UK Art

Saatchi's Excellent Body Language Show Scratches the Itch for New Art

Martin Newman | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Martin Newman

The latest show at the gallery, I'm happy to say, is not in any way disappointing. It is in fact one of the most gratifying collections of newish art in the capital at the moment.

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Dr Michael Petry | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dr Michael Petry

The main exhibition is in the PM Gallery, a 1940s extension to Soane's building (he radically remodelled the original himself in 1800) and presents images of other museum spaces and the visitors who happen to be in them, interacting with art objects as diverse as Egyptian tombs and the most up to date contemporary art.

Got Balls? Scrotum-Nailing Performance Artist Pavlensky Does

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christine Coco Jun

Last week, a stark-naked Petr Pavlensky hammered a huge nail through his own scrotum, affixing it to the stone pavement in front of Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square. Over Skype this week, Pavlensky and I discussed why he isn't planning any more similar protest stunts in the near future.

Arts Review: Shunga Exhibition, British Museum

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

With access to pornography and sexualised imagery the subject of intense debate in British society, the British Museum's exhibition on Shunga - Japanese erotic art - couldn't be more timely.

Flowers as Art History's Messengers of Meaning

Ana Tzarev | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

Among nature's countless gifts are flowers: in the simple grace of their petals, countless souls have been moved to create. But flowers speak of far more than mere beauty. As the art of ages keenly illustrates, the universal language of flowers has long been used to communicate deeper messages, instantly and wordlessly.

Isabella Blow - a Life in Fashion

Stephanie Chase | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Chase

Isabella Blow lived her life with passion, flair and an impeccable eye for beauty. She didn't just wear clothes, she breathed life into them and transformed herself into a walking work of art for all to admire.

Fashion Meets Art at the New Tate Britain

Jane Burton | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jane Burton

Ever wondered what a JMW Turner seascape painting might taste like? Fishy, if you ask chef Rachel Khoo. Or how a Frances Bacon triptych might sound - dark and moodily rockin', if you ask the band Everything Everything. This might sound like some strange experiment in synaesthesia; in fact, its for a video series I've been making to mark the launch of the new Tate Britain...

New Tate Britain Unveiled at No Cost to the Tax Payer

John Nickson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Nickson

This week, Tate's original building re-opens after a £45million face-lift. Tate Britain is glamorous once more, a temple of cool and contemplation. Tate was a gift to the public from Henry Tate, a sugar baron. He donated his great collection of British art to the nation as well as £110,000 to pay for a new gallery on condition that the state would look after it.

On The Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art 08 November 2013

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

Continuing our strong tradition of reviewing the freshest and most interesting art on the streets, here is the recap from the first whole week of November.

Ed Gray, Artist: London Has Its Modern-Day Hogarth

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

'The energy comes from the drawings. I look to entice a person into the picture, and direct their eye. William Hogarth is my hero. All his work possesses what he called the line of beauty,' he says, drawing a sweeping black 'S' shape upon the studio wall.

Don't Let Christmas Ads Trick You Into Thinking Advertising Can Be Art

Planet Ivy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

I have put the question of whether advertising can be seen as art to friends, colleagues and family, and they all agree that it can be. They inevitably reel off adverts they remember over the years - if it involves surfing horses it must be art.

DIY Taxidermy: Death Becomes Her

Patrick Cash | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Cash

The irony of Gates' vilification by the animal rights activists is that her work is designed artistically to illustrate the reality of how animal life is wasted in human industry.

WATCH: Francis Bacon Paintings Sell For Record Price

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A Francis Bacon painting of Lucian Freud has sold for nearly £90m, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. The British art...

Data Artist Creates Trillions Of Imaginary Artworks For The Tate

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

An artist has created an incomprehensibly large number of imaginary artworks for the Tate using a computer algorithm. The artist behind 'Shardcore'...

Impressions of Frieze and Frieze Masters 2013

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

Due to a bout of flu, a mugging and a head injury (all healed now) my impressions are slightly late but I hope they are enjoyed by some.

Jewels of Afghan Culture

Graham Sheffield | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Graham Sheffield

We will continue our cultural relations work well beyond the planned withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan next year; because we firmly believe that, along with the promotion of governance, security and development, the promotion of culture is a critical fourth foundation of Afghanistan's future.

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Goldie Interview: New Solo Art Show 'Lostribes', Reinvention And Those Famous Gold Teeth

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Tucker | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Entertainment

Goldie appears to be a broken man. Unsettled and restless, the music pioneer, artist and television personality shifts around uncomfortably on the ...

Rebuilding the World on Foundations of Love and Peace

Ana Tzarev | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

For those of us who have known the heavy weight of war - whether we have witnessed its toll on a beloved veteran, lost a soul held dear, or outlived the fight ourselves - the message of the poppy is not felt only on Remembrance Day.

Private View of Stanley Donwood's New Exhibition 'Apocalypse Boutique'

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

Last Friday evening we launched 'Apocalypse Boutique' - fantastically varied series of rare screen-prints, linoprints, etchings and original canvases by British artist Stanley Donwood.

Welcome to the World of Raqib Shaw: An Extravaganza!

Karen Ruimy | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

Raqib Shaw is one of the most acclaimed and most collected artists at work today. He is defying the fashionable rigor of the minimalist. He is the complete antithesis, both in his life and even more so in the prolific, meticulous and extravagant art he creates.

On The Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art 01 November 2013

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

The focus of this week's 'On the Streets' is on pieces of art in the public domain that are strong, thought-provoking but playful and are a constant reminder of the human desire to explore unknown horizons.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 48 - An Auction House 'After Hours'

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Banksy is all the rage in NY at the moment as he has blazed through the city graffittying hither and thither and stirring up a hornet's nest of opinion about what art is. The outgoing Mayor has ultimately spoken that all graffiti should be removed, but Banksy's celebrity means that people are trying to preserve the work. Complex indeed.

LOOK: Are These Paintings Worth Fighting Over?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK

Two paintings showing a kangaroo and a dingo will stay in Britain after an attempt to send them to Australia failed. Ministers stepped to impose an...

Previously Unknown Works Of Art Found In Nazi Art Stash

Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

The treasure trove of artwork stolen by the Nazis and rediscovered in a Munich flat contains previously unknown artwork by Marc Chagall and Otto Dix. ...

Martin Finnin: Figures in an Abstract World

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Martin Finnin current exhibition, titled: Renegade Amongst the Dusty Nouns, at the John Martin Gallery in Mayfair skilfully recreates an abstract world that consists of figures, movement and memories.