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
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
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.)
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
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