19 April 2011

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London’s National Gallery Goes Green

Twenty years ago London’s National Gallery introduced a new, balanced, warm and cool tungsten lighting system, which was state of the art in the 1990s. Once again proving itself a leader in the area of lighting systems for galleries. Over the next two years, LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting will be installed throughout the Gallery, […]

18 April 2011

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New Contemporary and Modern Galleries For National Museum Cardiff

The Welsh Assembly Government, Trusts, Foundations and individuals have made possible major building and refurbishment work to the Cardiff National Museum. The work is now well underway to the west wing galleries set to open this summer. This important regeneration will add needed additional space dedicated to the display of modern and contemporary art. Housed […]

17 April 2011

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Miroslav Tichy Pioneering Photographer Dies at 84

The Czec photographer Miroslav Tichy, a pioneer who only recently became internationally known, after achieving major success abroad, has died age 84. After studying at the Academy of Arts in Prague, he worked for sometime as an abstract painter. This was not easy in Communist Czechoslovakia and Tichy turned to a life of isolation in […]

17 April 2011

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Tracey Emin Opens Turner Contemporary Gallery Margate

Plans for Emin Solo Show In May 2012 An emotional Tracey Emin gave the opening speech to a crowd of around a thousand people outside the new Turner Contemporary gallery as the grand opening came off flawlessly. “In Margate, first there were the Danes, then the Vikings, now there’s art and art is going to […]

15 April 2011

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Stolen Goya and El Greco Recovered in Spain

Police officers with the Civil Guard in Spain have uncovered two priceless paintings. The “La Anunciación” by El Greco and “La Aparición de la Virgen del Pilar” by Francisco de Goya. They were found in a house in Alicante, both have been missing since the end of the 1990s. The two works of art are […]

15 April 2011

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Chinese Art Market In Danger Of Crash

The reported 10 billion dollar market for Chinese art is in danger of crashing after auction houses around the world clamp down on non-payers. The practice is rife and the trust or gentleman’s agreement which has been practiced by auction houses in the western hemisphere  for generations is about to be reevaluated. This year saw […]

14 April 2011

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Ai Weiwei The Truth Behind His Detention

When Mr Ai was arrested on the 3 April while attempting to board a plane for Hong Kong several key factors were ignored by the Chinese authorities. These include the understanding that his profile is so high in the west that every move he makes is followed closely by the international media. Social networking has […]

14 April 2011

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BP Portrait Award Shortlist 2011 Announced

Why the BP Portrait Prize has gone downhill  Every year the National Portrait Gallery in London holds a portrait painting competition. This year more than 50 portraits have been selected for the annual event at  London’s NPG. The competition is currently sponsored by BP (British Petroleum), the award is known as the BP Portrait award. […]

13 April 2011

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Art Fund To Help Cash Strapped UK Museums

The Art Fund announced today plans to increase its funding for museums and galleries for exhibitions and purchases. The increase will be by over 50% by 2014. This is in response to the severe financial pressures facing most art institutions in the UK. The fund is committing £7 million a year to their funding programme […]

13 April 2011

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Turner Contemporary Art Shed Opens In Margate

New Art Monument For Margate    Turner Contemporary which had its unofficial opening last night is an ambitious arts centre hoping to elevate Kent’s Margate, a rundown former seaside resort into what Tate did for St Ives in Cornwall and the Guggenheim for Bilbao in Spain. Margate is shut and shuttered. Much of the town centre […]

13 April 2011

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Beck’s Art Crawl Hits Shoreditch Free Beer

Beck’s the brewers of excellent beer is sponsoring an Art related pub-crawl to celebrate their commitment to art and design. Well known artists have participated over the years by submitting designs for labels and glasses to the company. Big names like Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Richard Long Gilbert & George to name but a few […]

13 April 2011

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Stolen Syd Barrett Painting Recovered

ArtLyst were among the first to report that a self-portrait by former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett had been stolen from the Idea Generation Gallery in London’s Shoreditch, where it was on display over the weekend. The portrait belonged to Libby Gausden the frontman’s former girlfriend. It had never been exhibited in public before it […]

13 April 2011

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Joan Miro Tate Modern Video Tour 2011

I had an unique opportunity to explore the new Joan Miro exhibition at Tate Modern today. “The Ladder of Escape” is the aptly titled theme of this body of Miro’s politically motivated legacy. The Spanish born Artist in the first London survey in over 50 years shines. It looks set  to be another blockbuster to […]

12 April 2011

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Syd Barrett Painting Stolen First Photo

Here is the first glimpse of the Syd Barrett painting that was stolen from the the Idea Generation Gallery in London’s Shoreditch last Saturday. It was painted in 1961-62 before Barrett joined the band Pink Floyd. The painting is applied in a heavy impasto in blues, rusts, white and brown tones. It is almost abstract […]

11 April 2011

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Joan Miro Lateral Thinking Tate Modern

New Miro Exhibition “The Ladder of Escape” Opens At Tate Modern Tate Modern’s new exhibition of Spanish born Artist Joan Miro titled “The Ladder of Escape”  is the first London survey of the artist’s work in over 50 years. It looks set  to be another blockbuster to follow in the footsteps of the recent Gauguin […]

11 April 2011

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Syd Barrett Painting Stolen From London Gallery

A self-portrait by former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett has been stolen from the Idea Generation Gallery in London’s Shoreditch where it was on display. It was painted in the 1960’s before he joined the group, that went on to be founded in 1965. Pink Floyd first became popular playing in London’s underground music scene […]

10 April 2011

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Hedda Sterne The Last Abstract Expressionist Dies at 100

