Moral Lights

Appropriation – without a capital ‘a’ – of images by artists has been common practice throughout art history. Artists whose images are appropriated can and do use national and international copyright… Continue Reading Moral Lights

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Film and Video

The Whitechapel Gallery’s current survey show ‘Electronic Superhighway 2016-1966’, is a reflection of the extent to which digital media are now being used by increasing numbers of visual artists, espe… Continue Reading Film and Video

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Conservation

Deterioration and degradation of contemporary art increasingly concerns specialists in the field of conservation and restoration. Such experts are being asked for advice and assistance from key actors… Continue Reading Conservation

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Taking Care of Business

Damien Hirst’s autobiography will be published by Viking Penguin in Autumn 2015. When recently announcing the deal, the publishers promised that Hirst will ‘lay bare the modern art world’. The book wi… Continue Reading Taking Care of Business

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Suing Art Experts

Last month’s consideration of art after death suggested that artists might adopt straightforward and sensible practices to authenticate and inventorise their works, to avoid difficulty and complicatio… Continue Reading Suing Art Experts

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Material Ephemerality

Works made from short-life materials used by modern and contemporary artists increasingly pose problems and challenges for those who handle or possess works: collectors, estates and foundations, conse… Continue Reading Material Ephemerality

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Why are Artists Poor?

Borrowing the title of Hans Abbing’s important sociological interrogation of contemporary art practice from 2007, let us consider a case in point. A young unknown artist relocated 30-odd kilometres no… Continue Reading Why are Artists Poor?

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Who Owns Street Art

A Banksy-style rat holding a sign asking ‘Why?’ was recently stencilled on the wall outside a London shop from which the Banksy-attributed mural Slave Labour had been hacked away a few weeks earlier.… Continue Reading Who Owns Street Art

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Artwork Liabilities

The marked deterioration of Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991 – the tiger shark in a vitrine of formaldehyde – was the subject of… Continue Reading Artwork Liabilities

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Life After Art School

Art school education was first publicly funded in the UK during the reign of King Charles 1 in the 17th century, and developed in the 18th century through the establishment of academies of art support… Continue Reading Life After Art School

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