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21 January 2021

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Trump Pardons Gambling Gallerist Helly Nahmad – Art Basel Postpones Flagship Fair Again – Stolen Salvator Mundi Recovered

Less than 24 hours before leaving office Donald Trump granted pardons to dozens of convicted criminals including the gallerist Helly Nahmad.

19 January 2021

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Trump Baby Blimp Acquired By Museum of London – Public Monument Removal Just Got Harder – Nicholas Serota Reappointed ACE Chair

Trump Baby Blimp Acquired By Museum of London - Public Monument Removal Just Got Harder - Nicholas Serota Reappointed ACE Chair

14 January 2021

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Dasha Zhukova Buys Back Garage Magazine – Cornelius Gurlitt Hoard Remains Untraceable – Met Museum Launches Free Augmented Reality Tour

Dasha Zhukova Buys Back Garage Magazine - Cornelius Gurlitt Hoard Remains Untraceable - Met Museum Launches Free Augmented Reality Tour

13 January 2021

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Ben Uri Gallery Goes Digital To Survive – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Ben Uri Gallery in London has just come up with a new operation model, better suited to the needs of relatively small outfits,...

9 January 2021

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Louvre’s 72% Visitor Drop – Wildenstein Family Back In Court – Richard Serra’s Qatar Sculpture Defaced

Louvre's 72% Visitor Drop - Wildenstein Family Back In Court - Richard Serra's Qatar Sculpture Defaced

5 January 2021

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George Rickey: 40 year Saga Of Glasgow’s Lost £1m Sculpture – Clare Henry

I first met the well known American kinetic sculptor George Rickey in 1982. In celebration of his 75th birthday. The Scottish Sculpture Trust led...

5 January 2021

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Yinka Shonibare Receives Art Icon Award – Patti Smith’s Poem To Greta Thunberg – Artist’s Resale Rights Post Brexit

Yinka Shonibare Receives Art Icon Award - Patti Smith's Poem To Greta Thunberg - Artist's Resale Rights Post Brexit

2 January 2021

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Art Industry Deaths 2020 – In Memoriam – Artlyst

In Memoriam Art Industry Deaths. Here is a roundup to honour the artists, curators and designers that passed away in 2020.

30 December 2020

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Artist Christopher Le Brun Knighted In New Year’s Honours List 2021

Christopher Le Brun, (born 1951) artist and former president of the Royal Academy (PRA) has been Knighted in the New Year's Honours List. Other...

28 December 2020

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Art Critic Barbara Rose Dies – Damien Hirst’s Personal Instagram Tour – 2020 Cultural Gifts Scheme Revealed

Art Critic Barbara Rose Dies - Damien Hirst's Personal Instagram Tour - 2020 Cultural Gifts Scheme Revealed

21 December 2020

How Corporate! Hockney Hires Managing Director – Sotheby’s Out Performs Christie’s in 2020 – Mega* Barbara Streisand Buys A $4.5m Van Gogh 

How Corporate! Hockney Hires Managing Director - Sotheby's Out Performs Christie's in 2020 - Mega* Barbara Streisand Buys A $4.5m Van Gogh 

12 December 2020

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Is Banksy William Hogarth’s Successor? – Edward Lucie-Smith

The appearance of a new Banksy graffito in Bristol more or less confirms his position as the genuine top dog in the current British...

10 December 2020

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Pantone 2021 Colours Of The Year – Rijksmuseum Slavery Exhibition Unveiled – ICA Set To Re-Boot

Pantone 2021 Colours Of The Year - Rijksmuseum Slavery Exhibition - ICA Set To Re-Boot

6 December 2020

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Tate Cuts Staff – James Murdoch Buys Art Basel – Manifesta’s Catalonian Beach Party 

Tate Cuts Staff - James Murdoch Buys Art Basel - Manifesta's Catalonian Beach Party 

1 December 2020

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Art of the Internet Age Takes Center Stage – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has rehung ‘a full third of its collection….the Art of the Internet Age Takes Center Stage

26 November 2020

Liverpool Biennial Programme – Taylor Wessing Prize Winner – Gerry Judah’s Dallas Sculpture

Liverpool Biennial has launched their programme for their 11th Edition happening in spring 2021, running from 20 March – 6 June, with previews held...