Hedda Sterne,The last living artist, of the original New York Abstract Expressionist group who were immortalized in the Life magazine portrait known as, ‘The Irascibles’, has died age 100. In 1951 she  featured alongside Theodore Stamos, Jimmy Ernst, Barnett Newman, James Brooks, and Mark Rothko, Richard Pousette-Dart, William Baziotes, Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, Robert Motherwell, […]

10 April 2011

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John McCracken American Artist Dies

John McCracken, one of the the most challenging California artists  from the 1960’s has died in New York, he was 76. McCracken was known for his fusion of painting with geometric sculpture and  embodied an aesthetic style distinct of postwar Los Angeles. McCracken was born 9 December 1934, in Berkeley and studied at the  California […]

6 April 2011

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Michael Jackson Fans Insulted By ‘Jeff Koons’ Style Sculptures

A new sculpture of the Late “King Of Pop” Michael Jackson by Swedish-born artist Maria von Köhler has outraged Jackson fans in London and prompted numerous death threats to the recording studio where the work of art is installed. Premises Studios famous for past recordings by The Artic Monkeys and Amy Winehouse is located in […]

6 April 2011

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Mona Lisa Tomb Raiders Search for Corpse

Controversy surrounds plans to dig up the grave of a Florentine woman thought to be the sitter of the Mona Lisa. A mausoleum will be searched and excavated in the next few weeks to try and identify the remains of a woman long thought to be the subject of the iconic portrait by Leonardo Da […]

5 April 2011

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Artist Ai Weiwei Arrested and Missing In China

The artist, Ai Weiwei,best known for his collaboration on the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing has been arrested in China again. Ai was arrested at the airport as he was going through immigration. The authorities separated him from the people accompanying him and turned off his mobile phone. It was also reported that eight […]

5 April 2011

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Gauguin Painting Attacked By Lunatic In Washington

A key Post Impressionist painting by Artist Paul Gauguin, valued at over 100 million pounds was attacked and pulled from the wall by a mentally ill woman, on Friday, in Washington DC. The work which was the centerpiece of the Gauguin exhibition, “Gauguin: Maker of Myth.” which traveled from Tate Modern in London had recently […]

3 April 2011

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Zaha Hadid Design Rejected in Eleventh Hour U-Turn

South of California’s state capital Sacramento, in the small town of Elk Grove (population 153,000) controversy is brewing. It all surrounds the commissioning of a civic centre by the highly acclaimed British/Iraqi born architect Zaha Hadid . It began eleven years ago, when the City Council launched an international design competition for a contemporary civic […]

2 April 2011

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Is Justin Beiber A Warhol Style Icon?

The answer is yes. If this were were 30 years ago Andy Warhol would embrace Beiber fever as he did other classic personalities from the film and music industries. Bieber crosses all boundaries of gender. His sex-appeal is androgynous and his classic good looks appeal, not only to heterosexual pubescent girls but also to a […]

31 March 2011

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British Museums Most Popular in World

Figures released today place British Museums at the top, taking three out of the first five positions globally. Only the Louvre  in Paris out does the UK by dominating the number one position. The British Museum comes in at number two with 5842,138 visitors. Tate Modern number four getting 5,061,172 through the door and the […]

29 March 2011

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Arts Council Funding Cuts Latest

1,333 arts organisations entered the new National Portfolio application process. 695 realised funding, leaving 638 to sink or swim. The organisations some new many established were all judged on their viability as a business model as well as their unique contributive artistic characteristics. The sucessful aplicants will receive funding over the next three years. New […]

27 March 2011

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ICA Future Back On Track

“The ICA exists to challenge the foundations of contemporary art”, this is the pledge, from its new Executive Director Gregor Muir, made in an address to members on Saturday. It has been a turbulent 18 months. The sixty plus-year-old institution has pulled itself up from near bankruptcy with a deficit of £750,000 in 2010 to […]

26 March 2011

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Anarchists & Artists Protest Cuts in Trafalgar Square

26 March protest was a raving success Up to half a million protesters marched on London today. It was mostly a peaceful demonstration, against the 85 Billion GBP in cuts promised by the coalition Government, under Tory leader David Cameron. The march organized by the TUC was a family oriented day with all ages and […]

26 March 2011

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New Warhol Exhibition Dazzles Southampton

A new exhibition exploring the Art of Andy Warhol opens it’s doors to the public on the 27th March in Southampton. It explores a wide spectrum of mediums covering all periods of the artist’s output. The 200 plus works exhibited is part of the Tate’s and the National Galleries of Scotland’s Artist Rooms series deriving […]

25 March 2011

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Call For Cameron to Stop Lying About Arts Cuts

Arts Cuts a Survival Guide: What next for the arts? Following a meeting today, at the Young Vic of cross arts representatives, an open letter was published, directed at Prime minister David Cameron. The meeting was attended by over 500 concerned members of the arts community. The consensus was drawn that the potential contribution to […]

25 March 2011

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London Protest Against Arts Cuts 26 March

Royal festival Hall Is Meet Up Point For Artists 10am Groups of artists protesting on the 26th March are meeting outside the Royal festival Hall on the other side of the embankment before marching across to join the much larger march.  This will give everyone a chance to meet up with likeminded protesters. As many […]

24 March 2011

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Warhol’s Elizabeth Taylor Resurrects Art Market

The year the work was created Warhol stated; “I’m going to stop painting. I want my paintings to sell for $25 000” If only he knew! A portrait of Hollywood legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor is coming back onto the market after a short rest in a vault. It will be offered by  Auctioneers Phillips de […]