12 January 2012

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Kate Middleton Champions Art Therapy

  Why Kate Middleton chose to patronise The Art Room, an art therapy charity that helps children with emotional difficulties It is remarkable that, out of the four charitable patronages that The Duchess of Cambridge announced on the 5 January, two were dedicated to art. The National Portrait Gallery, of course, makes sense: it is […]

11 January 2012

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Wei Wang Wins Zabludowicz Future Map Prize

The winner of the third Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize has been chosen. Wei Wang was selected for the design of a range of luxury ceramic evening bags. The prize was awarded at 7:30 pm tonight by Anita Zabludowicz at the opening reception for Future Map 11, hosted at the Zabludowicz Collection London. The Zabludowicz Collection Future […]

11 January 2012

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Important Lucian Freud Drawings Show For London

Blain|Southern presents the most comprehensive survey of works on paper by Lucian Freud (b.1922 – 2011) ever mounted 17 February – 5 April 2012 Beginning in the 1940s and spanning the artist’s career, Lucian Freud: Drawings brings together more than 100 works, many of which have never been shown in public before. Curator William Feaver, […]

11 January 2012

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Olympic Project Brings Art To Bus Stops

Bus Tops commissions nine artists to display digital work on the top of bus stops Bus stops are to become gallery spaces with Bus Tops, a UK-wide digital art project that will see art displayed on the top of bus shelters, only visible from the tops decks of double-decker buses. The project is funded by […]

11 January 2012

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Banksy Falsely Identified

New Liverpool ‘Banksy’ turns out to be a fake Just weeks after a Banksy artwork had been identified in Liverpool’s city centre, Liverpudlians were once again titillated by the prospect of having another. At first glance, the black-and-white image of a slouching man in a hoodie and tracksuit bottoms, trailing a plug, seemed to bear […]

10 January 2012

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Art Dubai Bigger And Better For 2012

Art Dubai (21-24 March) has announced its largest ever programme, with 74 galleries from 32 countries, showing work by over 500 artists. ‘This year’s fair promises to deliver an unrivalled collection of varied yet tailored programmes for everyone, from the world’s leading collectors and art professionals to students and families,’ explained the director of Art […]

10 January 2012

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Yayoi Kusama And Marc Jacobs Collaborate On Installation

Louis Vuitton designs to star alongside Tate and Whitney Retrospectives Fashion designer Marc Jacobs, the creative director for Louis Vuitton, has commissioned  the highly respected Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, best known for her polka-dots, to collaborate on a new line of luxury goods. The 82 year old  Kusama has worked with Jacobs in the past, […]

10 January 2012

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How To Buy Damien Hirst Spot Art

International exhibition of Damien Hirst’s spot paintings to open at Gagosian, with non-millionaires being given chance to partake via host of Hirst merchandise at Other Criteria Damien Hirst has teamed up with his longtime U.S. dealer Larry Gagosian to deliver a complete exhibition of his ‘Spot’ paintings across all 11 Gagosian galleries worldwide – from […]

9 January 2012

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David Hockney Denies Damien Hirst Rebuff

Was the BBC interview with Andrew Marr misleadin? The British Artist David Hockney, 74 has denied slagging off Damien Hirst for hiring assistants to produce his works for him. In an interview with Andrew Marr in the Radio Times Hockney stated; that the practice was “a little insulting to craftsmen”. However, the Royal Academy of […]

9 January 2012

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Art of Angel Launches For London Art Fair Week

Following on from the success of  ‘Art Below Regents Park’  during ‘Frieze season’  just 12 weeks ago,  Art Below are proud to present ‘Art of Angel’, a transformation of the Angel Tube Station concourse into a public art gallery starting 9th January. Billboard space normally used for advertising is now featuring a mix of urban […]

9 January 2012

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Antony Gormley Sounds Out Barbican

Antony Gormley has collaborated with Hofesh Shechter to create music-based work to be premiered this week at the Barbican The world premiere of a new work, Survivor, created by Hofesh Shechter, working in collaborate with leading artist Antony Gormley, will be presented at the Barbican Centre from 12 – 14 January 2012.   Survivor is Hofesh Shechter’s first […]

9 January 2012

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Picasso Taken In Athens Museum Heist

Picasso and Mondrian Paintings Stolen In multi-million raid A cubist painting by Pablo Picasso that the Spanish painter had donated to Greece in 1949 with a dedication “in homage to the Greek people” for their resistance to Nazi occupiers during World War II and another by the Dutch Painter Piet Mondrian, were stolen from Greece’s […]

9 January 2012

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Chinese Government Have Mercy On Ai Weiwei

Spurious tax evasion charge against dissident artist Ai Weiwei to be reviewed Beijing tax authorities have agreed to review their ruling that Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei pay a multimillion dollar fine for ‘tax evasion’. The dissident artist reported that tax officials had informed him of this development last week, on Wednesday, by telephone. They told him […]

8 January 2012

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New UK Digital Art Prize Launched

Samsung showcase young artists in digital competition Samsung Electronics have announced the launch of the UK’s first media art competition – the Samsung Art+ prize. It will showcase the works of technologically-forward contemporary artists and is designed to increase the awareness of new media art in the UK. The panel will elect a winner, awarding […]

8 January 2012

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Marina Abramovic Documentary Screens At Sundance

The mother of performance art’s anticipated Utah preview The Sundance Film Festival which runs from 19 – 29th January is presenting an in-depth documentary on the artist Marina Abramovic. The filmmakers Jeff Dupre and Matthew Akers, followed the “mother of performance art” around the world for one year from Paris fashion shows, to India’s Swaswara […]

