A colecção de Mirós do BPN, Banco Português de Negócios (mais 30 toneladas de moedas comemorativas dos Euro 2004) - comprar por doença. A colecção Elipse do BPP, Banco Privado Português - comprar o quê?, quem? A colecção BesPhoto? Há que esperar para ver, o convite pode esquecer-se.
São anedotas de uma crise mais funda.
Art's too expensive, says Hirst (worth £200m)
By Arifa Akbar, Art Correspondent
The Independent, 17 November 2008
Hirst: 'I have always thought that art is worth what the next guy is prepared to pay'
Hirst admitted that art had probably become too expensive in recent years. Referring to his unsold painting of four skulls that was tipped to fetch $3m (£2.02m) at auction in New York last week, he said the work, Beautiful Artemis Thor Neptune Odin Delusional Sapphic Inspirational Hypnosis Painting, which found no takers, "was over-priced" and added: "It was bought from me less than a year ago at half the price. In a way it's good. We are looking at more realistic prices. People who bought things are not going to sell them that day. That is what an artist wants, for people to hang the works on their wall. As an artist, you don't stop making art because people are not buying it".
The 43-year-old artist, who has a personal fortune estimated at £200m, added: "I think it's quite good [adjustment in art market prices] because it became unreal ... You start to think you are touched by God. I have always thought that art is worth what the next guy is prepared to pay.”
Layoffs At Damien Hirst Inc./Recession reaches Hirst's studios
Aidan Jones, Kevin Dowling and Helen Pidd
Guardian.co.uk, Saturday November 22 2008
He is one of the world's richest artists, who defied the credit crunch in September by auctioning a whole collection for £111m. But even Damien Hirst may not be immune to the economic climate - many of the workers who produce his works found themselves out of a job this week, the Guardian has learned.
On Thursday, up to 17 of the 22 people who make the pills for Hirst's drug cabinet series were told their contracts were not being renewed, according to two sources close to Science Ltd, Hirst's main art-producing company. Another three who make his butterfly paintings were also told they were surplus to requirements.
It is thought that amounts to approximately half of the London-based artists who work for Hirst. They are paid about £19,000 a year, sources said. In June 2007, Lullaby Spring, a cabinet filled with hand-painted pills, sold for £9.65m.
"As previously stated by Damien, he is finishing a number of bodies of works which is why temporary contracts (fixed term) have not been renewed. We have to be mindful of the current economic climate and how this may affect us in the future."
In July, Hirst said that he would stop making the spin and butterfly paintings, plus the medicine cabinets - a decision that was welcomed by many in the art world who worried about overproduction of these series."
Eli Broad Offers Museum Of Contemporary Art A Bailout (With Conditions) - Los Angeles Times
"Saving MOCA": Philanthropist Eli Broad says his foundation will give $30 million if others will come forward to help.
By Eli Broad - November 21, 2008
I'd like to make a proposal to the MOCA board and to the civic angels of Los Angeles. I'll step up if you do too. The Broad Art Foundation is prepared to make a significant investment in MOCA -- $30 million -- with the expectation that the museum's board and others join in this effort to solve the institution's financial problems. It is vital that the museum remain on Grand Avenue, keep its collection and continue its tradition of world-class exhibitions.
This is not a one-philanthropist town. MOCA's needs are great and will require the financial assistance of numerous supporters. Already, civic leaders and artists have begun to rally behind the museum to keep its doors open. But with a global recession that has hit every American's pocketbook, charitable giving has declined.
The philanthropic community must not turn its back on MOCA. We must make it one of our civic priorities."