Monday, November 22, 2010


  • PARIS. Artworld Salon reports on the Deloitte "Art & Finance" conference held at the end of last month. It highlights three themes: I agree with the first, disagree with the second and would modify the third. The final paragraph is by far the most astute: "before we continue to develop art into an investment vehicle (in whatever way), let's take a step back and think about what makes art different to other assets and markets, not what makes it similar" (my own emphasis added).
  •  "Whose painting is it anyway?" Pop quiz on what constitutes good title to art.
  • LONDON. Another deferral of an export license to allow public instutions to match the sale price and keep the art in the UK. At least this case involves a painting by "simply the greatest British painter of the 19th century" which foreseeably meets the Waverely Criteria (unlike the case of the export of the Fatimid ewer where it's far less obvious).

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