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:

28 December 2016

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Berlin Exhibition Of Western Modern Art From Tehran Museum Cancelled

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.

27 December 2016

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Pantone Colour Of The Year Greenery Set To Grow On Us

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.

26 December 2016

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Julian Opie To Hold First Major Chinese Solo Exhibition In Shanghai

The first major Chinese solo exhibition by British artist Julian Opie in collaboration with Fosun Foundation is to be presented in March 2017.

23 December 2016

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Young Gods Celebrates Tenth Curated Exhibition Fresh From London Art Schools

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!

22 December 2016

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Entangled Puts 40 International Female Artists On Display At Turner Contemporary

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.

21 December 2016

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Patti Smith To Exhibit Alongside Vanessa Bell In Dulwich Picture Gallery Display

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.

20 December 2016

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Art Gallery Assassination of Russian Ambassador Prompts Kremlin To Heighten Security

The Contemporary Arts Center in Turkey’s capital Ankara was the scene of an extremist attack, which killed the Russian Ambassador to the country.

20 December 2016

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Condo The Art Fair Alternative Announce Second Collaborative Edition January 2017

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.

19 December 2016

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David Hockney To Be Given Permanent Gallery In Birthplace Bradford

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.

19 December 2016

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Emily Riddle Announced As Winner of Whitechapel NEON Curatorial Award

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.

19 December 2016

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Sandra Blow Pioneering English Abstract Painter New Fine Arts Society Exhibition

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.

19 December 2016

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Murphy House Edinburgh Wins RIBA House Of The Year Architecture Award

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).

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 .