15 December 2016

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Kunstmuseum Bern Win Battle To Inherit Cornelius Gurlitt Nazi Art Collection

The Munich Higher Regional Court has ruled in favour of the last will and testament of the estate of the art dealer Cornelius Gurlitt and now the controversial art collection will go to the Kunstmuseum in Bern.

15 December 2016

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Handbag Me: Baroness Thatcher’s Wardrobe Faux Pas Go On Display At The V&A

The late Baroness Thatcher’s iconic (although a bit drab) outfits are currently on display in the V&A’s fashion galleries. The display is part of the V&A’s permanent fashion galleries and is free to visit.

15 December 2016

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Feminist Art Exhibition Explores Safety And Vulnerability In The Brexit Trump Era

Faced with the strange twists and turns of the past year, from Brexit to Trump, it has often felt like the easiest thing to do would be to hide away and refuse to acknowledge that any of this is happening. For many people – women, minorities, immigrants – the world is suddenly an even more hostile place than before. At the same time, our ability to seek refuge is being taken away, with less and less funding for vital social services. In this environment, we must join together to resist – and survive.

14 December 2016

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Chuck Close Portrait Of Former National Portrait Gallery Director Sandy Nairne Unveiled

A large portrait of the former Director of the NPG Sandy Nairne by the US Photorealist artist Chuck Close has been unveiled. It is the first portrait by Close to be acquired by the Gallery and the first major work by the American artist to enter a British public collection.

14 December 2016

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Christopher Le Brun RA To Mount Two US Exhibitions In 2017

Christopher Le Brun, painter and president of the Royal Academy (RA) is set to exhibit a two-part show of new work, in the US next year. Christopher Le Brun: Composer, will be mounted at the Albertz Benda gallery in New York (2 March-15 April 2017) and at the Gallery at Windsor in Vero Beach, Florida (25 February-27 April 2017).

14 December 2016

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Jasper Johns Painting and Sculpture Catalogue Raisonne To Be Published

The most comprehensive study of Jasper Johns’ work to date, Including never before exhibited works and a new monograph is to be published by The Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI). The five-volume publication was announced for release in April 2017.

13 December 2016

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Tracey Emin Withdraws Proposal To Demolish Spitalfields Conservation Area Building

The Turner Prize nominated YBA artist Tracey Emin has abandoned her plans to demolish a listed East End building in order to build a new studio and modern living space. The plans were highly controversial and caused protests from neighbours and business in the area in Spitalfields, east London.

13 December 2016

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Oscar Wilde Portrait Returns To UK After 100 Year Hiatus

Oscar Wilde’s prized full-length portrait by Robert Harper Pennington which took pride of place in his marital home is to return to the UK, this spring when Tate Britain will host the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art.

12 December 2016

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£12m Leonardo da Vinci Drawing Walks Into Auction House For Valuation

Thaddée Prate, director of old master pictures at the Tajan auction house in Paris has uncovered a long lost drawing by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci. The discovery was made last summer and it has taken months of painstaking research and the authentication by three experts including one of the curators at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Tajan values the work at 15 million euros, or about $15.8 million.

12 December 2016

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Looted Nazi Art Bill Approved By US Senate To Speed Up Restitution

A new bill to speed up the return of artwork stolen by the Nazis during WWII has passed the US Senate after its approval in the House of Representatives last week.

12 December 2016

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Carl Andre Retrospective Opens At Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris

A retrospective of work by the major 20th-century American artist Carl Andre (b. 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts) is currently on view at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. The exhibition Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010 covers the full spectrum and inner consistency of the Andre oeuvre, with 40 monumental sculptures, numerous poems and photographs, works on paper and various objects that defy pigeon-holing.

12 December 2016

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Tom Nicholls Sculpture To Honour 513 Barnardo’s Children Buried In Unmarked Graves Unveiled

A special memorial sculpture by master carver Tom Nicholls, to honour 513 Barnardo’s children buried in unmarked graves, including three of Thomas Barnardo’s own children, has been unveiled in East London (5 December 2016)

12 December 2016

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Portraits By Paul Cezanne Explored In New National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

The first exhibition devoted entirely to portraits by Paul Cézanne will be mounted at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Cézanne Portraits will bring together for the first time over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works never before on public display in the UK.

8 December 2016

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American Artist Leo Villareal Wins Illuminated River International Design Competition

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that a team led by the internationally acclaimed American light artist Leo Villareal and renowned British architects and urban planners, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, have won the Illuminated River International Design Competition.

8 December 2016

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Brett Gorvy Head Of Contemporary Art At Christie’s Auctioneers Resigns

Brett Gorvy, Deputy Chairman at Christie’s auctioneers and international head of Postwar and Contemporary art, is to leave the company after 23 years. He will now join the well-respected art dealer Dominique Lévy, in a new partnership called Lévy Gorvy

8 December 2016

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Michael Gove’s Turner Prize Tweet Says Winner Helen Marten Celebrates Ugliness

Great to see the Turner Prize is on Brexiteer Michael Gove’s radar. It proves how important the arts must be to him, even though he was almost single handily responsible for the near scrapping of Art History courses from the A Level syllabus!

