24 July 2011

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Lost Banksy Restored In Bristol

We reported last week that an early Banksy painting titled “Gorilla in a Pink Mask” was whitewashed over by the new owners of a building in Bristol. Saeed Ahmed thought the work of art was just another piece of graffiti and ordered it to be painted over. After a huge public outcry which caused international […]

22 July 2011

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British Museums Struggling With 25% Cuts

UK museums have had their funding cut by at least 25% by the Government and local councils in the past nine months, a survey has shown. The Museums Association’s impact study clearly highlights the result of the government Spending Review, which took place in October 2010. 140 museums took part in the survey. There has […]

22 July 2011

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RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist 2011 Announced

The RIBA Stirling Prize 2011 is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. Every year it is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year. The prize is for projects ‘built or designed in Britain’. Buildings are eligible if they are in […]

21 July 2011

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Lucian Freud British Painter Dies

Realist painter Lucian Freud has died aged 88 after a brief illness Lucian Freud, one of the seminal British Painters of the 20th century has died in London, after a brief illness, he was 88. Born the son of an Austrian Jewish father, Ernst Ludwig Freud, a successful architect, and a German mother, Lucie née […]

21 July 2011

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Pavilion of Art & Design London Line-Up 2011

The fifth edition of the Pavilion of Art & Design London brings together an incredible set of 56 galleries from 11 countries to its prime location on Berkeley Square, PAD London 2011 promises to be the strongest edition of the fair since its inception in 2007. A rigorous selection process introduces to London the best […]

21 July 2011

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Bauhaus Photographer T Lux Feininger Dies At 101

The last Original Link To the Bauhaus school, T. Lux Feininger, has died A respected painter, photographer and teacher, Lux pioneered with the camera to compile an invaluable documentation of avant-garde Germany between the wars. He was the youngest son of the modernist painter Lyonel Feininger who was one of the first artists to be […]

20 July 2011

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Nathaniel Mellors Awarded Cobra Art Prize

UK Artist wins prestigious international prize The Cobra Art Prize 2011 has been won by British Artist, Nathaniel Mellors. The award was established in 2005 as the Cobra Art Prize in Amstelveen in the Netherlands. It is a biennial award consisting of a cash prize of € 10,000, a publication and an exhibition at the […]

20 July 2011

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Artist Documents US Drones Killing Pakistani Civilians

Noor Behram Gaming in Waziristan Explores Photographic evidence The exhibition, Gaming in Waziristan is a new show curated by the Beaconsfield gallery. It delivers a cultural context in which to debate the issues raised by documentary photographs. Noor Behram has hurried to the site of drone strikes in his native Waziristan. His purpose: to photograph […]

19 July 2011

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The Summer Must Read Stealing Rembrandts

  Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists Although movies makes stealing art look sophisticated, Anthony M. Amore and Tom Mashberg prove time and again that art thievery generally involves low brow crooks looking to make a quick buck. They aren’t interested in the art, it’s just that art museums, unlike a bank, are not secure […]

19 July 2011

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Get Ready For The Museum of Everything #4

If you have already had the privilege to visit the Museum of Everything you already know that it is a must see event for the London, Autumn season. The Museum of Everything is one of Europe’s most intriguing new independent museums. It is the only British museum dedicated to unintentional, untrained and undiscovered artists from […]

19 July 2011

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Graffiti Artist TOX JAILED FOR 27 MONTHS

Banksy Mural questions, Are Tags Graffiti art?  Tag artist, Daniel Halpin 24, of Camden, North London who was Immortalised by Banksy in a mural last spring, was jailed at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday following a trial where he was found guilty of seven counts of criminal damage. Halpin, who sprayed graffiti in London and […]

18 July 2011

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Poussin Masterpieces Vandalised At London’s National Gallery

Man arrested after spraying works with red paint Two paintings by the French old master, Nicholas Poussin have been vandalised with red spray paint at the National Gallery in London. The paintings are part of the gallery’s permanent collection and are hung in room 19 at the Trafalgar Square institution. A report which was released […]

18 July 2011

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Banksy Graffiti To Get Listed Status In Bristol

Steve Comer, a Liberal Democrat councillor from the Eastville ward in Bristol, is calling on local people to put together an official register of public artworks, after a 10-year-old Banksy mural  ‘Gorilla in a Pink Mask’’ was whitewashed over by mistake. The painting on the wall of a former social club had been a familiar […]

17 July 2011

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Jake or Dinos Chapman White Cube Exhibition Review

Chapman’s new non-collaborative exhibition opens When you think of the Chapman Brothers, a tale of catastrophic mishmash comes to mind. It is almost like combining two diverging forms of creativity from opposite ends of the scale, and what do you get as a result? Absolute ambiguity. Once again this feeling was echoed at their latest […]

16 July 2011

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Artist William Crozier Dies at 81

William Crozier, the Scottish-born Irish artist has died age 81. Crozier created beautiful landscapes overcoming the boundaries between representational and abstract genres. He was educated at the Glasgow School of Art between 1949 and 1953. His work often contained references to nature, although in later years he moved towards a more  representational language. Born in […]

16 July 2011

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Should Councils Be Allowed To Sell Off Valuable Artworks?

