19 February 2011

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Christian Marclay The Clock Turner Prize Contender?

Christian Marclay walks a fine line between being entertaining and mundane. His work The Clock which has been a surprise  international success closes it’s New York stint at the Paula Cooper Gallery this weekend. ‘The Clock’ which had its London debut at White Cube in Mason’s Yard in October and November is constructed out of […]

19 February 2011

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Rigged?

Was The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize rigged? The 2010 prize is supposed to present the very best in contemporary portrait photography, showcasing the work of talented young photographers and gifted amateurs alongside that of established professionals and photography students. Through editorial, advertising and fine art images, the entrants have explored a range of themes, […]

18 February 2011

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Banksy Meets Jamie Oliver

British guerilla artist Banksy has created a new work on a wall in Westwood California in preparation for his Oscar nominated documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. The ballots are due Tuesday and it is looking good for the artist, who is busy lobbying for votes by keeping a high profile. The work has been […]

18 February 2011

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Phillips de Pury Contemporary Sale Results

      Phillips de Pury in London completed the successful week of contemporary evening sales in their New York style Howick Place premises in Victoria with 29 selective lots achieving £5,409,200 ($8,725,040). 24 of the lots found buyers the highpoint being Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Overrun” (1985) which sold for for £1,127,650 ($1,815,517) Robert Rauschenberg’s multi-layered […]

14 February 2011

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Premiums 2011 Opens At The Royal Academy

Premiums is an exhibition mounted annually which feature the work of 16 postgraduate students. It comprises contemporary artwork by postgraduates in their second year at the Royal Academy School and provides an excellent opportunity to view new work by emerging artists at the interim point of their three year course. Works in the exhibition includes […]

12 February 2011

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Nazi Art Claimant Maria Altmann Dies

Maria Altmann who in 2006 successfully reclaimed five paintings by Gustav Klimt, from Austrian museums that were seized by the Nazis in 1938, has died age 94. The case was one in a string of high profile disputed ownership cases that has rocked the art world in the last decade. The successful outcome resulted in […]

10 February 2011

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Alan Uglow British Artist Dies At 69

Alan Uglow the New York based British Artist widely known for subtle paintings composed of monochrome rectangular fields edged and bisected by stripes of contrasting colours has died age 69. Born in Luton on 19 July, 1941 and graduating the Central School of Art in London in 1962. He moved to New York in 1969. […]

9 February 2011

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Eduardo Paolozzi Murals At Risk By Developers

Several of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi’s mosaic murals designed for the Tottenham Court Road Tube Station, in the 1980s are to be removed.This is to make way for new passages and reinforced tunnels, as part of the expanded tube station connecting to the new Cross Rail project. The unlisted works of art include, panels of tessellated […]

7 February 2011

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Julian Assange The New Che Guevara

Julian Assange has become one of the hottest subjects for street art since Che Guevara. Hundreds of images of the web-entrepreneur have appeared in places as diverse as New York, London, Lisbon, Rio de Janerio and Tel Aviv. Although most of the Artists are anonymous It is thought that Shepard Fairey is responsible for a […]

6 February 2011

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Jeff Koons Settles Balloon-Gate Lawsuit

Jeff Koons’s attorneys LLC, have called off their irrational lawsuit with the Park Life Gallery in San Francisco and the Canadian company IMM over the production and sale of multi-coloured resin balloon dogs. In an attempt to copyright the balloon dog image, as his intellectual property, the plaintiff has relented that the case is untenable. […]

1 February 2011

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Google Art Project Takes Tate Britain and National Gallery Online

Google, The Internet colossus has now turned its technical innovation to Art. Their latest offering is called, Art Project, a web portal devoted to putting the world’s great museums online. Collaborating with 17 international Museums and Galleries, including the Metropolitan and MoMA in New York, the Uffizi in Italy , the Hermitage in Russia, as […]

30 January 2011

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Cairo Museum Looted As Protesters Clash On Streets

Looters broke into the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities near Tahrir Square in Cairo smashing vitrines,damaging statues and mummies.The robbery took place Friday night, while police attempted to quell the violent protests which erupted on the streets. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Ancient Egyptian treasures, including the priceless collection of King […]

30 January 2011

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Arts Council Creates Fund For Arts To Enter Digital Age

“The Arts should embrace new business models and technology” – Ed Vaizey Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, speaking at the Culture Change Conference in London last week, announced that the Arts Council and NESTA will draw up proposals for a scheme to support the notion that, “The arts industry should explore innovative and creative ways of […]

29 January 2011

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Tony Cragg Exhibits At The Louvre

Figure out / Figure in The Louvre is now playing host to a group of works by the leading British contemporary sculptor, Tony Cragg, installed under the Louvre’s famous Glass Pyramid. The exhibition opened on 26 January and runs through October 2011. In addition, to the visual dialogue which transcends the centuries between Tony Cragg […]

28 January 2011

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London Art Fair 2011 Post Fair Round Up

London Art Fair 19–23 January 2011 at the Business Design Centre, Islington Reporting excellent visitor figures, strong sales and positive feedback, London Art Fair drew a record 24,389 visitors and over 250 media representatives from the UK and around the world. Some 3821 people attended the Preview Evening. VIPs who visited the Fair included Sir Peter Blake, […]

25 January 2011

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Arts Council England To Sell Off Artworks

Dame Liz Forgan, the chair, of the Arts Council told a group of MPs in the Culture Select Committee that Arts Council England is considering selling some of its public collection so it can acquire new works. She stated, “it is not, out of the question and it was being considered.” This has raised more […]

