28 May, 2011

Art HK 2011



Magnus Renfrew, director of ART HK 11, the fourth edition of the Hong Kong International Art Fair, talks about the changing nature of the fair and the appetites of Chinese and Asia-Pacific art collectors.

view here

23 May, 2011

Van Gogh and Russell

Vincent Van Gogh and John Peter Russell

Ann Galbally

Ann Galbally traces the passage of the extraordinary and unlikely friendship between Vincent Van Gogh and John Peter Russell.

A huddle of wooden sheds in a courtyard off the Boulevard Montmartre known as Cormon's atelier was where the handsome art student from Sydney, John Peter Russell, first met the haunted, intense newcomer from Holland, Vincent van Gogh. Both were foreigners in the competitive art world of Paris in the 1880s, and over the next two years both would discover a passion for colour painting.

Now, for the first time, Ann Galbally traces the passage of this extraordinary and unlikely friendship. The two spent hours together in a Paris studio experimenting with the fast-moving changes in art practice. Both artists ultimately rejected the Impressionist's world of urban sophistication and left Paris to develop colour painting in isolation, Van Gogh at Arles in Provence, and Russell on Belle Ile off the coast of Brittany.

With a supporting cast including Gauguin, Rodin, Monet and Matisse this is a
journey through the struggles and failures, plots and intrigues of artistic life. A tale of love found and lost and ultimate tragedy, it makes for enthralling reading.

more (preview book here)

21 May, 2011

Tabiamo - Japan

Biography on Philographica


Tabaimo’s work examines the unseen, darker side of contemporary experience, exploring what lies beneath the seeming orderliness of the everyday world, and this piece was no exception. And she draws on all kinds of sources, from the aesthetics of traditional Japanese ukiyo-e woodcuts, to the sometimes-absurd narratives of Japanese comics and animations, manga, and anime.

on Moma


The Japan Foundation revealed on June 5 that the media artist Tabaimo will represent Japan at next year's 54th Venice Biennale. Known for hand-drawn animations that update the imagery of ukiyo-e wood-block prints to explore themes related to contemporary Japanese society, Tabaimo was selected for the 2011 Japan Pavilion by commissioner Yuka Uematsu, a curator at the National Museum of Art, Osaka.

Uematsu told ART iT that the working theme for the pavilion is "Trans-Galapagos Syndrome," and that Tabaimo plans to make works that will reflect global perspectives on contemporary art while preserving the unique characteristics of Japanese culture. More details about the pavilion and the selection process are forthcoming.

On July 10 the National Museum of Art opens an exhibition of works by Tabaimo, "Danmen," which originated at the Yokohama Museum of Art in late 2009. "Danmen" is the artist's first solo show in seven years in the Kansai region, where she studied at Kyoto University of Art and Design. Tabaimo previously exhibited at Venice in 2007, when she was included in the centerpiece exhibition curated by artistic director Robert Storr, "Think with the Senses - Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense."

Ai Weiwei

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei

Sunflower Seeds

In October 2010, Sunflower Seeds was installed at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London. The work consists of one hundred million porcelain "seeds," each individually hand-painted in the town of Jingdezhen by 1,600 Chinese artisans, and scattered over a large area of the exhibition hall.[33] The artist was keen for visitors to walk across and roll in the work to experience and contemplate the essence of his comment on mass consumption, Chinese industry, famine and collective work. However, on 16 October, Tate Modern stopped people from walking on the exhibit due to health liability concerns over the porcelain dust.[34] In February 2011, a 220-pound (100 kg) pile from Sunflower Seeds sold for $559,394 (well above its high estimate of $195,000) at Sotheby's in London.[35]

Sunflower Seeds from the Tate



Sunflower Seeds from Vernissage TV
Interview with Ai Weiwei

for some reason they disabled embedding on part 2 - see it on youtube here


Interview about the Olympics

Recent Interview


14 May, 2011

Art Amsterdam 2011

Art Amsterdam

Art Amsterdam will be the first art fair in the world to have both a physical and an online presence. To this end, Art Amsterdam 2011 is collaborating with openartcollection.com, a New York-based pioneer in virtual collectors’ networks and online art fairs.

On openartcollection.com over 70 exhibitors at Art Amsterdam 2011 exhibit all the works on show at the fair and sometimes even additional works. Members of openartcollection.com (over 5,000 collectors from 28 countries) can subsequently submit questions concerning or bids for the work on display.

