Oh, what a year 2016 has been! Many of us won’t be sorry to see the end of it, although not to be overly pessimistic, 2017 will certainly have its challenges with both the Brexit economy and the new US President. Yes, the one with the bad haircut! On the Art front there was plenty to keep us entertained, amused and informed and here are the year’s highs and lows:
The Whitechapel Gallery has announced Emily Riddle as the winner of the 2016 NEON Curatorial Award. The NEON Curatorial Award was established in 2012 to champion curatorial excellence and is part of an ongoing partnership between the Whitechapel Gallery and NEON, a non-profit organisation in Athens.
This is a big year for the British artist Helen Marten. Not only has she been nominated for the 2016 Turner Prize but she has been awarded the inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture.
Claudio Rasano has won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016. His portrait of a Johannesburg schoolboy, on exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, has taken the prestigious £15,000 award.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced the recipients of the 22nd annual Awards for Artists, the largest individual awards made to visual artists and composers in the UK.
2 October 2016
Paul Carey-Kent gives us his selection of what to do in London during Frieze week. There’s quite the overload of art. So if you have time for Frieze and Frieze Masters, here are a dozen other things to do. Seni Awa Camara: Maternité Submergente, 1986 at Magnin-A, Paris 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Thurs-Sun at Somerset House). I […]
Three photographers have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016, the major international photography award organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London. The prize-winning portraits include photographs of a group of Israeli Orthodox Jews by Kovi Konowiecki; a Johannesburg schoolboy by Claudio Rasano and a Californian surfer and his girlfriend by Joni Sternbach. The annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is […]
Greta Zimmer Friedman the woman iconically kissed by a sailor in a defining photograph marking the end of World War Two has died aged 92.
London’s ICA welcomes back Bloomberg New Contemporaries to its galleries showcasing new and recent fine art graduates. The panel of guest selectors comprising Anya Gallaccio, Alan Kane, and Haroon Mirza has chosen 46 artists who now join an illustrious roster of New Contemporaries alumni that includes Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, Mike Nelson and Laure Prouvost amongst many others. […]
Sotheby’s has made it out of the second quarter with a profit! It reported second-quarter net income, which amounted to $88.6 million. This is up compared to the $73.1 million recorded in the same quarter last year. It is a 21 percent increase. The art market remains in turmoil with Brexit fluctuations not yet accounted for in the year-end […]
The Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) one of the high points of the Summer art season, opens tomorrow presenting work by 250 artists, in more than 40 exhibitions across 30 of Edinburgh’s museums, galleries and artist-run spaces, including seven new commissions as part of the 2016 Commissions Programme. As the UK’s largest annual festival of visual arts, the […]
The British Museum has released their Annual Review for 2016 revealing thatit was the Museum’s most successful year ever with nearly 6.9 million visitors to Bloomsbury (6,853,540) and a digital audience in excess of 40 million. An astonishing 7.7million people in the UK saw British Museum objects outside London thanks to the Museum’s National Programmes partnership scheme. The Museum was […]
International law firm Ashurst and Oaktree & Tiger Gallery are pleased to announce the winners of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2016. The prize has been hugely successful in its second year receiving more than 1,890 artworks by over 740 artists. The shortlist included artists from Europe, Iran, China, India, South Africa, North, Central and South America who work across sculpture, […]
The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016 has been won by Trevor Paglen (b.1974, USA). The prize was awarded at a special ceremony in The Photographers’ Gallery this evening, Thursday 2 June 2016. The £30,000 award was presented by BBC journalist and HARDtalk presenter Stephen Sackur. The annual award goes to a photographer of any nationality for their significant contribution […]
25 May 2016
It’s six o’clock on a warm spring night, I head to down to the Victoria Miro Gallery in Islington to the private view of the much-anticipated Yayoi Kusama exhibition. I’m early but there’s a long queue that stretches all the way down Wharf Road and I trudge to the back. After 45 minutes of waiting and […]
14 May 2016
Paul Carey-Kent curates his choices of London art exhibitions for May 2016. His rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows are all on view now. Lisa Milroy: Out of Hand @ Laure Genillard, 2 Hanway Place – Tottenham Court Road To 25 June: www.lglondon.org Handbag, 2014, mixed media. approx 90 x 100 x 25cm. (FXP Photography, London) Lisa […]
The French Kinetic and Neon artist Francois Morellet has died age 90. Morellet’s work is currently on show in London at two west end galleries,