24 November 2020

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Fatos Üstek Quits Directorship of Liverpool Biennial – Society of Antiquaries Priced Out Of Mayfair – Xora’s Sleeping Protest Aimed At JK Rowling

Fatos Üstek Quits Directorship of Liverpool Biennial - Society of Antiquaries Priced Out Of Mayfair - Xora's Sleeping Protest Aimed At JK Rowling

23 November 2020

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60% UK Museums Facing Permanent Closure – Banksy vs The Bicycle Thief – Zaha Hadid Estate Settled

Museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK are facing a crisis due to the impact of Covid-19, with six in ten (60%) surveyed...

21 November 2020

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Art Collective Forensic Architecture Analyse The Beirut Port Explosions

Mada Masr invited the art collective Forensic Architecture to examine open-source information, including videos, photographs, and documents to provide a timeline and a precise...

Mary Wollstonecraft: A Lumpen Statue By Maggie Hambling – Sue Hubbard

It's been quite a year for statues. Normally no more than street furniture that no one bothers to look at - old white men...

28 October 2020

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Tracey Emin Reveals Bladder Cancer Surgery Ahead Of RA Show

Tracey Emin, the YBA artist, best known for her Turner Prize-nominated 'Unmade Bed' has revealed that she has been suffering from bladder cancer. Last...

9 October 2020

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Duncan Grant: Bloomsbury Group Artist’s Lost Homo-Erotic Drawings Discovered

A cache of over four hundred homo-erotic drawings by the Bloomsbury artist Duncan Grant has been found decades after experts believed they had been...

6 October 2020

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Philip Guston Postponed: Curator David Anfam Speaks Out – Paul Carter Robinson

On 21 September, a statement quietly appeared on the website of the National Gallery Washington. It announced the postponement, of the "Philip Guston Now"...

Paula Rego Severs Ties With Marlborough And Joins Victoria Miro

The British/Portuguese artist Paula Rego has severed ties with her long-term gallery Marlborough and joined Victoria Miro

29 July 2020

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Public Art Galleries vs Commercial Who Will Win – Edward Lucie-Smith

At the moment there is an undeclared contest going on, both within the British art world and also, on a much larger scale, in...

8 June 2020

Do Tate Galleries Have A Slavery Past?

The Tate issued a statement in 2019 to put to rest talk about the gallery founder and namesake Henry Tate's involvement in slavery.

4 June 2020

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Black Art Matters – Paul Carter Robinson

This is long overdue, but under the worrying circumstances that have dominated the news in the past week, I feel it is essential to...

Christo A Personal Recollection By Marina Vaizey

Over four decades ago I had one of the most exciting experiences of my life – encountering perhaps the most original and innovative artists...

Jerry Kaye - Look good, feel good

Reviews

21 January 2021

Made in USA Ed Ruscha An American Perspective – Revd Jonathan Evens

Ed Ruscha: OKLA at Oklahoma Contemporary is the first exhibition to examine Ruscha's work within the context of those formative years in Oklahoma

14 January 2021

Robert Smithson: The Archetypal Nature Of Things – Revd Jonathan Evens

Robert Smithson explores interests in cartography, geology, architectural ruins, prehistory, philosophy and religion.

17 December 2020

Aliza Nisenbaum: Portraits That Subvert Traditions – Tate Liverpool Alice Lenkiewicz

Aliza Nisenbaum is a painter, living and working in New York. Describing herself as torn between wanting to be a social worker or a...

16 December 2020

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Lets The Paint Tell The Story – James Payne

Fly In League With The Night, at Tate Britain covers Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's work from her graduation in 2003 to the present day, with some...

12 December 2020

Cosmic Patches And Quilts Five Exhibitions – Revd Jonathan Evans

‘Here as in Heaven’ is the title of Ndidi Emefiele’s current exhibition, a body of work representing the artist’s philosophical attempt to understand the...

10 December 2020

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Billy Childish: The Timeless Present – Neugerriemschneider Berlin – Edward Lucie-Smith

Billy Childish has been around a long time. He is not only an artist but a poet and a composer of music.

3 December 2020

Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch Exploring The Inner Self – Edward Lucie-Smith

Tracey Emin is one of the two major survivors from the so-called YBA (Young British Artists) Group that made such a lot of noise...

25 November 2020

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Antony Gormley and Martin Gayford Present Visual Culture Throughout History – Edward Lucie-Smith

The big new Thames & Hudson book Shaping the World, by Antony Gormley and Martin Gayford, turns out to be a good deal better...

