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Anish Kapoor: 'If I was a young Muslim, would I feel angry enough to join Isis? I would at least think about it'

Britain has gone through the looking glass and the artist’s new show follows it into the abyss. He talks about the upsurge in racism, fighting for Shamima Begum – and his clash with France’s presidentAt 7.30 on the morning after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Anish Kapoor left his London flat for an appointment with his analyst. On the street, he heard two men talking. “Bet he doesn’t even speak English,” said one. “I turned around and they were talking about me. I was so furious.”Si...
Tags: Art, Isis, London, France, Religion, Race, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture


Anish Kapoor: 'If I was an angry young Muslim, I would think about joining Isis'

Britain has gone through the looking glass and the artist’s new show follows it into the abyss. He talks about the upsurge in racism, fighting for Shamima Begum – and his clash with France’s presidentAt 7.30 on the morning after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Anish Kapoor left his London flat for an appointment with his analyst. On the street, he heard two men talking. “Bet he doesn’t even speak English,” said one. “I turned around and they were talking about me. I was so furious.”Si...
Tags: Art, London, France, Religion, Race, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Islam


$90m David Hockney is not a ‘break-up picture’, says ex-lover

Peter Schlesinger rejects interpretation of work that has broken record for living artistIt has been interpreted as the depiction of a very particular moment in the romantic life of David Hockney. Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which sold for $90.3m (£70.3m) at auction in New York last week, shows his former lover and muse standing beside a pool – and a man who might be the painter’s new boyfriend swimming under water.But Peter Schlesinger, Hockney’s ex-partner who was one of his...
Tags: Art, New York, UK News, US news, Yorkshire, David Hockney, The art market, University of California Los Angeles, Peter Schlesinger, Peter Schlesinger Hockney


World's most expensive painting is authentic Leonardo, insists expert

Da Vinci scholar says delay in showing £340m Salvator Mundi not due to attribution doubts One of the world’s leading experts on Leonardo da Vinci has said a delay in exhibiting Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting, is not due to questions about its authenticity.The art world went into a spin when it was revealed last month that the Louvre Abu Dhabi had indefinitely postponed putting on display the painting bought for a world record price of $450.3m (£342.1m) last year. Continue re...
Tags: Art, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, The art market, Da Vinci, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, Louvre Abu Dhabi


Art prices at ‘obscene’ levels as Chinese join high-spending elite

Fine art is almost always a good bet for the super-rich, but it’s worth remembering that the $157m paid for a Modigliani last week could have supported 10,000 budding artists for a yearWhen even the experts are warning that prices for works of art have become obscene, it is probably time to run a dispassionate eye over the multimillion-dollar frenzy for certain works.Last week, Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) by Amedeo Modigliani sold to an unnamed buyer for $157m, and a new record was set for a ...
Tags: Art, Business, Investing, Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, The art market, Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, Amedeo Modigliani, Modigliani


Spirit of ’68 bows to market forces as rebel icons go on sale

Posters that fuelled the revolutionary fervour of Paris 50 years ago are being snapped up by collectorsIn the turbulent days of May 1968 in Paris, a group of artists calling itself Atelier Populaire launched a guerrilla operation to turn out thousands of agitprop posters boosting the class struggle.As student sit-ins and strikes spread, the collective’s secret printing press, hidden inside the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts where the artists also slept, churned out content day and night. Conti...
Tags: Design, France, World news, Paris, Posters, The art market, 1968: The Year Of Revolt, Atelier Populaire


Belgian police examine claims Russian art show was 'full of fakes'

Homes raided after Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent cancels exhibition of avant-garde worksHomes across Belgium have been raided by police investigating allegations that counterfeit Russian avant garde works were exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent. The display of 26 pieces, loaned by the Russian businessman Igor Toporovski, was terminated by the gallery in January after experts claimed it was full of fakes. The museum’s director, Catherine de Zegher, was suspended from her post earlier th...
Tags: Art, Europe, Russia, World news, Culture, Art and design, Belgium, The art market, Museum of Fine Arts, Catherine de Zegher, Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Igor Toporovski


Arts minister places UK export bar on £26.2m Francesco Guardi painting

Huge painting of Rialto Bridge was sold at auction last summer to an overseas buyer but committee says it would be ‘regrettable loss’ for the UKA huge painting of Venice’s Grand Canal by Francesco Guardi has had a temporary export bar placed on it by ministers in an attempt to prevent it leaving the UK.‘Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi’ was owned by successive generations of the Guinness family before it was sold last summer to an overseas buyer at a Christie’s auction for £26.2m. ...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Venice, The art market, Grand Canal, Christie, Uka, Rialto Bridge, Francesco Guardi


Abu Dhabi was buyer of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi, says auctioneer