7 December 2016

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Artist Michael Craig-Martin Awarded Knighthood In Ceremony By Prince William

The Irish-born British artist Michael Craig-Martin has been awarded his Knighthood by Prince William (The Duke Of Cambridge .

6 December 2016

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Strong Sales Reported From Art Basel in Miami Beach 15th Edition

Another major art fair another round-up! Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach closed on Sunday amidst high praise from participating galleries reporting healthy sales across all levels of the market.

6 December 2016

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Cork Street Dealer Johnathan Messum Launches Pioneering New Arts Centre in Wiltshire

A monastic barn in Wiltshire has been turned into a pioneering new arts centre by the Cork Street dealer, Johnathan Messum. Situated on the Fonthill estate, home in the 1700’s to William Beckford, the biggest and wildest British art collector of his day,  Messums Wiltshire in Tisbury champions art made by hand. Forthcoming exhibitions include those […]

6 December 2016

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Turner Prize Surprise Winner Announced At Tate Britain Ceremony

Congratulations to Helen Marten winner of the prestigious Turner Prize for 2016. The award announced at a ceremony in London this evening is the most coveted prize given to a British artist, under the age of 50, having mounted one of the best exhibitions of the last 12 months. This year artists Anthea Hamilton, Michael Dean, Helen Marten and […]

6 December 2016

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Yinka Shonibare Installation Acquired By Washington’s Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

A major artwork by the celebrated Turner Prize winning British contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE has been acquired by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington. The permanent installation of sculpture “Wind Sculpture VII” made its Smithsonian debut Saturday, Dec. 3; it has been installed in front of the National Museum of African Art.  Part of a series of […]

6 December 2016

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Miami Art Week Withdrawal Symptoms Alleviated By St Croix Take 5 Project

As Miami art week comes to a close and art lovers from around the globe take stock of the fabulous creations and activities on offer, this weekend, there are a stealthy few who will not end their efforts there but extend their inspiration to St Croix for a relaxing, take it all in time of enlightenment.

6 December 2016

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New Wellcome Collection Exhibition Explores How Humans Relate To Other Animals

How humans relate to other animals is the subject of a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection.

6 December 2016

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Toilet Paper Installation Proves Popular For Fondation Beyeler At Basel Miami

Maze of Quotes by Toilet Paper has transformed The Fondation Beyeler stand at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016. The collaborative magazine project by artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari has taken over Fondation Beyeler’s entire exhibition space into three distinct settings.

6 December 2016

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Robert Adam British Architect Explored In New Sir John Soane’s Museum Exhibition

The work of one of the greatest British architects of all time is examined in a new exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum. Robert Adam’s London (30 November 2016 – 11 March 2017) takes an in- depth look at some of the Scottish architect’s work which helped change the landscape of the capital.

6 December 2016

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Miami Rubell Family Collection To Move To Purpose Built Complex

The Rubell Family Collection has announced a planned move in 2018 to a new 100,000-square-foot museum set on a 2.5-acre campus in Miami’s Allapattah District

28 November 2016

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Famous Faces In LGBT Equality Exhibited At National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. It uses portraits of prominent gay figures to illustrate how attitudes have changed.

28 November 2016

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Sex Pistols Memorabilia Worth Millions Burned By McLaren And Westwood’s Son

Joe Corre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, has set fire to items on the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols debut single. The Punk memorabilia said to be worth £5m ($6m) was torched in the middle of the River Thames.

28 November 2016

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Dorset Man Wins International Vincent Van Gogh Lookalike Competition

A Dorset actor has been chosen as the man who most resembled the artist Vincent Van Gogh in an international competition.

28 November 2016

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American Depression Era Painting Chronicled In New Royal Academy Exhibition

America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s is a new RA exhibition chronicling the turbulent economic, political and aesthetic climate that dominated the decade following the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

23 November 2016

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Iconic Underground Comix Art c 1970 Sells For $1.6m At Heritage

The world’s largest collection of original Underground Comix Art crushed several artist world records when it sold for a combined $1,605,016 during Heritage Auctions’ presentation of the Eric Sack Collection Nov. 17-19 in Beverly Hills. The collection set an artist auction record for Robert Crumb for his four-page complete story from Thrilling Murder Comics #1, which sold for $143,400.

23 November 2016

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Jenni Lomax Camden Arts Centre Director To Step Down In July

Jenni Lomax has announced that she will step down from her role as Director of Camden Arts Centre in July of next year. She recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of her directorship and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Centre with a series of dialogues between artists, prominent curators and theorists at venues across London.