30 October 2011

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Labour Marks Out Its Future Arts Policy

Arts not a second-rate sector states Shadow Culture Minister Dan Jarvis Labour MP and Shadow Culture Minister, Dan Jarvis, has announced that he is to launch a report into ‘Arts in the Regions.’ Speaking after the announcement, the Barnsley MP explained, “I am proud of what the last Labour government did for the Arts in […]

30 October 2011

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Ryan Gander Sculpture Unveiled In Warsaw

Functional Disorder And Really Shiny Things That Don’t Mean Anything Warsaw City Council and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw has devoted a new prime space to public art. The collective initiative of “The New Place Project” (the Tribune),  is the answer to the growing interest in quality fine art commissions for public spaces […]

30 October 2011

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Hilary Lloyd In Focus

A Closer Look at Turner Prize 2011 Nominee Hilary Lloyd   For her Turner Prize exhibition, Hilary Lloyd presents us with four separate video works – the frankly titled ‘Floor’, ‘Shirt’, ‘Tower Block’ and ‘Moon’. Her works infuse the mundane with the glamour of intrigue generated through abstraction, with her familiar subjects rendered exotic via […]

30 October 2011

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Ai Weiwei Exhibition Takes On Taipei

Thought-provoking content challenges China’s intellectual dilemma A solo exhibition of the dissident  Chinese artist Ai Weiwei opened at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum on Saturday. This is the start of a long run for the show which ends in January. Aptly titled, “Ai Weiwei Absent,” the exhibition highlights the predicament that Mr Ai must live […]

29 October 2011

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RCA Secret Exhibition Celebrates Its Eighteenth Birthday

The RCA Secret is an annual event, which this year celebrates its eighteenth birthday as a unique exhibition and sale of original postcard-sized art, made by professional artists, designers and illustrators, plus current postgraduate students at the Royal College of Art. It is a fund raising event with proceeds going to the RCA’s Art Student […]

29 October 2011

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Anish Kapoor Completes His Eiffel Tower

£19m gift from steel magnet Lakshmi Mittal creates new London landmark The final twisted red steel components, which make up the Arcelor – Mittal tower, were hauled into place by cranes yesterday, for the completion of the 115 meter 377 foot structure, at the 2012 Olympic site in London. Designed by Turner prize winning sculptor […]

28 October 2011

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Banksy Occupy London Sculpture Vandalised

St Paul’s installation covered in graffiti by other protesters The new sculptural work by Banksy the Bristol born graffiti artist installed at the St Paul’s Cathedral, Occupy London camp has been vandalised. It was unveiled two days ago in solidarity with the world wide Anti-Greed protest that has taken over ‘The City’. The elusive politically […]

28 October 2011

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Banksy vs Harrison A Tale Of Two Cities

Ted Harrison, an artist and writer who recently completed his masters at UCA Canterbury, has produced a large scale art installation for St Pauls Cathedral, which will be seen by millions across the world on Remembrance Sunday 11 November. This work is being installed at a contrasting time in St Paul’s history, with the Occupy […]

28 October 2011

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Beatles Artist Gives Brit Award Pop Appeal

Sir Peter Blake Designs New Brit Award For 2012 Artist Sir Peter Blake The man responsible for the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record sleeve has been invited to design the 2012 Brits award statue. Last year’s trophy was designed by fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood. This years model will be decorated in Blake’s […]

27 October 2011

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Art Forgers Get Short Sentence For $20m Fraud

Germany’s biggest art forgery case comes to a close The defendants in the case of Germany’s largest art forgery trial in which at least $22m worth of bogus art was passed off to unsuspecting buyers including the actor Steve Martin has ended with light sentences being passed down to the four suspects. Judge William Kremer […]

27 October 2011

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Picasso Beyond The Ballets Russes

