2 April 2011

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Is Justin Beiber A Warhol Style Icon?

The answer is yes. If this were were 30 years ago Andy Warhol would embrace Beiber fever as he did other classic personalities from the film and music industries. Bieber crosses all boundaries of gender. His sex-appeal is androgynous and his classic good looks appeal, not only to heterosexual pubescent girls but also to a […]

31 March 2011

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British Museums Most Popular in World

Figures released today place British Museums at the top, taking three out of the first five positions globally. Only the Louvre  in Paris out does the UK by dominating the number one position. The British Museum comes in at number two with 5842,138 visitors. Tate Modern number four getting 5,061,172 through the door and the […]

29 March 2011

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Arts Council Funding Cuts Latest

1,333 arts organisations entered the new National Portfolio application process. 695 realised funding, leaving 638 to sink or swim. The organisations some new many established were all judged on their viability as a business model as well as their unique contributive artistic characteristics. The sucessful aplicants will receive funding over the next three years. New […]

27 March 2011

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ICA Future Back On Track

“The ICA exists to challenge the foundations of contemporary art”, this is the pledge, from its new Executive Director Gregor Muir, made in an address to members on Saturday. It has been a turbulent 18 months. The sixty plus-year-old institution has pulled itself up from near bankruptcy with a deficit of £750,000 in 2010 to […]

26 March 2011

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Anarchists & Artists Protest Cuts in Trafalgar Square

26 March protest was a raving success Up to half a million protesters marched on London today. It was mostly a peaceful demonstration, against the 85 Billion GBP in cuts promised by the coalition Government, under Tory leader David Cameron. The march organized by the TUC was a family oriented day with all ages and […]

26 March 2011

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New Warhol Exhibition Dazzles Southampton

A new exhibition exploring the Art of Andy Warhol opens it’s doors to the public on the 27th March in Southampton. It explores a wide spectrum of mediums covering all periods of the artist’s output. The 200 plus works exhibited is part of the Tate’s and the National Galleries of Scotland’s Artist Rooms series deriving […]

25 March 2011

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Call For Cameron to Stop Lying About Arts Cuts

Arts Cuts a Survival Guide: What next for the arts? Following a meeting today, at the Young Vic of cross arts representatives, an open letter was published, directed at Prime minister David Cameron. The meeting was attended by over 500 concerned members of the arts community. The consensus was drawn that the potential contribution to […]

25 March 2011

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London Protest Against Arts Cuts 26 March

Royal festival Hall Is Meet Up Point For Artists 10am Groups of artists protesting on the 26th March are meeting outside the Royal festival Hall on the other side of the embankment before marching across to join the much larger march.  This will give everyone a chance to meet up with likeminded protesters. As many […]

24 March 2011

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Warhol’s Elizabeth Taylor Resurrects Art Market

The year the work was created Warhol stated; “I’m going to stop painting. I want my paintings to sell for $25 000” If only he knew! A portrait of Hollywood legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor is coming back onto the market after a short rest in a vault. It will be offered by  Auctioneers Phillips de […]

23 March 2011

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Demonstration 26 March Artists Unite To Protest Cuts

Critical Creativity; Arts facilitate voice for the masses In March we march, we occupy, we resist and we insist. The short sighted cuts and budgetary realignments are not welcome or necessary here in Britain; healthier, more appropriate and sustainable alternatives exist. What we have witnessed in the past 9 months is a telling precursor to […]

22 March 2011

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Royal Academy Schools Auction Celebrity Launch

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel Opens To Public The Royal Academy Schools Annual Auction, now in it’s in its fourth year featured Artist Grayson Perry and Actor John Hurt CBE as special guest speakers. The real star of the evening however, was the inauguration of the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, which after years of careful […]

21 March 2011

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Mike Nelson Prepares British Invasion Of Venice Biennale 2011

Mike Nelson, the Loughborough born Artist, known for his atmospheric installations is this years British representative at the Venice Biennale. This is the first installation artist to be invited by the British Council to create a new work for the UK Pavilion. The Venice Biennale provides a barometer for contemporary art worldwide and this choice […]

20 March 2011

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Banksy Works Destroyed by Cultural Vandals

Stolen – Damaged and Power-Washed! Will Banksy Survive? – New Group Forms To Protect Street Art Last month just before the Oscars several new works by the Bristol born Artist, Banksy (AKA Robin Gunningham) appeared in various locations in Los Angeles. A number of these works have now been stolen, vandalized and destroyed by local councils […]

19 March 2011

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Jeff Koons Artist Rooms Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

This exhibition will bring together a major group of works by Jeff Koons as part of the ARTIST ROOMS series at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art,. From the early New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Red, Brown, New Shelton Wet/Dry 10 Gallon Displaced Doubledecker, 1981-7 to the basketball piece Encased Four Rows 1983-93 to Winter […]

18 March 2011

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Jake & Dinos Chapman Can’t Pay Your Fees? We’ll Pay Your Fines

100 artists, designers and actors have offered their help by funding the legal fees of students caught up in the tuition protests, taking place since cuts were announced, last autumn. Money will be raised through an auction of clothes and art work.The concept of the  fund was launched by artist Jake Chapman. It offers to […]

18 March 2011

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Hirst, Gormley, Riley and Hockney Donate Millions to Kettle’s Yard appeal

Kettle’s Yard the ever evolving contemporary art gallery in Cambridge is holding a multi-million pound selling exhibition. Seminal works donated by leading British Artists, Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley, David Hockney, Michael Craig-Martin, David Nash, Sir Anthony Caro, and Maggi Hambling will go on sale from tomorrow.The proceeds of the sale will go towards […]

