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 […]

24 April 2011

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Warhol Market Experiences Hyperinflation

Christie’s $30m -$40m ‘Warhol In A Fright Wig’ Out of Step If big is beautiful this is big. But since when has big equaled good? This series of self portraits are clearly one of Warhol’s low points. The red-on-black silkscreen on canvas which is offered at Christie’s New York in May with an estimate of […]

24 April 2011

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Exquisite Corpse Sound Art Exhibition Soundfjord London

The exhibition Exquisite Corpse is the brainchild of Helen Frosi, Creative Director of Soundfjord, the UK’s first contemporary gallery devoted entirely to Sound Art, and which has been developing as a hub for events, research, development and mentoring in the sonic arts since 2009. Exquisite Corpse employs a method used by the Surrealists, also used in […]

23 April 2011

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Wildenstein Scandal The End of the Road

Guy Wildenstein and his brother Alec have been surrounded by more scandal than any other wealthy family bar the Kennedys and the Gettys . The 65 year old billionaire, who is the president of Wildenstein & Co. presides over one of the most prestigious art dealerships in the world. It is a global multi billion […]

22 April 2011

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Hockney and Emin Royal College Artists Go Online

The Royal College of Art is set to put two of its most important collections online. It will be available to the general public through a new digitisation project which will be accessible online.It will consist of Student portfolio work and Graduate exhibitions. It will be taken from slides currently held in the RCA library […]

22 April 2011

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New V&A Museum Director Appointed

Top Job goes to German curator and academic Professor Martin Roth Professor Martin Roth a German curator and academic has been appointed by the museum’s board of trustees and Prime Minister David Cameron, as the new director of the Victoria and Albert museum in South Kensington London. He is currently the director general of the […]

22 April 2011

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Stolen Klimt Worth 26m Returned After 70 Years

A stolen Gustav Klimt painting worth £26m that was confiscated by the Nazis must be returned to the heirs of a Canadian Jewish family. It has been in the collection of a well known Austrian museum (the Museum of Modern Arts in Saltburg) for decades but under restitution laws is set to return to the […]

22 April 2011

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Easter Weekend Top 10 Free Art Exhibitions & Events London

Southbank Centre celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. This is going to be a beautiful holiday weekend so why not come to the South bank and see the Art shows You can also look forward to a series of exhibitions during the Festival of Britain anniversary celebrations, from a variety of well […]

21 April 2011

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Turner Prize Artists Team with Royal Ballet For Olympiad Event

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 is set to pair Turner Prize artists with Royal Ballet choreographers for National Gallery ROH collaboration for the Cultural Olympiad. In a celebration of British creativity, this unique collaboration between The Royal Ballet and the National Gallery is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival and opens […]

21 April 2011

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Stolen Van Gogh Museum Curator Jailed

A Cairo court has jailed up to eleven local Government officials, including Mohsen Shaalan the head of the culture ministry’s fine arts department over the theft of a priceless Van Gogh painting worth at least $50m (£32m). It was stolen from a Cairo museum last summer. The painting titled “Vase with Viscaria” was stolen in […]

21 April 2011

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Contemporary Artists Paint The Queen

The Queen at 85 How Contemporary Artists Depict The Monarch Happy 85th Birthday ‘Ma’am’. The Queen celebrates her 85th birthday today just ahead of the Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Do we care? Not really! However, portraits of the Queen, I have a lot of time for. Here is a selection of […]

20 April 2011

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Turner Prize 2011 Shortlist Announcement

The announcement of the Turner Prize 2011 shortlist took place on Wednesday 4 May at Tate Britain. These are the Artists nominated: The 4 artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2011 are Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw. This year the prize moves to The Baltic in Gateshead. The […]

19 April 2011

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Royal Wedding Photographer Shortlist Revealed

Say Cheese! Who will be chosen as the official Royal photographer for the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on the 29th April? This seems to be the subject of rampant speculation among Royal watchers and the London press. The Lima born photographer Mario Testino who is better known for his photos of celebrities […]

19 April 2011

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London’s National Gallery Goes Green

Twenty years ago London’s National Gallery introduced a new, balanced, warm and cool tungsten lighting system, which was state of the art in the 1990s. Once again proving itself a leader in the area of lighting systems for galleries. Over the next two years, LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting will be installed throughout the Gallery, […]

18 April 2011

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New Contemporary and Modern Galleries For National Museum Cardiff

The Welsh Assembly Government, Trusts, Foundations and individuals have made possible major building and refurbishment work to the Cardiff National Museum. The work is now well underway to the west wing galleries set to open this summer. This important regeneration will add needed additional space dedicated to the display of modern and contemporary art. Housed […]

