14 February 2017

Erotic Art And Objects Go Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s is presenting their first sale of Erotica, 16 February. Timed just a few days after Valentine’s day the sale offers a range of art and decorative objects, all with erotic overtones. Across the centuries, art has always been intrinsically linked to expressions of passion and sensuality. The Erotic: Passion & Desire sale in London encompasses representations of love and sex from antiquity to the present day.

13 February 2017

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Around The London Auction Rooms Impressionism To Contemporary Spring 2017

Adam Clayton Bassist in the Rock band U2 has put a rare Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing up for auction at Christie’s. The self-portrait goes under the hammer next month, after residing for 25 years in his private collection. The pop star bought the artwork in 1990 when they were recording their album Achtung Baby in New York.

10 February 2017

British Council Announces 2017 Partnerships For 57th Venice Biennale

The British Council has announced their 2017 partnership with England, Scotland, and Wales in presenting three exhibitions at the 57th International Venice Biennale Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

10 February 2017

David Hockney iPad Paintings Broadcast Across UK On Large Public Screens

David Hockney’s iPad paintings are currently being broadcast across the UK on large, public screens to mark the opening of his Tate Britain retrospective. From Thursday 9 February, millions of people in the UK will see an animation of Hockney’s brushstrokes building to reveal a painting in his inimitable style. The work – Untitled, 382 – depicts his garden in Los Angeles and this will be its European premiere.

8 February 2017

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Queer Art Programme To Mark 50 Years Of UK LGBTQ Decriminalisation

UK Museums are working on a series of nationwide exhibitions to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, the legislation that partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales in 1967.

7 February 2017

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Museum Barberini Potsdam A Brand-New Museum With An Old History

A brand-new museum with an old history has arrived in Potsdam’s Alte Markt square. Hasso Plattner is a billionaire who launched German software company SAP, the world’s third largest international software and programming company. He is also one of the world’s leading art collectors and the founding patron of the Museum Barberini, a private museum which opened its doors to the public this month.

7 February 2017

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Hull UK City of Culture Off To A Strong Start

Hull’s year as UK City of Culture is already off to a strong start, with January seeing the reopening of the Ferens Art Gallery and the launch of the new Humber Street Gallery with its first exhibition: COUM Transmissions. Since winning the title in 2013, the city has enjoyed a £1 billion boost in investment and unprecedented visitor numbers.

6 February 2017

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David Hockney Unveils His First British Retrospective Exhibition At Tate Britain

David Hockney unveils his first retrospective at Tate Britain opening to the public 9th February.

4 February 2017

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George Boorujy An Artist Highlighting And Protecting Our Precious Natural World

Artist George Boorujy feels particularly pumped to take on the environmental cause, especially since ‘Day One’ the Environmental Protection Agency has been quieted with regard to global warming. Boorujy, an artist devoted to highlighting and protecting our precious natural world says, “This shouldn’t be a partisan issue! Democrats, as well as Republicans, need to breathe.

4 February 2017

Louvre Set To Open Today After IS Inspired Machete Attack

A man, who attempted to attack the Louvre museum in Paris yesterday (Friday 3 Feb) has been identified by authorities as Abdullah Reda Refaei al-Hamamy, a 29-year-old Egyptian man.

4 February 2017

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Why Would David Hockney Want To Revamp The Sun Masthead

Yesterday, David Hockney redesigned the masthead for The rightwing newspaper the Sun, a publication owned by the Australian-born entrepreneur Rupert Murdoch.

1 February 2017

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Knoedler Fraud Sentencing Sends Out Mixed Messages To Our Unregulated Industry

The Knoedler & Co. gallery fraud case which involved selling $80m/£63m in fake Abstract Expressionist artworks to unknowing collectors seems to be edging to a lenient closure for the corrupt dealer Glafira Rosales.

