10 February 2022

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Ai Weiwei Takes Anti Vax Stance On Instagram

The Chinese dissident artist/activist Ai Weiwei has recklessly posted an anti-vax video on his Instagram account. In the reposted media, Mr Ai promotes a group of old men dancing and playing instruments with the caption, “Me and my friends living off-grid after refusing the vaccine.” His caption underneath the video reads: “#RunForOurRights #treadmill In defence […]

9 February 2022

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Punk It! Sotheby’s $30m NFT Sale – Yinka Shonibare Takes On Sketch Revamp – Museum Recovery Support Announced By ACE And Lottery Fund

Following the success of Sotheby’s inaugural NFT sales in 2021, which to date have achieved $100 million since launching less than a year ago, Sotheby’s announces the first dedicated live evening auction for NFTs, Punk It!, a single-lot sale of 104 CryptoPunks on 23 February. Carrying the landmark estimate of $20/30 million, the sale marks […]

8 February 2022

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Tate Permanently Removes Sackler Name From Buildings – Picasso Guernica Tapestry Returns To UN – Henry Darger Estate Rights Dispute

Tate has backtracked under public pressure and will now remove the existing Sackler names from two of its London museums. The disgraced philanthropic Sackler family were the manufacturers of the highly addictive opioid drug OxyContin, which they marketed through Purdue Pharma, a family-owned private company. Over 500,000 deaths have been recorded in the US alone […]

6 February 2022

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US Treasury Releases Report On Illicit Art Market Money Laundering

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has published their study on the facilitation of money laundering and the financing of terrorism through the trade in works of high-value art. Heavyweight art dealers and auction houses spent over $1 million lobbying federal officials in Washington on this and other regulatory issues over the past two years. […]

3 February 2022

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Theaster Gates To Create 2022 Serpentine Pavilion – $30 Estate Sale Albrecht Dürer Reoffered At $10m – Biden Reverses Trump’s Public Art Policy

Theaster Gates’ The Black Chapel will be the 21st Serpentine Pavilion. The Chicago-based artist, along with the architectural support of Adjaye Associates, will open to the public on Friday, 10 June 2022. The Pavilion’s design alludes to the performative and meditative qualities of a small chapel Drawing inspiration from the significance of the great kilns […]

3 February 2022

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Van Gogh Self Portraits The Infinite And The Ordinary – Revd Jonathan Evens

In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent Van Gogh wrote, ‘I’d like to paint men or women with that je ne sais quoi of the eternal,

2 February 2022

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Kohei Yoshiyuki Photographer Who Explored Voyeurism And Surveillance Dies Age 76

Kohei Yoshiyuki (Japan, b. 1946-2022) ignited furious debate about photography’s relationship with voyeurism and surveillance.

31 January 2022

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New Damien Hirst NFT Announced But Is It A Flash In The Pan

After earning a cool $25m from his first NFT publication, Damien Hirst, the artist who loves to print money is releasing his second series of NFTs. The Empresses is a series of five prints depicting carefully composed images of butterflies by Damien Hirst and published by HENI Editions. The prints are available to purchase on […]

31 January 2022

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FOG Design + Art In San Francisco Kick Off 2022 – Virginie Puertolas-Syn

I really enjoyed attending the FOG Design+Art Opening Gala in San Francisco on the 19th of January.

27 January 2022

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Three New Royal Academicians Announced – Late Botticelli Painting Sells for $45.4m – Robbie Williams £10m Banksy Paintings Auctioned At Sotheby’s

The Royal Academy of Arts has elected three new Royal Academicians: Michael Armitage, in the category of Painting, Peter Barber, in the category of Architecture, and Ryan Gander, in the category of Sculpture. In addition, professor Dame Sarah Gilbert and Hisham Matar were elected as Honorary Fellows. This all took place at a recent General […]

26 January 2022

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Damien Hirst Earns $25m With His NFT Edition – Art Basel Gazumps FIAC Taking Grand Palais Slot – Gainsborough’s Blue Boy Returns To London 

Damien Hirst Earns $25m With His NFT Edition – Art Basel Gazumps FIAC Taking Grand Palais Slot – Gainsborough’s Blue Boy Returns To London 

20 January 2022

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Tracey Emin Asks Number 10 To Remove Gifted Artwork From Display – Clare Lilley Appointed New YSP Director –  Rare Henry Moore Sculpture Discovered

Tracey Emin Asks Number 10 To Remove Gifted Artwork From Display – Clare Lilley Appointed New YSP Director –  Rare Henry Moore Sculpture Discovered

17 January 2022

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Banksy Spraycation Mural Sells For $2m – John Sainsbury Art Patron Dies – DCMS £30m Emergency Support For Culture 

Banksy Spraycation Mural Sells Privately – John Sainsbury Art Patron Dies – DCMS £30m Emergency Support For Culture 

13 January 2022

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Fair Comment: What’s On And Off In 2022 – Artlyst Fair Guide

Artlyst has compiled a dateline of international Art Fairs scheduled to open in the next twelve months

