Robert Bechtle who has died age 88 was an American painter and printmaker born in San Francisco in 1932. He lived all his life in the Bay Area. His practice focused on snapshots from everyday life, mostly his own life.
The eagerly awaited retrospective exhibition of the American artist Philip Guston, set to take place at Tate Modern in February 2021 has been postponed until 2024.
A portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel by Sandro Botticelli painted in the 15th century will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in January. Young Man Holding a Roundel is expected to fetch more than 80 million dollars the highest estimate ever placed on a work by an Old Master in Sotheby’s history, the auction house says.
22 September 2020
The Royal Academy has announced that they will be entering a period of consultation over staff redundancies at their London gallery. This is due to the impact of COVID on ticket sales, their catering facilities and gift shop.
20 September 2020
The V&A and Smithsonian have cancelled their joint venture in East London which would have seen the world-renowned institutions partner in creating a collaborative museum.
The American performance artist/impresario Spencer Tunick, known for his nude human installations in public spaces has gathered two hundred twenty members of the public for a socially distanced naked art piece
15 September 2020
Art Basel has published their 2020 mid-year survey ‘The Impact of COVID- 19 on the Gallery Sector’ shows smaller galleries have been hardest hit, while online selling platforms are a growing priority.
The French are a defiant lot when it comes to business and culture, but COVID and new EU movement regulations have cancelled FIAC Paris the last major fair of the year to announce it will not be taking place in October.
Sir Terence Conran, designer, philanthropist and founder of the Design Museum, has passed away, Saturday 12 September, he was 88 years old.
The daughter of advertising mogul/collector Charles Saatchi has announced the launch of a new gallery in London’s Mayfair.
Tate and the art dealer Anthony d’Offay have agreed to end their relationship. The announcement came today in a joint statement by Tate and Anthony d’Offay.
Art Basel has had a very tough year. Could it be the Murdoch curse? Due to the COVID pandemic’s impact, Art Basel has announced the cancellation of its Miami Beach fair.
Cure3 is an annual charity selling exhibition. It was devised by Susie Allen and Laura Culpan founders of Artwise. This is the same dynamic curatorial team that was behind the original RCA Secret postcard project. Cure3 has established itself as a critical and commercial success and will take place at Bonhams London flagship gallery
Experts are not always right. A painting, in the style of Rembrandt which has gathered dust for decades in the basement of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, may very well be by the master or in the least his studio. The portrait thought a copy was never displayed publically by the institution.
Frank Dunphy, the man behind Damien Hirst and many leading YBAs financial success has died age 82.
An architecture student who caused over £350,000 damage to a Picasso painting at Tate Modern has been jailed for eighteen months.
The founder of the British Museum Sir Hans Sloane has had his bust removed from a prominent position in the gallery due to his connection to the slave trade. The statue, currently in a cupboard, will now make up part of a display which acknowledges colonial oppression.
Photo London the UK’s premier photo fair which was supposed to take place in October during Frieze week has been cancelled
The highly regarded GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO will soon be 50. Incredible. Half a century ago its humble beginnings in a rundown former electricians was created from nothing by a group of penniless volunteers – dedicated Glasgow Art School post-graduates wanting a place to work.
The collection from the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, widely acknowledged to be the highlight of the Royal art collection will be brought together in a gallery exhibition for the first time. Sixty-five paintings that usually hang in the Queen’s private gallery in Buckingham Palace are set to go on public display at the Queen’s Gallery.
UAL’s summer graduate shows are a celebration of all the hard work and fantastic creativity for the students. Since lockdown started, they’ve been working with technology partners, IBM, to find the best way to share the students’ work with the world.
Hastings Contemporary Re-Opens With Victor Pasmore Retrospective And Quentin Blake’s Most Ambitious Exhibition
Hastings Contemporary mount beautifully curated intimate exhibitions of both British and now international artists. They are currently showing a retrospective exhibition of the Modern British artist Victor Pasmore as well as a large scale show of drawings and paintings by Quintin Blake depicting migration.
Ellora Sutton and Elsie Hayward have been announced as the inaugural winners of the Artlyst Art to Poetry Award
The artist Heather Phillipson quietly unveiled her fourth plinth commission in Trafalgar Square, yesterday with a lack of fanfare not seen before in past unveilings.
I also visited the auction house to view all the lots, which made up quite an impressive exhibition: from ‘Rembrandt to Richter’ as it was called.
30 July 2020
Sir Jack and Lady Petchey have gifted the highly publicised birthday sculpture of Princess Anne to UK Youth to celebrate her work with the charity.
At the moment there is an undeclared contest going on, both within the British art world and also, on a much larger scale, in the international sphere. This contest takes several inter-related forms. For example, there is the competition between official and semi-official galleries and commercial ones.
Beginning today under new guidelines that have come into force in England, people will need to wear a face-covering in shopping centres, banks, shops and supermarkets but what about museums, galleries and auction houses?
On the eve of the re-opening of museums around the UK, from nationals Tate and the V&A to Turner Contemporary and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the UK’s largest arts charity, Art Fund, today launched a campaign for museums, with the announcement of plans for a special edition of Art Fund Museum of the Year and a week celebrating museums, running from 12 October 2020.