1 February 2017

Anish Kapoor Appropriates Joseph Beuys Art To Protest Trump

The Turner Prize-winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor has reworked Joseph Beuys’ seminal work, I Like America and America Likes Me by changing the title to I Like America and America Doesn’t Like Me as a protest against the horrors that are unfolding in Donald Trump’s America.  Referencing the poster that Joseph Beuys made for the […]

1 February 2017

Levy Gorvy Inaugurate SALON A New Commercial Collaboration At Saatchi Gallery

Philippa Adams, Senior Director of Saatchi Gallery has launched a new venture which will work in collaboration with galleries and artist’s estates, in selling exhibitions

31 January 2017

Iconic NASA Space Images Go Under The Hammer At Swann

Photographs from a number NASA missions, dating from 1965 to the 1980s go under the hammer as a single lot at Swann Auction Galleries NYC. The sale titled Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks takes place on 14 February. Their significance has been thrown even more into focus by the approaching 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing in 2019, […]

31 January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Foundation UK Announce Shortlist Of Top Artists And Architects

Top artists including Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread and Ron Arad have been shortlisted for the newly commissioned London Holocaust memorial. Envisaged as a place for everyone to come to remember the Holocaust, as well as a focal point for annual national commemorations, the Memorial will affirm the United Kingdom’s commitment to stand up against prejudice and hatred.

30 January 2017

Stolen Modigliani – Spider Man Thief Vjeran Tomic Goes On Trial

The trial of the art thief known as ‘Spider-Man’ has begun in Paris. The 2010 burglary at the Musee d’Art Moderne included masterpieces by Modigliani, Picasso, Braque and Matisse.

29 January 2017

Turner Prize Winners Unite To Help Fund Glasgow School Of Art Fire

Several Turner Prize Winners including Antony Gormley Anish Kapoor and Grayson Perry have created artworks from found material taken from the fire-damaged Glasgow School of Art to raise funds for the restoration.

29 January 2017

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Matthias Waschek Worcester Art Museum Director A Creative Force For Good

I was introduced to Matthias Waschek through a friend. He is Director of the Worcester Art Museum.

29 January 2017

David Bowie Album Art To Be Issued As Official Royal Mail Stamps

The Royal Mail releases a set of 10 Special Stamps as a tribute to David Bowie in March. Among the items being produced are 6 album covers and 4 live shots for fans and philatelists alike. The public can view all of the permutations and pre-order the stamps by visiting: www.royalmail.com/davidbowie. It is rare for the Royal Mail to […]

27 January 2017

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Underground Artists Celebrate Year Of Rooster In London Carpark Exhibition

One hundred underground artists will help celebrate Chinese New Year in style as the fourth annual Chinese Open gets underway in Q-Carpark near Leicester Square.

27 January 2017

John Akomfrah Wins £40k Artes Mundi 7 Art Prize In Cardiff

The UK artist John Akomfrah OBE has won the Artes Mundi 7 art prize. He was chosen from a shortlist of six international contemporary artists.

26 January 2017

Pavilion Competition At Dulwich Picture Gallery Won By Architects If_Do

IF DO has won the ‘Dulwich Pavilion’, competition to design a structure in June 2017. This is the first of many sponsored by the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the London Festival of Architecture.

26 January 2017

Christo Pulls Out Of River Project To Protest Trump Administration

The artist Christo has pulled out of his ‘Over The River’ project in protest to the Presidency of Donald Trump.

26 January 2017

Gerhard Richter Eisberg Goes Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

An important painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter goes under the hammer for the first time in March 2017 at Sotheby’s London Evening sale of Contemporary Art.

25 January 2017

Anti-Trump Woman’s March Artefacts – Museums Ask Public For Donations

A number of UK museums and archives have asked the public to donate placards, photographs, and artifacts from the recent Women’s protest march against Donald Trump, which took place last weekend.

25 January 2017

Absolut Art Award Finalists Announced For The 2017 Competition

The finalists for the 2017 Absolut Art Award for Art Work and Art Writing have been announced.

24 January 2017

Tate’s Giacometti Retrospective To Reunite Iconic Plaster Sculpture Group

Tate Modern’s major Giacometti retrospective will reunite an iconic group of plaster sculptures for the first time since they were made in 1956.

24 January 2017

The Selfie From Old Masters To Present Explored In Saatchi Exhibition

From Selfie to Self-Expression is a new exhibition daring to explore the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present.

23 January 2017

Shia LaBeouf Unveils Four-Year Trump Protest Performance Piece

Beginning on the morning of Trump’s inauguration at 9 am on January 20, 2017, Shia LaBeouf commenced his most ambitious performance piece. Titled, “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US.”

21 January 2017

Shepard Fairey Saturates Washington With We The People Protest Posters

The iconic street artist Shepard Fairey has released a new series of posters titled, ‘We the People’ Series to Protest the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America.

21 January 2017

Rothko And Rauschenberg Paintings Featured In Christie’s Post-War And Contemporary Sale

Iconic American painting will be featured in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 7 March 2017 in London.