Anthony Haden-Guest

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Full name: Anthony Haden-Guest

Area of interest: Arts

Journals/Organisation: Financial Times


Personal website:







Education: Gordonstoun School, Scotland; St. John's College, Cambridge

Career: Writer, Journalist, Cartoonist - see: Haden-Guest, Anthony (British Cartoon Archive's Database)

Current position/role: Financial Times: Columnist (freelance) update: no longer writes for the FT

  • also writes/has written for: The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, Vanity Fair, New Yorker, Paris Review, The Sunday Times

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Video: IMDb (film)


  • Financial Times drops Haden-Guest - 'The Financial Times has sacked art columnist Anthony Haden-Guest after the paper was forced to publish a lengthy correction to an article about Peter Scott, the chairman of the National Gallery' - The Guardian, 16th November 2007

Awards/Honours: New York Emmy (1979) for writing and narrating the documentary, 'The Affluent Immigrants' (sometimes known as Eurotrash), for the US PBS (Public Broadcasting Service)


Other: Son of Peter Haden-Guest (4th Baron Haden-Guest), half-brother of Nicholas Guest (actor), and Christopher Guest (comedian, actor) (husband of actress Jamie Lee Curtis)

Books & Debate:

  • The Paradise Program: Travels through Muzak, Hilton, Coca-Cola, Texaco, Walt Disney, and other world empires OCLC 787706, 1973
  • Bad dreams OCLC 7732744, 1981
  • Lenare: the Art of Society Photography, 1924-1977 OCLC 8589096, 1981 (with Nicholas De Ville)
  • Studio 54: The legend OCLC 37839337, 1997 (with Niels Kummer, Domitilla Sartogo and Felice Quinto)
  • The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night OCLC 35865412, 1997
  • True Colors: The Real Life of the Art World OCLC 40283814, 1998
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Latest work: Bag-it! OCLC 209332803, 2008

see: Anthony books



Financial Times:

Column name: no longer writes for the FT

Column name:

Remit/Info: The 'Art world' and collecting Art

Section: FT Weekend

Role: Columnist, Saleroom correspondent



Personal website:

Website: FT.Com / Anthony Haden-Guest

Commissioning Editor:

Day published: Saturday

Regularity: Weekly

Column format:

