31 July 2020

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Ellora Sutton and Elsie Hayward Win Inaugural Artlyst Art to Poetry Award

Ellora Sutton and Elsie Hayward have been announced as the inaugural winners of the Artlyst Art to Poetry Award

31 July 2020

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Heather Phillipson Quietly Unveils Fourth Plinth Commission In Trafalgar Square

The artist Heather Phillipson quietly unveiled her fourth plinth commission in Trafalgar Square, yesterday with a lack of fanfare not seen before in past unveilings. 

30 July 2020

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Sotheby’s Sells A Rembrandt For The Price Of A Leger – Hugh Mendes 

I also visited the auction house to view all the lots, which made up quite an impressive exhibition: from ‘Rembrandt to Richter’ as it was called.

30 July 2020

UK Youth Charity Gifted Bronze Sculpture of HRH The Princess Royal

Sir Jack and Lady Petchey have gifted the highly publicised birthday sculpture of Princess Anne to UK Youth to celebrate her work with the charity. 

29 July 2020

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Public Art Galleries vs Commercial Who Will Win – Edward Lucie-Smith

At the moment there is an undeclared contest going on, both within the British art world and also, on a much larger scale, in the international sphere. This contest takes several inter-related forms. For example, there is the competition between official and semi-official galleries and commercial ones.

24 July 2020

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UK Guidelines Exempt Masks In Museums, Galleries And Auction Houses 

Beginning today under new guidelines that have come into force in England, people will need to wear a face-covering in shopping centres, banks, shops and supermarkets but what about museums, galleries and auction houses?

23 July 2020

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Art Fund Announces £200,000 Museum of the Year Super Prize

On the eve of the re-opening of museums around the UK, from nationals Tate and the V&A to Turner Contemporary and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the UK’s largest arts charity, Art Fund, today launched a campaign for museums, with the announcement of plans for a special edition of Art Fund Museum of the Year and a week celebrating museums, running from 12 October 2020.

15 July 2020

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Marc Quinn Replaces Statue Of Edward Colston With BLM Protester

The YBA artist Artist Marc Quinn who was responsible for iconic contemporary statues such as ‘Self’ (Blood Head) and Alison Lapper Pregnant which appeared on London’s Fourth Plinth and Bristol resident Jen Reid unveil a new temporary, public installation, A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020, on top of Edward Colston’s empty plinth in Bristol, England.

14 July 2020

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Banksy’s New COVID Rats Alert Underground Passengers

Keep Alert! The elusive street artist Banksy has taken to the underground literally by producing a series of sneezing rats warning passengers of the danger of not wearing masks.

14 July 2020

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Frieze London Cancels Flagship Autumn Fair 2020

Frieze has announced that their flagship London fair won’t take place this year. The announcement came into VIPs this afternoon. See full statement below.

12 July 2020

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Gilbert & George Quit Royal Academy Over Cancelled Show

Gilbert & George have quit the Royal Academy over an alleged dispute involving a cancelled show promised before the change over of Administration, last winter. This included the departure of their friend Artistic Director Tim Marlow and the election of Rebecca Salter as new President (PRA).

9 July 2020

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 Liverpool Biennial Announces New 2021 Dates

The 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial, under the directorship of  Fatoş Üstek will take place from 20 March – 6 June 2021. Titled The Stomach and the Port, the programme will be delivered as conceived initially but responsive to the new context – curated by Manuela Moscoso, with the artist list announced in November 2019.  

8 July 2020

National Gallery Re-Opening What to Expect – Edward Lucie-Smith

The National Gallery is re-opening its doors, somewhat in advance of the Tates. The Titian show of mythological paintings made for Philp II of Spain is once again available, though it isn’t continuing on to Scotland.

7 July 2020

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Christo’s Mastaba Returns To Serpentine In Augmented Reality

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s London Mastaba returns to the Serpentine this summer recreated in Augmented Reality by Acute Art in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries.

6 July 2020

£1.57B UK Government Rescue Package Announced To Prop Up Culture

Future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues will be helped with emergency grants and loans. Funding will also be provided to restart construction work at cultural and heritage sites paused as a result of the pandemic.

6 July 2020

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Grenfell Victim Khadija Saye Featured In New Public Art Project

A new public art project, Breath is Invisible (7 July – 9 October 2020), will be launched by the MP David Lammy in Notting Hill on Tuesday 7 July with an installation of works by Khadija Saye, the young Gambian-British artist who tragically lost her life in the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, aged just 24.

