22 November 2011

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Julian Opie In Milan Botticelli Made Simple

New Italian Show A Hit With Public And Critics The Lisson Gallery’s Milan branch is currently mounting an exhibition of recent work by the highly regarded British artist, Julian Opie. It opened on 18th of November and has already made a splash with the public and critics.  Julian Opie is one of the most significant […]

22 November 2011

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17th Century Italian Masterpiece Restored In Dulwich

School Of Annibale Carracci Painting Of Cecilia The Patron Saint Of Music On View From Today The Dulwich Picture Gallery unveiled today, on the feast day of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music, a newly restored painting: Saint Cecilia by a school of Annibale Carracci painter.  The campaign to restore this seventeenth-century masterpiece to […]

21 November 2011

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Tate Security Tightened For Hirst Diamond Skull

Diamond and platinum bling sculpture expected to engage public Damien Hirst’s iconic diamond-encrusted platinum skull will be exhibited in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern as part of a major retrospective of his work, which is set to open 4 April 2012. The sculpture titled, “For the Love of God” will be displayed until 24 […]

21 November 2011

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Da Vinci Exhibition Threatened By Security Cuts At National Gallery

Promise of industrial action as National Gallery looks to cut security by half The runaway success of the National Gallery’s Da Vinci exhibition seems to be under threat from the promise of industrial action by gallery assistants over proposed security cuts. Last month over 200 members of gallery staff, including curators, presented gallery director Nicholas […]

21 November 2011

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Anthony Gormley Sculpture Beaten By Stained Glass Windows

A tiny church in Northumberland has beaten Antony Gormley and Canterbury Cathedral for this year’s Art in a Religious Context award The biennial prize run by the charity Art & Christian Enquiry worth £4,000, with £1,500 each going to the artists and £1,000 to the church. This year’s finalists included a human figure sculpture made […]

21 November 2011

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Nude Tweets Defend Ai Weiwei Against Porn Allegations

As Ai Weiwei is accused of spreading pornography, his supporters tweet nude self-portraits in protest The government harassment of Ai Weiwei has taken a surprising new turn: first he was abducted, then he was handed a £1.5m tax bill; now he being accused of spreading pornography. Through it all, his supporters have stood by him, […]

21 November 2011

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Exhibitors Unveiled For Frieze Art Fair New York

Directors Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover reveal the exhibiting gallery line-up for the very first American Frieze fair Frieze art fair is set to hits America for the very first time, boasting 160 international galleries from 28 countries, including Brazil, China, India, Korea, Mexico, Romania, Israel, and South Africa. It will take place in May (4-7) […]

20 November 2011

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Walmart Gallery In Cross Fire Controversy

New $1.4bn gallery opened by Walmart heiress in rural Arkansas accused of appropriating nation’s art, and surrounded by controversy as the supermarket cuts back benefits for workforce Alice Walton – heiress to the Walmart supermarket fortune and the 10th richest woman in the US – has just opened the much-anticipated Crystal Bridges Museum for American […]

20 November 2011

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Kate Middleton To Sponsor Art Therapy

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, paid a secret visit last week to an Islington art therapy charity, The Art Room, after they wrote to her asking for royal support Kate has been visiting a number of charities and organisations in recent weeks in preparation for her new role as a working Royal. The purpose […]

20 November 2011

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Rankin Shoots Kate Moss For HIV Charity

Rankin produces celebrity portraits and 30-minute film to tackle stigma of HIV/aids Fashion photographer Rankin has created a series of new celebrity portraits together with a new film in an effort to challenge the stigma surrounding HIV. These are set to be released next year as part of a high-profile campaign and run by the […]

18 November 2011

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Jeff Koons New Exhibition Amid Antiquities

US artist to exhibit new sculptural work in Frankfurt’s Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung – a museum normally devoted to ancient-to-classical masterpieces Frankfurt’s Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung museum is about to receive a postmodern makeover, with the 19th century villa (which normally houses ancient, medieval and baroque sculpture) set to host an exhibition by US artist Jeff Koons in June […]