The English National Ballet and Tate Britain premiere Three New Ballets A new collaboration between The English National Ballet and Tate Britain will see the magic and legacy of the Ballets Russes partner in a project inspired by the exhibition Picasso and Modern British Art. Three new ballets will premiere at ‘Late at Tate’ on […]

26 October 2011

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Stolen Picasso Etching May Have Drug Connection

First Photo Exclusive – Valuable art is often used by Colombian drug dealers as Collateral A valuable etching by Cubist painter Pablo Picasso, valued at $65,000, was stolen on Friday, from a museum in Popayan, western Colombia.The Museum press office alerted the press of the robbery yesterday. The untitled print, signed and numbered by the […]

26 October 2011

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Graham Sutherland New Oxford Exhibition

Turner Prize Nominee George Shaw Curates Sutherland Exhibition Turner Prize 2011 nominee, George Shaw is curating an exhibition, this winter of works on paper by British artist, Graham Sutherland. The show at, Modern Art Oxford is titled “An Unfinished World” and is a reflective exploration of the lesser-known work of one of the most compelling […]

26 October 2011

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New Banksy Unveiled At St Paul’s Protest

Infamous Street Artist highlights stock exchange protest with new sculpture The Street Artist Banksy has unveiled a new sculptural work dedicated to the community of protesters, at the Occupy London movement ‘s camp, at St.Paul’s Cathedral. This is in solidarity with the world wide Anti-Greed protest that has taken over ‘The City,’ London’s Wall Street […]

26 October 2011

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Revolution At The Royal Academy

  Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture to open at the Royal Academy this weekend   The new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915–1935, promises an in-depth look at avant-garde Russian architecture during the period c.1922 to 1935. The exhibition seeks to make explicit the […]

25 October 2011

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George Shaw In Focus

  A closer look at Turner Prize 2011 nominee George Shaw   George Shaw is a painter of nostalgia; his subject matter is drawn exclusively from a half–mile radius around Tile Hill, a post-war housing estate on the edge of Coventry in the West Midlands that was Shaw’s home until the age of 18. But […]

25 October 2011

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UK Art Colleges Suffer 27% Drop in Applicants

1/3 of the graduates in the creative industries are still seeking jobs three years after graduation There has been a significant fall, amounting to 27.1 per cent in applications to creative arts and design university courses this Autumn.  According to the latest October figures published by UCAS, applicants for courses commencing September 2012 are below […]

25 October 2011

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Art Cuts Reoffending Rate By 50% States UK Report

Arts Alliance releases figures from indepth study on reoffending in UK The arts engage people on many different levels and now it has been statistically proven that the arts cut reoffending rates by up to 50%. A report recently commissioned by the Arts Alliance has shown that within the criminal justice system the arts play […]

24 October 2011

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Karla Black In Focus

  A closer look at Turner Prize 2011 nominee Karla Black   Although officially dubbed a sculptor, Black’s exhibited work seems to defy classification, simultaneously occupying the regions of painting, sculpture, and performance. Upon passing through a maze of fragile polythene and paint-cracked curtains, the viewer is met with a monumental mountain range constructed out […]

24 October 2011

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Iconic David Hockney Painting Displayed In Dulwich

Masterpiece A Month Series Celebrates Popular Oil By One of The Last Living British Legends Each month this year during the Gallery’s Bicentenary celebration a masterpiece will hang on the end wall of the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s enfilade. David Hockney, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-1, Acrylic on canvas, 212.4 x 304.8cm, Tate, Presented […]

24 October 2011

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Artists Join UK Uncut for Whitehall Protest Today

Treasury Revenue & Customs is focal point for protest against Vodaphone Goldman Sachs tax write off UK Uncut, The Occupy London campers and members of the public will be marching on Whitehall today to ask for the resignation of HMRC boss Dave Hartnett. This protest comes after revelations that Hartnett’s office at HMRC had made […]

23 October 2011

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Damien Hirst Turns His Hand To Graphic Design

