Art in Print

Emma Hamilton portrait bought by her lover Lord Nelson to go on display

A voluptuous portrait of Emma Hamilton, which has always been held in private collection since its completion, is to be displayed in a major exhibition showcasing her extraordinary life. The painting was commissioned by Lady Hamilton’s husband and then later bought by her lover Lord Nelson to save it from the shame of a public sale. Nelson paid £300 for the painting, and kept it over his bed for the rest of his life. The exhibition will open at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich next month.
“She was a really remarkable person, who has usually been seen only in the shadows of the men in her life. It is time to bring her back into the light” explains curator Quintin Colville. Lady Hamilton was renowned for her beauty, as wrote writer Goethe, and married Sir William Hamilton when she was 26 and he was 61. When she met Lord Nelson the two would fall in love, although Lord Nelson and Sir William were able to continue an amicable relationship despite this. The exhibition will include a large number of items that are on loan from private collections.
Via: The Guardian


What You Need to Know About Online Art Auctions

Bidding for art online has clear advantages for collectors, and some not so apparent risks. The advantages are obvious – the ability to participate in auctions around the world without having to travel and access to art that was previously inaccessible. British insurer Hiscox expects online gallery and auction sales to total close $10 billion a year by 2020.
The advantages are attracting more and more collectors, as they are now able to participate in auctions around the world without having to travel. But the risks are substantial as bidders are often buying items they have not seen in person. Buyers have limited information about the item and limited time to research it, opening up the scope to fall victim to fraud. It isn’t only bidders that can’t see the items in person; often the operators of online auctions have not seen them. In some cases artworks are sent to them as digital JPEG photos, which are then posted with starting bid prices and deadlines. To add to this, online auctions also don’t offer the same refund rights large auction houses like Sothebys and Christie’s do. Unlike Sotheby’s and Christie’s who will refund a buyer up until five years after the sale, Art-Net will do so only up until a week after purchasing.
Via: Wall Street Journal 

European Collectors help bolster FIAC art fair

Last year, France was the world’s fourth largest market for art and antiques. However this year the market has been a lot less stable. A succession of terrorist outrages has resulted in a noticeable decline in American and Asian clients attending events like PAD Paris and last month’s Biennale des Antiquaires. Jennifer Flay, director of FIAC highlights her goal is “maintaining Paris as cultural capital” but also acknowledges “we’re dependent on events”, adding the recent robbing of Kim Kardashian was “the last thing we needed”.
Nonetheless, art was selling. “Europeans carried the first day of the fair” said Thaddeaus Ropac, counting only five American collectors at one booth. The market as a whole however is presenting challenges for selling emerging art.
Via: New York Times 

Steve Dillion, co-creator of Preacher comic book series, dies aged 54

Steve Dillion, best known for his work on Preacher, The Punisher, and Judge Dredd has died aged 54. His brother, Glyn Dillon, confirmed the news on twitter. Actor Seth Rogen expressed  his sadness, writing he is “devastated by the loss of Steven Dillion’s passing. My favourite comic artist who drew my favourite cartoons.” Marvel Entertainment, have also expressed their condolences.
Steve Dillion was the co-creator of the Preacher comic book series, which was also made into a television series of the same name. Born in Luton, Bedfordshire Dillion began his professional career at 16. 


Via: The Guardian