Recent quotes from Tobias Meyer, worldwide head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s
- On artist Damian Hirst’s recent success at auction, “Damien Hirst is a global artist that can defy local economies.” NYTimes.com
- On the subject of the global art market, “In the long term the art market is a one-way street.” says Tobias Meyer, Sotheby's world head of contemporary art, “We are in a non-cyclical market.” The Week
Recent quotes from former Time magazine art critic Robert Hughes,
- On Damien Hirst's sharks in formaldehyde. “The world's most overrated marine organism”.
- On the perceived value of the Mona Lisa: It was treated “as though it were a film star. People came not to look at it, but to say that they'd seen it.”
- On the subject of the art market. “One of the things that sustains the art market is an irrational faith in a continuous rise in prices,” says Hughes. “There was a 17th-century Italian painter called Guido Reni. Not a lot of people have heard of him but in the late 18th century many connoisseurs thought that Italy's two supreme artists were Michelangelo and Reni. But by 1950 you could buy a 10ft painting by Reni for £300. Telegraph (originally via: C-Monster)
Dear Art World,
Please put Tobias Meyer and Robert Hughes in a room together.
Art Fag City