17 January 2019

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London Art Fair 2019 Returns With Solid Foundations – Sue Hubbard

The New Year revels are over. It’s January, and the art world is back to work. The first sign of this stirring is the London Art Fair 2019 that returns to the capital from 16-20 January.

15 January 2019

Kanye West Pledges $10m Towards James Turrell’s Roden Crater Project

Last month the rap singer Kanye West visited the ethereal, glowing light installations of artist James Turrell. He was so moved by the works that Yesterday, he pledged $10 million to the Turrell Art Foundation to help fund Roden Crater Project—an extinct volcano in northern Arizona where Turrell has been embedding works for more than […]

14 January 2019

McJesus Sculpture Sparks Protest At Haifa Museum

Several hundred fundamentalist Christians have staged a protest outside the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel demanding the removal of ‘McJesus’ a sculpture of a crucified Ronald MacDonald by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen.

14 January 2019

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Is Pyotr Pavlensky Just An Attention Seeking Muppet

In the aftermath of sentencing the exiled Russian artist Petr (AKA Pyotr) Pavlensky on Thursday, I ask myself why is he doing this? Is it for art? Or should we categorise him as an attention-seeking spoilt brat? Pavlensky was on trial for setting fire to the facade of a French central bank building, a performance […]

13 January 2019

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Bill Viola And The Art Of Contemplation – Revd Jonathan Evens

In welcoming Bill Viola’s installations at St Paul’s Cathedral, Mark Oakley noted that: ‘Viola’s art slows down our perceptions in order to deepen them.’

11 January 2019

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Jock McFadyen RA Announced As Coordinator Of 251st Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The Scottish painter, Jock McFadyen RA will be the coordinator of the 251st Summer Exhibition in 2019.

9 January 2019

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The Shed NY Unveils Buildings Named After Patrons Bloomberg And Tisch

The Shed has announced the opening date and building names for New Yorks newest not for profit artspace.

7 January 2019

Top Artists Join Forces To Raise Money For Refugee Crisis

Multicolour is a new exhibition and auction fundraiser to support those affected by the global refugee crisis created by Migrate Art.

6 January 2019

John Ruskin: 200th Anniversary Celebrated With Year-Long Programme

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the influential writer, thinker, artist and social reformer John Ruskin (1819 -1900)

6 January 2019

Towner Art Gallery To Exhibit Living Collection At London Art Fair

The London Art Fair has partnered with Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery to present The Living Collection, an exhibition that celebrates the gallery’s rich heritage of collecting, exhibiting and championing contemporary art for almost a century.

3 January 2019

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Zombie Formalism: Ticking The Right Boxes Be Damned – Edward Lucie-Smith

I’ve been looking again at Georgina Adam’s recently published book, The Dark Side of the Boom (Lund Humphries). It ranges over a wide variety of contemporary art world topics and is quite largely concerned with recent art world misdeeds – that is, with the commercial rather than the official sector of art world activity, insofar as these can be fully separated from one another.

31 December 2018

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Looking Forward To Art In 2019 – Edward Lucie-Smith

Looking forward to the art year ahead of us – 2019 – there are certain things one notices immediately, in the announcements so far made by various official and semi-official institutions based here in Britain and more specifically in plans announced by galleries here in London.

28 December 2018

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New Year’s List 2019 Honours Artists Wearing, Dean and Shonibare

The New Years Honours list 2019 has given a nod to several Visual Artists in this year’s presentation.

26 December 2018

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Sister Wendy Beckett Art Historian And Carmelite Nun Dies Age 88

The celebrated art historian and nun Sister Wendy Beckett has died at the age of 88, it has been announced. In the 1990s she became one of the most unlikely television stars, the BBC said on their website.

20 December 2018

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Tate Purchases Women’s Rights Campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst Watercolours

Tate Britain have revealed that it will be purchasing four watercolours by the renowned artist and women’s rights campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960).

