20 December 2017

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V&A Unveil Uniforms More Suitable For Rambling Than Museuming

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!

18 December 2017

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Elisabeth Murdoch Appointed To Arts Council England National Council – Should We Worry?

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

Genetic Hirsute Portrait From 17th Century Acquired By Wellcome Collection 

A 17th century portrait of internationally renowned hirsute Barbara van Beck has been acquired by the Wellcome Collection.

14 December 2017

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Joan Jonas To Be Given Major Tate Modern Survey Next March

Tate Modern will be presenting the largest survey of Joan Jonas’s work in the UK, in March 2018.

14 December 2017

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Danny Boyle Joins Banksy To Produce Alternative West Bank Nativity Play

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.

13 December 2017

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Landseer Monarch of the Glen Voted Art fund’s Favourite Acquisition 2017

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

SUPERFLEX Move Outdoors As Tate Modern Prepares For Arctic Conditions

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.

11 December 2017

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Artist Anthea Hamilton To Undertake 2018 Tate Britain Commission

Tate Britain has announced Anthea Hamilton as the next artist to undertake the Tate Britain Commission.

11 December 2017

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Art Basel Miami Beach What The Dealers Said – 2017 Round-Up

Art Basel in Miami Beach now in its 16th edition closed with buoyant sales across the board.

10 December 2017

Pantone Ultra Violet Unveiled As Official Color of the Year 2018

Pantone, providers of the official professional colour language, has announced PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet, as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018.

10 December 2017

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Art Collecting Beyond Investment A Legacy Of Love – New Report

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.

6 December 2017

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Abu Dhabi Identified As Buyer Of $450m Da Vinci Salvator Mundi

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.

6 December 2017

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Intersex Denier Mary Beard Issues One Word Apology To Non-Binary Hunger Striker

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.

5 December 2017

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Help Refugees: Auction Unites A-List Artists To Help Raise Funds

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. 

4 December 2017

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Tobias Rehberger To Unveil New Light Installation In Gasholders Kings X

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.

4 December 2017

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Art Basel Parent Company MCH Buys Masterpiece London In Takeover Deal

MCH Group which owns and operates Art Basel has acquired a majority shareholding in Masterpiece London.

3 December 2017

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DCMS Reports £92bn Sector Bonanza For Creative Industries, Digital and Sport

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)

2 December 2017

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Bill Gates To Loan Da Vinci Leicester Codex To Uffizi Gallery

The Leicester Codex by Leonardo da Vinci will be loaned to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence for the first time in 20 years.

30 November 2017

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Eduardo Chillida Estate To Be Handled By Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth have announced worldwide exclusive representation of The Estate of Eduardo Chillida, Spain’s foremost sculptor of the twentieth century.

30 November 2017

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Tracey Emin Unveils Artist Decorated Connaught Christmas Tree 2017

The Connaught Christmas Tree is rapidly becoming an art community tradition in London.

Guide Miami Beach Art Week 2017 Plus Satellite Fairs And Museums

The week of Miami Beach Art Basel has become a major event for Miami and the global art pack.

28 November 2017

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UK Artists Getting Poorer As 82% Earn Less Than £10,000 PA

A new report out today shows that UK emerging and mid-career artists are getting poorer: 82% now earn less than £10,000 a year. Artfinder who produced the study, shows an increase in the percentage of artists earning less than £10,000 a year, up from 72% in 2013 to 82%. It’s also worse for women – with 83.6% earning under £10,000 (from 98% of respondents who stated gender).

28 November 2017

Naum Gabo Sculpture Donated To Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art

An important 20th-century sculpture made from glass, perspex and stainless steel by the Russian artist Naum Gabo (1890-1977) has been acquired by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, thanks to the generosity of the artist’s family. The work has been gifted through the Arts Council’s Cultural Gifts Scheme by Graham Williams on behalf of himself and his wife, the artist’s daughter Nina Williams.

27 November 2017

Britain Stripped Of Hosting European Capital Of Culture In 2023

Britain has been stripped of hosting the European Capital of Culture in 2023

25 November 2017

Unattributed Lucas Cranach the Elder Masterpiece Found At Windsor Castle

Unattributed Lucas Cranach the Elder Masterpiece Found At Windsor Castle A newly attributed masterpiece by the German painter Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553) and his workshop has been discovered in the Queen’s Collection at Windsor Castle.

23 November 2017

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ParisPhoto 2017 Ebbs And Flows – by Zoltan Alexander

The Grand Palais always starts with the Mini Palais, the hidden corner café-bar-restaurant filled with friends, collectors, art lovers and the media.

23 November 2017

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Bloomberg New Contemporaries Leaves ICA Home For Block 336 In Brixton

Bloomberg New Contemporaries is to leave its home at the ICA London for Block 336 in Brixton.

22 November 2017

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Peggy and David Rockefeller Auction Revealed In Hong Kong Exhibition

Highlights from what many have dubbed the sale to watch in 2018, the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller has been revealed by Christie’s.

22 November 2017

Salvador Dalí Mae West Lips Sofa Arts Minister Places Temporary Export Bar

John Glen the UK’s Arts Minister has placed a temporary export bar on an iconic Salvador Dalí and Edward James designed sofa known as ‘Mae West Lips’.

20 November 2017

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Why Tintin illustrations by Politically Controversial Hergé Break the £1m Mark

Last week, an India ink drawing of Tintin and his dog Snowy sold for almost $500,000 (£380,000) at auction in Paris.

19 November 2017

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London Art Fair 2018 Marks 30th Anniversary With Milestone Curated Exhibition

The 30th Anniversary of the London Art Fair 2018 will be marked with a wide range of leading British and international galleries.

17 November 2017

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Da Vinci Buyer: The Collector Behind The World’s Most Expensive Painting

Speculation is rife following the $450.3m sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvatore Mundi. The painting, sold at Christie’s New York salesroom this week has become the most expensive work of art sold at auction to date.