and other stories from the Muse Room this week

29 Mar 2014