The Art Newspaper–news

Images of Athens riots taken down

An exhibition of photographs at London’s Hellenic Centre depicting Athens after last December’s riots was taken down the day after the opening. Read more…

Raven Row opens

British collector Alex Sainsbury is opening a major new non-profit gallery space in east London on 28 February. The gallery, Raven Row, is entirely funded by Mr Sainsbury, the son of Sir Timothy and Lady Sainsbury. Read more…

Haunch of Venison’s opening show at Burlington Gardens

Contemporary art dealer Haunch of Venison’s inaugural show at 6 Burlington Gardens (part of London’s Royal Academy) will include a major recent installation by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, The Things We See After We Die, which has only been seen in Poland until now. Read more…

Netherlands funds more Nazi loot research

The Netherlands Museums Association announced on 5 January that it is beginning a new round of provenance research on Nazi-looted art, with a budget allocated by the Dutch state of €1.3m until 2013. The association will be working with between 100 and 150 Dutch museums, with a particular focus on works acquired from 1933 onwards. Similar research into art that may have been confiscated from Jews by the Nazis was conducted ten years ago, which concentrated on works that had been acquired by museums between 1940 and 1948. Read more…

Book review: When Trash Becomes Art

In my mind it is impossible to separate the concept of trash as art from the well-worn concept of the readymade. Lea Vergine barely touches on this notion in her introduction to When Trash Becomes Art, which was the first thing that seemed odd about this book. Read more…