Contemporary Art on Twitter!

October 25, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Posted in Art World, Charles Saatchi, Contemporary Art, Online art | Leave a comment
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Just follow them!

Art on Twitter

Art on Twitter

QArtLondon-A forum for critical exchange, networking & peer-review for visual art & visual culture students & graduates from across London’s major art Universities @

Diemar/Noble Photography showcases the best in cutting edge contemporary and vintage photography @

Charles Saatchi…Enough said @

Follow the latest art world developments and gossip with Time Out’s art critics Ossian Ward and Helen Sumpter @

British Museum twitters the latest contemporary art showcases @

TATE MODERN– A family of 4 art galleries in the UK: Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool & Tate St Ives. Tweeting: M: Kirstie, Tu: Katy, W: Selina, Th: Marilena, F: Becs @

My personal favourite: Damien Hirst @

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Dali’s biopic to hit London Cinemas.

April 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Art, Federico Garcia Lorca, Little Ashes, Little Ashes movie poster, Little Ashes trailer, London Cine Lumiere, London Film Premieres, Luis Bunuel, Robert Pattinson, Salvador Dali, Salvador Dali Biopic, Twilight Robert Pattinson, Uncategorized, Upcoming Films | Leave a comment
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The film adaptation of the artist’s tempestuous life will hit the capital’s screens next month as it explores Dali’s personal relationship with fellow Spaniard and celebrated poet, Federico Garcia Lorca.

Little Ashes focuses on the early years of an unknown Salvador Dali who arrives to Madrid in the pursuit of fame and recognition as Spain’s greatest artist.

His  talent and eccentricities soon catch the attention of Madrid’s exclusive artistic elite- including that of poet Garcia Lorca and future film director Luis Buñuel-and the three bond in an usual friendship that is passionate and personal .

The formidable trio descend into a dangerous road as they challenge all traditional conventions of a conservative and extremely catholic Spain  ruled during the early 20’s by the right-wing dictator, Miguel Primo de Rivera.

Dali and Lorca portrayed by the Twilight star Robert Pattison and Javier Beltran.

Dali and Lorca portrayed by the Twilight star Robert Pattinson and Javier Beltran.

As Dali and Lorca  begin to grow fonder of each other, the young Buñuel sets off for Paris in search of his own personal success as film director. From there on, it’s just the two men seemingly convinced to possess an extraordinary connection that others can only dream of. 

Both share their deepest thoughts, aspirations and secrets until one night their unique friendship becomes something else that the sexually repressed Lorca tries and fails to consummate.

The film, a UK-Spanish production, is directed by Paul Morrison and the cast includes  Spanish actor Javier Beltran as Federico Garcia Lorca, the British Matthew McNulty as Luis Buñuel and Hollywood’s latest sensation,Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali.

The film will premiere May 8 in the London Cine Lumiere cinema in South Kensington.

View trailer here.

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London Art Schools.

April 19, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Posted in Art, Art Education in London, Art Graduates, Art Master Degrees, Art undergraduates, Blake College, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Christie's Education, London Art Schools, Royal College of Art, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Prestigious Central Saint Martins in London.

Prestigious Central Saint Martins in London.

Blake College: Art, Design and Media.

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Central Saint Martins: Art, Fashion, Textiles, Drama, Graphic and Industrial Design.

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Chelsea College of Art and Design.

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Christie’s Education: Modern and Contemporary Art, Style and Design.

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Goldsmith College:  Fine Art, Textiles, History of Art,

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Royal College of Art:

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Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London: Contemporary Art, Fine and Decorative Art, Photography.

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Wimbledon School of Art: Arts, Drama, Performing Arts, Film and Video Broadcast.

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Guernica by Picasso, 1936

April 15, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Posted in Art, Contemporary Art, Guernica, London Art, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Pablo Picasso, Picasso's art work, Upcoming Exhibitions | 1 Comment
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The tragedy of Guernica.

The tragedy of Guernica.

