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Moco Museum in Amsterdam with Banksy and Warhol

AMSTERDAM, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Modern Contemporary – aka, Moco Museum will open its doors to the public at the end of March. The opening exhibition will combine works of art by Pop Art-protagonist Andy Warhol and Street Art-legend Banksy. The new museum for modern and contemporary art located on the Museum Square in Amsterdam wants… Continue reading Moco Museum in Amsterdam with Banksy and Warhol

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London and Moscow iconic art swap

modest mussorgsky
You’ve heard of a book swap; what about an art swap? Well, that is what’s been painstakingly arranged between  London’s National Portrait Gallery and the State Tretyakov Gallery
modest mussorgsky - part of art swap
Ilya Repin’s portrait of Modest Mussorgsky, painted 1881 – part of the art swap.

in Moscow. Both are marking their 160th anniversary this year and have decided to celebrate by swapping treasures in one of the visual arts’ biggest UK-Russian cultural exchanges. The importance of the event is reflected by the stellar nature of some of the loans, including a national…

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Frankfurt gallery celebrates paintings of Joan Miro

The Farm by Joan Miro
Early painting of the farm where Jean Miro spent his childhood – a kaleidoscopic painting brimming with detail.

Frankfurt (dpa) – A major exhibition of Catalan painter Joan Miro spanning over half a century of his works opens in Frankfurt on Friday. The exhibition showcases 50 of the Barcelona-born artist’s paintings and demonstrates his departure from the traditional rules of painting, organizers of the display at Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunsthalle said Thursday. “It’s an exhibition… Continue reading Frankfurt gallery celebrates paintings of Joan Miro

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Art UK – Online Platform Launches The Nation’s Art

Art UK
Art UK - online platformLaunching today, February 24, 2016 Art UK ( is the next step in the realisation of an ambitious vision – to create universal access through an online platform to the UK’s public art collection. A collaboration involving 3,000+ public collections, this revolutionary project, unique in the world in its scale and ambition, puts the  UK at the forefront of digital innovation. Art UK will give audiences at home and abroad unprecedented access to the UK’s public art collection, much of which is not normally on view.

Art UK – an immersive experience

For students, teachers, tourists and anyone interested in art or its subject matter, Art UK is a truly immersive online experience.

Art UK launches with the nation’s entire collection of publicly-owned oil paintings – over 200,000 in number. From this summer, watercolours, drawings and artworks in other media, already digitised, will be progressively added by Art UK Partner Collections.

In 2017, Art UK will start work on photographing the nation’s collection of sculpture from the last thousand years, some of it in 3D.  The Heritage Lottery Fund has already earmarked £2.8m towards this. Art UK is now raising further funds.

Art UK gives the British public unprecedented access to the art they own. It encourages audiences, young and old, to look at art in pursuit of their interests using thousands of tags created by members of the public. Guest contributors from all walks of life will help Art UK tell the stories behind artworks. The BBC will curate content from Art UK on and encourage its audiences to find out more by visiting Art UK.

On Art UK anyone can become a curator, create online exhibitions and share the art they discover with friends and colleagues across social media. They are also asked to turn Art Detective and help collections identify missing artist attributions and sitter names. There have already been exciting discoveries in this area including previously unknown paintings by Van Dyckand Gainsborough.

The first website with the aim of reflecting an entire nation’s collection of art, Art UK offers extensive links and pathways to learn more about the nation’s art. Links to Oxford University Press’s suite of online products give UK public library cardholders free access to 55,000 biographies in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, as well as content from Grove Art Online.

Art UK is also a resource for tourists with an interest in art, who can plan visits to destinations around the UK, building itineraries around particular artists or collections. Hundreds of Partner Collection events and exhibition listings are provided by Culture 24.

