28 June 2011

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Mona Lisa Theft Louvre To Mark Centenary

The theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has its centenary this year. The painting was stolen on August 21, 1911. It was one of the most famous paintings in the world at the time of the theft. The disappearance enhanced its mystery making it the most talked about work of art in the world. […]

27 June 2011

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Nazi Restitution East West Coast Moral Divide

Boston Museum Of Fine Art Sets Example For Norton Simon Museum The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has agreed to compensate a family for a stolen painting that has been in its collection for 70 years. The Dutch 17th century painting, by Eglon van der Neer is a work that has been in its collection […]

27 June 2011

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Your Painting Puts 200,000 UK Masterpieces Online

Painting in galleries & public buildings in the UK are about to reach the masses with the launch of one of the largest online collections of paintings in the world. This treasure trove of tens of thousands of individual images, including works by some of the world’s leading artists, names include Picasso, Bacon, Warhol and […]

26 June 2011

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Gardner Museum Heist Breakthrough Hope

One of the highest profile art thefts in the history of crime could be on the verge of a breakthrough, or so says the Boston Globe in an article today. The case refers to the theft of 13 pieces of artwork stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston over twenty years ago. The […]

24 June 2011

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Lisson Gallery To Launch In Milan

Highly respected London gallery to open branch in Italy The Lisson Gallery has announce the launch of Lisson Gallery Milan, its first international space in its 44 year history.The gallery will launch in September 2011 with a group show curated by Lisson artist Ryan Gander.Lisson Gallery Milan will be headed by Director Annette Hofmann. Annette […]

23 June 2011

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Van Gogh Self Portrait Sparks Controversy

Newly Discovered Portrait Of Theo Could Be Just Another Self-Portrait  – ArtLyst Exclusive We reported yesterday that an art researcher had discovered a rare portrait of Theo Van Gogh, in the storeroom of the Van Gogh museum, in Amsterdam. The story shot around the world on the internet, creating a sensation, rarely seen in the […]

23 June 2011

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Frieze Projects Appoints Curator Sarah McCrory 2011

Program Details Announced Today Frieze Projects is well respected for its newly commissioned artworks by international artists. It offers them an opportunity to work in an unique context, the artists commissioned by Frieze Projects use the Frieze Art Fair as a site to realise ambitious ideas, in an exceptional environment. Frieze Projects is also a […]

22 June 2011

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Ai Weiwei Freed At Last

The renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was released on bail today, after state media said he admitted to tax evasion. These are accusations his family have consistantly denied. Weiwei stated that he was in good health and thanked reporters and the art community at large for their support. The statement was made last night in […]

22 June 2011

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Rare Theo Van Gogh Portrait Discovered

Vincent Van Gogh’s brother Theo was his patron, confidant and companion. In his many letters to him, Van Gogh reveals himself as artist and man. Even more than if he had purposely intended to tell his life story, Van Gogh’s letters lay bare his deepest feelings, as well as his everyday concerns and his views […]

22 June 2011

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Freda Koblick Abstract Sculptor Dies At 90

Koblick was the first to pioneer cast acrylic sculpture Freda Koblick the pioneering Abstract sculptor who was one of the first to experiment with acrylic resin has died age 90. The San Francisco artist studied English and engineering at San Francisco State College in the late 1930s. It was upon finishing that she became interested […]

22 June 2011

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Art In The Streets Cancelled By Brooklyn Museum

The Art in the Streets exhibition which includes work by Banksy and Shepard Fairey currently held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles which planned to move to the Brooklyn Museum on 30 March through 8 July 2012 has been cancelled from it’s east coast run due to a financial shortfall. The exhibition […]

21 June 2011

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2012 Olympic Poster Artists Unveiled

Twelve Artists have been selected by the organizers of the 2012 Olympics to design the official posters. The list reads like a who’s who of A- Lister names from the London art scene. Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley ,Michael Craig -Martin and Bob and Roberta Smith plus Turner Prize winners Howard Hodgkin, Martin Creed, Chris Ofili […]

21 June 2011

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Lord Attenborough Donates Picasso to Leicester Museum

Lord and Lady Attenborough, have loaned 140 Picasso ceramics to the city of Leicester to be displayed at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. Attenborough has been instrumental in raising the funds for this building and his continuing support has allowed the museum to develop and widen the programmes. When Richard and his wife […]

21 June 2011

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David Chipperfield Wins Mies van der Rohe Award

British Architect David Chipperfield who recently won the Pritzker Prize has now received the most prestigious European accolade, the Mies van der Rohe Award. This is the European Union’s prime architecture prize for contemporary architecture. It is presented every two years by the European Commission together with the Mies van der Rohe foundation (Barcelona). This […]

19 June 2011

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Turner Prize Inspiration Brian Haw Dies

Mark Wallinger immortalised Haw In His Turner Prize winning Exhibition In 2007 Brian Haw the peace campaigner who help set up the peace camp in Parliament Square has died of cancer age 62. in 2007 Haw won a Channel 4 News award for “The Most Inspiring Political Figure” of the year. His protest became a […]

18 June 2011

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Jack Smith Kitchen Sink Artist Dies

Jack Smith, the Kitchen Sink realist painter who turned abstractionist has died age 82. Smith was one of four artists associated with the Beaux Arts quartet, a group formed in the early 1950s in London. Others in the group were John Bratby, Edward Middleditch and Derrick Greaves. Their particular brand of realism was highly acclaimed […]

17 June 2011

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Patti Smith New Photography Exhibitions 2011

