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Friday, 31 December 2010

Edvard Munch Thieves Convicted

Three works stolen from the Malmo Art Museum including a 1.2 million dollar painting by the Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch.”Two Friends.” were recovered when Swedish police investigating other crimes stumbled upon stolen art. The thieves were convicted by the Swedish court on Wednesday jailing one of the unidentified men for six months and fining the other two. The judge ordered all three to pay damages amounting to 33,000 kronor.  Read More......

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Dan Flavin Work Classified By EU as Light fittings

Works by the late American sculptor Dan Flavin have had VAT applied as EU says works are 'light fittings' The sculptures shown at the Haunch Of Venison Gallery in London have been classified as light fixtures rather than art and £36,000 in VAT has been applied which remains outstanding while the dispute continues. As sculptures, the pieces would be subject to only 5 per cent VAT.In its ruling, the European Court said Flavin’s work has “the characteristics of lighting fittings … and is therefore to be classified … as wall lighting fittings".Read More...

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Falling Water Gingerbread House Unveiled

The most original design for a gingerbread house this year has to go Melodie and Brenton, for the ‘Falling Water Gingerbread House’ a model of Frank Lloyd Wright's well known work, from 1935.The original house, in rural Pennsylvania stands as one of Wright's greatest masterpieces, both for its dynamism and for its integration with the striking natural surroundings. Read More....

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Warhol Foundation Founder Dies

John Warhola, elder brother of artist Andy Warhol has died, on Christmas Eve, in Pittsburgh, from pneumonia. He was 85.  Warhola, was one of the three founding members of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and guardian of his legacy. He was a driving force and spearheaded the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh an archive that holds many of Warhol’s work along with original studio contents and letters. A third brother, Paul became an artist, late in life with public exhibitions and widespread interest, Donald Warhola said his dad preferred to focus on the museums and his three children.  Read More...

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Arts Council England Absorbs Museums Libraries and Archives Council

These things always happen just before the holiday break.The Department for Culture,Media and Sport (DCMS) under the new Coalition Government, as part of the spending review announced in October, has placed Arts Council England in charge of the budgets of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Read More...

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

ICA Lambasted By Independent Report

A confidential, independent report leaked this week has revealed that the ICA suffered poor leadership under the rein of  (Director) Ekow Eshun and former BBC One Controller, (Chairman) Alan Yentob. Both have now departed and the Gallery is attempting damage limitation, reeling from a £700,000 plunge into the red, in 2009.The likely reason for the crisis stems from financial decisions taken by Eshun and Guy Perricone, the former managing director at the ICA, who resigned in October 2009.
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AA Bronson National Portrait Gallery Protest Latest

AA Bronson’s poignant wall-size color portrait of artist/colleague Felix Partz, a few hours after he died of complications from AIDS,will remain displayed in the exhibition, “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” at The American National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, despite Bronson’s recent request for the portrait to be  removed as a protest over the censoring of a video segment by David Wojnarowicz titled “A Fire in My Belly,.” The video contains an eleven second segment depicting ants crawling atop a crucifix and has been criticised by the powerful Catholic League, a right-wing conservative religious organization. Read More....

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

City of Sculpture Festival Wows London Christmas Shoppers

Park Lane, known as Monopoly's most expensive street is now hosting ‘The City of Sculpture Festival’ which transforms the heart of the capital's outdoor parks into a world class art gallery by displaying 60 works of contemporary sculpture.The exhibition has been a hit with Christmas shoppers and it looks set to be one of London's top free cultural events of 2010. 
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Ai Weiwei Exhibition At London’s Lisson Gallery Spring 2011

The Lisson Gallery in London have announced that they will be representing Ai Weiwei the Chinese dissident artist responsible for the artistic embellishments displayed on the ‘Birds Nest’ stadium at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He was also this years Unilever commission winner where his ‘Sunflower Seeds' project, filled the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Weiwei is widely regarded on an international level.  Read More.....

photo: MATTHEW MILES © 2010

Monday, 20 December 2010

9/11 Sculpture for London’s Southbank

An 8-meter sculpture fashioned from girders reclaimed from the world trade centre site is to be erected on Potters Fields Park outside the new City Hall in London’s Southbank. The sculpture designed by American, Miya Ando will incorporate girders from sections of the ruined skyscrapers. They have been donated by the New York Port Authority for the project. This will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and be unveiled at the precise time of the atrocity, creating a permanent tribute to honour the attack’s 2,977 victims. Read More...