20 December 2018

Is Banksy Back In Bristol For Xmas? New Port Talbot Mural Unveiled

The official Banksy website has confirmed that a mural which appeared on a Port Talbot wall is the work of the elusive Street Artist. Banksy has had a busy year with work popping up around the globe, a Paris mural To Coincide With World Refugee Day and a 20m high mural in New York to highlight to […]

18 December 2018

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Anglo-Saxon Pendant Voted Britain’s favourite In Art Fund’s 2018 Poll

The winner of the UK’s most popular acquisition in 2018 is an Anglo-Saxon gold pendant, found in Winfarthing, Norfolk and purchased by Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

17 December 2018

Manifesta 13 Director Hedwig Fijen Announces Team For Marseille Event

A new artistic team has been selected for Manifesta 13 which takes place in Marseille in 2020 by Director of Manifesta, Hedwig Fijen.

7 December 2018

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Living Coral Unveiled As Pantone Colour Of The Year 2019

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral has been selected as the institution’s colour of the year.

4 December 2018

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Charlotte Prodger Wins Turner Prize Videodrone-A-Thon 2018

This year’s Turner Prize winner 2018 has been awarded to Charlotte Prodger a Glasgow-based video artist whose work deals with identity and place. She was nominated for her solo exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall.

29 November 2018

Historical Vincent van Gogh Photograph Is Actually His Brother Theo

Experts have revealed that a photograph long thought to be of the 13-year-old Vincent van Gogh is actually a portrait of his brother Theo van Gogh, aged 15.

28 November 2018

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Innovative Arts Hub Offers New Venue For Mid-Level Galleries – Georgina Adam

Much has been written recently about the problems of the mid-level gallery, and indeed the roll-call of spaces that have closed in the last three years makes grim reading. While the biggest dealers – such as Zwirner, Gagosian or Hauser & Wirth – continue to extend their global empires, smaller players are struggling. Low foot-fall […]

27 November 2018

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Hauser & Wirth Announce Independent Not For Profit Art Institute

Iwan Wirth, and Manuela Wirth, the Co-Founders of Hauser & Wirth, along with Marc Payot have announced the establishment of Hauser & Wirth Institute, an independent, non-profit private operating foundation dedicated to supporting art historical scholarship and to preserving and advancing the legacies of modern and contemporary artists through enabling greater public access to their […]

20 November 2018

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Announces Awards To UK Visual Artists And Composers

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation have unveiled the Ten visual artists and composers living and working in the UK who will each receive £60,000 with no strings attached, making this the largest and most flexible award for individual artists in the UK.

19 November 2018

RCA Secret 2018: Postcard Masterpieces Return At £60 A Pop

Once again it’s RCA Secret time where the public is invited to try and spot the named artists from the students in order to acquire a mini-masterpiece at a bargain price.

15 November 2018

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Cerith Wyn Evans Wins The Second Hepworth Prize For Sculpture

Cerith Wyn Evans has won The Hepworth Prize For Sculpture now in its second edition. This year’s shortlisted artists were Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai, Magali Reus and Cerith Wyn Evans. Each artist created a new work for display in the exhibition.

14 November 2018

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Michel Comte Multimedia Arctic Installation Commissioned By Wavelength Foundation

Responding to an international call to the global arts and culture community, acclaimed artist and photographer Michel Comte will be the first high-profile artist to join a new environmentally focused initiative created by Wavelength Foundation. 

12 November 2018

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Major Keith Haring Exhibition For Tate Liverpool In June 2019

Looks like Tate Liverpool has once again trumped (if that word is still acceptable) Tate Modern or in fact all of the major London Galleries by mounting the first serious show of the late great graffiti artist Keith Haring (1958–1990).

12 November 2018

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Paris Photo Closes 22nd Edition With Robust Sales And Optimism 

Paris Photo, the well established fair dedicated to the photographic medium, closed the doors to its 22nd edition on Sunday 11 November

10 November 2018

Living War Memorial Artist-led Campaign Save Avenue Of Trees

An Artist-led campaign to save a street dubbed the ‘Living War Memorial’ has resulted in a dramatic victory for a community stirred into art-activism

9 November 2018

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Jeff Koons Loses Second French Plagiarism Case

The American artist Jeff Koons has been found guilty of copying an idea from an advertisement used by the French clothing chain Naf Naf.