Anny Shaw

Anny Shaw is a contributing art market editor at The Art Newspaper and author of Resist: Rebellion, Dissent & Protest in Art

Pensioners revolt: Patrick Drahi winds up Sotheby’s ‘defined benefit’ pension plan, and former employees are not happy

Ex-staff are now considering legal action, claiming they were not kept informed of changes to the scheme

Banksynews

Fate of Banksy in Welsh town Port Talbot hangs in the balance

Mural of child playing in ash removed from view after three years, just days after the actor Michael Sheen described the display as “uninspiring”

Dutch auctioneer to publish first catalogue raisonné of Banksy’s street works—but does it pose a conflict of interest?

Hessink’s will auction three of the British street artist’s outdoor pieces next month in Amsterdam, though none have been authenticated

Four years since companies in the UK began revealing salary data, the art world’s gender pay gap remains

Auction houses continue to show little sign of progress and lag behind public sector institutions

Past it at 40? Artists fight ‘culture of ageism’ in the art world

Promoting hot young talent might grab the attention of collectors and the general public, but it disadvantages older artists and especially women, queer and non-binary creators

Premier League and Uefa consider legal action over footballer John Terry’s NFT baby ape tweets

NFTs feature the leagues’ trophies which are protected under trademark laws

Lucian Freud's portrait of muse and fellow artist Janey Longman to be auctioned for first time with £15m price tag

Painting, acquired by private British collector “from the easel” in 1987, will be sold at Christie's in London in March

Could it be magic? Singer Robbie Williams to auction three Banksy works worth more than £10m at Sotheby’s

Former Take That star acquired the works directly from the artist’s studio in the mid-2000s

Tracey Emin demands her work be removed from 10 Downing Street after Boris Johnson’s 'shameful' lying over lockdown party

Artist says 'More Passion' is at odds with the government’s “lack of compassion” for people’s suffering during the pandemic

Man arrested for attacking sculpture by paedophile artist Eric Gill outside BBC Broadcasting House in London

Campaigners have called for the removal of the statue for decades, which they say is “a monument to paedophilia”, but the BBC says it will stay

Sicilian castle from The Godfather movie is up for sale for €6m—but what about the extensive art collection it was built for?

Baron Pennisi commissioned the neo-Gothic villa, which includes a private chapel with frescoes by Giuseppe Sciuti, at the end of the 19th century

'Unfit for purpose': London's biggest artist studio provider accused of 'misrepresenting' landmark residency

Artists say their live/work spaces have become unliveable after major construction work at neighbouring sites, but Acme says this is outside its control

Rare watercolour by Victorian artist born without arms or legs could sell for up to £5,000

Sarah Biffin was an accomplished miniaturist who was so famous in her lifetime Charles Dickens referred to her in three novels

Lawyer who sparked criminal probe into Guy Wildenstein tax case found guilty of fraudulently hiding $5.1m

Claude Dumont-Beghi has managed to partially challenge her conviction, though judges uphold money laundering decision

Sylvester Stallone reveals he used to sell his paintings for $5 to pay for the bus to school

Actor-turned-artist opens third museum show in Germany with experimental works painted almost 60 years ago

Banksy murals’ perilous journey to Miami’s Context fair revealed

The story of how the works—which originated in Bethlehem—reached Miami is relayed in a new book by the dealer Robin Barton

In the art world, divorce—and marriage—can be expensive

Simone Leigh's departure from Hauser & Wirth in favour of Matthew Marks is not the first high-profile artist/gallery split—here are a few more notable break-ups

Women are worshipped and non-binary energies abound at Nada

An air of spirituality and mysticism pervades the fair this year, perhaps brought on by a reconnection with the esoteric during the pandemic

Art and crypto: a marriage made in Miami

As the mayor pledges to move Silicon Valley to the city, Art Basel in Miami Beach ramps up its NFT offerings

Is a ceramic ‘puzzle’ that belonged to Ernest Hemingway really a Picasso? A podcast investigation hopes to find out

Podcast reveals extraordinary tale that involves the famous writer, the drugs lord Pablo Escobar and a National Football League player, who tried to sell the work at Art Basel in Miami Beach

NFTnews

Nagel Draxler gallery to launch Berlin space dedicated to NFTs and blockchain-related art

Curator, dealer and NFT artist Kenny Schachter will inaugurate the gallery in January

Mucho mucho amor: Celebrity astrologer Walter Mercardo’s estate to be sold at Bonhams

Highlights include a platinum diamond ring and his signature white silk cape

Lehmann Maupin gallery to move to larger space in Seoul’s Hannam-dong district, home to K-pop artists and movie stars

The US gallery is expanding its footprint in South Korea as young collectors boost a buzzing art scene

‘A reflection of the spirit of collegiality’: Nearly two-thirds of dealers opt out of Art Basel’s $1.6m solidarity fund

Those who participated benefited from a 35% reduction in booth fees during what Art Basel global director Marc Spiegler describes as a “rough year”

Founder of Hic et Nunc pulls the plug on the leading digital art marketplace—but its half a million NFTs live on

Projects such as the Whitworth gallery’s NFT of a William Blake watercolour are now available on other platforms

Crime news

Pablo Escobar, Ernest Hemingway and a drug-smuggling NFL player covered in vaseline: new podcast explores the crazy story behind a ceramic that could be by Picasso

Steve Kough also stole three paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1982—while on trial for conspiracy to distribute marijuana

Not so metadiverse: women account for just 16% of NFT art market

ArtTactic report reveals a “winner takes all” market for NFTs, with 16 artists generating 55% of sales

Cop26news

‘The numbers no longer add up’: artist Olafur Eliasson calls for solidarity as Cop26 kicks off

Eliasson will present a film with activist Kumi Naidoo at the summit on how the worlds of art and activism can help each other curb the climate crisis

Art trade in ‘constructive dialogue’ with UK government as economic crime levy policy paper is published

Levy threatened to disproportionately affect galleries, which measure turnover differently to auction houses

Organisers cancel Volta Miami over venue uncertainties and Covid travel restrictions

Director says the fair is now looking at a number of cities for its third base as question marks hang over Miami