Belgium beach plays host to Hollywood sand sculptures

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) – On a Belgium beach, an artist adds the final touches to an imposing sand sculpture of the Incredible Hulk and his bristling muscles ahead of the opening of the world’s biggest festival of its kind.


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Blood, sweat and accessories: artist recycles bodily fluids for fashion

LONDON (Reuters) – Struggling to make your fashion more personal? No sweat. A London fashion student can help you decorate your attire with crystal accessories formed from your bodily excretions.


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Artist Christo floats tomb of barrels in London’s Hyde Park

LONDON (Reuters) – A 20-metre (22-yard) high sculpture of an ancient Egyptian tomb, made from 7,506 red, white and mauve barrels, has taken temporary residence amid the aquatic wildlife on a lake in London’s Hyde Park.


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Monet station masterpiece, Picasso portrait lead London art sale

LONDON (Reuters) – A portrait of one of Picasso’s muses and a prized painting of a Paris train station by Claude Monet go under the hammer in London next week, leading a sale of impressionist and modern art works.


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Australian supermarket giant says ‘yes’ to mass nude photograph

SYDNEY (Reuters) – More than 11,000 Australians who rushed for the chance to strip for American photographer Spencer Tunick will soon wear only smiles after a national supermarket chain changed its mind about allowing the shoot to go ahead on a suburban rooftop carpark.


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At world’s biggest art fair, squeezed mid-market raises concerns

BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) – In a year when many major galleries made record sales, conversations at the world’s biggest art fair this week were not just about the eye-watering sums paid for top works, but also about how to ensure the viability of the market’s lower end.


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Frida Kahlo’s once sealed personal belongings go on display in UK

LONDON (Reuters) – Frida Kahlo’s eyebrow pencil, lipstick, clothes and prosthetic leg are among the Mexican artist’s personal belongings going on show in London, the first time her possessions will be on display outside her home country.


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Something wicked this way comes: street artist Eelus launches a new and exclusive 3D collectable.

As the new Star Wars movie hits the big screens, Brighton-based artist Eelus returns to turn ‘Shat-At’ – an early print inspired by the sci-fi series – into his first sculptural work for artrepublic

Drawing inspiration from pop culture, film, graphic design and art history, Eelus has gained a reputation for creating striking images that often play on the macabre. Intertwining colourful backdrops with monochromatic figures, the street artist points to the necessary interplay between mood, emotions and light and dark. But how does these stylistic traits translate into a three-dimensional form? We catch up with the artist ahead of his new release to find out more…

Your latest sculpture is based on one of your earliest works what inspired the original print?

I’ve always been a big fan of Star Wars and I’d had this idea rattling around my noggin for years that was originally intended to be just a fun t-shirt design. Then I started stencilling back in 2001 and I made the image that you know now and started to paint it around East London where I lived and hung out. It was one of my first ever stencils and then went on to be my first ever screen print edition with Pictures On Walls (RIP).

 

Yes its sad that POW is no more, it launched the careers of many artists. Where do you think young artists can go now to get published or do you think things are more egalitarian so people no longer need someone like POW to launch their career?

I think now with the rise of free social media platforms like Instagram and easy do-it-yourself websites it’s so easy to get your work out there without going through a gallery or a publisher. It’ll probably take you a little longer to build a solid following, but you don’t need many people to get the ball rolling (‘1000 True Fans’ is an interesting article on this by Kevin Kelly). If you concentrate on the quality of the work above all else, everything else will follow in it’s own time.

What then lead you into turning SHAT-AT from a 2D print into a 3D sculpture?

I wanted to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the release with something special. It’s taken so long to get the sculptures finished and the whole project to a standard that I’m happy with, I’m a couple of years late, but there you go.

Did you have an AT-AT walker when you were a child, and did you use one in the creation of your sculpture?

I absolutely did, and still do, it’s in my studio. I had a model-maker create one from scratch during the original sculpt but in the end I decided to have one 3D printed and we made a mould from that.

They fall over very easily do you think it is a good design to use for a battle vehicle?

In terms of it’s use as tank, I think it’s pretty good. They’re intimidating for a start, seeing those plod over the horizon toward you you’d probably feel the same as a Roman solider seeing a Carthaginian war elephant for the first time. You’d be terrified.

Why do you think Star Wars has left such an impression on our popular culture and do you think it will survive the test of time?

The basic storyline that runs through the films is one that we’ve been telling for thousands of years, It’s the classic archetype of the ‘Hero’s Journey’ and is timeless. It’s an age-old narrative regurgitated as a science fiction spaghetti western set in another galaxy and it was released in a time when the idea of movie merchandising was about explode. So the characters and the story escaped the screen and entered our lives in ways we’d never seen before. The kids of the late 70’s, early 80’s went crazy for it, or at least an awful lot of us did, I did.

I think the original films, for me anyway, will stand the test of time. A lot of the new ones will fall by the wayside as far as I’m concerned, especially now there’s one coming out every year it seems. The excitement is being diluted, the whole thing is losing its magic. Or maybe I’m just getting old? I can’t wait to see what my daughter makes of it all when she’s old enough.

Who is you favourite Star Wars character from the original three films?

Unquestionably Yoda. You watch Empire and Jedi now and he looks a bit shit compared to what we’ve all become used to with the developments of CGI, but he’s still a rock solid character that you believe in 100%. CGI can be great but I wish there were more current films using in-camera puppets like they did in films like Star Wars, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal etc.

Would you like to have Yoda living in your house?

Yeah why not. Constant wisdom from my own little green guru. 

All of your works have a sci-fi element to them, what’s your favourite work of science fiction?

I wouldn’t say all, but a lot do. My all time favourite would be H.G Well’s War Of The Worlds. I was introduced to it by my grandparents when I was very young and it has real sentimental value, to the point where I have a martian tripod and a line from the book tattooed on my arm. I also have a small collection of various editions of the book all with different cover designs. You may sound the nerd alarm now if you so wish.

Has the experience of producing work changed over the years as you moved into working as an artist full time?

Sure. When I started I was creating purely for myself with little thought to financial reward and so the creative process was a lot more relaxed and free as I had the safety net of a full time job to fall back on.

Then around 10 years ago I quit my job and made art full time, and with that comes the fear and anxieties that situation brings, when every day is a hustle of one kind or another just to make sure you’re making ends meet. That situation can often have an effect on the work you produce as you need to survive; and selling work, getting paid, these are boxes that need to be ticked each and every week in one way or another to allow me to live the life I like to live. I’ve been broke and in debt before and it’s not for me.

I consider myself lucky to be able to produce and sell work reasonably easy and bring money home to support my family, and to do that, sometimes a big ‘crowd pleaser’ of a print is produced. I then have a little space and time to relax and create more personal works. It’s the same as making movies, you make a big budget action or 2 and then go away to work on more niche indie films. But I definitely feel like I’m taking steps towards making all of my work more honest and personal. I think a lot of that is coming from caring less what people think of me and my work as I get older. There’s a calming reassurance in that.

Art is often a hobby and used to escape from work, what do you to escape form work and wind down?

I don’t think I ever truly escape as my mind is always mulling some kind of madness over, it’s inescapable. But generally I read a lot, watch movies, hang out with my girlfriend and our daughter, dance in the kitchen. A dense green forest is where I’m at my most calm.

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‘The Band’s Visit’ sweeps Tony Awards as “Harry Potter” wins best play

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won the Tony for best play on Sunday while “The Band’s Visit” swept the musical categories with 10 wins, including the top award best musical at Broadway’s annual honors for the best in theater.


