3 March 2020

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Art Dubai Postpones 2020 Fair Due To Coronavirus

The Art Dubai organisers have postponed the 2020 fair indefinitely. This is the second major to be canceled this Winter along side Art Basel Hong Kong in February.

2 March 2020

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Ulay: Marina Abramović Creative Collaborator Dies

Frank Uwe Laysiepen, AKA Ulay, Conceptual artist and long-term creative partner of Marina Abramović, has died age 76. Born in Germany and based in Ljubljana since 2009.

26 February 2020

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Penny Macbeth Appointed New Glasgow School of Art Director 

Penny Macbeth has been appointed as the new director of the Glasgow School of Art. Following a tumultuous week of uncertainty, as reported by Clare Henry on Artlyst, the institution has been in flux needing a pair of safe hands to sort it out. 

25 February 2020

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Blain Southern Slides Into Voluntary Administration  

Administrators from the London-based firm ReSolve, have been called in to sort out the financial mess at Blain|Southern, one of London’s top art galleries. A meeting of all creditors, including some of the artists, has been scheduled for this week. 

22 February 2020

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Mackintosh Museum Closure Highlights A Culture Of Complacency – Clare Henry 

Today’s terrible news, a local Glasgow council is closing Mackintosh’s iconic Scotland Street School Museum. I despair. Soon there will be nothing Mackintosh left in Glasgow. Ironically the city needs Mackintosh as a focal point for culture and tourism. Glasgow’s love affair with Mackintosh is far from over. 

20 February 2020

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Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Charged With Invasion of Privacy In France 

The Russian dissident Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, 35, is to face invasion of privacy charges after leaking a graphic sex tape of Parisian mayoral candidate Benjamin Griveaux. The politician is a member of French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party La République En Marche.

16 February 2020

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Glasgow School Of Art: A Burnt-Out Toxic Culture – Clare Henry

There have been few iconic institutions more beloved that Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art.

14 February 2020

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Banksy Valentine Mural Confirmed On Instagram

A new artwork that appeared on the side of a house in Bristol yesterday has been confirmed as the work of the elusive street artist Banksy. The Banksy Valentine mural features a stencil-artwork of a girl firing a slingshot of red flowers made with spray-painted ivy. Banksy published picture of the work on his Instagram page at midnight on Valentine’s Day.

12 February 2020

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Blain|Southern To Close Worldwide Operation

After a tumultuous six months, Blain|Southern has decided to call it a day.

12 February 2020

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Sonia Boyce Chosen To Represent Britain At 59th Venice Biennale

Sonia Boyce OBE RA has been announced as the artist to represent the UK at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2021.

11 February 2020

David Hockney’s Iconic Splash Painting Sells For £23m

David Hockney’s iconic work, The Splash, has been sold for £23.1m at Sotheby’s in London. The name of the buyer has not been disclosed. It had been estimated to sell for £20m-£30m – and ended up going for £23,117,000.

10 February 2020

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Artangel To Present Elizabeth Price Installation In London

Elizabeth Price will be presented by Artangel in a 19th-century assembly room on Borough Road in London from 1 May – 28 June 2020. This will be the first significant presentation of Price’s work in London since she was awarded the Turner Prize in 2012. SLOW DANS is the most ambitious installation to date by this Turner Prize-winning artist. 

6 February 2020

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Coronavirus Cancels Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel has just announced the cancellation of the upcoming fair in Hong Kong due to the outbreak and spread of the new coronavirus. The fair was already struggling with the uncertain political climate and student riots in the region.

27 January 2020

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George Grosz Hitler Painting Acquired By Berlin Museum

The German Historical Museum in Berlin has acquired a significant painting by George Grosz executed at the time he was living in exile in New York.

23 January 2020

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Artists Launch Campaign To Save Derek Jarman’s Seaside Home

The Art Fund is trying to raise £3.5m by 31 March 2020 to purchase Prospect Cottage the much-loved beachside home and garden of the artist/film director Derek Jarman.