Pablo Picasso’s iconic mural denouncing the bombings of Guernika during the Spanish Civil War arrived last week to the city of London.

The Picasso-approved tapestry usually presides the United Nations building in New York but Londoners can now admire the Spaniard’s masterpiece at the Whitechapel Gallery.

The newly reopened East London gallery had already sheltered the celebrated Guernica in the year 1939 for two weeks. Back then, the price of entry had been, funnily enough, a pair of boots for the Republicans combatants in Spain.

Now, more than sixty years later, the Whitechapel gallery has secured a year loan of the life size Picasso replica that was first shown at the Spanish pavillon in the International Exposition dedicated to the Art and Technology in Modern Life held in Paris in 1937.

The original Guernica is now permanently exhibited at theMuseo Reina Sofía in Madrid considered to be too fragile to travel.

Picasso's life-size replica currently exhibited at the Whitechapel Galley

Picasso's life-size replica currently exhibited at the Whitechapel Galley

Guernica illustrates the cruelty of man and the horrors of war as well as being a personal tribute of the artist to the town of Gernika in Northern Spain after it was massacred by the Nazi Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War.

This small village located in the Basque Country became the first victim of German deathly blitz as the town burnt for more than three days killing more than 200 innocent civilians.

Guernica is an overt anti-war statement that not only reflects the tragedy and the pain caused by war and man but also the grieving of an entire nation brought to its knees by Francisco Franco´s fascist forces.

Guernika after the bombings.

Gernika after the bombings.

Picasso’s masterpiece is not only brilliantly crafted and highly perfected in its technique but it is also powerful and moving charged with symbolism behind every figure that is featured in the mural.

The Spaniard employed dark colours and different scales of greys to emphasise the tragic mood and the destructing of the town that was reduced to ashes.

Several elements come together in Guernica aiming to portray the reality of Picass0’s days that led to the destruction of Europe in the most brutal world the world had ever seen.

Guernica’s symbolism is further emphasised by Picasso’s use of key elements in the Spanish popular culture such bulls and horses. These animals, as they appear mutilated and in great pain, serve to illustrate the defeat of the people in the hands of their tormentors.

Guernica's mutilated horse-head.

Guernica's mutilated horse-head.

A mother mourning for her lost child, burning bodies riped apart, figures in pain and distress, they all serve to illustrate the dehumanising power of war that reduced Gernika to flames.

Grieving Mother.

Grieving Mother.

Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica, has effectively become the great anti-war manifesto destined to shake the apathy of people and the conscience of many who still regard war as a tool to seize power.

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Celebrated Guernica returns to London.

April 15, 2009 at 12:43 am | Posted in Art, Art World, Contemporary Art, London Art, London Art Scene, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Pablo Picasso, Uncategorized, Whitechapel Gallery | Leave a comment
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The Guardian’s journalist Jonathan Glancey talks to Iwona Blazwick, director of the recently reopened Whitechapel art gallery, about Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, its imminent return to London and the significance of the painting to the gallery.

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Meet the new Whitechapel Gallery!

April 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Art, Art World, Contemporary Art, London Art, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Robbrecht& Daem, Upcoming Exhibitions, Whitechapel Gallery | Leave a comment
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The Whitechapel Gallery, a place for modern art.

The Whitechapel Gallery, a place for modern art.

The new Whitechapel Gallery opened its doors for the first time after a temporary hiatus to the delight of critics and art lovers as they encountered a bright and exciting gallery.

The enthusiasm for the newly inaugurated gallery has led critics to consider it a modern-day masterpiece and the ultimate place for modern art in London.

The Whitechapel Gallery has undertaken a magnificent transformation as the small London gallery located between a tube station and a KFC restaurant became the ultimate work of art to shock the English capital.

Whitechapel Gallery located in East London.

Whitechapel Gallery located in East London.

The iconic gallery has doubled its total size by annexing a juxtaposed library building into the main Whitechapel headquarters. The project has been financed by The Heritage Lottery Fund with an approximate cost of £13.5m.

