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 […]

10 January 2011

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Brian Eno Exhibits 77 Million Paintings in Canada

Brian Eno,the musician/producer, who developed the genre known as ambient music, presents his work 77 Million Paintings, in Calgary Canada. The  installation consists of a very slowly evolving, self-generative, sound- and image-scape. The work premiered in Tokyo in 2006, and debuted in Brighton at the 2010 festival in Britain. Eno calls the piece “visual music”. […]

9 January 2011

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Photographers Gallery Charity Auction at Christie’s

The Photographers Gallery in London is holding a charity auction at Christie’s South Kensington on Thursday 17 February 2011, to celebrate its 40th anniversary,. The auction is to raise funds for the final stage of building its Ramillies Street Gallery. The event will include a Live and Silent Auction, offering nearly 70 lots. With estimates […]

8 January 2011

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New Banksy Interview – Documentary Tipped For Oscar

As the Oscars approach the bickering begins. Joachim Levy a 34-year-old Swiss filmmaker is contesting the omission of his name on the Banksy film, Exit Through the Gift Shop in what he sees as an unjust oversight. Levy worked as a producer and editor with Thierry Guetta the driving force behind the doc” Life Remote […]

7 January 2011

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Dennis Hopper Shot Chairman Mao by Warhol Results

Yesterday,Christie’s NY offered a 1967 Warhol screen print of Marilyn Monroe in purple, yellow, and orange tones on a shocking pink background, with a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. It fetched $206.500 four times the estimate. A further print with a more historically important background sold alongside it. This work, a 1972 Warhol screen print of […]

5 January 2011

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Mick Karn Artist Musician Dies At 52

Tributes are pouring in for the Sculptor/Musician Mick Karn who died yesterday after a long battle with lung cancer. Karn was born in Cyprus and came to England with his family when he was five years old, growing up in Lewisham, South London. Karn came to prominence with his 1980’s band Japan, which he founded […]

4 January 2011

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Art Stock Exchange To Launch In Paris

Pierre Naquin, a French entrepreneur is to create a fund offering shares in 20th – 21st century master works. Collectors, who cannot afford to hang a work by an important artist on their wall, will be able to buy shares in an art work. The first art stock exchange prepares to open in the French […]

31 December 2010

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Edvard Munch Thieves Convicted

Three works stolen from the Malmo Art Museum including a 1.2 million dollar painting by the Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch.”Two Friends.” were recovered when Swedish police investigating other crimes stumbled upon stolen art. The thieves were convicted by the Swedish court on Wednesday jailing one of the unidentified men for six months and fining the […]

29 December 2010

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Dan Flavin Work Classified By EU as Light fittings

Works by the late American sculptor Dan Flavin have had VAT applied as EU says works are ‘light fittings’ The sculptures shown at the Haunch Of Venison Gallery in London have been classified as light fixtures rather than art and £36,000 in VAT has been applied. This has remained outstanding while the dispute continues. As […]

28 December 2010

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Gerry Judah First New York Solo Show

The English Artist Gerry Judah is exhibiting six large scaled monochromatic paintings/reliefs in his first New York show. This is the London-based artist’s first exhibition in the United States and will be on view until January 29 2011. The paintings are based on aerial photography, inspired by conflict – particularly in the Middle East, whether […]

28 December 2010

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Falling Water Gingerbread House Unveiled

The most original design for a gingerbread house this year has to go Melodie and Brenton, for the ‘Falling Water Gingerbread House’ a model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s well known building, from 1935.The original house, in rural Pennsylvania stands as one of Wright’s greatest masterpieces, both for its dynamism and for its integration with the […]

26 December 2010

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Warhol Foundation Founder Dies

John Warhola, elder brother of artist Andy Warhol has died, on Christmas Eve, in Pittsburgh, from pneumonia. He was 85.  Warhola, was one of the three founding members of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and guardian of his legacy. He was a driving force and spearheaded the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh […]

25 December 2010

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Top 2010 Christmas Exhibitions – Paul Carey-Kent

HUGE MEAL, BIG GALLERY, SMALL SHOW Most of the commercial galleries are closed over the Christmas and New Year period. The big museums and galleries tend to be open, but will the major shows – Gauguin, Canaletto, Muybridge etc.. – be too heavy after a matching dinner? Perhaps a small show in a big gallery […]