23 December 2010

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Arts Council England Absorbs Museums Libraries Council

It’s Official,and why do these things always happen just before the holiday break.The Department for Culture,Media and Sport (DCMS) under the new Coalition Government, as part of the spending review announced in October, has placed Arts Council England in charge of the budgets of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. As part of the restructuring, […]

22 December 2010

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ICA Lambasted By Independent Report

 A confidential, independent report leaked this week has revealed that the ICA suffered poor leadership under the rein of  (Director) Ekow Eshun and former BBC One Controller, (Chairman) Alan Yentob. Both have now departed and the Gallery is attempting damage limitation, reeling from a £700,000 plunge into the red, in 2009.The likely reason for the […]

22 December 2010

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AA Bronson National Portrait Gallery Protest Latest

AA Bronson’s poignant wall-size color portrait of artist/colleague Felix Partz, a few hours after he died of complications from AIDS,will remain displayed in the exhibition, “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” at The American National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, despite Bronson’s recent request for the portrait to be  removed as a protest over […]

21 December 2010

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City of Sculpture Festival Wows London Christmas Shoppers

Park Lane, known as Monopoly’s most expensive street is now hosting ‘The City of Sculpture Festival’ which transforms the heart of the capital’s outdoor parks into a world class art gallery by displaying 60 works of contemporary sculpture.The exhibition has been a hit with Christmas shoppers and it looks set to be one of London’s […]

21 December 2010

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Ai Weiwei Exhibition At London’s Lisson Gallery Spring 2011

The Lisson Gallery in London have announced that they will be representing Ai Weiwei the Chinese dissident artist responsible for the artistic embellishments displayed on the ‘Birds Nest’ stadium at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He was also this years Unilever commission winner where his ‘Sunflower Seeds’ project, filled the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. […]

20 December 2010

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9/11 Sculpture for London’s Southbank

An 8-meter sculpture fashioned from girders reclaimed from the World Trade Centre site is to be erected on Potters Fields Park outside the new City Hall in London’s Southbank. The sculpture designed by American, Miya Ando will incorporate girders from sections of the ruined skyscrapers. They have been donated by the New York Port Authority […]

20 December 2010

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Top Exhibitions 2010 – Paul Carey-Kent

By Paul Carey-Kent 20 December, 2010 2010 was a rich and varied year – so much so that what started as a top ten got a little out of control… Top Exhibition Links: Top 10 London Exhibitions 2010 (Mainstream) Top 10 London Exhibitions 2010 (ArtLyst Highlights) Top 10 London Exhibitions 2010 (Emerging) Christian Marclay: The […]

19 December 2010

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Captain Beefheart Painter Musician Dies At 69

  Captain Beefheart AKA Don Van Vliet a legendary figure in both music and the visual arts has died age 69. Growing up in Glendale, California, Van Vliet gained notoriety as a sculptor of life-like animal forms depicted in clay. He would continue to draw, paint and sculpt throughout his life, and in later years […]

15 December 2010

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Tacita Dean Next Unilever Artist Tate Modern

Tate Modern and Unilever have announced that Tacita Dean will create the twelfth commission in The Unilever Series for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. The work will be unveiled on 11 October 2011. Tacita Dean is one of the most respected artists working today. Her practice encompasses artist’s books, drawing, found objects, photography and […]

13 December 2010

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Jeremy Hunt Announces US Style Philanthropy Plan

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt who will always be best remembered for James Naughtie and Andrew Marr’s four-letter slip up, has announced that the government is to make available an £80m ‘matching fund’ for arts organisations. The idea behind this move is not rocket science, or even science. It is simply a price matching exercise, which […]

13 December 2010

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Art Basel Miami Review 2010

By Paul Carey-Kent 13 December, 2010 IN PORTRAITS: ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH, 2010 The view out from the NADA art fair, 4 December 2010 It was tough being stuck in Miami while Britain jammed up in the coldest pre-Christmas period this century: how to split the time between art, beach and bar? There was certainly […]

10 December 2010

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Museum of Everything Goes to Russia

The Museum of Everything, AKA the international museum for non-traditional and self-taught art will collaborate with The Garage a Moscow venue, designed in 1926 by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov. The gallery is run by Daria Zhukova, the 29-year-old girlfriend of Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich. The Garage is a major space for established international and […]

9 December 2010

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Picasso Auction Disputed in Paris

Cancelled Auction Raises Ownership Questions – ArtLyst Breaking News An auction, which included several works by the 20th century master, Pablo Picasso was cancelled yesterday after questions were raised about the ownership of the lots on offer. The auction of 143 pieces by Picasso belong to the estate of his former driver, Maurice Bresnu, all […]

8 December 2010

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Brooke Shields Nude Photographer Garry Gross Dies

Should we morn the passing of Garry Gross? For those who think the name vaguely rings a bell, he was the exploitive creator of the original image of a ten-year-old Brooke Shields who posed in the buff dressed as a turn of the century,bordello Lolita. This image was taken in a shoot arranged by her […]

7 December 2010

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Olympic Artists Announced For 2012

David Hockney, Lucian Freud, Rachel Whiteread and Martin Creed are some of the visual artists the DCMS has announced to officially represent London during the 2012 Olympics. More than 1,000 nationwide events ranging from dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation are planned with the aim of pulling in over three million people. The […]

6 December 2010

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Susan Philipsz Wins Turner Prize 2010

The 2010 Turner Prize outcome reflects the necessity to select more women candidates for this coveted award. This year, two and a half of the four candidates were women and the favourite Susan Phillipsz, has won the 25,000 GBP award. “Lowlands”, on display at Tate Britian along with her other moody sound installations secured the […]

