21 March 2011

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Chinese Vase £51m Sale Faces Collapse

The Most Expensive Chinese Work Of Art Still Unclaimed After Four Months We reported on 7 March, the record-breaking £51m sale of an 18th century Qianlong-dynasty Chinese vase from a suburban London auction house had collapsed. Well the plot thickens. Intrigue and sabotage has been blamed for the sale falling through, but Bainbridge’s Auctioneers of […]

21 March 2011

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Mike Nelson Prepares British Invasion Of Venice Biennale 2011

Mike Nelson, the Loughborough born Artist, known for his atmospheric installations is this years British representative at the Venice Biennale. This is the first installation artist to be invited by the British Council to create a new work for the UK Pavilion. The Venice Biennale provides a barometer for contemporary art worldwide and this choice […]

20 March 2011

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Mother, Ma, Mama, Mum, Mummy

She’s the fairest one of them all,She’s the one who gives me light.She is my protector, my advisor, my saviour,The granter of this life… (?) The Short Film Project are seeking powerful and touching short films which examine the depths relating to the sanctuary, perils and complexities of Motherhood.Artistic interpretations will be welcomed before 9th April […]

20 March 2011

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Banksy Works Destroyed by Cultural Vandals

Stolen – Damaged and Power-Washed! Will Banksy Survive? – New Group Forms To Protect Street Art Last month just before the Oscars several new works by the Bristol born Artist, Banksy (AKA Robin Gunningham) appeared in various locations in Los Angeles. A number of these works have now been stolen, vandalized and destroyed by local councils […]

19 March 2011

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Jeff Koons Artist Rooms Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

This exhibition will bring together a major group of works by Jeff Koons as part of the ARTIST ROOMS series at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art,. From the early New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Red, Brown, New Shelton Wet/Dry 10 Gallon Displaced Doubledecker, 1981-7 to the basketball piece Encased Four Rows 1983-93 to Winter […]

18 March 2011

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Jake & Dinos Chapman Can’t Pay Your Fees? We’ll Pay Your Fines

100 artists, designers and actors have offered their help by funding the legal fees of students caught up in the tuition protests, taking place since cuts were announced, last autumn. Money will be raised through an auction of clothes and art work.The concept of the  fund was launched by artist Jake Chapman. It offers to […]

18 March 2011

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Hirst, Gormley, Riley and Hockney Donate Millions to Kettle’s Yard appeal

Kettle’s Yard the ever evolving contemporary art gallery in Cambridge is holding a multi-million pound selling exhibition. Seminal works donated by leading British Artists, Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley, David Hockney, Michael Craig-Martin, David Nash, Sir Anthony Caro, and Maggi Hambling will go on sale from tomorrow.The proceeds of the sale will go towards […]

17 March 2011

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Antony Gormley Gives Red Light To Green Angel

It was widely reported in the London papers this morning that the Angel of the North would be illuminated with a green hue in honour of St Patrick’s day, today. This was an event organized to simultaneously highlight other landmarks, including Battersea power station, Nelson’s monument in Edinburgh and the London Eye, by Tourism Ireland. […]

17 March 2011

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Ai Weiwei Sculpture for Somerset House

A large scale public sculpture by China’s most controversial artists, Ai Weiwei’s is to go on display in the courtyard of London’s Somerset House. He is best know in London for his massive Tate/ Unilever commission in the Turbine Hall last autumn. Weiwei filled the vast space with over 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds. Which […]

15 March 2011

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Rare Keith Haring Prints Donated to LGBT Youth Centre

A complete series of 10 silkscreens by iconic gay artist Keith Haring has been donated to the Center by Tyler Cassity, a co-owner of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Apocalypse series is on exhibit in the Advocate & Gochis Galleries until March 30. “Haring’s work is so iconic; we’re honored to receive and exhibit this […]

14 March 2011

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AP Sues Urban Outfitters Over Shepard Fairey Image

Associated Press has now decided to pour salt on the wounds of the recently settled Shepard Fairey Obama image case by suing retailers Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and Zumiez, for unspecified damages. They have pinpointed the revenue generators who monetised the iconic image on T shirts and accessories and now want blood. They won the case […]

11 March 2011

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freedom

My project was meant to eradicate a social problem –of neglecting the girl child. Through the platform of sowing seeds, I presented a slide show and site-specific work of famous women personalities to the villagers and propagated the social message of educating and encouraging the girl child, promoting her wellbeing and all rounded development. My […]

11 March 2011

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Mr Brainwash Run DMC Lawsuit

This must be the season for artists lawsuits. First it was Shepard Fairey settling the case concerning the iconic disputed photo of Obama. Than Jeff Koons sued Canadian company Imm-Living for allegedly copying his metallic balloon dog sculptures and marketing them as $30 resin bookends. The suit implied that Koons owned the intellectual rights to […]

10 March 2011

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Frieze Appoints Carmody Groarke Architects 2011

Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover,the directors of the Frieze Art Fair have announced the appointment of the London-based architectural studio Carmody Groarke as the new architects for the Deutsche Bank sponsored,  Frieze Art Fair 2011. The firm designed the Surreal House Exhibition at the Barbican one of the most successful events  last year. It was […]

9 March 2011

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Milan in Berlin with international young people.“Milan for international creative talent: Fuori Art, contest and Milan Summer School”

Milan and Berlin: two cities very alike, complimentary and stimulating to the mind that together can mould the great talent of the future. With this idea in mind the Milan City Council is presenting itself in the German capital with an event that will be held at the Kulturbrauerei in Berlin on the 10th of […]

8 March 2011

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Tino Sehgal Gets Tate Turbine Hall For 2012