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Angels, wizards and SpongeBob vie for Tony award honors

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The wizarding world of Harry Potter, a singing SpongeBob, an AIDS-ravaged Roy Cohn and a gang of Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls” are the stuff of hit shows taking center stage as Sunday’s annual Tony Awards honor the best of Broadway theater.


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French performance artist emerges from week inside sculpture

AURIGNAC, France (Reuters) – French performance artist Abraham Poincheval on Friday stepped out of a giant wooden statue in the shape of a prehistoric man wearing a lionskin, after spending seven days trapped inside.


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Grayson Perry opens ‘rough and tumble’ Royal Academy art show

LONDON (Reuters) – A “Vote Leave” Brexit referendum poster that graffiti artist Banksy has transformed to read “Vote to Love” is among the highlights of the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, which curator Grayson Perry opened to the media on Tuesday.


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Ivory Coast artist makes sculptures from her own hair

ABIDJAN, June 6 (Reuters) – – There’s almost no image Ivorian artist Laetitia Ky can’t sculpt from her own hair. Depending on her mood, she can shape her thick black tresses into light bulbs, trees, trumpets, bicycles or cupcakes.


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Russia’s troubled Nureyev production sweeps board at ballet awards

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A ballet about Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev which tested the Kremlin’s tolerance with its evocation of gay romance picked up the major prizes on Tuesday at one of the ballet world’s most prestigious awards ceremonies.


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King Leopold’s ghost: Belgium’s Africa museum to reopen

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium’s Africa Museum, once a triumphant celebration of the country’s colonial past, is to reopen after years of renovations, with a more critical view on a dark piece of history.


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Come one, come all: Our annual Art Yard Sale is back, Sun 3rd June, 2018

Step inside our Brighton Fringe Festival street market, and buy art direct from the artists who create it

The Fringe Festival event we’ve been waiting for the entire month of May is almost here – it’s so close we can almost touch it! Yes, we’re talking about the annual artrepublic Art Yard Sale and yes, maybe we’re a little biased. But we’re excited because we genuinely love sharing this event with you.

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This coming Sunday (3rd June 2018) we’ll be setting up shop/ stalls in Jubilee Square in Brighton where, between 11am and 5pm, a great selection of artrepublic’s family of artists will be turning into market hawkers for the day, selling their artworks to you direct.

Here’s a taste of last year’s event

If you’ve never been to the Art Yard Sale before and that’s all a little too vague for you, this is what you need to know:

The artrepublic Art Yard Sale has been running for the past three years and, despite the crazy weather in its first year, the event has become bigger and more popular each year.

The lineup of artists changes each year, so you never experience the same sale twice. This year you’ll find a range of talent from Art + Believe to Joe Webb, via RYCA, COY! Communications, Maria Rivans and Benjamin Thomas Taylor, to name just a few.

COY! Communications Benjamin Thomas Taylor Joe Webb
COY! Communications Benjamin Thomas Taylor Joe Webb

The joy of the sale is that the artists themselves sell their work to you directly, whether it’s limited edition prints, one-off originals or special-price works. The pieces cross a whole range of styles, techniques and finishes, so there really is something for everyone.

artrepublic ‘funny’ money is the only money accepted by the artists on site, for various reasons including general security. It’s not quite the same thing as Monopoly money, but it works like this: on the day of the sale, you can change regular cash (pound sterling, that is) for artrepublic money in our nearby gallery on Brighton’s Bond Street, between 9 and 11am. You can also change money at the sale itself, but we would recommend doing it early so you don’t miss out on the art you have your eye on. (See more about our ‘funny’ money T&Cs at the Art Yard Sale website)

As well as art, there’s live music and performances throughout the day from the best of Brighton’s very own buskers – show them a little love if you’re enjoying their work, too.

We think that’s enough reasons for you to come join in the fun in the North Laines this Sunday, 3rd June, 11am-5pm. Help us see the Brighton Fringe Festival out in style.

If you need any further information about the Art Yard Sale, visit artyardsale.co.uk or drop into the gallery to ask one of our art advisors.

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Silver Anniversary Gifts: How is artrepublic celebrating 25 years in its Brighton gallery?

The first of a series of exciting launches for artrepublic Brighton, our new gallery space is just the tip of the creative iceberg. Want to know what else we have in store for you? Read on…

artrepublic has been a fixture on Brighton’s Bond Street for 25 whole years, can you believe it? So we kicked off our silver anniversary at the start of this year’s Brighton Festival/ Brighton Fringe Festival with the launch of our brand-new gallery area. Expanding next door to double the gallery space – both floor and walls – means that we can commit even further to doing what we do best: finding, showcasing and sharing art by the best emerging and established artists out there.

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And what better way to open than with a big old party, complete with the unveiling of a brand-new sculptural edition by Magnus Gjoen, There Are Some Dead Who Are More Alive Than The Living, created exclusively for artrepublic? It was lucky we had all that extra space as the gallery was packed; a number of artrepublic’s family of artists dropped in for a drink with our team, as well as new and existing customers, and Brighton local Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) also popped in to raise a glass with us.

If you didn’t make it down to the opening, you can drop by to see us and check out our current lineup any time. The whole gallery has been spruced up and rehung, and you’ll now find a series of originals alongside our ever-changing collection of limited-edition prints, many of which can be bought using the Own Art scheme – just ask one of our art advisors for more information if you’re not sure.

But that’s not all, not even by a long shot. We have this new space to play with, and we want to share it with you all. So we’re planning a monthly programme of creative events and art-related happenings, from kids’ art workshops led by artrepublic’s professional artists to true storytelling evenings with Spark, who host regular events in London, Bristol and Glasgow. We’ll be sharing more details of each of our upcoming events with you soon, so you can get the dates in your diary, book your place and join in the fun.

 

We don’t want to overload you with information, but if you have any questions about our new gallery, upcoming events or want to discuss our podcast, drop by the gallery or call us on 01273 724829 to speak to one of our art advisors. If you subscribe to our newsletters, keep an eye on your email inbox (as well as on the blog) for more updates as we have them.

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Man who attacked Russian art masterpiece says driven by ideology

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A man who attacked and damaged a masterpiece of Russian painting with a metal pole said on Tuesday he had acted for ideological reasons to rescue the reputation of a tsar, recanting an earlier confession that the vandalism was fueled by vodka.


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‘Solo’ Sputters at Box Office, Raising Worries of ‘Star Wars’ Fatigue

Ticket sales for “Solo” were big, but by “Star Wars” standards they fell far short. Multiplex gridlock and disgruntled fans were among possible explanations.
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Reclaimed Icons: the latest artistic output from Sir Peter Blake

Known for holding a magnifying glass up to popular culture via his artworks, Sir Peter Blake has placed BBC television history, everyday icons and contemporary tattoo culture at the heart of his latest pieces.

You know someone has made an impact on the creative industry – and the culture beyond – when he gets awarded a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Sir Peter Blake is one such figure. Knighted back in 2002 for his services to Art, the prolific painter, printmaker and collage artist has not taken the honour as cue to sit on his laurels. If anything, he’s doubled down and produced even more work – a business-as-usual attitude that means plenty of new pieces of his art to fix on your radar.

The artrepublic curators picked up some examples of Blake’s latest work at the recent London Original Print Fair, all of which show his versatility as an image maker, as well as the sheer breadth of his creative output; from collage to painting to silkscreen printing, Blake does it all.

