1. Turner Prize 2017 Shortlist Reveals Obscure Multicultural Pick & Mix
The Turner Prize 2017 shortlist has just been announced at Tate Britain. The artists chosen are from diverse multicultural backgrounds and are relatively unknown. Artists Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi will now go head to head in the competition which will be held this year, at Ferens Art Gallery, in Hull, as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations. The exhibition runs from 26 September 2017 to 7 January 2018. The winner will be announced on 5 December 2017 at an award ceremony live on the BBC, the broadcast partner for the Turner Prize.
2. Trump Backs Down On Scrapping National Endowment For The Arts – For Now
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the US, which was under threat of being axed by Donald Trump, in his first Federal Government budget has been spared by Congress. Trump had announced his intentions to defund both the NEA and the NEH.
3. Naked Man In A Box Who Crashed The Met Gala Is Arrested
A naked Russian performance artist had himself encased in a transparent plastic box and dropped on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum last night while celebrities arrived on the red carpet for the Costume Institute’s annual gala. He was arrested by polices and is facing charges of public lewdness, obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
4. National Portrait Gallery Acquires Painting of Ed Sheeran
He’s all over the singles chart and now he’s all over the wall at the National Portrait Gallery.The museum in London has acquired a new portrait of Ed Sheeran, painted by Belfast-based artist Colin Davidson.It’s Ed’s first ever painted portrait and measures four feet square. Ed sat for the artist at his home in Suffolk in 2015 for three hours, during which Davidson made twenty drawings from life and took reference photographs.
5. A.R Penck, 1939 – 2017
The German artist Ralf Winkler, best known as A.R. Penck, has died aged 77. He was celebrated for his politically-charged, pictographic imagery. Part of a group of post-war German artists (including Markus Lüpertz, Georg Baselitz and Jörg Immendorff), A.R. Penck’s career spanned more than five decades. Living in Dresden in the German Democratic Republic, during in the early 1960s Penck developed a pictorial vocabulary that he named ‘Standart’, making use of language, mathematics and cybernetics as a way to address social, economic and political issues.
6. Damien Hirst Turns Film-maker For Venice Show
The British artist Damien Hirst has turned underwater film-maker. To mark the staging of Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, his colossal two-venue exhibition in Venice, Hirst will present a new documentary of the same name that tells the story of the mammoth undertaking, possibly inspired by the films of the late scuba-diving French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.
7. Non-dom Art Collectors In UK Could Be Hit With New Taxes
UK-based art collectors should be looking carefully at new tax rules that came into force on 6 April. The rules, which have largely gone unnoticed except by tax specialists, apply to resident non-domiciled individuals (non-doms) who have lived in the UK for a long time but have a permanent home elsewhere. They could now be liable for tax on any art they sell, even if it is held outside the UK.
8. Richard Mosse Wins Prix Pictet Award
The Irish-born photographer Richard Mosse has won the Prix Pictet award, for his series of black-and-white images entitled Heat Maps (2016-17). Now based in Leeds, Mosse used a military-grade thermal camera that detects body heat to depict sites on the journeys faced by migrants in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Regarded as a conceptual documentary photographer, his work was shown earlier this year in the Barbican Centre’s Curve gallery.
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