24 April 2015

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Francis Bacon: Sketching And The Skeleton In The Cupboard

I remember viewing the exhibition ‘Francis Bacon: Working on Paper’, at Tate Britain in February 1999 with some scepticism. Bacon claimed that he never did preparatory work, didn’t draw, or make sketches before beginning work on one of his visceral creations. I really believed that these alleged snippets into Bacon’s apparently illicit practice of sketching […]

22 April 2015

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Artnapping: Should Museums Pay The Ransom Or Lose The Art?

In 2013 Van Buuren Museum, Brussels, suffered a robbery in which several works of art were stolen from its collection; including ‘The Thinker’ (1907) by Dutch painter Kees van Dongen, estimated at a replacement value of €1.2 million, or over £861,000. Other works stolen in this audacious and swift art heist included a painting by […]

10 April 2015

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Tate’s Chris Dercon Rumoured Resignation NPG’s Sandy Nairne Bows Out

Artlyst is not normally one for conspiracy theories, but we have noticed an alarming trend with the seeming exodus of London’s leading museum directors. This includes the resignation of Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, Dr. Nicolas Penny retiring from the National Gallery, and Director Penelope Curtis resigning from Tate Britain – everyone […]

1 April 2015

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Rembrandt vs Damien Hirst The Art And The Ego

Rembrandt, unlike Vermeer who made extraordinary universes out of small rooms in the provincial town of Delft, needed to leave his native Leiden for Amsterdam in order to drape his sitters in exotic costumes and enjoy the worldly benefits that his remarkable talent afforded him. Slowly, from clean, crisp portraits and history paintings, atmosphere crept […]

25 March 2015

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New Copyright Law Threatening To Put Artists And Publishers Behind Bars Is An Act Of Censorship

In light of recent decisions in the courts regarding the appropriation and use of images in works of art, that saw the Belgian artist Luc Tuymans found guilty of copyright infringement – after losing a legal battle in his home country over the alleged plagiarism concerning a portrait the artist created in 2011 – and […]

16 March 2015

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Gustave Courbet Case: Facebook Revises Rules Over Banned Content

Facebook has unveiled a revised and extended version of its “community standards” – the rule book through which the company governs what is acceptable material uploaded to the site by its 1.4 billion users; expanding the categories that it deems as unacceptable content, further clarifying what regular users worldwide are NOT allowed to upload and […]

11 March 2015

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Is Damien Hirst Recruiting Photo-realist Painters To Boost His Flagging Paintings?

Damien Hirst’s company Science UK LTD, has placed an advert for photo-realist painters. The ad, posted on the Jobs section of the Guardian, lists the following requirements for any applicant: “Experience of working with oil paint necessary, good colour matching skills, and attention to detail are essential for this position. Candidates must have a BA […]

4 March 2015

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New UK Public Artworks Under Threat After The Demise Of The Paolozzi Arches

After the recent revelation that the iconic Eduardo Paolozzi mosaic arches at Tottenham Court Road station, were not destroyed by Transport for London, but in fact covertly spirited away to a storage facility in Norfolk – an act of seeming subterfuge, potentially allowing TFL the freedom to sell the work without the prying eyes of […]

3 March 2015

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Eduardo Paolozzi Mosaic Arches Were Not Destroyed By TFL, But Stored

After the recent seeming destruction of the iconic Eduardo Paolozzi mosaic arches at Tottenham Court Road station, by Transport for London – an act that Artlyst believed to be one of the greatest acts of cultural vandalism in recent memory – It would now appear that the iconic work was in fact removed to a […]

27 February 2015

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Art Museums Miss Out As Culture Secretary Announces £3m In Grants

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today, while visiting the Canal & River Trust’s Gloucester Waterways Museum that 25 museums across the length and breadth of England will benefit from grants worth £3 million. Only five of these institutions are Art Museums which include the V&A, Ashmolean, National Museums Liverpool, Wave Wolverhampton and The Birmingham Museum […]

12 February 2015

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Damien Hirst Celebrates Valentine’s Day But It Breaks Our Hearts

Damien Hirst is celebrating Valentine’s Day in the form of a pop-up exhibition at Paul Stolper, presenting LOVE, an exhibition of prints and sculptural editions by the artist. The exhibition will run over Valentine’s Day, and focuses exclusively on the theme of love. The exhibition includes ‘LOVE Gold’, a portfolio of love-heart prints, each foil […]

10 February 2015

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TFL Paolozzi Destruction And Public Art: Who Should Make Decisions Of Cultural Relevancy?

