Following on from yesterday we countdown the next five of the top 10 art moments of 2012:
Gerhard Richter – living artist record
In October, Gerhard Richter broke the auction record for a living artist. His painting Abstraktes Bild was owned by Eric Clapton and was valued by Sotheby’s to fetch £9-12m. Bought by an anonymous bidder it was actually sold for £21m.
Affectionately nicknamed Old Flo, Henry Moore’s ‘Draped Seated Women’, has come close to being sold this year. This public artwork although residing in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was thought to be owned by Tower Hamlets. The council at Tower Hamlets aimed to sell the sculpture, much to the displeasure of the public, including artist Bob and Roberta Smith. This saga is still ongoing as the ownership of the sculpture is being disputed with Bromley council stating they own the public art piece.
Newcastle City Council – Arts Funding
A lot of councils and public organizations have had to cut arts funding. This is understandable under the current economic climate, many organizations, not just the arts have had budget cuts. The situation in Newcastle however, is not understandable. Newcastle city council is cutting the entire arts budget. This has naturally promoted backlash, with a letter signed by cultural icons with a connection to Newcastle and the surrounding area including: Antony Gormley, Kevin Whately, Sting and Bryan Ferry.
Ai Weiwei – Gangnam Style
The song and accompanying dance known as Gangnam Style by PSY went viral this year with people making their own version of the video. One particular version however made art headlines and starred the founder PSY as well. Ai Weiwei’s own version showed that the artist could be humorous as well as serious and political.
2012 also saw the loss of a great art critic. Robert Hughes was well known for his television series and accompanying book ‘The Shock of the New’. He was known within the art world for his cutting and sometimes ruthless criticism and was once described as “the most famous art critic in the world”.