3 November 2020

Maggi Hambling: Powerful Often Sinister Paintings – Edward Lucie-Smith

Now in her mid-70s. Maggi Hambling is a senior figure in British art. She doesn’t have much presence abroad

1 November 2020

Zanele Muholi Explores A Black Queer And Trans South Africa – Sue Hubbard

"I am re-writing a Black Queer and Trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our existence, resistance and persistence"...

29 October 2020

JMW Turner: Narrating A Modern World – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

There can be no doubt that the new show devoted to Turner at Tate Britain is a meaty affair. The gallery is fortunate in...

18 October 2020

Bruce Nauman, Damien’s New Show And Painter Mark Edwards – London Autumn Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

In the midst of the chaos in the London art world caused by the current pandemic an artist occasionally shows up who seems serenely...

8 October 2020

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Sin At The National Gallery Dreamsongs Colnaghi – Edward Lucie-Smith

In present circumstances, both public and private galleries have had to think hard about what is practical and within their reach to do. Sometimes...

1 October 2020

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Artemisia Gentileschi Exhibition Opens At London’s National Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition has opened at the National Gallery at long last. It is accompanied by a handsome, fully illustrated hardcover catalogue. The...

30 July 2020

Ai Weiwei A Disturbing History Of Bombs IWM Marina Vaizey

Ai Weiwei IWM: History of Bombs. Little Boy, Fat Man, Daisy Cutter, Snake Eye, Grand Slam, Tomahawk, Tsar Boba, are seemingly innocuous even childlike...

11 July 2020

Sean Scully: Rhythm, Restraint, Splendor – Raphy Sarkissian

Painting, sculpture, architecture: here is a triumvirate wherein painting and sculpture remain in commanding dialogue with architecture throughout the impressive output of Sean Scully,...

16 April 2020

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Artemisia Gentileschi A Retrospective – Edward Lucie-Smith

The much-anticipated Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition at the National Gallery in London has now been indefinitely postponed, to the disappointment of many.

26 March 2020

Edmund de Waal Books Thousands of Books British Museum – Marina Vaizey

Books written in exile by the exiled. It is this phenomenon, the triumph of the human spirit in dire circumstances, that is the focus...

 

Previews

13 December 2020

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Turner Prize Winner’s Second Solo Exhibition Opens At Maureen Paley

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Turner Prize Winner's Second Solo Exhibition Opens At Maureen Paley

10 December 2020

The 1980s Revisited: MEMPHIS GROUP At The MK Gallery

The first significant survey of the influential 80s design movement Memphis takes place at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes this December-April.

23 November 2020

Head Shots: Frank Auerbach And Tony Bevan Together At Ben Brown

An exciting new exhibition Frank Auerbach / Tony Bevan: What Is A Head?, curated by Michael Peppiatt has been announced for Ben Brown Fine...

17 November 2020

Albrecht Dürer Subject Of Major National Gallery Exhibition This Spring

Dürer's Journeys – Travels of a Renaissance Artist is a major new show announced for the National Gallery March 2021. This will be the...

10 November 2020

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Judy Chicago Launches Smoke Sculpture Her First Virtual Artwork

Judy Chicago along with Light Art Space (LAS) is launching the first virtual artwork by this acclaimed American artist.

8 November 2020

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Niki Gorick: What Actually Exists – Edward Lucie Smith

Visual art continues to flourish, despite the imminence of winter, in open-air city spaces.

5 October 2020

Watch Goldsmiths MFA Graduate Student Dump 31 Tonnes Of Carrots

Rafael Pérez Evans, the most talked-about MFA candidate this year has created 'Grounding', an installation utilising 30 tonnes of fresh carrots.

28 September 2020

The Royal Academy Summer/Winter Exhibition 2020 – Preview

The Royal Academy has against all odds unveiled its 252 annual Summer Exhibition. Today is 'varnishing day' where the artists can see their works...

4 June 2020

National Gallery Extends Titian Exhibition in London

The National Gallery has announced that the universally acclaimed exhibition Titian: Love, Desire, Death will be extended due to the generosity of its partners and lenders....

23 May 2020

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Salisbury Cathedral 800 Years Of Art And Spirit – Revd Jonathan Evens

When an exhibition celebrating 800 years of spirit and endeavour at Salisbury Cathedral has to be installed against the clock and then its launch...

12 May 2020

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Rembrandt’s Night Watch 44.8-Gigapixel Image Goes Live

The largest and most detailed ever photograph of Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch has been unveiled on The Rijksmuseum's website. The 44.8-gigapixel image will...

