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No 191+

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Dear Reader, while 77 years is an admirably shaped personal milestone, my ArtNewsLetter has become increasingly complex since I launched it in the summer of 1999. The time has come to simplify its contents.

Nowadays all galleries, public and commercial, all auctions, all fairs, all events, have dedicated websites and most make use of additional forms of digital media, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram amongst them. None of these had been invented when I began. Furthermore, Google has extended its range and refined its processes, and the uniquely valuable Wikipedia broadened and deepened its own contents.

All this has convinced me that there is no real need now for me to include so much in so much detail – in future. All the “listings” remain, as does their international flavour but, as before, these are in no way intended to be comprehensive but a considered selection only. All one hundred or so entries have enough basic information for you to delve further and deeper for yourself – should you be tempted.

Professionally too, my (other) work has dramatically increased – as a glance at the “About the Editor” section at the end of my News and Comment page may suggest? An ever increasing number of international inquiries about Sir Winston Churchill's paintings, and the separate demands of my decade's long work on the Patron and Collector Walter Hussey, now reaching a climax, all need to be thoughtfully and carefully addressed.

Hence the changes manifest in this edition of my own ArtNewsLetter.





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Art Happens – Get Creatively Involved for a £5 Donation.

Magna Carta - and the USA

Looted Tapestry Returned to Noble French Château

About the Editor – David Coombs


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Opened in July

An Impossible Bouquet: Four Masterpieces by Jan van Huysum. Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. 1 July – 28 September.

Digital Revolution. Barbican Centre, London. 3 July – 14 September.

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. 4 July – 28 September.

Barbara Hepworth: Within the Landscape. Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal. 5 July – 28 September.

*Richard Wilson: The Transformation of European Art. National Museum of Art, Cardiff. 5 July – 26 October.

Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 5 July – 28 September.

Giulio Paolini: To Be Or Not To Be. Whitechapel Gallery, London. 9 July – 14 September.

Open Air Sculpture at Knebworth. Knebworth House, Hertfordshire. 9 July – 31 August.

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision. National Portrait Gallery, London. 10 July – 26 October.

Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. 11 July 2014 – 4 January 2015.

The Art of Golf: The Story of Scotland's National Sport. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. 12 July – 26 October.

Malevich. Tate Modern, London. 16 July – 26 October.

American Impressionism: A New Vision. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. 19 July – 19 October.

Disobedient Objects. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 26 July 2014 – 1 February 2015.

Royal Childhood. The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace, London. 26 July – 28 September.


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Closing August or September


Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK. British Library, London. 2 May – 19 August.

Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design. Design Museum, London. 14 May – 31 August.

*Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation. Tate Britain, London. 20 May – 10 August.

Gustav Metzger: Lift Off! Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. 24 May – 31 August.

*Summer Exhibition 2014. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 9 June – 17 August.

British Folk Art. Tate Britain, London. 10 June – 30 August.

*Marina Abramović: 512 Hours. Serpentine Gallery, London. 11 June – 25 August.

Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain. GRAD. Gallery for Russian Art and Design, London. 19 June – 24 August.

Bartholomew Beal: A Heap of Broken Images. Fine Art Society, London. 24 June – 29 August.

In Homage. Skarstedt London. 27 June – 8 August.

Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation. From the Duerckheim collection. British Museum, London. 6 February – 31 August.

RAVAGED – RAVAGE. Art and culture in times of conflict. M-Museum Leuven, Belgium. 20 March – 9 August.

Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America. Saatchi Gallery, London. 2 April – 31 August.

John Virtue – The Sea. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich. 26 April – 24 August.

A History of the World in 100 Objects. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi. 23 April – 2 August.


Vivid Memories. Fondation Cartier, Paris. 10 May – September.

International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915 – 1965. Tate St Ives. 17 May – 28 September.

Traces of Time: Igor Mitoraj. ContiniArtUK, London. 23 May – 22 September.

The Wonder of Birds. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. 24 May – 14 September.

Mondrian and Colour. Turner Contemporary, Margate. 24 May – 21 September.

Abstract America Today. Saatchi Gallery, London. 28 May – 28 September.

Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Staite Murray, 1920 – 1931. Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. 4 June – 21 September.

Cindy Sherman Retrospective: Untitled Horrors. Kunsthaus Zűrich. 6 June – 14 September.

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. 7 June – 1 September.

Model Citizens: Myths and Realities. Penzance House Gallery & Museum, Cornwall. 14 June – 6 September.

*Making Colour. National Gallery, London. 18 June – 7 September.

Peace Breaks Out! London and Paris in the summer of 1814. Sir John Soane's Museum, London. 2 June – 13 September 2014.

*BP Portrait Award 2014. National Portrait Gallery, London. 26 June – 21 September.

*Henri Matisse – The Cut-Outs. Tate Modern, London. 17 April – 7 September.

