16 October 2015


Frieze Trends Point To The Death Of The White Cube

Super architects Caruso St John are enjoying a ton of publicity at the moment, with the dual opening of the shiny new Hirst gallery in Newport Street (gushed over by me last week) and now the new Gagosian gallery branch in Grosvenor Hill, where Russian money flows. Such fabulous architecture commissioned by Larry Gagosian demonstrates […]

9 December 2014


Helly Nahmad: Early Prison Release Sparks Outcry Of Two Tier Justice System

The New York art dealer Helly Nahmad has been released from prison after spending only five months of his one-year and one-day sentence. He was arrested and tried for operating an illegal gambling ring, with Russian gangsters, potentially worth millions, from his New York apartment, located in Trump Tower. In 2013, Nahmad, 36, pleaded guilty […]

19 October 2014


Friezing day 3: Inside Frieze Masters Ben Austin’s Diary

I took myself off to Frieze Masters, the other day, everyone’s favourite fair, for this is the place that dreams are made of. This is the crème de crème of art fairs, subdued and stylish.  This is not a place for us mere mortals to buy, who can only admire and fantasize, but a fair […]

6 August 2014


Helly Nahmad Under Scrutiny For Modigliani Stolen By The Nazis

Back in February 2011 we reported that the disgraced international art dealer Helly Nahmad was in possession of a $20m painting by Amedeo Modigliani, Seated Man with a Cane (1918) that had allegedly been stolen by the Nazis from Oscar Stettiner, a prominent Paris gallerist. In 1939. Stettiner escaped Paris leaving the painting behind. The […]

2 May 2014


Gallerist Helly Nahmad Gets A Year In NY State Penitentiary

The New York based international art dealer Hillel ‘Helly’ Nahmad, of Nahmad Contemporary has been sentenced to 366 days in prison, as punishment for his involvement in a Russian mob linked high-stakes gambling ring. He was arrested in 2013 as part of an inquiry into illegal gaming promoted as private parties for high net worth […]

17 April 2013


Gallerist Helly Nahmad Arrested For Suspected Gambling Related Money Laundering

The well known international art dealer Helly Nahmad’s New York gallery was raided by the FBI on Tuesday morning for suspected illegal gambling and money laundering breaches . The gallery located at the Carlyle Hotel on Madison Ave was thoroughly searched and computers were removed by the federal agency. Forbes stated that it was part […]