23 April 2020

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BP Portrait Award 2020 Shortlist Announced

The three artists to be shortlisted for the annual BP Portrait Award 2020 have been announced. The exhibition will open virtually on Tuesday 5 May while the National Portrait Gallery, London is temporarily closed due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. 

20 April 2020

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Sean Scully’s Philadelphia Museum Retrospective Postponed

The highly anticipated Philadelphia Museum of Art solo exhibition by the Irish/American artist Sean Scully has been postponed. The announcement was made today 20/04/2020.

20 April 2020

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Damien Hirst Creates Rainbow Edition To Support NHS Corona Crisis

The Turner Prize-winning British artist Damien Hirst has created a new rainbow work to show support for the National Health Service (NHS) in the current Coronavirus crisis.

19 April 2020

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Salvador Dalí The Enigma of Faith – Revd Jonathan Evens

Salvador Dalí was an enigma, perhaps never more so than in his engagement with religion. An exhibition currently touring the US demonstrates the divided and dualistic nature of that relationship. ‘Salvador Dalí’s Stairway to Heaven

17 April 2020

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Health secretary Matt Hancock Spins Corona Yarn In Front Of Damien Hirst Painting

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has briefed the nation on COVID19 in front of a painting by YBA artist Damien Hirst. The painting chosen from the Government Art Collection is in-situ in the cabinet minister’s office.

16 April 2020

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Banksy: My Wife Hates It When I Work From Home

A brand new installation by Banksy has appeared on his Instagram account. Aptly christened, ‘Rats, My Wife Hates It When I Work From Home’.

16 April 2020

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Olafur Eliasson Launches New Earth Day Serpentine Project

The Danish Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has announced a new Earth Day project in association with the Serpentine Galleries.

13 April 2020

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CoronART Chronicles: From ARCO To ConfineART – Virginie Puertolas-Syn

Who would have thought early February when Art Basel Hong Kong was cancelled that the coronavirus crisis was going to spread like lighting to everywhere else on the planet

11 April 2020

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Bloomsbury Group’s Charleston Trust Must Raise £400k To Survive

An emergency appeal has been launched by the Charleston Trust, the keepers of the Bloomsbury Group’s country retreat Charleston. The Trust is looking to raise £400,000 for staffing, upkeep and essential repairs, resulting from loss of funds due to the COVID19 crisis.

10 April 2020

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Creates  £20m emergency COVID-19 Fund

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has created a £20m emergency fund and will this year split its £1m visual artists and composers’ awards amongst EVERY eligible entrant.

9 April 2020

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Liverpool Biennial Postponed Until 2021

The Liverpool Biennial is the latest casualty in the 2020 cultural calendar. The highly regarded international event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

8 April 2020

National Gallery Explores Easter Story Paintings Online

London’s National Gallery is cleverly telling the Easter story through paintings in their collection. The story of the events leading up to and following the Crucifixion, known as the Passion of Christ is explored.

2 April 2020

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Royal Academy Postpones Summer Exhibition Until Autumn

The 252nd Summer Exhibition, at the Royal Academy which was due to open in June, has been rescheduled for autumn 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

2 April 2020

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Sotheby’s Announce Significant Redundancies Due To Coronavirus

Sotheby’s has announced significant redundancies, staff hiatuses, and pay cuts as a result of the Coronavirus.

1 April 2020

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All Edinburgh Festivals Cancelled For 2020

For the first time in over 70 years, the five festivals that transform Edinburgh into the world’s leading cultural destination every August are not going ahead this year due to concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic.

1 April 2020

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Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage Saved For The Nation

The appeal to save artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage for the nation has successfully reached its £3.5-million target in just ten weeks, with a final total of £3,624,087.

31 March 2020

Early Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum

Police have launched a criminal investigation and are reviewing security footage after a painting by Vincent van Gogh was stolen during the early hours of Monday morning from The Singer Laren museum in the town of Laren in Holland. The public gallery is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

29 March 2020

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Art Goes Viral – Edward Lucie-Smith

The coronavirus has been responsible for a major crisis in the art world. Museums and galleries have slammed their doors shut. Increasingly the only way to look at art, in the present situation, is to look at it on a computer screen – or, at a pinch, on the screen of your mobile phone. This is creating a ‘viral’ phenomenon.

