Betty Woodman (b. 1930, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA) has died age 87 on 2 January.
Condo London opens its third edition (13 January-10 February) with 17 galleries in the capital hosting 27 of their international contemporaries.
Over the New Year period, transgender artist Ela Xora collapsed and was taken to hospital after six days of hunger strike against historically inaccurate comments made on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, by its presenter Piers Morgan.
Dearly Departed: 2017 has been a momentous year with a first-rate Documenta and Venice Biennale. The year introduced us to a number of new emerging artists as well as the sad reality of losing some of the great talents of our generation both young and old. Here are some of the Artists and Art World Figures we have lost in the past year.
27 December 2017
SUPERFLEX the Danish collective who have currently taken over the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern have repurposed and donated their Hospital Equipment, installation originally presented at von Bartha, S-chanf in February 2017, to Salamieh Hospital, Syria.
Part of a collection of Hans Hofmann paintings stolen in 2004 from a New York City-based fine art storage facility has been recovered. Working with the NYPD and the FBI, Art Recovery International negotiated the release of one of the paintings.
24 December 2017
A large London-wide exhibition of work by women artists will run across the capital in 2018 to celebrate 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK, as part of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s new gender equality campaign.
23 December 2017
The Arts Council has published its 2016/17 Cultural Gifts Scheme and Acceptance in Lieu annual report.
The new galleries of Asian art at the British Museum, named after benefactor Sir Joseph Hotung and numbered 33 on the museum’s floor plan, ought to mark a big step forward in the B.M’s engagement with historic Asian cultures. The sad fact is that for various reasons, they don’t.
21 December 2017
Sotheby’s concluded their 2017 auctions this week, reaching an annual sales total of $4.7 billion that represents a 13.1% increase over our 2016 results.
21 December 2017
The Richard Avedon Foundation have set their lawyers to work by calling on Spiegel and Grau, an imprint of Random House, to cease publication, distribution or any derivative or collateral use of Avedon: Something Personal, by Norma Stevens and Steven M.L. Aronson, which it is billing as an “intimate biography” of the late photographer.
V&A staff have new uniforms designed by the British fashion designer Christopher Raeburn. Sorry, Tristram, you could have done much better! You are in fact a museum with a well-respected fashion collection!
On 5th December, seven new appointments were quietly made to Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Council, its governing board. This included the controversial choice of Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
15 December 2017
A 17th century portrait of internationally renowned hirsute Barbara van Beck has been acquired by the Wellcome Collection.
Tate Modern will be presenting the largest survey of Joan Jonas’s work in the UK, in March 2018.
The Oscar winning Director Danny Boyle has joined with the anonymous Street Artist Banksy to produce an alternative nativity play at the artist’s Walled Off Hotel in the occupied West Bank.
Sir Edwin Landseer’s ‘The Monarch of the Glen’ (c. 1851) at National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, was announced today as winner of the Art Fund Work of 2017.
12 December 2017
I guess if you’re Danish snowy weather is no problem when it comes to an interactive installation that requires swings and the great outdoors.
Tate Britain has announced Anthea Hamilton as the next artist to undertake the Tate Britain Commission.
Art Basel in Miami Beach now in its 16th edition closed with buoyant sales across the board.
10 December 2017
Pantone, providers of the official professional colour language, has announced PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet, as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018.
The UBS annual art market report released last week (6 December 2017) has recorded that despite high-profile sales; art collectors were largely driven by legacy and love, not investment and profit.
We now know that the Louvre Abu Dhabi is going to exhibit Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi,” which sold last month in a Christie’s Contemporary sale in New York for a cool $450 million. However the identity of the buyer has remained a secret with speculation now focusing on the Abu Dhabi Royals as the purchaser.
Last week, one of the world’s most renowned and influential classicist Professors, Mary Beard, from the University of Cambridge, was locked into a “battle of the genders” with artist Ela Xora, over the banning and “modern skirting over” of vast and fascinating ancient history involving transgender and intersex people, in the Greek and Roman Empires, at the prestigious university, where she is a department head.
The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is one of 27 artists who have given their support to a high profile charity auction in aid of award-winning NGO, Help Refugees.
A major new interactive light work by the internationally acclaimed German sculptor, Tobias Rehberger, will be unveiled in January 2018. It is one of a series of ambitious international art commissions created for King’s Cross.
MCH Group which owns and operates Art Basel has acquired a majority shareholding in Masterpiece London.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has just released a report stating that the sector’s contribution to the economy is up by 3.6 percent year-on-year to almost £250bn, accounting for 14.2 percent of the UK’s Gross Value Added (GVA)
The Leicester Codex by Leonardo da Vinci will be loaned to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence for the first time in 20 years.
Hauser & Wirth have announced worldwide exclusive representation of The Estate of Eduardo Chillida, Spain’s foremost sculptor of the twentieth century.
The Connaught Christmas Tree is rapidly becoming an art community tradition in London.