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26 September 2020

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Robert Bechtle First Wave American Photorealist Painter Dies Age 88

Robert Bechtle who has died age 88 was an American painter and printmaker born in San Francisco in 1932. He lived all his life...

25 September 2020

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International Philip Guston Exhibition Postponed Over Anti-KKK Imagery

The eagerly awaited retrospective exhibition of the American artist Philip Guston, set to take place at Tate Modern in February 2021 has been postponed...

24 September 2020

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$80m Price Tag For Botticelli Portrait To Be Sold At Sotheby’s

A portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel by Sandro Botticelli painted in the 15th century will go under the hammer at Sotheby's...

22 September 2020

Royal Academy Contemplates Shedding 150 Jobs Due To COVID Impact

The Royal Academy has announced that they will be entering a period of consultation over staff redundancies at their London gallery. This is due...

20 September 2020

V&A And Smithsonian Cancel Joint Venture Museum In East London

The V&A and Smithsonian have cancelled their joint venture in East London which would have seen the world-renowned institutions partner in creating a collaborative...

16 September 2020

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Spencer Tunick Stages Naked Social Distancing At London’s Alexandra Palace

The American performance artist/impresario Spencer Tunick, known for his nude human installations in public spaces has gathered two hundred twenty members of the public...

15 September 2020

COVID19 Blamed For 36% Drop In Gallery Sales Art Basel Reports

Art Basel has published their 2020 mid-year survey 'The Impact of COVID- 19 on the Gallery Sector' shows smaller galleries have been hardest hit,...

15 September 2020

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FIAC Paris: Artworld Mourns Another Major Fair Cancellation

The French are a defiant lot when it comes to business and culture, but COVID and new EU movement regulations have cancelled FIAC Paris...

Sir Terence Conran Designer And Design Museum Founder Dies

Sir Terence Conran, designer, philanthropist and founder of the Design Museum, has passed away, Saturday 12 September, he was 88 years old.

10 September 2020

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Meet The Next Generation Saatchi Gallery Entrepreneurs

The daughter of advertising mogul/collector Charles Saatchi has announced the launch of a new gallery in London's Mayfair.

4 September 2020

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Tate Breaks Ties With Art Dealer Anthony d’Offay After Racist Selfies Appear On Social Media

Tate and the art dealer Anthony d'Offay have agreed to end their relationship. The announcement came today in a joint statement by Tate and...

2 September 2020

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Art Basel Announces Cancellation Of Miami Beach fair

Art Basel has had a very tough year. Could it be the Murdoch curse?  Due to the COVID pandemic's impact, Art Basel has announced...

1 September 2020

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Ashmolean Rembrandt Discovery Contradicts 1982 Copy Attribution

Experts are not always right. A painting, in the style of Rembrandt which has gathered dust for decades in the basement of the Ashmolean...

30 August 2020

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Frank Dunphy Damien Hirst’s Financial Advisor And Manager Dies Age 82

Frank Dunphy, the man behind Damien Hirst and many leading YBAs financial success has died age 82. 

27 August 2020

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Student Who Vandalised Picasso Painting At Tate Modern Jailed

An architecture student who caused over £350,000 damage to a Picasso painting at Tate Modern has been jailed for eighteen months. 

25 August 2020

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Sir Hans Sloane British Museum Founder Relegated To History

The founder of the British Museum Sir Hans Sloane has had his bust removed from a prominent position in the gallery due to his...

31 July 2020

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Heather Phillipson Quietly Unveils Fourth Plinth Commission In Trafalgar Square

The artist Heather Phillipson quietly unveiled her fourth plinth commission in Trafalgar Square, yesterday with a lack of fanfare not seen before in past...

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 July 2020

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Has The Word Master Reached Its Sell-By Date? – Revd Jonathan Evens

The debate about the continuing use of the term ‘Old Master’ has been re-energised by exhibitions shortly to open or reopen, such as ‘Forgotten...

6 July 2020

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Grenfell Victim Khadija Saye Featured In New Public Art Project

A new public art project, Breath is Invisible (7 July – 9 October 2020), will be launched by the MP David Lammy in Notting...

22 June 2020

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Hackney Council Announce Public Statues Honouring The Windrush Generation

Hackney Council has announced two public artworks to be unveiled celebrating the Windrush Generation.

15 June 2020

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Forensic Architecture Continue Grenfell Tower Project Awareness

On the third anniversary of the tragic fire which took seventy-two lives in the Grenfell tower block in West London, Artlyst thought it a...

11 June 2020

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A Sculpture Falls – The Trouble With Problematic Public Statues – Richard Stone 

As a sculptor who has used Victorian and other found sculptures in my work for some time, the increasingly heated debate on the future...

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...

2 June 2020

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Museum Futures Post Lockdown – Edward Lucie-Smith

Tate Modern is easily the most popular gallery of modern art in the world… For a location that consists mostly of open spaces, lightly...

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...

11 December 2019

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Alt Power 100 2019 Artlyst – Back To Basics

The Alt Power 100 2019 Artlyst is our annual way of acknowledging and thanking all of the recipients for making a difference to the...

Jerry Kaye - Look good, feel good
Arists Self-Publishers - The Sixth: 26-27 September 2020

Reviews

16 September 2020

Some Fresh Blood: New London Grads Saatchi Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

London Grads Now, the new show currently on view at the Saatchi Gallery, won't be with us for long. It is due to close...

