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 British Pop Art here) Blake created the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover in the late 60s.  His work will feature on an app called Dazzle It, which essentially allows users to ‘remix’ the artworks that were painted onto British navy vessels, as dazzle camouflage, in order to confuse enemy U-boats. (via Artlyst)

See available Blake work

2. Antony Gormley sculptures worth £180,000 each disappear from Australian salt lake. The installation, which until recently, featured 51 sculpted figures is located around 500 miles from Perth in Western Australia and have proved difficult to protect given the remote nature of the site. (via The Telegraph)

See available Gormley work

3. Gagosian Gallery recreates Lichtenstein mural. In 1983, Roy Lichtenstein painted the Greene Street Mural on a white wall at Leo Castelli’s SoHo gallery in New York. Inspired by Art Deco, Pop Art and Cubism the mural was gone within a few weeks of it appearing. So, Gagosian Gallery with the help of Lichtenstein’s former studio assistant Rob McKeever are recreating it. It will open at Gagosian’s 24th Street site and will, in true Lichtenstein style, disappear in five weeks. (via Vanity Fair)

4. Jack Vettriano to paint again. After dislocating his shoulder earlier this year, Vettriano suggested he wouldn’t paint for the foreseeable future. Rumour now has it he is in talks with a new model for a potential new painting, which should cheer fans and collectors of his work. The Singing Butler sold for £744,000 in 2004 and Vettriano counts Jack Nicholson and Sir Alex Ferguson amongst his collectors. (via Herald Scotland)

5. Charity gain ownership of Banksy mural. Art Buff (pictured) sprayed on the wall of an amusement arcade in Folkestone, Kent about a year ago has been ruled the property of arts charity, Creative Foundation. As Dismaland approaches its last two weeks in Weston-super-Mare, the Banksy summer rolls on and on. (via The Independent)



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