Some of the work that Blake is most famous for producing uses his distinctive collage style, blending elements of pop culture to build a scene or shape an image. Fans of this particular creative approach (we’ll point you towards the well-referenced Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band artwork if you’re fresh to Blake’s work) will be happy to know that the artist has returned to this medium once again to create four new editions: BBC1, BBC2, BBC3 and BBC4. Spoiler alert: a major clue about their content is in the titles!

Against the backdrop of the iconic (and now-repurposed) BBC Television Centre aka Broadcasting House, Blake has assembled (or collaged) groups of much-loved actors, television personalities and children’s characters associated with the national treasure that is the Beeb. Spanning the decades since the station was established, the crowds include comedians Morecambe and Wise, the late Sir Terry Wogan, Tony Hart and athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, as well as characters Rupert Bear and The Magic Roundabout’s Florence and Dougal. Looking at these four giclee prints is like playing a who’s who of television history and popular culture, and we can’t get enough of them. Nor can Soho House, which has some of Blake’s work hanging in its brand-new White City House, located in a section of the Television Centre building depicted within the art!

Moving from one set of icons to another equally glitz- and glitter-filled selection of prints, take a look at The Reclaimed Icons, a work-in-progress series that’s due to become a set of 10 silkscreen prints, each in an edition size of 50. Blake has taken familiar images from particular moments in history – such as the classic travelling circus clown and a cat in a sash – and reworked them for the 21st century using vibrant inks and metallic glitters. We’re intrigued to see what other icons make it into this collection, and will be watching closely as Blake unveils them in all their shimmering glory.

And speaking of uncovering something new, check out the latest addition to Blake’s Tattooed People series. ‘Tattooed Ladies’ depicts two women against a royal blue background, naked except for the tattoos that adorn their skin – both black and white. Heavily inked with a variety of colourful designs, there’s plenty of detail to take in within this playful image. The watercolour portrait (a favourite medium for Blake) has been released as a signed limited edition archival inkjet print (from a set of 50).

As we said, Sir Peter Blake has been busy drawing on the vast and varied array of icons and cultural references available to us – from both the past and the present day. Now it’s your turn to dedicate some time to these artworks… we think that choosing which one is your favourite may take a while. If you need a sounding board, try chatting to one of our art advisors.

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Making shapes: contemporary sculptures at artrepublic

Who said artrepublic only sells limited edition prints? If you like your art in three dimensions, we have some provocative sculptures on show, and we’re not referring to marble busts.

What is sculpture? Where did it start? Is it relevant to the contemporary art world or is 3D design just about history and public monuments? The short answer to that is: sculpture and sculpted forms have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, and continue to be integral to art today. Anyone who watched even a snippet of the recent BBC series Civilisations will know that some of the earliest, most mind-bending art was carved from tiny pieces of mammoth ivory more than 25,000 years ago.

From there, sculpting just got bigger, evolving with the art movements and tastes of each society – from Greek and Roman allegories to Michaelangelo’s David and Rodin’s The Thinker, Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures to Barbara Hepworth’s organic carvings and Rachel Whiteread’s monumental casts. We don’t really need to point out that that incredibly reductive list barely makes a dent in the back catalogue of marble/ bronze/ stone/ papier-mache/ found-object forms, or the vast number of creatives who made this their chosen medium throughout history and across continents.

So much of the world around us is formed in three dimensions, but as an art form sculpture can be confusing – even when we’re taught about it (briefly) at school, we initially encounter sculpture in two-dimensional formats, such as books and photos. And while that’s fine, in order to understand sculpture these forms really needs to be experienced in person. How do you ‘get’ sculpture or understand how it is made? You walk around it, touch it (if it’s not rigged with alarms!), peer closely at the details or stand at a distance to take in the whole form.

For that reason, at artrepublic we like encourage you to check out our sculptural pieces in person in the gallery. They may not be the same scale as some of the most famous pieces of sculpture out there – whether cool marble figures, carefully chiselled reliefs or surrealist bicycles – but the same rules apply.

artrepublic revealed one of our most recent examples of sculptural art as we launched our new, bigger gallery space; Magnus Gjoen’s ‘There Are Some Dead Who Are More Alive Than The Living.’ This was a project that we worked on closely with Gjoen, who is known for his highly decorative art prints that juxtapose the deadly and the beautiful. These themes are present in his sculptural work too – a porcelain skull decorated with a blue delftware-style pattern, which weaves around the cranium, combining the everyday with the ‘some day’ and confronting us with death and beauty simultaneously. Each of the numbered edition of 50 comes in a wooden presentation box, reminiscent of an archive or archeological crate, which creates an additional sense of the past and present colliding. When viewing it you can hold it in your hands, but do try not to go all Hamlet on us!

Speaking of the tug of war between beauty and death in art, you might also want to take a look at the carved glass sculptures of Born To Kiln, aka Jimmy South. The glass artist uses his work to provoke conversations around contemporary global and political issues – in particular violence and war. His free-blown glass pieces, which are cut, ground, polished and sandblasted into ammunitions-shaped objects, personify the delicate balance between war and peace, beauty and horror.

Take a closer look at ‘The Spoils’a handmade glass grenade form that’s filled with 22ct gold flecks, floating in distilled water. From a limited edition of 12, this weighty piece fits in the palm of your hand, but its weapon-based form and the glow of the gold from within the cut glass makes you stop to think about the message Born To Kiln wants to share. That’s just a taste of the power of sculpture.

Sculpture isn’t all heavy materials though. Just ask the Surrealists, Dadaists and Pop Artists (if you can get hold of one) who were more playful in their approach to sculpted forms. Yes, there were still motives and messages behind the work, but just look at Claes Oldenburg’s soft sculptures and, well, any of Marcel Duchamp’s creations and you can see part of the reason why they attracted attention: they were a world away from the traditional sculpted forms that came before them.

Artist Lucy Sparrow nods to this heritage – as well as to the work of Damien Hirst – in her Pop-Art-like cabinets. Fully stocked with soft, felt replicas of real objects with a toy-like quality, these 3-D pieces are actually Sparrows way of exploring human needs and desires, from sex to consumerism. Not quite what you expect when you first see the colourful pieces from a distance.

We are also in the final stages of a project with Brighton-based street artist Eelus, who has designed a special limited edition sculptural piece that will be launched at artrepublic very soon. Keep an eye on our emails and social media for more details. We can’t share the details with you just yet, but we can tell you that this sculpture series is very special – you won’t want to miss it.

To see some of these sculptural and three-dimensional pieces for yourself, stop by the artrepublic gallery on Brighton’s Bond Street.

 

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Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth dies at 85, says agent

(Reuters) – Author Philip Roth, who was both hailed and derided for laying bare the neuroses and obsessions that haunted the modern Jewish-American experience, died on Tuesday at the age of 85, his agent said.


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Paris exhibit takes a look at ‘forgotten’ Impressionist Cassatt

PARIS (Reuters) – A Paris museum is shining a light on the work of Mary Cassatt, an American woman whose paintings made a profound and often-overlooked contribution to the male-dominated Impressionist movement in France.


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‘Made in China’ label sheds light on old Java Sea shipwreck

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fresh examination of Chinese ceramics and other cargo from an important Java Sea shipwreck has led researchers to conclude that the vessel sank a century earlier than previously thought, providing insight into Asia’s maritime trade more than 800 years ago.


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Legacy of ‘Love’ artist Robert Indiana is subject of new lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The legacy and works of American pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his iconic “Love” image, are the focus of a lawsuit filed on Friday in Manhattan federal court.


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Harry and Meghan figures pop up in Windsor ahead of royal wedding

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – With just days to go ahead of their highly anticipated wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made an appearance in the town of Windsor on Wednesday — or rather life-size models of the couple did.


