17 June 2011

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Michael Landy Launches New Art On The Underground

YBA Artist defines what kindness is and how we respond to it YBA Artist Michael Landy, the man who brought us “Breakdown” 2001, the destruction of all of his worldly possessions in an abandoned department store and the well received “Art Bin” 2010 where other artists including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin could dispose of […]

16 June 2011

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Future Directions in Photography Andrea Bátorfi

Last night, I was fortunate to be given a glimpse of the future of photography and it was exciting. There was an engrossing talk on Wednesday 15 June at Hoopers Gallery in London EC1 in which Andrea Bátorfi, Hungarian photographer was in conversation with Colin Ford CBE, Curator of the forthcoming Exhibition at the Royal […]

16 June 2011

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Wim Heldens Painting “Distracted” Wins 2011 BP Portrait Prize

The prize winners for the BP Portrait Award 2011 were announced at the Awards Ceremony on 14 June 2011. The First Prize was awarded to Wim Heldens for Distracted an oil on canvas 750 x 550 mm. Wim Heldens is a self-taught artist whose work has been seen in numerous group and solo exhibitions in […]

16 June 2011

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Anish Kapoor Pulls China Exhibition

China Exhibition Cancelled As Protest To Ai Weiwei Detention The Britain sculptor Anish Kapoor known for his monumental mirror finished public works has cancelled an upcoming exhibition at the National Museum of China, Beijing. The statement comes as a protest against the Chinese government’s detention of Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist and social critic who […]

14 June 2011

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Bonhams Unveils Design For New London HQ

The London and international Auctioneers, Bonhams has unveiled plans for a £30m redevelopment of its Bond Street headquarters in London. The building has been designed by award-winning architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The new building is to be constructed on the site of the company’s current headquarters at 101 New Bond Street. This scheme, now goes […]

14 June 2011

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Banksy Street Art Infiltrates Home of Robin Hood

Love it or loath it, Street Art is now everywhere and the genre is not only making the transition from the street to the gallery,it is also crossing over onto the walls of the museum. It has infiltrated advertising, graphic design, fashion, music and the Visual Arts as quickly as it has appeared on our […]

14 June 2011

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The Vorticists Groundbreaking British Modernism

New Exhibition at Tate Britain Reevaluates This Short-lived Movement Vorticism, founded in the summer of 1914, during the out-break of the First World War, is considered to beBritain’s first major contribution to modernism in visual art. In the early part of the 20th Century, Mainland Europe lead the way in both influence and productivity for […]

13 June 2011

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Picasso Works Were Stolen Couple Charged

$80m In Lost Art May Be Returned To Picasso Family We reported last December that 271 undocumented works by Pablo Picasso estimated to be worth at least €60 million (£50 million) were discovered in the South of France. Pierre Le Guennec, a retired French electrician and his wife revealed that the paintings drawings and prints, […]

12 June 2011

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Serpentine Auction to Raise Millions At Sotheby’s

  Works Generously Donated by Artists Including: Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami Chris Ofili, Richard Prince, Paula Rego and Cindy Sherman are predicted to raise unprecedented funds for the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery on 30 June.   The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, opening in 2012, will be renovated and designed by Pritzker-Prize […]

12 June 2011

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Peter Zumthor Designs Serpentine Pavilion 2011

The Serpentine Gallery has revealed that world-renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor is to design the Pavilion 2011. The eye-catching design will go on view in early July. This year’s Serpentine Pavilion is the 11th commission in the Gallery’s annual series, the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind. It will be the […]

12 June 2011

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New Banksy Exhibition Opens In London

Urban Art Invades the Andipa Gallery with Major New Exhibition A two man exhibition of Banksy and War Boutique presents an exciting opportunity to see original works by two well known mavericks of urban art. The established Banksy and the popular, emerging War Boutique, a young artist who is just breaking onto the international stage, […]

11 June 2011

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Artist Sam Taylor-Wood Awarded An OBE

CBE for Gillian Ayres, one of Britain’s finest and most original abstract artists and OBE for Ceramacist Edmund De Waal The artist Sam Taylor-Wood  famous her photographs and films that examine, highly charged scenarios, depicting our shared social and psychological conditions, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. The 44-year-old from Croydon […]

10 June 2011

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Zaha Hadid Launches New Riverside Museum Glasgow

The Clyde and the city of Glasgow have always been intertwined when it comes to historical development. Once leaders in shipbuilding now more people are employed in the arts than in this once integral occupation. The rivers architectural  heritage is a unique legacy with the site situated where the Kelvin flows into the Clyde. Hadid’s […]

10 June 2011

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Louis Vuitton Launches New Website For Young Artists

Louis Vuitton in partnership with London art institutions the Whitechapel Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and Tate Britain, have launched REcreative. It’s a new website where emerging artists can post their work and learn how more established creatives start their careers. The website is for arts events and exhibitions through exclusive online content. Users can […]

10 June 2011

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Art Car Boot Fair A Collectors Dream Come True

Where else can you buy an original Damien Hirst for £300 or a Tracey Emin at a knock down price? The Art Car Boot Fair was an idea that grew out of previous events such as Joshua Compston’s ‘Fete Worse than Death’ and Gavin Turk’s ‘Livestock Market’ and Articultural Shows’ that blazed a trail in […]

9 June 2011

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Is Cork Street Finished?

