How should we look at art? A round-up of discussions on the blog this week
Christian art can never be straightforwardly representational
Connoisseurship is still valuable, and many art historians know it
Have we forgotten how to look properly at art?
Antiquities, etiquette and Easter eggs: a round-up of discussions on the blog this week. We also pay tribute to the painter Alan Davie.
A response to Christos Tsirogiannis’ post of 2 April on this site about possibly looted antiquities appearing in the London salerooms
Of course we want museums to be accessible, friendly and interesting, but we also have an imperative to protect and preserve
Tiny, fragile, and immensely valuable: the Meiyintang ‘Chicken Cup’ broke auction records at Sotheby’s yesterday
Maria Miller has resigned as UK culture secretary. Perhaps it’s now time to rethink the DCMS entirely.
Starr Figura on the overlooked brilliance of Gauguin’s prints and transfer drawings
Why have art and science particularly come together in a glorious synergy of exhibitions in 2014?
Francesco Vezzoli’s plans to rebuild a 19th-century Calabrese church at New York’s MoMA PS1 have been abandoned
Could the art world do more to address the issue of looted and stolen art?
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?
In Australia, all of the major national art institutions are run by men, but it’s encouraging that women are being recognised
Sjarel Ex explains how the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen acquired a Hammershøi at TEFAF
Potentially looted items, such as those identified this week at Christie’s and Bonhams, keep making it to auction
Boris Johnson and Ni Zhaoxing plan to rebuild the Crystal Palace on Sydenham Hill. It’s a ludicrous project
Flipping art is a controversial practice: it was only a matter of time before it resulted in a public spat
My annual search has turned into something of an obsession
The National Gallery of Australia has removed a Shiva statue from public view and may return it to India
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
The Architecture Foundation’s latest display looks at models of sustainability in architecture. Are visual artists keeping up?