18 November 2011

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Rodin Sculpture Up For Grabs

Rodin’s Houses of Parliament sculpture in ownership mystery Rodin’s sculpture ‘The Burghers of Calais’ has stood in Westminster outside the Houses of Parliament for nearly 100 years – certainly long enough to become a familiar feature of the area. However, this imposing public artwork is, in 2011, the subject to something of a mystery as […]

17 November 2011

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S[edition] Innovates With On Screen Art By Big Name Artists

With Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin digital artworks available from £5, S[edition] invites anyone and everyone to become art collectors This morning, Harry Blain (founder of Haunch of Venison and Blain|Southern) and Robert Norton (former CEO of Saatchi Online) launched an innovative new scheme for selling art – S[edition]; an online initiative to sell affordable digital artworks […]

17 November 2011

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Lowry Piccadilly Circus Just Misses Goal

Painting of Piccadilly Circus by L.S. Lowry sells for £5.6 million but falls short of breaking record set by ‘The Football Match’ L.S Lowry’s much talked-about 1960 painting of Piccadilly Circus sold last night at Christie’s for £5.6 million; whilst this was an undeniably good result, it fell slightly short of its high estimate – […]

16 November 2011

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New Law To Crack Down On Public Sculpture Thefts

Labour MP Graham Jones proposes Metal Theft Prevention Bill The Labour MP Graham Jones is to propose a private members bill in the House of Commons today that will call for more vigilant licensing for scrap metal dealers to prevent thieves from stealing high value metals ranging from bronze public sculptures to rail cables which […]

16 November 2011

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Contemporary Arts Society Prize Money Lands On Nottingham

Cornelia Parker Presents £60,000 award to artist Christina Mackie and Nottingham Castle Museum to create major new artwork Cornelia Parker OBE has presented artist Christina Mackie and the Nottingham Castle Museum with this year’s Contemporary Art Society Annual Award. The paired-up artist and museum combo beat five shortlisted proposals for a major new work of art, […]

16 November 2011

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Tate broke Deathbed Promise Says J.M.W. Turner Heir

Hypocritical Turner descendent demands that J.M.W. Turner’s scattered paintings be exhibited together in one place A descendent of J.M.W. Turner is to petition parliament to force the Royal Academy and Tate to fulfil the painter’s final wishes – to display all of Turner’s paintings, which he bequeathed to the nation, together in one place. Ray Turner, […]

15 November 2011

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Richard Wright and Karla Black Announced For Glasgow Festival

  This year’s Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is full to the brim with Turner prize royalty, cementing city’s reputation as contemporary art hub 130 artists – including Turner Prize nominee Karla Black, and winner Richard Wright – have been announced as exhibitors at 2012 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. The festival is […]

15 November 2011

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Ai Weiwei Posts $1.3m Tax Bond

The Chinese dissident artist has complied with the government and has made good a $1.3m (£820,000) bond in order to begin an appeal against a $2.5m tax bill. He said in a report to the BBC, “The tax bureau insisted I put the money into its bank account or face police prosecution”. Mr Ai’s representatives […]

15 November 2011

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Anish Kapoor Invades Robin Hood Country

Nottingham stopover for major contemporary sculpture exhibition A touring exhibition of Turner Prize winning artist Anish Kapoor opens at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery this week, from 19 November 2011 until 11 March 2012, after which it moves to the Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. A number of tours, workshops and a trail to […]

15 November 2011

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William Kentridge Takes Place Of David Hockney And Anish Kapoor

William Kentridge is latest visual artist selected for Rolex mentoring scheme that has, in the past, featured David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, John Baldessari, and Rebecca Horn South African artist William Kentridge has been announced as latest artist to take part in Rolex initiative that, over the years has featured John Baldessari, David Hockney, Rebecca Horn, and […]

15 November 2011

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IFO Spotted Over King’s Cross