Rent Rises and Retail Gentrification Could Displace Art Galleries Cork Street in Mayfair, London is about to suffer the nail in the coffin that has plagued much of the area including Dover and Old Bond Street, the identikit retail gentrification treatment. Standard Life have announced that they are putting part of their extensive property portfolio […]

9 June 2011

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India’s Picasso M F Husain Dies At 95

M.F. Husain, one of the highest profile 20th century Indian, contemporary painters has died, age 95. Husain was living in a self-imposed exile in Dubai since 2006. This was the result of death threats for depicting the Gods and cultural icons nude.  Husain began his career as a film poster artist and came to prominence […]

8 June 2011

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Art 42 Basel 2011 Preview Highlights

With less than a week to go, until the doors open on what is arguably the worlds most important art fair, here is the lowdown of what you can expect, in some of the most interesting sectors of the fair. Art Film Program The Art Film program at Art 42 Basel again features a varied […]

8 June 2011

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Kate Gilmore Exchange Square Installation Launched

The Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art launched Walk the Line, a dynamic new site-specific sculptural artwork by the American artist Kate Gilmore on Exchange Square, City Of London on 6 June. Inaugurating a new strand of events, entitled Parasol Public, this public art project promises to be one of the most thrilling summer events […]

7 June 2011

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Claudio Bravo Hyper-Realist Painter Dies At 74

Claudio Bravo the well respected Hyper-Realist painter noted for his handling of drapery was born in 1936 in Valparaiso Chile and studied art in the studio of Miguel Venegas Cienfuentes in Santiago. In 1954. His first important exhibition was at the “Salón 13” in Santiago at the age of 17. In 1955, he danced professionally […]

7 June 2011

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Sotheby’s Goes Pop Contemporary Evening Sale Rocks Out

Andy Warhol’s  portrait of Blondie star Debbie Harry goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s and is expected to fetch up to $8.8 million (£5.5 million) when auctioned on 11 June. The star a close friend and muse of the artist ,who had her biggest hit, Heart of Glass in 1980 was immortalized  by Warhol in […]

7 June 2011

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Raw Power! Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition opens to the public today, following a week of previews, parties and press mosh-pits. A spectacular array of painting, sculpture, photography and architectural design is on offer in the largest and oldest open submission exhibition in the world. The exhibition does a good job of encapsulating the national psyche in […]

6 June 2011

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Mystery Surrounds The Sale Of Jeff Koons $16.5M Pink Panther

It has been rumoured that Sotheby’s has had its Lawyers sending litigation threats to one of the oldest online publications for writing a leading passage in an article. The report concerns the sale of Jeff Koons’ Pink Panther sculpture from his 1988 Banality series which took place in New York on 10 May. The auctioneers […]

5 June 2011

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Mike Nelson’s Evocative Venice Biennale Installation

Mike Nelson the Artist chosen to represent Britain at this years Venice Biennale is noted for his innovative installation work. He is the first British artist to exhibit in this catagory of fine art and a seasoned contributor to these type of international shows, having contributed to  Sydney (2002), Istanbul (2003) and São Paulo (2004). […]

5 June 2011

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Linda McCartney Life in Photographs A London Retrospective

Phillips de Pury & Company in London  is holding a selling exhibition of photographs by Linda McCartney titled “Life in Photographs” 7 – 16 June 2011. The exhibition is a selection of highlights from over 200,000 archived photographs which will showcase the work of this exceptionally talented photographer. McCartney captured spontaneous and moving moments of […]

5 June 2011

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Artist Sarah Morris Sued For Plagiarism

Sarah Morris an American artist who lives part of the year in Britain, exhibits with the White Cube gallery in London and is represented in the Tate Modern’s collection has been accused of plagiarism. The multimillion-pound claim was formed in a group action by six international Origami artists . They have stated that Morris has […]

3 June 2011

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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – Photography Comes Of Age

I was overjoyed to see that photography has been given pride of place in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition by being positioned boldly in the Wohl Central Hall – the main hall as you enter the Exhibition. This is a daring statement on the part of Christopher Le Brun the main co-ordinator of this year’s […]

2 June 2011

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Ai Weiwei Made Honourary Royal Academician

Ai Weiwei the detained Chinese artist and activist has been made an honourary fellow of Britain’s Royal Academy of Art. The Danish painter Per Kirkeby was also given the accolade. In 2009, the gallery hosted a retrospective of the work of Kirkeby, one of Scandinavia’s most prominent contemporary artists, but it is Ai who is […]

2 June 2011

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New Video Art Fair Launches for London’s Frieze Week

On the strength of the successful launch in March 2011, in New York, Moving Image have announced the Moving Image: An Art Fair of Contemporary Video Art, in London, to run concurrently with the Frieze Art Fair, in October 2011. Moving Image has been conceived to offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality […]

2 June 2011

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Salvador Dali Seminar Held to Form Authentication Board

The Gala- Salvador Dalí Foundation is organising a conference, on the 19 June – 21 June. The Seminar will present and debate experiences of several international experts in the field of certification of artworks and ways to fight fraud.These sessions afford an exceptional opportunity to share and discuss the experiences of leading international specialists in […]

2 June 2011

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Ecos de la Selva

Ecos de la Selva       (Forest Echo)   Colombia is a country of contrasts: its geographical features encompass the Amazon rainforest, the Andes and the Caribbean coast. Much of my work as a sculptor derives from organic forms and the visual parallels and resonances I uncover between them and human concerns and relationships. An interest in […]

1 June 2011

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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Opens

Summer Exhibition 2011:  7 June – 15 August 2011 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011 opened today to the press and tonight will see the launch of its annual fundraising Gala. With less than four days to go until the event opens it’s doors to the public, here is a snapshot of what you can […]