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George Ortiz: Collector whose inherited fortune allowed him to assemble an array of hundreds of the finest pieces of their kinds
Thursday 12 December 2013
George Ortiz was one of the great contemporary collectors. He came to public attention in 1994, when the Royal Academy showed his breathtaking collection of antiquities. Not all were impressed: Lord Renfrew criticised the show, talking of “the large-scale looting which is the ultimate source of so much of what he is able to exhibit.” This stung, because Ortiz’s collecting was guided by the concept of André Malraux’s Musée Imaginaire, where objects could be viewed without the preconceptions that grouped them by country and period – contrary to the traditional practice of curators and art historians.
Monday 02 December 2013
Monday 02 December 2013
The French-born installation artist has won the £25,000 award
Saturday 30 November 2013
Adrian Mourby takes in Christmas markets with a gulp of glühwein and a dash of history
Monday 25 November 2013
The appeal hopes to raise £12.5 million to save the painting for the nation
Monday 18 November 2013
Security experts warn that increasing interest has driven up price of medals on online auction sites
Sunday 29 September 2013
As the Tate opens a show of vandalised art, Arifa Akbar visits the secret lock-up that is home to the nation's damaged masterpieces
Tuesday 24 September 2013
The New Lights Art Prize seeks to recognise artists working outside of London
Sunday 15 September 2013
France doesn’t have much time for British 19th century art, so the exhibition now on in Paris is a big risk
Sunday 08 September 2013
No matter how many times you do it, arriving in Venice is the most fabulous travel experience in the world. Getting off the plane and hopping onto a water taxi to be whisked up the Grand Canal to your hotel is to undergo a sensory rehabilitation like no other. I was there with an old artist friend who lives in Newfoundland and is curiously representing the island at this year's Biennale.
Wednesday 21 August 2013
Yesterday, in Edinburgh, I was walking alongside a lady wearing high heels and a gimp mask. Her, not me. No-one walking past batted an eyelid. She had no flyers in her hand or any evidence of being in a show. I think she’d worked out that Edinburgh in August is a great place to be if you want to dress up oddly and not get funny looks.
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