Month: January 2013

The Holy Grail of the Auction World: The Mighty Auctioneer Book

This might seem absolutely ridiculous but I admit it, the one thing that has been nagging my curiosity for the past four or five years – ever since I got serious about this art “stuff” – is what the hell the auctioneer’s book looks like on the inside. That little black book that is printed an hour before the auction begins and is meant for the for the eyes of the auctioneer only and a couple of other top gear, auction house employees. So many people wish they could get their hands on it to see how many bidders have pre-bided on a lot (absentee bids), who is consigning the work (we all like a little gossip here and there), and names, newly scribbled bids and the amount of eager telephone bidders that want each lot. If you’re still lost let me put it in simpler terms: it’s physically a book whose pages the auctioneer skims and doodles on as the auction progresses. Get it? Today after years of waiting, asking around, plotting and scheming …

Art and Lust in the Tropics

Legend tells that Captain Morgan’s treasure from the late 17th century is still hidden somewhere – possibly underwater – in San Andres, a small Colombian island off the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras where I was happily conceived 25 years ago. Yes, there is definitely something in the air, the fish or the coconut water as my father proudly boasts that three out of his fours kids were conceived here under the same roof, in the same bedroom in our house that is coincidentally called Wildlife. Islanders speak Spanish and English with a Jamaican accent, everyone knows everyone and people seem to age wrinkle-free and a just little nuts as they get older. Dread locks get longer and grey, and the local god is Bob Marley. Yes, I was conceived here, on an island that unfortunately lacks identity as it has passed from Spanish to Dutch to English and at last to Colombian hands over the last 400 years. Local artists don’t paint beyond the typical turquoise beach with palm trees, dolphins frolicking in the water and …