Visit Art Amsterdam online from May 11th onwards.

Videos from Vernissage TV

Lust & Vice - Stockholm

24 March 2011–14 August 2011

The exhibition Lust & Vice shows examples of how sexuality, virtue and sin have been depicted in art since the 16th century – from an age when the Church preached that sexual contact was only permitted within wedlock to today’s questioning of who erotic art is created for. A total of 200 works are on show from the museum’s own collections, a mix of paintings, drawings, sculptures and applied art. You can also see a genuine chastity belt!

Naked bottoms

The exhibition includes paintings of women showing their naked bottoms. The erotic allusion in such pictures was long considered sinful, since the act of lovemaking (between husband and wife of course!) required eye contact. Intercourse from behind was something that only animals did. You’ll also be able to see a series of coarse, scurrilous sexual drawings from correspondence between artists Johan Tobias Sergel and Carl August Ehrensvärd. The drawings were extremely private and until now have hardly ever been shown to the public.

Nationalmuseum: Södra Blasieholmshamnen
Nationalmuseum is on Blasieholmen, just past the Grand Hôtel, before the bridge to Skeppsholmen.

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe
17 June - 2 October 2011 

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) is undoubtedly one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. He was inspired by the sculpture of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and translated this aesthetic to a time and culture of his own, namely New York’s gay scene in the 1980s. The resulting images portray the beautifully lit unadorned bodies of muscular men. Moreover, Mapplethorpe depicted female nudes, various flowers, in addition to portraits of his friends and acquaintances such as Patti Smith, Louise Bourgeois, and Robert Rauschenberg. Regardless of motif Mapplethorpe’s photographs continuously reflected the same formalist aesthetic for which he is known. Fotografiska is proud to present a retrospective of nearly 200 of these stunning prints, many which have never been exhibited in Sweden before.

Admittedly Mapplethorpe’s images of male nudes, phalluses, and S&M subculture are known to provoke or even shock, although they were photographed decades ago. In 1988 Mapplethorpe responded to ARTnews with the statement, "I don't like that particular word 'shocking.' I'm looking for the unexpected. I'm looking for things I've never seen before … I was in a position to take those pictures. I felt an obligation to do them."

Mapplethorpe began his artistic career in 1963 at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where he studied drawing, painting, and sculpture. He acquired a Polaroid camera in 1970 and began producing his own photographs in order to incorporate the images into his collages. That same year he moved into the Chelsea Hotel, where he resided side by side with some of the most influential musicians and artists of the time, including Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, and Janis Joplin. 

In the mid 1970s Mapplethorpe obtained a Hasselblad 500. The Swedish brand medium-format camera required him to work meticulously. As a result Mapplethorpe transitioned to studio photography. Within the space of his studio Mapplethorpe was able to hone his craft as well as the visual language that distinguished his career. Today Mapplethorpe is considered to be one of the most significant photographers in the history of the medium, and his oeuvre is represented in major museums throughout the world.

Robert Mapplethorpe died of AIDS in 1989.


Fotografiska – A forum of photography.

At Fotografiska, we strive to become an important center for contemporary photography. Our ambition is to exhibit world-renown photographers, many of whom have never shown in Sweden. Located in the heart of Stockholm, the museum has an exhibition space of 2 500 square meters, and will feature 4 major exhibitions per year and approximately 15 - 20 minor exhibitions. At Fotografiska, we aim to engage and inspire a dialogue on photography via exhibitions, seminars, and courses, in addition to actively working toward the acquisition of contemporary photography for our permanent collection. Fotografiska is financed by both private investors and by the city of Stockholm.

We are located inside Stora Tullhuset, on the docks of Stadsgården in Stockholm. We are located by the seafront on Stadsgårdshamnen, between Birka Cruises and Viking Line boat terminals. You can easily reach us by walking along the water from Slussen or Gamla Stan.


In addition to the exhibition spaces, 5 500 square meters of Fotografiska houses an academy, bistro, cafe, bar, conference rooms, museum shop, gallery, and event spaces.

