19 August 2018

BP Portrait Award 2018 Following No Particular Path – Edward Lucie-Smith

The BP Portrait Award 2018 currently at the National Portrait Gallery offers interesting parallels with the London Open 2018 on view at Whitechapel.

31 July 2018

Cindy Sherman: Major UK Retrospective Announced By NPG

Cindy Sherman’s groundbreaking series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80, is to go on public display for the first time in the UK, in a major new retrospective of the artist’s work at the National Portrait Gallery

17 March 2018

Tacita Dean’s Triple Header Implicit Nostalgia And History – Sue Hubbard

Film is Tacita Dean’s medium. Not that catch-all of so many contemporary artists, video, but analogue film with all its implicit nostalgia and history. Although Tacita Dean emerged in the 90s, at the height of conceptualism, she’s always been essentially a Romantic.

18 February 2018

Erdem Fashion Brand Closes National Portrait Gallery For Runway Show

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) London will be closed to the public on Monday (19 February) due to a runway show, sponsored by the Erdem fashion label. The event is part of London Fashion Week 15 – 20 February. The full day hiatus is uncommon for a gallery that receives public funding. “The gallery is […]

16 February 2018

Duchess Of Cambridge Curates Victorian Photos At NPG

The Duchess Of Cambridge has agreed to select Victorian photographs from an upcoming exhibition at the NPG, as part of a Patron’s trail.

29 January 2018

Rebel Women: Suffragette Centenary Celebrated At National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery will exhibit a portrait slashed with a butcher’s cleaver by a suffragette for the first time in over twenty years.

24 August 2017

Victorian Photography Pioneers Explored In New NPG Exhibition

An exhibition of work by four of the most celebrated Victorian art photographers is to open at The National Portrait Gallery in London.

19 April 2017

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BP Portrait Award Unveils Three Shortlisted Artists For 2017 Competition

The BP Portrait Award 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, has announced the three short-listed artists for this year’s competition.

13 April 2017

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Tracey Emin Death Mask Purchased For £67k By National Portrait Gallery

Death Mask’ by artist Tracey Emin, has been purchased by The National Portrait Gallery in London, it was announced today,

11 April 2016

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Major Picasso Portrait Exhibition Announced By London’s National Portrait Gallery

London’s National Portrait Gallery has announced a major exhibition of portraits by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) opening this October. All phases of the artist’s career will be represented, from the realist portraits of his boyhood to the more gestural canvases of his old age. It is the first large-scale exhibition devoted to his portraiture since Picasso and Portraiture at the […]

28 May 2015

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee Inventor of the World Wide Web Honoured With Statue

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a newly commissioned portrait of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web,  The painted bronze sculpture, by artist Sean Henry, shows Berners-Lee standing at two-thirds life-size on a tall plinth, carrying the leather rucksack in which he keeps his laptop. Apart from photographs, it is the computer scientist’s […]

14 May 2015

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Alberto Giacometti Portraits Exhibition Announced For National Portrait Gallery London

An exhibition of portraits by Alberto Giacometti is to open at the National Portrait Gallery in London this autumn. The first ever exhibition solely to consist of portraits by the artist was announced only hours after a sculpture of the Swiss artist sold for tens of millions of dollars at an Christie’s in New York, making him the […]

24 April 2015

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Director Chris Dercon: To Leave Tate Modern To Run Prestigious Theatre

Artlyst had previously 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 seems to be jumping ship just before a […]

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 […]

17 March 2015

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Grayson Perry Attracts Record Visitors At National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

Artist Grayson Perry’s exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery has attracted record visitors. A quarter of a million people came to see new works in a free display. In total, 850,000 visitors to the National Portrait Gallery are thought to have seen at least one new work by the artist as part of a gallery-wide […]

2 December 2014

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Audrey Hepburn Explored In New Photography Exhibition At National Portrait Gallery

The exquisite Audrey Hepburn, will be the subject of a new photography exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in July 2015, it was announced today (Tuesday 2 December 2014). Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of Hepburn’s little known career-changing performance at renowned West End night clubCiro’s, in the space now occupied by the Gallery’s […]

30 September 2014

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John Singer Sargent Blockbuster For National Portrait Gallery This February

The National Portrait Gallery will stage a major exhibition in 2015 of works by one of the world’s most celebrated portrait painters, John Singer Sargent. Organised in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the exhibition will bring together, for the first time, a collection of the artist’s intimate and informal portraits […]

26 September 2014

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Lord Snowdon Photographs Go On Display At National Portrait Gallery

An important display of portraits by Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones AKA Lord Snowdon from the 1950s to the 1990s has opened at the National Portrait Gallery, London, it was announced today, Friday 26 September, 2014. The display includes portraits from his recently announced gift, one of the largest in its history, of 130 original prints to […]

20 August 2014

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BP Portrait Award To Accept Digital Entries For 2015 Competition

London’s BP Portrait Award will be accepting digital entries for the 2015 event, at The National Portrait Gallery. As one of the world’s most prestigious art competitions, making it quicker and easier for artists from across the globe to submit their work has become a priority. They follow in the footsteps of the Royal Academy […]