The new facade was designed by Robbrecht& Daem and the final results described as a ” complex [infrastructure] but utterly casual. Everything is focused towards the experience of looking at the art.”.

The new gallery counts with new main floor that feels larger and a more sophisticated entrance. The new library gallery provides extra space as the total size of the Whitechapel infrastructure has doubled under the £13.5 m programme.

“The curious, imperfect symmetry of the spaces somehow heigthens the sense of déjà-vu. But this only intensifies the odd state of mind you need when looking at art” says Kester Rattenbury, writer for The Architects Journal.

The new Whitechapel Gallery designed by Robbrecht& Daem

The new Whitechapel Gallery designed by Robbrecht& Daem

Whitechapel building by Robbrecht en Daem.

Whitechapel building by Robbrecht en Daem.


The Whitechapel Gallery, under the direction of Iwona Blazwick, celebrated its reopening during Sunday 5th April as the ultimate space for contemporary art in London.

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Are you the next British Art Star?

March 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Posted in Art, Art World, BBC, Charles Saatchi, Contemporary Art, London Art, London Art Scene, Reality TV Shows, Saatchi's Best of British, Upcoming Exhibitions | Leave a comment
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Saatchi's search for Britain's Next Art Star continues...

Saatchi's search for Britain's Next Art Star continues...

My previous post “Saatchi’s Got the X Factor!” explained how the art guru Charles Saatchi will launch a new reality TV show on BBC2 illustrating his search for the Britain’s next art star.  Saatchi’s Best of British will give six unknown talents the chance to display their creativity on the small screen and win a place in Saatchi’s upcoming exhibition ” Newspeak: British Art Now” that will take place next autumn in Russia.

The auditions have already started and everyone is invited to submit their art work by print, post or online in The webpage includes a series of recommendations, a list of terms& conditions and a series of frequently ask questions (FAQ click here).

If you are over 18, a UK resident and you think you have a special talent in any artistic discipline from painting to sculpture or designing, submit your artwork before the final deadline Sunday 29th March.

Download application form here.

Credit Crunch Art?

March 4, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Art, Art Auctions, Art Collecting, Art Market, Art Sales, Art World, Collecting Art, Contemporary Art | Leave a comment
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It's not only Dali's clocks that are melting!

It's not only Dali's clocks that are melting!

Just when you thought the art market was the last safe haven as the rest of the world’s economy melts down…It turns out it isn’t considering how the art bubble has officially burst according to experts.

Profits have gone down in a market that seemed unstoppable only a year ago. Auction houses around the world are increasingly concerned about art sales following their poor winter performances where whole lots remained unsold. Even artist are now forced to lower their prices as no nouveu riche is willing to pay a vast amount of money for an art piece…Good old times where Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich bought a Francis Bacon for £86.2 m.

The Art Capital Group has predicted a downfall in prices “by a total of 20 to 40 percent”and its finance chief executive, Ian Peck, during an interview with The Independent’s Art supplement explained how “the concept of a recession in the art market is no longer an abstract but real condition”.

During the past decade, contemporary art has witnessed a tremendous rise in prices and benefited from a growing popularity amongst socialites all over the world. A favourable situation leading to extreme speculation, outrageous prices and a type of  art that is considered by some a fraud as the art dealer, David Nahmad, explained  during a press conference.

He said: “There is a real art market, with real artists, and then there is the stupid art market which uses publicity to make some artists become very expensive. That doesn’t mean they are good. A diamond skull at $100 is an offence. That’s ridiculous!”

It seems that the economic downturn may even have positive results when it comes to contemporary art. At the end of the day, it should be  all be about the value not the prices!

London Contemporary Art Galleries

March 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Posted in Art, Art World, Contemporary Art, Design Museum, Kinetica London, London Art, London Art Scene, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, The Barbican Art Centre and The Curve, Upcoming Exhibitions, Whitechapel Gallery | 3 Comments
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The Barbican Art Centre and its celebrated Curve.

The Barbican Art Centre and its celebrated Curve.

