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
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.
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:
A planned Berlin exhibition of Western Modern Art from the collection of the Tehran museum has been cancelled. The paintings were collected by the wife of Iran’s late shah and featured masterpieces by Monet, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. It is thought to be one of the largest and most valuable collections of Western contemporary art in the world. The works of art have spent decades hidden away in storage, in the Iranian capital Tehran.
Pantone has released its Colour of the Year for 2017 and it’s a lush shade of green called Greenery! The hue is known officially as 15-0343 TCX Greenery is set to grow on all of us (no pun intended) with an estimated product range amounting to thousands of items from electrical goods to clothing.
The first major Chinese solo exhibition by British artist Julian Opie in collaboration with Fosun Foundation is to be presented in March 2017.
The tenth edition of Young Gods, curated by Zavier Ellis, which opens at CHARLIE SMITH LONDON on 13 January is always an important exhibition to visit if you want to continue to have your ear to the ground!
Turner Contemporary puts making and materiality centre stage in a new exhibition. Entangled: Threads & Making is a major exhibition of sculpture, installation, tapestry, textiles and jewellery from the early 20th century to the present day.
The first photography display bringing together work by the British modern artist, Vanessa Bell and the American poet, musician, writer and artist, Patti Smith will go on exhibit at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in February 2017.
The Contemporary Arts Center in Turkey’s capital Ankara was the scene of an extremist attack, which killed the Russian Ambassador to the country.
The second edition of Condo — a collaborative exhibition led by Vanessa Carlos of Carlos/Ishikawa gallery opens in London on 14 January. The project allows new emerging international galleries exposure in the capital, without the high cost of taking a stand at one of the big art fairs.
To mark his 80th birthday, David Hockney will be honoured with a permanent gallery dedicated to his work by his hometown of Bradford. Cartwright Hall will become The David Hockney Gallery located in the city centre.
The Whitechapel Gallery has announced Emily Riddle as the winner of the 2016 NEON Curatorial Award. The NEON Curatorial Award was established in 2012 to champion curatorial excellence and is part of an ongoing partnership between the Whitechapel Gallery and NEON, a non-profit organisation in Athens.
Eleven large- scale canvases by the English abstract painter Sandra Blow RA (1925-2006) will be the subject of an exhibition at The Fine Art Society in London. Spanning a period of almost 30 years, the show will include a number of works which have never been exhibited before.
The Murphy House in Edinburgh by Richard Murphy Architects has been voted the 2016 RIBA House of the Year. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced the award yesterday (Thursday 15 December 2016).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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!
The Irish-born British artist Michael Craig-Martin has been awarded his Knighthood by Prince William (The Duke Of Cambridge .