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The Week’s Muse: 22 March

22 March 2014

Lost, stolen, restored, repackaged and photographed… this week our writers have been looking at how we care for and respond to our cultural inheritance.

TEFAF 2014

Gold plaque in the form of a recumbant stag. Scythian, late 6th - first quarter of the 5th century BC. Sycomore Ancient ArtTEFAF draws to a close this weekend: over the course of the fair, we’ve discovered highlights and hidden gems from all periods. Mary Anne Goley, Imelda Barnard and Thomas Marks have all reported back with their selections.

Lost and restored

(detail; 1943), Jackson Pollock.Jonathan Griffin was impressed this week by the Getty’s restoration of Pollock’s Mural. Other paintings haven’t fared so well – as the search reopens for a missing Klimt, Jack Orlik asks how we should respond to the loss of art.

Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock in Russia

Vladislav Surkov in 2010‘The only things that interest me in the US are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work.’ Russian official Vladislav Surkov’s unexpected response to US sanctions…

To shoot or not to shoot…

While some museums encourage photography, others are notoriously camera shy. Estella Shardlow looks again at the problem of tourist snaps in galleries, where nobody seems clear of the rules – least of all the museums themselves.

Repackaged: Matthew Darbyshire’s polystyrene statues

Two Hercules: the Farnese Hercules from the Baths of Caracalla in Rome; and Matthew Darbyshire's polystyrene 'Hercules' (2014).‘It was in the Royal Academy Schools corridor, where for three years I’d take fag breaks at his feet and admire those thundering thighs!’ James Cahill spoke to Matthew Darbyshire about his polystyrene sculptures and the next steps for contemporary art.