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September 2013, No. 1326 – Vol 155

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Editorial

Confronting the present: museums in Los Angeles

More than fifteen years have passed since the Getty Center’s spectacular campus in Brentwood, Los Angeles, was opened to the public (Fig.I). An Editorial published in this Magazine to mark the occasion asked in passing whether it was ‘wise for a hyper-rich institution such as this to climb a hill, turn its back on the city, and devote itself to the study and accumulation of western high art’. In Britain and elsewhere, we are now five years into a period of austerity measures that have attempted, with dubious effect, to expiate the fiscal and regulatory sins of the recent past. Museums remain vulnerable to cuts in public funding and occasional attempts by public officials to plunder their collections.

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German art at the Louvre. Paris

THE EXHIBITION De l’Allemagne, 1800–1939. De Friedrich à Beckmann at the Musée du Louvre, Paris (closed 24th June), commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Elysée Treaty for economic co-operation between France and Germany, caused a huge controversy, involving bitter denunciations from German newspapers, aggrieved responses from the Louvre, an intervention (in defence of the Louvre) by the German ambassador to France, and reports of dissent among the team responsible for the exhibition. But of course any exhibition that explores the Germanness of German art is bound to arouse strong feelings. The main accusation, provoked by the end date of 1939 in most versions of the title, was that the French bias of the exhibition confines German art to the Sonderweg, or special way, which implies that Germany has had a different historical trajectory from other nations, and that German Romanticism is tainted by Nazism, which it is presumed to have foreshadowed.

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  • What the wallpapers say: Picasso’s papiers collés of 1912–14

    By Elizabeth Cowling

    The sources for some of Pablo Picasso’s wallpaper collages in the late Cubist period, 1912–14.

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  • Unpublished letters from René Magritte to Pierre Flouquet: 1920–21

    By Sarah Whitfield

    Three unpublished, early letters (1920) from René Magritte and three unpublished works on paper by the artist.

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  • The visual arts in the BBC’s ‘The Listener’, 1929–39

    By Sam Rose

    The BBC magazine The Listener and its coverage of the arts in the 1930s, with special reference to contributors such as Kenneth Clark, Herbert Read, Ernst Gombrich and others.

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  • Henri Matisse’s stained-glass window ‘La Rosace’ (1954)

    By Rebecca Daniels

    A discussion of Matisse’s last commissioned work, a stained-glass window in memory of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in the Union Church, Pocantico Hills, New York.

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  • A reconsideration of Roger Hilton’s ‘September 1963 (Figure and bird)’

    By Timothy Bond

    The imagery and evolution of Roger Hilton’s late large painting September 1963 (Figure and bird).

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  • The First Modern Museums of Art

    By Giles Waterfield
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  • Painting and Photography, 1839–1914

    By Hans Rooseboom
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  • Félix Vallotton. Critique d’art

    By Richard Thomson
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  • John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900–1907. Complete Paintings, Volume VII

    By Marc Simpson
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  • Österreich und die Biennale Venedig 1895–2013 / Austria and the Venice Biennale 1895–2013

    By Elizabeth Clegg
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  • 240: Two Hundred and Forty Years of New Zealand Painting

    By Mark Stocker
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  • Netzwerke des Exils. Künstlerische Verflechtungen, Austausch und Patronage nach 1933

    By Shulamith Behr
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  • Writing Art. French Literary Responses to the Work of Alberto Giacometti

    By Roger Cardinal
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  • Alberto Giacometti. A Biography of his Work

    By Roger Cardinal
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  • An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism

    By Bradford R. Collins
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  • Gerhard Richter Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 1: Nos.1–198, 1962–1968

    By John-Paul Stonard
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  • Scott Burton. Collected Writings on Art and Performance 1965–1975

    By James Cahill
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  • Michael Peppiatt. Interviews with Artists 1966–2012

    By James Cahill
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  • The Discovery of Paris. London

    By Richard Green
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  • L.S. Lowry. London

    By Merlin James
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  • Outsider art (Hayward). London

    By James Boaden
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  • Outsider art (Wellcome Collection). London

    By James Boaden
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  • Frank Holl. Compton

    By Philip McEvansoneya
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  • William Scott. St Ives

    By Toby Treves
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  • William Scott. Wakefield

    By Toby Treves
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  • William Scott. Hastings

    By Toby Treves
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  • William Scott. London

    By Toby Treves
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  • William Scott. Belfast

    By Toby Treves
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  • William Scott. Bath

    By Toby Treves
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  • L’Europe de Rubens. Lens

    By Gregory Martin
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  • Félicie de Fauveau. Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne and Paris

    By Melanie Vandenbrouck
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  • German art at the Louvre. Paris

    By David Bindman
  • Venice Biennale 2013

    By Anne Blood
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  • Edgar Degas. Copenhagen

    By Sarah Whitfield
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  • September Calendar 2013

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