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Like many other artists, London-based Lauren Baker, leading ‘light artist’ and creator of spectacular large-scale public artworks, is having to adjust to life under lockdown, with events cancelled, collaborations made challenging and the day-to-day practicalities of an artist’s working method made difficult. So Arts & Collections asked Lauren Baker how the creative mind responds, both artistically and practically, to working during the coronavirus lockdown. (Header photo – credit Neil Collins) Q. What’s your usual working...

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The art market is facing new challenges daily as it adjusts to the realities of navigating the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. We asked experts from multinational legal advisors Withers, Diana Wierbicki, Partner and Global Head of Art Law, and Amanda Rottermund, Art Law Associate, for their insight. Q: With auctions and art fairs being cancelled, postponed and rescheduled (or turning completely virtual), how can consignors and consignees adapt to calendar uncertainties? A: Coupled with logistical shutdowns,...

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The Arts Society Connected is a new digital platform being launched on 7th April by The Arts Society, the UK’s leading arts education charity which has 90,000 members aged 60-100, with the majority aged 70 and over. Free to both The Art Society’s 90,000 members as well as the general public, The Art Society Connects will host a series of fortnightly lectures by the UK’s leading art historians, as well as film screenings, and a community...

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While the coronavirus pandemic has shut down almost all art events in the capital, a survey by The Art Newspaper has shown that 2019 was the busiest year for London museums this century, and saw record attendances at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Helped by exhibition such as Van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain had its busiest year ever in 2019, and it was also a record year for Tate Modern, with 1.8 m...

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Art Paris, initially due to take place from April 2nd—5th, has been postponed to May 28th–31st, at the original location, the Grand Palais. Guillaume Piens, director of the fair said “As many countries globally, France is currently affected by the spread of the Coronavirus, which has given rise to conditions that will make it extremely complicated to hold an event as important as Art Paris at the beginning of April. “As organisers of the fair,...

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Dialogue: A Survey Exhibition of Arab and Jewish Women Artists in Israel runs from 17th April – 29th April 2020 at h Club, London, bringing together a selection of work from contemporary female artists in Israel who are enjoying international success via some of Israel’s most prominent art institutions and gallery spaces. It is a completely free of charge, non-ticketed event open to members and the public. (UPDATE – THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED...

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A major exhibition will mark 100 years since the birth of British surrealism at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from the 26th February to the 17th May. It will feature over 70 eclectic works from 42 artists including Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Paul Nash as well as lesser known artists such as Marion Adnams, Conroy Maddox, Reuben Mednikoff and Grace Pailthorpe. Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Sackler Director, Jennifer Scott, said: “Visitors will be invited...

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London Art Fair 2020 at the Business Design Centre in Islington concluded its 32nd edition on Sunday 26 January, reporting robust sales and an overall attendance of 23,000 visitors. Confidence in both modern and contemporary art was evident as the Fair opened with a Preview Evening on Tuesday 21 January, where collectors, institutions and art enthusiasts enjoyed a first look at presentations by 129 galleries from 14 different countries. Sarah Monk, Director of London Art...

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From 30th January to 2nd February 2020, the second Connect Art Fair comes to the Mall Galleries, St James, London, with a special ‘London Calling’ exhibition focusing on the famous London art schools, London artists and of course works featuring famous landmarks, as well as everyday London life. Connect – The Independent Art Fair is a new art fair, run by art dealers, bringing exhibitors and art buyers together in a fresh, informed, and vital...

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Art Paris has announced its 22nd edition as it returns to the Grand Palais from April 2nd-5th, 2020. In the 20 years since its founding, Art Paris has established itself as Paris’s major spring fair for modern and contemporary art, bringing together more than 150 galleries from over 20 countries. From the post-war to the contemporary period, Art Paris is a place for discovery, placing special emphasis on the European scene, whilst exploring the new...

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