2 July 2020

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Turner Prize Bursaries 10 Artists Revealed

Tate Britain has announced the ten artists who will each receive one-off £10,000 bursaries in place of this year’s Turner Prize: Arika, Liz Johnson Artur, Oreet Ashery, Shawanda Corbett, Jamie Crewe, Sean Edwards, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Ima-Abasi Okon, Imran Perretta and Alberta Whittle.

2 July 2020

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Art Derivatives Challenges Auction House Manipulation By Analysing Data 

Art Derivatives  a project by the Italian artist Paolo Cirio that challenges the ‘out of control’ practices of manipulation of the art market, the largest unregulated market after narcotics

1 July 2020

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Queer Frontiers: Moves Online For Annual Pride Exhibition

This year the exhibition is back with a diverse collection of artists from around the world. Works can be purchased on the website and delivered directly to your home.

30 June 2020

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Tate, National Gallery And Royal Academy To Reopen In July

You saw it here first, Tate, The National Gallery and the Royal Academy have announced plans to reopen in July.

29 June 2020

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Michael Craig-Martin Unveils New Oxford Street Installation

Sir Michael Craig-Martin has created a new work for an iconic site in London’s Oxford Street, which will be launched on Monday 29 June, presented by W1 Curates. The installation, Cornucopia Galactica, will run 24hrs a day until 12 July 2020.

25 June 2020

Lavish Sir Anish Kapoor Exhibition Set To Open At Houghton Hall Norfolk 

Important works by the British sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor will go on show across the grounds and historic interiors of Houghton Hall in Norfolk for the exhibition Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall (12 July – 1 November 2020).

24 June 2020

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Leonardo’s Last Supper: Is The RA’s Copy Better? – Edward Lucie-Smith

Leonardo’s Last Supper is back on view at the RA. Or at least a copy of it is, made by his pupil Gianpetrino. And to celebrate the event, there’s now a website devoted to it – the copy not the original. You can find it Here

23 June 2020

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Murillo Virgin Mary Painting Destroyed By Amateur Restoration

 A 19th-century copy of a painting by the Baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s titled The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables has been destroyed by an amateur artist, in Spain. This is yet another example of works of art in Spain that have been updated by well-meaning Sunday painters. The incident is reminiscent of the restoration […]

23 June 2020

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UK Museums And Galleries May Reopen From 4 July

Museums and galleries will be allowed to reopen in England from 4 July. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced measures easing the coronavirus restrictions in place since March.

22 June 2020

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Hackney Council Announce Public Statues Honouring The Windrush Generation

Hackney Council has announced two public artworks to be unveiled celebrating the Windrush Generation.

19 June 2020

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Marlborough To Close NY Gallery – London Next?

The legendary Marlborough Gallery is to close their NY premises with an announcement about the future of their London flagship pending. 

17 June 2020

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Oxford Statue Of Imperialist Cecil Rhodes To Be Removed

Oriel College in Oxford, the epicenter for recent student protests, has announced that they will remove the controversial statue of the racist/imperialist Cecil Rhodes. The governors of the Oxford University college voted on Wednesday night to relocate the statue of the colonialist to a museum. Last week Louise Richardson, the vice chancellor of Oxford University, […]

17 June 2020

Giuseppe Penone Donates Drawings To Pompidou And Philadelphia Museum

Giuseppe Penone (born in 1947) has made two generous gifts of 350 drawings to the Centre Pompidou and a similar number works on paper to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

15 June 2020

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Forensic Architecture Continue Grenfell Tower Project Awareness

On the third anniversary of the tragic fire which took seventy-two lives in the Grenfell tower block in West London, Artlyst thought it a good time to highlight an excellent project that the Turner Prize-nominated collective Forensic Architecture has put together using mapping technology.  

11 June 2020

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A Sculpture Falls – The Trouble With Problematic Public Statues – Richard Stone 

As a sculptor who has used Victorian and other found sculptures in my work for some time, the increasingly heated debate on the future of public Victorian statues, buildings and street names across the country has resonated with me.

11 June 2020

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Sotheby’s Rembrandt Self Portrait Should Be Returned To Holland

Sotheby’s announced this week that a small, delicate Rembrandt self-portrait is to be auctioned on July 28th, here in London. The painting is unusually intimate, (about 17 x 22cm) and was painted in 1632 when the artist was 26 years old.