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Dutch art dealer discovers first ‘new’ Rembrandt in 44 years

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch art dealer Jan Six made the discovery of a lifetime at an auction house in 2016, when he saw the hand of Rembrandt in an unknown painting that had gone unnoticed for four centuries.


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Drop the beat: renowned photographer Lyle Owerko adds his Boombox series to the mix at artrepublic

Described by some as a ‘cultural anthropologist’, California-based photojournalist Lyle Owerko documents everything from African tribal culture to overlooked everyday objects, following his curiosity to bring viewers a fresh perspective.

If you’ve been watching the Netflix series The Defiant Ones recently, you’ll have an appreciation for the innovators and artists who were intrinsic to the rise of hip-hop. You’ll also be far more aware of the various mediums used to share and market this particular musical and cultural dialogue, including the speakers and headphones that were developed to hear the beats and bass as intended by producers such as Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

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But Dre, Beats and Apple are far from the only individuals and brands interested in the hardware and tech associated with the music industry. Artists in other arenas are too. Step up Lyle Owerko – the New York-based photographer and filmmaker who is known for his on-the-ground coverage of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center – his image The Second Plane later graced the cover of TIME magazine – as well as editorial and fine art photographic projects created during his global travels. But that’s not all.

Lyle Owerko Boombox series Owerko also has a real passion for music, saying ‘I can’t create art – sometimes I can’t even think – unless I have music on.’ For him, a device to play music in his studio or wherever he is working is crucial. And that is where the photographer’s interest in the boombox began. ‘It isn’t just an audio device, it’s an icon of many types of movements,’ he says in the trailer that accompanies his book, The Boombox Project: The Machines, The Music And The Urban Underground. For Owerko, the boombox, aka the ghetto blaster or jam box, is an object of empowerment; it offered a way to open up the dialogue of a generation and brought that quite literally to the streets, not only via hip-hop and rap, but also punk, thrash metal, pop and guitar anthems.

This view of the boombox – as an object of rebellion and empowerment – led to Owerko seeking out and documenting a whole host of models from their peak period of use, the 1980s, to form a photographic documentary. And, as we welcome Lyle Owerko into our family of artrepublic artists, we are delighted to be able to share some of these prints with you in the gallery.
Lyle Owerko Boombox series

As the photographer points out, each of these boomboxes has a personality. There is a story attached to every one of them, and no two models are the same. Shot against a plain white backdrop, the tech begins to speak for itself (not quite Transformers style, don’t worry). From the dulled chrome finish and multiple dials of one to the matte-black dual cassette decks and primary-colour highlights of another, each is an example of industrial design and contemporary (1980s) engineering. More than that though, they are – in Owerko’s words – the battle shields of a generation. A boombox declares its owner’s tastes and the urban and musical tribe they associated with.
Lyle Owerko Boombox series

And just like that, you begin to understand the photographer’s interest in them. Each individual boombox holds a story, collectively they contain a history – of technological  innovation as well as of a series of cultural and musical conversations that changed the face of the music industry. You’re not just seeing a chunky, dated tape deck any more, are you? You can thank the curiosity of Lyle Owerko for that.

See more of the photos from Owerko’s Boombox Project, and start your own dialogue with our art advisors, in the gallery  or online from 19th May.

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Modigliani nude fetches $157 million at N.Y. auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A nude portrait by Amedeo Modigliani sold for $ 157.2 million at Sotheby’s on Monday, achieving the 4th-highest price for any work of art at auction but failing to set a new record for the artist.


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Big Names In Print: a closer look at Albert Irvin, Joe Tilson and Tess Jaray editions

Get up to speed on the latest collectable artworks by a range of respected international artists at artrepublic. In the spotlight this week, a trio of British artists: Albert Irvin, Joe Tilson and Tess Jaray.

Founded in Leather Market in 1967, Advanced Graphics is now one of London’s longest running print studios. Specialising in screen printing and woodblock printing, over the past 50 years the studio has worked with some of the biggest names on the British art scene – think Royal Academicians such as Patrick Caulfield and Albert Irvin – to produce print editions. What happens when this technical heritage meets talent? Some pretty special art, that’s what.

Capture something of the ‘experience of being in the world’ via the energetic abstract expressionist artwork of Albert Irvin. Colourful and joyful, the British artist’s paintings showcase a highly gestural quality – they are absolutely packed with movement and life. This is not something that was lost in translation between the artist’s paintings and his silkscreen print editions; if anything the quality and vibrancy of the colour palette is even crisper and more distinct in the latter.

You can see exactly what we mean with ‘Ranelagh’ and ‘Sangora’ – both from limited editions of 225 and 150 respectively – which showcase an almost Pop-Art-like sensibility. However, rather than locate themselves in a particular era of art history, their bold, bright colours and patterns awaken our senses and bring us firmly into the present. Waking up to see this on the wall would boost your mood instantly we reckon!

Other artists draw on the past to create images in the present. Originally associated with the British Pop Art scene of the 1960s and 1970s, Joe Tilson brought more to the movement than his training from St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art – he also prided himself on the practical construction skills he gained at Brixton School of Building before the Second World War.

This focus on the structural is reflected in the block-coloured stacked form at the centre of Ziggurat, which was inspired by the massive stepped stone structures built in ancient Mesopotamia. Tilson simplified the form back to a tiered pyramid shape to create this limited edition print (in a run of 300), which is one in a series of the same name. Each image in the Ziggurat series – which has been featured in exhibitions at galleries that range from Britain’s Tate to New York’s MoMA – explores the same central form but with a different approach each time. With its bold blocks of colour, this Tilson print is a Pop Art era classic and a shrewd addition to any modern art collection.

Another influential figure in the British art scene with a preoccupation with the built environment, painter and printmaker Tess Jaray has spent much of her career investigating the effects of geometry, pattern, repetition and colour on space. The terrazzo floor designed by Jaray for mainline train station London Victoria, is just one example of how the artist has made her mark on familiar public spaces.

Make a mark on your own space with one (or both) of Jaray’s silkscreen prints, such asCitadel Darkand Citadel Light’ – currently both available at artrepublic. Each from a limited edition of just 25, these artworks show exactly how Jaray has brought the Pop Art sensibility into the 21st century. Channelling her fascination with geometric forms that recur in architecture throughout history, Jaray creates soft zig-zag lines in the vertical panels of the two prints, confounding the viewers expectation of flat harmony.

Introduce a little of the British Pop Art aesthetic into your home with these rare limited editions. Drop by our Brighton gallery and speak to one of our art advisors or, if youre not local, check out these artists’ work online at artrepublic.com.  

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Massachusetts man stole Warhol paintings, sold fakes: prosecutors

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts man was arrested on Wednesday and accused by federal prosecutors of stealing two Andy Warhol paintings from a former college classmate and then using them to produce knockoffs that he sold on eBay.


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Back Once Again: the Art Yard Sale at Brighton Fringe Festival

From street artists to selling art on the streets of Brighton, close out your Festival experience at this year’s Art Yard Sale.

The Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe Festival 2018 may have only just started, but if we know anything about these two annual arts events – which are among the biggest in the UK – it’s this: they fly by. You barely get your hands on the programmes and circle the things you want to see, before the tickets for all the art, comedy, theatre and family events have flown out the doors of the ticket office… and taken both of the May Bank Holidays and David Shrigley (this year’s main Festival guest director) with them.

So, with that in mind, consider this your five-minute (or three-week) warning:
The annual Art Yard Sale is back on 3 June, and we’re planning to close the 2018 Brighton Fringe Festival on a high.

