12 May 2011

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Leading Artists Donate Work to Benefit Serpentine Gallery

Sotheby’s has announced that an auction will take place in June to benefit the new building plans at the Serpentine Gallery. It will take place on June 30. The event will offer 46 works donated by leading contemporary artists, some with connections to the gallery. The Serpentine Gallery’s new Sackler Gallery will open in 2012 […]

10 May 2011

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London da Vinci Exhibition Set To Break Records

This autumn The National Gallery in London is set to break all records with a new exhibition of masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci. The gallery will present a landmark exhibition titled “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” examining Leonardo’s extraordinary observation, imagination and technique. The Autumn exhibition concentrates on his career as […]

9 May 2011

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Ai Weiwei Controversial London One Man Show

Despite being under house arrest, Ai Weiwei is about to launch the most important gallery exhibition of his career. Problem is he has been detained in China. So who will deliver the exhibition in the ultimate defiant gesture of civil obedience? The studio and supporters of Ai Weiwei are determined to proceed with his planned […]

9 May 2011

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Brighton Festival Message

This year’s Brighton Festival Guest Director – Aung San Suu Kyi brought her message for peace to the UK. Her dedicated plea for peace in Burma is highlighted by the program which is built around her message ‘use your liberty to promote ours’. This years festival presents a political edge and focus on global issues.  […]

7 May 2011

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Francis Bacon Masterpiece Goes Under The Hammer

Sotheby’s has announced that its forthcoming London Summer Contemporary Art Evening Auction will be led by “Crouching Nude”, an important canvas by the seminal British Artist Francis Bacon. The painting has never been offered at auction before and should realize at least £10 – 15 million . The oil on canvas was created in 1961 […]

7 May 2011

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Brighton Festival 2011 Launches

Three weeks of unrivalled arts celebration 7 – 29 May Brighton and Hove comes alive with a powerful and exciting programme of cultural events in celebration of this year’s Guest Director – Aung San Suu Kyi with her dedicated plea for peace in Burma. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her passionately fought battle […]

7 May 2011

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Art Basel Group Buys Art Hong Kong Fair

MCH Exhibition Ltd, the Swiss owned Group organizer of Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach  has bought Asian Art Fairs Ltd, the owners of ART HK  the Hong Kong International Art Fair.The MCH Group will now take a majority shareholders stake in AAF Ltd. This sets out a significant move for Art Basel in […]

6 May 2011

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Towner – Launch of Artist Designed Membership Card

Launch of artist designed membership cardwith David Dimbleby & Peter Liversidge Friday 13 May 7–9pm Gin Performanceby Peter Liversidge An exciting opportunity to take part in a performance installation, in which Hendrick’s gin and tonic will be offered in glasses etched by the artist. The installation forms part of a one night solo exhibition of […]

6 May 2011

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Tracey Emin’s Purrrfect Cat Tapestry

A superb wool tapestry by YBA artist Tracey Emin titled “Black Cat”  is the centerpiece of the Craft Council’s “Collect” international art fair for contemporary objects,. The weaving was a collaboration between Turner prize-nominee Emin and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Who got the cream – Emin stated: “I have always liked tapestries and they […]

6 May 2011

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Frieze Art Fair 2011 Gallery Line Up

The Frieze Art Fair 2011 has reviewed more applications than ever before to exhibit at the autumn event. This year will see a total of 171 exhibitors from 33 countries. The dynamism of galleries from emerging territories such as Asia and South America is balanced by a strong European and American contingent. (The latest Frieze […]

6 May 2011

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New Anish Kapoor Installation For Grand Palais in Paris

British Artist Anish Kapoor (Born in Bombay in 1954) has been invited to exhibit in the monumental space around the Grand Palais in Paris. His work creates a great opportunity for the vast space.  MONUMENTA, in its fourth edition offers 13.500 m2 in the Nave of the large palace. After the success of the first […]

5 May 2011

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Looted Nazi Art Records Published Online

International Archive Established in World’s First Nazi Plunder Catalogue The National Archives and the Commission for Looted Art in Europe has signed a global agreement on 4 May in Washington DC with leading national archives and museums, to provide an international online catalogue of documentation on looted cultural artefacts to aid historians, researchers and families […]

5 May 2011

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Egon Schiele Nazi Restitution Case Settled

Compensation to the family of a Jewish art dealer who was forced to sell a painting by Secessionist Artist, Egon Schiele, during the war, is finally going to be realised. The painting now in the collection of the Leopold Museum in Vienna was donated by a wealthy collector. The Museum is to sell off another […]

5 May 2011

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Ai Weiwei Misses NY Sculpture Unveiling

Ai Weiwei’s  who is still under arrest in China, was absent from the dedication of his sculpture installation in New York yesterday. The public art project “Circle of Animals: Zodiac Heads” was unveiled by New York’s Mayor Bloomberg. The installation is located in the Pulitzer Fountain and depicts the bronze heads of animals which correspond […]

4 May 2011

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Turner Prize 2011 Shortlist Unveiled

The 4 artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2011 are Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw. – Read Review Of Turner Prize In Gateshead Here The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award that was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in British contemporary art. It is […]

3 May 2011

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Looted Egyptian Antiquities recovered

Four stolen statues including two taken from the Cairo’s Museum have been recovered by police. These were all looted when rioting broke out during the Tahrir Square protests in Cairo. The looters smashed vitrines,damaging statues and mummies.The robbery took place  while police attempted to quell the violent protests which erupted on the streets. The museum […]

