10 March 2011

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Frieze Appoints Carmody Groarke Architects 2011

Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover,the directors of the Frieze Art Fair have announced the appointment of the London-based architectural studio Carmody Groarke as the new architects for the Deutsche Bank sponsored,  Frieze Art Fair 2011. The firm designed the Surreal House Exhibition at the Barbican one of the most successful events  last year. It was […]

9 March 2011

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Milan in Berlin with international young people.“Milan for international creative talent: Fuori Art, contest and Milan Summer School”

Milan and Berlin: two cities very alike, complimentary and stimulating to the mind that together can mould the great talent of the future. With this idea in mind the Milan City Council is presenting itself in the German capital with an event that will be held at the Kulturbrauerei in Berlin on the 10th of […]

8 March 2011

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Tino Sehgal Gets Tate Turbine Hall For 2012

Tino Sehgal commissioned for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall for the 2012 Olympic period.17 July to 28 October 2012Tate has announced that Tino Sehgal will undertake the annual commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2012. To be unveiled on 17 July that year, Sehgal’s new work will be the thirteenth to be commissioned in The […]

8 March 2011

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Art Coma 8 – The Calling

I was having some time to myself, in Thailand on a deserted island, I needed to reconnect with that sense of isolation, of aloneness, confront that fear in the absolute nature of myself. Its in those moments, that aloneness is relised as an illusion, a self sabotaging state of being, more to do wtih the […]

7 March 2011

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$100m Picasso Painting Hung At Tate Modern

The most expensive painting in the world, sold at auction, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust 1932 by Pablo Picasso goes on public display for the first time ever in the UK at Tate Modern. The work was sold by Christie’s, New York last May for the world record price of $106.5m.  The painting has been […]

6 March 2011

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Pinner Vase Sale a £51m Stiff?

Intrigue and sabotage blamed for the sales collapse The internationally reported sale of an 18th century Qianlong-dynasty Chinese vase from a small suburban London auction house last November has fallen through. Bainbridge’s of Ruislip scored the record, for the highest price realized for a piece of Chinese art, sold in the UK. The fact of […]

5 March 2011

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Pure “Coincidences”? – A Look at Ai Weiwei’s Works

The decision whether these are pure “coincidences” is left to the readers. It is just worth noting that even if they were pure coincidences, they would still demonstrate 1. the artist’s lack of knowledge of the history of art 2. the lack of originality of his artistic concepts. Left: Ai Weiwei’s “Fountain of Light”, 2007. […]

5 March 2011

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Artist Suze Rotolo Dies in New York

New York mixed medium artist Suze Rotolo, who was put in the spotlight for her three-year relationship with singer Bob Dylan, has died, after a long illness. Her body of artwork was known as,”book art,” or a reinvention of the object,as art. This often altered the viewers perception of what a book can be, including […]

3 March 2011

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Damien Hirst Survey Tate Modern 2012

Tate Modern have announced the first substantial survey of the work of Damien Hirst which will run from 5 April – 9 September 2012. This is hardly a retrospective, given Hirst’s age. It will instead cover in-depth two decades of the artist’s output. The exhibition will highlight works including many of his most iconic pieces […]

1 March 2011

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Susan Philipsz New Chicago Installation

Susan Philipsz who recently won the 2010 Turner Prize, is installing one of her sublime sound installations in Chicago. “We Shall Be All” has been commissioned by  The Internationale at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Chicago. The instillation will run from February 26 to June 5, 2011. Philipsz’s  sound works echo literature, history and […]

27 February 2011

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Banksy Fails To Scoop Best Documentary Film Oscar

The Bristol based graffiti artist Banksy, AKA Robin Gunningham has failed in his bid to take home the Oscar for his art-doc, “Exit Through The Gift Shop”. The winner of the ultimate accolade was “Inside Job” a searing assault on the banking industry and its role in the financial meltdown of 2008. The film’s Director […]

27 February 2011

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Art Coma 7 – Working with the Canvas of the Universe

  The 2D canvas of the universe is known by some as the ‘matrix’, a well known phrase bought in to being with the film, and the slogan; have your choice of the red pill or the white pill, a choice to go down the rabbit hole and find the ‘truth’ or to stay on […]

27 February 2011

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Kate Moss Commissions Tracey Emin As Wedding Designer

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince’s upcoming wedding will be designed by artist Tracey Emin, who has been invited to install her works at their nuptials. The couple, who recently got engaged, have reportedly asked Emin, a good friend to display her artwork at the reception. “Kate has agreed that Tracey will put her unusual artistic […]

26 February 2011

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British Council Appoints New Director

Graham Sheffield has been appointed the new director of The British Council  he succeeds Rebecca Walton who was acting as interim Director of Arts in the UK’s largest international cultural relations organization.Sheffield’s extensive arts management and creative experience will ensure that the arts remain at the heart of the British Council’s mission to strengthen ties […]

25 February 2011

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Picasso Denounced Computers In 1968

In 1968, when Pablo Picasso stated that, “Computers are useless.They can only give you answers”, he would not have been exposed to the modern computer as we know it. If Picasso had seen a computer at the time, it would have been a big, cumbersome mainframe, utilizing punch cards like the ones used by banks […]

25 February 2011

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UK Architects Bid For Abramovich cultural district

David Chipperfield Architects has joined other British firms Dixon Jones, the respected Dutch firm OMA MVRDV and nine other shortlisted firms including Russian practices, Alexander Brodsky, Studio 44, Yuri Avvalcumov, Work AC from the United States and French practice Lacaton & Vassal to compete for the largest cultural project to emerge in Russia under private […]