German Expressionism @MoMaPS1

MoMa PS1
German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse

March 27–July 11, 2011

From E. L. Kirchner to Max Beckmann, artists associated with German Expressionism in the early decades of the twentieth century took up printmaking with a collective dedication and fervor virtually unparalleled in the history of art. The woodcut, with its coarse gouges and jagged lines, is known as the preeminent Expressionist medium, but the Expressionists also revolutionized the mediums of etching and lithography to alternately vibrant and stark effect. This exhibition, featuring approximately 250 works by some thirty artists, is drawn from MoMA’s outstanding holdings of German Expressionist prints, enhanced by selected drawings, paintings, and sculptures from the collection. The graphic impulse is traced from the formation of the Brücke artists group in 1905, through the war years of the 1910s, and extending into the 1920s, when individual artists continued to produce compelling work even as the movement was winding down.

The exhibition takes a broad view of Expressionism, highlighting a diverse array of individuals—from Oskar Kokoschka and Vasily Kandinsky to Erich Heckel and Emil Nolde—who nonetheless shared visual and thematic concerns. Their works reflect a period of intense social and aesthetic transformation, and several themes of continuing resonance emerge. These include a focus on urban experience, an uncompromising approach to the body and sexuality, and an abiding preoccupation with nature, religion, and spirituality. Most pivotal for these years, however, was the experience of World War I. The war and its aftermath are the subject of works by a range of artists, including Otto Dix, whose series of fifty searing etchings, The War, was based on his own service in the trenches; Käthe Kollwitz, in a portfolio of seven woodcuts focusing on the devastation felt by the families left behind; and Max Beckmann, whose lithographic series, Hell (1919), confronts the violence and decadence in Berlin during the immediate postwar period.

In addition to a publication and a major website on German Expressionism, the exhibition will mark the culmination of a major four-year grant from The Annenberg Foundation to digitize, catalogue, and conserve all of the approximately three thousand Expressionist works on paper in the Museum’s collection.



This website documents the Museum's extraordinary collection of more than 3,000 Expressionist prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, illustrated books, and periodicals, exploring the various artists, themes, and techniques associated with the major modernist movement that developed in Germany and Austria during the early decades of the 20th century.

Featured Artists



Much More

13 May, 2011

River of Wisdom II

The Making Of

In tonight's show we're travelling 900 years into the past as we celebrate an ancient Qingming Festival. One of the biggest art events in town at the moment is "River of Wisdom" the animated version of Zhang Zeduan's classic painting "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival". If you haven't bought tickets already, well it's too late. It's sold out. But there may still be plenty of other opportunities to find your way into that scene. We look at different adaptations of the painting, in ballet and animation, even a McDull movie

The Original

As the representative work of Zhang Zeduan, a famous palace painter living in the late Northern Song Dynasty, Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival (清明上河图) is a handscroll of painting reflecting the life and customs of the Northern Song Dynasty. The handscroll of painting, measuring 24.8cm wide and 528.7cm long, is painted on silk with a light color background. It is now kept in the National Palace Museum in Beijing.


River of Wisdom

In the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the "Animated Version of the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" created by modern multimedia technology earns its reputation as the star exhibit in the China Pavilion. 

Projected on a giant screen of more than 120 metres long and 6 metres high, the picture shows its details with animation including moving people, running water, various kinds of goods being displayed for sale, boat trackers shouting on the river and boats swinging their ways forward. A vivid, artificial river meanders through the lower part of the giant picture, giving visitors a stunning experience and an illusion that they are staying in Bianjing, the capital of Northern Song Dynasty nine hundred years ago. This giant picture is called "River of Wisdom" because it depicts many cultural aspects demonstrating the wisdom of Chinese in ancient times.

The animated version of the picture is 30 times of its original scroll. Elaborate computer animation gives life to characters and objects in the painting. An integrated image is formed by several high resolution projectors using sophisticated computer geometric transformation and correction technology. The entire features of the original painting including all its streets, boats and buildings are retained in the animation. The scene is portrayed in day to night cycles lasting for four minutes with dramatic interplay of light and colour. It is indeed a masterpiece that blends state-of-the-art animation technology with traditional Chinese culture.

Zhang Zeduan's "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" is beyond doubt among the top ten most famous Chinese historical paintings. Besides its extremely high artistic value, this picture possesses, more importantly, tremendous historic value due to its vivid depiction of the civilian life of different social classes in Bianjing and in the suburbs during the Qingming Festival. It provides important historical information for those studying the urban life in the Song Dynasty and opens one more window for the moderns endeavouring to understand the ancient Chinese culture.

