Nicholson painting kept a closely-guarded family secret

A painting by a Scottish artist described as a “pivotal” work of modern British art was passed off as a child’s artwork for decades in order to deter thieves.

A closely-guarded family secret, ‘1932 (profile: Venetian red)’ by Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) hung in the living room of an Edinburgh home for 64 years. It was given as a wedding present to Elisabeth and Harold Swan in 1951 by Elisabeth’s father, Jim Ede. A friend of the artist, Ede was a young curator at the Tate Gallery before he went on to create Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge University’s gallery of modern art.  Continue reading

Bold plans for new Tate Modern unveiled

The brand new extension to Tate Modern on Bankside will open to the public on 17 June 2016. Consisting of ten storeys, the new Switch building will add 60% more display space to the existing gallery. The opening will be accompanied by a complete rehang of the collection displays, 75% of which will have been acquired since 2000. Speaking at a press conference today, Francis Morris, the Director of Tate Modern, said that it will feature “more international [artists], more new media and importantly more women.”

The nation’s youngest will be among the first to see the new development. 3,000 school children from across Britain have been invited to a special preview on Thursday 16 June 2016. On Saturday 18th June, a 500-strong choir from across London will perform a specially commissioned choral work by Peter Liversidge, kicking off a celebratory three weeks of live art from artists such as Tania Bruguera, Tino Seghal and Amalia Pica. Continue reading

Developments at Sotheby’s: New CEO Appointed and Partnership with eBay Launched

Sotheby’s has announced that Tad Smith has been appointed as President and CEO, replacing William Ruprecht who resigned in November. Smith, who is 49, was formerly president and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company. Chosen on the strength of his experience with brands and brand strategy rather than with auction houses, he told the media that he plans to implement a five-year plan for the company, which will include an accelerated adoption of new technologies. Continue reading