20 May 2011

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Ron Arad Installation Activates London’s Roundhouse

The Roundhouse, a North London venue will feature “Curtain Call,” a ring of silicon rods by internationally renowned artist, architect and designer, Ron Arad . The former head of design at the Royal College Of Art has invited his favourite musicians and friends to create unique work for his 360° interactive installation. Arad’s constant experimentation […]

20 May 2011

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Frieze New York And London Fairs Launch for 2012

The Frieze Art Fair, London’s first rate commercial showcase for contemporary art, is to present two new fairs next year, in New York and London. The New York fair will take place at the beginning of May on Randall’s Island, a site in the city’s East River, which is currently used mainly for sporting events […]

20 May 2011

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British Museum shortlisted for £100,000 Art Fund Prize

Art Fund Prize and Clore Award for Museum Learning Announced The British Museum has been shortlisted for this year’s £100,000 Art Fund Prize. The purpose of the prize is to recognise originality and excellence in museums and galleries in the UK.The prize longlist, which was made up of 10 museums and galleries, was announced on […]

20 May 2011

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Tracey Emin Does It At The Hayward Gallery

Tracey Emin is no longer a YBA. At 47 years old she has reached a mid-career juncture. This is a make it or break it time in a successful artists life. Has she done it? This critic says yes! I entered the exhibition ready to dismiss Emin’s work,as a whole, but it still holds water. […]

19 May 2011

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Hepworth Gallery Wakefield Is World Class Landmark

New galleries seem to be launching on a monthly basis in the UK. This unfortunately is the tail end of an art boom which saw government and lottery funding pumped into the provinces for over a decade. It was by far the largest burst of public building activity seen since the 19th century. The Hepworth […]

18 May 2011

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Liam Fox Approves £3bn “Dr Strangelove” Trident Project

Project Green Light As Arts & Universities Pay Price “I am absolutely clear that a minimum nuclear deterrent based on the Trident missile delivery system and continuous at sea deterrent is right for the UK and should be maintained”  – Liam Fox  – The total expected cost for replacing Trident is £20bn Here’s one that […]

17 May 2011

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Tracey Emin’s Mid-Career Crisis The Hayward Gallery

Tracey Emin is a 47-year-old artist who has reached a mid-career crisis.  Speaking at the press view of clearly the most crucial UK exhibition of her career she exuded, “There’s no money, the country is bankrupt so the arts is going to be bottom of the list on everyone’s agenda except that the Tories have […]

16 May 2011

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Ai Weiwei Granted Visit by His Wife

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been granted a visit by his wife and sister. The contact took place over the weekend, it is the first contact with the outside world to take place since his arrest more than 43 days ago. Mr Ai is said to be under investigation for suspected “economic crimes”.The artist’s wife […]

14 May 2011

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Auguste Rodin, The Kiss Exhibited At Turner Contemporary

Rodin’s The Kiss comes to Margate From 4 October 2011 – 2 September 2012 Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss, 1901-04 a life-size marble sculpture will be installed in the new Sunley Gallery. The sculpture is on loan from the Tate collection and one of the most iconic images of charged sexuality. The Kiss was voted the […]

13 May 2011

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Ai Weiwei London Exhibitions Open

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and political activist, has been missing and out of contact with his London gallery (The Lisson Gallery) since he was detained by authorities in Beijing while boarding a flight to Hong Kong on 3rd April. Two weeks ago, his New York installation was set up thanks to his studio assistants. […]

12 May 2011

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Leading Artists Donate Work to Benefit Serpentine Gallery

Sotheby’s has announced that an auction will take place in June to benefit the new building plans at the Serpentine Gallery. It will take place on June 30. The event will offer 46 works donated by leading contemporary artists, some with connections to the gallery. The Serpentine Gallery’s new Sackler Gallery will open in 2012 […]

10 May 2011

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London da Vinci Exhibition Set To Break Records

This autumn The National Gallery in London is set to break all records with a new exhibition of masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci. The gallery will present a landmark exhibition titled “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” examining Leonardo’s extraordinary observation, imagination and technique. The Autumn exhibition concentrates on his career as […]

9 May 2011

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Ai Weiwei Controversial London One Man Show

Despite being under house arrest, Ai Weiwei is about to launch the most important gallery exhibition of his career. Problem is he has been detained in China. So who will deliver the exhibition in the ultimate defiant gesture of civil obedience? The studio and supporters of Ai Weiwei are determined to proceed with his planned […]

9 May 2011

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Brighton Festival Message

This year’s Brighton Festival Guest Director – Aung San Suu Kyi brought her message for peace to the UK. Her dedicated plea for peace in Burma is highlighted by the program which is built around her message ‘use your liberty to promote ours’. This years festival presents a political edge and focus on global issues.  […]

7 May 2011

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Brighton Festival 2011 Launches

Three weeks of unrivalled arts celebration 7 – 29 May Brighton and Hove comes alive with a powerful and exciting programme of cultural events in celebration of this year’s Guest Director – Aung San Suu Kyi with her dedicated plea for peace in Burma. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her passionately fought battle […]

7 May 2011

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Art Basel Group Buys Art Hong Kong Fair

MCH Exhibition Ltd, the Swiss owned Group organizer of Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach  has bought Asian Art Fairs Ltd, the owners of ART HK  the Hong Kong International Art Fair.The MCH Group will now take a majority shareholders stake in AAF Ltd. This sets out a significant move for Art Basel in […]

