Financial Times - June 2017

The Financial Times

June 2017
Susan Moore, Art Historian and critic


Slow art: A return to old-fashioned virtues

Art historian and critic Susan Moore explains her quest for proper ways of looking at art Slow Art Workshop — SAW — emerged out of fury. On the way to the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht in March, this usually mild-mannered art-critic-cum-saleroomcolumnist was seething to learn of Christie’s decision to close its South Kensington operations.

South Ken was an Aladdin’s cave, a bustling and slightly shabby saleroom offering a wide and eccentric range of works of art and collectibles to those who do not have a fortune to spend. It was the sort of place where you could rummage around and pick things up, or wait patiently at the front counter to ask an expert about something modest that you had brought along. It fostered the next generation of collectors.

Hour-long workshops courtesy of dealers and auction houses — encounters with anything from medieval Spanish works of art to paintings by Morandi — launch on June 20 when Professor Osmund Bopearachchi presents Indus Valley material at Oliver Hoare’s Every Object Tells a Story exhibition.

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