It is no secret that London’s artistic Big 3- formed by the Saatchi Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Tate Modern– rule the capital’s art scene with their much hyped exhibitions and impressive financial resources. But London also features a great variety of less known museums offering an interesting collection of contemporary design.

 Design Museum:

London's Design Museum

London's Design Museum

 It’s been described as the world’s leading  museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to industrial design.The Design Museum , currently showing Hussein Chalayan latest work,is the first museum exclusively covering 20th design including graphics, fashion and architectural sketches.  It’s motto is to celebrate, inform and entertain. Not bad, is it?

Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames. London SE1 2YD

Phone Contact, 0870 833 9955

 The  Gallery and The Curve at the Barbican Art Centre:

The Curve Gallery at the Barbican Art Centre

The Curve at the Barbican Art Centre

The Barbican Centre, Europe’s largest cultural complex, offers a fantastic range of contemporary art material going from fine art, architecture, fashion design and photography. The Centre is divided in two section The Gallery and The Curve acting as two complete different galleries. In this gloomy credit crunched times, 2 galleries for the price of 1 is definitely a plus! 

The Gallery  focuses on fine art, architecture, fashion design and its memorable photography collection previously exhibiting Robert Capa’s This is War! . The second gallery, The Curve, offers a place where  upcoming contemporary arts can exhibit their work.  Furthermore, the Barbican Art Centre counts with a concert hall, a cinema, two theatres and a public library.

A perfect cultural option!

The Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.

Phone Contact, 020 7638 4141


Energy as you've never seen it!

Energy as you've never seen it!

The UK’s first museum dedicated to kinetic, electronic and new media art located in London. Kinetica displays some eye-popping, jaw-ddropping, top-notch technology in an attempt to shock the viewer and exhibit the power of energy in all its forms. Kinetica never fails to surprise with a quirky show of lights, colours, movement and sound effects!

Phone Contact, 020 7392 9674

61 Bushfield Street, 3rd Floor, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6AA.

 The Whitechapel Art Gallery :

The expanding Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London.

The expanding Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London.

 This is must for art discussions, poetry reading, music and film events and…it keeps getting better! The Whitechapel Art Galllery is currently undertaking an impressive expasion plan as part of a massive £13 million programme that will be ready for Spring 2009 and includes the opening of three brand new galleries.

80-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Phone Contact, 020 7522 7878





The Russian Revolution hits the Tate!

February 23, 2009 at 10:56 am | Posted in Aleksandre Rodchenko, Art, Art World, Constructivism, Contemporary Art, Liubov Popova, London Art, London Art Scene, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Tate Modern, Upcoming Exhibitions | 1 Comment
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Defining Constructivism

Defining Constructivism


The work of the Russian masters of Constructivism, Aleksandr Rodchenko and Liubov Popova, is currently exhibited at the Tate Modern gallery in London. The Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism exhibited surprisingly puts together a collection of more than 350 pieces including paintings, propaganda posters and the famous Constructivist architectural sketches made up of interlinked geometrical shapes.

The story of both artists, who dominated the Russian cultural scene for decades, illustrates the birth of the new Russia that emerged after the Communist Revolution in the year 1917. Both Rodchenko and Popova embraced the Communist motto of destroying the old, hierarchical and bourgeois order in their art work by defying classical patterns.

Rodchenko was radical and abstract in his creations; a trademark that is reflected in his monochromatic paintings Pure Red Colour, Pure Yellow Colour and Blue Blue Colour. The three later combined to form a unique canvas.

Popova, vibrant and experimental, abandoned the restrictions imposed by classical patterns and played with different styles going from cubism, to futurism and,at her most productive stage, constructivism. She was a prolific artist who could create paintings and posters but also clothes for the Russian workers cooperatives.


*Opening Times: Daily 10.00-18.00 [ Fri& Sat extended opening hours, 10.00-22.00]

* Tickets: £9.80 adults, £8.80 over 60, £7,80 students.

*Nearest Tube Station: Southwark

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