October Exhibitions For Wadsworth Atheneum Museum Hartford, Connecticut / Cartier Foundation, Paris Patti Smith (b.1946) The pioneering artist, musician, and poet has made her mark on the American cultural landscape throughout her 40-year career, from her earliest explorations of artistic expression with friend and vanguard photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the 1960s and 70s to her […]

17 June 2011

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Michael Landy Launches New Art On The Underground

YBA Artist defines what kindness is and how we respond to it YBA Artist Michael Landy, the man who brought us “Breakdown” 2001, the destruction of all of his worldly possessions in an abandoned department store and the well received “Art Bin” 2010 where other artists including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin could dispose of […]

16 June 2011

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Wim Heldens Painting “Distracted” Wins 2011 BP Portrait Prize

The prize winners for the BP Portrait Award 2011 were announced at the Awards Ceremony on 14 June 2011. The First Prize was awarded to Wim Heldens for Distracted an oil on canvas 750 x 550 mm. Wim Heldens is a self-taught artist whose work has been seen in numerous group and solo exhibitions in […]

16 June 2011

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Anish Kapoor Pulls China Exhibition

China Exhibition Cancelled As Protest To Ai Weiwei Detention The Britain sculptor Anish Kapoor known for his monumental mirror finished public works has cancelled an upcoming exhibition at the National Museum of China, Beijing. The statement comes as a protest against the Chinese government’s detention of Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist and social critic who […]

14 June 2011

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Bonhams Unveils Design For New London HQ

The London and international Auctioneers, Bonhams has unveiled plans for a £30m redevelopment of its Bond Street headquarters in London. The building has been designed by award-winning architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The new building is to be constructed on the site of the company’s current headquarters at 101 New Bond Street. This scheme, now goes […]

14 June 2011

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Banksy Street Art Infiltrates Home of Robin Hood

Love it or loath it, Street Art is now everywhere and the genre is not only making the transition from the street to the gallery,it is also crossing over onto the walls of the museum. It has infiltrated advertising, graphic design, fashion, music and the Visual Arts as quickly as it has appeared on our […]

14 June 2011

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The Vorticists Groundbreaking British Modernism

New Exhibition at Tate Britain Reevaluates This Short-lived Movement Vorticism, founded in the summer of 1914, during the out-break of the First World War, is considered to beBritain’s first major contribution to modernism in visual art. In the early part of the 20th Century, Mainland Europe lead the way in both influence and productivity for […]

13 June 2011

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Picasso Works Were Stolen Couple Charged

$80m In Lost Art May Be Returned To Picasso Family We reported last December that 271 undocumented works by Pablo Picasso estimated to be worth at least €60 million (£50 million) were discovered in the South of France. Pierre Le Guennec, a retired French electrician and his wife revealed that the paintings drawings and prints, […]

12 June 2011

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Peter Zumthor Designs Serpentine Pavilion 2011

The Serpentine Gallery has revealed that world-renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor is to design the Pavilion 2011. The eye-catching design will go on view in early July. This year’s Serpentine Pavilion is the 11th commission in the Gallery’s annual series, the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind. It will be the […]

12 June 2011

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New Banksy Exhibition Opens In London

Urban Art Invades the Andipa Gallery with Major New Exhibition A two man exhibition of Banksy and War Boutique presents an exciting opportunity to see original works by two well known mavericks of urban art. The established Banksy and the popular, emerging War Boutique, a young artist who is just breaking onto the international stage, […]

11 June 2011

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Artist Sam Taylor-Wood Awarded An OBE

CBE for Gillian Ayres, one of Britain’s finest and most original abstract artists and OBE for Ceramacist Edmund De Waal The artist Sam Taylor-Wood  famous her photographs and films that examine, highly charged scenarios, depicting our shared social and psychological conditions, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. The 44-year-old from Croydon […]

10 June 2011

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Zaha Hadid Launches New Riverside Museum Glasgow

The Clyde and the city of Glasgow have always been intertwined when it comes to historical development. Once leaders in shipbuilding now more people are employed in the arts than in this once integral occupation. The rivers architectural  heritage is a unique legacy with the site situated where the Kelvin flows into the Clyde. Hadid’s […]

10 June 2011

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Louis Vuitton Launches New Website For Young Artists

Louis Vuitton in partnership with London art institutions the Whitechapel Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and Tate Britain, have launched REcreative. It’s a new website where emerging artists can post their work and learn how more established creatives start their careers. The website is for arts events and exhibitions through exclusive online content. Users can […]

10 June 2011

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Art Car Boot Fair A Collectors Dream Come True

Where else can you buy an original Damien Hirst for £300 or a Tracey Emin at a knock down price? The Art Car Boot Fair was an idea that grew out of previous events such as Joshua Compston’s ‘Fete Worse than Death’ and Gavin Turk’s ‘Livestock Market’ and Articultural Shows’ that blazed a trail in […]

9 June 2011

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Is Cork Street Finished?

Rent Rises and Retail Gentrification Could Displace Art Galleries Cork Street in Mayfair, London is about to suffer the nail in the coffin that has plagued much of the area including Dover and Old Bond Street, the identikit retail gentrification treatment. Standard Life have announced that they are putting part of their extensive property portfolio […]

9 June 2011

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India’s Picasso M F Husain Dies At 95

M.F. Husain, one of the highest profile 20th century Indian, contemporary painters has died, age 95. Husain was living in a self-imposed exile in Dubai since 2006. This was the result of death threats for depicting the Gods and cultural icons nude.  Husain began his career as a film poster artist and came to prominence […]