Early Vision

An early version of the site was published on under the name ‘Your Paintings’.  Over almost five years the website gained a regular audience of some 300,000 visitors per month.  Building on the success of Your Paintings and responding to the needs of audiences and collections, Art UK has been developed by the Public CatalogueFoundation – now also renamed Art UK. The Art UK platform will be operated on behalf of 3,000+ UK public collections allowing them all to reap the benefits of scale and technology. Joining the public collections online are a number of important private collections, including, for example, all the Oxford Colleges. Other important private collections will be invited to join.

The Art UK Shop will open this summer to generate much-needed income for the Partner Collections through the sales of prints and other merchandise. To date over 500 collections have signed up to ART UK as Partner Collections, paying a subscription and benefitting from the promotion and income-generating potential opened up by the site.

Art UK - the nation's artArt UK represents a collaboration involving thousands of participating collections, the BBC, funders, universities and other institutions. Notable among these are Culture 24, Oxford University Press, the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, Glasgow University, the Visual Geometry Group at Oxford University and the Citizens Science Alliance based at the Astrophysics Department, University of Oxford.

The Cost

The cost of building the Art UK website was principally borne by Arts Council England with additional funding from the Scottish Government and a private charitable trust.  The Partner Collections and corporate and individual Benefactors will play a key role alongside other funders and commercial income in ensuring Art UK is sustainable. The content of the Art UK website is the result of many years of digitisation undertaken by the Public Catalogue Foundation mostly with private funding.

The Art UK website was built by the London-based agency Keepthinking.

Art UK is now live at ht

The Art UK video starring Bob and Roberta Smith is available for download:

High-resolution images are available for download:


Andrew Ellis, Director, Art UK, said today:

“We are immensely proud of the progress we have made in democratising access to the UK’s art collection. We are particularly grateful to our partners, the nation’s art collections, and to the many funders and supporters who have made this transformative project possible. Our ambition now is to add many more artworks, in a variety of media, to the Art UK platform and inspire audiences to engage with them and, where possible, visit them for real.”

Bob and Roberta Smith, Artist and Art UK Trustee, said:

“Through our public collections we all own art.”

The Hon Ed Vaizey, Minister of State, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, said:

“Art UK is a fantastic example of using innovation and technology to make art accessible to all. The UK is home to world-class collections and I hope that this project encourages even more people around the world to enjoy our great cultural offering.”

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government, said:

“Art UK is a great example of what can be achieved through joint working and collaboration, delivering a level of public access and interaction with the nation’s collections, and a level of exposure for smaller bodies and collections, which could never be achieved by bodies working on their own.  The Scottish Government continues to be very supportive of this and I commend Art UK on the significant progress they have made.”

Tony Hall, Director General, BBC, said:

“I’m thrilled we’re working with some of our country’s finest institutions to bring Britain’s art collections to everyone.  The launch of Art UK is another example of an open BBC, backing a visionary idea and working in partnership to make it happen.  We’ve been working hand in hand with so many talented people – and the results look amazing.”

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chairman of Arts Council England, said:

“The new Art UK website is a stunning example of how digital technology can make art available for everyone to enjoy. It means that anyone can now sift through our nation’s entire collection of oil paintings without leaving their armchair. For those inspired, though, to look at the real thing, it also tells you which paintings you can see at your own local museum or art gallery. With exciting plans to add sculpture and other types of art work, Art UK will offer a growing feast of art for people to enjoy and be inspired by for years to come.”

Caroline Nokes, Chair of the Speakers Advisory Committee on Works of Art, House of Commons, said:

“The public’s relationship with art is changing in response to the digital age, and Art UK will play a crucial role in driving that change.  The public can now have access to public collections no matter where they are, all are open for universal viewing, and I am pleased that six hundred and fifty works from the Parliamentary Art Collection are already available through Art UK.   We are delighted to host today’s launch of Art UK in the House of Commons and to continue our relationship with their project.”

Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate, said:

“The development of the Public Catalogue Foundation from publishing well-produced books to the digital offer of ‘Your Paintings’ and now Art UK is an impressive achievement. An imaginative start-up has become a vital part of the arts infrastructure, making it possible to find and to find out about paintings in more than three thousand public collections. I welcome the ambition to broaden the scope of the project from paintings to sculpture and other forms of visual art.”

Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, said:

“No other country has online access to such an extensive database of paintings as is provided by Art UK. That makes it unique in an international context, and I am delighted that the National Gallery’s paintings are available and searchable in this way alongside so many others from British collections. ”

Dr. Stephen Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, The Frick Collection, New York, said:

“Art UK’s innovative combination of digitized collections and crowdsourcing transforms art

history and history itself. If only the USA had such a thing.”

Kim Mawhinney, Head of Art, National Museums Northern Ireland, said:

“Some projects have the capacity to be epoch-making and the development of Art UK may be such a moment in terms of access to art. The transition from ‘Your Paintings’ to ‘Art UK’ is undoubtedly a transformation and offers a unique window to the public collections of art across the nations and regions within the UK. It is wonderful that art from across Northern Ireland is a strong contribution to the sum of all the collections presented through this new digital platform.  Those who visit the site will find something very special, engaging and enriching.”

David Anderson, Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales, said:

“Being part of initiatives such as Art UK is vitally important for Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. We exist to share Wales’ national collections, including our world-class art collection, with new and existing audiences to encourage a greater awareness of, and interest in Wales’culture and heritage.

The digital platform, Art UK, will help us reach people close to home and internationally who would never have considered visiting our Museums before. Not only will it open up access to people who want to browse and enjoy Welsh art collections, it will also be a valuable resource for schools and family learning, as well as an academic research tool. It also has potential to open up further retail opportunities, which is becoming increasingly important for museums across the sector.”

Rebecca Hill, Exhibitions and Collections Coordinator, Gallery Oldham, said:

“The availability of our works online is an excellent tool to counter the commonly held myth that works of art in store are “hidden”. Over the past four years we have seen a steady increase in the number of enquiries about our oil paintings, with many of those enquiring directly citing Your Paintings (Art UK’s predecessor) as their first point of contact with our collections. I am thrilled that Art UK will soon include our collection’s artworks in other media, thus increasing awareness of these.”

Dr Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture & Society, Wellcome Trust, said:

“The Wellcome Trust is delighted to support Art UK by funding the partnership fees all UK medical collections for 3 years. We would like to celebrate the quality and diversity of these collections, many of which had not been catalogued before the Public Catalogue Foundation started its work. Enabling over 250 UK hospitals, medical archives and clinics the opportunity to join Art UK as a partner will allow them to continue to share their collections with the widest possible audience, and create new opportunities for partnership and projects which promote public engagement with medical heritage”.

Lauren Marshall, Hall Manager & Audience Development Officer, The York Company of Merchant Adventurers, said:

“Art UK is a vital resource for smaller collections and our visitors. It allows us to achieve things, which simply would not be possible on our own. It enables us to reach new audiences across the UK and internationally, highlighting the range and breadth of our collections. It also provides smaller collections with a platform for interaction and discussion, not just with other organisations but with art experts, academic institutions and the general public, enabling us to share and disseminate knowledge like never before.”

Tim Barton, Managing Director of Global Academic at Oxford UniversityPress, said:

“We are delighted to have formed a partnership with the Public Catalogue Foundation. Through their site Art UK, which replaces BBC Your Paintings, biographies from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and content from Grove Art Online will complement and enhance the experience of public art for anyone wanting to find out more via their public library membership.”

Emma Baudey, EMEA Arts and Culture manager, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said:

“As a leading corporate supporter of the arts we are especially keen to increase public access to the vast amount of art across the UK. With this in mind, we are pleased to be a founding benefactor of Art UK. Projects such as this reach tens of thousands of people not just in this country but around the globe, and are key to demonstrating how the arts can be made more accessible and sustainable for the long term. We hope to contribute to the ongoing public debate around these key issues by partnering with like-minded organisations to support Art UK.”

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Liverpool Biennial 2014

Piet Mondrian No VI Composition No II

“The Liverpool Biennial is the largest international contemporary art festival in the United Kingdom.”

