‘Art as an Investment’ by Richard H. Rush

Richard H. Rush, 'Art as an Investment', 1961, published by Prentice-Hall

Richard H. Rush, ‘Art as an Investment’, 1961, published by Prentice-Hall (image: amazon.com)

One of life’s great pleasures is the serendipitous discovery of a book. I especially love finding non-fiction and how-to guides. Such guides, though they appear obsolete, can be rich with historic revelation and insight. Imagine discovering your parent’s school textbooks. The content remains accessible and yet completely alien at the same time.

The coffee table at my office has a neatly stacked pile of books for visitors. These include the exhibition catalogue for the Postmodernism show at the V&A, a Gerhard Richter monograph, and the Tate’s catalogue for their 2011 Barry Flanagan exhibition. Hidden at the very bottom of the stack, I found a dusty, hard cover copy of Richard H. Rush’s Art as an Investment, published in 1961. None of my colleagues had any idea as to how it got there or who brought it in.  Continue reading

Robert Hughes – Art critic, author and documentary maker

I was hugely saddened to read the news last week of Robert Hughes’ passing. Of all the subsequent obituaries that have been published, I felt that the Guardian’s provided the best overview of his work.  Hughes was, in my own estimation, the greatest living art critic. His writing was widely celebrated for being jargon and theory free, but aside from being clear, lucid, and greatly entertaining, it was positively imbued with his own art viewing process.  Continue reading

Interview: The Guerrilla Girls

In 1984, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held an exhibition entitled An International Survey of Painting and Sculpture. Of the 169 artists involved, only 13 were women. Its curator, Kynaston McShine, told the press that any artist who wasn’t in the show should rethink “his” career. Enraged by this, a dedicated group of artists founded the Guerrilla Girls, whose mission ever since has been to expose racism and sexism in the art world through the use of activism, posters, publications and humour. Famed for their use of gorilla masks and pseudonyms after famous women artists, co-founder and press director, ‘Kathe Kollwitz’ kindly agreed to an interview.  Continue reading