Bolton’s Cut Price Pre-Raphaelite Masterpiece undersold for £74,000 Cash-strapped local authorities are selling bits of their art collections to raise funds. Two important Picasso etchings are among almost 35 works of art auctioned or to be auctioned by Bolton council. A painting by the Victorian Pre Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais, that may have inspired […]

15 July 2011

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Banksy Masterpiece Destroyed In Bristol

Banksy’s “Gorilla in a Pink Mask” a Bristol landmark on the wall of the former North Bristol Social Club.A valuable Banksy worth £250,000 has been whitewashed over by the new owners of a building in Bristol. Saeed Ahmed thought was just another piece of graffiti and ordered it to be painted over. “I thought it […]

15 July 2011

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Picasso Thief Also Stole Carlyle Hotel Leger

Picasso Art Thief Was A One Man Crimewave Police searching the Hoboken apartment of art thief Mark Lugo have uncovered more stolen artworks, wine and watches. Lugo was arrested in San Francisco on 6 July and charged with stealing a $200,000 Picasso drawing from The Weinstein Gallery. According to Hoboken police, they were contacted by […]

14 July 2011

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Ai Weiwei Accepts Berlin Lecturer Post

Ai Weiwei the dissident  Chinese artist and government critic will leave China and move to Berlin. The iconic contemporary art personality has accepted the job of visiting lecturer,at the prestigious Berlin University of the Arts. He will take up the post as soon as his dispute with the government is resolved.  Ai was recently released […]

13 July 2011

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Banksy Gives Kate Moss £200 k Wedding Present

Banksy Spotted at Kates Highgate Mansion Working on New Mural  Kate Moss,the 37-year-old supermodel has been left a surprise present by the infamous graffiti artist Banksy. It has been reported that while she is off on her honeymoon soaking up the shade on a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean, the artist has been given access […]

13 July 2011

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Damien Hirst Covers The Red Hot Chili Peppers

British Artist Damien , designed the latest album packaging for the “Californication” band Red Hot Chili Peppers, title “I’m With You”. The former YBA, bad boy of the London art scene has hit the mainstream of popular culture with his choice of a bands to bed with. Given the brief, all is forgiven the album’s […]

12 July 2011

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Eduardo Paolozzi Tube Murals in Critical Disrepair

On the 10 February 2011 we reported a story about the fate of the iconic murals designed by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi located at the Tottenham Court Road tube station in London. After a few phone calls we were given assurances by TFL that they were being responsibly looked after during the construction of the Cross […]

12 July 2011

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Wales National Museum of Art Enters World Stage

Wales now has its own first rate National Museum of Art. The new premises opened on 9th July featuring the full range of the nation’s world-class art collection under one roof. The National Museum’s mix of fine and applied art from the historic to the contemporary is shown in a single series of integrated galleries, […]

12 July 2011

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Anish Kapoor and Bill Viola Win Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Award

The £120,000 Praemium Imperiale is a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. Since its inauguration in 1989, it has become an internationally important benchmark honour for  the arts.Six nomination committees, each chaired by an International Advisor, propose candidates in five fields: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/Film. This year Anish Kapoor […]

11 July 2011

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Michelangelo Pistoletto Mirror of Judgement Triumphs

The greatly anticipated exhibition of Michelangelo Pistoletto’s work, opened at the Serpentine today. Winner of the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2003, Pistoletto has been instrumental in the advancement of conceptual art over the past several decades and is widely acclaimed as one of the main representatives of the […]

10 July 2011

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Jamie Reid Opens New London Exhibition

What could sum up the spirit of punk better than the Sex Pistols? Johnny Rotten, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock, along with Sid Vicious swaggered their way through the troubled 70s, spitting and kicking at the social conformity and conservative mindsets. Of course, they left musical anthems that will forever […]

8 July 2011

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Guy Wildenstein Formally Accused Of Fraud

Billionaire Art Dealer questioned over Art found in strongroom Guy Wildenstein, the billionaire art dealer has been formally accused of “receiving fraudulently obtained goods”  after 30  paintings  and sculptures, worth several hunderd million dollars, were discovered in his Paris Institute in a locked storage room. Some had been missing for decades. Many are believed to […]

8 July 2011

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Disgraced Rebekah Brooks Asked To Return UAL Fellowship

Rebekah Wade Brooks was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Nigel Carrington the Rector of University of the Arts, London, on behalf of UAL, in the summer of 2010. When this honour was bestowed her reputation was not tainted by the allegations that have emerged in the last week. If these allegations are true and Ms […]

8 July 2011

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Rothko In Britain New Whitechapel Show

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this influential exhibition held In 1961, the Whitechapel Gallery is to hold a major new show of the seminal Abstract Expressionist’s work. This was the first solo show of American artist Mark Rothko in Britain the now iconic exhibition is brought vividly to life through the Gallery’s archives of […]

8 July 2011

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London Street Photography Festival Latest

The London Street Photography Festival is a new event in London’s cultural calendar. It champions the best contemporary street photographers and  honor past masters providing a space for discussion, debate and appreciation of the current relevance of this time-honored genre.The festival takes place throughout July with a diverse programme of exhibitions, events, talks, walks and […]

8 July 2011

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Stolen Picasso Uncovered Man Arrested

Caught! $200,000 Picasso recoverd by police thief apprehended A Picasso drawing that was stolen from a San Francisco art gallery earlier this week and valued at between $125,000- $250,000 has been recovered. Surveillance camera images of the suspect were circulated globally which has led to the arrest of a New Jersey man who  snatched the […]

7 July 2011

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Glamour of the Gods Hollywood Portraits National Portrait Gallery

Put together from the archive of the John Kobal Foundation, this exhibition features over 70 photographs of many of Hollywood’s best known actors and actresses. It spans over four decades, 20´s to 50´s, ranging from film icons such as Charlie Chaplin to the London born actress Joan Collins. As the title states, there certainly is […]