A Sky News investigation revealed that hundreds of millions of pounds of art owned by the public was not being displayed; they asked me, as Tatler’s art critic, to comment on this. (I had a reasonably strong reaction.) Advertisements
Mad as I am about pencils (I’m a graphitokleptomaniac, taking one from every company I visit), I’m pleased to have been asked to judge the second Derwent Art Prize. The prize ‘rewards excellence through showcasing the very best international works created in pencil’ – but not just pencil: charcoal, pastel, graphite, water-soluble and coloured pencils. Winning … More Judging the Derwent Art Prize 2014
I had the privilege of interviewing my friend, artist Stuart Semple, at the ICA recently. We discussed how and why he became an artist, his swift rise to fame and fortune – and how he recovered from it.
In my capacity as editor of Spear’s, I’ve started making a weekly video called the Monday Minute (although it’s rarely a minute); this was my first, where I talk about what Britain can learn from arts philanthropy in America.
For the next issue of Spear’s, I have written (obviously) about the opera scene in Beirut, its existence, survival and self-deceit. One part of my trip in June I couldn’t fit in was my visit to the National Museum (gallery of my pics below). It managed to represent all of Lebanon’s history – from the … More Beirut’s National Museum spans a troubled history
‘Good business is the best art,’ said Andy Warhol (of course). So what are we to make of the announcement this week that EY (formerly Ernst & Young) are sponsoring Tate for three years? The best art seems to depend quite heavily on good business these days. The announcement of the partnership the very moment after EY … More ‘We can’t be the tail wagging the Tate dog’: Inside EY’s new sponsorship deal
I went to the Guggenheim while in New York; they had a James Turrell exhibition on. This is just a void in the wall to let light in, but you could easily mistake it for one of Turrell’s pieces. I wasn’t a big fan of the Googlyheim – it seems like a terrible space to … More An accidental Turrell?