Is Damien Hirst a better designer than artist? Artist Damien Hirst’s latest venture into the world of graphic design finds his thinly spread, although highly sought after signature on a new, limited edition Brandy label and gift box. The work was created for friend, Alice Tempereley, whose family have been making Cider Brandy for 25 […]

23 October 2011

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Sir Norman Foster Designs Branson’s Space Odyssey

New Virgin Galactic Terminal Designed By Top British Architect More than 800 guests attended a Virgin Galactic commercial space vehicle air show this week and were treated to a preview of the rocket powered aircraft as they soared through the skies of southern New Mexico. The occasion was the dedication ceremonies of Virgin Galactic’s new […]

22 October 2011

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Export Halted For Francesco Guardi Venice Masterpiece

£26,697,250 price tag to save painting for Nation The Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, has placed a temporary export bar on a painting by Francesco Guardi, Venice, A View of the Rialto Bridge from the Fondamenta del Carbon.  This will provide a limited period in which to raise the money to keep the painting in the […]

22 October 2011

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Justin Bieber Portrait A Smash Hit In Europe

New Exhibition “Vanity Fair 100 years of Masters of Photography” Showcases Bieber A portrait of Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber is just one of the important photographs exhibited in a major new exhibition “Vanity Fair 100 years of Masters of Photography” presented in Vitoria, Basque country, northern Spain which opened on 20 October 2011. This […]

21 October 2011

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Dulwich Picture Gallery Appoints Canadian Artist In Residence

Liz Charsley-Jory announced for year-long stint Dulwich Picture Gallery announced today the first commission of a Canadian Artist in Residence, to coincide with the exhibition Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. There was a strong shortlist of three excellent Canadian artists and Liz Charsley-Jory was appointed to the year-long position. The role […]

20 October 2011

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Warhol Authentication Board To Close

Controversial board dissolved foundation now to Concentrate on core business It was announced yesterday that the controversial Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board will be dissolved in 2012. After over 7m dollars in lawsuits the Foundation has decided to throw in the towel and review its core function.  The president of the foundation, Joel Wachs explained, […]

20 October 2011

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Top Ten Public Contemporary Art Works In London

Need an art fix out of gallery hours? To celebrate the recent appearance of striking new works by James Hopkins and (for three months) Pipilotti Rist, Paul Carey-Kent has compiled a list of recent public sculptures / paintings below to create a top ten of 21st century art available all day in London, several of […]

19 October 2011

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FIAC Follows Frieze Down The Yellow Brick Road

Top London galleries hope Paris fairs better than London The 38th FIAC, which previews for VIPs today includes some of London’s biggest galleries, Victoria Miro, Lisson, Sadie Coles HQ and White Cube are all in Paris directly following Frieze, for what must seem a marathon of epic proportions. All of this air kissing is taking […]

19 October 2011

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Pavilion of Art & Design Recap

Dealers Sell to New Collectors Fair Achieves Positive Results Strong sales and an impressive turnout for The Pavilion of Art & Design London 2011. As the fifth edition closed on Sunday, exhibitors reported an influx of new collectors and visitors. 58 galleries from 11 countries presented the highest-quality works of Modern Painting, Photography, Tribal Art, […]

18 October 2011

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Canada’s Group of Seven Opens In Dulwich

A comprehensive exhibition of works by Canada’s Group of Seven opens this week at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. The Canadian High Commissioner Gordon Campbell told an audience of a few hundred patrons at the gala opening that he was pleased to see the work receiving a long overdue international reception. On view are […]

18 October 2011

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Sotheby’s Auctions Hoax Drawing By Nat Tate

Musician David Bowie published a monograph of the Artist on April Fools Day 1998 Sotheby’s the London auctioneer is selling a drawing by the fictional artist Nat Tate, whose work and life was allegedly created in the publication of his biography, nearly forty years after his death in 1960. Author William Boyd published a monograph […]