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, its King’s Cross’s IFO by French artist Jacques Rival Once a month, the night sky over London’s King’s Cross is set to be given a sparkling makeover, due to the installation of IFO (Identified Flying Object) – an illuminated artwork by French artist and architect Jacques […]

14 November 2011

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Turner Prize Nominee George Shaw Comes Home

Herbert Art Gallery Coventry offers the Chance to win an original Shaw Turner Prize Nominee George Shaw is exhibiting his paintings for the first time in the city that they depict. This collection of works illustrate places many viewers will recognise, the specific pubs, street corners, rows of garages, trees and shops, but less familiar […]

14 November 2011

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Bob & Roberta Smith Goes Gotham

JOIN THE ART PARTY OF THE USA And Protect The Arts The highly anticipated exhibition of new work by British Artist, Bob & Roberta Smith aka Patrick Brill at The Boiler, in New York featuring his Gotham Golem, opened on 11 November. The Art Party serves to protect and preserve the creative arts internationally. Smith’s […]

14 November 2011

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Tate Spearheads Global Warming Initiative

Nicholas Serota, Tate galleries director, implores art galleries to turn down heat to prevent climate change The Tate galleries director, Nicholas Serota, is leading the charge to make art galleries cut temperature and humidity levels. Current rules and regulations for gallery temperature and humidity are not only expensive, Serota argues;  they are also harming the […]

14 November 2011

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Fashion Royalty Mario Testino to Reveal Turner Prize 2011

World’s most famous fashion photographer Mario Testino to present artworld’s most prestigious award – the Turner Prize It has been announced that Mario Testino, one of the world’s most well known and celebrated fashion photographers, will present this year’s Turner Prize at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead on 5 December 2011.  The pronouncement on which of the four nominated artists have […]

14 November 2011

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Crunch Time For Chapman Brothers And British Sea Power

Crunch festival November 2011 promises diverse programme of art, music, and lectures on Welsh border Crunch is not only one of the newest fairs to challenge the hegemony of the world’s established art fairs, but also the most novel. Combining art, lectures, and music in the Wales/England border town of Hay-on-Wye, Crunch promises a heady […]

14 November 2011

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Moscow’s Modigliani Counterfeit Controversy

Accusations that Pushkin Museum is exhibiting forged Modigliani portrait in major Paris School show Moscow’s State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts has been accused of displaying a fake Modigliani in their exhibition ‘Paris School: 1905-32’. The painting in question is titled Portrait of Marevna, and is described by the gallery as a 1919 portrait by […]

13 November 2011

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Buying Frenzy For Child Prodigy Kieron Williamson

Pandemonium as art collectors scrabble to get hands on work by 9 year-old, in 10-minute sale that makes over £100,000 A collection of paintings by 9 year-old ‘prodigy’ Kieron Williamson sold out in just 10 minutes for an unbelievable £105,000. This was Kieron’s fourth sale, and buyers clamoured to pay anything from £1,250 to £15,595, […]

13 November 2011

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Tracey Emin Welcomes Oblivious Queen To Turner Contemporary

Queen’s visit to Margate’s new gallery the Turner Contemporary nearly marred by royal gaffs Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has paid a visit to Margate’s Turner Contemporary Gallery, where she met with gallery Director Victoria Pomery, Chair John Kampfner along with other key members of staff. She was then given a gallery tour, on which […]

12 November 2011

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Pavilion of Art and Design Brings Paris To New York

Quality returns in abundance to NYC Modernism show From the moment you walked through the doors of the Park Avenue Armory you could sense an energy not felt in years. The fair, know as PAD  the Pavilion of Art and Design, is making its debut in New York today. The fair began in Paris 14 […]

12 November 2011

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Andreas Gursky Goes Through The Roof

£2.7m Record price for Andreas Gursky’s photo A photograph of the Rhine river by German artist Andreas Gursky created in 1999 has sold at auction for a record $4.3 million at Christie’s  New York. This now becomes the most expensive photograph in the world overtaking lasts years record achieved by the American photographer Cindy Sherman.”Untitled,” […]