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Art and Politics

“All the timber and fixtures from Dismaland are being sent to the ‘jungle’ refugee camp near Calais to build shelters,” says a notice on Banksy’s website. It’s not a surprising action, given that much of the work at Dismaland encouraged visitors to take action themselves. There was even a stall showing how to open up […]

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Is a picture really worth a thousand words?

“A picture tells a thousand words” – but does it? Without text to explain, can we really understand what an image means? How do words and images convey significance? This is at the heart of many modern art movements from Dada to Pop Art, even to Street Art (further reading: What is Street Art? Is […]

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Art news / 21 – 27 September

ICYMI this week, Antony Gormley‘s still in the news, Banksy‘s Dismaland draws to a close and Leonardo Di Caprio (pictured) is elevated way beyond Titanic-fame. 1. Sir Antony Gormley will install a new sculpture in Christchurch New Zealand this week, the piece will be a cast-iron human figure standing on the surface of a river […]

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Buying The Right Banksy

Banksy has certainly been the talk of the summer, and as Dismaland reaches its final weekend, we’ve seen more and more people enquiring about Banksy art for sale. If you’re looking to buy a Banksy print, (or, indeed, sell a Banksy print) whether it’s a numbered or signed Banksy print – and you’re just not sure where […]

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In praise of fantasy and romance in art

We were very sad to hear the news of Jackie Collins death yesterday at the age of 77; she was hailed the queen of the “bonkbuster” and pioneer of a new frank form of erotica for women – that unashamedly championed the sexy, the glamorous and the passionate. She must have understood her audience as […]

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Art news / 14 – 20 September

ICYMI this week, five stories from around the art world, including more Gormley news, Banksy‘s Dismaland, Jamie Hewlett, Grayson Perry and a Lowry surprise! 1. Sir Antony Gormley statue topples into sea: another week another piece of news about a Gormley sculpture. On Sunday, part of the “Land” commission situated at Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset […]

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Mario Testino and David Bailey at National Portrait Gallery

Famous works by Mario Testino, Lee Miller and David Bailey to go on show at the National Portrait Gallery. To mark 100 years of British Vogue, the National Portrait Gallery in London has just announced a major exhibition of fashion photography to open next spring (11 February-22 May 2016). On show will be more than […]

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When Fashion Meets Art

London Fashion Week SS16 kicks off this week, with previews of all the trends for next summer in a new venue in Soho’s Brewer Street (18-22nd September). The Brewer Street Car Park is an iconic art deco building that has recently become an important player in the contemporary art world. It was here that Richard […]

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Art news / 7 – 13 September

ICYMI this week, five stories from around the art world, from Sir Peter Blake to Antony Gormley, Banksy and Jack Vettriano. 1. Art work by Sir Peter Blake is to be part of new art project 14-18 NOW, the official First World War Centenary cultural programme. Integral to the British pop art movement (read about […]

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