The Artwork Newspaper’s long-standing correspondent, Martin Bailey, has been awarded an MBE within the Queen’s Birthday Honours Listing “for companies to artwork historical past and journalism”. The honour coincides with The Artwork Newspaper’s personal 30th birthday celebrations.
Main figures within the arts world who’ve additionally obtained honours embody painter Frank Bowling (Knight Batchelor); Vikki Heywood, previously the chair of the Royal Society of Arts and director of the Royal Shakespeare Firm (Dame); the artist and printmaker Frances Walker (CBE); the sculptor Rebecca Warren (OBE); the artist Matthew Burrows, who arrange “Artist Assist Pledge” throughout Covid-19 (MBE); Sally Shaw, the director of Firstsite, Colchester (MBE); Donna Lynas, the director of Wysing Arts Centre (MBE); Denise Blake-Roberts, the director and curator of Wedgwood Museums Belief (MBE); and Georgina Nayler, the deputy chair of Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery Belief (MBE).
Bailey, who beforehand labored for the Observer, has contributed to The Artwork Newspaper each month since 1993 (simply three years after the paper’s founding by Anna Somers Cocks). He performed an important position in growing the publication’s investigative strategy. Topics he has tackled vary from Nazi-era loot (together with the Benevento Missal, which was returned by the British Library to the Italian cathedral) to Van Gogh fakes.
He’s universally revered within the artwork world—not just for his meticulous strategy to info and figures and his finely-honed investigative abilities, but additionally for his courtesy in pursuing tales.
Nicholas Serota, the chair of Arts Council England and former Tate director, says: “Martin Bailey is an distinctive and assiduous researcher who has been breaking tales within the artwork world for 30 years. He has made some exceptional artwork historic discoveries, however has additionally thrown gentle on the practices of the business sector and museums in a means that has made the workings of the artwork world very rather more clear. I’m delighted that his contribution to arts journalism has been recognised within the Birthday Honours”
Incisive reporting by Bailey and The Artwork Newspaper has through the years helped encourage museums and humanities organisations to turn into extra attentive to critical journalistic questioning of their actions. This summer season it was, naturally, Bailey (along with his economist background) who found that the Inventive Industries Federation had printed incorrect figures concerning the influence of Covid-19 on the museum sector, thus inadvertently vastly underestimating the monetary catastrophe museums now face.
As a Van Gogh specialist, Bailey has written many books, with the latest ones printed by Quarto/Frances Lincoln/White Lion. These embody Starry Night time: Van Gogh on the Asylum and Dwelling with Vincent van Gogh: the Houses & Landscapes that Formed the Artist.
Bailey has labored as a curator on a number of exhibitions, together with Tate’s Van Gogh and Britain final yr, which attracted 422,000 guests. He additionally writes the weekly weblog Adventures with Van Gogh for The Artwork Newspaper, demonstrating each his inexhaustible information of the artist and his understanding of audiences’ urge for food for tales backed by impeccable analysis.