10 May, 2011

Peanut Butter Art - Rotterdam

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen acquired the concept for the ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ (1962) by Wim T. Schippers in December 2010.


From March 5th, during the Rotterdam Museum Night, this floor sculpture is on view in a presentation that includes other Schippers works from the museum collection, such as the floating stone ‘Het Is Me Wat / And Now What’s Up’ (1999) and ‘Eggs’ (1966), a white carpet of interwoven swabs that is strewn with green eggs.

Wim T. Schippers is best known among the general public as a producer of television, radio and theatre, as a writer and as a visual artist. Schippers has produced many controversial works of art, including a long period when food played a major part in his oeuvre.

In 1962 Museum Fodor exhibited a pink pudding which was so big that visitors could not walk through the gallery to the garden. For the museum’s garden room Schippers created a presentation of objets trouvés, including a child’s mattress, a slab of chocolate (from the Van Houten factory, where his father worked as an accountant), a packet of ice-cream cones, a container of money and a plasticised lump of coal.

The Museum Fodor presentation included two floor sculptures – one gallery was completely covered in salt while another was filled with broken pieces of sheet glass – and it was here that the concept for the ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ originated. Schippers conceived a floor of cooked spinach for an exhibition at Felix Valk’s Gallery ’20 (the later Galerie Jaki Kornblitt), but the gallery owner did not think this was such a good idea, whereupon Schippers proposed using endives instead.

Other works that employed food include a chair which Schippers ‘upholstered’ with chow mein noodles in 1965. The noodle chair and a table with garden peas were created during the ‘Modern Evenings’ that he organised at various locations throughout the Netherlands. Schippers also conceived ‘food groupings’ for these events, following the example of Daniel Spoerri, who was famous for his ‘eat-art’.

The ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ was first realised in 1969 at Gallery Mickery in Loenersloot, the Netherlands, and was later included in a Wim T. Schippers retrospective at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. From March 5th the ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ is on view at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Schippers’ peanut butter installation is a work which can be realised in different ways, and at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, in contrast to other realisations, the floor sculpture is not perfectly square, and is 4 x 12 meters in size.

Visitors are able to ask Wim T. Schippers questions via an interactive video link (called: Peanut-Butter Post) and he responds to a selection via webcam. The presentation includes a video that shows how the ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ was realised, and interviews with the artist and the art collector Harry Ruhé, in which they shed light on the work’s creation and significance, are also screened in the gallery. These videos will be posted on the museum’s ArtTube video channel.
The ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ was made possible thanks to the generous support of theMondriaan Foundation and Unilever.


Would you like to know what Wim T. Schippers has said about about his artwork the floating stone 'Het Is Me Wat / And Now What's Up'? Check out here the episode about gravity on Boijmans TV.


more info and pics here

Pinda = Peanut
Kaas = Cheese
Pindakaas = Peanut butter

Subject Index - Aboriginal 2005-10

Origins of Aboriginal Art April 2006
70 years of ABC History

European Network for Indigenous Australian Rights (ENIAR)

Internet guide to the National Library’s Indigenous source materials.

The Association of Northern Kimberley Australian Aboriginal Artists 

Barkly Regional Arts

Indigenous Commercial Code of Conduct April 2006
Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct

MCA Artist’s Voice

MCA Artist’s Voice DVDs

UsMob  Australia's first children's indigenous television series & the world's first children's indigenous interactive website.
Museums and the Web 2007


ANU Sculpture Collection Nov 2005


Short St Gallery Broome WA Jan 2006
Aboriginal Art Museum Paris June 2006

Art Gallery in Broome

Art Prizes
Victorian Indigenous Arts Awards October 2005

National Indigenous Art Competition Feb 2006

24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award June 2007

'Big Ones, Little Ones' 2007

Cuisine & Country June 2007

NAIDOC Week 2007

Tjarlirli Art April 2007

 gins_leap / dubb_speak Oct 2006

Contemporary Aboriginal Photography July 2006

NAIDOC Week June 2006

Australian Aboriginal Women Painters  Washington  June 2006

Maningrida Arts Bahrain May 2006


Bangu Yilbara: works from the MCA Collection May 2006

Yuendumu School Doors April 2006

Ngapartji Ngapartji Theatre Arts Project April 2006
15th Biennale of Sydney, Feb 2006

