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The Art of Movement in Fine Art Installation

A fine work of art should enrich our lives, but we also have to remember our duty to cherish and protect what can be an extremely valuable item. Artworks can be at risk during the process of installation, in the environment in which they are displayed, in the way they are stored, and when they are moved–each situation calls for the use of best practice as developed by internationally renowned galleries and museums.    We asked...

New Mona Lisa Breakthroughs Discuss Her Smile and Include a DeepFake Tech Makeover

In addition to the Mona Lisa’s eyes, another haunting and much discussed element of the 16thcentury painting is the Mona Lisa’s smile. A research team from the University of Cincinnati, St George’s University of London and Sapienza University of Rome are putting all myths about the Mona Lisa’s smile to rest. Led by Luca Marsili, MD, PhD, from the University of Cincinnati, the study’s findings illustrated the Mona Lisa’s smile was not genuine, as a result...

Three Rediscovered Works By English Master John Constable to be Offered at Auction

Following the success of the sale of a newly-found work by the revered English artist John Constable (1776-1837) in March of this year, Chiswick Auctions is offering three further rediscovered works in its upcoming sale of British & European Fine Art including Portrait Miniatures on June 19th, 2019. The artworks have emerged from two important private collections in the UK. Research by Chiswick Auctions art specialist Suzanne Zack and two external art experts, who consulted...

Banksy Mural to be Moved From Port Talbot Garage to Gallery

A mural by mysterious graffiti artist Banksy is to be moved from a garage wall in Port Talbot to a new gallery in the town. Essex-based gallery owner John Brandler paid a six-figure sum for Seasons Greetings, and described it as one of the artist’s most important works.               The graffiti on steelworker Ian Lewis’ garage appeared overnight in December 2018. Contractors begin transferring the piece, painted across two...
Graphic Novelist Posy Simmonds Retrospective Exhibition Opens at House of Illustration

Art FocusGraphic Novelist Posy Simmonds Retrospective Exhibition Opens at House of Illustration

The first major UK retrospective of the works of celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist Posy Simmonds opens at the House of Illustration in London today, May 24th 2019. The exhibition runs until 15th September 2019 at 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4BH.                     Posy Simmonds’ sharp satire and progressive female characters have defined a career spanning 50 years. The exhibition will feature her...
How Did Nobuo Sekine Catalyse the ‘Mona-ha’ Japanese Art Movement?

Art FocusHow Did Nobuo Sekine Catalyse the ‘Mona-ha’ Japanese Art Movement?

Nobuo Sekine, the avant-garde Japanese sculptor and artist, passed away this week. Nevertheless, his work will be remembered for its role in catalysing Mona-ha, the post-war Japanese art movement. From 1968 through the 1970s, Nobuo Sekine put forth the ideas central to the ‘Mona-ha’ movement, which translates to the ‘School of Things’. The movement eschewed elements of contemporary, Western art and more specifically, the notion that an object’s signification could be dictated or determined by...
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