Art in Print

Inside Leslie Waddington’s private art collection

On the eve of the opening of Frieze Art Fair in October, Christie’s will offer choice examples from the £20 million private art collection of contemporary art dealer Leslie Waddington, who died last November aged 81. 


Waddington is a hugely significant figure in the recent history of modern art dealing, defining the London art landscape with his five galleries in Cork Street long before the current craze for contemporary art took place. Spanning the modern (Picasso, Matisse, Miro) with the European avant garde of the 1950s (Jean Dubuffet, Patrick Heron and the St Ives School), contemporary American ‘colour field’ painting in the 1960s, and younger British contemporaries – Patrick Caulfield, Peter Blake, Barry Flanagan – he pursued a diversity that is reflected in his collection. 


With it came international recognition, and in 2013 he was granted a lifetime achievement award from the Federation of European Art Galleries at the world’s biggest art fair in Basel. 


Via The Telegraph 


Review I William Eggleston 

The validity of colour photography as art was in the past highly debated. Wiliam Eggleston’s photography show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1976 was heavily criticized, the artist’s pictures being defined as belonging to “ the world of snapshot chic.”


Forty years later William Eggleston is the protagonist of a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, which runs until October 23. Ben Luke gives the art show five stars saying:


“While his approach is democratic, Eggleston’s technique is elite, both in the shooting and the printing. He might be the greatest colourist in photographic history but he’s also about much more than that. This show is smallish but it includes works that have become classics alongside others that are little-known, particularly early black-and-whites.”


Via The Evening Standard


Catherine Yass suspends piano over BBC Television Centre

Artist and Turner Prize nominee Catherine Yass dangled a grand piano from a crane above the BBC Television Centre as a ‘final swan-song’ for the building, which will be demolished as part of a multi-million-pound redevelopment.


Catherine Yass was one of the eight artist-in-residence who were asked to come up with a work that reflect the history of the former BBC site in West London.  


A crane lifted the piano above the building’s 12-storey East Tower, which is set to be demolished at the end of August to make way for almost 1,000 homes, offices and a branch of private members’ club Soho House. 


Via The Evening Standard