Report: British Museums Not Exactly Rushing to Accept Charles Saatchi’s $47 M. Art Gift

Tracey Emin, 'My Bed,' 1998. (Courtesy Christie's)

According to The Guardian, Charles Saatchi’s proposed gift to the nation, a trove of late-20th-century British art estimated to be worth £30 million ($47.1 million), which he offered up two years ago, still has no takers. A proposed deal with the Arts Council hasn’t panned out, and now it appears that Tate has rejected Mr. Saatchi’s gift, which includes Tracey Emin’s My Bed, a collection of Grayson Perry ceramics and Richard Wilson’s 20:50—a pool of recycled engine oil. “I find this snub baffling,” writes critic Jonathan Jones, whose musings about the aesthetic divide between Tate and its would-be patron prove resonant on this side of the Atlantic. Read More


V&A Plans David Bowie Show

Bowie. (Patrick McMullan)

The Art Newspaper reports that the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is planning a show next year devoted to pop star David Bowie. It would be great if the V&A could take this opportunity to get Mr. Bowie’s King of the Goblins costume from Jim Henson’s 1986 film Labrynth, and show it, along Read More


Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Hitler Golf Art Offends [Updated]

(Courtesy Grundy Art Gallery)

Jake and Dinos Chapman, the British sibling art duo who have made a name for themselves creating offensive artwork have done it again. For their contribution to the Grundy Art Gallery’s exhibition “Doug Fishbone and Friends: Adventureland Golf,” they created a statue of Adolf Hitler as a golf ornament that raises its arm in salute when a ball goes through it. Read More


More Disco History at V&A’s ‘Hollywood Costume’

'Saturday Night Fever,' 1977. Copyright (c) 2012 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. Costume Designer: Patrizia Von Brandenstein

First we hear that L.A. MOCA has an upcoming show on the history of disco and its impact on art, “Fire in the Disco,” which at one point was rumored to have been canceled. Not only is that show a go, but the Victoria and Albert Museum in London also has some disco fare on tap. The exhibition “Hollywood Costume,” set to open in October, will explore the role of costume in storytelling and offer a very rare treat—the white polyester three-piece suit worn by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. What you might not know is that the suit kind of went MIA in 1995, until it was recently rediscovered. Read More


Daphne Guinness Collection Shatters Records at Christie’s Auction

"Katie, Phillip and I" (Courtesy @therealdaphne)

Though we couldn’t hear it, a round of applause was apparently heard in the salesroom when Daphne Guinness’s metallic mini dress by the late designer Alexander McQueen sold at the Christie’s auction for $123,709, according to the house’s Twitter feed. It was a new world record price for McQueen at auction. The auction for the Daphne Guinness Collection brought in a total of $744,285 with 88 percent of lots sold. Read More