June 2022 Volume CXCV No– 709

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21 Editor’s Letter 22 Agenda

June highlights, Art Basel and Masterpiece 29 Around the Galleries

Samuel Reilly previews BRAFA, plus our pick of shows and fairs 43 TEFAF Maastricht Preview

Maria Howard selects her highlights of the fair 57 Beyond TEFAF

The most intriguing events taking place in and around Maastricht 67 Documenta 15

This year’s event takes an original tack, writes Gareth Harris 75 Diary

Amy Jeffs on medieval views about the Creation and climate change

Cover The Penitent Magdalene, c. 1580–85, Doménikos Theotokópoulos, called El Greco (1541–1614), oil on canvas, 101.6 × 81.9cm. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City See feature on pp. 130–137


85 Fresh Perspectives

Hettie Judah on the artists who are channelling their inner child 89 Art Market

Jane Morris on the art world’s obsession with early-career painters 99 Collectors’ Focus

Emma Crichton-Miller on the appeal of Flemish baroque drawings 103 Architecture

William Aslet asks why New York’s newest skyscrapers are so bad 109 Food

Thomas Marks relishes the National Gallery’s new restaurant 111 Wine

Christina Makris on the history of winemaking in Algeria Features 114 The Transit of Venus

John Laycock turns his gaze upon William Kent’s heavenly ceilings at Houghton Hall 122 Feat of Learning

Sophie Barling on how Gio Ponti brought the 800-year-old University of Padua up to date

130 Double Take

Carmen Giménez talks to Apollo about Picasso’s lifelong passion for the paintings of El Greco 138 Standing Firm

Robert Barry discovers the history behind Isaac Julien’s latest film for the Barnes Foundation’s centenary 146 Taking Control

As the Mauritshuis turns 200, Koen Kleijn talks to its new director Martine Gosselink about the future 154 Signature Style

Charles Darwent on the flower painting that messes with the usual account of Mondrian’s career 164 Drawn to Greatness

Katrin Bellinger talks to Susan Moore about her former career as a dealer and her passion for drawings