If you’ve never been to the Art Yard Sale before, this is what you have been missing… The opportunity to buy contemporary art, direct from the artists who create it, all in a fun, family-friendly environment in Brighton’s North Laine. Yes, you get to meet the likes of Bonnie and Clyde, Dan Hillier, Eelus and a whole host of other artrepublic favourites, have a chat with them and buy their work. And better still, all of the artists who participate are sharing (and selling) artworks and prints that have either been created specifically for the Art Yard Sale event, or are being sold at a one-off reduced price that you won’t find anywhere else.

The unique art event was started in 2015 after we at artrepublic, the main visual art sponsor of Brighton Fringe Festival for many years, decided it was about time we ran our own event.  ‘We wanted a way to get involved in the energy of the Festival season ourselves,’ says Lindsay Alkin, the event’s founder. ‘The result is the Art Yard Sale, which fits perfectly with the local, hands-on, creative ethos of the Fringe.’

The line-up of artists changes each year, so you won’t get the same experience twice, but there is never a shortage of creatives from the artrepublic family who want to get involved. 

For us, it’s all about embracing the festival spirit and sharing new things.

‘We aim to bring you a really broad selection of art – from street art to illustration to sculpture – so people can discover new artists and types of work that they may not have thought about before,’ says Lindsay. ‘It sounds really cheesy, but it’s genuinely amazing to see all these people coming to the Art Yard Sale and leaving with a big smile on their faces because of art. That’s what it should do.’

This year’s lineup is yet to be finalised, so keep an eye on our upcoming blogs, the Art Yard Sale website and the artrepublic social media channels – over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing updates about this year’s event.

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Broadway’s ‘Mockingbird’ play to go ahead after dispute settled

(Reuters) – The producer of a Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the author’s estate have settled a legal dispute over the Aaron Sorkin-penned script, which will allow the production to go head on schedule.


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At Dakar Biennale, Africa’s artists urged to seize chance

DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal’s old Palais de Justice sits among some of the most sought-after real estate in the capital Dakar, where it shares a stunning sea view with the nearby French ambassador’s residence.


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With Emmett Till Reference, Camille Cosby Invokes Oft-Used Cultural Touchstone

Bill Cosby’s wife is one of many public figures who have used Till’s horrific killing as a synonym for injustice, sometimes in ways that stir up their own kind of anger.
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Cuban artists plan to stage alternative Havana biennial

HAVANA (Reuters) – A group of Cuban artists plans on Saturday to launch a biennial independent of state institutions on the Communist-run island, despite fierce opposition from the government, which has called it a “provocative maneuver.”


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NME’s legacy celebrated by acclaimed photographic artist Mark Vessey in an artrepublic exclusive

When Time Inc. UK recently announced that, after 66 years in print, the NME would no longer exist in print format, it created a wave of nostalgia for days gone by. And, at the same time, inspired a contemporary photographic artist’s creativity.

Once an iconic music magazine, the NME was considered a zeitgeist-defining bible for rock fans and had the power to inspire new music scenes and make or break young bands. Now, in celebration of the magazine’s legacy, acclaimed British photographic artist Mark Vessey is issuing a limited edition photograph entitled ‘New Musical Express’, exclusively through artrepublic.

Inspired by the magazine’s design and strong visual identity, Vessey chose the NME as his latest subject – for him, the spines of the magazine provided a unique way to tell the story of music culture. As such, his photograph features a stack of magazines spanning the last couple of decades, with special issues that were dedicated to the likes of The Clash, Nirvana, Radiohead, The Manic Street Preachers, Bob Dylan and The Who.

This exclusive piece is part of an ongoing body of work called Collections, which takes its inspiration from Vessey’s love of vintage magazines, books, records and classic packaging design. With the collector’s obsessive eye for detail and every crease and scuff lovingly captured on medium format film in his Brighton studio, the photographer takes everyday objects and allows us to appreciate them in a new light – The Face magazine, James Bond novels and Penguin books have been the subject of earlier works. With ‘New Musical Express’ Vessey captures a very specific moment in time, and marks its place as an artefact of 20th and 21st century popular culture.

Fans of the magazine, and the artist, can pick up this limited edition ‘New Musical Express’, fresh off the printing press, at artrepublic from Thursday 5 April 2018 at 10AM . The C-Type photograph comes in two sizes – 80x80cm (edition of 50), and the rarer 110x110cm (edition of 15).

View our Mark Vessey collection, including this latest exclusive print, online or at our Brighton Gallery. Call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com.

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From LA to UK – acclaimed Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki joins the artrepublic family

What do Art Nouveau, Japanese manga comics and a particular brand of LA cool have in common? They’re all wrapped up in the the intriguing art of Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki.

Inspired by the beauty and mystique of the female form, Kawasaki’s images have been drawing in a big audience Stateside over the past few years. Often painted directly onto wooden panels, her art gains extra depth and texture from the natural organic grains and patterns of the wood – each of which brings an additional unique layer to the paintings.

Now, the LA-based artist’s intricate and mysterious work is available in our

 

Brighton gallery, and online, as Kawasaki joins our artrepublic family of artists. We’re excited to be able to share a selection of her limited edition prints, including ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’, which are exclusive to artrepublic in Europe.

Using scrolled, turn of the 20th-century typography with a modern colour palette of soft pinks, turquoises and yellows – plus the woodgrain background – both ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’ draw upon the mysterious and marvellous space of the circus… and freaks shows.

From clowns and illusionists to contortionists and strongwomen, the characters and vintage glamour of the travelling show is pulled into the modern day via Kawasaki’s own brand of graphic design-meets-illustration – a style that forced her to abandon her studies at the Pratt Institute in New York, where the focus was firmly on the conceptual.

Inspired by old advertisements posters for circus performers, these two prints also subtly nod to the whimsical and fantastical nature of Japanese fashion culture, and have a fresh, tattoo-like feel to them too – something that hasn’t passed LA’s tattoo parloursby. Ink inspired by Kawasaki’s artwork have become an increasingly common sight on California’s streets (and beyond) in recent years, showing a style shift from the traditional pin-up to this more modern feminine form.


If you want to bring a playful hit of circus-style home with you, our exclusive limited editions are your only chance – unless you plan on visiting the US or Asia sometime soon! Drop by our Brighton gallery and speak to one of our art advisors or, if you’re not local, check out this artist’s striking work online at artrepublic.com.

Image Credit: Jordana Sheara 

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Slim Aarons’ photography editions at artrepublic

Take a seat beside the swimming pools of 1950s and 1960s high society, via the iconic images created by one of America’s celebrated lifestyle photographers, Slim Aarons.

When you conjure up a visual of 1950s and 1960s America, what do you see? Something like a scene fresh from Mad Men, a Marilyn Monroe movie or a David Hockney painting: Hollywood glamour, sunshine and blue skies, youth, fashion, stiff drinks, fast cars, modern homes and famous public figures? These images come directly from American popular culture and the advertising of the era, much of which drew heavily on the work of lifestyle photographers such as Slim Aarons.

Aarons’ photos are synonymous with a particular mood and point in time – a post-War period of affluence and newness. Like Aarons (who had been a combat photographer during WWII), people wanted to leave the dark days of the war behind and celebrate the joys of modern American life.

Modernist design was in demand and fresh ways of living were emerging among members of high society, whose jetset lives were seen as aspirational. And so, Aarons’ imagery of streamlined minimal homes with tanned guests or proud home-owners lazing around azure-blue swimming pools (see ‘El Venero’), or apres-ski gatherings amid Verbier’s powdered coolness (‘Snowmass Picnic’), was perfectly placed to tap into this.

