Christo A Personal Recollection By Marina Vaizey

Over four decades ago I had one of the most exciting experiences of my life – encountering perhaps the most original and innovative artists of the past sixty years, Christo, who died on Sunday 31 May

Christo Artist Who Wrapped The Reichstag Dies Age 84

The sad news that the larger than life artist Christo passed away aged 84 was announced on his website on 31 May.

28 May 2020

London’s Hayward Gallery Set To Reopen 1st August

The Southbank Centre including the Hayward Gallery may close until April 2021. This is as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19.

26 May 2020

Ben Eine Unveils Spectacular New West Hampstead Mural

“Through Arts We Rise” painted, sprayed and blessed by the world’s foremost street art lettering demi-god, Ben Eine

26 May 2020

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Turner Prize Replaced With Bursaries Scheme For 2020

This year the Turner Prize will be replaced by a bursaries scheme In response to the COVID19 pandemic. Tate Britain has announced that it will be awarding one-off bursaries of £10,000 to 10 artists in place of this year’s Turner Prize. The jury will select the ‘Turner Bursaries’ at the end of June.

23 May 2020

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Salisbury Cathedral 800 Years Of Art And Spirit – Revd Jonathan Evens

When an exhibition celebrating 800 years of spirit and endeavour at Salisbury Cathedral has to be installed against the clock and then its launch is halted by the COVID-19 lockdown, first emotions are primarily of devastation.

22 May 2020

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Outset Partners Announce Support For Cultural Infrastructure Beyond Pandemic

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Serpentine Galleries, have been jointly awarded a transformational Grant of £150,000 for their collaborative work on ecology.

21 May 2020

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Arts Renewal Taskforce Announced By Culture Secretary

The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has today announced representatives from the arts, cultural and sporting worlds who will join a new task force aimed at helping Arts renewal by getting the country’s recreation and leisure sector up and running again. 

21 May 2020

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Manifesta 13 Marseille To Go Ahead In August

Manifesta 13 Marseille the ‘European nomadic biennial’ is to go ahead at the end of August 2020. It was supposed to take place in the South of France 7 June – 1 December 2020. The event will now welcome audiences and participants to its three programmes: the central exhibition Traits d’ union.s; its education and […]

20 May 2020

The Crystal Palace Reimagined Using 360º Technology – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Royal Parks organisation in London has just put a remarkable site up on the Web. It enables the user to explore the long-gone Crystal Palace in Hyde Park.

20 May 2020

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Munch Museum Launches New Digital Exhibition

The Munch Museum in Oslo has launched a newly redesigned website, which will serve as a platform for digital exhibitions and art experiences.

19 May 2020

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Artist Susan Rothenberg Has Died Age 75

The American contemporary painter, printmaker, sculptor, and draughtswoman Susan Rothenberg has died age 75. She was best known for her iconic images of horses in which she melded abstraction with representation.

18 May 2020

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59th Venice Biennale Art Event Skips To 2022

The Venice Biennale organisers have postponed both the Art and Architecture events for up to two years.

18 May 2020

Barbara Hepworth’s St Ives Studio Given Grade II Status

A studio in St Ives, Cornwall used by Dame Barbara Hepworth has been given Grade II-listed status.

Photo London Moves To October Date At Gray’s Inn Gardens 

Photo London has relocated to Gray’s Inn Gardens for new Frieze Week Autumn dates (7–11 October with a preview on the evening of 6 October). This move away from Somerset House is likely because it would clash with The African Art Fair already booked for the October dates. 

14 May 2020

Daata Partners With International Galleries To Establish New Video Platform

Daata has launched a new public platform for galleries to showcase and sell video art online via the Daata website.

13 May 2020

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London Museum And Gallery Lockdown Could Be Relaxed In June

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday, the next stage in easing the COVID-19 lockdown could include the reopening of Museums and Galleries. This would be possible as soon as 1st June. 

12 May 2020

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Tate Modern Turns Twenty Despite London Lockdown

Tate Modern has turned twenty despite the lockdown but not to worry you can still celebrate their 20th anniversary online.

12 May 2020

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Rembrandt’s Night Watch 44.8-Gigapixel Image Goes Live

The largest and most detailed ever photograph of Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch has been unveiled on The Rijksmuseum’s website. The 44.8-gigapixel image will allow visitors to zoom in on individual brushstrokes and even particles of pigment in the painting.

12 May 2020

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London Art Week Goes Digital This July

This summer London Art Week is launching a new online platform. LAW DIGITAL which will showcase the world’s leading pre-contemporary galleries from 3 – 10 July 2020, with a Private View on Thursday 2 July. 

7 May 2020

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Banksy A Superhero’s Gift To Southampton General Hospital – Edward Lucie-Smith

Banksy has just lent a picture to the Southampton General Hospital. It will remain of view in a foyer near their emergency department on the third floor until the autumn but will then go to auction to raise funds for the National Health Service. Very generous of him.

6 May 2020

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Frieze NY 2020 Moves From Randall Island To A Laptop Near You

In light of global health concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and following advice and restrictions from local, national, international and health authorities, Frieze NY 2020 has moved from Randall’s Island Park to a laptop near you. 

Cathie Pilkington Elected New Keeper Of Royal Academy

Cathie Pilkington RA has been elected as the new Keeper of the Royal Academy. She was elected as a Royal Academician in 2014 and served as Professor of Sculpture from 2015-19. 

5 May 2020

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Jiab Prachakul Wins 2020 BP Portrait Award

A self-taught artist, Jiab Prachakul has won the prestigious first prize in the BP Portrait Award 2020

4 May 2020

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Damien Hirst Launches Snapchat Spin Art 4 COVID

The Turner Prize-winning British artist Damien Hirst has collaborated with Snapchat on a new augmented reality experience that allows users to create their own versions of the artist’s celebrated Spin paintings using the Snapchat camera.

4 May 2020

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 National Gallery Marks 75th Anniversary of VE Day

The National Gallery played an inspiring role during wartime including VE Day. It was one of the few places in London where you could find a programme of cultural activity – concerts.

29 April 2020

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Germano Celant Arte Povera Champion Dies From COVID19 Age 80

Germano Celant (1940-2020) the Italian art historian, critic and curator who coined the term ” Arte Povera ” (poor art) in 1967 has died from complications due to the COVID19 virus, age 80.

28 April 2020

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British Museum Puts Four Million Objects Online 

The British Museum today launches a major revamp of its online collection database, allowing over 4 million objects to be seen by people anywhere in the world.

28 April 2020

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Art Collective MSCHF Who Cut Up £25k Damien Hirst Spot Print Auctions It For £212,000

The Brooklyn-based Art Collective MSCHF has purchased a £25k Damien Hirst spot print and cut out the dots.

24 April 2020

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Serpentine Pavilion And Summer Gala 2020 Cancelled

The 2020 Serpentine Pavilion designed by the Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace will not be built this year because of the COVID19 crisis.

23 April 2020

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Sue Davies Founder Of The Photographers’ Gallery Dies Aged 87

Sue Davies, who founded The Photographers’ Gallery in London’s Covent Garden in 1971 has died age 87.

23 April 2020

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Outside The Box: Hauser & Wirth Launch First VR Exhibition 

In its Future Menorca Space Using New HWVR Technology Hauser & Wirth have announced their first VR exhibition in the new space. The exhibition features works by Louise Bourgeois, Mark Bradford, Charles Gaines, Ellen Gallagher, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Luchita Hurtado, Mike Kelley, Glenn Ligon, Damon McCarthy, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, Lorna Simpson and Lawrence Weiner.