Art as Therapy – Alain de Botton in the Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. 25 April – 7 September.

*Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting. National Gallery, London. 30 April – 21 September.

Wales: A Visitation. Poetry, Romanticism, and Myth in Art. National Museum, Cardiff. 22 February – 7 September.

Expedition Silk Road: Treasures from the Hermitage. Hermitage Amsterdam. 1 March – 5 September.

Yoko Ono: Half-A-Wing Show – A Retrospective. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. 14 March – 1 September.

Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. 22 March – 14 September.

Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 8 February – 21 September.


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Opening in August or September


Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia. The Photographers' Gallery, London. 1 August – 19 October.

A City Observed. Charles Dickens Museum, London. 2 August – 15 November.

Folkestone Triennial. Kent. 30 August – 2 November.


Departure: Xavier Mascaró. Saatchi Gallery, London. 3 September – 5 October.

Peter Randall-Page: Upside Down & Inside Out. Pangolin London. 5 September – 4 October.

Horst: Photographer of Style. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 6 September 2014 – 4 January 2015.

Dining with the Tsars: Fragile beauty from the Hermitage. Hermitage, Amsterdam. 6 September – 1 March.

Olafur Eliasson: Turner Colour Experiments. Tate Britain, London. 8 September 2014 – 25 January 2015.

The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free. Tate Britain, London. 10 September 2014 – 25 January 2015.

Jim Dine: A History of Communism. Alan Cristea Gallery, London. 10 September – 7 October.

AES+F. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London. 11 September – 26 October.

Jasper John: Regrets. Courtauld Gallery, London. 12 September – 14 December.

Past, Present, SOMEWHERE: Films and Projects by Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope. Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. 13 September – 23 November.

Ming: 50 Years that Changed China. British Museum, London. 18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015.

The Great Gallery at the Wallace Collection, London. Re-opens 19 September.

Constable: The Making of a Master. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 20 September 2014 – 11 January 2015.

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. 21 September 2014 – 4 January 2015.

Art and Ownership: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. Sam Fogg, London. 24 September – 24 October.

Constructing Worlds. Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age. Barbican Art Gallery, London. 25 September 2014 – 11 January 2015.

The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead. Foundling Museum, London. 26 September 2014 – 4 January 2015.

Anselm Kiefer Hon RA. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 27 September – 14 December.

'A Game in Hell': The First World War in Russia. GRAD, London. 27 September – 30 November.

Asia Triennial Manchester. Imperial War Museum North. 27 September – 23 November.

Great War in Comics. Joe Colquhoun, Charlie Adlard and Ivan Petrus. Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal. 28 September – 6 December.

Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 30 September 2014 – 19 April 2015.

The Turner Prize 2014. Tate Britain, London. 30 September 2014 – 4 January 2015.


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Open through August & September

Might & Magnificence: Silver in the Georgian Age. London Silver Vaults. 2 June – 4 October.

Mondrian and his Studios, plus, Nasreen Mohamedi. Tate Liverpool. 6 June – 5 October.

Alexander Calder in the Gardens. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. 22 June – 5 October.

El Greco and Modern Painting. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. 24 June – 5 October.

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London. 26 June – 19 October.

Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2014: Smilijan Radic. Kensington Gardens, London. 26 June – 19 October.

Recording Britain Now. Millennium Galleries, Sheffield. 28 June – 12 October.

Phyllida Barlow: dock 2014. Tate Britain Commission. Tate Britain, London. 31 March – 19 October.

*The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714 – 1760. The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London. 11 April – 12 October.

Body & Void: Echoes of Moore in Contemporary Art. Perry Green, The Henry Moore Foundation, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. 1 May – 26 October.

Degas/Cassatt. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. 11 May – 5 October.

The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett. The American Museum in Britain, Bath. 22 March – 2 November.

*Bridge. Museum of London Docklands. 27 June – 2 November.

Generation. The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. 28 June – 2 November.

Ancient Lives: new discoveries. British Museum, London. 22 May – 30 November.

Unravelling Uppark. Uppark, West Sussex. 4 May – 2 November.

Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. 4 May – 30 November.

Sense and Sensuality: Art Nouveau 1890 – 1914. Masterpieces from the Victor and Gretha Arwas Collection. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich. 14 February – 14 December.

Treasures from the Royal Archives. Windsor Castle, Berkshire. 17 May 2014 – 25 January 2015.

Goodbye Piccadilly – from the Home Front to the Western Front. London Transport Museum, London. 16 May 2014 – 8 March 2015.

Wedding Dress 1775 – 2014. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 3 May – 15 March 2015.


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Opening in October+

Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace. Woodstock, Oxfordshire. 1 October – 14 December.

Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination. British Library, London. 3 October 2014 – 20 January 2015.

Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 8 October 2014 – 11 January 2015.

Sebastião Salgado. Beetles and Huxley, London. 8 October – 8 November.