17 March 2011

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Antony Gormley Gives Red Light To Green Angel

It was widely reported in the London papers this morning that the Angel of the North would be illuminated with a green hue in honour of St Patrick’s day, today. This was an event organized to simultaneously highlight other landmarks, including Battersea power station, Nelson’s monument in Edinburgh and the London Eye, by Tourism Ireland. […]

17 March 2011

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Ai Weiwei Sculpture for Somerset House

A large scale public sculpture by China’s most controversial artists, Ai Weiwei’s is to go on display in the courtyard of London’s Somerset House. He is best know in London for his massive Tate/ Unilever commission in the Turbine Hall last autumn. Weiwei filled the vast space with over 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds. Which […]

15 March 2011

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Rare Keith Haring Prints Donated to LGBT Youth Centre

A complete series of 10 silkscreens by iconic gay artist Keith Haring has been donated to the Center by Tyler Cassity, a co-owner of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Apocalypse series is on exhibit in the Advocate & Gochis Galleries until March 30. “Haring’s work is so iconic; we’re honored to receive and exhibit this […]

14 March 2011

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AP Sues Urban Outfitters Over Shepard Fairey Image

Associated Press has now decided to pour salt on the wounds of the recently settled Shepard Fairey Obama image case by suing retailers Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and Zumiez, for unspecified damages. They have pinpointed the revenue generators who monetised the iconic image on T shirts and accessories and now want blood. They won the case […]

11 March 2011

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Mr Brainwash Run DMC Lawsuit

This must be the season for artists lawsuits. First it was Shepard Fairey settling the case concerning the iconic disputed photo of Obama. Than Jeff Koons sued Canadian company Imm-Living for allegedly copying his metallic balloon dog sculptures and marketing them as $30 resin bookends. The suit implied that Koons owned the intellectual rights to […]

10 March 2011

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Frieze Appoints Carmody Groarke Architects 2011

Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover,the directors of the Frieze Art Fair have announced the appointment of the London-based architectural studio Carmody Groarke as the new architects for the Deutsche Bank sponsored,  Frieze Art Fair 2011. The firm designed the Surreal House Exhibition at the Barbican one of the most successful events  last year. It was […]

8 March 2011

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Tino Sehgal Gets Tate Turbine Hall For 2012

Tino Sehgal commissioned for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall for the 2012 Olympic period.17 July to 28 October 2012Tate has announced that Tino Sehgal will undertake the annual commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2012. To be unveiled on 17 July that year, Sehgal’s new work will be the thirteenth to be commissioned in The […]

7 March 2011

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$100m Picasso Painting Hung At Tate Modern

The most expensive painting in the world, sold at auction, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust 1932 by Pablo Picasso goes on public display for the first time ever in the UK at Tate Modern. The work was sold by Christie’s, New York last May for the world record price of $106.5m.  The painting has been […]

5 March 2011

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Artist Suze Rotolo Dies in New York

New York mixed medium artist Suze Rotolo, who was put in the spotlight for her three-year relationship with singer Bob Dylan, has died, after a long illness. Her body of artwork was known as,”book art,” or a reinvention of the object,as art. This often altered the viewers perception of what a book can be, including […]

3 March 2011

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Damien Hirst Survey Tate Modern 2012

Tate Modern have announced the first substantial survey of the work of Damien Hirst which will run from 5 April – 9 September 2012. This is hardly a retrospective, given Hirst’s age. It will instead cover in-depth two decades of the artist’s output. The exhibition will highlight works including many of his most iconic pieces […]

1 March 2011

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Susan Philipsz New Chicago Installation

Susan Philipsz who recently won the 2010 Turner Prize, is installing one of her sublime sound installations in Chicago. “We Shall Be All” has been commissioned by  The Internationale at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Chicago. The instillation will run from February 26 to June 5, 2011. Philipsz’s  sound works echo literature, history and […]

27 February 2011

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Banksy Fails To Scoop Best Documentary Film Oscar

The Bristol based graffiti artist Banksy, AKA Robin Gunningham has failed in his bid to take home the Oscar for his art-doc, “Exit Through The Gift Shop”. The winner of the ultimate accolade was “Inside Job” a searing assault on the banking industry and its role in the financial meltdown of 2008. The film’s Director […]

27 February 2011

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Kate Moss Commissions Tracey Emin As Wedding Designer

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince’s upcoming wedding will be designed by artist Tracey Emin, who has been invited to install her works at their nuptials. The couple, who recently got engaged, have reportedly asked Emin, a good friend to display her artwork at the reception. “Kate has agreed that Tracey will put her unusual artistic […]

26 February 2011

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British Council Appoints New Director

Graham Sheffield has been appointed the new director of The British Council  he succeeds Rebecca Walton who was acting as interim Director of Arts in the UK’s largest international cultural relations organization.Sheffield’s extensive arts management and creative experience will ensure that the arts remain at the heart of the British Council’s mission to strengthen ties […]

25 February 2011

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Picasso Denounced Computers In 1968

In 1968, when Pablo Picasso stated that, “Computers are useless.They can only give you answers”, he would not have been exposed to the modern computer as we know it. If Picasso had seen a computer at the time, it would have been a big, cumbersome mainframe, utilizing punch cards like the ones used by banks […]

25 February 2011

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UK Architects Bid For Abramovich cultural district

David Chipperfield Architects has joined other British firms Dixon Jones, the respected Dutch firm OMA MVRDV and nine other shortlisted firms including Russian practices, Alexander Brodsky, Studio 44, Yuri Avvalcumov, Work AC from the United States and French practice Lacaton & Vassal to compete for the largest cultural project to emerge in Russia under private […]