Art in Print

Mystery of Air India artworks that have vanished off the radar

Amid Air India’s financial troubles, it was revealed recently that the company lost an unknown number of artworks, valued at more than £200 million. Over its 85 years of existence, Air India has collected numerous artworks by Indian and overseas artists. The airline also bought early works by some of India’s most illustrious painters such as MF Husain and VS Gaitonde. The Maharajah’s collection, as it is called was supposed to be shown in a new museum until the current crisis. Since the country’s opening to private carriers in 1994, Air India has been in difficulty. With currently a £6.2 billion debt, the company had even started to serve only vegetarian dishes in economy class on their domestic flights in the hope to cut expenses.
Via: The Times

Artists commissioned for outdoor sculptures at Battersea power station

Sculptors Jesse Wine and Haffendi Anuar were announced as joint winners of the first commission to create outdoor sculptures for the Battersea power station development. The Grade II-listed building was one of the largest brick buildings in the world when it designed in 1930s. However, it was decaying since the 1980s after it was decommissioned. Battersea’s conversion and construction of new blocks in the area is one of the largest development sites in London. Jesse Wine’s sculptures are going to be inspired by Henry Moore’s work. As for Anuar, the Malaysian artist will create a set of columns traditionally used across Asia to raise dwellings such as fishermen’s huts above the water.
Via: The Guardian

WH Smith viscountess sues Mayfair art dealer in Manhattan over allegations of '£4.6m fraud'

Dowager Viscountess Hambleden, the 71-year-old widow of William Smith, 4th Viscount Hambleden from the family who founded WH Smith, has launched a legal procedure against Mayfair art dealer Timothy Sammons, accusing him of fraud. The British art dealer paid her in advance unspecified sums from the future sale of the work, a 1660 oil painting by Dutch marine master Willem van de Velde. The Viscountess learnt after that he sold the painting to a Liechtenstein gallery for the low price of $650,000. The painting was listed in the Netherlands for $6 million to $9 million. Mr. Sammons also faces 14 US charges of grand larceny and one of scheming to defraud.
Via: The Telegraph