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6th December 2013
Tina Baraga
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Ikon marks its 50th anniversary with a blockbuster exhibition programme ()

“Next year marks its 50th anniversary, and to celebrate, it has a bumper line-up for the year ahead, kicking off with an exhibition by British artist David Tremlett (spanning into the New Year) and calling on some of the artists it holds dear to create new works that will go on show in the gallery’s Tower Room throughout 2014.”

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Artist David Tremlett's '3 Drawing Rooms' installation at Birmingham's Ikon gallery will be on view from 4 December 2013 to 21 April 2014. The exhibition starts the 2014-2015 programme, honouring the gallery's 50th anniversary

The Cézanne paintings’ escape to safety ()

“Missing for more than six decades, the bravura painting “Saint Catherine of Alexandria” by Bernardo Strozzi (1581-1644) had been tied up in Italian courts for almost five years. But the sudden return to its rightful owner in Los Angeles also raised a provocative question. The extensive art collection in Florence, Italy, from which the painting had been stolen included 15 canvases by Paul Cézanne, the celebrated French Post-Impressionist commonly regarded as the father of Modern art.”

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Jacqueline Kennedy, left, then the first lady, stands with Philippa Calnan at the White House in 1961 beside Paul Cézanne’s “House on the Marne.” (Robert Knudsen / White House, Robert Knudsen / White House / May 16, 2013)

Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei to Take His Art to Alcatraz ()

“The Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei was one of the most famous prisoners in recent history. Now he’s taking on one of the most infamous prisons of all time, using Alcatraz as the inspiration and site for a series of new artworks to debut next September.”

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Jim Wilson/The New York Times, The operating room of the prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. Ai Weiwei’s artworks will be in the prison and an adjacent laundry building.

David Lynch unveils photographs of desolate factories in new exhibition ()

“The Oscar-winning film director David Lynch is best known for his surrealist and dreamlike films including Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive. But Lynch also has a fascination with abandoned factories, which he began photographing in the 1980s, the aesthetics of which are a reoccurring motif in his films. Now he is having his first ever photography exhibition in Europe of these desolate factories at the Photographers’ Gallery in London in January 2014, to coincide with his first photography book, The Factory Photographs.”

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David Lynch, Untitled (England). Late 1980s, early 1990s

David Shrigley to create major new commission for sketch ()

“Celebrated British artist, David Shrigley, will transform the gallery restaurant at sketch as part of a long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants at the iconic London venue. Launching in May 2014, the project follows the huge success of Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed’s sketch restaurant commission in 2012.”

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Celebrated British artist, David Shrigley, will transform the gallery restaurant at sketch.

In Surprise Win, Laure Prouvost Takes Turner Prize ()

“The artist Laure Prouvost, whose works combine whimsical objects and drawings in evocative settings with an Instagram-like stream of film images, has won this year’s Turner Prize, the prestigious and often contentious annual award for a British artist under 50.”

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Ms. Prouvost.