12 January 2022

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Protester Attacks Eric Gill Statue At BBC Broadcasting House 

A protester armed with a hammer has scaled BBC Broadcasting House near Oxford Circus and destroyed a sculpture by Eric Gill

10 January 2022

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Tracey Emin Is Ninth Winner Of Whitechapel Art Icon Award

The Whitechapel Gallery has announced that Tracey Emin (b. 1963, UK) will be the ninth artist to receive the prestigious annual Art Icon award. On Monday 22 March 2022. The award will be presented at a celebration in the gallery. Emin’s work is known for its portrayal of personal experience and heightened states of emotion. […]

10 January 2022

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NFTs Sales Set To Match Global Art Trade Total – John Salt Photorealist Painter Dies Aged 84 – Gainsborough Blue Boy Returns

NFTs Sales Set To Match Global Art Trade Total – John Salt Photorealist Painter Dies Aged 84 – Gainsborough Blue Boy Returns

6 January 2022

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Iwona Blazwick Quits As Director of Whitechapel – London Art Fair Postpones Event Until April – New Director For The ICA Announced

Iwona Blazwick Quits As Director of Whitechapel – London Art Fair Postpones Event Until April – New Director For The ICA Announced

5 January 2022

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Edward Colston Statue Four Acquitted Of Criminal Damage

Edward Colston’s statue was dragged from its plinth and thrown into Bristol Harbour during a Black Lives Matter protest have been acquitted.

5 January 2022

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NFT Phishing Scam $2.2m Lost – Banksy Vandal Given Prison Sentence  –  Protected Status Granted For £1500 Caravaggio 

NFT Phishing Scam $2.2m Lost – Banksy Vandal Given Prison Sentence  –  Protected Status Granted For £1500 Caravaggio 

4 January 2022

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London Art Fair Announces Full Scale April Event At Business Design Centre Islington

After a year’s hiatus, we are all excited at the prospect of the UK’s first major art event of 2022. The London Art Fair (LAF)connects collectors from UK-based and international galleries

29 December 2021

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Alt Power 100 Artlyst 2021 – Art Makes People Powerful

Presenting the much-coveted Alt Power 100 Artlyst 2021. This is our way of acknowledging our industry’s hard work and achievement, as we see it.

26 December 2021

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Wayne Thiebaud American Proto-Pop Painter Dies Age 101

Tributes have been pouring in for the American artist Wayne Thiebaud who died yesterday in Sacramento, California age 101.

22 December 2021

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Sotheby’s Christie’s And Phillips Global Sales Surge – The 2021 Figures

It’s been a big year for the three major international auction houses with record sales and new developments in digital technology.

19 December 2021

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Richard Rogers Iconic Architect Of High Tech Movement Dies Age 88

Richard Rogers, one of the most highly regarded architects of his generation, has died at age 88.

16 December 2021

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Sotheby’s Goes PLC After $7.3b Bumper Year – Omicron Variant Postpones TEFAF Maastricht Fair – Sally Mann Wins 9th Prix Pictet

Sotheby’s Goes PLC After $7.3b Bumper Year –  Omicron Variant Postpones TEFAF Maastricht Fair  – Sally Mann Wins 9th Prix Pictet

14 December 2021

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Piet Mondrian: Philadelphia Museum In Ownership Dispute – Banksy Releases T-Shirt To Support Colston Four – More Cornelius Gurlitt Nazi Restitution

Piet Mondrian: PMA In Ownership Dispute – Banksy Releases T-Shirt To Support Colston Four – More Cornelius Gurlitt Nazi Restitution

13 December 2021

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Louvre Settles Legal Dispute With Cy Twombly Foundation – NFT Mistake: Bored Ape sells for $3,000 Not $300,000 – Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain Exhibited

Louvre Settles Dispute With Cy Twombly Foundation – Bored Ape NFT sells for $3,000 Not $300,000 Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain

13 December 2021

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UK Export Ban For 17th Century Multiracial Painting Of Two Ladies – PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri Voted Colour Of The Year 2022 – Important Hepworth Donation

UK Export Ban For 17th Century Multiracial Painting – PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri Voted Colour Of The Year 2022 – Hepworth Donation

10 December 2021

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Royal Appropriation: Warhol Foundation Takes Lynn Goldsmith To Supreme Court Over Prince Photo

In 1984 Vanity Fair commissioned the Pop Artist Andy Warhol to create an image of the ‘artist known as Prince’ for a cover/feature

9 December 2021

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Sackler Name Removed From Seven Galleries At The Metropolitan Museum 

After half a million known opioid-related deaths, mainly in the US, the Sackler family, owners of Perdue Pharma Corporation, have had their name wiped from seven exhibition spaces at the Met Museum NY

9 December 2021

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Alison Wilding RA To Coordinate RA Summer Show – Aziz Hazara Announced Winner Future Generation Art Prize 2021 – Rembrandt’s Standard Bearer

Alison Wilding RA To Coordinate RA Summer Show – Aziz Hazara Winner Future Generation Art Prize 2021 – Rembrandt’s Standard Bearer