6 May 2011

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Tracey Emin’s Purrrfect Cat Tapestry

A superb wool tapestry by YBA artist Tracey Emin titled “Black Cat”  is the centerpiece of the Craft Council’s “Collect” international art fair for contemporary objects,. The weaving was a collaboration between Turner prize-nominee Emin and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Who got the cream – Emin stated: “I have always liked tapestries and they […]

6 May 2011

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Frieze Art Fair 2011 Gallery Line Up

The Frieze Art Fair 2011 has reviewed more applications than ever before to exhibit at the autumn event. This year will see a total of 171 exhibitors from 33 countries. The dynamism of galleries from emerging territories such as Asia and South America is balanced by a strong European and American contingent. (The latest Frieze […]

6 May 2011

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New Anish Kapoor Installation For Grand Palais in Paris

British Artist Anish Kapoor (Born in Bombay in 1954) has been invited to exhibit in the monumental space around the Grand Palais in Paris. His work creates a great opportunity for the vast space.  MONUMENTA, in its fourth edition offers 13.500 m2 in the Nave of the large palace. After the success of the first […]

5 May 2011

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Looted Nazi Art Records Published Online

International Archive Established in World’s First Nazi Plunder Catalogue The National Archives and the Commission for Looted Art in Europe has signed a global agreement on 4 May in Washington DC with leading national archives and museums, to provide an international online catalogue of documentation on looted cultural artefacts to aid historians, researchers and families […]

5 May 2011

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Egon Schiele Nazi Restitution Case Settled

Compensation to the family of a Jewish art dealer who was forced to sell a painting by Secessionist Artist, Egon Schiele, during the war, is finally going to be realised. The painting now in the collection of the Leopold Museum in Vienna was donated by a wealthy collector. The Museum is to sell off another […]

5 May 2011

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Ai Weiwei Misses NY Sculpture Unveiling

Ai Weiwei’s  who is still under arrest in China, was absent from the dedication of his sculpture installation in New York yesterday. The public art project “Circle of Animals: Zodiac Heads” was unveiled by New York’s Mayor Bloomberg. The installation is located in the Pulitzer Fountain and depicts the bronze heads of animals which correspond […]

4 May 2011

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Turner Prize 2011 Shortlist Unveiled

The 4 artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2011 are Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw. – Read Review Of Turner Prize In Gateshead Here The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award that was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in British contemporary art. It is […]

3 May 2011

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Looted Egyptian Antiquities recovered

Four stolen statues including two taken from the Cairo’s Museum have been recovered by police. These were all looted when rioting broke out during the Tahrir Square protests in Cairo. The looters smashed vitrines,damaging statues and mummies.The robbery took place  while police attempted to quell the violent protests which erupted on the streets. The museum […]

3 May 2011

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Alexander McQueen Retrospective Dazzles New York

4 May 2011 – 31 July 2011 A major retrospective exhibition celebrating the life and work of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen opens at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art tomorrow. His extraordinary contributions to fashion from his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his […]

1 May 2011

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A Tale of Two Murals Kobra vs Banksy

Brazilian Street artist Eduardo Kobra with his assistant Eduardo Agnaldo have painted a new mural in Camden. It is a collage of images, some nostalgic, some contemporary. The work is located on the famous Banksy wall in Chalk Farm . The large painting has been authorized by Camden council and has been produced two years […]

30 April 2011

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New Banksy Work Appears On Fitzrovia Side Street

Fans To Stop Westminster Council From Destroying This Valuable Work Of Art A new work by the artist Banksy has appeared in Fitzrovia during last week’s Easter break. The work features his trademark stenciled rat in in black and white with a blood red paw print and slogan, “If Graffiti changed anything – It would […]

28 April 2011

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London Street Art Commemorates Royal Wedding

As official photographers are preparing to record Kate and William’s big day tomorrow, a number of alternative images created by artists have appeared on the streets of London, There also seems to be a glut of work in the more ‘off west-end ‘ galleries. The street works are perhaps, best kept a secret and we […]

28 April 2011

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Deutche Borse and Sony Photography Prize Winners Announced

US photographer Jim Goldberg and Argentine born,  Alejandro Chaskielberg have secured the top awards for two of this years most prestigious annual photography prizes. Goldberg’s photos for the Deutche Borse prize document displaced refugees and immigrants fleeing war torn countries to safe havens in Europe has won him the £30,000 award.  The other shortlisted photographers  […]

27 April 2011

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Sex Lies and Pablo Picasso

New Picasso Marie-Therese Goes Under the Hammer for £12m A Pablo Picasso painting of his mistress Marie-Therese Walter is to be offered by Christie’s London and is expected to fetch at least £9m to £12m in the June auction sales. The proceeds will go towards research at the University of Sydney  to tackle obesity, diabetes […]

27 April 2011

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Ai Weiwei Incarceration Tate Modern Event

Tate Modern announced today that it is deeply concerned about the current disappearance of the artist Ai Weiwei. The organisation places artists at the very centre of its activities.  The Unilever Series, Sunflower Seeds is on display until 2 May. To mark its final weekend in the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern will be holding a […]

27 April 2011

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Anthony Caro’s Rooftop Occupation Of NYC’s Met

London Artist, Anthony Caro who was born in 1924 and is considered one of the most influential British sculptors of his generation, will be featured this summer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The installation on The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden features a cross section of his work.The exhibition opened 26 April […]