25 August 2022

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Yousuf Karsh Portrait of Winston Churchill Stolen – Earliest Keith Haring Radiant Baby Auctioned – Meta Set To Launch Art Filled NY HQ

Yousuf Karsh Portrait of Winston Churchill Stolen – Earliest Keith Haring Radiant Baby Auctioned – Meta Set To Launch Art Filled NY HQ

24 August 2022

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Spencer Tunick Announces First Gallery Show In Ten Years

Public Interventions will be Spencer Tunick’s first gallery show in 10 years and features new and unseen work. 

12 August 2022

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Hauser & Wirth Buy Soho’s Groucho Club For £40m

The Groucho Club, an infamous Soho watering hole known for its literary and arty crowd, has been purchased by gallerists Hauser & Wirth

9 August 2022

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Raymond Briggs Creator Of The Snowman Dies Aged 88 – Issey Miyake Japanese fashion designer Dies Aged 84 – Peter Waldron British Abstract Painter Dies Aged 80

In a town not unfamiliar with colourful personalities, Peter Waldron was for several decades one of the most familiar figures about the streets and pubs of Hastings Old Town

8 August 2022

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Horniman Return Benin Bronzes To Nigeria – Henry Darger Federal Lawsuit Revealed – Green Light For Gormley Alan Turing Sculpture

Horniman Agrees To Return Benin Bronzes To Nigeria – Henry Darger Federal Lawsuit Revealed – Green Light For Gormley Sculpture Celebrating Codebreaker Alan Turing 

26 July 2022

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Damien Hirst To Publically Burn Paintings – Samson Kambalu To Unveil Fourth Plinth Commission – Rhea Storr New Art On The Underground Commission

Damien Hirst To Publically Burn Paintings – Samson Kambalu To Unveil Fourth Plinth Commission – Rhea Storr New Art On The Underground Commission

18 July 2022

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Claes Oldenburg Proto New York Pop Artist Dies Aged 93

Claes Oldenburg, the first-wave Pop Artist who turned everyday objects into hard and soft sculptures, has died aged 93.

18 July 2022

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Documenta Director Sabine Schormann Resigns Over Antisemitism Row – Sotheby’s Sell $2.5m Tables Made From Asbestos – Complete Hilma af Klint Catalogue Raisonné To Be Published

Documenta Director Sabine Schormann Resigns Over Antisemitism Row – Sotheby’s Sell $2.5m Tables Made From Asbestos – Complete Hilma af Klint Catalogue Raisonné To Be Published

14 July 2022

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Van Gogh and Modigliani Sketches Discovered Reverso – Museum Of The Year £100k Winner Announced – Harsh New Fines For Damaging Public Sculptures In Britain

A previously unknown self-portrait by the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh has been found on the back of another painting in the National Galleries of Scotland collection. 

14 July 2022

Royal Academy Elects Three Dynamic New Academicians

Three new Royal Academicians have been elected to round off the year. Shirazeh Houshiary, Brian Griffiths and Clare Woods

2 July 2022

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Boris Johnson Denounced UK Government Over Parthenon Marbles What About Now?

As a student, Boris Johnson lambasted UK officials for not allowing the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles.

30 June 2022

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Margaret Keane Kitsch Painter Of Big Eyed Children Dies Aged 94

The painter Margaret Keane, creator of melancholy portraits of big-eyed children, popular in the late 1950s-1960s, has died aged 94.

29 June 2022

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Victor Pinchuk Donates £10.2m Jeff Koons Balloon Monkey Proceeds To Aid Ukraine 

The sale proceeds of Jeff Koons’ iconic Balloon Monkey (Magenta) (2006-13), which sold for £10,136,500 / $12,437,486 / €11,738,067 at Christie’s last night…

27 June 2022

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Sam Gilliam Pioneering African American Painter Dies Aged 88

One of the great innovators of postwar American art, Sam Gilliam, has died aged 88.

23 June 2022

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Banksy Bataclan Sad Girl Eight Convicted Of Art Theft 

Eight men have been convicted of stealing A Banksy artwork depicting a weeping woman that was taken from the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

23 June 2022

Windrush Statue Unveiled – Uta Kögelsberger Wins RA’s Charles Wollaston Award – National Gallery Announces Van Gogh Show for Bicentenary  

A group of people representing the Windrush generation joined HRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at London Waterloo Station (22 June 2022) to witness the unveiling of the first National Windrush Monument.

15 June 2022

Turner Prize To Be Presented At Towner Eastbourne In 2023

The Turner Prize has announced that it will be presented at Towner Eastbourne in 2023, as the centrepiece of the gallery’s centenary celebrations.

