Art World

The Problem With the Art Establishment

Alain de Botton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alain de Botton

The modern world thinks of art as very important, something close to the meaning of life. The symptoms of this elevated regard include the opening of new museums, the channelling of significant government resources towards the production and display of art, the desire on the part of the guardians of art to expand 'access' to works (especially for the benefit of children and minority groups), the prestige of academic art theory and the high valuations of the commercial art market.

Henny Acloque - Life After Magic

Bob Chaundy | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

34-year-old London-based Henny Acloque has experienced the death of her father and some close friends over the past five years and the re-evaluation she says to try to take positives from the deaths she believes has fed into her work at least subconsciously. Yet the drawings and paintings of Life After Magic are far from morbid.

Life in the Arts Lane

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

It began on Thursday with a photograph in the paper. A sale in France on Sunday was offering a pair of Chinese coromandel lacquer armchairs. They looked 18th century and though that is quite late for Chinese things it is the golden age for European furniture.

Life in the Arts Lane - TEFAF Continued Week 18

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

TEFAF is 260 exhibitors, seemingly miles of corridors and countless objects, pictures and jewels to admire. But behind all of this sparkle lies a delightful human drama. It is the people that make this show happen, it is the daily flow of passing crowds and hurried meals and chance encounters that create a unique ambience.

Life in the Arts Lane - TEFAF Week 17

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht) beckons and is everywhere. Bond Street and all the streets around Mayfair are jammed with shippers. Paper, bubble wrap and enormous wooden crates clutter the pavements and galleries.

Life in the Arts Lane: Willy Rizzo Week 16

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I am very proud of the time Willy and I worked together. We always used to joke about him being 'pere et fils' to himself. His own life offering up two careers but in truth he was not just a creative genius, he was mainly a really lovely man who was full of fun and generosity.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 15

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

It is now 7.30. I spot a slight corridor of a shop, more a kiosk than anything. It is a sliver of white marble on 6th called Zibetto. It is open and an elegant man of middle-age stands behind a gleaming Gaggia espresso machine of traditionally huge proportions. He is dapper in a blue shirt and smart, narrow, dark blue tie. He seems more than a barista.

To the Manor Born: The London Group Centenary Exhibition

Susannah Straughan | Posted 01.04.2013 | Home
Susannah Straughan

Though the name is more suggestive of an august financial institution, The London Group describes itself as a "thriving democratic co-operative of artists practising in all disciplines."

Creating Communities Offline

Marissa Cox | Posted 15.10.2012 | Home
Marissa Cox

An interesting article I read in the FT at the weekend made me think more about how important it is to encourage online communities to meet offline. In the article, 'Valley of God' the journalist April Dembosky investigates technology employees looking for religion in Silicon Valley. 43% of residents claim to be members of a religious institution.

Damien Hirst is An Artist

David McAlmont | Posted 10.06.2012 | Home
David McAlmont

On Good Friday I halted myself mid mouth-off: "Any twit could buy a pork chop, chuck it outside, watch the maggots hatch and the pigeons come; any idiot could stage a meditation on life, death and the food chain in their backyard."

10 Novels on Art, Artists and Art World Shenanigans

Anne Charnock | Posted 24.03.2012 | Home
Anne Charnock

Judging by the number of people visiting public art galleries - the figures are increasing year-on-year according to government stats - I reckon there must be an appetite for novels delving into the art business. I've compiled a list of 10 novels ranging from historical fiction and thrillers through to more philosophical writings.