12 November 2011

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Grayson Perry Decries Portsmouth Plans to Cut Crafts

Grayson Perry has spoken out against arts cuts at university where he was student, arguing that digital media is no replacement for traditional crafts Grayson Perry has spoken out against the proposed cuts threatening the arts at the University of Portsmouth, where he was once a student. The Turner Prize winning artist (currently exhibiting at […]

12 November 2011

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Abramovic MOCA Gala Performance Denounced As Exploitation

Yvonne Rainer writes to MOCA condemning Abromavic’s planned performance in which underpaid actors are objects of titillation and humiliation for wealthy gala goers Dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer has written a letter to LA’s MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch condemning the planned performance of artist Maria Abramovic at this year’s MOCA gala. Rainer’s letter (see below, in full) […]

12 November 2011

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Girl and Guinea Pig Scoop Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

Jooney Woodward wins 2011 National Portrait Gallery photographic prize for image of young girl and her pet A photograph of a 13-year-old holding her pet guinea pig has been awarded the 2011 National Portrait Gallery photographic prize – the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The photograph that topped this year’s 6000 entries was taken by […]

11 November 2011

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The Future Queen of the Screen Helen Carmel Benigson

Paul Carey-Kent Interviews Rising Art Star  Helen Carmel Benigson Benigson’s new solo show, to be followed soon by a retrospective at the James Hockey Gallery in Farnham, is a multi-media case of excess all areas: performance, video, photographs, monotypes, prints, videos on top of video, video on the pavement outside, stickers in the window, a […]

11 November 2011

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Controversial Australian Artist David Boyd Dies

David Boyd, the artist who courted controversy with his works depicting the suffering of Australia’s indigenous peoples, has died in Sydney at 87 Award-winning Australian artist David Boyd, and brother to famous landscape artist Arthur Boyd, has died in Sydney aged 87. A painter and ceramicist, Boyd  was awarded an OAM for his services to […]

11 November 2011

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Art Battles Veteran Trauma

Veteran charity Combat Stress uses art to successfully treat post-combat disorders Art therapy is being deployed by Combat Stress – the biggest provider of support to armed forces veterans outside the NHS – to treat ex-soldiers with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. Art activities such as drawing, sculpting and painting […]

10 November 2011

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Future Map Reveals London Artists Of the Future

30 graduates from University of Arts London selected for Future Map 11 exhibition as next big thing The final exhibitors for Future Map 11 – the exhibition showcasing the hottest recent graduates from the University of Arts London – were announced yesterday. This year’s show will be hosted by the Zabludowicz Collection in Chalk Farm, […]

10 November 2011

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Calder Mobiles Confiscated From Local Frenchman As Counterfeits

Alexander Calder mobiles brought to Paris for valuation by local Frenchman seized by Calder Foundation as fakes French authorities have seized a collection of nine mobiles, supposedly created by Alexander Calder, on the suspicion that they are fakes. The pieces, dating from the 1970s, came to light after they were brought to the Tajan auction […]

10 November 2011

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Clyfford Still Leads Abstract Expressionist Revival

1949 Work sells for staggering $61 million At Sotheby’s in New York Sotheby’s New York has announced a record price achieved for the US Abstract Expressionist painter Clyfford Still. The work sold for a staggering f $61.7m ($38.8m) The piece titled  painting 1949-A-No 1 is a composition of jagged white splashes over red, grey and […]

9 November 2011

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Karla Black Biennale Bags For Glasgow Charity

Turner Prize nominee Karla Black swaps plastic bags for linen, in aid of The Glasgow Project Room Three hand-painted, signed linen bags created by Turner Prize nominee Karla Black, and commemorating her Biennale exhibition, will be offered at a silent auction. Black designed the bags alongside her exhibition representing Scotland at the 2011 Venice Biennale, which […]

9 November 2011

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Ai Weiwei Harassment Bill Paid In Paper Airplanes