High Tide - Warsaw Feb 2006

Central Desert Optical Art  August 2005

Dorothy Napangardi 2007

Tiwi Islands 2007
Replant Mar 2007
Irrkerlantye Etchings Exhibition  Dec 2006

Waringarri Arts July 2006

Basil Hall Editions
Yirkala Prints Feb 2006

YILPINJI - Love, magic and ceremony.  June 2005

Feature Artists

Destiny Deacon  Aug 2005

Glover in Paris Aug 2005
Axel Poignant Photography Nov 2005

Sol Lewitt & Emily Kngwarreye Nov 2005
Rothko & Rover Thomas Nov 2005
Imants Tillers and Rosalie Gascoigne. Nov 2005


Julie Gough Feb 2006

Franck Gohier  March 2006

Tracy Moffat Aug 2006

Paddy Bedford Dec 2006

Brook Andrew June 2007

Vernon Ah Kee 2009

Art Funding Cuts

The Community and Public Sector Union says 10 per cent of jobs were pared at the National Gallery of Australia and the number of exhibitions reduced from 12 to five this year. The National Museum of Australia has seen a 5.4 per cent cut in jobs and the National Library has endured a 3.4 per cent cutback.

Tamara Winikoff, executive director of the National Association for the Visual Arts, which has had part of its federal funding reduced, says: "It comes to a point where there are no more efficiencies to be found."

The Australia Council recently abandoned its attempt to absorb funding cuts through administrative savings to maintain full funding to artists.

full story in the Australian

08 May, 2011

Children in Art

Images "renaissance putti"

The putto (pl. putti) is a figure of a human baby or toddler, almost always male, often naked and having wings, found especially in Italian RenaissanceBaroque art. The figure derives from ancient art but was rediscovered in the early Quattrocento. Putti are distinct from cherubim, but some English-speakers confuse them with each other, except that in the plural, "the Cherubim" refers to the literal biblical angels, while "cherubs" is used more often to refer to the child-like representations (putti)[1] or in figurative senses.[2] Putti are allegorical, non-literal figures, and later in Christian art came to represent the omnipresence of God.

"By the time the Baroque Era came about, which might arguably have been the high point for Cherubim and Putti, both of these little beings were usually being depicted in the same way. Which one they were, simply depended upon the theme of the painting or sculpture: If religious (sacred) – they were Cherubs. If secular or mythic (profane) – they were Putti.

"In either case, they'd be hard to pull off successfully today because most people are unaware of their roles in semiotics, or in philosophy/mythology/history, or in religion."

Putti, cupids, and angels (see below) can be found in both religious and secular art from the 1420s in Italy, the turn of the 16th century in the Netherlands and Germany, the Mannerist period and late Renaissance in France, and throughout Baroque ceiling frescoes. So many artists have depicted them that a list would be pointless, but among the best-known are the sculptor Donatello and the painter Raphael. The two relaxed and curious putti who appear at the foot of Raphael's Sistine Madonna are often reproduced.[5]

They also experienced a major revival in the 19th century, where they gamboled through paintings by French academic painters, from Gustave Doré’s illustrations for Orlando Furioso to advertisements.

In the twentieth century, putti appeared in Walt Disney's Fantasia.

from Wiki

07 May, 2011

Woodcuts - Statens Museum for Kunst

Woodcuts from Durer to Tal R

16 April - 4 September 2011. The Royal Collection of Graphic Art

How can seemingly chaotic cuts, carvings, and incisions in a piece of wood be transformed into a meaningful image? That is the subject of this exhibition. By examining how woodcuts are made, we look behind the motifs shown in the pictures. The exhibition shows selected highlights from the history of woodcut and focuses on those times when woodcut played a central part on the art scene, i.e. the 16th century and the late 19th century. Many contemporary artists also use the woodcut technique today. Tal R is one of them.

What are woodcuts?
View and zoom in on the works
Family Guide
Video: b/w woodcut with Tal R
Video: colour woodcut with Tal R
Five questions for the curator

Palle Nielsen

Its difficult to find any information on Palle Nielsen in English. He's one of the Danish artists whose work I first encounteed in Copenhagen in 2004.

