Art in Print

Scientist retracts claim that Damien Hirst works leaked cancerous fumes

The scientist who claimed that Damien Hirst’s famed pieces involving animals preserved in tanks, were releasing well above acceptable levels of carcinogenic fumes has retracted his findings as “inaccurate”. 


Prof Pier Giorgio Righetti, has admitted his findings were unreliable and inaccurate. After re-examining the evidence, all of Hirst’s work were found to have formaldehyde readings lower than 0.1ppm.


Via the Guardian 


Dick Bellamy: The Man Hiding at the Center of Everything

Art historian and curator Barbara Rose talks about New York art dealer Dick Bellamy after fidning herself in a footnote as one of “two college girls who moved in to the apartment above the Hansa Gallery” in Judith E. Stein’s new book, Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art. she write:


“Bellamy became director of the Green Gallery, which opened on the prestigious East 57th Street in 1960. It soon became the hangout for the younger avant-garde, although the few buyers were mainly dealers or adventurous collectors like Richard Brown Baker. Often Bellamy was alone, curled up inside the orgone box that Kenneth Noland had left in the gallery.”


via the New York Times


15th-century Flemish masterpiece to stay in UK with lottery help

An important 15th-century devotional painting that ministers last year temporarily barred from being sold abroad is to remain in the UK.


The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, County Durham, announced it had secured sufficient funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and private donors to acquire St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, attributed to the workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder, It has paid £2.3m for a work deemed an important British cultural asset, with comparable examples not existing anywhere else in the UK.


via the Guardian