A regular contributor to magazines such as Life, Town & Country and Holiday, Aarons got a front-row view of the lives of figures such as the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Humphrey Bogart, and shared it with the masses. Travelling between locations such as Capri, the French Riviera, Verbier and Beverly Hills, he shot scenes that captured the public’s imagination – so much so, that his work became the inspiration for many a Madison Avenue ad exec who used his clean and colourful aesthetic to help peddle their products.

You can see why though. Spend a little time with these images and you begin to feel like you know luxury. You might be on your sofa, but looking at ‘Eden Roc Pool’ or ‘Poolside Gossip’ it feels like you are sitting in the sunshine, on a clifftop in France or Italy, watching the party unfold from the comfort of your sun lounger. Aarons’ photos transport you to another time and place, where you can relax and sip cocktails by a pool or hang out at a garden party, casually rubbing shoulders with the bold and the beautiful while being, well, fabulous!

Bring this feeling of relaxed, sun-filled glamour into your home and set the tone for everyday luxury with a timeless Slim Aarons print from artrepublic. We’ve got a wide selection in the gallery and online, with some special limited edition prints also coming very soon.

To find out more, speak to one of our art advisors, or visit us in the Brighton gallery.

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Live Briefing: 2018 Tony Nominations: ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘SpongeBob’ Lead the Way

A pair of two-part productions, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and the revival of “Angels in America,” were also showered with affection.
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Hueman Connection: introducing artrepublic’s newest artist

As North Californian graffiti artist and painter Hueman’s colourful figurative and abstract mash-ups arrive in artrepublic’s Brighton gallery – in the form of an exclusive print – we dig into her creative backstory.

Street art aficionados may be familiar with the work of Allison Torneros, who paints under the name Hueman. Even if you haven’t seen her massive, energetically colourful works in person, sprayed on walls in the US or Europe, you may have unwittingly witnessed her designs running around the basketball courts of the Rio Olympics – Hueman designed the US Women’s basketball team’s shoes with Nike – or on a custom-designed colourful X-Box collaboration with Microsoft.

Since graduating from UCLA in 2008 with a degree in Design and Media Arts, Hueman has been building a following – especially since taking her work from the studio to the streets, scaling up her paintings to bring art to urban environments and audiences. Working on a much bigger scale than she was used to gave the artist new energy. In an interview with Juxtapoz magazine, she said: ‘it was like a light switch turned on […] I was using my entire body to paint, I was talking to people, I was collaborating, I was in the sun. I felt alive again. I literally felt human. That’s where the name Hueman comes from.’

Hueman’s work is absolutely saturated with that sense of being alive. This is drawn from a perfect balance of the artist’s choice of bold bright colours, her subject matter and her image-making process. You might wonder how the artist achieves that fluid-looking finish? Starting with a freestyle series of paints splashes, drips and sprays – a la Jackson Pollock(?) – she builds her refined, highly stylised images, which draw on the theme of the human condition. As a a result, Hueman’s work is packed with motion. It’s dynamic.

And that is exactly the word we would use to describe the artist’s exclusive piece for artrepublic. A limited edition of 25, each individually hand-finished by Hueman, Silent Power does what its title promises. It makes you stand to attention in front of it, without needing to be told. The female figure at its centre is strong and confident – holding her ground and fixing her sideways gaze as energetic lines and textures swirl around her, creating movement and energy.

The longer you look at this print, the more structures, finishes and colours emerge – you begin to really appreciate the complexity of Hueman’s creative process. Imagine this scaled up on the side of a building – even at this size, it packs a punch. Looking downwards, offering out an extended arm towards you, the position of power of the woman at its heart is emphasised. There is nothing passive about this print. It’s filled with vibrant life.

Draw on Hueman’s experience of painting outdoors and bring one of her powerful pieces into your collection – it will make you, and your space, come to life.

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Opening act: step into artrepublic’s brand-new gallery space

It’s our 25th anniversary, and we’re doing something big to celebrate. Join us as we host a double launch party with a very special artist…

artrepublic is celebrating 25 years on Brighton’s Bond Street and, to mark this anniversary, we’re expanding… next door!

We’d love you to join us for our opening party, 5-8pm on Friday 4th May, as we kick things off with a Magnus Gjoen exclusive – the launch of the artist’s brand-new sculpture. If you want a sneak peak of the former fashion designer’s latest thought-provoking artwork, and to meet the man himself, this event at the top end of the May bank holiday weekend is your chance.

If you can’t make it down to Brighton’s Bond Street on the night of the launch, you’re always welcome to drop by and check out our extended gallery area, which will be dedicated to showcasing original and limited edition artworks by leading and emerging artists.


This additional gallery area is especially exciting to the artrepublic team as it means we can continue to do what we love best – spotting young creative talent and building relationships with established artists – in order to bring you even more of the art that speaks to you.

After 25 years in our Bond Street location, we realise this is more than just an exhibition space though. Our aim has always been to open the door to art in a way that’s accessible to everyone, so we will be hosting a series of special events in the new gallery throughout the year – keep an eye out for information about these on the blog or in your email inbox.

If you’re not already getting our emails, why not sign up to our newsletter and join our republic of art? We share regular updates about the latest art in the gallery, as well as interviews with our artists and information about upcoming events and launches.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in our new space very soon. If you plan to come to the gallery opening, please RSVP to events@artrepublic.com.

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The hand of God touches Messi in Argentine Sistine Chapel

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An Argentine football club has recreated the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of its gymnasium, with Diego Maradona as God, Lionel Messi as Adam and a host of angels that include Mario Kempes, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Batistuta.


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Fringe Benefits: The countdown to Brighton Fringe Festival is on

From exhibitions and performance art to street fairs and open-air creativity, artrepublic helps put the spotlight on Brighton’s creativity as a sponsor of the Fringe Festival events.

With the beginning of May comes the annual month-long Brighton Festival and its rebellious little sister, the Brighton Fringe Festival. As arts festivals go, this is one of Britain’s biggest and best. Since its 1967 launch it’s been a highlight in the annual creative calendar of our city – one we at artrepublic are incredibly proud to be closely connected with.

For the past 15 years artrepublic has been a key sponsor of visual arts events within the Fringe Festival programme, which celebrates the thriving local artistic community in a range of formats – there’s a whole host of comedy, music, theatre and dance on show as well as art and design. The entire city comes alive during this period, with artists quite literally opening up their homes to the general public to showcase and sell their work – check out the many Open House trails. There are also more formal displays, such as the famed
POP! exhibition in 2004. There’s no denying that amid the general festival fun, the Brighton Fringe likes to bring something fresh to the table each year.

The importance of visual art to the local community is emphasised even further in 2018 with the annual Children’s Parade – which kicks off the programme each year – taking ‘Paintings’ as its theme. Each school has been given a famous artwork to study and represent on the streets of Brighton, where 5,000 children wind their colourful and energetic parade through the North Lanes, the Laines and along the seafront.

We don’t leave it to others to beef up the month-long programme though – artrepublic likes to get in there and be part of the creative action! In past years we have brought Peter Blake’s mobile art gallery – the Art Bus – to the seaside city, and in 2014 we put our specialist knowledge to good use to produce the Urban Artfest, a day of live street art from top artrepublic artists, along with entertainment by a range of street performers. In 2015 we launched our Art Yard sale – an annual one-day art market, where you can buy limited edition and exclusive prints directly from the artists themselves at special prices. The yard sale is back again this year with an exciting fresh line-up that includes the likes of Dan Hillier, Eelus, Hello Marine and Joe Webb. We wonder if David Shrigley, 2018’s guest director of the Brighton Festival, will drop by?