Average length: 850

Articles: 2007

  • Hedge fund heaven and hell - The artist Adam Dant has turned his talents to the financiers making fortunes in hedge funds. Among the images from his new exhibition, The Art of Hedge, is one showing the heads of the whizz-kids popping out of a bubble bath of clouds - 9th November 2007
  • A masterpiece on your finger - Consider this a preview, indeed a teaser. Louisa Guinness continues to put together the show of artist-made jewellery that will be in the Cork Street gallery of her husband, Ben Brown, on November 20. This being a fresh field of collecting, and little documented, she is still hoping to unearth pieces - 2nd November 2007
  • Travelling works - The 40 works on paper that make up Busted Glass, the Ed Ruscha show now at the Gagosian Gallery on Davies Street in London’s Mayfair, are characteristic of his work in being at once poetic and ironical - 26th October 2007
  • Dead birds and stuff - A yellow flash in the air turned out to be a canary, fluttering around Polly Morgan’s studio. Another, this one pinkish-brown, huddled at the other end of the rafter - 19th October 2007
  • Why Venison is out in the cold - When Christie’s bought the high-profile London gallery the Haunch of Venison in February, they were seen as muscling in on the primary market - 12th October 2007
  • Too busy for posterity - In the mid-1990s, photographer Terence Donovan approached Robin Muir, a freelance photography curator, and asked him to organise his archive. “I think he noticed that people like Bailey were commanding quite large sums for their back catalogue,” Muir says - 5th October 2007
  • Dealing with a gut feeling - A visit to Frank Cohen’s collection is not your usual viewing experience. For starters, Initial Access, Unit 2, as the enterprise is called, is contained within Calibre Industrial Park, a Michael Caine-thriller-ready location outside Wolverhampton - 21st September 2007
  • Annabel’s after Mark - The look of Annabel’s, the London nightclub that the late Mark Birley opened in a Berkeley Square basement in 1963 and named after his first wife, has been a vital part both of its initial success and its remarkable longevity - 14th September 2007
  • Auction houses advance into new territory - Sotheby’s auction of 20th Century Decorative Arts, to be held on September 26 was curated by Gordon Watson, an outside expert who until recently was a dealer on west London’s Fulham Road. This is yet another advance – guns blazing – by the auction house on to the traditional territory of art dealers - 7th September 2007
  • Fashion, violence and silhouettes on cellphones - Carter Kustera, a Canadian who relocated to New York in the mid-1980s, took the usual jobs young artists take. He was an assistant to James Rosenquist, then Robert Longo, and worked in the gallery Metro Pictures. His own career soon took a successful trajectory. Indeed, he had work in the 1993 Venice Biennale - 31st August 2007
  • Drawing on a noble tradition - The well-to-do have often played a fruitful role in the life of the avant-garde. Traditionally it would be as patrons, like the folk cultivated so skilfully by Marcel Duchamp, and occasionally a deep-pocketed culture junkie, such as Peter Watson, who funded Cyril Connolly’s magazine Horizon, or Dali’s backer Edward James, who would write him or herself into the chronicles of their time - 17th August 2007
  • The art of modesty - The question of what constitutes “provincial art” seems pretty remote in times of globalism, overlapping art fairs and the rapid online availability of images from just about anywhere - 4th August 2007
  • Boom times, bad times - Anybody trying to keep up with the news gushing in from the art world these days could be forgiven for believing that things have never been giddier - 28th July 2007
  • Think like a faker - Paul Quatrochi, a private dealer in Manhattan, only found out that the Art Loss Register (ALR) was now listing fakes when it asked him about a collection with which he was familiar - 20th July 2007
  • Altered stately - A Conrad Shawcross sculpture was standing in a lily pond and swinging its metal arms like a space probe investigating a Monet as I arrived at Sudeley Castle in the English Cotswolds - 13th July 2007
  • No Smoke without fire - It was five years ago this month that Maarten Baas graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven. The young Dutchman’s graduation project was as shocking as it was simple. He charred pieces of furniture made by other designers, slathered them with epoxy resin and presented them as his own. He called the project “Smoke - 6th July 2007
  • Modernist in motion - The late critic Peter Fuller once told me it was the contrast between the klieg-lit attention trained on Andy Warhol and the obscurity surrounding David Bomberg that triggered his “road to Damascus” moment - 29th June 2007
  • Reflections of a glass master - The day before his opening at Bernard Jacobson’s gallery in London, Larry Bell, a minimalist sculptor well-known for his glass pieces, was crouched down, unpeeling dark green plastic from a panel from the biggest piece in the show - 22nd June 2007
  • For the love of Hirst - “Well, it’s just luxury goods, isn’t it?” said an old- line modernist dealer as we milled around outside the White Cube gallery on the opening day of the Damien Hirst show, Beyond Belief - 15th June 2007
  • Drawing the City of Light in from the darkness - Emmanuel Perrotin was walking me between the ancient walls, stripped to raw stone, of a space adjacent to his Paris gallery, which is grandly situated in a courtyard building once occupied by the directors of the Bastille prison - 8th June 2007
