18 July 2019

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Ai Weiwei Wins Court Case Against Volkswagen In Denmark

In 2017, SMC a Volkswagen dealership in Copenhagen shot a photo of a new Volkswagen Polo parked in front of an installation by the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. The photograph was subsequently used to promote a new model of the Polo car on its website and inhouse magazine.

17 July 2019

Louvre Removes Sackler Name From Galleries After PAIN Protest

Musée du Louvre has removed or taped over all references to the Sackler Family in response to protests from organisations including Nan Goldin’s PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now group.

17 July 2019

Tate Directors Make A Stand On Climate Change

The directors of Tate have come out emphatically declaring a climate emergency. In a letter dated today, the organisation hopes to spread the word that our fragile planet has reached a breaking point.

16 July 2019

V&A Annual Report Records Over 4.2m London Visitors

The V&A has had a terrific year with a London gate of over 4.2m visitors and the successful launch of their first outpost in Dundee.

7 July 2019

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Leon Kossoff – 1926-2019 – By Edward Lucie-Smith

As already stated on this site, Leon Kossoff’s death on July 4 marked pretty much the end of an epoch. Of the for artists who led the so-called School of London – Bacon, Freud, Kossoff and Auerbach – only Auerbach now survives.

6 July 2019

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Leon Kossoff Leading School Of London Painter Dies Age 92

The death of Leon Kossoff, who died on 4 July after a short illness is nearly the end of an era for the great wave of British painting known as the School of London.

4 July 2019

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Hastings Contemporary: An Optimistic New Chapter For A Popular Gallery

Hastings Contemporary, (the former Jerwood Gallery) launched as an independent gallery on Tuesday with three notable exhibitions, Roy Oxlade alongside works by his tutor David Bomberg, Contemporary Danish Artist Tal R, and new works by artist/illustrator Quentin Blake.

4 July 2019

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St Fagans National Museum of History Wins Museum of the Year 2019

The Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2019 has been awarded to St Fagans National Museum of History, near Cardiff. The prize winner was presented with a £100,000 prize by the artist Jeremy Deller, at a gala ceremony at the Science Museum, London last night (3 July 2019). This is the UK’s most prestigious annual […]

1 July 2019

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Sculpture In The City London Unveils Edition Nine

Sculpture in the City, the annual public art programme set amongst well-known architectural landmarks, has launched, celebrating their ninth edition. Nineteen artworks make up this year’s outdoor sculpture park in the Square Mile, to include a new artwork by Jonathan Trayte to be unveiled in Autumn 2019.

Recommended London Art Exhibitions July 2019 – Paul Carey-Kent

The noted writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent gives us his rolling ten recommended Contemporary and Modern art exhibitions for July 2019 in London now.

29 June 2019

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Masterpiece London: How The Other Half Live – Edward Lucie-Smith

I have always had ambiguous feelings about the annual Masterpiece London fine art and antiques fair, now under the umbrella of the Art Basel Group.

27 June 2019

Actor/ Collector Russell Tovey To Guest Curate Margate Now Arts Festival

To celebrate the 19th edition of the Turner Prize presented this year at Turner Contemporary, Margate is to host Margate NOW, an ambitious and dynamic festival of art, events and performances guest curated by actor Russell Tovey from 28 September to 13 October 2019. Developed by a consortium of partners and artists, the town-wide programme […]

27 June 2019

Christie’s Contemporary Evening Auction Sees Cecily Brown, Dubuffet and Basquiat Soar

The London Summer Art week which includes Contemporary auctions at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s, Masterpiece London the art fair recently acquired by Art Basel as well a Olympia and newcomer FairForSaatchi is well on the way.

27 June 2019

Bacon, Freud and Saville Top Sotheby’s Evening Contemporary Sale

Sotheby’s London Evening Sale of Contemporary Art has realised £69,143,300/ $87,811,991/ €77,440,496 (est. £58-82.8 million/ $73.5-105 million / €64.7-92.4 million).

Serpentine Pavilion Unveiled By Architect Junya Ishigami

The Serpentine launched their annual Pavilion this morning with a press view attended by the architect Junya Ishigami and the artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries Hans Ulrich Obrist.