17 April 2011

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Miroslav Tichy Pioneering Photographer Dies at 84

The Czec photographer Miroslav Tichy, a pioneer who only recently became internationally known, after achieving major success abroad, has died age 84. After studying at the Academy of Arts in Prague, he worked for sometime as an abstract painter. This was not easy in Communist Czechoslovakia and Tichy turned to a life of isolation in […]

17 April 2011

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Tracey Emin Opens Turner Contemporary Gallery Margate

Plans for Emin Solo Show In May 2012 An emotional Tracey Emin gave the opening speech to a crowd of around a thousand people outside the new Turner Contemporary gallery as the grand opening came off flawlessly. “In Margate, first there were the Danes, then the Vikings, now there’s art and art is going to […]

15 April 2011

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Stolen Goya and El Greco Recovered in Spain

Police officers with the Civil Guard in Spain have uncovered two priceless paintings. The “La Anunciación” by El Greco and “La Aparición de la Virgen del Pilar” by Francisco de Goya. They were found in a house in Alicante, both have been missing since the end of the 1990s. The two works of art are […]

15 April 2011

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Chinese Art Market In Danger Of Crash

The reported 10 billion dollar market for Chinese art is in danger of crashing after auction houses around the world clamp down on non-payers. The practice is rife and the trust or gentleman’s agreement which has been practiced by auction houses in the western hemisphere  for generations is about to be reevaluated. This year saw […]

14 April 2011

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Ai Weiwei The Truth Behind His Detention

When Mr Ai was arrested on the 3 April while attempting to board a plane for Hong Kong several key factors were ignored by the Chinese authorities. These include the understanding that his profile is so high in the west that every move he makes is followed closely by the international media. Social networking has […]

14 April 2011

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BP Portrait Award Shortlist 2011 Announced

Why the BP Portrait Prize has gone downhill  Every year the National Portrait Gallery in London holds a portrait painting competition. This year more than 50 portraits have been selected for the annual event at  London’s NPG. The competition is currently sponsored by BP (British Petroleum), the award is known as the BP Portrait award. […]

13 April 2011

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Art Fund To Help Cash Strapped UK Museums

The Art Fund announced today plans to increase its funding for museums and galleries for exhibitions and purchases. The increase will be by over 50% by 2014. This is in response to the severe financial pressures facing most art institutions in the UK. The fund is committing £7 million a year to their funding programme […]

13 April 2011

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Turner Contemporary Art Shed Opens In Margate

New Art Monument For Margate    Turner Contemporary which had its unofficial opening last night is an ambitious arts centre hoping to elevate Kent’s Margate, a rundown former seaside resort into what Tate did for St Ives in Cornwall and the Guggenheim for Bilbao in Spain. Margate is shut and shuttered. Much of the town centre […]

13 April 2011

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Beck’s Art Crawl Hits Shoreditch Free Beer

Beck’s the brewers of excellent beer is sponsoring an Art related pub-crawl to celebrate their commitment to art and design. Well known artists have participated over the years by submitting designs for labels and glasses to the company. Big names like Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Richard Long Gilbert & George to name but a few […]

13 April 2011

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Stolen Syd Barrett Painting Recovered

ArtLyst were among the first to report that a self-portrait by former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett had been stolen from the Idea Generation Gallery in London’s Shoreditch, where it was on display over the weekend. The portrait belonged to Libby Gausden the frontman’s former girlfriend. It had never been exhibited in public before it […]

13 April 2011

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Joan Miro Tate Modern Video Tour 2011

I had an unique opportunity to explore the new Joan Miro exhibition at Tate Modern today. “The Ladder of Escape” is the aptly titled theme of this body of Miro’s politically motivated legacy. The Spanish born Artist in the first London survey in over 50 years shines. It looks set  to be another blockbuster to […]

12 April 2011

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Syd Barrett Painting Stolen First Photo

Here is the first glimpse of the Syd Barrett painting that was stolen from the the Idea Generation Gallery in London’s Shoreditch last Saturday. It was painted in 1961-62 before Barrett joined the band Pink Floyd. The painting is applied in a heavy impasto in blues, rusts, white and brown tones. It is almost abstract […]

11 April 2011

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Joan Miro Lateral Thinking Tate Modern

New Miro Exhibition “The Ladder of Escape” Opens At Tate Modern Tate Modern’s new exhibition of Spanish born Artist Joan Miro titled “The Ladder of Escape”  is the first London survey of the artist’s work in over 50 years. It looks set  to be another blockbuster to follow in the footsteps of the recent Gauguin […]