13 January 2011

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Shepard Fairey vs. AP Case Dismissed

The copyright lawsuit between the American Urban Artist, Shepard Fairey and AP (Associated Press), came a step closer to a conclusion yesterday, when U.S. District Judge, Alvin Hellerstein dismissed the case. The artist who had created the Barack Obama “HOPE” image from a photograph by a professional AP news photographer, has been excluded from the […]

12 January 2011

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Art Coma No# 2

Today I learnt I was using a word completely out of context and in realising the true meaning of the word, I was guided to everything I needed to know. The word was ‘transgression’, it means a number of things; a sin or an act against the biblical ten commandments, a crime or illegal act, […]

12 January 2011

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ICA Appoints Gregor Muir New Executive Director

The ICA has named the successor to Ekow Eshun by appointing Gregor Muir, as its new head. He is currently the director of Hauser & Wirth, a respected London gallery, In addition to redefining the gap between the commercial and curatorial jobs, Muir will inherit an institution in deep crisis. The former broadcaster and journalist, […]

12 January 2011

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Artist dedicated to giving back

  By Teresa Latchford | Dec 21, 2010 – 8:03 AM | Artist dedicated to giving back Broken back can’t stop Hart   Giving back. John David Hart donated a four-foot statue to the York Region Arts Council to generate funds for an arts scholarship program. STAFF PHOTO/STEVE SOMERVILLE   John David Hart finishes our […]

10 January 2011

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Tom Lubbock Artist / Critic dies at 53

The chief art critic for the Independent, Tom Lubbock died yesterday, aged 53. This has come two years after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He was best known for his art criticism which embraced a clarity so original that it never relied on art-speak or any other kind of pretence. His honesty  was […]

10 January 2011

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Brian Eno Exhibits 77 Million Paintings in Canada

Brian Eno,the musician/producer, who developed the genre known as ambient music, presents his work 77 Million Paintings, in Calgary Canada. The  installation consists of a very slowly evolving, self-generative, sound- and image-scape. The work premiered in Tokyo in 2006, and debuted in Brighton at the 2010 festival in Britain. Eno calls the piece “visual music”. […]

9 January 2011

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Photographers Gallery Charity Auction at Christie’s

The Photographers Gallery in London is holding a charity auction at Christie’s South Kensington on Thursday 17 February 2011, to celebrate its 40th anniversary,. The auction is to raise funds for the final stage of building its Ramillies Street Gallery. The event will include a Live and Silent Auction, offering nearly 70 lots. With estimates […]

8 January 2011

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New Banksy Interview – Documentary Tipped For Oscar

As the Oscars approach the bickering begins. Joachim Levy a 34-year-old Swiss filmmaker is contesting the omission of his name on the Banksy film, Exit Through the Gift Shop in what he sees as an unjust oversight. Levy worked as a producer and editor with Thierry Guetta the driving force behind the doc” Life Remote […]

7 January 2011

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Dennis Hopper Shot Chairman Mao by Warhol Results

Yesterday,Christie’s NY offered a 1967 Warhol screen print of Marilyn Monroe in purple, yellow, and orange tones on a shocking pink background, with a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. It fetched $206.500 four times the estimate. A further print with a more historically important background sold alongside it. This work, a 1972 Warhol screen print of […]

5 January 2011

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Art Coma

I am in a coma, it crept up on me ten years ago, its not your typical coma, I am physically in the world, able to speak and be present but not be heard or seen accept by a few individuals. So where am I? It’s the place where Ron Muek’s ‘Dead Dad’s’ ghost resides, […]

5 January 2011

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London Art Fair Latest

London Art Fair 19 – 23 January 2011, presents over 100 galleries featuring the great names of 20th Century British art and exceptional contemporary work from leading figures and emerging talent. This January over 100 leading Modern British and contemporary art galleries will be brought together for the 23rd edition of the London Art Fair […]

5 January 2011

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Mick Karn Artist Musician Dies At 52

Tributes are pouring in for the Sculptor/Musician Mick Karn who died yesterday after a long battle with lung cancer. Karn was born in Cyprus and came to England with his family when he was five years old, growing up in Lewisham, South London. Karn came to prominence with his 1980’s band Japan, which he founded […]

4 January 2011

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Art Stock Exchange To Launch In Paris

Pierre Naquin, a French entrepreneur is to create a fund offering shares in 20th – 21st century master works. Collectors, who cannot afford to hang a work by an important artist on their wall, will be able to buy shares in an art work. The first art stock exchange prepares to open in the French […]

2 January 2011

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Is Art Dead?

Do artists only create for each other?  Since Hegel, the idea of the end of art has become a staple of aesthetic theory. Will Post Art be the end of art? The concept of “Post Art” was developed by the happening artist Allan Kaprow, based on his idea that life is much more interesting than art, […]

31 December 2010

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Edvard Munch Thieves Convicted

Three works stolen from the Malmo Art Museum including a 1.2 million dollar painting by the Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch.”Two Friends.” were recovered when Swedish police investigating other crimes stumbled upon stolen art. The thieves were convicted by the Swedish court on Wednesday jailing one of the unidentified men for six months and fining the […]

29 December 2010

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Dan Flavin Work Classified By EU as Light fittings

Works by the late American sculptor Dan Flavin have had VAT applied as EU says works are ‘light fittings’ The sculptures shown at the Haunch Of Venison Gallery in London have been classified as light fixtures rather than art and £36,000 in VAT has been applied. This has remained outstanding while the dispute continues. As […]

28 December 2010

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Gerry Judah First New York Solo Show

The English Artist Gerry Judah is exhibiting six large scaled monochromatic paintings/reliefs in his first New York show. This is the London-based artist’s first exhibition in the United States and will be on view until January 29 2011. The paintings are based on aerial photography, inspired by conflict – particularly in the Middle East, whether […]

28 December 2010

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Falling Water Gingerbread House Unveiled

The most original design for a gingerbread house this year has to go Melodie and Brenton, for the ‘Falling Water Gingerbread House’ a model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s well known building, from 1935.The original house, in rural Pennsylvania stands as one of Wright’s greatest masterpieces, both for its dynamism and for its integration with the […]

26 December 2010

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Warhol Foundation Founder Dies

John Warhola, elder brother of artist Andy Warhol has died, on Christmas Eve, in Pittsburgh, from pneumonia. He was 85.  Warhola, was one of the three founding members of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and guardian of his legacy. He was a driving force and spearheaded the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh […]

25 December 2010

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Top 2010 Christmas Exhibitions – Paul Carey-Kent

HUGE MEAL, BIG GALLERY, SMALL SHOW Most of the commercial galleries are closed over the Christmas and New Year period. The big museums and galleries tend to be open, but will the major shows – Gauguin, Canaletto, Muybridge etc.. – be too heavy after a matching dinner? Perhaps a small show in a big gallery […]

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 […]