With the recent destruction of the iconic Eduardo Paolozzi mosaic arches at Tottenham Court Road tube station, that Artlyst considers to be one of the worst acts of cultural vandalism in recent memory – having occurred despite public protests and a petition from groups and the 20th Century Society, which attracted nearly 8000 signatures, TFL […]

3 February 2015

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TFL Demolishes £100,000 Eduardo Paolozzi Mosaic Arches At Tottenham Court Station

Transport for London has demolished the iconic Eduardo Paolozzi mosaic arches at Tottenham Court Road station in one of the biggest acts of cultural vandalism in recent memory. Despite public protests and a petition from groups and the 20th Century Society, which attracted nearly 8000 signatures, TFL has now confirmed that three of the four […]

26 January 2015

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Professionals Scrutinise The Art World’s Shady Dealings

Regulation is needed in the global art market because it is vulnerable to money laundering, tax evasion, trading on inside information and price manipulation – as reported by the Financial Times blog after an FT Weekend lunch in Davos. It is indeed not much of an exaggeration to state that the art world is the […]

17 January 2015

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Labour Policy For The Arts As Bad As Conservatives Tweet Reveals

Labour has come under fire after a message was tweeted by the party confirming that it would uphold the £180m slashed from the Arts Council budget by the Tories. They stated that the party would not reverse Tory cuts to culture spending if it wins the general election. David Cameron’s government claimed on Monday that […]

13 January 2015

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BBC Broadcasts Cover Of Charlie Hebdo Depicting Cartoon Of Prophet Muhammad

Warning: This Article Does Not contain An image Of The Prophet Muhammad. Some Of You May Find This Offensive. The BBC’s Newsnight which was broadcast after the 10 o’clock news last night, briefly showed a copy of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo, which displays a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad on the cover. It […]

1 January 2015

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Visual Arts Snubbed In 2015 New Year Honours List

It is truly astounding that not one noted British visual artist has been presented with an order of chivalry in this year’s New Year Honours List. An MBE however was awarded to the ceramicist Paul Cummins, along with Tom Piper a theatre designer for creating the Poppy Field, at the Tower of London, commemorating the […]

28 December 2014

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Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill – Painters: Who Was The Better Artist?

With the former US President George W. Bush admitting that he may not be “a great painter” – yet still exhibiting more than 24 portraits of world leaders that he met while president at his presidential library in Dallas, and continuing to make headlines for his new-found love of painting, even though – or perhaps […]

11 December 2014

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Give Elgin Marbles Back: British Public Support Dwindles To 25%

The Elgin Marbles, also known as the Parthenon Marbles, which were scrubbed clean, whitened and preserved by the British Museum have created long standing international controversy. The question of whether or not the surviving sculptures from the Parthenon should now be given back to Greece, has been the subject of public discussion for decades. The […]

9 December 2014

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Helly Nahmad: Early Prison Release Sparks Outcry Of Two Tier Justice System

The New York art dealer Helly Nahmad has been released from prison after spending only five months of his one-year and one-day sentence. He was arrested and tried for operating an illegal gambling ring, with Russian gangsters, potentially worth millions, from his New York apartment, located in Trump Tower. In 2013, Nahmad, 36, pleaded guilty […]

9 November 2014

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BBC Incompetence As Television Centre Memorabilia Goes For A Song

The BBC have been criticised for not properly promoting a series of auctions of memorabilia, from Television Centre, the last of which raised only £100,000.  The under publicised sale sold valuable Studio signs and backdrops in the auction, alongside large items such as industrial washing machines and a cherry-picker lorry. Television Centre was built in […]

15 October 2014

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Artlyst Power 100: 2014 Alternative Art Power List revealed

Each October during Frieze Week, Artlyst releases the Art PowerLyst, the alternative to ArtReview’s Power 100. Many think that AR’s list is erroneous and tired, with a criteria based on ‘sheer financial clout.’ It is dominated by commercial gallery owners, big-buck artists, and misguided auctioneers. The ArtLyst editorial staff believe that achievement should not be […]