Look up upon arrival at London’s St Pancras International station and you might be surprised to find a shining aluminium sculpture suspended from the roof. Designed by acclaimed artist and designer, Ron Arad, the 18-metre-long twisted blade is the latest in a series of installations in the station made possible via a partnership between the Royal Academy of the Arts and St Pancras International. Continue reading
The race is on to find a UK buyer for a £30m artwork before it is exported for sale to an overseas collector.
A temporary six month export ban has been placed on Pontormo’s ‘Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap’ by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, according to a statement published by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport on 23 December. Continue reading
ABA Journal has opened its nominations for the 100 best legal blogs. We would nominate the following art law blogs which we regularly consult for their coverage of the latest art world headlines. Continue reading
The Royal Academy has launched the biggest arts crowd-funding target ever attempted in the UK. The campaign, hosted by Kickstarter, has been set in motion in order to raise money for the major exhibition of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei that will be opening at the Royal Academy, London, this September. It will be his first major museum show in the UK. Continue reading
Tower Hamlets Council has won a protracted legal battle over the ownership of a £17 million Henry Moore sculpture, ‘Draped Seated Women, affectionately known as ‘Old Flo’.
Mayfair is of central importance to the international art trade. It is where the commercial art gallery originated 150 years ago, and today it is home to the largest concentrated art market in the world. The commercial galleries, auction houses and public art institutions that occupy the area are renowned, drawing collectors, cultural tourists and associated business to London from across the globe. The UK is the largest importer and exporter of art in Europe, and sales of fine art and antiques contributed £8bn to the British economy in 2013. A substantial proportion of this revenue is generated by Mayfair, where there are up to 100 retail galleries, four major international auction houses, and the Royal Academy of Arts, which receives over a million visitors a year. Continue reading
Brown’s London Art Weekend is this weekend! Continuing our series of art walks around galleries in Mayfair and St James’s from some of the area’s most knowledgeable insiders, today Jonathan Horwich, Global Director of Pictures Sales at Bonhams, introduces his recommended route. Continue reading
Last week the Department of Culture Media and Sport announced that visitor numbers to the UK’s galleries and museums had enjoyed a rise – up 2 million since last year. A more in-depth look, however, reveals that in fact these figures show that the major art galleries – the Tate Galleries and the National Gallery – have seen a significant decline in their UK visitor numbers, according to the BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, speaking this morning on the Today program. Continue reading