24 July 2014

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Christabel Pankhurst: Leading Suffragette Portrait Acquired By NPG

A portrait of Christabel Pankhurst, one of the leading Suffragettes, has gone on public display for the first time in eighty years, the National Portrait Gallery announced today, Thursday 24 July. The portrait accompanies a new display of photographs and archive material marking 100 years since the campaigners staged their final and most violent protests, […]

15 July 2014

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Lord Snowdon Gifts 130 Of His Most Iconic Images To The NPG

Lord Snowdon/ Antony Armstrong-Jones has given 130 original prints of some of his most iconic photographs to the National Portrait Gallery, London, one of its largest gifts, it time in an important display this autumn. Coinciding with a new monograph published by Rizzoli, Snowdon: A Life in View (26 Sep 2014-21 Jun 2015), will highlight studio […]

20 March 2014

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Nicky Philipps Portrait Of Falklands Veteran Simon Weston Unveiled At NPG

A painted portrait of Falklands War veteran Simon Weston by the artist Nicky Philipps has been ubveiled at The National Portrait Gallery. It was a joint venture between BBC today and the NPG. Weston was voted last September by viewers of BBC’s The One Show as the public figure who most deserved to have his […]

6 March 2014

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Hampstead Village People: Portraits of Local Cultural Icons

The National Trust, as part of its programme of New Art in London, is staging a photographic exhibition in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery at Hampstead’s historic Fenton House. Fenton House, a 17th century merchant’s house, is a hidden gem in London with spectacular views over the city and a beautifully laid out garden.  […]

13 August 2013

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Bob Carlos Clarke Celebrity Portraits Donated To The National Portrait Gallery

An impressive selection of rarely seen celebrity portraits by renowned photographer Bob Carlos Clarke have been donated to the National Portrait Gallery collection by the Bob Carlos Clarke Foundation, it was announced today (Tuesday 13 August 2013). The photographs, which were taken in various locations between 1971 and 1998, include portraits of high profile figures such […]

31 July 2013

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Damien Hirst Gets Pickled In Formaldehyde For National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

Damien Hirst will feature in a central display of artwork by Jonathan Yeo at the National Portrait Gallery in September. A major newly painted portrait of the contemporary artist shows him sitting in a chair with a gas mask on his lap, in a composition which references Francis Bacon and plonks him inside one his […]

17 May 2013

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Call for Entries 2013

The National Portrait Gallery, London, is delighted to announce the Call for Entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013, a major international photographic award. Entry forms are now available and the closing date for entries is Monday 8 July 2013. To enter, visit www.npg.org.uk/photoprize and complete the online application form. The Taylor Wessing Photographic […]

9 April 2013

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Dame Maggie Smith Immortalised At National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has unveiled its most recent commissioned portrait, a painting of Dame Maggie Smith by the artist James Lloyd, it was announced today, Tuesday 9 April 2013. It was commissioned by the Gallery with the support of J. P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions. The large (six feet by three) […]

20 December 2012

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Epilepsy Portraits By Susan Aldworth To Be Displayed At NPG

The National Portrait Gallery, London has announced that a display of contemporary portraits by artist Susan Aldworth depicting sitters with epilepsy will go on show in March 2013. The National Portrait Gallery, London aims to increase the appreciation andunderstanding of contemporary forms of portraiture. Aldworth’s monochrome, multi-image works are made by using a printmaking technique […]

22 November 2012

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GEORGE CATLIN NATIVE AMERICAN PAINTINGS AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The National Portrait Gallery announced today The first major exhibition of George Catlin portraits to be held in Europe since 1840. This is one of the most important records of indigenous peoples ever made. It includes over 60 exhibits – including paintings, manuscripts and illustrated books.Iconic native American portraits by the US artist George Catlin […]

3 July 2012

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NPG PRESENTS DOUBLE TAKE VERSIONS AND COPIES OF TUDOR PORTRAITS

Five pairs of nearly identical Tudor portraits have been brought together in a new display at the National Portrait Gallery. The display will explore how and why duplicates and copies of portraits were made in the sixteenth century. Portraits from the Gallery’s Collection of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Archbishop William Warham, the merchant Thomas Gresham […]

6 June 2012

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National Portrait Gallery Acquires 18th Century Transvestite Portrait

The LGBT community is thrilled at the NPG London’s acquisition of a painted portrait of a male transvestite. The subject dressed in women’s clothing was painted in 1792, it depicts Britain’s first celebrated male cross-dresser. Lost since 1926, this painting of the Chevalier d’Eon, an eighteenth-century diplomat, is on show at the Gallery for the […]

17 May 2012

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The Queen A Diamond Jubilee Survey At The NPG

Warhol, Richter and ‘God Save’ Jamie Reid depict Queen Elizabeth II Opening today, to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee, is the exhibition The Queen: Art and Image at the National Portrait Gallery. This touring exhibition has already been shown at major art institutions across the UK, in Edinburgh, Belfast, and Cardiff, but joins us now […]