Tino Sehgal commissioned for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall for the 2012 Olympic period.17 July to 28 October 2012Tate has announced that Tino Sehgal will undertake the annual commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2012. To be unveiled on 17 July that year, Sehgal’s new work will be the thirteenth to be commissioned in The […]

8 March 2011

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Art Coma 8 – The Calling

I was having some time to myself, in Thailand on a deserted island, I needed to reconnect with that sense of isolation, of aloneness, confront that fear in the absolute nature of myself. Its in those moments, that aloneness is relised as an illusion, a self sabotaging state of being, more to do wtih the […]

7 March 2011

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$100m Picasso Painting Hung At Tate Modern

The most expensive painting in the world, sold at auction, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust 1932 by Pablo Picasso goes on public display for the first time ever in the UK at Tate Modern. The work was sold by Christie’s, New York last May for the world record price of $106.5m.  The painting has been […]

6 March 2011

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Pinner Vase Sale a £51m Stiff?

Intrigue and sabotage blamed for the sales collapse The internationally reported sale of an 18th century Qianlong-dynasty Chinese vase from a small suburban London auction house last November has fallen through. Bainbridge’s of Ruislip scored the record, for the highest price realized for a piece of Chinese art, sold in the UK. The fact of […]

5 March 2011

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Pure “Coincidences”? – A Look at Ai Weiwei’s Works

The decision whether these are pure “coincidences” is left to the readers. It is just worth noting that even if they were pure coincidences, they would still demonstrate 1. the artist’s lack of knowledge of the history of art 2. the lack of originality of his artistic concepts. Left: Ai Weiwei’s “Fountain of Light”, 2007. […]

5 March 2011

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Artist Suze Rotolo Dies in New York

New York mixed medium artist Suze Rotolo, who was put in the spotlight for her three-year relationship with singer Bob Dylan, has died, after a long illness. Her body of artwork was known as,”book art,” or a reinvention of the object,as art. This often altered the viewers perception of what a book can be, including […]

3 March 2011

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Damien Hirst Survey Tate Modern 2012

Tate Modern have announced the first substantial survey of the work of Damien Hirst which will run from 5 April – 9 September 2012. This is hardly a retrospective, given Hirst’s age. It will instead cover in-depth two decades of the artist’s output. The exhibition will highlight works including many of his most iconic pieces […]

1 March 2011

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Susan Philipsz New Chicago Installation

Susan Philipsz who recently won the 2010 Turner Prize, is installing one of her sublime sound installations in Chicago. “We Shall Be All” has been commissioned by  The Internationale at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Chicago. The instillation will run from February 26 to June 5, 2011. Philipsz’s  sound works echo literature, history and […]

27 February 2011

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Banksy Fails To Scoop Best Documentary Film Oscar

The Bristol based graffiti artist Banksy, AKA Robin Gunningham has failed in his bid to take home the Oscar for his art-doc, “Exit Through The Gift Shop”. The winner of the ultimate accolade was “Inside Job” a searing assault on the banking industry and its role in the financial meltdown of 2008. The film’s Director […]

27 February 2011

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Art Coma 7 – Working with the Canvas of the Universe

  The 2D canvas of the universe is known by some as the ‘matrix’, a well known phrase bought in to being with the film, and the slogan; have your choice of the red pill or the white pill, a choice to go down the rabbit hole and find the ‘truth’ or to stay on […]

27 February 2011

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Kate Moss Commissions Tracey Emin As Wedding Designer

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince’s upcoming wedding will be designed by artist Tracey Emin, who has been invited to install her works at their nuptials. The couple, who recently got engaged, have reportedly asked Emin, a good friend to display her artwork at the reception. “Kate has agreed that Tracey will put her unusual artistic […]

26 February 2011

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British Council Appoints New Director

Graham Sheffield has been appointed the new director of The British Council  he succeeds Rebecca Walton who was acting as interim Director of Arts in the UK’s largest international cultural relations organization.Sheffield’s extensive arts management and creative experience will ensure that the arts remain at the heart of the British Council’s mission to strengthen ties […]

25 February 2011

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Picasso Denounced Computers In 1968

In 1968, when Pablo Picasso stated that, “Computers are useless.They can only give you answers”, he would not have been exposed to the modern computer as we know it. If Picasso had seen a computer at the time, it would have been a big, cumbersome mainframe, utilizing punch cards like the ones used by banks […]

25 February 2011

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UK Architects Bid For Abramovich cultural district

David Chipperfield Architects has joined other British firms Dixon Jones, the respected Dutch firm OMA MVRDV and nine other shortlisted firms including Russian practices, Alexander Brodsky, Studio 44, Yuri Avvalcumov, Work AC from the United States and French practice Lacaton & Vassal to compete for the largest cultural project to emerge in Russia under private […]

23 February 2011

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Google Street Art View Showcases Graffiti

Google’s “Street View” has now been utilized to showcase works of graffiti art from around the globe. The project has been realized through a collaboration between the Brazilian ad agency Loducca and energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull. The sponsorship has created an innovative source for discovering new and exciting works and the project is user […]

21 February 2011

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General Idea’s A A Bronson Receives French knighthood

AA Bronson Conceptual Artist and last surviving member of the collective General Idea has been awarded the highest honour in France for his contribution to visual art. On the eve of the opening of the first-ever retrospective of GI’s work in Europe, Bronson is named a chevalier (knight) of the Ordre des arts et lettres […]

20 February 2011

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Zabludowicz Collection In New York

The Shape We’re In (New York) As part of Armory Arts Week in New York the Zabludowicz Collection will uproot part of it’s collection and relocate to the 33rd floor of 1500 Broadway. The space will be transformed into a venue for US audiences to discover the activities of the London‐based Zabludowicz Collection, which supports […]