19 March 2019

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National Portrait Gallery Turns Down £1m Sackler OxyContin Donation

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is the first high profile institution to turn down a £1m grant from the Sackler Trust, over the controversy connected to the growing global OxyContin, drug crisis.

18 March 2019

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Mike Nelson Unveils The Asset Strippers A Tate Britain Sculpture Commission

Tate Britain has unveiled a major new commissioned work by Mike Nelson. The Asset Strippers has been created for the annual Tate Britain Commission, supported by Sotheby’s, which invites artists to create a new artwork in response to the grand space of the Duveen Galleries. Mike Nelson has transformed the heart of Tate Britain into […]

17 March 2019

Gavin Turk Unveils The world’s Largest Giant Egg Collaboration

Just in time for Easter, the sensational/YBA artist Gavin Turk has unveiled an ambitious new project in collaboration with Photo London, Somerset House, and Ben Brown Fine Arts, featuring his giant bronze egg sculpture, ‘Oeuvre’, to be unveiled on the River Terrace at Somerset House on 14th April.

15 March 2019

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Okwui Enwezor African Born Curator, Critic And Poet Dies Age 55

Okwui Enwezor the Nigerian curator, art critic, writer, poet, and educator has died of cancer age 55. He lived in New York City and Munich. In 2016, he was ranked 28 in the Artlyst Power100 most influential people in the art world, just one year after he was appointed the director the Venice Biennale. “He […]

12 March 2019

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Duchess Of Cambridge Joins Jenny Saville And Grayson For NPG Gala

The Duchess of Cambridge National Portrait Gallery patron joined, Princess Beatrice of York, Miles Aldridge, Phyllida Barlow, David and Victoria Beckham, Ozwald Boateng, Alexa Chung, Michael Craig-Martin, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jourdan Dunn, Christina Estrada, Jess Gillam, Bianca Jagger, Sir Don McCullin, Kate Moss, Duro Olowu, Martin Parr, Grayson Perry, Elizabeth Peyton, Nicola Roberts, Jenny Saville, Mike Skinner and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye were among the guests at the 2019 Portrait Gala, a special event held at the NPGon Tuesday 12 March.

11 March 2019

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Kara Walker To Create Next Hyundai Commission At Tate Modern

The African American Artist Kara Walker has been selected to create the next annual Hyundai Commission at Tate Modern.

9 March 2019

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58th Venice Biennale Announces Invited Artists & Collateral Events

The 58th International Art Exhibition held at the Giardini and Arsenale in Venice from Saturday 11 May until Sunday 24 November 2019 will be titled May You Live In Interesting Times. Curated by Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery in London since 2006

7 March 2019

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Hockney Tops Christie’s Contemporary Sale With £33m Double Portrait

Post War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s London saw 41 lots finding buyers with three unsold and if not a record price for David Hockney’s Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott (1969), a solid over the estimated sale price £33 million ($43.4 million)

7 March 2019

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Carolee Schneemann Pioneering Feminist Artist Dies Age 79

Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist who transformed the definition of art, especially discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender has died age 79.

Art Exhibitions Up Now in London March 2019 – Paul Carey- Kent

Writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent gives his rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows in London March 2019. He currently writes freelance including for Art Monthly, Frieze, Elephant, STATE, Photomonitor, Border Crossings and World of Interiors.

3 March 2019

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Lost Caravaggio Judith: Is This Painting Another Salvator Mundi?

A long lost painting attributed to Caravaggio which languished in a chateau attic in France for over 100 years is touring art market capitals and then going under the hammer at La Halle aux Grains in Toulouse, in June.

2 March 2019

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Dorothea Tanning The Doors of Perception – Tate Modern – Jude Cowan Montague

Dorothea Tanning is the artist, face hidden to me back then, who drew and painted a short series of paintings that I have loved since a child.

25 February 2019

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Ghana Announces All Star First National Pavilion For Venice Biennale

Sir David Adjaye OBE will design the architecture for the first Ghana Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Arte 2019. It will take place under the patronage of Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and advised by Okwui Enwezer.

