Would you pay £1,200 for one of David Shrigley’s teeth?()
David Shrigley must have had a big, toothy grin when he created multiple editions of his sculpture Brass Tooth, which goes on sale for £1,200 a pop at the London art fair this week. It is a cast of a single tooth – including the roots – and is typical of Shrigley’s sly, subversive, humorous art in how it brings a modern art cliche crashing down to Earth.
Mario Testino awarded honorary OBE ()
Mario Testino, who has photographed stars such as Kate Moss and Lady Gaga as well as several members of the royal family, has been awarded an honorary OBE by culture minister Ed Vaizey. The world-famous photographer, who is from Peru, was honoured for his services to photography and charity. Testino’s relaxed portraits of Princess Diana appeared in Vanity Fair just months before she died in August 1997. He also took the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official engagement photos.
El Bulli Chef’s Art Tells Stories of His Menus–and Cooking Itself ()
The experimental force behind El Bulli—located in secluded Cala Montjoi, Spain, and voted “Best Restaurant in the World” five times by Restaurant magazine—was Ferran Adrià, who invented 1,846 dishes as head chef there from 1987 until 2011, when he closed up shop. A self-taught innovator of molecular gastronomy, or what he calls “deconstructivist” cuisine, Adrià challenged himself to never repeat a dish. He would shutter the restaurant for six months each year to reconceive his entire menu for the following season. Key to his process in the kitchen was making lists, diagrams, sketches, charts, and photographs, a selection of which will be on view in “Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity,” at New York’s Drawing Center from January 25 through February 28.
The Rapid Growth of Art Fairs is Changing the Way Galleries Operate ()
Before 1999 London had just one regular contemporary art fair, remembers Will Ramsay, boss of the expanding Affordable Art Fair. This year around 20 will be held in Britain, mostly in the capital. Roughly 90 will take place worldwide. The success of larger events such as Frieze, which started in London, has stimulated the growth of smaller fairs specialising in craft work, ceramics and other things. Art14, which started last year, specialises in less well-known international galleries, showing art from Sub-Saharan Africa, South Korea and Hong Kong.
V&A to Publish Nazi’s ‘degenerate art’ Inventory Online ()
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is to publish online the only surviving full copy of the Nazi list of “degenerate art”—the Modern art, particularly Expressionism, that Hitler despised. The typescript inventory of 16,558 works that were deaccessioned by German museums as Entartete Kunst in 1937-38 was meticulously compiled at the height of the Second World War.