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.

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.