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 […]

7 February 2011

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Julian Assange The New Che Guevara

Julian Assange has become one of the hottest subjects for street art since Che Guevara. Hundreds of images of the web-entrepreneur have appeared in places as diverse as New York, London, Lisbon, Rio de Janerio and Tel Aviv. Although most of the Artists are anonymous It is thought that Shepard Fairey is responsible for a […]

6 February 2011

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Jeff Koons Settles Balloon-Gate Lawsuit

Jeff Koons’s attorneys LLC, have called off their irrational lawsuit with the Park Life Gallery in San Francisco and the Canadian company IMM over the production and sale of multi-coloured resin balloon dogs. In an attempt to copyright the balloon dog image, as his intellectual property, the plaintiff has relented that the case is untenable. […]

5 February 2011

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Holló Barna – SEARCHING FOR A POSSIBLE AXIS – Galeria Konstant-RO

HOLLÓ BARNA   SEARCHING FOR A POSSIBLE AXIS   February 3, 2011 – February 24, 2011   Galeria Konstant is pleased announce the personal exhibition of Holló Barna, born in 1951, an artist who lives and works in Ordea / RO. It seems that memory plays an increasingly important role in contemporary art. Like many […]

3 February 2011

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Life Drawing Workshops – Kingston

  Mon and Wed from 7th February 2011 7.30 – 9.30pm£12 per session / pre-pay 5 weeks for £50 Drop in workshops suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced artists. Experienced  artists/facilitators.Workshops are run by experienced tutor.Limited spaces available To book please email info@gallery63a.com or call 0208 547 1835  

1 February 2011

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Google Art Project Takes Tate Britain and National Gallery Online

Google, The Internet colossus has now turned its technical innovation to Art. Their latest offering is called, Art Project, a web portal devoted to putting the world’s great museums online. Collaborating with 17 international Museums and Galleries, including the Metropolitan and MoMA in New York, the Uffizi in Italy , the Hermitage in Russia, as […]

30 January 2011

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Cairo Museum Looted As Protesters Clash On Streets

Looters broke into the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities near Tahrir Square in Cairo smashing vitrines,damaging statues and mummies.The robbery took place Friday night, while police attempted to quell the violent protests which erupted on the streets. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Ancient Egyptian treasures, including the priceless collection of King […]

30 January 2011

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Arts Council Creates Fund For Arts To Enter Digital Age

“The Arts should embrace new business models and technology” – Ed Vaizey Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, speaking at the Culture Change Conference in London last week, announced that the Arts Council and NESTA will draw up proposals for a scheme to support the notion that, “The arts industry should explore innovative and creative ways of […]

29 January 2011

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Tony Cragg Exhibits At The Louvre

Figure out / Figure in The Louvre is now playing host to a group of works by the leading British contemporary sculptor, Tony Cragg, installed under the Louvre’s famous Glass Pyramid. The exhibition opened on 26 January and runs through October 2011. In addition, to the visual dialogue which transcends the centuries between Tony Cragg […]

29 January 2011

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Arts Donations From UK Business Falls By 11%

Businesses investment in UK arts fell last year by 11%. This was despite Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s DCMS directive to encourage corporate philanthropy. The initiative was launched last year to take the pressure off of the Government, which has made cuts to the arts of around 30%. The figures clearly highlight the universal tightening of […]

28 January 2011

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Christie’s Sales Total Record-breaking £3.3 Billion

Contemporary art market bounces back In 2010 Christies has announced sales figures of £3.3 billion or $5.0 billion for 2010. This is up 53% and a record for the world’s leading art business. The 245-year-old company now holds the record for the highest total recorded in the industry. The contemporary art market bounced back last […]

28 January 2011

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London Art Fair 2011 Post Fair Round Up

London Art Fair 19–23 January 2011 at the Business Design Centre, Islington Reporting excellent visitor figures, strong sales and positive feedback, London Art Fair drew a record 24,389 visitors and over 250 media representatives from the UK and around the world. Some 3821 people attended the Preview Evening. VIPs who visited the Fair included Sir Peter Blake, […]

25 January 2011

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Arts Council England To Sell Off Artworks

Dame Liz Forgan, the chair, of the Arts Council told a group of MPs in the Culture Select Committee that Arts Council England is considering selling some of its public collection so it can acquire new works. She stated, “it is not, out of the question and it was being considered.” This has raised more […]

25 January 2011

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Banksy Nominated for Oscar and Bafta Latest

It’s official Banksy’s film, Exit Through The Gift Shop, has been nominated for an Academy Award as well as a Bafta. The Bristol street artist’s first film has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category for the Oscars which will take place in Hollywood in February. The Academy is already considering what do in […]

24 January 2011

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Dennis Oppenheim Conceptual Art Pioneer Dies 72

Dennis Oppenheim the pioneering conceptual artist has died of complications from liver cancer, he was 72. Oppenheim was born in 1938 in Electric City, Washington and studied at the California College of the Arts and Stanford University, before moving to New York in 1966. He made a name for himself as one of the first […]