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September 2016

Vol. 158 | No. 1362

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Editorial

Publish or be damned

FOR OVER THIRTY-FIVE years the London office of Yale University Press has been the leading publisher of art history in the English language. When we heard of a new book planned by a leading scholar in the field we expected to learn that Yale had pledged to publish it. Surely it owes a considerable debt to the work of the editors whose achievement this has in large part been in the last two decades: Sally Salvesen and Gillian Malpass. It was therefore a shock for academics and curators, the authors of Yale books and their readers, in the United States and beyond, to discover that Salvesen and Malpass have been made redundant.

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Turner and colour. Aix-en-Provence and Margate

Accident and design have joined together in creating one of the most fascinating of recent exhibitions of the works of J.M.W. Turner, one that reveals a whole new aspect of his vision. The repeated demands of large, prestigious Turner exhibitions, combined with the relatively restricted space of the Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence, the new exhibition centre that opened last year, has led to Ian Warrell producing a fascinating exhibition, Turner et la Couleur (to 18th September), covering all Turner’s career but with a relatively new selection of works and an important new group of sketches.

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Obituary: Hugh Honour (1927—2016)

By Nicholas Penny

HUGH HONOUR was born in Eastbourne on 26th September 1927 and was brought up in Sussex. His father, Herbert Percy Honour, together with his uncle George, ran the silverplating firm of George Gates Honour & Sons (successor, in 1900, to Eastborn and Honour of Hatton Garden, a partnership established around 1880). In his later years Hugh sometimes speculated on the influence this may have had on his interest in the decorative arts and on the way objects are made. It may have influenced him in other respects, notably a determined self-reliance. The business was precarious. ‘My father made a great many duck presses, for which, as you can imagine, there was little demand after the war’. He filed for bankruptcy in 1929. Hugh’s brother, his only sibling, eleven years his senior, was itching to modernise the business, but as soon as he took control it went under. It was finally wound up in 1936. The brother then moved to ‘the wrong part of Portugal’ and out of Hugh’s life.

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  • A visit to Titian's studio

    By Michel Hochmann
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  • Borromini in Siena

    By Joseph Connors,Machtelt Israëls
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  • Rescuing from oblivion: the ruins of Palmyra and Baalbek in the eighteenth century

    By Jocelyn Anderson
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  • Reconsidering Whistler's portrait of Henry Irving

    By Arabella Teniswood-Harvey
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  • Tate Modern's new building: the Switch House

    By Dean Hawkes
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  • Obituary: Hugh Honour (1927—2016)

    By Nicholas Penny
  • Touching Objects: Intimate Experiences of Italian Fifteenth-Century Art, by Adrian W.B. Randolph

    By Geraldine A. Johnson
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  • Philipp Uffenbach: Ein Frankfurter Maler um 1600, by Ursula Opitz

    By Joachim Jacoby
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  • Après Caravage: Une peinture caravagesque?, by Olivier Bonfait; Spogliando modelli e alzando lumi: Scritti su Caravaggio e l’ambiente caravaggesco, by Gianni Papi; Caravaggio: Reflections and Refractions, edited by Lorenzo Pericolo and David M. Stone

    By John Gash
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  • Salvator Rosa (1615–1673): ‘Pittore famoso’, by Caterina Volpi

    By Stéphane Loire
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  • Italian Paintings: Three Centuries of Collecting. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Vol. 1, edited by Sabrina Norlander Eliasson, Daniel Prytz, Johan Eriksson, Sofia Ekmanet al.

    By Xavier F. Salomon
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  • The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo, by Cécile Fromont

    By John Picton
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  • Ellsworth Kelly, by Tricia Y. Paik, with contributions by Robert Storr, Gavin Delahunty, Richard Shiff and Gary Garrels

    By Sarah Whitfield
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  • Bawden, Ravilious and the Artists of Great Bardfield, edited by Gill Saunders and Malcolm Yorke

    By Silas Clifford-Smith
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  • Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture 1945–1975, by Elain Harwood

    By Owen Hopkins
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  • Painters' Paintings. London

    By Christopher Baker
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  • Hockney portraits. London

    By Marina Vaizey
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  • Sicily. London, Amsterdam and Oxford

    By Julian Treuherz
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  • Winifred Knights. London

    By Susanna Avery-Quash
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  • Lukas Duwenhögger. London

    By Michael Bracewell
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  • Turner and colour. Aix-en-Provence and Margate

    By Martin Butlin
  • The Altenberg altar. Frankfurt

    By Ivan Gaskell
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  • Bruce Connor. New York, San Francisco and Madrid

    By James Boaden
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  • Black Mountain College. Boston, Los Angeles and Columbus

    By Ezra Shales
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