Last chance to see Leonardo’s Salvatore Mundi before it vanishes again?
The intense interest in the last Leonardo da Vinci painting known to be in private hands drew crowds from all over Britain to Christie’s London saleroom where it was shown for just four days. As I joined the queue, the consensus seemed to be that it might be the last chance ever to see the […]
Basquiat and the best art shows this season
Picasso on the Beach One of Peggy Guggenheim’s favourite works of art forms the core of this show themed on beach works by the great Picasso. The star of the exhibition is On The Beach (La Baignade) shown next to its preparatory sketch for the first time and astonishingly executed on the same day. Picasso […]
Charities to share in £45 billion art market
IT DEPENDS on how you assess it but the latest Tefaf art market report estimates that global auction and private sales raised some $45 billion in 2016. An Art Basel report by UBS puts the value even higher. Either way, it is a huge market. Now some of the run off may go to helping […]
Jane Austen and a steep learning curve on Box Hill
MARKING 200 YEARS since the death of the great Jane Austen, a hotel at the foot of the famous hill which plays a pivotal part in her novel Persuasion has come up with a novel walking tour. The Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel, to give the establishment its new title (it used to be […]
Can art transform base ideas into gold?
Koons, Hirst, underwater sculpture parks and other deep sea monsters
Gipsy Kings and Dire Straits head back to Egypt for Soma Bay music festival
A year ago I booked a trip to Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera with two objectives: to escape January and find out why the newly formed Dire Straits Experience was kicking off its World Tour in Hurghada, No sooner had I booked a week at the misnamed Makadi Spa hotel (there being no spa) than the […]
Why is this 15th century work of art cracking up?
Museum brings science to the art of restoration
How art is used to sell luxury homes
Designers are hiring works to sell luxury property
Culmstock: the door to divine Devon
The village nestled in the ideal locale for Devon adventures.
Best of the world’s art shows
Andrea Watson highlights exhibitions being held in London, Toronto, Washington DC, Bilbao and Monaco and previews two major contemporary art sales