25 January 2011

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Banksy Nominated for Oscar and Bafta Latest

It’s official Banksy’s film, Exit Through The Gift Shop, has been nominated for an Academy Award as well as a Bafta. The Bristol street artist’s first film has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category for the Oscars which will take place in Hollywood in February. The Academy is already considering what do in […]

24 January 2011

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Dennis Oppenheim Conceptual Art Pioneer Dies 72

Dennis Oppenheim the pioneering conceptual artist has died of complications from liver cancer, he was 72. Oppenheim was born in 1938 in Electric City, Washington and studied at the California College of the Arts and Stanford University, before moving to New York in 1966. He made a name for himself as one of the first […]

24 January 2011

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Art 42 Basel Who’s In Who’s Out

June 15 – 19, 2011 Richard Green and Patrick Painter have pulled out of the worlds biggest Art Fair, Art 42 Basel .The fair is the most important international art show for Modern and contemporary art, held annually in Switzerland. It features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. […]

23 January 2011

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Has Jeff Koons Gone Bonkers?

Forever an egotistical megalomaniac, Koons is obsessed with himself. His inflated self-importance has overstretched all sensible boundaries, reaching the point of no return. He is now suing a small San Francisco gallery for design and copyright infringement. It all began about a month ago when Koon’s lawyers sent a ‘Cease and Desist’ letter to the […]

22 January 2011

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VIP Art Fair Is Virtually There

    ArtLyst Review The first online art fair featuring top international dealers, artists and prime location galleries, launched today with overloaded servers and the type of crashes only experienced when trying to buy Lady Gaga tickets online. “Please bear with us, as we work to remedy this situation”; was the frustrating message. I persevered […]

21 January 2011

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MODERN BRITISH SCULPTURE OPENS

Royal Academy Of The Arts  London 22 January – 7 April 2011 Unknown work by Damien Hirst, a barnyard outbuilding and a smattering of 20th century masters are included in the first extensive survey of Modern British sculpture to be held in a major London gallery, in thirty years. Sir Anthony Caro, who features in […]

20 January 2011

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Stolen Masterpieces Recovered in Scotland

Works by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Samuel Peploe and Federico Barocci Returned. Poor record keeping and slack security by the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Museum of Transport, and Maryhill stores in Scotland has aided the disappearance of at least 10 works of art worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. Three paintings stolen from the gallery, more […]

20 January 2011

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Wallace Collection Appoints Christoph Vogtherr As New Director

Sir John Ritblat,Chairman of the Wallace Collection has announced the appointment of Dr Christoph Vogtherr as the next Director of the Collection upon the retirement of Dame Rosalind Savill DBE next October 2011. ‘Having run a fully international competition, it is very satisfying to find the right balance of scholarship and leadership from within the […]

19 January 2011

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UK Museum Storage Costs Millions

Storage costs for art in British Museums is costing over a million pounds per year. A Freedom of Information request put in by the BBC resulted in the finding. “The British Museum spent £86,280 in 2009 and 2010, mothballing 99% of its collection, in storage.” Many museums in the capital keep an average of 90% […]

17 January 2011

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Yoko Ono Wins Hiroshima Art Prize

Yoko Ono, the avant-garde artist and widow of John Lennon, has been awarded the eighth Hiroshima Art Prize. This is awarded for her contributions to world peace through contemporary art. The Mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba stated the city will continue with its “Obamajority,” anti-nuclear weapons campaign, amid controversy over a recent U.S. subcritical nuclear […]

16 January 2011

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Picasso and Dyslexia

Scientists at Middlesex University in London claim that Picasso’s success may be attributed to his dyslexia The 20th century master adapted to his shortcomings including the inability to see words written properly. Researchers think they may have explained the motivation behind some of Picasso’s most recognisable works, including his ground breaking Cubist pieces. Picasso painted […]

14 January 2011

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Fourth Plinth Sculpture Winners Announced

A giant blue rooster by Katharina Fritsch and a curly haired boy on a rocking horse by Elmgreen & Dragset are the next two sculptures chosen for the Fourth Plinth platform in London’s Trafalgar Square.

13 January 2011

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Josh Baum Wins Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize

The Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize has been won by Josh Baum, a recent MA Fine Art graduate from Central Saint Martins. The £3,000 prize was created last year to support a graduating student from one of the University of Arts colleges. Baum’s  sculpture  Instrument for Observing Water Bounce (2010) was chosen as the winning […]

13 January 2011

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Shepard Fairey vs. AP Case Dismissed

The copyright lawsuit between the American Urban Artist, Shepard Fairey and AP (Associated Press), came a step closer to a conclusion yesterday, when U.S. District Judge, Alvin Hellerstein dismissed the case. The artist who had created the Barack Obama “HOPE” image from a photograph by a professional AP news photographer, has been excluded from the […]

12 January 2011

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ICA Appoints Gregor Muir New Executive Director

The ICA has named the successor to Ekow Eshun by appointing Gregor Muir, as its new head. He is currently the director of Hauser & Wirth, a respected London gallery, In addition to redefining the gap between the commercial and curatorial jobs, Muir will inherit an institution in deep crisis. The former broadcaster and journalist, […]

10 January 2011

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Tom Lubbock Artist / Critic dies at 53

The chief art critic for the Independent, Tom Lubbock died yesterday, aged 53. This has come two years after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He was best known for his art criticism which embraced a clarity so original that it never relied on art-speak or any other kind of pretence. His honesty  was […]