3 March 2022

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Artist Support Pledge Focuses On Raising Money For Ukraine

The Artist Support Pledge platform has successfully raised over £30m for artists during the pandemic. The cancellation of art fairs and gallery exhibitions created a void filled by a simple hashtag. It was a lifeline to many artists worldwide. In response to the war in Ukraine, Artist Support Pledge founder Matthew Burrows along with artist-curator […]

2 March 2022

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Restituted Franz Marc Painting Achieves £42.6m At Inaugural Christie’s Shanghai Sale – Ukraine Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Bombed By Russia – Jerwood Donates £5m Gallery To Hasting’s Contemporary

Christie’s has launched the inaugural 20th/21st Century: Shanghai to London sale series with staggering results. This pioneering cultural dialogue between two major international art hubs, live-streamed from Christie’s in Shanghai and London with incorporated salerooms in Hong Kong and New York proves you can sell from anywhere. The sale series coincides with Christie’s new gallery […]

28 February 2022

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War Invades 59th Venice Biennale Russia Quits – Ukraine On Hold

Updated: Artists Alexandra Sukhareva and Kirill Savchenkov and curator Raimundas Malašauskas have pulled out of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The invasion of Ukraine has put cultural exchange between Russia and the world in jeopardy. The Milk of Dreams was the title of the 2022 Venice Biennale Russian pavilion exhibition. This name was […]

24 February 2022

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Roy Lichtenstein Widow bequeaths Artist’s Studio To The Whitney – Large Roman Mosaic Unearthed In London – Art Basel Announces Spring Exhibitors List 

The widow of Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein has announced that the Lichtenstein family has donated the late artist’s studio building to the Museum. The Whitney, who since moving downtown in 2015 has been a neighbour of the studio, operating four blocks north on Gansevoort Street, will adapt the space to serve as the first permanent […]

22 February 2022

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National Portrait Gallery Severs Sponsorship With BP

The National Portrait Gallery has announced the end of its partnership with bp. The London Gallery confirmed that they would not extend beyond December 2022, when their current contract ends. The partnership spanned more than 30 years, with the oil company sponsoring the Gallery’s Portrait Award, one of the longest-running cultural events in London. The Gallery is […]

20 February 2022

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Dan Graham Groundbreaking Conceptual Artist Dies Age 79

The artist, Dan Graham, has died over the weekend in New York. Graham’s influence over the past half-century as a writer, photographer, architect, sculptor, filmmaker and performance artist is a great loss to the contemporary art world. Since the 1960s his groundbreaking endeavours in video, installation and audience participation – including such legendary and confrontational […]

18 February 2022

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The Upside Of Macklowe’s Toxic Divorce – Sotheby’s Settlement Auction

Last November’s Sotheby’s sale of 35 works from The Macklowe Collection was nothing less than historic, realising $676.1 million, the highest value single-owner auction ever staged. Its success is a homage to the art of collecting in its highest form. Now, this spring, Sotheby’s will offer 30 more blue-chip works from this celebrated collection. Furthermore, […]

17 February 2022

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UK Tax Authorities Probe NFT Fraud – Tate Decision On Racist Rex Whistler Mural – Jeff Koons Designs $360k BMW Supercar

UK tax authorities have seized three Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) as part of a probe into a suspected VAT fraud involving 250 alleged fake companies. Sceptics fear NFTs are a pyramid scheme HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have arrested three people on suspicion of attempting to defraud it of £1.4m. The authorities said it was the […]

14 February 2022

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Carmen Herrera Cuban American Artist Dies Age 106

Carmen Herrera (1915 – 2022) The Cuban-born, American artist has died at the age of 106, only months before her May birthday. She died peacefully in her sleep at her apartment and studio in New York, where she had lived and worked since 1967, for much of that time with her husband Jesse Loewenthal, who […]

10 February 2022

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Ai Weiwei Takes Anti Vax Stance On Instagram

The Chinese dissident artist/activist Ai Weiwei has recklessly posted an anti-vax video on his Instagram account. In the reposted media, Mr Ai promotes a group of old men dancing and playing instruments with the caption, “Me and my friends living off-grid after refusing the vaccine.” His caption underneath the video reads: “#RunForOurRights #treadmill In defence […]

9 February 2022

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Punk It! Sotheby’s $30m NFT Sale – Yinka Shonibare Takes On Sketch Revamp – Museum Recovery Support Announced By ACE And Lottery Fund

Following the success of Sotheby’s inaugural NFT sales in 2021, which to date have achieved $100 million since launching less than a year ago, Sotheby’s announces the first dedicated live evening auction for NFTs, Punk It!, a single-lot sale of 104 CryptoPunks on 23 February. Carrying the landmark estimate of $20/30 million, the sale marks […]

8 February 2022

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Tate Permanently Removes Sackler Name From Buildings – Picasso Guernica Tapestry Returns To UN – Henry Darger Estate Rights Dispute

Tate has backtracked under public pressure and will now remove the existing Sackler names from two of its London museums. The disgraced philanthropic Sackler family were the manufacturers of the highly addictive opioid drug OxyContin, which they marketed through Purdue Pharma, a family-owned private company. Over 500,000 deaths have been recorded in the US alone […]

6 February 2022

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US Treasury Releases Report On Illicit Art Market Money Laundering

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has published their study on the facilitation of money laundering and the financing of terrorism through the trade in works of high-value art. Heavyweight art dealers and auction houses spent over $1 million lobbying federal officials in Washington on this and other regulatory issues over the past two years. […]

3 February 2022

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Theaster Gates To Create 2022 Serpentine Pavilion – $30 Estate Sale Albrecht Dürer Reoffered At $10m – Biden Reverses Trump’s Public Art Policy