Christie’s says emirate’s department of culture and tourism bought painting and it will be displayed in Louvre Abu DhabiLeonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus Christ, which was sold for a record $450m (£335m) at auction last month, was acquired by Abu Dhabi’s department of culture and tourism, according to Christie’s in New York.The announcement was the latest twist in a saga over the painting after it was reported that the buyer was the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Continue reading.....
Tags: Art, New York, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, United Arab Emirates, The art market, Abu Dhabi, Jesus Christ, Christie, Mohammed bin Salman, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, Louvre Abu DhabiLeonardo da Vinci


Leonardo's Salvator Mundi: Abu Dhabi bought world's most expensive painting

Louvre Abu Dhabi to display artwork sold for $450m as buyer is revealed as emirate’s culture ministryLeonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus Christ, which was sold for a record $450m (£335m) at auction last month, was acquired by Abu Dhabi’s department of culture and tourism, according to Christie’s in New York.The announcement was the latest twist in a saga over the painting after it was reported that the buyer was the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, United Arab Emirates, The art market, Abu Dhabi, Jesus Christ, Christie, Mohammed bin Salman, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Vinci, Salvator Mundi


Fine art to topple fine wine in 2017 luxury investment league

Rich investors burned in the financial crisis are back in the market for modern masterpieces, according to Knight Frank luxury investment indexArt is expected to overtake wine as the best-performing luxury investment asset this year as a growing number of millionaires snap up contemporary masterpieces for their mansions.Rich people, hit by a collapse in art pricesafter the 2007-2008 financial crisis, have returned to the market, according to high end estate agent Knight Frank. Art sold at auctio...
Tags: Art, Business, Money, Investments, Painting, Investing, UK News, World news, Financial Sector, Culture, Art and design, Rich lists, The art market, Luxury goods sector, Knight Frank, Knight Frank Art


German artist Hito Steyerl tops contemporary art power list

Film-maker and writer is first female artist named by ArtReview Power 100 as most influential personHito Steyerl, a German artist, writer and theorist known for taking a strong political stand and being unafraid to challenge the power of the art market, has been named the most influential person in contemporary art.Steyerl is the first female artist to top the annual ArtReview Power 100 list, now in its 16th year. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Video Art, World news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Installation, The art market, Steyerl, Hito Steyerl


Turner's German masterpiece to be auctioned in London

Ehrenbreitstein is one of only six major paintings by the artist still in private hands and has an estimate of £15m-£25mOne of the finest paintings by JMW Turner still in private hands is to be auctioned in London.Ehrenbreitstein, showing a magnificent ruined fortress perched on a cliff overlooking a tranquil valley, was considered something of a showstopper when first exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1835. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Germany, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, The art market, Turner, Jmw Turner, Royal Academy, Ehrenbreitstein, London Ehrenbreitstein


Goya etchings found in French chateau are 'once in a lifetime discovery'

Pristine prints of famous bullfighting series stored in old ledger hidden on a library shelf could fetch up to £500,000 at auction Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, The art market, Goya, Francisco De Goya


Art Basel: a dose of reality with exhibits on snooping and migration

Samson Young and Chiharu Shiota among artists whose works bring global political turmoil to art market’s top eventFrom mass surveillance to the migration crisis, anxiety about a world in political turmoil permeated this year’s Art Basel, the world’s largest contemporary and modern art fair in Switzerland. Related: Art Basel 2016: skyscrapers and spacemen – in pictures Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Culture, Art and design, Switzerland, Exhibitions, The art market, Art Basel, Samson Young, Gerhard Richter


Artist threatened with lawsuits if she sells nude Donald Trump painting

Illma Gore’s painting, on display at Maddox Gallery in London now with a £1m pricetag, depicts the Republican presidential candidate with a small penis An infamous nude of Donald Trump has attracted bids of over £100,000 after it went on display at the Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London, last week, but the artist is being anonymously threatened with legal action if she sells it, due to its resemblance to the Republican presidential hopeful. The piece by Illma Gore, titled Make America Great Again...
Tags: Art, London, Painting, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, The art market, Donald Trump, Gore, Trump, Mayfair London, Maddox Gallery, Illma Gore


How offshore firm helped billionaire change the art world for ever

Panama Papers suggest Joe Lewis bought famous Ganz collection before record-breaking Christie’s sale, netting millions Lot 33 spun into view, hanging on a revolving panel. The brilliantly coloured Women of Algiers (version O), Pablo Picasso’s early cubist masterpiece, was moments away from finding a new owner.The year was 1997, and 2,000 people had assembled at the Manhattan salesroom of Christie’s auction house. The collection of Victor and Sally Ganz, one of the most important caches of modern...
Tags: Art, Painting, Manhattan, Pablo Picasso, The art market, Panama, Joe Lewis, Victor, Christie, Ganz, Sally Ganz