The New York iteration of London’s seminal Frieze art fair event, held on the idyllic landscape of Randalls Island was plagued with grey skies this year, in more ways than just the weather. Frieze’s 5th season in New York, was lacking in spark. Very little was new. Very little challenged the status quo or inspired further thought. […]
1) NADA: Its fifth Edition welcomes 105 exhibitors from 44 cities in 18 countries. Organized the New Art Dealers Alliance nonprofit, the fair also features pop-up cafes from Mile End, Tacombi, and Doughnut Plant. May 5–8, 2016 Thursday, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. private preview and 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. $20 general admission, […]
La Biennale de Montréal has announced the artists who will take part in its 2016 edition (BNLMTL 2016), on view to the public from October 19, 2016 to January 15, 2017. Entitled Le Grand Balcon, BNLMTL 2016 calls for a materialist and sensualist approach and recasts the pursuit of sensual pleasures, making a case for its decisive […]
The five museums shortlisted for the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2016 prize has been announced. The annual prize is awarded to one outstanding museum, which, in the opinion of the judges, has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement. The prize of £100,000 is given at an awards dinner, before an invited audience of the UK’s museum and cultural leaders, […]
Berlin Gallery Weekend, kicked off last night in the German capital, with 54 participating galleries in the official program as well as a number of collateral events. Last night Artlyst attended a special dinner for the first anniversary of the House of Egorn which is currently showing the artist Yi Dai. Berlin is one of the most relevant […]
First held in 1957, the John Moores Painting Prize is the UK’s best-known painting competition and is named after Sir John Moores (1896 – 1993), the founder of the prize. Sir John Moores was the owner of the Littlewoods company and a keen amateur painter, founded the competition to challenge London’s domination of the national arts scene. It […]
Art Basel has announced their 2016 Film programme. It will be presenting a premier selection of film and video work, selected for the second year by the Cairo-based film curator and lecturer Maxa Zoller. Drawn from the show’s participating galleries, highlights of this year’s program include an exclusive preview of Pierre Bismuth’s film ‘Where is […]
Richard Smith the English painter and printmaker has died age 84. Smith was born in 1931 and grew up in Letchworth Garden City.
A new annual art prize has been announced by the Freelands Foundation. The Freelands Artist Award will enable a regional arts organisation to present an exhibition, including a significant new work, by a mid-career female artist. The £100,000 prize money aims to support an artist who has not yet achieved the acclaim and public recognition that their […]
Hans Ulrich Obrist of London’s Serpentine Galleries and Yongwoo Lee from The Shanghai Himalayas Museum have been named as the artistic directors of the inaugural edition of the Shanghai Project. 100 participating artists and organisations will be unveiling projects for the 2016 Shanghai Project. The future of ‘Creative China’, art and culture takes an integral role for their imagination and harmony. The future aims for […]
“Sculpture communicates an immediate sense of life – you can feel the pulse of it” – Barbara Hepworth (1959) Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire has announced the four shortlisted artists and judging panel for the UK’s first prize for sculpture. The four shortlisted artists are: Phyllida Barlow, Steven Claydon, Helen Marten, David Medalla The £30,000 new biennial award, The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture will […]
TEFAF Maastricht, once again welcomed around 75,000 visitors, illustrating the consistent annual pull of the 270 international dealers to public institutions, private collectors, art lovers and connoisseurs. Overall, sales happened throughout the duration of the fair, with dealers in all sections reporting sales to private and public buyers across price points. Of note again was […]
Celebrating its 10th year, the finalists for the XL Catlin Art Prize 2016 have been announced. This curated exhibition is now firmly established as an influential showcase for the most outstanding artists from UK art schools. This year’s finalists are: Rory Biddulph (Slade School of Fine Art, MA Fine Art), Jude Crilly (Royal College of Art, MA Sculpture), Jamie […]
The release of the TEFAF Art Market Report 2016, is always an important event in the art calendar. The document which is compiled each year by Dublin-based research company Arts Economics, founded by cultural economist Clare McAndrew, is regarded as the most reliable source by the industry. The report is released simultaneously with the opening of the TEFAF Maastricht art […]
The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers and the Lynn Foundation has announced this year’s Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2016. Henry Kondracki has been awarded the £15,000 prize for his atmospheric oil painting The Cowgate. Now in its eleventh year, the Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for artists in the UK, and is unique in its focus on draughtsmanship and […]