8 April 2020

Henry Moore Foundation Edmund de Waal Show Postponed Until 2021

This Living Hand, the exhibition curated by artist and writer Edmund de Waal for the Henry Moore Foundation, has now been postponed until 2021.

 

Features

23 January 2021

Outsider Art: Henry Darger A Hidden Artistry Evolved Into Music

Henry Darger was born in 1892 in Chicago, Illinois, he led a very isolated life and had no close relatives to speak of.

11 January 2021

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London Galleries and Museums: The Lights Are On But No One’s Home – Steve Daszko

Lockdown II - When the first lockdown started in March last year, Tate, like all Art Galleries, suffered financially.

7 January 2021

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Richard Long: A Line Made By Walking 1967 – Significant Works – Sue Hubbard

In 1967, Richard Long a young Bristol artist made a line in the grass of a field by walking backwards and forwards and called...

4 January 2021

If Jesus Is A Man Of Colour Why Did We Make Him Aryan? – Revd Jonathan Evens

The National Gallery was hoping to open a re-arranged immersive digital experience inspired by Jan Gossaert's 16th-century masterpiece 'The Adoration of the Kings', on...

2 January 2021

London Art Exhibitions 2021 A Month By Month Guide

Well, the exhibitions schedule for 2020 didn't quite go as planned. But here is an idea of what exhibitions to expect in 2021.

30 December 2020

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Revolutionary Art Movement Or Just A Catch Up – Edward Lucie- Smith

Looking at official galleries here in Britain (all temporarily closed as of this publication) - more especially at those situated in London - it...

9 December 2020

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Luise Kaish: An American Art Legacy – Clare Henry

Luise Kaish was a key figure in the New York art scene. Petite, 38, beautiful, married and mother of a small child, by 1964...

4 November 2020

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Tracey Emin’s Last Hurrah? And Other Stuff – Edward Lucie-Smith

Just as the new lockdown was being announced, the Sunday Times (UK) was unusually full of stuff about contemporary art. The main colour supplement...

29 September 2020

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Curator Lee Cavaliere Talks About VOMA And The Sixteen Trust – Artlyst Interview

Lee Cavaliere is currently experiencing the busiest point of his career. He has worked tirelessly through the COVID crisis, as founder of The Sixteen...

14 September 2020

Graphic Storytellers/Comic Creatives In Conversation With Jude Cowan Montague

Jude Cowan Montague's lasted series titled, 'Graphic Storytellers/Comic Creatives in Conversation' comes at a time when fine artists are increasingly using references from graphic...

9 September 2020

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Christine Binnie And Jennifer Binnie Curate The Towner Collection -Artlyst Interview

Christine Binnie and Jennifer Binnie have been collaborating as 'The Binnie Sisters' to create installations since 2009. These often include works from their individual...

6 September 2020

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Geraldine Swayne: Annunciation And The Unspoken – Artlyst Interview 

Geraldine Swayne is a highly regarded painter known for her intimate portrait and figure paintings in enamel on copper, aluminium and canvas. Her subjects...

1 September 2020

Significant Works: A New Series Of Contemporary Art Essays By Sue Hubbard

In this new series, Sue Hubbard explores single works by leading contemporary artists.

27 July 2020

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Anish Kapoor Country House Splendour – Stuart Semple

Anish Kapoor Houghton Hall Norfolk:  Have you ever felt like you want to ring your mum to tell her you think you might have...

9 July 2020

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Ralph Steadman Fear & Loathing In 2020 – Interview By Oliver Malin

There is no ignoring the odd upside from a certain angle, offered up by our current miasm. Over the last three months, all of...

25 June 2020

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Wim Wenders An Exclusive Artlyst Interview

Renowned as one of the most important film directors of our time, Wim Wenders (b.1945, Dusseldorf) developed, in parallel, an extensive photographic oeuvre. It...

Great Artworks Explained A New Video Series By James Payne

This is a new series by historian James Payne demystifying great works of art. We will be adding to this page as the content...

London Gallery Lockdown Night And Day – A Photo Essay

London Gallery Lockdown 4/05/2020: Greta Thunberg would undoubtedly agree with the first statement

6 April 2020

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Solitude An Essay By Jeremy Cooper

Some of us have spent much of our lives seeking first to explain to self and then to justify to loved others the need...

 

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