LONDON — Whether or not they have ever been to Luton, people who know of the place feel they need little introduction.
Charles Saatchi, head of the eponymous Saatchi Gallery in London, doesn’t exactly have the best feminist track record.
On this week’s art crime blotter: Jonathan Meese acquitted in Nazi salute dispute, Picasso works disappear in transit, and Charles Saatchi sues Saatchi Art for Saatchi name.
Well, here’s a conundrum you don’t face everyday: famed art collector Charles Saatchi wants to donate his collection of contemporary work to his home country, the UK, but they don’t seem to want it. (First-world problems!)
This week, Charles Saatchi drops a bomb, can art portray the economic crisis, public art in New York, Knoedler closes, a giant forgery scandal and sales from the 2011 Miami art fairs.
A Hedonist’s Guide to Art may as well be called A Hedonist’s Guide to the Art World. Released last winter, the book is a collaboration between Artica, an eGallery for contemporary art, and Hg2, a series of luxury travel guides. It’s comprised of short essays from about 60 people from various reaches of the upper echelons of the London art world. The essays are divided between five chapter headings — ideas, lifestyle, the market, the art itself and “inner workings.” The content is most often in the form of a personal anecdote. That said, these tidbits are best nibbled on in small doses — it’s slow-going to read very many of these essays all at once.
A new generation of websites selling prints by contemporary artists are emerging as the Ikeas of the art world — they sell editions, from large to small runs, of different kinds of work, from traditional prints to paintings and drawings. At high volume and low prices, these sites make the most of their populist position: buying art need not be hard!