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963 – 2010. Tate Modern, London. 9 October 2014 – 8 February 2015.

Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918) and Jenny Saville (b. 1970). Kunsthaus Zürich. 10 October 2014 – 25 January 2015.

Face to Face: British Portraits from the Clifford Chance art collection. Sir John Soane's Museum, London. 10 October 2014 – 24 January 2015.

Howard Hodgkin: Green Thoughts. Alan Cristea Gallery, London. 11 October – 15 November.

Jeremy Deller: English Magic. Turner Contemporary, Margate. 11 October 2014 – 11 January 2015.

Masters of Modern Jewellery 2014. Beetles and Huxley, London. 13 October – 13 December.

Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. 14 October 2014 – 25 January 2015.

The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate Collection. Tate St Ives. 14 October 2014 – 10 May 2015.

Richard Tuttle. Whitechapel Gallery, London. 14 October – 12 December.

In collaboration with:

Richard Tuttle.
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London. 14 October 2014 – 6 April 2015.

Justin Adian: Strangers. Skarstedt, London. 14 October – 22 November.

Rembrandt: The Late Works. National Gallery, London. 15 October 2014 – 18 January 2015.

Germany: the memories of a nation. British Museum, London. 16 October 2014 – 25 January 2015.

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960. National Portrait Gallery, London. 16 October 2014 – 11 January 2015.

Nabil Nahas: Phoenix Dactylifera. Ben Brown Fine Arts, London. 16 October – 14 November.

Sherlock Holmes. Museum of London. 17 October 2014 – 12 April 2015.

Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design, 1913 – 1933. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 18 October 2014 – 25 January 2015.

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude. The Courtauld Gallery, London. 23 October 2014 – 18 January 2015.

Giovanni Battista Moroni (c. 1520 – 1579). Royal Academy of Arts, London. 25 October 2014 – 25 January 2015.

Artes Mundi Prize. National Museum of Art, Cardiff. 25 October 2014 – February 2015.

Magical Africa – Masks and Sculptures from Ivory Coast. The Artists Revealed. De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam. 25 October 2014 – 15 February 2015.

Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 28 October 2014 – 25 January 2015.

Asian Art in London. 30 October – 8 November.


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Exhibitions, openings and events from November 2014 onwards


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20/21 British Art Fair. Kensington Gore, London. 10 – 14 September.

Goldsmiths' Fair. Goldsmiths' Hall, London. 22 – 28 September, and, 30 September – 5 October.

LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair. Berkeley Square, London. 24 – 28 September.

The London Art Book Fair. Whitechapel Gallery, London. 26 – 28 September.

Autumn Decorative Antiques & Art Fair. Battersea Park, London. 30 September – 5 October.


PAD LONDON. Berkeley Square, London. 15 – 19 October.

Frieze London. Regent's Park, London. 15 – 18 October.

Frieze Masters. Regent's Park, London. 15 – 19 October.

International Fine Art & Antiques Show. Park Avenue Armory, New York. 17 – 23 October.

March 2015

TEFAF Maastricht. 13 – 22 March 2015.


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Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Musee National du Moyen Age, Paris
Luxor Museum, Egypt
Blackwell, Cumbria
Alnwick Garden and Castle, Northumberland
The Foundling Museum, London
Shanghai Museum, China

Hong Kong, China: Museum of Art
& Museum of History
Ringling Museum of Art, Florida


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Treasures from Lord Fairhaven's Library at Anglesey Abbey
By Mark Purcell, William Hale, David Pearson, photographs by John Hammond
Scala Publishing

Chinese Wallpaper in National Trust Houses
By Emile de Bruijn, Andrew Bush and Helen Clifford
The National Trust

Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets.
By Melanie Gerlis
Lund Humphries

Hockney Printmaker

By Richard Lloyd
Scala Publishers in association with Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Sunflowers are Mine: The Story of Van Gogh's Masterpiece
By Martin Bailey
Frances Lincoln

Illustrating Shakespeare
By Peter Whitfield
British Library Publishing

Sacred Stitches: Ecclesiastical Textiles in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor
By Rachel Boak
Paul Holberton Publishers

British Aviation Posters. Art, Design and Flight
By Scott Anthony and Oliver Green
Lund Humphries in association with British Airways


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Hudson's Historic Houses and Gardens

The Art Newspaper
Antiques Trade Gazette

New Focus On
Public Catalogue Foundation



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The Wallace Collection
The BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair
Spanish Fine Art and Antique Dealers
The Art Fund



Art Loss Register
The Conservation Register
Courtauld Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery
English Heritage
The Goldsmiths' Company Directory
Historic Houses Association
Discover Islamic Art
The Henry Moore Foundation
The National Trust
Parham House and Gardens
Pallant House Gallery
The Royal Collection
Sir John Soane's Museum
Watts Gallery

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