18 January 2017

London’s Future As Global Art Hub Depends On EU Free Movement

In a survey taken by the exhibitors at the London Art Fair 2017, 49% believe ensuring free movement of people and goods within the EU is the most important thing.

18 January 2017

Russian Political Performance Artist Pavlensky Applies For Asylum In France

The Russian performance artist Petr Pavlensky best known for nailing his scrotum to Red Square and his partner have fled the country after being accused of “violent actions of a sexual nature”

17 January 2017

Maria Balshaw ‘Tremendously Excited’ To Be Confirmed As New Tate Director

Maria Balshaw has been confirmed as the new Director of Tate. She is currently Director of the Whitworth (University of Manchester) and Manchester City Galleries, and Director of Culture for Manchester City Council

17 January 2017

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Spanish Pavilion At 1937 Paris Exposition Inspires New London Exhibition

An exhibition inspired by the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, commemorating 80 years since its inauguration is presented by London’s Mayoral gallery. The original Pavilion marked a crucial moment during the Spanish Civil War (17 July 1936 – 1 April 1939), with the Spanish Republic using it as […]

16 January 2017

Wildenstein Tax Fraud Acquittal To Be Appealed By French Authorities

The French government are gunning for a conviction in the Guy Wildenstein case and are now appealing against an earlier ruling this week to acquit the scoundrel and seven others of tax fraud charges.

15 January 2017

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The Christian Science Connection Within The British Modern Art Movement

Christian Science does not explain the work of Nash and Nicolson just as surely as their work does not illustrate Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

15 January 2017

Cool Britannia Zaha Hadid’s Brit Awards Trophy Unveiled In 3D

The Brit Awards trophy design is always a highly anticipated event by the press and public, as it is usually designed by a well-known artist or industry creative. This year is no exception but usually, the artist is living. The 2017 edition has been designed by the late Iraqi-born British architect Dame Zaha Hadid, who died suddenly last March aged 65 of a heart attack while visiting Florida.

14 January 2017

Rem Koolhaas Design For Manchester’s Factory Arts Centre Gets Planning Approval

Designs for Manchester’s £110m Factory arts venue have been approved and will now go to the next stage of realisation. The Rem Koolhaas design will transform a former warehouse into a global quality multi-purpose venue. Housing two performance spaces – a theatre and a warehouse area for art, performance, and video.

13 January 2017

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Photographer Lord Snowdon Husband Of Princess Margaret Dies Age 86

Lord Snowdon the Royal photographer who was married to Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, from 1960 to 1978 has died age 87.

13 January 2017

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Maria Balshaw: What’s A Great Contemporary Art Museum Without A Living Shaman

When Maria Balshaw takes over from Sir Nicolas Serota at Tate (not yet officially confirmed as I write this, but a racing certainty), she takes over an empire that seems to be in excellent health.

13 January 2017

MP Tristram Hunt Quits Labour To Become New V&A Museum Director

The Labour MP, and former shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt is to be the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new director, The unexpected appointment will trigger a by-election in Hunt’s constituency of Stoke-on-Trent Central.

12 January 2017

Billionaire Art Dealer Guy Wildenstein Cleared Of Tax Fraud In Paris

The billionaire art dealer Guy Wildenstein, has been cleared of tax fraud and money laundering in a Paris criminal court today (12 January).

12 January 2017

Frieze New York Announces Edition Six For Randall Island Park

Frieze New York has announced the sixth edition of this international art fair held at Randall’s Island Park from May 5–7, 2017. The event brings together more than 190 galleries from 30 countries, showcasing an unparalleled program of ambitious presentations by today’s most significant international artists

11 January 2017

Andrew Salgado Talks Painting Ahead Of His Forthcoming London Survey Exhibition

ANDREW SALGADO (b.1982, Canada) is one of the most promising young figurative painters working today. His forthcoming solo exhibition TEN is a survey of his work at The Canadian High Commission, Trafalgar Square, London. The show opens this week (Jan-Feb 2017) an artist monograph of the same name accompanies the show. – Interview

11 January 2017

Maria Balshaw To Replace Nicholas Serota As New Director Of Tate

Maria Balshaw the Director of the award-winning Whitworth Gallery and Manchester City Galleries is to be appointed Director of Tate. She will succeed Sir Nicholas Serota, for one of the most powerful jobs in the international museum world.

10 January 2017

Nan Goldin and Marina Abramovic Turn The Camera To Women

Photography and video works drawn from the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. go on display at the Whitechapel Gallery 18 January -16 April.

