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JD Malat Gallery is offering all UK-based artists the chance to showcase and sell their work at the prestigious Mayfair Gallery from 1st-8th July in Isolation Mastered, a unique group exhibition of 20 artists who demonstrate a creative response to the COVID-19 isolation period. The committee carefully reviewing submissions include Dylan Jones, Gavin Rossdale, Gavin Turk, Robert Montgomery, Sotheby’s Institute’s Professor David Bellingham, Art Dealer Simon de Pury and artist Katrin Fridriks. Leading the committee...

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Today, May 18th, is International Museum Day. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. In 2019, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with more than 55,000 museums hosting events in some 150 countries. This year, with museums all over the world suffering from the effects of the...

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Reports from the art trade suggest that galleries and auction houses in the UK may be able to start re-opening from June 1st. The Art Newspaper reports that Freya Simms, chief executive of trade body LAPADA, has confirmed with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that galleries and auction houses can be recognised as ‘non-essential retail’,  included in Phase 2 of the easing of lockdown starting on June 1st. The government’s 60-page document...

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Artist Philip Colbert launches the first of his fund-raising projects Art Against the Virus on May 18th. The artist, well known for his ‘lobster’ alter-ego, is donating 100 percent of the profits from a limited edition run of resin sculptures to the International Rescue Committee. Philip Colbert has also made a series of films to accompany the sculptures in association with APPortfolio. He describes this as his response to Covid 19 and how it has...

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Galerie Templon’s two spaces in Paris have re-opened after temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Currently exhibiting at the two spaces in Paris are: Norbert Bisky’s Desmadre Berlin extended until 23rd May, and Billie Zangewa’s Soldier of Love extended until 6th June. Jim Dine’s The Classic Prints is on in the Brussels space until May 23rd. Upcoming are two new exhibitions, Will Cotton’s The Taming of the Cowboy in Brussels from 28th May to...

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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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Mayfair Art Weekend, originally scheduled for 26th-28th June, has been rescheduled in light of the continuing coronavirus lockdown. A statement from the organisers reads: “After careful consideration and in light of ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, we have made the decision to postpone Mayfair Art Weekend to the autumn. “Mayfair Art Weekend will now take place on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2020 where we look forward to welcoming you back to the...

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It always seemed a bit optimistic that the 22nd edition of Art Paris, Paris’s major spring fair for modern and contemporary art, initially to be held from 2nd-5th April, should be rescheduled to 28th-31st May. Now the event has finally been cancelled, following the French government’s latest announcement banning all public gatherings until mid-July 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement read: “We wanted to keep our hopes up until the very last...

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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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Like many another auction house, Lyon & Turnbull is coping with the coronavirus lockdown by taking its sales online. A sale of 19th and 20th century works of art on April 1st, the firm’s first using the ‘live online’ format, proved a success and showed that the format can work despite the technical challenges. Although held ‘behind closed doors’ in Edinburgh, the sale titled Decorative Arts: Design from 1860 attracted close to 1,400 registered bidders...

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