3 May 2011

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Alexander McQueen Retrospective Dazzles New York

4 May 2011 – 31 July 2011 A major retrospective exhibition celebrating the life and work of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen opens at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art tomorrow. His extraordinary contributions to fashion from his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his […]

2 May 2011

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Grayson Perry RA – NEW ROYAL ACADEMICIAN ELECTED

NEW ROYAL ACADEMICIAN ELECTED The Royal Academy of Arts is pleased to announce that Grayson Perry was elected a Royal Academician in the category of Printmaking at a recent General Assembly. Grayson Perry RA Born in Chelmsford in 1960, Grayson Perry received his BA in Fine Art from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1982. He works in a variety of […]

1 May 2011

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A Tale of Two Murals Kobra vs Banksy

Brazilian Street artist Eduardo Kobra with his assistant Eduardo Agnaldo have painted a new mural in Camden. It is a collage of images, some nostalgic, some contemporary. The work is located on the famous Banksy wall in Chalk Farm . The large painting has been authorized by Camden council and has been produced two years […]

30 April 2011

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New Banksy Work Appears On Fitzrovia Side Street

Fans To Stop Westminster Council From Destroying This Valuable Work Of Art A new work by the artist Banksy has appeared in Fitzrovia during last week’s Easter break. The work features his trademark stenciled rat in in black and white with a blood red paw print and slogan, “If Graffiti changed anything – It would […]

28 April 2011

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London Street Art Commemorates Royal Wedding

As official photographers are preparing to record Kate and William’s big day tomorrow, a number of alternative images created by artists have appeared on the streets of London, There also seems to be a glut of work in the more ‘off west-end ‘ galleries. The street works are perhaps, best kept a secret and we […]

28 April 2011

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Deutche Borse and Sony Photography Prize Winners Announced

US photographer Jim Goldberg and Argentine born,  Alejandro Chaskielberg have secured the top awards for two of this years most prestigious annual photography prizes. Goldberg’s photos for the Deutche Borse prize document displaced refugees and immigrants fleeing war torn countries to safe havens in Europe has won him the £30,000 award.  The other shortlisted photographers  […]

27 April 2011

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Sex Lies and Pablo Picasso

New Picasso Marie-Therese Goes Under the Hammer for £12m A Pablo Picasso painting of his mistress Marie-Therese Walter is to be offered by Christie’s London and is expected to fetch at least £9m to £12m in the June auction sales. The proceeds will go towards research at the University of Sydney  to tackle obesity, diabetes […]

27 April 2011

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Ai Weiwei Incarceration Tate Modern Event

Tate Modern announced today that it is deeply concerned about the current disappearance of the artist Ai Weiwei. The organisation places artists at the very centre of its activities.  The Unilever Series, Sunflower Seeds is on display until 2 May. To mark its final weekend in the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern will be holding a […]

27 April 2011

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Anthony Caro’s Rooftop Occupation Of NYC’s Met

London Artist, Anthony Caro who was born in 1924 and is considered one of the most influential British sculptors of his generation, will be featured this summer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The installation on The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden features a cross section of his work.The exhibition opened 26 April […]

24 April 2011

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Warhol Market Experiences Hyperinflation

Christie’s $30m -$40m ‘Warhol In A Fright Wig’ Out of Step If big is beautiful this is big. But since when has big equaled good? This series of self portraits are clearly one of Warhol’s low points. The red-on-black silkscreen on canvas which is offered at Christie’s New York in May with an estimate of […]

24 April 2011

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Exquisite Corpse Sound Art Exhibition Soundfjord London

The exhibition Exquisite Corpse is the brainchild of Helen Frosi, Creative Director of Soundfjord, the UK’s first contemporary gallery devoted entirely to Sound Art, and which has been developing as a hub for events, research, development and mentoring in the sonic arts since 2009. Exquisite Corpse employs a method used by the Surrealists, also used in […]

23 April 2011

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Wildenstein Scandal The End of the Road

Guy Wildenstein and his brother Alec have been surrounded by more scandal than any other wealthy family bar the Kennedys and the Gettys . The 65 year old billionaire, who is the president of Wildenstein & Co. presides over one of the most prestigious art dealerships in the world. It is a global multi billion […]

22 April 2011

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Hockney and Emin Royal College Artists Go Online

The Royal College of Art is set to put two of its most important collections online. It will be available to the general public through a new digitisation project which will be accessible online.It will consist of Student portfolio work and Graduate exhibitions. It will be taken from slides currently held in the RCA library […]

22 April 2011

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New V&A Museum Director Appointed

Top Job goes to German curator and academic Professor Martin Roth Professor Martin Roth a German curator and academic has been appointed by the museum’s board of trustees and Prime Minister David Cameron, as the new director of the Victoria and Albert museum in South Kensington London. He is currently the director general of the […]

22 April 2011

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Stolen Klimt Worth 26m Returned After 70 Years

A stolen Gustav Klimt painting worth £26m that was confiscated by the Nazis must be returned to the heirs of a Canadian Jewish family. It has been in the collection of a well known Austrian museum (the Museum of Modern Arts in Saltburg) for decades but under restitution laws is set to return to the […]

22 April 2011

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Easter Weekend Top 10 Free Art Exhibitions & Events London

Southbank Centre celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. This is going to be a beautiful holiday weekend so why not come to the South bank and see the Art shows You can also look forward to a series of exhibitions during the Festival of Britain anniversary celebrations, from a variety of well […]