$800,000 flown and thrown to Ai Weiwei to help him pay harassment tax bill Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, has received more than $800,000 from thousands of supporters in a bid to help him pay a tax bill, widely recognised as government harassment. The Beijing tax bureau is demanding that Ai Weiwei pay 15 million […]

9 November 2011

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Warhol and Lichtenstein See Christie’s Reversal Of Fortune

  $247.6m sale total at Christie’s makes up for last week’s auction in which even work by Degas failed to find a buyer We speculated yesterday that the lukewarm contemporary sale at Phillips De Pury was perhaps attributable to buyers guarding their purse strings in anticipation of bigger sales at rival houses later in the […]

8 November 2011

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Art By Offenders Explores The Dark And Light Side Of Prison Life

UNLESS you’re a master forger the idea of art and crime mixing together might not spring instantly to mind. However a quick duck in to the Southbank Centre this autumn may have you scurrying to re-evaluate that idea and your perceptions of prison life.Introducing Art by Offenders; both fascinating in theme and remarkable in style, […]

8 November 2011

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GFEST Wins A Fabulous Following

Gaywise FESTival 2011 commences amid declarations of support London’s premier LGBT cross-arts festival Gaywise FESTival 2011, or GFEST, opened last night with an impressive turnout at the Barbican’s Dreamspace Gallery (EC1Y 8NA), exhibiting work by artists such as Jason C Woodson, Francesca Alaimo, Paul Kindersley, Boa Swindler, and Simon Croft. Taking place annually in November in […]

8 November 2011

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French Hold UK Gallery Hostage For Stolen Painting

French government places an export ban on ‘stolen’ 17th Century painting being displayed at a French art fair by London’s Weiss gallery The Carrying of the Cross by the French master Nicolas Tournier had been bought last year for 400,000 euros by the Weiss Gallery, and had been transported to France to be displayed in […]

7 November 2011

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Chinese Buyers Dominate London’s Asian Art Fair

  London’s Asian Art Fair sees Wealthy Chinese collectors dominating sales   This year’s Asian Art in London began last week, an event which has been showcasing art from China, India, Japan and Korea for over ten years through a series of specialised exhibitions and sales run by leading dealers and auction houses. This year’s […]

7 November 2011

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NYC Most Wanted Graffiti Artist Is Ex NYPD

Ex-cop Steven Weinberg believed to be ‘Neo’, one of New York’s most prolific graffiti artists ‘Neo’ has been painting New York’s subways for the last 30 years, with his tag having been found on 16 different train lines throughout the city. Having been searching for the culprit since the 1980s, the NYPD has made a […]

7 November 2011

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Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition Comes At High Price

Taxpayer could pay £1.5 billion if Leonardo da Vinci paintings are harmed during ground-breaking National Gallery exhibition The National Gallery’s Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at The Court of Milan is set to make art history as the most complete display of rare surviving paintings ever held. But while the artworld is all a-flutter with anticipation, few […]

7 November 2011

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Occupying London A Moral Vacancy

An Artist’s Response to the St Paul’s protest – Editorial by Rebecca Mellor Occupations continue at St Paul’s, across the UK and worldwide. Protestors face continued dismissal by disconnected members of government, media and those with their eyes and minds firmly closed to the reality of the impact of inherently unjust and corrupt infrastructure directly […]

5 November 2011

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Top British Artists Produce Olympic Gold Graphics

Big Names Equal Big Impact For Official 2012 Olympic Posters Twelve Olympic posters were unveiled at Tate Britain yesterday in the run up to the 2012 games which take place in a little over nine months time. The Paralympics are also represented in the dozen images chosen by a panel spearheaded by Tate Modern director […]

5 November 2011

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Banksy Artwork Lost in graffiti War

Archway mural sprayed over by rival aerosol gang King Robbo or one of his followers may have been responsible for the loss of a major Banksy this week. The Archway mural at Junction Road, opposite McDonald’s, has been sprayed over with black paint. Another Banksy near Quinn’s pub in Camden Town was also damaged but […]

