22 August 2017

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Bellotto Masterpiece Saved For The Nation Goes On Display At National Gallery

Bellotto masterpiece, ‘The Fortress of Königstein from the North’, which was due to be exported from Britain, has been saved for the nation and goes on display in Trafalgar Square today (Tuesday 22 August 2017).

21 August 2017

Norman Rockwell Study Achieves Record $1.6 million At Heritage Auctions

Norman Rockwell’s “Tough Call,” an original study for his iconic cover for the Saturday Evening Post has sold for a staggering $1.6 million at an auction of high-end sports memorabilia held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

19 August 2017

Collateral Drawing Announces Artists For Fifth Exhibition And Publication

What do Rose Wylie, Gary Hume, Tim Noble and Billy Childish have in common? Collateral Drawing, the latest in a series of exhibitions organised by BEASTON Projects.

18 August 2017

Black British Celebrity Photographs Acquired By National Portrait Gallery

Super model Naomi Campbell rapper Tine Tempah, and Journalist/newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald, are included in thirty-seven black British musicians, actors, politicians, models and sports stars who will feature in a major new National Portrait Gallery exhibition. Opening next year, the exhibition will also include actor Sir Lenny Henry, singer Laura Mvula and actress Thandie Newton.

16 August 2017

Met’s Art and Antiques Unit Suspended Until Further Notice

If this story is true and I have no doubt it is, Scotland Yard may be closing its internationally renowned Art and Antiques Unit.

16 August 2017

Kara Walker Artist Statement Keeps The Motor Running On Civilization

The African American artist Kara Walker who is presenting her latest show at Sikkema Jenkins and Co in New York has written a serious though humorous diatribe as part of her latest press release.

15 August 2017

David Roberts To Close Camden Gallery And Open Somerset Sculpture Park

David Roberts the Scottish collector is to close his Camden Town project space in London. Opened in 2012 in a disused 19th-century furniture factory the gallery was a highly regarded independent art space.

14 August 2017

New Private Fotografiska Photography Museum To Open In London’s White Chapel District

A new Photography Museum is to open in London’s East End near the White Chapel Gallery. Swedish photography curator Fotografiska’s first gallery outside Stockholm has agreed on a deal to move into property developer Derwent’s new buildings in the area. The building was used as one of the venues for Art Night which took place in July.

14 August 2017

Grenfell Tower To Be Covered And Projected With Drawings By Local Children

Grenfell Tower is to be covered in a white material and projected with drawings by local children lighting up the structure at night.

12 August 2017

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Stolen Willem de Kooning Painting Returns To Museum After 32 Years

Stolen Willem de Kooning Painting Returns To Museum After 32 Years

11 August 2017

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Yayoi Kusama Museum To Open In Tokyo This October

Yayoi Kusama the creator of polka-dot “infinity” rooms and outsider paintings has announced she is to open her own dedicated museum in her hometown, Tokyo.

11 August 2017

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Matisse vs The Multi-Cultural Multi-Ethnic 21st Century Art World – Edward Lucie-Smith

I went to see the R.A.’s new Matisse show, but not at the press view, as I was abroad. I did go very shortly after it opened. Not unexpectedly, it was jammed with visitors, and I mean jammed. You had to dodge round backs to get a proper view of some of the smaller items, notably the drawings.

10 August 2017

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Lost Alberto Giacometti Drawings Auctioned To Benefit The Art Fund

Two original drawings by the artist, Alberto Giacometti have been discovered in the inventory of a deceased English antique dealer. They are to go under the hammer at Cheffins in Cambridge, UK, with proceeds from the sale given to The Art Fund. The drawings were discovered amongst the collection of the late London based dealer, Eila Grahame.

9 August 2017

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Roundhouse Summer Project: Wayne McGregor Curates Random International

The international choreographer and director Wayne McGregor is curating a major new series at the Roundhouse with Random International.

9 August 2017

Christie’s Photography Sales To Include MoMa And Thomas Koerfer Collections

Christie’s Paris has announced that it will offer Photographs from the Thomas Koerfer Collection,” comprising 74 lots led by the emblematic Man Ray masterpiece, Noire et Blanche, MoMa’s formerly in the collection of Jacques Doucet. The sale will take place on November 9, during the Paris Photo Fair.

