As a sculptor who has used Victorian and other found sculptures in my work for some time, the increasingly heated debate on the future of public Victorian statues, buildings and street names across the country has resonated with me.
Sotheby’s announced this week that a small, delicate Rembrandt self-portrait is to be auctioned on July 28th, here in London. The painting is unusually intimate, (about 17 x 22cm) and was painted in 1632 when the artist was 26 years old.
10 June 2020
Banksy, Bristol’s international artist/influencer has suggested a plan which should appeal to both critics of the sudden removal and dumping of the statue of slave-trader Edward Colston and the protesters.
Artworks acquire layers of meaning over time. André Daughtry’s Weight is a video work from 2014 that attempts ‘to visualise societal projections on the black male body’.
The first of the London mega galleries have announced they are to reopen after a three-month lockdown period. White Cube and Gagosian will open by timed appointment to comply with social distancing measures from next week.
A notorious statue dedicated to a slave trader in Bristol has been torn down and thrown into the harbour during a second day of anti-racism protests across the UK. Following a peaceful demonstration in Bristol
The elusive Street Artist Banksy has unveiled a new artwork inspired by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The sad news that the larger than life artist Christo passed away aged 84 was announced on his website on 31 May.
26 May 2020
“Through Arts We Rise” painted, sprayed and blessed by the world’s foremost street art lettering demi-god, Ben Eine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
18 May 2020
A studio in St Ives, Cornwall used by Dame Barbara Hepworth has been given Grade II-listed status.
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 has launched a new public platform for galleries to showcase and sell video art online via the Daata website.
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.
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.
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.