4 October 2020

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Royal Opera Auctions Hockney Portrait To Cover COVID Debts

An iconic portrait by the British Artist David Hockney of Royal Opera House boss Sir David Webster will go under the hammer this month at Christie’s. It has been suggested that the painting will fetch up to £18m.

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

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 hassle is that you have to book your slot to see it.

1 October 2020

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Damien Hirst Unveils First Solo Exhibition At His Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst has announced his first solo exhibition at his Newport Street Gallery, London, from 7 October 2020 – 7 March 2021. Titled ‘End of a Century’, the exhibition will feature over fifty artworks spanning Hirst’s formative years as a student in the 1980s to becoming one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists during the 1990s.

29 September 2020

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Now The V&A Contemplates Mass Redundancies

The V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) are contemplating mass redundancies a press release received on the Artlyst desk today states:

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 in the Bay Area. His practice focused on snapshots from everyday life, mostly his own 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 until 2024.

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 in January. Young Man Holding a Roundel is expected to fetch more than 80 million dollars the highest estimate ever placed on a work by an Old Master in Sotheby’s history, the auction house says.

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 to the impact of COVID on ticket sales, their catering facilities and gift shop. 

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 museum.

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 for a socially distanced naked art piece

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 the last major fair of the year to announce it will not be taking place in October.

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 Anthony d’Offay.

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 curatorial team that was behind the original RCA Secret postcard project. Cure3 has established itself as a critical and commercial success and will take place at Bonhams London flagship gallery

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 Museum in Oxford, may very well be by the master or in the least his studio. The portrait thought a copy was never displayed publically by the institution.

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. 

28 August 2020

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Banksy Launches Full Scale Refugee Rescue Ship

The elusive ‘Street Artist’ Banksy has put his money where his mouth is by funding a rescue boat to help save refugees in dangerous situations in the Mediterranean.

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 connection to the slave trade. The statue, currently in a cupboard, will now make up part of a display which acknowledges colonial oppression.  

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 during his lifetime, this Autumn.

25 August 2020

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Barbara Hepworth Honoured With Google Doodle

Barbara Hepworth has been honoured with a google doodle. The animated gif sees the sculptor chiselling away at one of her trademark works. This marks a turning point for championing British women artists.

Photo London Cancels 2020 October Fair Opting For Virtual Replacement

Photo London the UK’s premier photo fair which was supposed to take place in October during Frieze week has been cancelled

19 August 2020

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Glasgow Print Studio Re-Opens After Lockdown – Clare Henry

The highly regarded GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO will soon be 50. Incredible. Half a century ago its humble beginnings in a rundown former electricians was created from nothing by a group of penniless volunteers – dedicated Glasgow Art School post-graduates wanting a place to work. 

17 August 2020

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Queen’s Private Art Collection To Go On Public Display 

The collection from the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, widely acknowledged to be the highlight of the Royal art collection will be brought together in a gallery exhibition for the first time. Sixty-five paintings that usually hang in the Queen’s private gallery in Buckingham Palace are set to go on public display at the Queen’s Gallery.

15 August 2020

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UAL Graduate Exhibitions Go Online For 2020 Explore Here

UAL’s summer graduate shows are a celebration of all the hard work and fantastic creativity for the students. Since lockdown started, they’ve been working with technology partners, IBM, to find the best way to share the students’ work with the world.

14 August 2020

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Hastings Contemporary Re-Opens With Victor Pasmore Retrospective And Quentin Blake’s Most Ambitious Exhibition

Hastings Contemporary mount beautifully curated intimate exhibitions of both British and now international artists. They are currently showing a retrospective exhibition of the Modern British artist Victor Pasmore as well as a large scale show of drawings and paintings by Quintin Blake depicting migration. 

31 July 2020

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Ellora Sutton and Elsie Hayward Win Inaugural Artlyst Art to Poetry Award

Ellora Sutton and Elsie Hayward have been announced as the inaugural winners of the Artlyst Art to Poetry Award

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 unveilings. 

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 the international sphere. This contest takes several inter-related forms. For example, there is the competition between official and semi-official galleries and commercial ones.

24 July 2020

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UK Guidelines Exempt Masks In Museums, Galleries And Auction Houses 

Beginning today under new guidelines that have come into force in England, people will need to wear a face-covering in shopping centres, banks, shops and supermarkets but what about museums, galleries and auction houses?

15 July 2020

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Marc Quinn Replaces Statue Of Edward Colston With BLM Protester

The YBA artist Artist Marc Quinn who was responsible for iconic contemporary statues such as ‘Self’ (Blood Head) and Alison Lapper Pregnant which appeared on London’s Fourth Plinth and Bristol resident Jen Reid unveil a new temporary, public installation, A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020, on top of Edward Colston’s empty plinth in Bristol, England.