8 August 2017

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Collector Tim Sayer Curates 25 Works Selected For Hepworth Wakefield Exhibition

The Hepworth Wakefield is presenting an exhibition of 25 works personally selected by Tim Sayer MBE

8 August 2017

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Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina Detained In Siberia For Oleg Sentsov Protest

Members of the art-punk band Pussy Riot were detained by Police in Siberia on Monday after they staging a protest in support of the jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov,

8 August 2017

James And Tom Franco Collaborate On Mission Ceramic Project

Artist Tom Franco has been collaborating with his brother, actor James Franco, on a series of enormous ceramic sculptures at Mission Clay Products, a Phoenix-based factory that produces vitrified clay pipes used mainly for sewage.

7 August 2017

Sotheby’s Strong Second Quarter 2017 Results Boosts Share Price

Sotheby’s have reported their financial results for the second quarter and six months ending June 30, 2017. Last week shares soared ahead of the announcement.

7 August 2017

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Dr. Martin Roth Former Director Of London’s V&A Dies Age 62

Dr. Martin Roth the former director of the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) has died age 62.

7 August 2017

Invader Mosaics Targeted By Paris Art Thieves Dressed As City Workers

Art thieves disguised as Paris street workers have stolen a number of pixelated tile pieces by the French street artist Invader

6 August 2017

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Happy Birthday Andy Warhol 89 – Rest In Peace

Happy Birthday Andy Warhol. This is the artist that propelled contemporary art to the breaking-point that we know today.

5 August 2017

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Word On The Street – British Graffiti Art In Focus

Is an indigenous rock painting showing off the number of kills any different to a rebellious teenager taking his girl to their local make-out spot where he declares his love to her spray-painted in crude bright colours the night before?

4 August 2017

Mackintosh Restoration Project Boosted By Historic Massachusetts Cotton Mill Discovery

The Mackintosh Building project at The Glasgow School of Art has been given a boost due to the discovery of identical pine wood sourced as salvage from a Massachusetts cotton mill.

30 July 2017

Antony Gormley Announced As Koestler Art By Offenders Exhibition Curator

Sir Antony Gormley, the Turner Prize winning artist and creator of the Angel Of The North Sculpture in Gateshead is to curate the 2017 Koestler Awards exhibition of art by offenders, secure patients, and immigration removal centre detainees.

29 July 2017

Christie’s Unveils £2.2b First Half Year Auction Results 2017

Christie’s first half year auction sales top £2.2bn ($2.8bn, up 14%), a 29% increase from the same period in 2016. Continued global demand and creative sale planning have helped to drive a rise in Overall sales were £2.35bn ($3bn, up 1%), an increase of 14% compared to £2.1bn in the first half of 2016.

29 July 2017

Donald Trump Drawing Sells For £22,000 At Auction In LA

Is Donald Trump a better artist than George W Bush? This is a question on many peoples lips this morning! Now, an original drawing by the US President Donald Trump depicting the Manhattan skyline, with Trump Tower smack in the middle has gone under the hammer in Los Angeles achieving $29,184 (£22,000).

28 July 2017

Nazi-looted Art UK Government Renews Commitment To Fair Restitution

Stronger measures to return Nazi-looted art to its original owners will be called for by the UK Government at the first European conference dedicated to the issue in five years.

28 July 2017

Ai Weiwei Refugee Crisis Film Human Flow To Be Screened At Venice

The dissident Chinese artist, activist, and filmmaker Ai Weiwei will be competing in the Venice film festival this year with his film Human Flow, a film about the global refugee crisis.

27 July 2017

Pompidou Centre To Open Satellite Gallery In Shanghai

The Pompidou Centre in Paris noted for its exceptional collection of Modern art is about to sign a deal for a franchise gallery in Shanghai.

26 July 2017

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Banksy Balloon Girl Tops Poll of The Nation’s Favourite Artworks

Banksy’s Girl With A Balloon has been voted the nation’s favourite artwork. The populist poll sponsored by a new device which displays art as a TV screensaver when idling, spoke to over 2000 art enthusiasts to reach the verdict.

25 July 2017

Pussy Riot To Stage Russian Prison Theatre Experience At Saatchi Gallery

Maria Alyokhina of the Feminist Punk collective Pussy Riot has announced a new play based on her Russian prison ordeal. The immersive theatrical piece titled “Inside Pussy Riot,” will take place at the Saatchi Gallery for a six-week run in London.