5 November 2011

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Crystal Bridges Museum Wal Mart Gives Something Back

 America prepares for the biggest privately funded museum since the Getty Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opens its doors to the public on 11 November. The much anticipated collection is a vast survey of American art from colonial times to the present, with a relevant focus on the here and now. The 1.3 billion […]

4 November 2011

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Martin Creed Rings Out For London Olympics

Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed, will be executing a live sound piece on 27 July 2012 at 8:00 BST The piece titled, “Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes” will synchronize a three minutes performance throughout the UK to celebrate […]

4 November 2011

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Cornelia Parker To Present The Contemporary Art Society Annual Award

The Contemporary Art Society ‘Annual Award’ takes place on 14th November The Annual Award, “Commission to collect ” sponsored by The Contemporary Art Society has announced that this years prize will be presented by atiist Cornelia Parker. The reception for the Award will take place in London on 14th November. The winning museum will be […]

4 November 2011

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation 2011 Visual Arts Awards Results

This year’s recipients of “Awards for visual Artists.”for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation went to a variety of Installation,Video and Text based artists, with one painter thrown in for good measure. Five visual artists were named prizewinners on 2 November: Janice Kerbel, Amalia Pica, John Smith, Sue Tompkins, and Rose Wylie. Most of the artists were […]

3 November 2011

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Damien Hirst Designs Spin Guitar For Music Charity

Hirst teams up with ‘Chili Pepper’ Flea to make limited edition £50k Bass Damien Hirst has again teamed up with the California based band “Red Hot Chili Pepper’s” to create an original work of art. This time the focus is on Flea the bands bassist. Hirst has generously designed a limited edition bass guitar which […]

2 November 2011

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Modigliani Stolen By Nazis In NY Court

Oscar Stettiner The grandson of a Jewish Parisian art dealer is demanding the return of a 25m dollar painting by the Franco-Italian Artist Amedeo Modigliani. He has filed for its return in the New York courts, with a lawsuit against the  Helly Nahmad Gallery, for the recovery of the masterpiece, which failed to sell at […]

2 November 2011

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Tate Modern Protest Site Blocked By Police

Occupy London camp at Tate dispersed as St Paul’s camp is reprieved The eleven protesters who set up tents on the green in front of Tate Modern at Bankside yesterday were moved on by Southwark council and the police yesterday afternoon. The green-space has since been fenced off to prevent further encroachment by protesters. This […]

1 November 2011

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Ai Weiwei Handed Tax Bill For Millions

Dissident Artist; “They needed an excuse to take me away for 81 days” The Chinese authorities have given written notice to the dissident Artist Ai Weiwei to pay 15m yuan ($2.3m; £1.4m) within fifteen days. This relates to a case dating back several months which resulted in his abduction and jailing last spring. Mr Ai […]

1 November 2011

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Martin Boyce In Focus

A closer look at Turner Prize 2011 nominee Martin Boyce Martin Boyce’s work draws on a wide range of influences, as much from the fields of architecture and design as that of art. His Turner Prize exhibition, evocative of a park landscape, contains a myriad of references to icons of Modernism: this is seen nowhere […]

1 November 2011

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Tate Modern Occupied By Anti Capitalist Protesters

Occupy London moves from St Paul’s site to Tate Modern First Photo A number of OLSX protesters have set up a small camp on the green in front of Tate Modern, on the South Bank. The splinter site was set up at 3:00 am this morning and consists of around eleven protesters. One arrest has […]

31 October 2011

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The Open Prize A Celebration Of Video Painting

Open Prize 2011 Exhibition demonstrates the creative scope of a seemingly restrictive medium The Open Prize 2011 celebrates artists working in the medium of video painting. The current exhibition in Shoreditch Town Hall not only showcases the work of up and coming artists, but also traces the history of the movement, which is now in […]