23 February 2011

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Google Street Art View Showcases Graffiti

Google’s “Street View” has now been utilized to showcase works of graffiti art from around the globe. The project has been realized through a collaboration between the Brazilian ad agency Loducca and energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull. The sponsorship has created an innovative source for discovering new and exciting works and the project is user […]

21 February 2011

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General Idea’s A A Bronson Receives French knighthood

AA Bronson Conceptual Artist and last surviving member of the collective General Idea has been awarded the highest honour in France for his contribution to visual art. On the eve of the opening of the first-ever retrospective of GI’s work in Europe, Bronson is named a chevalier (knight) of the Ordre des arts et lettres […]

20 February 2011

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Zabludowicz Collection In New York

The Shape We’re In (New York) As part of Armory Arts Week in New York the Zabludowicz Collection will uproot part of it’s collection and relocate to the 33rd floor of 1500 Broadway. The space will be transformed into a venue for US audiences to discover the activities of the London‐based Zabludowicz Collection, which supports […]

19 February 2011

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Christian Marclay The Clock Turner Prize Contender?

Christian Marclay walks a fine line between being entertaining and mundane. His work The Clock which has been a surprise  international success closes it’s New York stint at the Paula Cooper Gallery this weekend. ‘The Clock’ which had its London debut at White Cube in Mason’s Yard in October and November is constructed out of […]

19 February 2011

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Rigged?

Was The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize rigged? The 2010 prize is supposed to present the very best in contemporary portrait photography, showcasing the work of talented young photographers and gifted amateurs alongside that of established professionals and photography students. Through editorial, advertising and fine art images, the entrants have explored a range of themes, […]

18 February 2011

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Protests Disrupt Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale

While the Sotheby’s Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale realized  totals of £44.4 million another very different auction was taking place outside on the street in London. The Arts Against Cuts group were auctioning off public services like the libraries for £.99 or a pound could purchase the NHS.Loud orgasmic moans were vocalized during […]

18 February 2011

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Banksy Meets Jamie Oliver

British guerilla artist Banksy has created a new work on a wall in Westwood California in preparation for his Oscar nominated documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. The ballots are due Tuesday and it is looking good for the artist, who is busy lobbying for votes by keeping a high profile. The work has been […]

18 February 2011

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Phillips de Pury Contemporary Sale Results

      Phillips de Pury in London completed the successful week of contemporary evening sales in their New York style Howick Place premises in Victoria with 29 selective lots achieving £5,409,200 ($8,725,040). 24 of the lots found buyers the highpoint being Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Overrun” (1985) which sold for for £1,127,650 ($1,815,517) Robert Rauschenberg’s multi-layered […]

15 February 2011

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Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillip’s de Pury Contemporary Art Sales

RESULTS: Feb 17th – 7pm Phillips de Pury and Company Contemporary Art Evening Auction The Auction sale totalled £5,409,200. The highest individual piece was for a Jean-Michel Basquiat at £1,127,650 Feb 17th – 1pm Sale: 7956 Christies Post War and Contemporary Art Day Auction The Auction sale totalled £14,273,225. The highest individual piece was for […]

14 February 2011

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Premiums 2011 Opens At The Royal Academy

Premiums is an exhibition mounted annually which feature the work of 16 postgraduate students. It comprises contemporary artwork by postgraduates in their second year at the Royal Academy School and provides an excellent opportunity to view new work by emerging artists at the interim point of their three year course. Works in the exhibition includes […]

13 February 2011

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Art Coma 6 – Awakening

When you perform as an artist from a coma, what are you actually doing? Well if you are lucky, your spirit is free and having its own journey, tuning and communicating with the angels, archangels, ascended guides, a few aliens, a few spirits, maybe the odd Grandmother, maybe God, the Universe, then getting to work on […]

12 February 2011

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Nazi Art Claimant Maria Altmann Dies

Maria Altmann who in 2006 successfully reclaimed five paintings by Gustav Klimt, from Austrian museums that were seized by the Nazis in 1938, has died age 94. The case was one in a string of high profile disputed ownership cases that has rocked the art world in the last decade. The successful outcome resulted in […]

10 February 2011

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Alan Uglow British Artist Dies At 69

Alan Uglow the New York based British Artist widely known for subtle paintings composed of monochrome rectangular fields edged and bisected by stripes of contrasting colours has died age 69. Born in Luton on 19 July, 1941 and graduating the Central School of Art in London in 1962. He moved to New York in 1969. […]

9 February 2011

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Latest Art Market News

    The art market is thriving. Fine art is confidently viewed by financial experts as one of the best performing asset categories of 2010. The international Modern and Contemporary art markets are up by an average of 25%, against FTSE’s 11% and Dow Jones 9%, and by all accounts this trend will continue through […]

9 February 2011

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Eduardo Paolozzi Murals At Risk By Developers

Several of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi’s mosaic murals designed for the Tottenham Court Road Tube Station, in the 1980s are to be removed.This is to make way for new passages and reinforced tunnels, as part of the expanded tube station connecting to the new Cross Rail project. The unlisted works of art include, panels of tessellated […]

8 February 2011

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“THE WORLD IN MILAN, MILAN IN THE WORLD”: THE FIRST EDITION OF “FUORI BIT”.

Milan 7 February 2011 – 20 nations and 23 locations involved to host events, photographic exhibitions, musical performances and food and wine tasting events that will liven up the entire city in the spirit of internationalism from the 17 to the 19 February 2011. “Milan in the World and the World in Milan” this is […]