Mossack Fonseca's role in fight over painting stolen by Nazis

Panama Papers highlight offshore law firm’s part in contested claim by heir of alleged former owner of Modigliani pieceMossack Fonseca helped a New York art gallery defend itself over a claim about a Nazi-looted artwork after the apparent original owner’s descendant launched a legal battle for its return, the Panama Papers reveal.The case involves a $25m (£18m) Modigliani painting taken from Paris when the Germans marched into the city in 1940 and the role played by Mossack Fonseca, as the famil...
Tags: Art, New York, World news, Paris, The art market, Art Theft, Panama, Nazism, Modigliani, Mossack Fonseca, Modigliani pieceMossack Fonseca


Dashing rogues? No, art thieves are boring goons

The recovery of yet another stolen picture by Edvard Munch is a reminder of just how seedy and unromantic art theft has become Related: Stolen Edvard Munch artwork recovered after seven years Art theft is ugly. People love to picture art thieves as dashing cat burglars who look like George Clooney and have a raffish charm that makes their crimes forgivable. In reality, they are mostly gangsters and professional criminals who have no feelings at all about the masterpieces they steal to use as ...
Tags: Art, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, George Clooney, The art market, Art Theft, Edvard Munch


World art market stalls for first time in years

Fall of 7% a function of slowing at cheaper end of market with record prices at top end continuing to make headlinesAfter a string of boom years the international art market is stalling, with falls in global sales by both volume and value.The fall is mainly at the cheaper end of the market – defined in international art terms as below a million dollars – and offset by headline-grabbing record prices in the last year including the £200m believed to have been paid by a Qatari collector for When Wi...
Tags: Art, Business, Money, Investments, Alternative Investments, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Pablo Picasso, The art market, Paul Gauguin


Sotheby's announces $11.2m loss in fourth quarter and staff resignations

Art auctioneer’s commissions dropped 8% amid global market slowdownDefections over last two years continue as more executives leave company The world-famous art auctioneer Sotheby’s suffered an $11.2m (£8.1m) loss in the fourth quarter of last year, as the art market enters a slowdown. Related: Art market in 'mania phase' and risks bursting of the bubble, report says Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Business, World news, US news, Art and design, The art market, Quarterly Results, Sotheby


'Fake Rothko' trial reduces tragic art to farce

Mark Rothko railed against the money-obsessed art world; now one of New York’s oldest dealers is accused of knowingly selling copies of his workIt is a story that illuminates in fiery red and perturbing black Manhattan’s long decline as an art capital.In 1945, New York City stood poised to become the new centre of modern art. Paris was exhausted by war and occupation. While great European artists like Picasso and Giacometti still had plenty of genius to reveal, it was a generation of young Ameri...
Tags: Art, New York, New York City, Painting, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Manhattan, The art market, Picasso, Mark Rothko, Rothko, Giacometti


Art market in 'mania phase' and risks bursting of the bubble, report says

Experts expect a ‘severe correction’, particularly in contemporary and American art, after years of spiralling prices and celebrity and luxury obsessionAfter examining more than a million auction records from over 36 years, economics professors at the University of Luxembourg have concluded that the international art market is overheating, creating the potential for a “severe correction” in the postwar and contemporary and American segments. Related: Are the most expensive paintings ever worth...
Tags: Art, Money, Culture, Art and design, The art market, University of Luxembourg


The art world sucks! Billionaire bothering with the Guerrilla Girls – exclusive video

Billionaires have hijacked art! Feminist provocateurs the Guerrilla Girls talk about their latest protest – Dear Art Collector – targeting New York galleries with mile-high messages denouncing the luxury takeover of the art market. Join them on their secret mission to make walls talk, stickerbomb the masses and win living wages for the 99%• The Guerrilla Girls: 30 years of punking art world sexism Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, Protest, Economics, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Equality, Exhibitions, The art market, Luxury goods sector, Corporate sponsorship, Collecting


The $44m for Georgia O’Keeffe’s work shows how little female artists are valued

The record bid for her Jimson Weed/White Flower painting is far lower than for male ‘greats’. And it’s because of people like meThe art historian Linda Nochlin posed a very good question in 1971 and it still has not been answered. “Why,” she asked in an essay that helped to shape feminist art history, “have there been no great women artists?”She did not ask why women in art were not getting enough prizes, or being taken up by enough big art dealers, or otherwise getting ahead in the art world. S...
Tags: Art, Society, World news, Art and design, Equality, The art market, Jimson Weed White Flower, Georgia O'Keeffe, Linda Nochlin


Georgia O’Keeffe flower painting sells for record-breaking $44.4m

Final bid for Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1 more than doubles the previous highest price paid for a work of art by a womanA painting of a white blossom of a weed, which once hung in George W Bush’s dining room, has set a world record for a work of art by a woman after a bidder paid $44.4m (£28m) for the Georgia O’Keeffe piece.The 1932 painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1 fetched more than three times the auction estimate of $10m-$15m when it was sold at Sotheby’s in New York on Thursday. Conti...
Tags: Art, New York, Painting, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, The art market, George W Bush, Sotheby, Jimson Weed White Flower, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jimson Weed White Flower No



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