The Week’s Muse: 14 June

News, comment and opinion from this week’s Muse Room: arts and crafts, ivory, twitter, public art, hidden stores and a $20 million stamp

14 Jun 2014

Open the stores: conservation, collections and the museum of the future

Most museums are like icebergs, the vast bulk of their collections are hidden. Does it have to be that way?

13 Jun 2014

The soft approach to public art

What makes a good work of public art? The success of Bill Viola’s ‘Martyrs’ suggests that a sense of sincerity and tradition can win people round to contemporary formats

12 Jun 2014

Postage paid: Sotheby’s stamp estimated at $10–20million

The British Guiana One-Cent Magenta is the only stamp of its kind in the world, and by far the most expensive

11 Jun 2014

Are you following? The Old Masters take to Twitter

How can museums make the most of a tool like Twitter? @SignorKentino has some tips

9 Jun 2014

Forum: Is the US ivory ban counter-productive?

In Apollo’s June issue, Martin Levy discusses the impact of the proposed US ivory ban on the cultural sector

9 Jun 2014

The Week’s Muse: 7 June

A response to the Jewish Museum shooting; Marina Abramović in trouble over nothing; connoisseurship now; Outsider Art; and Matisse at the cinema

7 Jun 2014

Stars in whose eyes? The lack of women artists in Bailey’s Stardust

Does David Bailey know any women artists? His selection of artists’ portraits in his latest exhibition suggests not

7 Jun 2014

Paul Mellon’s final gift to the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Paintings by Van Gogh, Degas and Seurat are among the 62 modern works bequeathed by Paul Mellon, to enter the NGA collection recently

6 Jun 2014

‘Outsider Art’ flourishes outside the UK

Outsider Art is gaining prominence in the UK, but it’s been a slow awakening: we’re still catching up with Europe and the USA

5 Jun 2014

A response to the Musée Juif de Belgique shooting

The news of the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels last month was sickening, but Jewish institutions must stay open

4 Jun 2014

Changing Tastes: should museums try to teach ‘good’ taste?

Should museums try to preserve traditional notions of ‘good’ taste, or encourage new ways of thinking about art and culture?

3 Jun 2014

Editor’s Letter: Connoisseurship now

Has the time come for a revival of connoisseurship?

2 Jun 2014

Nothing new? The row over Marina Abramović’s new show

Marina Abramović intends to do nothing at the Serpentine Galleries this summer. But nothing has been done before…

2 Jun 2014

The Week’s Muse: 31 May

This week’s news and comment from the Muse Room: Michael Schmidt, the Glasgow School of Art, auction highlights, and troublesome renovations

31 May 2014

Hollow memorials? the problem with artists’ houses

A new installation mythologises Van Gogh’s old apartment in London: but such properties are often disappointing

26 May 2014

The Week’s Muse: 24 May

A round-up of news and comment from the Muse Room.

24 May 2014

Mind the Gap: William Holman Hunt’s ‘Isabella’ should stay in Delaware

Should a museum, purportedly in order to save its head, sell off the jewel in its crown?

22 May 2014

Florida pastor is convicted of trying to sell fake Damien Hirst paintings

But authenticity is hardly Hirst’s own strong point

21 May 2014

The Week’s Muse: 17 May

Does art history have an image problem? A round-up of stories and comment from the Muse Room.

17 May 2014

Why do we need an International Museum Day?

Museums enrich communities around the world; why not take a day to celebrate that fact?

16 May 2014

Civilisation 2.0: who could replace Kenneth Clark?

The BBC intends to remake Kenneth Clark’s seminal TV programme ‘Civilisation’. Who should present it?

13 May 2014

Problem child? The Louvre Abu Dhabi is previewed in Paris

‘Birth of a Museum’ celebrates new acquisitions for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, but will it win round a critical public?

12 May 2014

Money talks: the latest list of art’s most powerful people

There’s not a single museum director on The Guardian’s latest list

12 May 2014