As with all art, at the Brighton Fringe Festival there really is something for everyone. Get involved in the festivities and let us know what you are most looking forward to via our social media channels.

This year’s main Brighton Festival events run from 5-27 May, and the Fringe Festival from 4 May to 3 June 2018. Join us on the last day of the Fringe for our annual Art Yard Sale – keep an eye on the Art Yard Sale website and your emails for more details.

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Ethiopia says British museum must permanently return its artifacts

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Britain must permanently return all artifacts from Ethiopia held by the Victoria and Albert Museum and Addis Ababa will not accept them on loan, an Ethiopian government official said.


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Meghan Markle’s Departure From ‘Suits’ Was Art Imitating Life. But Not in the Way You Might Think.

Ms. Markle, who is retiring from acting to become a full-time royal, was a subtly influential force on a pulpy legal drama that quietly had one of the most diverse casts on television.
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Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ could fetch $12 million at NY auction

(Reuters) – A first edition of John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America,” one of the most celebrated books of natural history, is going up for auction in New York in June and could fetch up to $ 12 million, Christie’s said on Wednesday.


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Opening act: step into artrepublic’s brand-new gallery space

It’s our 25th anniversary, and we’re doing something big to celebrate. Join us as we host a double launch party with a very special artist…

artrepublic is celebrating 25 years on Brighton’s Bond Street and, to mark this anniversary, we’re expanding… next door!

We’d love you to join us for our opening party, 5-8pm on Friday 4th May, as we kick things off with a Magnus Gjoen exclusive – the launch of the artist’s brand-new sculpture. If you want a sneak peak of the former fashion designer’s latest thought-provoking artwork, and to meet the man himself, this event at the top end of the May bank holiday weekend is your chance.

If you can’t make it down to Brighton’s Bond Street on the night of the launch, you’re always welcome to drop by and check out our extended gallery area, which will be dedicated to showcasing original and limited edition artworks by leading and emerging artists.


This additional gallery area is especially exciting to the artrepublic team as it means we can continue to do what we love best – spotting young creative talent and building relationships with established artists – in order to bring you even more of the art that speaks to you.

After 25 years in our Bond Street location, we realise this is more than just an exhibition space though. Our aim has always been to open the door to art in a way that’s accessible to everyone, so we will be hosting a series of special events in the new gallery throughout the year – keep an eye out for information about these on the blog or in your email inbox.

If you’re not already getting our emails, why not sign up to our newsletter and join our republic of art? We share regular updates about the latest art in the gallery, as well as interviews with our artists and information about upcoming events and launches.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in our new space very soon. If you plan to come to the gallery opening, please RSVP to events@artrepublic.com.

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Anti-Semitic letter by Wagner sold at auction in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A letter written by German composer Richard Wagner that underscored his anti-Semitism was sold to Jewish collector from Switzerland at auction in Israel on Tuesday for $ 34,000, the auction house said.


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Mark Rothko’s famous Four Seasons tale retold on stage

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Mark Rothko is known as one of the greatest abstract expressionists of his generation (although, we should probably say that he personally refused to be associated with any particular art movement or style). His paintings have an incredible depth, and create the feeling that however long and hard you look at them, there is something buried within these artworks that you can’t quite reach. So you sit, and look a little longer.

If you’ve ever sat in the Rothko room at the Tate Modern, surrounded by some of the artist’s vast canvases, you might recognise this sensation that he was pushing us towards with his abstract blocks, created with numerous thin coats of cleverly applied colour – it’s about finding clarity, understanding and experiencing something that is physically bigger than ourselves.

For a man who had been brought up in the orthodox Jewish community in Russia, but who had given up religious practice after the death of his father, painting was a sort of act of worship.

The takeaway from this gallery-based experience? Clearly, Mark Rothko was a complex man.

In the 1950s, as he began to experience significant success on the New York art scene, Rothko was approached by the Four Seasons to complete a commission for their restaurant. Now known as the Seagram murals, the 40 completed paintings in dark red and brown were, at the time, the largest commission in the history of modern art. However, Rothko’s decision to accept the commission was strange – especially as he told a journalist in confidence that his hope was to create ‘something that will ruin the appetite of every son-of-a-bitch who ever eats in that room…’

Drama, obviously followed. Some of the paintings in question are now located in that room we were discussing at London’s Tate Modern rather than in New York, which tells you something. The events that ensued became notorious and, as a story, became a prime topic for a stage play. And then an actual play: John Logan’s RED.

As it returns to London’s West End, for the first time since its world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009, we (the long-time Rothko fans at artrepublic) have two tickets to give away to you, our art lovers.

RED has been described by the New York Times as being a play ‘with such fierce conviction that it never lets you look away.’ The plot follows Rothko’s experience when, having just received the largest commission in the history of modern art, he finds himself consumed by warring desires for integrity and success.

Having headed up the original London cast, award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina (Raiders of the Lost Ark; Chocolat; Frida; Spiderman 2) reprises his role as Rothko, while breakthrough British actor Alfred Enoch (How to Get Away with Murder; Harry Potter) takes the part of Rothko’s fictional young assistant, Ken, who provokes him to make an agonising discovery about the price of fame.

With this cast, and six Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction to its name, Red is certainly not a story to be missed.

If you’d like to win a pair of tickets to the press night of RED in London’s West End, with a pre-theatre dinner and an overnight stay at One Aldwych, a 5 star central London Hotel, as well as a £100 artrepublic gift voucher, Enter our competition here. Plus 5 runners up will each win a pairs of tickets to see the play. T’s and C’s apply.

Red will run at Wyndham’s Theatre form 4th May to 28th July 2018.

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‘The Man Who Stole Banksy’ tells Middle East street art tale

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Man Who Stole Banksy,” a street art documentary that will premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, spins a tale that mixes would-be art-world avarice with Middle East politics.


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Prince’s Friends Fiercely Guarded His Privacy, Complicating Overdose Investigation

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Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ lyrics could fetch $300,000 at auction

(Reuters) – Bruce Springsteen’s early, handwritten manuscript to “Born to Run,” the rocker’s 1975 star-making hit, is expected to fetch between $ 200,000 and $ 300,000 when it goes up for auction in June, Sotheby’s said on Friday.


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Meet the photographer Emory Hall

US photographer and writer Emory Hall, is on route to Brighton with her husband Trevor Hall and Nahko Bear from the band Nahko and Medicine for the People.

We wanted to find out more about Emory’s photography, travels and the band’s latest tour, so we caught up with her to discover the adventure these guys have been on.

Nahko and Trevor Hall will be performing incorporating Emory’s photography at the Komedia in Brighton on Tuesday 24th April. It’s just around the corner from our Brighton Gallery, where more of Emory’s work will be shown, so be sure to check it out!

Your travels are deeply reflected in your work, how long have you been traveling and what is the most influential place you have visited?

Traveling has always been a huge part of my life and I’ve had a hunger for it for as long as I can remember.  Around the age of 19 I began traveling consistently and haven’t stopped since. Nepal has probably had the greatest influence on my life. I first travelled there when I was 20 years old and stayed for three months. I flew home to the US, booked a ticket right back, and stayed for another three. Nepal changed me in a deep and almost unsayable way, and it has taught me some of my life’s greatest lessons. It’s a strange thing to feel more at home there than I do in America.

Do you think the fact that you and your husband, Trevor Hall, are both artists inspires each other to create more?