At Clausens in Copenhagen. (I've visited this gallery)


Parklandet - 2010
Menneskebilleder - 2008
Drengebilleder - 2005


Works by the artist in Danish museums



Palle Nielsen, born in Denmark in 1920, is considered one of the masters of graphic arts of his era. He was educated as art designer in the School of Art and Design of Copenhagen and he worked as one until 1943. He worked as a professor in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1967 to 1973. At the same time, he received a number of awards and honours, such as the lifelong grant of The Danish Arts Foundation.

The Museum of Cycladic Art in collaboration with the Danish Institute at Athens and the Vejle Kunstmuseum, present from September 22nd to October 25th 2009 an exhibition with selected works of the Danish graphic artist, Palle Nielsen (1920-2000). The exhibition will house well known works by the master Danish artist of the 20th century, executed in various techniques, as drawing, watercolour, wood engraving and linocut.

Palle Nielsen was mostly inspired by the classical architecture, especially of ancient Greece and Rome. Raised in the difficult years between the two World Wars, he kept deep inside his hate and aversion against violence and injustice, which is evident in his work. It is often remarked that Palle Nielsen executed his works in a way that interprets the Cold War atmosphere of the ’50s.

The exhibition is build around the breakthrough linocut series “Orpheus and Eurydice” (Part One), of 53 sheets, executed between 1955 and 1959. Palle Nelsen uses the classical Orpheus’ myth only as the narrative vehicle to incorporate in the series his view of the modern world along with the fears and deep concerns of his fellow man. His work presents various psychological conditions, creating a world of mixed emotions executed by the excellent technique and perfectionism of Palle Nielsen that appeal both to the intellectual and the emotional side of the viewer.


(I've visited this gallery too)



Images on Google

The Shadows

Twente Biënnale

Twente Biënnale International Art Festival
London --- Hengelo --- Berlin ---------------- Moscow

12 - 22 mei - 2011 - Hengelo NL - The best international art and talent from the East of the Netherlands on 3 ha of industrial heritage in the heart of Twente.

Twente Biënnale addresses current affairs in a post 9/11 society and the contemporary culture of the all encompassing presence of mass media. Addressed topics are, among others, the changing cultural identity and political ideology, the ever-faster growing technology, but also the social meaning of the visual arts circa 2011.


Twente Biënnale is a new event with a challenging and controversial program of contemporary art, taking place on 3 ha industrial heritage near the centre of Hengelo. The best international art is found side by side with talent from the East of The Netherlands: from established artists to art students.
Twente Biënnale is mainly taking place in and around the former factory halls of Hazemijer Holec, a 20th century producer of heavy electrical switch-boxes and measuring equipment. Several years ago the terrain was renamed Creatieve Fabriek (creative factory) and got a new destination as a hotbed for art, culture and creative economy. The new foundation Hazartfactory is a platform organising events such as the Twente Biënnale, Power-Up Gaming Festival and Pecha Kucha Nights on the terrain.


Artists and videos here

(There are several of my friends showing in this - Congratulations guys. Ed.)

Art Basel & Hong Kong Fair

MCH Group, the owners of Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, today confirmed that it has bought a 60% stake in Asian Art Fairs, the owner of the Hong Kong fair ArtHK (which opens its fourth edition in three weeks on 26 May), for an undisclosed price. As part of the deal, MCH Group has an option to buy the remaining 40% of Asian Art Fairs by 2014.

The 2012 (Hong Kong) fair will move from its May slot to 2-5 February, fitting in better with the group's other events (Art Basel this year is 15-19 June, less than three weeks after the Hong Kong fair; Art Basel Miami Beach is in early December).

ArtHK's new slot in February will be only a few weeks after Art Stage Singapore (12-15 January 2012). It was launched this year by Lorenzo Rudolf, who directed Art Basel from 1991 to 2000: the proximity of dates may force visitors and exhibitors to choose between the two.

full story

Artworld Scandal - UK

" .. when Philip Mould, a Mayfair gallery owner and Antiques Roadshow regular, came under attack from a poison pen writer .. Mould hired private investigators as a last resort – and within days they had made a discovery which has sent shockwaves through the art world. The author of the dirty tricks campaign was unmasked as Mark Weiss, one of London’s most respected art dealers"

For two years he fought to save his reputation, and his marriage, as false allegations of infidelity and financial problems were planted in newspapers and on the internet by an unidentified enemy.

full story