4 December 2010

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The Turner Prize 2010 Bookmakers Odds – Fancy a Flutter

Which artist will take home the controversial Turner Prize? It is an interesting concept to reduce this coveted prize to numbers.The Turner Prize is awarded to new artists with an aim to celebrate younger talent and to focus attention on new developments in the visual arts in Britain. The shortlist of four Artists representing the […]

3 December 2010

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Government Art Collection On View At Whitechapel

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron, Lord Mandelson and the British Ambassador to Moscow are among the high profile figures to select work for the first ever public exhibition of the Government Art Collection, opening at the Whitechapel Gallery on 3rd June 2011. Highlights from the Collection will be shown in […]

3 December 2010

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Deutsche Börse Photography Prize shortlist announced

The Photographers Gallery have announced the shortlist for the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. The award honours a living photographer for their significant contribution to photography over the last year. Now in its 15th year, The Photographers’ Gallery’s annual prize of £30,000 is open to any nationality and awarded for the most significant contribution to […]

29 November 2010

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Picasso Hoard Discovered in Garage

271 undocumented works by Pablo Picasso estimated to be worth at least €60 million (£50 million) have been discovered in the South of France. Pierre Le Guennec, a retired French electrician and his wife have revealed the paintings drawings and prints, which had been stored in a garage for over 30 years. The former security […]

29 November 2010

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BFI Takes Over UK Film Council funding Role

  The BFI (British Film Institute) is set to take over the funding role previously managed by the UK Film Council. It was controversially removed in July with the abolition of the body. The new responsibilities will start in April 2011 and the BFI will also distribute lottery money to filmmakers based in the UK. […]

29 November 2010

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Turner Prize Goes To Londonderry In 2013

The 2013 Turner Prize is to be hosted in Londonderry Northern Ireland as part of its city of culture celebrations. The UK City of Culture also stands to host The Booker and the Brits. The three-month-long Turner Prize exhibition will highlight the 5 shortlisted artists, and culminate with the prize giving ceremony announcing the winner. […]

26 November 2010

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Lord Chadlington Appointed New Chairman of LAPADA

“LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers has announced the appointment of Lord Chadlington as their new Chairman.  The founder of PR giant Shandwick, Lord Chadlington is currently Chief Executive of Huntsworth plc, the international public relations and healthcare communications company, a former Director of Halifax plc, and was made a Life Peer in […]

23 November 2010

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Government Encourages Museums to Sell off Some Family Treasures

Does the new Coalition Government want Museums to sell off some of the family treasures? In late October, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey was asked by the Museum journal, Should cash strapped Museums be allowed to sell from collections, in order to stay open? and as repugnant as it sounds to all of us insiders, the […]

22 November 2010

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Whitney Biennial Choses Curators

The seventy-sixth Whitney Biennial in 2012 will be co-curated by Independent curator Jay Sanders and the Whitney’s Elisabeth Sussman. The series of annual and biennial exhibitions was inaugurated in 1932 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and has continued to be a fixture of important international art events for the last 80 years. The signature survey of […]

21 November 2010

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Leading UK Museum Director Resigns

Sir Mark Jones, The Victoria & Albert Museum director, is leaving his job to become Master of St Cross College Oxford,the London museum made the announcement on Friday. The former director of the National Museums of Scotland was knighted in the 2010 New Year’s honours list for services to the arts and has been the […]

20 November 2010

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Banksy Favorite For Oscar 2011

It has been reported that Exit Through the Gift Shop, the Banksy documentary that was released earlier this year is now seen as a strong contender for the award for best documentary. The film has already been nominated for a BAFTA, named documentary of the year by the Online Film Critics Society and was runner […]

18 November 2010

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Cindy Sherman Becomes Honorary Member The Royal Academy of Arts

Photographer Cindy Sherman, has been invited by The Royal Academy Of Arts in London, to become an honourary member. This rare token has been given to only a handful of elite American and international Artists, in the last century. Sherman was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey in 1954. She studied art at Buffalo State […]

16 November 2010

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Eight UK Museums Lose Government Funding

The DCMS, as part of its four-year business plan, has announced that it will no longer fund eight Museums that it currently sponsors. It will scrap national funding of “museums that should be the responsibility of local communities”. This affects eight non-national museums: the Design Museum, the Geffrye Museum, the Horniman Museum and Gardens, the […]

15 November 2010

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Neville Gabie Appointed Artist In Residence For 2012 Olympics

Artist Neville Gabie  has been appointed by the  ODE (Olympic Delivery Authority) as  the Artist in residence for the 2012 Olympic park, in East London. The Authority will work alongside the park’s diverse communities in order to create a memorable cultural experience. A similar honour was awarded to Chinese dissident Artist, Ai Weiwei for the […]

10 November 2010

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Jack Levine Social Realist Painter Dies

Jack Levine the American Social Realist Painter has died, he was 95. Levine was born in Boston on January 3, 1915 and grew up on the rough, teeming streets of Boston’s South End, a predominantly Irish area of town.In the depths of the Depression, his mother made lunches for the bootleggers in the neighbourhood. Jack’s […]

8 November 2010

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Museums Denied Access To Private Donations By Treasury

The British Museum and the National Gallery are finding it difficult to access over £50m given by private donors because of changes to Treasury regulations implemented under the last government. The scale of the problem is widespread, as the reserves for all national museums total over £285m. The museums have not openly admitted that a […]