Allen Jones, Royal Academy

A brilliant painter derailed by an unfortunate obsession. There’s no escaping it; Hat Stand, 1969, is a beastly object. The blank-faced mannequin is too literal to succeed as a sculpture, and the conceit is too nasty to be ignored. Her position – holding up her hands to receive our hats – recalls the torture meted […]

Is Allen Jones’s sculpture the most sexist art ever?

Zoe Williams goes among the women as fetish furniture at the RA’s new show to find out. I find it very difficult to have an authentic response to work that has generated a lot of controversy in the past. My inner contrarian harasses me to disagree with the orthodoxy. So I was all set to […]

Top 10 Most Expensive Living British Artists – artnet News

It’s official, the art market is picking up after years spent in a post-crash lull. According to  TEFAF’s much discussed annual art market report, 2013 was the second best year on record, grossing €47.42 billion ($65.45). It was topped only by 2007, the vintage year of the last bubble. In this new series, artnet News […]

Bjarne Melgaard and Gavin Brown Say “Racist Chair” is Nothing Compared to Global Warming

While Dasha Zhukova was all apologies yesterday concerning what some observers have dubbed the “Racist Chair” fiasco—in which Russian socialite and arts patron Zhukova was pictured on Russian fashion website Buro 24/7 sitting atop a Bjarne Melgaard sculpture of a black woman trussed up to form the shape of a chair—Melgaard and his dealer, Gavin Brown, are taking a different tack. In […]

Why there’s nothing racist about the ‘racist chair’

Bjarne Melgaard’s black woman in the shape of a chair – as seen in the now-notorious photoshoot of Roman Abramovich’s girlfriend Dasha Zhukova – has been totally misunderstood. The contemporary art world likes to think it has a common touch. While classical music is for the elite and the literary novel a minority taste, the […]