13 September 2020

Quentin Blake and Victor Pasmore A Discursive Conversational Piece – Jude Cowan Montague

Quentin Blake and Victor Pasmore Hastings Contemporary: I'm standing for the first time inside the Hastings Contemporary

1 September 2020

Guston, Riley And Matisse Essential Autumn Book Releases

Three very colourful large format art books on Philip Guston, Bridget Riley and Henri Matisse have arrived this week.

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...

19 July 2020

Wartime London Explored in Paintings – Marina Vaizey

London was never invaded, but London has been at war. The look of London during the Blitz and after is captured in this marvel...

16 July 2020

Anish Kapoor Bringing Heaven To Earth – Houghton Hall – James Payne

"Anish Kapoor is a magician," says Lord Cholmondeley in his introduction to this exhibition. His ancestral seat, Houghton Hall is presenting the largest ever...

13 July 2020

Revisiting the Decameron – Flowers Gallery Online – Edward Lucie-Smith

An online show called Revisiting the Decameron, curated by Laura Gascoigne, has recently gone up on the Flowers Gallery web-site. It runs until 9th...

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,...

11 June 2020

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Bryan Robertson Promoter Of New Art – Edward Lucie-Smith

Andrew Lambirth's The Life of Bryan, recently published by Unicorn, describes itself rather demurely as a celebration, rather than as a biography.

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.

9 April 2020

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Piranesi Drawings – Neoclassical Visions – Edward Lucie-Smith

This handsome soft-cover catalogue published by Thames & Hudson for the British Museum was intended to commemorate an exhibition that hasn’t in fact taken...

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...

19 March 2020

Titian: A Pity To Miss – National Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Titian show at the National Gallery in London has arrived at a particularly inauspicious moment. Major public galleries in Europe are shutting their...

12 March 2020

Andy Warhol Multiple Identities – Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) has, even since his death more than thirty years ago, retained a central position in the world of contemporary art.

25 February 2020

David Hockney: Two Major Shows Open In London – Edward Lucie-Smith

As the National Portrait Gallery prepares for its long sleep - three years with its doors firmly shut - it is not surprising to...

20 February 2020

Masculinities: An Extremely Interesting, Timely Event – Edward Lucie-Smith

After a plethora of exhibitions featuring women, women’s art, women’s attitudes of the world, it comes as a relief to find a big London...

 

Previews

24 September 2020

Andrew Salgado Solo Exhibition Announced For Beers London

The return of Canadian- British artist Andrew Salgado for his fourth solo exhibition entitled Strange Weather at Beers London has been announced.

16 September 2020

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Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair ASP6 Moves Online 

Following on from previous fairs, ASP is hosting ASP6, the Sixth Edition of the fair, which features over 100 artists showcasing their work online.

4 September 2020

Flaubert Inspired Group Exhibition Explores Transformation At Project 78

A new group show curated by Scott Robertson featuring the artists, Ryan Gander, Katerina Kamprani, Scott King, Aidan Moffat, Jonathan Monk, Lynda Morris, Simon...

2 September 2020

Tracey Emin Meets Munch Show Given Green Light At Royal Academy 

The Royal Academy of Arts plans to go ahead with an exhibition bringing together for the first time the work of the British artist...

25 August 2020

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Turner’s Modern World Explored At Tate Britain

Tate Britain will present a landmark exhibition Turner's Modern World, dedicated to JMW Turner (1775-1851), exploring what it meant to be a modern artist...

20 August 2020

Major Chantal Joffe Show Announced For Arnolfini This Autumn

An exclusive, new exhibition from one of Britain's foremost painters, Chantal Joffe is to open this Autumn at the Bristol's Arnolfini.

13 August 2020

Larry Achiampong Creates Sound Piece For The Line Art Walk

The Line is London’s first dedicated public art walk; an outstanding, free outdoor art gallery, following the line of the Greenwich Meridian along a...

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

27 September 2020

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John Lennon At 80 The Subject Of A Curated London Exhibition

A totally unauthorised and 100 % unofficial tribute to John Lennon celebrating (believe it or not) his 80th birthday is to take place at...

24 September 2020

Frieze Sculpture Garden To Go Ahead Despite Fair’s Cancellation

Frieze will be launching their annual sculpture garden in ten days despite the fair's move online due to the COVID19 pandemic.

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...

10 September 2020

Of Church And The Visual Arts – Revd Jonathan Evens

The beginning of the modern period saw art and artists firmly and finally separating from dependence on Church patronage and wishing to maintain that...

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...

2 September 2020

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Artwise Susie Allen and Laura Culpan Talk About Cure3 Exhibition 2020

Cure3 is an annual charity selling exhibition. It was devised by Susie Allen and Laura Culpan founders of Artwise. This is the same dynamic...

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. Sue Hubbard is a freelance art critic, novelist, award-winning poet, lecturer...

1 September 2020

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Marc Quinn: Alison Lapper Pregnant 2005 – Significant Works – Sue Hubbard

 Marc Quinn: Alison Lapper Pregnant 2005: From gym ads to dating apps, from T.V. programmes on plastic surgery to how to look ten years...

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...

27 June 2020

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Inspiration – Contemporary Art & Classics – Revd Jonathan Evens

Galleries and museums around the world are reopening. Among the first exhibitions being shown that caught my eye were Leaves of Grass by Max Gimblett at...

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...

7 May 2020

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Sean Scully In Conversation With Kelly Grovier – Lockdown 2020 – Video Added

Lockdown 2020 and the art world has been brought to a grinding halt. Major exhibitions that have taken years to plan and organize have...

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...

9 December 2019

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Sculptor Conrad Shawcross On Space And Time – Interview Paul Carter Robinson 

On the surface, Conrad Shawcross' sculpture retains the appearance of scientific rationality.

 

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