Theaster Gates’ The Black Chapel will be the 21st Serpentine Pavilion. The Chicago-based artist, along with the architectural support of Adjaye Associates, will open to the public on Friday, 10 June 2022. The Pavilion’s design alludes to the performative and meditative qualities of a small chapel Drawing inspiration from the significance of the great kilns […]

3 February 2022

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Van Gogh Self Portraits The Infinite And The Ordinary – Revd Jonathan Evens

In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent Van Gogh wrote, ‘I’d like to paint men or women with that je ne sais quoi of the eternal,

2 February 2022

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Kohei Yoshiyuki Photographer Who Explored Voyeurism And Surveillance Dies Age 76

Kohei Yoshiyuki (Japan, b. 1946-2022) ignited furious debate about photography’s relationship with voyeurism and surveillance.

31 January 2022

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New Damien Hirst NFT Announced But Is It A Flash In The Pan

After earning a cool $25m from his first NFT publication, Damien Hirst, the artist who loves to print money is releasing his second series of NFTs. The Empresses is a series of five prints depicting carefully composed images of butterflies by Damien Hirst and published by HENI Editions. The prints are available to purchase on […]

31 January 2022

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FOG Design + Art In San Francisco Kick Off 2022 – Virginie Puertolas-Syn

I really enjoyed attending the FOG Design+Art Opening Gala in San Francisco on the 19th of January.

27 January 2022

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Three New Royal Academicians Announced – Late Botticelli Painting Sells for $45.4m – Robbie Williams £10m Banksy Paintings Auctioned At Sotheby’s

The Royal Academy of Arts has elected three new Royal Academicians: Michael Armitage, in the category of Painting, Peter Barber, in the category of Architecture, and Ryan Gander, in the category of Sculpture. In addition, professor Dame Sarah Gilbert and Hisham Matar were elected as Honorary Fellows. This all took place at a recent General […]

26 January 2022

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Damien Hirst Earns $25m With His NFT Edition – Art Basel Gazumps FIAC Taking Grand Palais Slot – Gainsborough’s Blue Boy Returns To London 

Damien Hirst Earns $25m With His NFT Edition – Art Basel Gazumps FIAC Taking Grand Palais Slot – Gainsborough’s Blue Boy Returns To London 

20 January 2022

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Tracey Emin Asks Number 10 To Remove Gifted Artwork From Display – Clare Lilley Appointed New YSP Director –  Rare Henry Moore Sculpture Discovered

Tracey Emin Asks Number 10 To Remove Gifted Artwork From Display – Clare Lilley Appointed New YSP Director –  Rare Henry Moore Sculpture Discovered

17 January 2022

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Banksy Spraycation Mural Sells For $2m – John Sainsbury Art Patron Dies – DCMS £30m Emergency Support For Culture 

Banksy Spraycation Mural Sells Privately – John Sainsbury Art Patron Dies – DCMS £30m Emergency Support For Culture 

13 January 2022

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Fair Comment: What’s On And Off In 2022 – Artlyst Fair Guide

Artlyst has compiled a dateline of international Art Fairs scheduled to open in the next twelve months

12 January 2022

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Protester Attacks Eric Gill Statue At BBC Broadcasting House 

A protester armed with a hammer has scaled BBC Broadcasting House near Oxford Circus and destroyed a sculpture by Eric Gill

10 January 2022

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Tracey Emin Is Ninth Winner Of Whitechapel Art Icon Award

The Whitechapel Gallery has announced that Tracey Emin (b. 1963, UK) will be the ninth artist to receive the prestigious annual Art Icon award. On Monday 22 March 2022. The award will be presented at a celebration in the gallery. Emin’s work is known for its portrayal of personal experience and heightened states of emotion. […]

10 January 2022

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NFTs Sales Set To Match Global Art Trade Total – John Salt Photorealist Painter Dies Aged 84 – Gainsborough Blue Boy Returns

NFTs Sales Set To Match Global Art Trade Total – John Salt Photorealist Painter Dies Aged 84 – Gainsborough Blue Boy Returns

6 January 2022

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Iwona Blazwick Quits As Director of Whitechapel – London Art Fair Postpones Event Until April – New Director For The ICA Announced

Iwona Blazwick Quits As Director of Whitechapel – London Art Fair Postpones Event Until April – New Director For The ICA Announced

5 January 2022

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Edward Colston Statue Four Acquitted Of Criminal Damage

Edward Colston’s statue was dragged from its plinth and thrown into Bristol Harbour during a Black Lives Matter protest have been acquitted.

5 January 2022

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NFT Phishing Scam $2.2m Lost – Banksy Vandal Given Prison Sentence  –  Protected Status Granted For £1500 Caravaggio 

NFT Phishing Scam $2.2m Lost – Banksy Vandal Given Prison Sentence  –  Protected Status Granted For £1500 Caravaggio 

4 January 2022

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London Art Fair Announces Full Scale April Event At Business Design Centre Islington

After a year’s hiatus, we are all excited at the prospect of the UK’s first major art event of 2022. The London Art Fair (LAF)connects collectors from UK-based and international galleries

29 December 2021

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Alt Power 100 Artlyst 2021 – Art Makes People Powerful

Presenting the much-coveted Alt Power 100 Artlyst 2021. This is our way of acknowledging our industry’s hard work and achievement, as we see it.

26 December 2021

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Wayne Thiebaud American Proto-Pop Painter Dies Age 101

Tributes have been pouring in for the American artist Wayne Thiebaud who died yesterday in Sacramento, California age 101.