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

/

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

/

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

/

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

/

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

//

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

/

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

/

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

/

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

/

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.

24 May 2019

/

Banksy Sets Up Anti Cruise Ship Market Stall In Venice

Banksy has created a new collateral event in Venice for the Biennale.

19 May 2019

The Rebirth Of Cork Street But Where Are The Galleries? – Oliver Malin

When most people think of the London art scene, It may be tricky to pinpoint what constitutes its epicenter. Perhaps it starts with the major institutions, The Tate, RA, National Gallery and we work outwards, Oyster card at the ready.

17 May 2019

/

Susan Meiselas Wins Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 has been won by Susan Meiselas.

17 May 2019

/

I M Pei World Renowned Architect Dies Age 102

The world-renowned architect I M Pei, best known for his iconic design for the Louvre pyramid, has died aged 102.

16 May 2019

//

Jeff Koons $91m Rabbit Sets World Auction Record for Living Artist

Christies Postwar and Contemporary Sale in New York has realised a total of $538,971,750 / £418,131,691 million, reaching their revised presale estimates after the withdrawal of two key works of art.

15 May 2019

/

Monet Haystacks Breaks the $100m Mark At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s New York has broken yet another record for the Impressionist artist Claude Monet. The painting titled Meules (Haystacks) from 1890 sold for $110.7 million.

14 May 2019

/

New Banksy In Venice Sparks Reaction To Rugoff’s Death Ship

Banksy seems to be active again these days with two new murals, one in London at Marble Arch, where Extinction Rebellion’s climate change activists were protesting for a few weeks. His latest offering is in Venice in time for the 58th Biennale.

13 May 2019

/

Bomb Scare Shuts Lithuanian Pavilion At Venice Biennale

An Italian bomb squad swooped on the Golden Lion winning Lithuanian pavilion at the Venice Biennale yesterday after a group of British Journalists and artists complained to the authorities about a Russian man’s erratic behavior.

12 May 2019

Lithuania Wins Golden Lion Award At 58th Venice Biennale

The Golden Lion awards for Best National Participation at the 58th Venice Biennale has been announced. Lithuania’s Sun & Sea (Marina) an immersive sound installation

9 May 2019

/

Discarded Gerhard Richter Drawings – Man Found Guilty Of Theft

A German man has been found guilty by a court on charges of stealing discarded works of art from the well-known abstract painter Gerhard Richter.

3 May 2019

/

Maurizio Cattelan: Blenheim Art Foundation Exhibition Announced For Autumn

The first solo exhibition in twenty years of work by Maurizio Cattelan is to be mounted at Blenheim Palace this autumn, running from 12 September – 27 October 2019

2 May 2019

/

Frieze New York Launches 2019 Edition Without A Hitch

The opening day of this year’s Frieze New York, which featured galleries from 26 countries was a roaring success following last year’s scorching fiasco

1 May 2019

/

Diverse Turner Prize 2019 Tate Britain Announces Nominees

The four artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2019 have been announced at Tate Britain today.

29 April 2019

/

BP Portrait Award Shortlist For 40th Year at NPG

The shortlist for the BP Portrait Award 2019 has been announced by the National Portrait Gallery, London. The prize which will be presented on 10 June 2019

28 April 2019

/

Sean Scully Unveils New Sculptural And Figurative Works During Venice Biennale

The Irish/American artist Sean Scully unveils Human: an exhibition of recent works both new and unseen pieces at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

27 April 2019

/

Nancy Fouts Sculptor Who Reconfigured Commonplace Objects Dies

The artist Nancy Fouts who has died age 74 found herself starting adult life in what, for a girl from Kentucky, must have been the confusing and somewhat alien world of a British finishing school.

26 April 2019

/

Banksy Creates New London Artwork Highlighting Extinction Rebellion

A New Banksy mural has appeared, timed to the second at Marble Arch where climate activists have been protesting for the last few weeks. Extinction Rebellion has made an enormous impact on London and support has swollen since they first came on the scene.