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Captain Beefheart Dies At 69

Captain Beefheart AKA Don Van Vliet a legendary figure in both music and the visual arts has died age 69. Growing up in Glendale, California, Van Vliet gained notoriety as a sculptor of life-like animal forms depicted in clay. He would continue to draw, paint and sculpt throughout his life, and in later years painted works which could be compared to Jean-Michel Basquiat. In the early 1960s music became his main passion. Performing under the stage name Captain Beefheart, together with his Magic Band Don Van Vliet produced a number of highly unconventional blues- and rock-inspired albums. He also collaborated with Frank Zappa a friend and fellow student at high school. Van Vliet ultimately secured a place in music history as one of the most original recording artists of his day. After two decades in the spotlight as an avant-garde rock composer and performer, Don Van Vliet turned his back on the music industry and from the early 1980s devoted his entire efforts to painting. Read More.....

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Christmas Time At Goldman Sachs

$111million in bonuses are to be paid out to top Goldman Sachs executives despite the $10 billion of U.S. bailout money given in 2008. This deal still goes ahead, in the face of the worst world recession for 80 years. Read More.....

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Tacita Dean Next Unilever Artist Tate Modern

Tacita Dean Next Unilever Artist Tate Modern

Tate Modern and Unilever have announced that Tacita Dean will create the twelfth commission in The Unilever Series for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. The work will be unveiled on 11 October 2011. Tacita Dean is one of the most respected artists working today. Her practice encompasses artist’s books, drawing, found objects, photography and sound installations, but she is best known for her use of 16mm film. Read More.....

Monday, 13 December 2010

Jeremy Hunt Announces US Style Philanthropy Plan

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt who will always be best remembered for James Naughtie and Andrew Marr’s four-letter slip up has announced that the government is to make available an £80m 'matching fund' for arts organisations. The idea behind this move is not rocket science, or even science. It is simply a price matching exercise, which forces organizations to go out and prove themselves, before acquiring any form of Government funding. These funds will in theory come from private donations, than the government will apparently match this donation. Read Full Article....

Friday, 10 December 2010

Museum of Everything Goes to Russia

The Museum of Everything, AKA the international museum for non-traditional and self-taught art will collaborate with, The Garage a Moscow venue, designed in 1926 by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov. The gallery is run by Daria Zhukova, the 29-year-old girlfriend of Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich. Read Full Article .....

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Picasso Auction Disputed in Paris

 Cancelled Auction raises ownership questions

An auction, which included several works by the master, Pablo Picasso was cancelled yesterday after questions were raised about the ownership of the lots on offer. The auction of 143 pieces by Picasso belong to the estate of his former driver, Maurice Bresnu, all were dated between 1967 and 1973. The Paris auction house 'Blanchet and Associates', connected to Hotel Drouot, stated that works, including one of Picasso’s palettes has been withdrawn until further notice.  Read More....

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Brooke Shields Nude Photographer Garry Gross Dies

Should we morn the passing of Garry Gross? For those who think the name vaguely rings a bell, he was the exploitive creator of the original image of a ten-year-old Brooke Shields who posed in the buff dressed as a turn of the century Lolita. This image was taken in a shoot arranged by her mother, of all people. It passed without a blink of an eye in the 1970’s when Playboy published it in a book titled, "Sugar and Spice" but became a cause de celebre when Shields sued the photographer after becoming famous. Gross who exited the States for Italy until 2006,won the case on appeal.US Artist Richard Prince Read Full Story..