Liverpool Biennial 2014…according to Wikipedia, which does make me very proud. Liverpool is famously renowned for its music, but to have become ‘the largest’ art festival in the UK demonstrates the city’s thriving interest in the arts – not just conventional, but the more challenging art at that. Continue reading Liverpool Biennial 2014

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Lichtenstein @ Tate Modern


lichtenstein_web-bannerA long time personal favourite from the Pop Art world, Roy Lichtenstein, is being celebrated with the first ‘full scale retrospective’ of his work at The Tate Modern, London. It brings together 125 of his works, celebrating this striking, often monumental work created by such a quiet and unassuming man.

Whaam! 1963 by Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997
Whaam! 1963 by Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

Benday dots, stripes, flat colour palate and bold linear design all contribute to his rye and witty canvases and sculptures. His break from the tortured world of the Abstract Expressionists and the intellectual weight that movement carried cannot be under estimated. Continue reading Lichtenstein @ Tate Modern

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Beatle’s artist Blake showing at Bridlington

Beatles artist Blake showing at gallery – Local – Beverley Guardian.

This is quite a coo for Gallery 49, in Bridlington. The whole space will be devoted to  signed limited edition prints by Sir Peter Blake and other RA friends.

Peter Blake is perhaps most famous for his collage work and especially the cover he made for the Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. But he had hit the Pop Art scene long before that, emerging in the 1950s and becoming one of the best known Pop Artists by the early 60’s exhibiting along side David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj. At that time he sourced images from advertisements and music hall entertainment and was always interested in the juxtaposition of collage and use of popular images with fine art. Continue reading Beatle’s artist Blake showing at Bridlington

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Roy Lichtenstein at Museum Ludwig

Conversation by Roy Lichtenstein

Conversation by Roy LichtensteinRoy Lichtenstein – Kunst als Motiv (Art as Motive) is a collection of about a hundred pieces which reflect his interpretation of other great modern pieces with a Lichtenstein twist. He uses his flat palate of bold colours and outlines and his now famous cartoon shadings with benday dots and blobs to break up the images and create his own slant on masters such as Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Mondrian and Dalí.
This exhibition at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne runs from 2nd July until 3rd October 2010.

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Female Pop Art Artists

BlackRosy de Saint Phalle

Ampersand IV by Chryssa 1965Seductive Subversion –  the name of the exhibition at the University of the Arts earlier on this year, shows a different, less commercial side to Pop Art – mainly because it’s all produced by women. These pieces are observant, pithy and quirky, and were  overlooked at the time because of their glamorous male peacock counterparts. This exhibition wishes to redress this imbalance and celebrate a wider definition of the Pop Art Movement.

It was the first exhibition of female Pop Art and is now to be seen, I believe, at Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, although I can’t see it on their web site as yet.

This Times Square inspired ‘Ampersand IV’, is a stylized neon ampersand in a Plexiglas cube by Chryssa, one of the first artists to utilize neon in her work in 1965. Continue reading Female Pop Art Artists

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Sculpture Remixed


Untitled by George Baselitz
Untitled by George Baselitz

Sir Joshua Reynolds by John Henry Foley
Sir Joshua Reynolds by John Henry Foley

Sculpture Remixed is one the rooms in the DLA Piper Series : This is Sculpture at the Tate Liverpool. Was my favourite. Very cleverly mixed pieces contrasting each other. Take the John Henry Foley sculpture of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Amazing marble detail, glorious stuff to see up close.

And next to it an untitled piece by George Baselitz.

One made by one of the hardest stones and looking so soft and delicate I wanted to pull his cloak back to keep it out of the way of his palette. The other with no aspirations of deceit. It’s a figure coarsely made of wood, no disguising the material.

You had to enter through blackout curtains. It made me feel this was a private place – not yet ready for the public. Lots of contradictions. This was the first of the rooms that had a dark purple background, and pieces more noticeably lit with spot lights.

We were greeted by two machine workers, scared to death by two Redeemers and entertained by Degas’s beautiful Little Dancer.

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