The Naked Truth About Basel: A Diary

23.06.2014
Swiss performance artist Milo Moire walks naked as part of her performance 'The Script System' on the exhibition site of the international art fair Art Basel 2014, in Basel (photo: dpa)
Swiss performance artist Milo Moire walks naked as part of her performance 'The Script System' on the exhibition site of the international art fair Art Basel 2014, in Basel (photo: dpa)

Friday, June 13 

The evening before departing London for Zurich I attend a benefit dinner honoring artist Eddie Peake at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. At the peak of Mr. Peake’s performance, an actor screams at the top of his lungs, “Don’t flip!” Perhaps he is referring to the nine paintings about to be auctioned during the benefit evening’s proceedings, but the outburst inadvertently serves as an appropriate preamble to the art circuit’s largest annual trading platform: Art Basel, the stock exchange to the auction houses’ commodity pits.   ... weiterlesen

14 Rooms at Art Basel

20.06.2014

I didn’t think I would like it and I was right, I loved it. Though a lot was maddening and inane, it was like a great hall of sculpture with bodies.

Image: Attempt to photograph Marina Abramovic's Luminosity from 1997. This is moment a security guard slammed my arm away in a military-like, preventative photography maneuver. A lot of other people seemed to have succeeded (see this link)

 

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Art World: A Mea Culpa

14.06.2014


1. Last month, I gave a talk at the London Business School’s eighth annual Art Investment Conference, which this year had the theme “Sketching the Future of Art Investment.” My keynote speech, which closed the daylong conference, was entitled “Spec-U-lecting: Art and Finance in 2014.”

Here is a synopsis of the territory I covered:  ... weiterlesen

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