8 June 2022

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Paula Rego: A Generation’s Defining Figurative Painter Dies Aged 87

Dame Paula Rego, one of the finest UK based figurative painters of her generation, has died suddenly in London aged 87.

2 June 2022

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Hew Locke And The Christian Roots Of Carnival – Tate Britain – Revd Jonathan Evens

The word carnival derives from Latin expressions meaning either to remove meat or say farewell to meat. These indicate the Christian roots of carnival which are to be found in the period leading up the fasts of Lent.

1 June 2022

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Isaac Julien Cornelia Parker and Quentin Blake On Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List

The Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list 2022 has given the nod to several people involved in the Visual Arts, including a knighthood for the filmmaker  Isaac Julien, The installation artist Cornelia Parker OBE and the Illustrator Sir Quentin Blake joining the elite Companions of Honour.

23 May 2022

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Royal College of Art Unveils New Herzog & de Meuron Campus Upgrade

The Royal College of Art, the world’s leading university of art and design, unveiled its new campus in Battersea

16 May 2022

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Whitechapel Gallery Appoints Gilane Tawadros As New Director

The Whitechapel Gallery has announced that curator and writer, Gilane Tawadros, has been appointed their new Director.

Otto Dix Watercolours From The Gurlitt Hoard Auctioned

Ten years after the Gurlitt Hoard (“Schwabing Art Trove”) hit the headlines worldwide, two important watercolours by Otto Dix will go under the hammer at Ketterer Kunst

10 May 2022

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Donald Baechler Seminal NY 1980s Painter Dies Age 65

Donald Baechler, who died in April, was one of the most promising artists of the 1980s.

10 May 2022

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Andy Warhol Marilyn Breaks 20th c Auction Records – Art Fund Museum Of The Year Shortlist Announced – Sackler Name Removed From National Gallery London And Guggenheim

Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn made double history last night as the most expensive pCostly Costly painting ever sold by a US artist and the most costly 20th-century work of art to sell at auction

5 May 2022

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Maurizio Cattelan Sued – New York Auction Industry Deregulation – Major Tate Liverpool Refurbishment

The Italian Conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan is being sued in Paris over intellectual property infringement.

26 April 2022

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Controversial Philip Guston Exhibition To Open In Boston – Art Gallery of New South Wales To Open In December – Professor Deborah Swallow To Step Down At Courtauld

After two years of indecision from museum directors both in the US and UK, The Philip Guston exhibition will finally open to the public in Boston on 1 May. On 21 September 2021, a statement quietly appeared on the website of the National Gallery of Washington. It announced the postponement of the “Philip Guston Now” […]

Hermann Nitsch Austrian Multidisciplinary Artist Dies Age 83

The Nitsch Foundation, has announced the sad news of Hermann Nitsch’s death at age 83 on April 18, 2022. Nitsch was known as a multidisciplinary artist, an actionist, painter, graphic artist and composer. He was unable to attend the opening of his show at the 59th Venice Biennale because of a serious illness. The exhibition […]

24 April 2022

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Golden Lion For Sonia Boyce GB and Simone Leigh US At 59th Venice Biennale 

The 59th Venice Biennale’s top prize, the Golden Lion, has been awarded to Great Britain’s Sonia Boyce OBE RA for Best National Participation at La Biennale di Venezia 2022. The work for her exhibition ‘Feeling Her Way’ at the British Pavilion combined video and sound mounted on collaged installations and wallpaper. Simone Leigh from the US won the […]

13 April 2022

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French Culture Ministry Seize Russian Paintings Owned By Sanctioned Oligarchs Petr Aven And Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor

French Culture Ministry authorities have seized Pyotr Konchalovsky’s “Self-Portrait”, a painting owned by the Russian oligarch Petr Aven, a director of one of Russia’s largest banks. The painting was on view at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris as part of “The Morozov Collection: Icons of Modern Art.”  The paintings will remain in France as […]

12 April 2022

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Turner Prize 2022 Shortlist Announced In Liverpool

In the early morning hours, I walked beside a tranquil River Mersey towards Tate Liverpool’s press launch, where there was an exciting buzz as we all anticipated the nominees of the Turner Prize shortlist for 2022. Helen Legg, Director of Tate Liverpool and Co-chair of the Turner Prize jury, announced the list of artists nominated […]

Glasgow’s Burrell Nearly 40 Years On Gets A New Look – Clare Henry

Back in 1983, on the day the Queen opened the famous Burrell, I reported enthusiastically for the BBC on its unique qualities.