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Olympic Artists Announced For 2012

David Hockney Photo © ArtLyst 2009

David Hockney, Lucian Freud, Rachel Whiteread and Martin Creed are some of the visual artists the DCMS has announced to officially represent London during the 2012 Olympics. More than 1,000 nationwide events ranging from dance, music, theater, the visual arts, film and digital innovation are planned with the aim of pulling in over three million people. The Festival will leave a lasting legacy for the arts in the UK. The visual arts include special commissions in development by contemporary artists as well as major exhibitions. Read Full Article....

London Art Fair 2011

London Art Fair presents over 100 galleries featuring the great names of 20th Century British art and exceptional contemporary work from leading figures and emerging talent.

This January over 100 leading Modern British and contemporary art galleries will be brought together for the 23rd edition of the London Art Fair – the UK’s largest Modern British and
Contemporary art fair – at the Business Design Centre, Islington.
Every year, 23,000 visitors enjoy the work of over 1,000 leading artists ranging from Modern British masters to the most recent contemporary talent. Galleries are chosen by a selection  Read More....

Christmas Art Exhibitions In London

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Monday, 6 December 2010

Susan Philipsz Wins Turner Prize 2010

Susan Philipsz Awarded Turner Prize At Tate Britain

The 2010 Turner Prize outcome reflects the necessity to select more women candidates for this coveted award. This year, two of the four candidates were women and the favourite Susan Philipsz, has won. Her moody sound installations, which are less about superficial appearance and more about the processes of swimming in the experience of sound convinced the jury. I have to say her installation work is better suited to the outdoor urban environment, than closed into a white room at Tate Britain.Susan Philipsz’s work is far more sublime and visually it barely exists. She paints with sound and emotive melancholy. Her work at the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and in Mirrors, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain captured the critics attention. Philipsz uses her own singing voice to create uniquely evocative sound installations that respond to the character of specific, often out-of-the-way spaces. The work installed at Tate Britain puts her work into a “Public Art context” Her current exhibition presented by Artangle, “SURROUND ME A Song Cycle for the City of London” is open Saturdays & Sundays only, 10am - 5pm
 9 until 2 January 2011. This will give the visitor a better idea of what Susan Philipsz is about. Read Full Leaked Report...

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Turner Prize 2010 Latest News

The 2010 Turner Prize will be announced live on Channel 4 sometime after 7:00 pm Monday 6 December. The winner is often a surprise and difficult to predict. Last years winner, Richard Wright was an outsider. It was thought Roger Hiorns would win for his installation, "Seizure" a vast room compiled of copper sulphate crystals, but the prize was handed to Wright, for his more traditional wall and floor pieces. This year it is thought that Susan Philipsz  will walk away with the honour for her sound installations.  Read More Watch Video ....

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Turner Prize 2010 Bookies Odds - Fancy a Flutter

Which artist will take home the controversial Turner Prize? The Turner Prize is awarded to new artists with an aim to celebrate younger talent and to focus attention on new developments in the visual arts in Britain. The shortlist of four Artists representing the Jurors decision for 2010 are: The painterly installations of Angela de la Cruz, sound artist Susan Philipsz, film installation artists, The Otolith Group and the more traditional painter, Dexter Dalwood. But what are the Bookies predictions?  Read More....

Friday, 3 December 2010

Government Art Collection On View At Whitechapel

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron, Lord Mandelson and the British Ambassador to Moscow are among the high profile figures to select work for the first ever public exhibition of the Government Art Collection, opening at the Whitechapel Gallery on 3rd June 2011.Highlights from the Collection will be shown in a series of five successive displays, marking the first time the collection has been shown in a public gallery in its 113 year history. It is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s ongoing programme of opening up collections that are rarely seen by the public in the UK and will be free to attend.The diverse nature of the Collection and its role promoting British culture on the world stage is the subject of a total of five displays at the Whitechapel Gallery.  Read More....

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize shortlist announced

 The Photographers Gallery have announced the shortlist for the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. The award honours a living photographer for their significant contribution to photography over the last year. Now in its 15th year, The Photographers’ Gallery’s annual prize of £30,000 is open to any nationality and awarded for the most significant contribution to photography in Europe. The prize exhibition is held 2 - 29 April.  Read More....