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CLICK). It seems a shame to fill Zaha Hadid Architects' wonderful new exhibition space with a panoply of Chapman junk.
CLICK). This is Ben's second exhibition at the gallery. All artworks are original and priced at £300. Shown is his incredibly detailed gum pic View of St Paul's Choir School on a brick.
CLICK). The statuette was a movie prop made for Warner Bros' classic film noir The Maltese Falcon (1941) based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett and starring Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade. The movie saw the directorial debut of John Huston and was nominated for three Oscars (CLICK). The Maltese Falcon is one of the movie greats of all time.
CLICK). She reveals that Rockwell was a depressive who relied on psychotherapy for help. This is amazing when you consider the wit and joie de vivre that enhanced his illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post and made him one of America's favourite artists. It seems he created a wholesome fantasy world into which he and America could escape.
In 2011 I posted this combined graphic of Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen Chui and daughters Alice and Xing enjoying their last Christmas in 2010; on the right Anxiang Du, the man suspected of knifing all four to death in a frenzied attack (CLICK). He escaped the country via London, but was eventually caught in Morocco. Extradited to the UK to stand trial, today in Northampton Crown Court he was found guilty of murdering the entire family. He will be sentenced tomorrow (CLICK).
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CLICK). This major exhibition brings together 120 oil paintings, watercolours, prints and sketches, including some of the finest paintings of Turner's long career borrowed from collections around the world. Shown here is The Shipwreck (1805). The exhibition follows Turner’s progression from newly-elected Royal Academician to one of the country’s most celebrated artists. It also includes seascapes by van de Velde, Vernet, Constable and Gainsborough. I guess the insurance cover for this collection must be worth a small fortune. Tickets aren't cheap: £20 for adults, £15.45 for silver surfers.
CLICK). All types of pictures drawn by hand will be included: watercolours, prints, posters, ink, pencil, crayon, chalk, pastel, gouache or charcoal. Prices start at £250. This original drypoint of a fashionable Edwardian lady perusing pictures at an art exhibition caught my eye: Les Trois Crayons de Watteau by Paul Helleu. It would set you back £11,500. Not a fair for punters seeking bargains. Admission costs £15. No concessions for silver surfers!
CLICK). It opens on 29 November and runs until 8 December. Admission costs £3 for adults, £2.50 for silver surfers. Shown is The Cricket Match by Michael Whittlesea NEAC. Artist-led workshops take place during the show. You need to book a place. You may also browse & buy online (CLICK).
CLICK. As for the ExCel London show, forget it. Tickets are sold out (CLICK).
CLICK). Where have they all gone? Into the vaults of anonymous private collectors, to emerge decades later? This isn't good enough. Museums and galleries need to be able to locate them, so they can be borrowed for public exhibitions.
CLICK). He hails from Northern Ireland, but lives and works in London. Shown is his Installation of Nude Sculptures (2013). The Gallery's blurb is sheer gobbledygook, but Kevin's nudes are excellent. The exhibition runs until 18 January 2014.
Hull has been named the UK's next City of Culture in 2017. The city's plans include an opening ceremony with theatrical elephants, dancing white phone boxes and four "rivers" of light, people and sound flowing into Hull. As Tesco would say "Every little helps". I wonder how much all this nonsense will cost and whether the city will see a return on its investment (CLICK).
CLICK). Venus and her son formed such a popular theme that the Cranach workshop produced at least 27 of them. CLICK for another.
CLICK). The model for Proserpine was William Morris's wife Jane Morris, who became Rossetti's muse and mistress. The pomegranate is a powerful symbol in ancient cultures around the world. Here it represents the Empress of the Underworld in Greek mythology.
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CLICK). Shown here is a detail from Kunle Adegborioye's A busy day at Balogun. The show is organised by Titus Agbara, one of the artists whose work will be on display (CLICK).
CLICK). An increase in prison sentences for fences dealing in heritage items should be top of ACPO's list.
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CLICK). Viewing takes place on 28 November, beginning at 11am. The 150 lots include vintage LPs, banners, synopses, posters, lobby cards and gramophone records from the last 100 years of Bollywood history. Shown is the film poster for the Hindi comedy drama Seeta aur Geeta (1972).
CLICK). Chin up, Pyotr.
CLICK). The second item is Sir Anthony Van Dyck's magnificent Self-portrait, which sold for the conservative price of £12.5 million. This is undoubtedly a great British treasure. King Charles I held Van Dyck in such high esteem that he awarded him a knighthood, a home and an annuity in 1632 (CLICK).
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CLICK). It opened yesterday, and here's the lad himself: Samuel Cooper's Self-Portrait (1644). He looks a most personable young fellow. Additional news is that there will be two talks at the gallery. On 19 November at 6pm Dr Bendor Grosvenor and the curator Emma Rutherford will discuss Cooper's life, career and technical brilliance in Samuel Cooper: The Genius and the Wart. On 3 December at 6pm historian Dr Anna Keay will discuss Our most beloved son: Samuel Cooper and the portraiture of the Duke of Monmouth. Both talks are free, but you must book in advance. Contact Kat Berry on 0207 499 6818 or by emailing email@example.com.
CLICK). He succeeded brilliantly. The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London opened today and runs until 9 February 2014.
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CLICK). Both the triptych and the price paid for it are obscene. Christie's hasn't disclosed the identity of the buyer, but it's a safe bet that Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bint al-Thani, head of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), footed the bill. She has an estimated $1 billion per year to spend on art (CLICK). Being a Muslim country, Qatar has no tradition of European-style art. It may have wonderful architecture and lots of pretty patterns, but Islam's edict against idolatry precludes great paintings. So the forward-thinking QMA is out to plunder European art. Last year it paid $250m (£158m) for Paul Cézanne's daub Card Players (c. 1891), a record price which hasn't been beaten by Bacon's tripe (CLICK).
CLICK). My guess is that he suffers from congenital analgesia, an inability to feel pain. Hot and cold don't register as dangerous sensations. It's a rare condition that effects less than one in a million people (CLICK). I doubt if Pavlensky's problem will worry Putin.
A consortium has backed the concept of Boris Island, as shown here in an artist's impression by Gensler Architects (2012). The floating airport in the Thames estuary would be called London Britannia Airport and could be built in seven years at a cost of £47.3bn. A spokeswoman claimed it would avoid all the problems of other airport developments in the South East currently under review by the Davies Airport Commission, everything from noise pollution to bird strikes. And of course it would avoid the danger of jumbo jets flying over densely populated areas of London (CLICK).
CLICK). They all miss the point. So here's Coxsoft's view. The money-grubbing executives of big companies want to persuade the public that they are nice chaps who are on the punters' side. So give us a cosy animation of impossible friendship between animals, a bear and a hare. Aren't we nice folk at John Lewis to give you this heart-warming Christmas fantasy? Sorry, executives, it doesn't wash with me. You're just trying to grab your share of the Christmas market.
CLICK). His exhibition The Snow Leopard is on display at the Postmasters Gallery in New York City (CLICK).
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CLICK). The second is the new Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf, only the second female Lord Mayor in 800 years. The weather forecast is abysmal. BBC One will be televising the show from 10.45am (CLICK).