10 January 2017

Hollyweed Artist Zachary Cole Fernandez Charged With Trespass Misdemeanour

Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, the artist known as “Jesus Hands has been booked on a misdemeanor charge for the alteration of the iconic Hollywood sign

9 January 2017

FIAC And Paris Photo: Grand Palais Will Continue Hosting Until 2020

FIAC and Paris Photo have announced that the next four editions of the fairs (2017 – 2020) will take place at the Grand Palais.

9 January 2017

Tate Announces Open Art School Exchange Associates Programme

Tate Exchange Associates which includes organisations from the arts, health, education and the charitable sectors invites the public to collaborate on an unprecedented scale in a free, ground-breaking new programme at Tate Modern, from 9 January 2017.

7 January 2017

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John Baldessari Explores Correlations Between Modern Art History and Hollywood film

Throughout his career, John Baldessari has explored the correlations and contrasts between painting and photography, and between image and language. Beginning with his early text and photo-text paintings from the 1960s, he has explored these dichotomies through hybrid compositions of photography, text and painted images.

7 January 2017

Paris Museums Suffer As Terrorism Scares Off Foreign Tourists In 2016

The most popular galleries in Paris have seen a steep decline in foreign visitors in 2016. This has been blamed on the terrorist attacks in the city in 2015 and Islamic incidents in other parts of France. The Louvre dropped by a whopping 20% to 5.3 million with the Musee d’Orsay’s down 13% to three million.

6 January 2017

John Baldessari BMW Art Car Set For Daytona Debut

John Baldessari’s “Rolling Sculpture” BMW Art Car is to prove itself more than just another over-priced artwork, on the race track of Rolex 24 at DAYTONA, on January 28 and 29, 2017.

5 January 2017

Leonardo Da Vinci Export Ban French Government Declare Drawing National Treasure

The French government has put a temporary export bar on a recently uncovered double-sided drawing by Leonardo da Vinci.

4 January 2017

Unseen Beatles Photographs By David Magnus Unveiled In New Exhibition

The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus’ is a moving documentation of the legendary band’s phenomenal ascent by photographer David Magnus, who bore witness to some of their greatest moments. This exhibition, featuring many previously unseen photographs, is a fascinating and deeply candid insight into The Beatles during a historic occasion taken at the world famous EMI Studio 1 in Abbey Road.

4 January 2017

Facebook Apologises for Banning Renaissance Statue of Neptune in Bologna

A famous classical Renaissance statue of Neptune in Bologna has become the latest banning victim of Facebook’s ludicrous no nudity policy.

3 January 2017

Anish Kapoor Defies Ban And Buys PINK Pigment Over The Counter

Anish Kapoor has hit-back at the ban artist Stuart Semple placed on his purchase of the pigment ‘PINK’. The rivalry started in 2014, when Kapoor bought the exclusive rights to the colour “Vantablack”, developed by tech company Nanosystems, which claims to be the blackest of black pigment available.

2 January 2017

John Berger Artist, Critic And Booker Prize Winner Dies Age 90

The artist, critic, poet, and Booker prize-winning author John Berger has died age 90. Best known in art circles for his essay of art criticism, ‘Ways of Seeing’, it accompanied a popular BBC series and is still used as a university text. Berger was a novelist, painter, and poet. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize.

2 January 2017

The Millennial Death Of Conceptual Art By Edward Lucie-Smith

Edward Lucie-Smith discusses the relevance of Conceptual Art in the millennial age.

1 January 2017

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Annibale Carracci Baroque Portrait Of Elegantly Dressed African Woman Discovered

An extremely rare portrait from the late 16th century by the renowned Italian Baroque artist Annibale Carracci (1560-1609), which belonged to King Philip V of Spain and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, has been discovered following extensive research by, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art gallery in London.

31 December 2016

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New Year’s Honours List Recognises Chris Ofili Patrick Brill and Ryan Gander

The 2017 New Years Honours list has given a resounding seal of approval to the Visual Arts this year. The List has reflected the contribution the Visual Arts sector has undertaken and its considerable cultural accomplishments. Artists Chris Ofili CBE, Patrick Brill OBE (AKA Bob & Roberta Smith) and Ryan Gander OBE were honoured with these noblest accolades.

30 December 2016

Da Vinci’s Ermine Lady And Other Masterpieces Donated To The Polish Nation

Poland’s Czartoryski collection that includes Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine and Rembrandt’s Landscape with the Good Samaritan sold to Polish Government for a fraction of the market value.

29 December 2016

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Crashproof: The Resilient Art World As Artlyst Saw It In 2016

Oh, what a year 2016 has been! Many of us won’t be sorry to see the end of it, although not to be overly pessimistic, 2017 will certainly have its challenges with both the Brexit economy and the new US President. Yes, the one with the bad haircut! On the Art front there was plenty to keep us entertained, amused and informed and here are the year’s highs and lows: