Art in Print


  Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year 2016


Maggi Hambling is included in the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year 2016 Awards for her contribution to the arts.  The celebrated painter and sculptor has confirmed her status as a world-class artist with this year's retrospective at the British Museum.


Via: Harper's Bazaar


Art Sales: the ivory showdown

Antique dealers in Great Britain are gearing up to present the government with their case for trading in works of art made using ivory and rhino horn, just as wildlife protectionists are seeking to close their trade down. As both the rhino and African elephant are one of the most endangered species listed as of today, both animals are heading towards extinction if their slaughter by poachers, to sell their tusks and horns, continues. It is estimated that about 30,000 elephants are shot each year feeding a £15 billion annual trade in ivory. Rhino horn is currently more valuable than gold, dealers say.
For the past decade, governments have been responding to the need to ban the trade in modern ivory. In the UK, the law prevents the trade in modern ivory artworks and unworked ivory of any age, but allows dealing in carved or ‘worked’ ivory dating from before 1947. This was the selected cut-off date in 1997 because of the 50 - year interval and because carbon-dating tests can establish whether or not the tusk existed before the first nuclear bomb tests, which began in 1945. Although environmentalist, do not believe the government is not taking action quick enough, as ivory should just be banned overall.
Others like Victoria Borwick believe in a middle ground, where the solution lies in a more “closely regulated” antiques trade which could protect elephants and our shared cultural and artistic heritage simultaneously. If antique ivory can be heavily channeled only through the hands of experts recognized by a trade body, the government could monitor the trade much more than they easily can imagine.
Via: The Daily Telegraph

David Bowie's art collection is going on sale, and it could be yours

Pioneering musician and actor, David Bowie, was also an art collector too. So Sotheby’s is using its sale of Bowie’s art and design collection as an opportunity to celebrate the artist and the artist he collected and nurtured. A week-long exhibition showcasing his 200-item-strong collection and including a series of talks will take over this weekend, and will follow an auction of the art. Artists include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leon Kossoff, and Patrick Caulfield. The exhibition will run through from 1 November to 10 November at Sotheby’s.
Via: Time Out London

Ancient Chinese sculpture gives up secret 700-year-old banknote 

A crumpled banknote issued by the first Ming emperor has been discovered hidden within a cavity inside a 13th-century Chinese wooden sculpture. The carved head of a Luohan — someone who has achieved the enlightened state of Nirvana — gave up its 700-year-old secret after it was examined by Ray Tregaskis of Mossgreen, the Australian auction house. Made of mulberry bark fibers, Chinese banknotes were first issued in the 10th century but the later Ming dynasty was the first regime to attempt the widespread replacement of coinage with paper. Its plan eventually failed, as over issuance led to hyperinflation in the 15th century. The note is dated at 1370, the third year of the reign of first Ming emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang, while the sculpture is thought to have been carved a century earlier.
The note shows 10 stacks of coins symbolizing its coinage equivalent, stamped with three official red seals and surrounded by a decorative border of dragons. At a time when paper money could be more easily counterfeited, writing on the note also warns that those caught doing so would be beheaded, and offers an incentive to whistleblowers of “250 Liang silvers plus all the properties of the criminal”. The sculpture and the banknote will be put on show in London on Thursday before the auction in Sydney next month. Going under the hammer as one lot, the note is valued at A$3,000-A$5,000 (£1,870-£3,120) while the total value of the lot is A$40,000-A$60,000.


Via: The Financial Times