Having blagged my way into the opening party of the Maison Assouline on Piccadilly some months ago, where the glamorous French/US publishing house has set up (very grand) shop, I decided to try and interview Prosper and Martine Assouline, the brains and éclat (together, not respectively) behind the business. Earlier this year, when the Assoulines … More Interview with the Assoulines
In October 2015, I wrote a long piece for Spear’s after a visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris about how the fashion world had staged a showy takeover of the art world, with artworks, prizes and even museums all patronised by fashion’s biggest names and brands. This movement is, I think, changing the … More Art, fashion and money
Just before I started to write this, iTunes started playing Janet Jackson’s ‘What Have You Done For Me Lately?’, which seemed an appropriate reproach to a neglected website – but neglected for, I hope, decent reasons. The first reason is this. My book, Second-Hand Stories, came out a fortnight ago and most of the year – … More What have I done for you lately?
I had the real pleasure and honour of writing for Hyperallergic, the American Contemporary art blog, during Frieze Week about a rather elaborate booth at Frieze Masters. LONDON — While one Helly Nahmad sits in a bare concrete prison cell in upstate New York, another Helly Nahmad strides around his lavish Frieze Masters booth in London’s … More Josh Spero on Helly Nahmad’s booth at Frieze Masters
I had the pleasure of writing for the Jewish Chronicle this week about Second-Hand Stories, my book about the previous owners of my second-hand books. You can pledge towards Second-Hand Stories here. The piece begins: The second-hand bookshop in Edgware where I used to spend my weekends was just around the corner from the salt-beef bar. I … More Josh Spero on Second-Hand Stories in the Jewish Chronicle
Recently I was asked to write a piece for ES Magazine about why female artists make less money at auction than men; you can read the piece here. When a painting by Georgia O’Keeffe fetched $44 million at auction a few weeks later, Newshour on the World Service asked me on to talk about women, … More Josh Spero on Georgia O’Keeffe and women, money and art
I’ve been very lucky lately: a lot of people have taken an interest in my book, which is thrilling: the more attention it gets, the sooner it will be published. I thought I’d put some links up here to some of the coverage: Today programme (Radio 4): ‘Is technology killing old loved books?’ (back-up link) Sunday … More Second-Hand Stories in the media (updated)