An exhibition inspired by the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, commemorating 80 years since its inauguration is presented by London’s Mayoral gallery. The original Pavilion marked a crucial moment during the Spanish Civil War (17 July 1936 – 1 April 1939), with the Spanish Republic using it as […]
Christian Science does not explain the work of Nash and Nicolson just as surely as their work does not illustrate Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
11 January 2017
ANDREW SALGADO (b.1982, Canada) is one of the most promising young figurative painters working today. His forthcoming solo exhibition TEN is a survey of his work at The Canadian High Commission, Trafalgar Square, London. The show opens this week (Jan-Feb 2017) an artist monograph of the same name accompanies the show. – Interview
10 January 2017
Photography and video works drawn from the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. go on display at the Whitechapel Gallery 18 January -16 April.
Throughout his career, John Baldessari has explored the correlations and contrasts between painting and photography, and between image and language. Beginning with his early text and photo-text paintings from the 1960s, he has explored these dichotomies through hybrid compositions of photography, text and painted images.
7 January 2017
The most popular galleries in Paris have seen a steep decline in foreign visitors in 2016. This has been blamed on the terrorist attacks in the city in 2015 and Islamic incidents in other parts of France. The Louvre dropped by a whopping 20% to 5.3 million with the Musee d’Orsay’s down 13% to three million.
5 January 2017
The French government has put a temporary export bar on a recently uncovered double-sided drawing by Leonardo da Vinci.
4 January 2017
A famous classical Renaissance statue of Neptune in Bologna has become the latest banning victim of Facebook’s ludicrous no nudity policy.
3 January 2017
Anish Kapoor has hit-back at the ban artist Stuart Semple placed on his purchase of the pigment ‘PINK’. The rivalry started in 2014, when Kapoor bought the exclusive rights to the colour “Vantablack”, developed by tech company Nanosystems, which claims to be the blackest of black pigment available.
2 January 2017
The artist, critic, poet, and Booker prize-winning author John Berger has died age 90. Best known in art circles for his essay of art criticism, ‘Ways of Seeing’, it accompanied a popular BBC series and is still used as a university text. Berger was a novelist, painter, and poet. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize.
An extremely rare portrait from the late 16th century by the renowned Italian Baroque artist Annibale Carracci (1560-1609), which belonged to King Philip V of Spain and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, has been discovered following extensive research by, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art gallery in London.
The 2017 New Years Honours list has given a resounding seal of approval to the Visual Arts this year. The List has reflected the contribution the Visual Arts sector has undertaken and its considerable cultural accomplishments. Artists Chris Ofili CBE, Patrick Brill OBE (AKA Bob & Roberta Smith) and Ryan Gander OBE were honoured with these noblest accolades.
Oh, what a year 2016 has been! Many of us won’t be sorry to see the end of it, although not to be overly pessimistic, 2017 will certainly have its challenges with both the Brexit economy and the new US President. Yes, the one with the bad haircut! On the Art front there was plenty to keep us entertained, amused and informed and here are the year’s highs and lows:
A planned Berlin exhibition of Western Modern Art from the collection of the Tehran museum has been cancelled. The paintings were collected by the wife of Iran’s late shah and featured masterpieces by Monet, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. It is thought to be one of the largest and most valuable collections of Western contemporary art in the world. The works of art have spent decades hidden away in storage, in the Iranian capital Tehran.
Pantone has released its Colour of the Year for 2017 and it’s a lush shade of green called Greenery! The hue is known officially as 15-0343 TCX Greenery is set to grow on all of us (no pun intended) with an estimated product range amounting to thousands of items from electrical goods to clothing.
The first major Chinese solo exhibition by British artist Julian Opie in collaboration with Fosun Foundation is to be presented in March 2017.
The tenth edition of Young Gods, curated by Zavier Ellis, which opens at CHARLIE SMITH LONDON on 13 January is always an important exhibition to visit if you want to continue to have your ear to the ground!
Turner Contemporary puts making and materiality centre stage in a new exhibition. Entangled: Threads & Making is a major exhibition of sculpture, installation, tapestry, textiles and jewellery from the early 20th century to the present day.
The first photography display bringing together work by the British modern artist, Vanessa Bell and the American poet, musician, writer and artist, Patti Smith will go on exhibit at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in February 2017.
The Contemporary Arts Center in Turkey’s capital Ankara was the scene of an extremist attack, which killed the Russian Ambassador to the country.
The second edition of Condo — a collaborative exhibition led by Vanessa Carlos of Carlos/Ishikawa gallery opens in London on 14 January. The project allows new emerging international galleries exposure in the capital, without the high cost of taking a stand at one of the big art fairs.
To mark his 80th birthday, David Hockney will be honoured with a permanent gallery dedicated to his work by his hometown of Bradford. Cartwright Hall will become The David Hockney Gallery located in the city centre.
The Whitechapel Gallery has announced Emily Riddle as the winner of the 2016 NEON Curatorial Award. The NEON Curatorial Award was established in 2012 to champion curatorial excellence and is part of an ongoing partnership between the Whitechapel Gallery and NEON, a non-profit organisation in Athens.
Eleven large- scale canvases by the English abstract painter Sandra Blow RA (1925-2006) will be the subject of an exhibition at The Fine Art Society in London. Spanning a period of almost 30 years, the show will include a number of works which have never been exhibited before.
The Murphy House in Edinburgh by Richard Murphy Architects has been voted the 2016 RIBA House of the Year. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced the award yesterday (Thursday 15 December 2016).
The Munich Higher Regional Court has ruled in favour of the last will and testament of the estate of the art dealer Cornelius Gurlitt and now the controversial art collection will go to the Kunstmuseum in Bern.
The late Baroness Thatcher’s iconic (although a bit drab) outfits are currently on display in the V&A’s fashion galleries. The display is part of the V&A’s permanent fashion galleries and is free to visit.
Faced with the strange twists and turns of the past year, from Brexit to Trump, it has often felt like the easiest thing to do would be to hide away and refuse to acknowledge that any of this is happening. For many people – women, minorities, immigrants – the world is suddenly an even more hostile place than before. At the same time, our ability to seek refuge is being taken away, with less and less funding for vital social services. In this environment, we must join together to resist – and survive.
A large portrait of the former Director of the NPG Sandy Nairne by the US Photorealist artist Chuck Close has been unveiled. It is the first portrait by Close to be acquired by the Gallery and the first major work by the American artist to enter a British public collection.
Christopher Le Brun, painter and president of the Royal Academy (RA) is set to exhibit a two-part show of new work, in the US next year. Christopher Le Brun: Composer, will be mounted at the Albertz Benda gallery in New York (2 March-15 April 2017) and at the Gallery at Windsor in Vero Beach, Florida (25 February-27 April 2017).
The most comprehensive study of Jasper Johns’ work to date, Including never before exhibited works and a new monograph is to be published by The Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI). The five-volume publication was announced for release in April 2017.