20 June 2019

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Controversial Caravaggio Goes Under The Hammer In Toulouse

A long lost painting attributed by a French provincial auction house to Caravaggio, which languished in a chateau attic in France, for over 100 years goes under the hammer at La Halle aux Grains in Toulouse, on June 27. The much-hyped work just back from a world tour could achieve up to the presale estimate […]

19 June 2019

Refugee Week Marked With Art Exhibition Highlighting Global Migration

Sink Without Trace presents works by seventeen artists on the subject of migrant deaths at sea. The exhibition held during International Refugee Week includes artists from Denmark, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Israel, Italy, Kurdistan, Slovakia, South Africa, Syria and the UK- currently living in France, Germany, Italy and the UK. Sink Without Trace presents works by 17 […]

18 June 2019

Yana Peel Quits Serpentine After Negative Lobbying Campaign

Yana Peel, the Serpentine Galleries CEO has resigned from her role, after three years, following a concerted lobbying campaign against her husband’s recent investment in NSO, a surveillance technology company.

18 June 2019

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Sotheby’s Sold To Private French/Israeli Media Tycoon Patrick Drahi

Sotheby’s has been sold to the French/Israeli Media Tycoon Patrick Drahi for $3.7 Billion, taking the second largest Auction House in the world from public ownership to private.

17 June 2019

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UK Museums Now Protected From Court-Ordered Seizure For Loaned Artworks 

UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has vowed to protect objects on loan from abroad in temporary exhibitions in UK museums from seizure by the UK courts.

16 June 2019

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Art Basel 2019 Bubble-Wrap What The Dealers Said

Art Basel closed the doors on the 2019 edition reporting buoyant sales to private collectors and public institutions by galleries across all market sector. The fair attracted buyers from over 80 countries and an overall attendance of 93,000.

12 June 2019

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UK Regains Number Two Position In Annual UBS Art Market Report

Each year during Art Basel in Switzerland, UBS publishes its annual art market report. The document has become one of the most essential barometers in the art world.

12 June 2019

Da Vinci Salvator Mundi Not Onboard Saudi Prince’s Yacht

I think it’s hilarious that Kenny Schachter’s ‘April-fool-style’ reporting of Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi hiding aboard Saudi Prince MBS’s yacht (as reported in ArtNet News) has been picked up by the wire services. I find it equally funny that what started as a quip is being reported in Bloomberg, The Guardian and Telegraph as fact. […]

11 June 2019

Lost Laszlo Moholy-Nagy Film Found In BFI Archive

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s long ‘lost’ optical sound film, Tönendes ABC / ABC in Sound (1933), missing for over 80 years has been rediscovered and restored at the BFI.

11 June 2019

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BP Portrait Award 2019 Won By Charlie Schaffer

Charlie Schaffer has won the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2019. It was announced last night at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The painting titled ‘Imara in her Winter Coat’ is a portrait of the artist’s close friend. The first prize portrait was selected from 2,538 submissions from 84 countries. The judges admired the mannerist style […]

10 June 2019

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Antoni Gaudi Sagrada Familia Granted Building Permit After 137-year Hiatus

The city of Barcelona has issued a building permit for one of Spain’s most famous tourist attractions. After 137 years the church, designed by the iconic Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi

6 June 2019

Da Vinci Notebooks Displayed Together In British Library First

To mark the 500th anniversary since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the British Library is to mount an exhibition of the Renaissance master’s notebooks. ‘Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion’ at the British Library will reveal how he believed motion to be the cause of all life’.

5 June 2019

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Stonewall Uprising 50th Anniversary Celebrated With Felix Gonzalez-Torres Billboard Reboot

The Public Art Fund is presenting the iconic billboard “Untitled”, 1989 by Felix Gonzalez-Torres (American, b. Cuba, 1957-1996) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and WorldPride in New York City this June.

4 June 2019

Spencer Tunick Nude Protest Challenges Facebook Censorship Rules

About 100 people stripped naked in front of Facebook’s New York offices as part of a censorship protest against Facebook and Instagram’s policies surrounding artistic nudity.

3 June 2019

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RA Summer Exhibition Returns To Form Under Jock McFadyen

This year the RA Summer Exhibition has returned to form with a talented lineup of artists chosen by an inexhaustible group of jurors. The 251st edition received over 16,000 entries. Around 1200 works, in a range of media, goes on display, next week. The majority of these artworks are offered for sale, allowing visitors to purchase original work by upcoming and established artists.

2 June 2019

Paula Rego Abortion Paintings To Feature In MK Retrospective

The first major retrospective of Paula Rego’s work in England for over twenty years will go on show at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes 15 June – 22 September 2019.

30 May 2019

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Salvator Mundi Loan Declined For Louvre Da Vinci Exhibition

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, named as the buyer of the highly contentious Salvator Mundi painting by Leonardo da Vinci has declined the loan of the painting to the Louvre in Paris for the large Da Vinci 500 Years show, set for this Autumn.