In a week that saw Britain vote to leave the EU, we bring you art news you may have, understandably, overlooked!
1. Despite YouGov polls – which insinuated 2 point lead to the ‘remain’ campaign – and creative protests from numerous celebrities, politicians and artists including Damien Hirst, Wolfgang Tillman; this week saw Britain vote to leave the European Union in an historic referendum that has divided the country. The repercussions of the result have rippled through countries all over the world, and the art market. The Art Newspaper has compiled this excellent piece on the current state of things, and what could be on the way. (via The Art Newspaper)
2. An entirely unique set of Picasso linocuts is being exhibited at the Lady Lever Art Gallery until January next year. The prints, 17 in total, are from a collection on loan from The British Museum, including Still Life under the Lamp (of which this exhibition contains the original) is also now regarded by many in the industry as the bench-mark for all other linocuts. Read more on this story here.
3. In her third attempt painting fellow artist Kirsty Buchanan, Claire Drummond has won the prestigious BP Portrait Prize for her painting, Girl in Liberty Dress – her style being reminiscent to that of Lucian Freud’s early surrealist works such as Girl with a Kitten. The results were announced at a ceremony at The National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday. Here she tells The Guardian why she won’t be stopping painting Buchanan now that she’s finally won the prize, “History, nature, mythology and art all feed into her work so when I am drawing or painting her it feels more like a collaboration than a portrait sitting.” (via The Guardian)
4. Shepard Fairey, the street artist renowned for created the HOPE poster for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, has created a new mandala-inspired mural on the walls of Paris in anticipation of his exhibition Earth Crisis, which has just opened at the Galerie Itinerrance. The exhibition itself contains a number of new artworks by Fairey on the theme of ecology: six letterpress prints, paintings on both canvas and paper, reproductions of the globe sculpture, and a book which is available to purchase. The proceeds of the exhibition will be donated to 350.org – the global organization for ecology. Read more on this story here.
5. A stunning collection of Geroge Stubb’s animal portraits has opened at the Holburn Museum in Bath. Stubbs and the Wild shows Stubbs fascination with animals and their anatomy was not limited to horses; here Stubbs explores exotic mammals such as leopard, lions, antelope and moose. Jonathan Jones from The Guardian has said, “This is not a huge exhibition, but it might just change your life.” The exhibition will run until 2 October 2016. (via Art Daily)