22 January 2020

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London Art Fair’s Positive Spin On A Diverse Range Of Work – Sue Hubbard

Being asked to write about an art fair is a bit like being commissioned to write about Waitrose and compare tins of baked beans with sardines or chocolate biscuits.

19 January 2020

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Stolen Gustav Klimt Portrait Thieves Confess

A stolen multi-million-pound painting discovered hidden in a false wall has been confirmed as an authentic Gustav Klimt original, Italian authorities have confirmed. The canvas was taken nearly 23 years ago.

15 January 2020

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Art Auguries: The Shape Of Things To Come – Edward Lucie-Smith

On Monday, January 13 the Times (London) published a chirpy article by Ben Luke promising wonders to come in London’s official galleries during the coming year. I have to say that the prospects he offered didn’t look so wonderful to me – that is to say where contemporary art is concerned.

14 January 2020

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Connect, BTS: Global Project Merges Music And Visual Art 

What better way to launch a global art event than to have a K-Pop band (BTS), Hans Ulrich Obrist and a host of first-rate artists including Sir Antony Gormley officiate.

11 January 2020

 59th Venice Biennale Appoints Cecilia Alemani  Visual Arts Director

Cecilia Alemani has been appointed as the Director of Visual Arts for the 2021 Venice Biennale. The Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, made the decision at a meeting yesterday.

8 January 2020

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Whipped Cream And Other Delights: Fourth Plinth Goes Soft Serve

A giant soft-serve dollop of whipped cream topped with a cherry, a fly and a drone by Heather Phillipson will grace the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square central London for the next year two years.

7 January 2020

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10 Biennial/Triennials You Must see In 2020 

Yes, there are a number of biennials/triennials on offer around the globe this year.

6 January 2020

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London Galleries Warn Clients About New Anti-Money Laundering Laws

Cristea Roberts, one of London’s leading art galleries, has sent a memo to all of their clients warning of strict new Anti-Money Laundering legislation, effective from 10 January 2020

5 January 2020

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John Baldessari Conceptual Art Pioneer Dies Age 88

John Anthony Baldessari (June 17, 1931 – January 5, 2020) was an American conceptual artist known for his work featuring found photography and appropriated images.

1 January 2020

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What I Don’t Like About The Contemporary Art Scene  – Edward Lucie-Smith

A New Year, a new decade – I’ve been thinking about all the things I currently don’t like about the contemporary art scene here in Britain. Most of all, I don’t like its pervasive self-righteousness, the ever-increasing assumption that ‘official art’ has all the answers.

1 January 2020

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Pablo Picasso Painting Vandalised At Tate Modern

Pablo Picasso’s Bust of a Woman (1944) on view at the Tate Modern has been removed from display and is undergoing conservation after a member of the public damaged the work.

30 December 2019

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Gainsborough Landscape Painting Granted Temporary Export Bar

Helen Whately the Arts Minister has placed an export bar on Thomas Gainsborough’s ‘Going to Market, Early Morning’ in the hope that a UK gallery or museum can acquire the work for the nation.

27 December 2019

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Steve McQueen and David Shrigley On New Year Honours List 2020

The New Year Honours list 2020 has given the nod to several people involved in the Visual Arts. A knighthood for the Turner Prize and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. 

26 December 2019

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Lost LS Lowry Painting Sells At Christie’s For £2.65m

A long lost painting by LS Lowry which hasn’t been seen for 70 years has been rediscovered and heads for the auction block at Christie’s in the new year. The work titled The Mill, Pendlebury, painted in 1943 shows workers on a bank holiday with children playing cricket.

19 December 2019

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Artlyst Art To Poetry Competition

Artlyst In association with The Poetry Society is pleased to launch a new international award for poetry based on works of art. 

18 December 2019

Ten UK Exhibitions You Should Have Seen In 2019 – Edward Lucie-Smith

From a critic’s point of view, It is pretty difficult, to sum up, the year 2019. It was, for example, a year when greater and greater emphasis was placed on doing full justice to women artists.