  • The great cyberscape rehumaniser - A computer screen has been set up in the corner downstairs at Riflemaker, the art gallery at 79 Beak Street in London’s Soho. On it, you can see a Dilbertesque cubicle and two Saarinen tulip-stem chairs. It’s intended to be a live version of an entry in the website MySpace - 1st June 2007
  • A strong sense of self - The paintings lining the Vasari Corridor in the Uffizi Gallery form the most famous self-portrait collection in the world. However, during most months, the pictures - a quarter of the 1,600 works are on display - outnumber the visitors, for the gallery is hardly ever open - 26th May 2007
  • Dreamy women, balding men - JP Donleavy is known as the author of 11 novels, most notably his first, the cult classic, The Ginger Man. It is less known that he began as an artist and was showing and selling work while still an Irish-American student at Trinity College, Dublin - 18th May 2007
  • Postmodern cabinet of curiosities - Cathy de Monchaux’s workroom, in an alley in Camberwell, London, that once housed a luggage factory, is populated with highly energised miniature forms - 11th May 2007
  • Provoking talent and eventful exhibitions - Mike Cockrill’s paintings, on view at Kent Gallery on Manhattan’s West 25th Street, seem at first sight to offer a glimpse of a Norman Rockwell-inflected American past. Look more closely, though - 27th April 2007
  • Something personal this way comes - A sink full of washing-up features in one of Kim Dingle’s powerful paintings, currently on show at Sperone Westwater, a gallery on Manhattan’s East 13th Street - 20th April 2007
  • Under wraps: the rapids of the Arkansas - Over the River, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s first project since the Central Park Gates in New York 18 months ago, proposes suspending panels of silver polypropylene above 40 miles of the Arkansas river as it runs through Colorado - 13th April 2007
  • A talent for discovery - Celebrating its 40th anniversary on April 11, the Lisson, which is showing the young Irish photographer Gerard Byrne, is the most venerable of London’s “serious” contemporary art galleries - 6th April 2007
  • Shots from a hired gun - Shamelessness is not always demanded of an artist but it can help. And few have been more shameless than the late photographer Helmut Newton, whose work is showing at the Cook Fine Art gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side until April 27 - 30th March 2007
  • White magic - Some weeks ago, when Steve Jobs’ Apple Computer and the Beatles’ Apple Corps came to (undisclosed) terms over their trademark suit, one thing became plain: iPod and iTunes are likely to be awash in Beatles music - 23rd March 2007
  • His dark materials - Work by Walid Raad, a Lebanese artist who divides his time between his homeland and New York, is on show at the Photographers’ Gallery in London - 16th Mar ch 2007
  • The trouble with Rembrandt - The annual fair at Maastricht is an overwhelming show of the cream of available art, ranging from antiquities to old masters to modern works - 9th March 2007
  • The artist as self-portrait - I had never seen the hundred prints of the late Eduardo Paolozzi’s 1967 Moonstrips Empire News shown together as they are now at Flowers East on London’s Kingsland Road, and it’s riveting - 2nd March 2007
  • A new treaty for Maastricht? - This year for the first time both Sotheby’s and Christie’s will be operating stands at the Maastricht art fair in the Netherlands next month. If this annoys most dealers and appals several, it is for the following reasons - 23rd February 2007
  • Fakes, artfully exposed - Last summer I was shown some newly discovered Jackson Pollocks in a Long Island gallery. They were quite small and exquisite – so not quite my idea of a Pollock. Indeed, they had already been attacked by a Pollock expert and a scientist, who had analysed the fractals [curves] of the paintwork and concluded that they hadn’t been physically executed in Pollock’s characteristic manner - 9th February 2007
  • Benefits of a highly individual strategy - Unlike other retail outlets, art galleries need to develop individual strategies for survival. Highly individual sometimes. This has been the case with the Mayor Gallery on Cork Street, London, under James Mayor, a man with pink cheeks, a sardonic, sometimes cutting drawl, and a collection of more than 400 excruciatingly vivid neckties - 2nd February 2007
  • Flying colours - The London Art Fair, which concluded last weekend in a colossal gazebo of a building on Upper Street, Islington, has taken some decorous steps in the direction of edginess - 26th January 2007
  • Funny art should be taken seriously - The William Hogarth exhibition, which opens at Tate Britain on February 7, is the first British show of his work in 30 years. It comes from the Louvre, where it was the first show of his work in France ever, and where it was praised for introducing the French to the notion that art can be funny - 19th January 2007
  • Light shines on a dark star - In pre-global times – up to a few years ago, say – an artist could be huge in his own culture but barely register an impression elsewhere. Take Mario Schifano, the dark star of 1960s Rome, whose first American show opened this week at Sperone Westwater, New York - 12th January 2007
  • Fairs please: affordable art bus always on time - The New King’s Road is not a favourite route for London taxis and the No. 22 bus schedules are often sluggish so it was with both relief and curiosity that I saw an unnumbered red double decker trundle to a halt on a recent Saturday afternoon. The mystery was soon in part solved. A sign said the bus was an “Art Bus” and that the rides were free - 5th January 2007

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