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 @

 If you’re already twitaddicted and like this post; keep reading about the so-called twart here.



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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Intimate Picasso.

March 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Art, Art World, Contemporary Art, Las Meninas, London Art, London Art Scene, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, National Gallery, Pablo Picasso, Picasso: Challenging the Past, Upcoming Exhibitions | 1 Comment
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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)


Picasso: Challenging the Past at The National Gallery.

Pablo Picasso is considered to be one of the greatest artistic personalities of the 20th century and a master of the cubist movement that developed across Europe while revolutionising classical patterns. But where did the avant-garde genius discovered his source of inspiration?

Picasso: Challenging the Past explores Picasso’s work and his influeces drawing subtle comparisons between the Spaniard and several other artists including household names of their own such as Eugène Delacroix or Édouard Manet.  The exhibition illustrates Picasso’s admiration for European classical painting with a special mention to his fellow Spaniards, Diego de Velázquez and Francisco de Goya, to whom Picasso paid a tribute in various occasions including  his famous 58 versions of “Las Meninas”.

The exhibition held at London’s National Gallery is an outstanding way of understanding the man behind the artist; his vision and influences.

Velazquez seen by Picasso.

Las Meninas by Velázquez, 1656

Las Meninas by Velázquez, 1656


Picasso's vision of Velázquez masterpiece,1957

Picasso's vision of Velázquez masterpiece,1957

 Delacroix by Picasso.

Eugene Delacroix and his Women of Algiers,1834

Eugene Delacroix and his Women of Algiers,1834

Picasso's version of the same painting, 1995

Picasso's version of the same painting, 1995

 Picasso: Challenging the Past
25 February – 7 June 2009

The National Art Gallery.

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

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.

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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Saatchi’s Got the X Factor!

February 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Posted in Art, Art World, BBC, Charles Saatchi, Contemporary Art, Reality TV Shows, Saatchi's Best of British, Upcoming Exhibitions | 2 Comments
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Art genius Charles Saatchi plans to launch X Factor-like TV show

Art genius Charles Saatchi plans to launch X Factor-like TV show.


Art guru Charles Saatchi will team BBC2 to launch a new reality TV show illustrating the pursuit of Britain’s next art star. Saatchi’s Best of British will give six unknown talents the opportunity to display their creativity onscreen and a privileged artistic insight at Saatchi’s boot-camp.

By the end of the series, Saatchi himself will select the winner whose work, as part of the final prize, will be granted a space in Saatchi’s upcoming exhibition “Newspeak:British Art Now” that is to take place in St Petersburg next autumn.

Well, does all this British next star of no-matter-what that is bound to become the nation’s sweetheart and is then rapidly forgotten after 15 short minutes of fame, ring a bell?

I bet it certainly does considering how the British television has witnessed in the past years an avalanche of talent-seeking competitions that repeat the same generic formula of locking a bunch of contestants in house and wait for them to dispute or fall in love.

From the X Factor, to Britain’s Got Talent or Strictly Come Dancing, money and ratings seem to prevail over real talent.

 So, what is it that makes Best of British so outstanding? Will Saatchi become a new type of pop mogul of the likes of Simon Cowell? At the end of the day and just like Crowell, isn’t he trying to find a product that works and sells well?

Yes, Saatchi’s show aims to make money. Yes, Saatchi’s show pursuits top TV ratings. Yes, Saatchi’s looking for an artist who sells well in his future exhibitions.

 But Saatchi’s Best of British has an educational purpose too as it democratises the usually elitist  contemporary art making it available to the mass audience that usually follows reality TV shows.

This proyect takes a closer look at the secrets of contemporary art as renowned,usually camera-shy artists are set to share their genius with the viewers.

Television aims to entertain and educate, Saatchi’s Best of British makes it possible.

London at the top of the Contemporary Art Scene

February 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Posted in Art, Art Market, Art World, Christie´s London, Collecting Art, Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Auctions, Frieze Art Fair, London Art, London Exhibitions, Sotheby´s London | Leave a comment
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London as the ruling capital of the arts.

London as the ruling capital of the arts.


Despite the gloomy credit crunch mood and Christie’s disappointing sales results last week, London consolidates itself as the capital of contemporary art.

London’s contemporary art fair, offering an eye-popping mix of quality and innovation, had already seduced more than 30,000 visitors attending the second edition of the Frieze Art Fair  last OctoberA series of positive results that only seemed to demonstrate what art collectors and critics had already predicted: London is developing an ever-growing appetite for contemporary art.

An appetite for art that defies the current financial squeeze as shown in Sotheby’s London evening sale of contemporary art earlier this month where a total of 27 pieces were auctioned.  The firm achieved £17, 879, 250 in profits and a fantastic sell-through rate of 92%. Lucio Fontana’s Concetto Spaziale fell into the hands of an anonymous European collector for £4,409,250.

Philips de Pury & Co. sales totaled £5,820,750 and Martin Kippenberg Portrait of Paul Schreber being the firm’s top lot, sold for £432,000. Various artists peaked at record prices while others sold well above their predicted estimates.

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