Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: A Post-Mortem

If with the advent of Artificial Intelligence, and the concomitant displacement of jobs that ensues, only those servicing the über wealthy will remain employed, then it would appear that the art world, with its numerous advisors, dealers, collection managers and specialists catering to wealthy collectors––minted by the minute like Zimbabwean currency––should be just fine. It…

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The Trend for Corporate Collecting

Throughout history tycoons, wealthy nobility and powerful bankers have patronized art, built museums, and amassed large collections, many of which now are accessible to the public in institutions the world over. Today big companies, from banks to multi-national corporations are the modern Medicis, sponsoring art and cultural events, establishing art programs and foundations for emerging…

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Veni, Vidi, Venice!

Published in Asia Tatler, August 2013 It’s back, that biannual migration of mega-yachts to the world’s loveliest decaying and sinking city. Curators, critics, collectors and artists assembled from around the world for the preview week of the 55th Venice Biennale. Dubbed the Saint Tropez of the art world by some for all the glitz, glam,…

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Vik Muniz’s Postmodern Masters

ART WORKS IN DISGUISE Vik Muniz, the most celebrated artist to come out of Brazil, is feeling a little under the weather when we meet at Ben Brown Fine Arts on the evening before his Hong Kong solo exhibition opens. That’s no surprise, given the gruelling flight from Rio de Janeiro, but he’s also had…

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