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MARCH 2020 VOLUME CXCI No– 684

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41 Editor’s Letter

Assembly lines 42 Agenda

March highlights 46 Forum

Have art prizes had their day? 49 Diary

Susan Weber on the overlooked charms of 19th-century majolica 53 Letter

Emilie Bickerton on an art space that punches above its weight in the town of Landerneau in Brittany 56 Architecture

Otto Saumarez Smith pens a paean to power-station cooling towers 62 Inquiry

Will Wiles on the seductive qualities of neon and the artists who have come under its spell

Cover Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura), c. 1638–39, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1654 or later), oil on canvas, 98.6 × 75.2cm. Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020 See feature on pp. 124–130

APOLLO MARCH 2020

73 TEFAF Preview

Susan Moore selects her highlights of the fair 84 Beyond TEFAF

Samuel Reilly recommends events staged in and around Maastricht 87 Q&A

Ilona Katzew on conserving a Bolivian masterpiece at LACMA 99 Salon du Dessin Preview

Jo Lawson-Tancred selects her highlights of the fair

Features 104 British Aisles

Glenn Adamson finds a new historical depth at the Met’s refurbished galleries of British decorative arts 114 Triumphal Progress

Christo talks to Claire Barliant about finally wrapping the Arc de Triomphe and a career founded on a bedrock of determination p. 148

124 Becoming Artemisia

Breeze Barrington looks at the younger Gentileschi’s rollercoaster career ahead of a major survey of her paintings in London 132 Variety Show

Gian Enzo Sperone reveals his catholic tastes as he shows Susan Moore the art collection kept at his home in the Swiss Alps 140 To Catch a King

Clare Bucknell on how Charles II’s mistresses asserted political influence through their portraits 148 Energy Conversion

Louise Nicholson visits the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where a new extension will bring even more life to the city’s cultural scene 154 Keeping it Real

At Museum MORE, Christopher Turner discovers a very modern institution dedicated to the genre of Dutch realism

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