Tag Archive for ‘art’

Feature writing for Tatler magazine in Asia

Andy has been contributing to Tatler magazine since 2005 to read previous articles click here. To read the story below double click the image “I’m working on two sculptures at the moment,” artist Willard Wigan says. “One is of Elton John sat at his grand piano the other is of The Beatles peering through the […]

Every trick in the book… unique art sculptures from vintage novels

It’s perfect fairytale story material. Struggling artist sets out to dedicate her life to creating work she can believe in and – more challengingly– make a living. Within five years, the happy ending is in sight. The artist is exhibiting her work in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Design and accepting commissions for […]

Andy Warhol: the original pop idol

Why in today’s unshockable world does artist Andy Warhol still have so much currency? After all we’re familiar with Hirst sharks being pickled and heralded as great art. We’re used to seeing Banksy’s graffiti being given protection orders or Emin’s unmade bed being described as a masterpiece. In fact, thanks to a celebrity culture of […]

Wonder walls: the rise and rise of grafitti art

So, how would you feel if someone sprayed the side of your house with aerosol paint graffiti? Would you expect the local authorities to eventually clean it off or would you hope they would slam a protection order on it? If you lived in New York there is a chance that art would be protected […]

Sculptures carved to fit in the eye of a needle

“I’m working on two sculptures at the moment,” artist Willard Wigan says. “One is of Elton John sat at his grand piano the other is of The Beatles peering through the portholes of the Yellow Submarine.” The subject of the art may be conventional, but their creation defies belief. Both sculptures are small enough to […]

Is the art market as dead as a pickled shark?

Remember the art market’s summer of love last year? Despite the credit crunch snapping at the heels of the world’s economies nobody in the art world spoke of bear markets, the only commodities anyone was interested in was artist Damien Hirst’s pickled shark market. Most of us couldn’t believe the hype, but it was really […]

The easy-to-learn art of stealing priceless paintings

It only took three minutes, three masked men, and a couple of automatic weapons to steal four paintings worth a total of US$170 million in one of Europe’s biggest art robberies. Just before closing time, the thieves burst into the Impressionist room of Zurich’s Emil Bührle Foundation and forced security guards and visitors to the […]

Show me the Monet! The art market bounces back

After the fairytale boom came the 2008 bust and everyone lived unhappily ever after. Even worse, art was being packed away with the other distressed assets – the yachts, the condos and the ruined reputations – and sold to clear debts. Really, there were some times last year when the art market was about as […]

Seeing is not believing

So legend would have it. The neatly coiffured Rene Magritte would prepare for his working day with meticulous attention to detail. After the starched collar, tight tie knot and immaculate white shirt would come the neatly pressed three-piece suit, the mirror polished shoes and, if it were raining, an umbrella. Perhaps a bowler hat. Kissing […]

Portrait of a recession

Forget bear or bull markets, what you really need to understand is the pickled shark market. The contemporary art business, particularly in London, has never been so vibrant with more new gallery openings, record-breaking auctions and art fair launches than you can throw a stuffed golden calf at. Really, believe the hype. On the same […]