8 January 2012

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George Clooney Highlights Stolen Nazi Art

New film “The Monuments Men” starts pre- production in LA A film directed by Hollywood A- lister George Clooney has started pre- production in LA this month. The film is based on the book “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” by Robert M. Edsel. It is about […]

7 January 2012

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Stolen Rene Magritte Masterpiece Returned

£3.6 million painting stolen at gunpoint dumped as thieves fail to find buyer A 1948 painting  titled “Olympia” by the Surrealist/Dadaist, Belgian painter René Magritte has been returned after a £62,000 ransom was paid by the owners insurers. The Magritte Museum was the target of the high profile robbery two years ago when thieves held […]

6 January 2012

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Art Student Mimics Banksy Stunt

Polish art student makes a bid for the big time by hanging his own work in national gallery a la Banksy A Polish Art student has copied Banksy in hanging one of his own works in the National Museum of Poland, mirroring Banksy’s 2005 stunt at several galleries in New York. When interviewed, Andrzej Sobiepan […]

6 January 2012

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Lucian Freud Sculpted by Daughter In Final Months

A massive bust of late, great British painter Lucian Freud has been created by daughter to be exhibited at the Sigmund Freud Museum Lucian Freud’s daughter has created a giant clay sculpture of his head based on sketches made in the final months of his life. Once fired, the piece is set to be exhibited […]

6 January 2012

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Tracey Emin Artwork Stolen From Oxfam

Thief denies charity £300 from sale of embroidered handkerchief by Tracey Emin A handkerchief embroidered by Tracey Emin has been stolen from Oxfam. Staff at th Herne Hill branch had been overjoyed to find the piece stuffed in a bag of clothes left by an anonymous donor. Bearing the words ‘Be Faithful to your Dreams […]

6 January 2012

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Eve Arnold Veteran Photographer Dies Aged 99

Eve Arnold, the veteran 20th century photographer  known for her portraits and superior quality photojournalism, has died aged 99.

5 January 2012

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VIP Art Fair The Second Coming

Exclusively-online VIP Art Fair returns to our screens, selling art the 21st century way VIP Art Fair, the world’s only exclusively-online art fair, is set to hit our computer screens once again for 2012. Scheduled for 3-8 February, VIP 2.0. is a slightly scaled down version of its inaugural event, offering international art buyers the […]

5 January 2012

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Obscene Attack On Clyfford Still Painting Worth Millions

Woman assaults Clyfford Still painting worth $40 million, punching and scratching the work before urinating on herself A 36-year-old woman was yesterday arrested for assaulting a painting by abstract expressionist Clyfford Still worth $40 million. The onslaught began with her leaning on the work at the recently-opened Clyfford Still Museum, and with the woman proceeding to punch […]

5 January 2012

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Kate Middleton To Be Patron Of National Portrait Gallery

History of Art Major Chooses Two Art Charities In Five Official Patronages St James’s Palace has announced the choices of patronage for the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton Windsor. It is no surprise that they include two high profile visual art organisations. The National Portrait gallery and as reported on ArtLyst, in November and December, […]

4 January 2012

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Rihanna Rips Off Grunge Artist Sandy Kim

Rihanna caught up (yet again) in plagiarism scandal: this time it’s her video for ‘We Found Love’ with blatant parallels to the work of Sandy Kim Rihanna’s video for her hit single ‘We Found Love’ has been accused of plagiarising the heroin-chic work of artist-photographer Sandy Kim. The whistle-blower is FADER contributor Bryan Derballa, who describes […]

4 January 2012

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Art Fund Steps In To Mitigate Arts Council Cuts

Last year, Art Fund gained 18,000 new members, helping them in their work to compensate for drastic government cuts to arts spending While the rest of the world seemed on the brink of economic collapse, The Art Fund miraculously increased its membership by 15 % in 2011. The 18,000 new members achieved by the Art […]

4 January 2012

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Richard Rogers’ Lloyd’s building Grade 1 Listed

Postmodern landmark is given special status by English Heritage The postmodernist landmark Lloyd’s building in central London has been given  Grade I listing by the Heritage Minister John Penrose . It is being singled out for its radicle design and architectural innovation. It is one of outstanding British heritage importance.The building designed by the Richard […]

4 January 2012

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Anthony Caro Applauds Reactionary Helen Frankenthaler

Caro pays tribute to late Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler, who campaigned against controversial artists during the 1980s Anthony Caro one of the world’s most famous and critically acclaimed living sculptors, has paid tribute to US Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler, who died last week. He attributed her to ‘the first of the generation of colour-field painters […]

4 January 2012

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Chris Ofili His Legacy To Stephen Lawrence

Turner Prize winner said to be ecstatic over life sentence after 18 Year Hiatus “The injustice of Stephen Lawrence’s murder and the way that the police had dealt with it made such little sense to myself and to the public at large,” “I remember finishing the painting and feeling that there was something else in […]

3 January 2012

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Eva Zeisel Modernist Ceramic Pioneer Dies Aged 105

The groundbreaking Hungarian/American modernist ceramicist Eva Zeisel has died, aged 105,

3 January 2012

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Ronald Searle Witty British Cartoonist Dies Aged 91

Tributes have been pouring in for the British artist/cartoonist Ronald Searle who has died in the South of France. The artist is best remembered for…

3 January 2012

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David Hockney Lashes Out At Damien Hirst

British painter condemns Hirst’s use of assistants to create artwork: but is Hockney out of touch? David Hockney has spoken out against Damien Hirst for using a large number of assistant to create his work. This was during his first public statement since being included in the 2012 nominations for the royal Order of Merit, […]