Art in Print
Art collector pledges to buy works by female artists to donate to galleries
Valeria Napoleone has pledged to buy one work every year by a living female artist in order to donate it to galleries as, she says, they are “still so far behind” in the art world.
Ms. Napoleone, one of the major collectors of female artists, has already spent hundreds of thousands of pounds to build up a collection of 300 paintings, photos and sculptures.
The collector said supporting female artists had become “a passion… It started when I was in New York in 1997 and was very much aware of the discrimination against women, lack of representation in museums and galleries and the lack of support. From the moment I bought my first artwork I said to myself, I’m going to create a collection. I’m a feminist and I believed so much of the work was so relevant and should be seen.”
Review I The Neo Naturists
Studio Voltaire in London showcases an exhibition about Neo Naturists, a counterculture within a counterculture performing in rural landscapes, in London clubs, on the streets and even in the British Museum. Grayson Perry, Christine and Jennifer Binnie and Wilma Johnson are the show’s main protagonists.
Ben Luke says of the exhibition: “absorbing and suitably cacophonous, the show is a potent antidote to the bloodless polish that so much Eighties nostalgia conjures: this is messy, gutsy, ramshackle stuff.”
Peter Doig has to prove he didn’t create a painting
Peter Doig, who has become famous for his magical landscapes, was sent a photograph of a painting he says he didn’t create. The owner of the canvas, a former corrections officer who said he knew Mr. Doig while working in a Canadian detention facility, however sued the artist contending that Mr. Doig is either confused or lying and that his denials blew up a plan to sell the work for millions of dollars.
Although Doig has compelling evidence of the fact he was never near the facility, a federal judge in Chicago has set the case for trial next month at United States District Court for Northern Illinois. Art law experts say they can’t recall any similar case in art history.“To have to disprove that you created a work seems somehow wrong and not fair,” said Amy M. Adler, a professor at New York University Law School.