26 March 2020

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And Last But Not Least Art Basel Gets Postponed

Well well, we all knew this was coming. TEFAF Maastricht is currently under fire for infecting the upper echelons of the art world with up to 50 cases of the Coronavirus. It has been linked to over 300 international exhibitors who unwittingly took the virus back to their home countries.

25 March 2020

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Manifesta 13 Marseille Postponed Due to COVID-19 Crisis

Manifesta 13, the European Nomadic Biennial which originated in the early 1990s in response to the political, economic, and social change following the end of the Cold War, has been postponed because of the COVID-19 crisis. It was due to take place at various venues in Marseille, France 7 June – 1 December 2020

25 March 2020

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Rebecca Salter PRA Wins £25,000 Genesis Prize

The Genesis Foundation today announced Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, as the winner of the 2020 Genesis Prize.

Paul Kasmin Formative Contemporary Art Dealer Dies Age 60 

The London-born dealer PAUL KASMIN (1960–2020) has died in New York after a protracted illness. The gallery released the following statement.

23 March 2020

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Italy I Love You My Heart Is With You – Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović made a statement to the people of Italy in association with Palazzo Strozzi as part of project IN TOUCH. The international artist joined Ai Weiwei and Tomás Saraceno in sending a message of solidarity and encouragement emphasising how Italians are demonstrating “great courage and a great feeling of community and humanity” and that the COVID-19 crisis represents an emergency now global

23 March 2020

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Cass Art Shuts All UK Shops

Cass Art has shut all of their stores leaving artists to scramble for supplies. All professionals and students looking to stock up on materials are now being referred to the Cass website to purchase items for home delivery.

22 March 2020

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Art And Corona What happens Afterwards – Edward Lucie-Smith

As the contemporary art world goes dark, and as galleries – official spaces and commercial ones – slam shut their doors, one inevitably starts to wonder what the art world will be like once all this is over—the British art world, and also the global one.

20 March 2020

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Fourth Plinth Commission Postponed Because Of You Know What

The unveiling of the Fourth Plinth commission, a  giant soft-serve dollop of whipped cream topped with a cherry, a fly and a drone by Heather Phillipson has been postponed due to the current public health crisis. The sculpture in Trafalgar Square central London was to replace The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist by Michael Rakowitz […]

18 March 2020

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Frieze New York 2020 Cancelled 

Frieze has announced the cancellation of the ninth edition of the Frieze New York art fair. It falls in line with health and safety guidelines regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID19) with restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people.

18 March 2020

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Art In The Time Of COVID19 – Sue Hubbard

First, the Louvre in Paris closed. Then the galleries in London started to shut their doors, one by one, like the “lamps going out all over Europe” as the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey remarked on the eve of the First World War, adding “We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

17 March 2020

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Tate Closes Galleries Due To Coronavirus Epidemic

The Tate has just released a press statement informing that it will be closing up shop until May due to COVID19 virus. The Serpentine and Hayward Galleries have made a similar announcement.

16 March 2020

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London Art Gallery Closures Latest COVID19 Updates

The National Gallery has unprecedentedly cancelled their highly anticipated Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition, scheduled to open on 4th April. The ICA, Wellcome Collection, South London Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, Beaconsfield, and Modern Art Oxford has also suspended opening to the public.

15 March 2020

Old Master Paintings Stolen From University Of Oxford Gallery

If you think UK galleries are safe while everyone is panicking from the COVID19 virus think again. Three valuable paintings have been stolen from a University of Oxford art gallery. The haul included a work by 17th century Flemish artist, Anthony Van Dyck.

15 March 2020

Arts Council England Promises Arts Support But Warns Of Closures

Arts Council England has released a statement outlining support for the arts during the COVID 19 crisis. In a statement released today (Sunday 15 March) the organisation is spearheading a programme of support.