20 February 2019

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Cranach the Elder Venus Masterpiece Gifted To National Gallery

Visitors to the National Gallery are in for a treat as they will be able to view a new acquisition by one of the Renaissance’s most significant figures. Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553) Venus and Cupid (1529) painted in the early 16th century, will be displayed in Room 4 and is an essential addition to […]

17 February 2019

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Bosco Sodi Brick By Brick – Interview Zoltan Alexander

One of my favourite galleries Blain Southern presented at the time the first exhibition of renowned Brooklyn based Mexican artist, Bosco Sodi.

16 February 2019

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Warhol Muse Lee Radziwill Sister Of Jackie Kennedy Onassis Dies

Lee Radziwill The socialite sister of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and friend to Pop Artist Andy Warhol has died age 85.

14 February 2019

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Artsy Hacked With User Details For Sale On Dark Web

Artsy the art selling platform has been hacked along with 620 million accounts

13 February 2019

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Residents Lose Tate Modern Invasion Of Privacy Case

The residents of four flats in the Neo Bankside development next to Tate Modern in the South Bank have lost their invasion of privacy case.

12 February 2019

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Fatos Ustek Appointed Director Of Liverpool Biennial

Fatoş Üstek has been appointed as the new Director of Liverpool Biennial.

10 February 2019

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Nan Goldin Takes Over The Guggenheim To Protest Sackler Donations

Nan Goldin the photographer and anti-opioid activist, brought her campaign to the Guggenheim, New York yesterday with a Saturday night protest.

8 February 2019

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George Michael’s Contemporary Art Collection To Be Auctioned At Christie’s

The late George Michael, the British singer and songwriter, is to auction off his extensive collection of YBA artworks.

4 February 2019

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Hertfordshire County Council Sells Off Their Art Assets

A Major Art Collection including works by Barbara Hepworth and Keith Vaughan is to be sold on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council to fund much-stretched services but should this be happening at all? And will they squander the funds raised on everything but enriching the art community in the area?

2 February 2019

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Recommended London Art Exhibitions February 2019 – Paul Carey- Kent

The noted art writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent gives us his rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows for London Art Exhibitions February 2019.

1 February 2019

Banksy Princess Diana Tenner Acquired By British Museum

The British Museum has added a Banksy to its permanent collection. This is the first time one of his works has been acquired by a major London Museum. It is quite surprising that Tate Britain has overlooked this important artist.

25 January 2019

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Lubaina Himid CBE Elected Royal Academician

It’s been a fantastic run of accolades for the Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid CBE who has been elected as a Royal Academician in the category of Painting

24 January 2019

Eva Rothschild Unveils Her Vision For Venice Biennale Pavilion

Eva Rothschild the artist chosen to represent Ireland at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (11 May – 24 November 2019) has released further detail of her vision.

19 January 2019

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Pierre Bonnard: First London Museum Show In 20 Years Unveiled

Tate Modern is mounting the UK’s first major Pierre Bonnard exhibition in 20 years, opening to the public on the 23 January.

18 January 2019

Banksy Port Talbot Mural Sells To Dealer For Six Figures

A Banksy mural, which appeared on the side of a garage in Port Talbot in December, has been sold to a private collector for a “six-figure sum”.

17 January 2019

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London Art Fair 2019 Returns With Solid Foundations – Sue Hubbard

The New Year revels are over. It’s January, and the art world is back to work. The first sign of this stirring is the London Art Fair 2019 that returns to the capital from 16-20 January.

15 January 2019

Kanye West Pledges $10m Towards James Turrell’s Roden Crater Project

Last month the rap singer Kanye West visited the ethereal, glowing light installations of artist James Turrell. He was so moved by the works that Yesterday, he pledged $10 million to the Turrell Art Foundation to help fund Roden Crater Project—an extinct volcano in northern Arizona where Turrell has been embedding works for more than […]

14 January 2019

McJesus Sculpture Sparks Protest At Haifa Museum

Several hundred fundamentalist Christians have staged a protest outside the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel demanding the removal of ‘McJesus’ a sculpture of a crucified Ronald MacDonald by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen.

14 January 2019

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Is Pyotr Pavlensky Just An Attention Seeking Muppet

In the aftermath of sentencing the exiled Russian artist Petr (AKA Pyotr) Pavlensky on Thursday, I ask myself why is he doing this? Is it for art? Or should we categorise him as an attention-seeking spoilt brat? Pavlensky was on trial for setting fire to the facade of a French central bank building, a performance […]