tue 23/07/2019

Visual Arts Buzz

Brighton Photo Biennial gets an above-Parr treatment

sue Steward American GI home from 120-day stay in Afghanistan, 2004

The fourth Brighton Photography Festival (BPB) has been launched amid dramatic economic hardships, but my money is on it being a roaring success. It will put Brighton on the map as somewhere other than a gay clubbers’ delight and a hen-party hub. The reason for my confidence? The guest curator, Martin Parr. He's a Zelig-like character who spends his life dropping into every photo festival around the world and is the best-known UK photographer on the international stage today, his reputation...

Read more...

TAD art writer shortlisted for book award

theartsdesk

One of theartsdesk's founder-writers, Mark Hudson, has been shortlisted in the biography category of the annual Spear’s Book Awards, for his book Titian, the Last Days. Hudson did not intend to write a conventional biography of the Venetian artist, but took Titian’s mysterious final paintings as its starting point – works so baffling in their subject matter and background that they involved him in far more factual research than he had originally anticipated when he...

Read more...

'Sale of the Century' falls flat

Josh Spero Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto by Picasso

This time, the hype was perhaps deserved: Christie's did have a claim to be putting on, last night, the sale of the century.

Read more...

Victory on the Fourth Plinth

Fisun Güner

From his tall column in Trafalgar Square, Admiral Lord Nelson won’t be able to glimpse the new work on the Fourth Plinth, since he faces the other way.

Read more...

Fashion pop ups in unlikely places

Josh Spero The first floor at Browns: 40 Years of Fashion Innovation

While wandering back from a meeting with a hedgie on Haymarket, I noticed a banner emblazoned with the logo of Browns, clothes shop to the well heeled (to mix metaphors), above the entrance to what appeared to be a building site. It was indeed a building site, off Marshall St, near Carnaby St, but two floors of the new apartment block there have been taken over by a pop-up exhibition to celebrate 40 years of Browns.

Read more...

the Artes Mundi Award goes to...

joe Muggs Yael Bartana accepting her award

Great excitement at the Artes Mundi Awards in Cardiff’s National Museum last night as the UK’s largest cash prize for the winner of any UK contemporary art competition - a staggering £40,000 - was presented to the Israeli artist Yael Bartana. Two hours before the announcement, the judges were still undecided but the white smoke moment saw Bartana’s two films (part of an ongoing trilogy) land the cheque.

Read more...

Tate Modern celebrates independents

Fisun Güner There'll be art, film, music and performance in a weekend of organised mayhem

Since its millennium opening, Tate Modern has managed to transform the landscape for the contemporary visual arts in Britain. This week it celebrates its 10th anniversary by inviting 70 of the world’s most innovative, independent art spaces to take over the Turbine Hall. No Soul for Sale – a Festival of Independents will see an eclectic mix of art, performance, music and film throughout the weekend. Organised in collaboration with Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan (most...

Read more...

Paintings, crushed canvases, sound art and sci-fi - an eclectic year for Turner Prize shortlist

Fisun Güner Modern history painting: Dexter Dalwood's 'The Death of David Kelly'

Last year critics were pleasantly surprised that the Turner Prize shortlist included works that could actually be admired for traditional notions of beauty. This year they might be surprised at its sheer variety. The four nominees not only include a painter, but an artist who crushes, bends and rips her canvases, a sound artist who sings and places her recorded voice in unusual and tucked-away places, and a duo who make futuristic films in which humans have evolved in “microgravity”.
...

Read more...

Marc Quinn moves White Cube into the green

Josh Spero 'Archaeology of Desire' by Mark Quinn

Thanks to the wonders of council applications, theartsdesk can bring you an exclusive preview of Marc Quinn's new sculptures to be placed outside the White Cube gallery on the grass of Hoxton Square.

Read more...

Tinie Tempah and the rise and rise of black British pop

joe Muggs

A little revolution is taking place at the top of the pop charts. UK artist Tinie Tempah's rap track “Pass Out” has had two weeks at number one, and at the time of writing looks very much like it may successfully fight off Lady Gaga & Beyonce's spectacularly-hyped “Telephone Thing” to make it a third week on top.

Read more...

Pages

Subscribe to theartsdesk.com

Thank you for continuing to read our work on theartsdesk.com. For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £3.95 per month or £30 per year. We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too.

To take an annual subscription now simply click here.

And if you're looking for that extra gift for a friend or family member, why not treat them to a theartsdesk.com gift subscription?

latest in today

Josh Ritter, Union Chapel review - strong songs and a boyish...

Josh Ritter is in his early forties. He has a two-decade career with 10 studio albums (and, incidentally, a First World War novel) to his name. He...

Il Segreto di Susanna/Iolanta, Opera Holland Park review - s...

Secrets, and the voluptuous, sensory pleasures they conceal, may unite Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna and...

Prom 3, CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon review - a cele...

This year’s Proms for children were entitled “Off to the Moon...

Helen Schjerfbeck, Royal Academy review - watchful absences...

Light creeps under the church door. Entering as a slice of burning white, it softens and blues into the stone interior, seeming to make the walls...

Lights, Camera, Malta!, BBC Concert Orchestra, Malta review...

With sapphire blue waters, year-round sun and architecture that spans centuries and cultures, it’s little wonder that Malta is a favourite...

CD: School Of Language - 45

Finding snapshots to characterise Donald Trump’s US...

Prom 2, Bell, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Hrůša review – Boh...

Eighty years ago this summer, Neville Chamberlain’s indifference to the peoples of Czechoslovakia – “a quarrel in a far away country between...

Vic Marks: Original Spin review - trouble in Taunton

In cricket, timing is everything. Played a fraction early and that...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Peter Laughner

“As much as I love New York City, it’s all too obvious that Cleveland is about to become the musical focal point that the Big Apple has been on...