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John Baldessari Explores Correlations Between Modern Art History and Hollywood film

A new series of works by John Baldessari titled, Miró and Life, in General, will be the artist’s second major exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery, London. 

Throughout his career, John Baldessari has explored the correlations and contrasts between painting and photography, and between image and language. Beginning with his early text and photo-text paintings from the 1960s, he has explored these dichotomies through hybrid compositions of photography, text and painted images. His 2010 Tate Modern retrospective, Pure Beauty, highlighted these early text and image paintings as well as his influential 1980s photo-based works, which explore the cultural and artistic impact of mass media; a topic that reverberates to this day. However, in the last five years, in series such as The Doubles, 2011 and 2012 and Pictures & Scripts, 2015 (his last body of work shown at Marian Goodman Gallery, London,) Baldessari’s focus has turned to the art historical canon and he has made the medium of painting the central subject of his work. These earlier series juxtapose images from 15th – 20th-century paintings with texts from art history, popular music, and film noir, in order to deduce new meaning from art history and to create new ways of seeing. Read More


The Christian Science Connection Within The British Modern Art Movement

Revd Jonathan Evens, Priest-in-charge St Stephen Walbrook and Associate Vicar, Partnership Development, St Martin-in-the-Fields explores this revelation.

In her review of Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture For a Modern World, Sue Hubbard expressed her view that the Tate had missed the opportunity to build a more revelatory show than was actually achieved by choosing not to use in the show explanations of Hepworth’s work in terms of her religious beliefs which Lucy Kent had explored in a catalogue essay. Read More


Leonardo Da Vinci Export Ban French Government Declare Drawing National Treasure

The French government has put a temporary export bar on a recently uncovered double-sided drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. The officials have declared the masterpiece “a national treasure”. The request for an export certificate was issued by Tajan, a Paris-based auction house who will most likely have to find a French buyer for the drawing. Read More


New Year’s Honours List Recognises Chris Ofili Patrick Brill and Ryan Gander

The 2017 New Years Honours list has given a resounding seal of approval to the Visual Arts this year. The List has reflected the contribution the Visual Arts sector has undertaken and its considerable cultural accomplishments. Artists Chris Ofili CBE, Patrick Brill OBE (AKA Bob & Roberta Smith) and Ryan Gander OBE were honoured with these noblest accolades.  This year sees the highest number of awards to black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background recipients, who make up 9.3% of the successful candidates.  Read More


David Bowie Collection A Very Personal Curation Of Style And Taste

David Bowie was an extremely private person when it came to his art collection. Although everyone on the London gallery circuit knew that he passionately collected works of Modern and Contemporary British and International art, few had ever seen it. Read More


RIBA Names Six Finalists for 2016 International Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has unveiled the six finalists competing for this year’s International Prize. Each building will now be visited by the grand jury, which will select the annual winner next month.

Judges include Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Billie Tsien of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects I Partners; Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ; Philip Gumuchdjian of Gumuchdjian Architects; and Marilyn Jordan Taylor, the former dean and Paley professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. They will announce the winner on November 24. Read More


ZHA Chosen to Design Saudi Arabian Cultural Institute

Zaha Hadid Architects has been chosen to design the Urban Heritage Museum Administration Center in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The site will serve as an educational institute to protect and preserve the archaeological UNESCO world heritage sites in the surrounding Wadi Hanifah Valley. Read More


Nex—Architecture Reveals RAF Museum Designs

London-based firm Nex—Architecture has released its design for the new Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum in North London. Part of the RAF’s 2018 Centenary, the project will transform both the existing museum from 1972 as well as its surrounding neighborhood. Construction will kick off in January 2017 and is slated to wrap in spring 2018. Read More