“Sleight of Hand” in the history of banking and art

November 24th, 2012

Hirst VanitasRachel Cohen, author of “A Chance Meeting”, and of the forthcoming “Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade”, writes about the dual history of art and investment banking over recent centuries: “There is more than a shadow of resemblance between the purchase of the Hirst skull in 2007 and the mortgage-backed-securities debacle that made of Lehman Brothers in the following year one of the great public pictures of vanitas we’ve had. And, when you look further into these intersections, you often find that what is really at stake is a change in the way we feel and understand time.” Read the article via The Believer via Frieze