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Rogues Gallery/Philip Hook

Philip Hook was a director of Sotheby’s and has written an an engaging and informed account of art dealing over the last 500 years. It is both anecdotal and thematic. It is particularly interseting on the relationship between the art dealer and the collector but he also refers to the artist, [...]

March 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Getting it right

Having begun yesterday with the assumption that there must be as many different types of family relationship as there are families, yesterday I came to the conclusion that there are may actually be a finite number – and that, one day not too far away, I’m going to read a report in the Daily [...]

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

More on cynical art dealing

After reading my post a friend sent me this article by Luke Johnson, the entrepreneur, on art dealing – THE TIMES It does share some points with my piece – notably that it’s an unregulated market and the naive collector should beware the dealer. I don’t agree with all of it [...]

February 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Meeting Ken Howard

I always enjoy the company of artist Ken Howard with whom I had dinner the other night at the Chelsea Arts Club. 85 years young he is still has a prodigious output mainly of places he has just visited. Known chiefly as a painter of light and use of contre jour technique (against the daylight) he is [...]

February 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Hotel Costes, Paris

Yesterday I travelled across to Paris with Alice Mansfield to see the Tschoukine art collection at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. The Foundation is in a modern building resembling a large space ship in the Bois de Boulogne. The collection assembled by Sergei Tschoukine at the start of the last [...]

February 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

You never quite know what you’ve got

Serendipity is a wonderful thing and today I wish to bring Rust readers the joys of a true story. I have lived in my current abode in the quiet suburbs of south-west London for over twenty years. During this period I have been in the habit of going across the road to my local newsagents shop to [...]

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Picasso’s ceramics

Like many of genius Picasso had a restless spirit. That spirit might explain why he went through so many periods – blue, pink, cubist and experimented in so many different media. In 1947 when his artistic and political fame (he was a director of the Prado during the Spanish Civil War and [...]

January 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Spotting fakes

When Bob Tickler emailed me to say he was in negotiation to buy a lithograph by Marc Chagall, I advised him to be careful as the market is awash with fakes. With modern techniques you can produce a replica which even the most discerning of art expert would have difficulty in recognising as a [...]

December 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

Hell and Good Company/ Richard Rhodes; Land and Freedom

One of the things I  enjoy most about the Rust is the access to the knowledge of my colleagues and friends there. I have enjoyed researching into the Spanish Civil War. I asked our historian on warfare Henry Elkins for a more anecdotal historical account than the heavyweight Hugh Thomas, Paul [...]

November 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Fake or Fortune

Fake or Fortune is back for a series on a peak time of 8pm on a Sunday. For an arts programme this is unusual programming and speaks volumes for its popularity and quality. A viewer is requested to submit a painting whose provenance and genuineness are in question and the presenters Fiona Bruce, [...]

July 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

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