10 February 2015

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TFL Paolozzi Destruction And Public Art: Who Should Make Decisions Of Cultural Relevancy?

With the recent destruction of the iconic Eduardo Paolozzi mosaic arches at Tottenham Court Road tube station, that Artlyst considers to be one of the worst acts of cultural vandalism in recent memory – having occurred despite public protests and a petition from groups and the 20th Century Society, which attracted nearly 8000 signatures, TFL […]

3 February 2015

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TFL Demolishes £100,000 Eduardo Paolozzi Mosaic Arches At Tottenham Court Station

Transport for London has demolished the iconic Eduardo Paolozzi mosaic arches at Tottenham Court Road station in one of the biggest acts of cultural vandalism in recent memory. Despite public protests and a petition from groups and the 20th Century Society, which attracted nearly 8000 signatures, TFL has now confirmed that three of the four […]

26 January 2015

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Professionals Scrutinise The Art World’s Shady Dealings

Regulation is needed in the global art market because it is vulnerable to money laundering, tax evasion, trading on inside information and price manipulation – as reported by the Financial Times blog after an FT Weekend lunch in Davos. It is indeed not much of an exaggeration to state that the art world is the […]

17 January 2015

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Labour Policy For The Arts As Bad As Conservatives Tweet Reveals

Labour has come under fire after a message was tweeted by the party confirming that it would uphold the £180m slashed from the Arts Council budget by the Tories. They stated that the party would not reverse Tory cuts to culture spending if it wins the general election. David Cameron’s government claimed on Monday that […]

13 January 2015

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BBC Broadcasts Cover Of Charlie Hebdo Depicting Cartoon Of Prophet Muhammad

Warning: This Article Does Not contain An image Of The Prophet Muhammad. Some Of You May Find This Offensive. The BBC’s Newsnight which was broadcast after the 10 o’clock news last night, briefly showed a copy of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo, which displays a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad on the cover. It […]

1 January 2015

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Visual Arts Snubbed In 2015 New Year Honours List

It is truly astounding that not one noted British visual artist has been presented with an order of chivalry in this year’s New Year Honours List. An MBE however was awarded to the ceramicist Paul Cummins, along with Tom Piper a theatre designer for creating the Poppy Field, at the Tower of London, commemorating the […]

28 December 2014

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Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill – Painters: Who Was The Better Artist?

With the former US President George W. Bush admitting that he may not be “a great painter” – yet still exhibiting more than 24 portraits of world leaders that he met while president at his presidential library in Dallas, and continuing to make headlines for his new-found love of painting, even though – or perhaps […]

11 December 2014

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Give Elgin Marbles Back: British Public Support Dwindles To 25%

The Elgin Marbles, also known as the Parthenon Marbles, which were scrubbed clean, whitened and preserved by the British Museum have created long standing international controversy. The question of whether or not the surviving sculptures from the Parthenon should now be given back to Greece, has been the subject of public discussion for decades. The […]

9 December 2014

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Helly Nahmad: Early Prison Release Sparks Outcry Of Two Tier Justice System

The New York art dealer Helly Nahmad has been released from prison after spending only five months of his one-year and one-day sentence. He was arrested and tried for operating an illegal gambling ring, with Russian gangsters, potentially worth millions, from his New York apartment, located in Trump Tower. In 2013, Nahmad, 36, pleaded guilty […]

9 November 2014

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BBC Incompetence As Television Centre Memorabilia Goes For A Song

The BBC have been criticised for not properly promoting a series of auctions of memorabilia, from Television Centre, the last of which raised only £100,000.  The under publicised sale sold valuable Studio signs and backdrops in the auction, alongside large items such as industrial washing machines and a cherry-picker lorry. Television Centre was built in […]

15 October 2014

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Artlyst Power 100: 2014 Alternative Art Power List revealed

Each October during Frieze Week, Artlyst releases the Art PowerLyst, the alternative to ArtReview’s Power 100. Many think that AR’s list is erroneous and tired, with a criteria based on ‘sheer financial clout.’ It is dominated by commercial gallery owners, big-buck artists, and misguided auctioneers. The ArtLyst editorial staff believe that achievement should not be […]