Definitely. Trevor and I are both artists, but we express our hearts though different mediums and in different ways. In this way, we are constantly learning from each other and gaining new perspectives from the art we individually create. There has always been a natural and beautiful synchronicity between our creative expressions, and collaborating with him is one of my favourite things to do. I’m constantly growing and getting inspired because of it.

Tell us about this upcoming tour – it’s Trevor’s first time performing in EU and your first time displaying your work here correct?

Yes! This tour is special for a lot of reasons. It is Trevor’s first time bringing his music to Europe, my first time displaying my art in Europe, and we get to do it alongside one of our closest friends, Nahko. We’ve been blessed to be able to all travel together before, however this is our first time exploring Europe together and I can’t wait to see what adventures await.

What’s the one thing you’re looking forward to the most getting this side of the ocean?

I don’t think there is only one thing – there are so many! I’m just really excited to dive into new cultures and taste, feel, smell and experience all of the different cities we’re visiting. That is what inspires me and my art – stepping into the unknown and adventuring.

You seem to run in a very creative group of people and are going to be touring with Nahko Bear later this month, do you all inspire each other? How do you support each other’s creative ventures? 

I can only speak for myself, but the music and art that comes through our community definitely inspires me. It’s amazing when we all get to collaborate – for example, I can’t wait to photograph Trevor and Nahko on this tour. Art brings people together, it creates community, and its moments like this upcoming tour that allow us to collaborate and to celebrate each other’s artistry.

Has it always been your dream to be a photographer and writer?

I can’t really name any specific moment where I said to myself: I want to be a photographer, or I want to be a writer. Photography and writing have always just been natural ways of expression for me that are inseparable from my heart and being. They are how I share my experience and journey with the world, and I’m just very thankful to be able to make my passions my work.

What inspired you to produce your latest works?

My most recent large body of work came from a month-long journey I took this past summer to Greece and Nepal – two very different places that provided me with a lot of inspiration. I had always dreamed of shooting Greece, as I’ve always been drawn to the colours and moods I’ve seen captured in other photographer’s works. In Nepal, I followed a deep desire that I had to join a pilgrimage of shamans to a holy lake in a remote region of the Himalayas. It was one of the most beautiful and crazy experiences of my life.

Which piece are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of a photograph I took of the shamans dancing during this pilgrimage in the Nepal Himalayas. There was so much that went into it – sweat, pain, freezing nights, fatigue, altitude sickness – as well as heart, inspiration, willpower, and amazement.

What would you say is the biggest theme running through your work?

Art is incredibly powerful in that it can be used to inform, to celebrate, to provoke, to question, to inspire, to reveal … The theme of my work is that it comes from my heart and it is my hope that it tells honest, impactful stories about the world we live in. In this way, I hope to inspire others, to broaden people’s perspectives, and to bring our one human family closer together.

If you weren’t an artist, what career path would you have chosen?

My art is my life’s breath. For me, there is no other way. I’m not sure what I would do if I had to do something other than my art, but I’m sure I would find a way to weave it in there. 🙂

If there’s one change in the world you want your art to influence what is it?

I hope that my art helps to break down the walls that society, history, culture and circumstance all too often builds between us. I hope people see through my work that every human and place has a story to tell, and that each story is beautiful and worthy of being heard. If my art can bring us closer together and foster a feeling of connectedness between so-called strangers – even for just one person – then I feel I’ve been successful.

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Artist Jeff Koons, New York gallery are sued over late sculptures

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Wall Street investor sued American artist Jeff Koons and a prominent New York City gallery on Thursday for more than $ 39 million over their failure to deliver three Koons sculptures, alleging a scheme to deceive customers.


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Cover Band: discover fresh artwork on National Record Store Day 2018

As vinyl sales return to levels not seen since the Nineties, fresh cover art by artists such as rock music photographer Michael Spencer Jones is also drawing attention. It’s time to celebrate exclusive music-art collaborations once more…

What album artwork is the most iconic? Which musician or band produced the most memorable cover art? From The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to FKA Twigs’ LP1, via Nirvana’s Nevermind, the eponymous The Velvet Underground & Nico and Oasis’ Definitely Maybe, some album art reaches beyond the discs it covers to become an entity all of its own. The imagery produced by the likes of Sir Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, Jess Kanda, Kirk Weddle, Andy Warhol and Michael Spencer Jones, is as much a part of the experience as the music – it moved into our collective consciousness and onto the walls of our homes.


But, as music consumption went digital, for many of us cover art took a step back; because physical CDs, cassettes (remember those?) and vinyl (old-school) weren’t so prominent, to an extent the art used to sell them was relegated to posters and paste-ups.

Vinyl has, however, made a major – and unexpected – comeback in the past few years, with physical sales defying critics to continue to rise a further 26.7 per cent in the past year alone. And with a demand for physical records comes… shiny new and creative vinyl sleeves!

At one point, a commission to create a record sleeve for a prominent or emerging band was seen as a major career goal and achievement. As well as crossing industries to collaborate with artists working in another field, it promised high visibility for a visual artist or photographer’s work. Our own family of artrepublic artists are no strangers to this: Dan Hillier produced the sleeve for Royal Blood’s’ Falls; Storm Thorgerson worked with the likes of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin; Terry Pastor’s art adorned album covers for David Bowie and The Beach Boys, and that’s just for starters. Today, if the popularity of the annual Secret 7” cover art competition is anything to go by, the enthusiasm for working on sleeve art remains strong.

With all that in mind, what better way to shout about (and enjoy) the recent record store revival than with a whole day dedicated to the places we discover new music and unearth old gems? National Record Store Day does just that. On 21 April, more than 200 independent record stores in the UK join together to celebrate their culture, with exclusive vinyl releases as well as live performances and one-off events.

This year we are getting behind it with a launch of our own – Michael Spencer Jones’ new print release, ‘Be Here Now Night’, which you can see in artrepublic’s Brighton gallery. A fixture in the ‘Madchester’ music scene of the 1990s, Spencer Jones is the photographer behind some of Oasis’ most recognisable album art – Definitely Maybe, What’s The Story – as well as The Verve’s Urban Hymns.

This latest print is a nighttime shot of the famed 1997 album Be Here Now, with artwork that shows Oasis (plus glowing red Vespa) in various stances around a swimming pool. With subtle differences from the daytime shot, you can hang the two images side-by-side at home and play spot the difference!

Spencer Jones’ night prints are available on a white or black background – the latter is from a specially released anniversary version, from a super-limited edition of 25. Both limited editions are signed by the photographer.

Be Here Now Night is released on National Record Store Day. Find out more about these prints, and our other musically inspired visual artists, by having a chat with one of our gallery art advisors, or by browsing the artrepublic music category.

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Hueman Connection: introducing artrepublic’s newest artist

As North Californian graffiti artist and painter Hueman’s colourful figurative and abstract mash-ups arrive in artrepublic’s Brighton gallery – in the form of an exclusive print – we dig into her creative backstory.

Street art aficionados may be familiar with the work of Allison Torneros, who paints under the name Hueman. Even if you haven’t seen her massive, energetically colourful works in person, sprayed on walls in the US or Europe, you may have unwittingly witnessed her designs running around the basketball courts of the Rio Olympics – Hueman designed the US Women’s basketball team’s shoes with Nike – or on a custom-designed colourful X-Box collaboration with Microsoft.

Since graduating from UCLA in 2008 with a degree in Design and Media Arts, Hueman has been building a following – especially since taking her work from the studio to the streets, scaling up her paintings to bring art to urban environments and audiences. Working on a much bigger scale than she was used to gave the artist new energy. In an interview with Juxtapoz magazine, she said: ‘it was like a light switch turned on […] I was using my entire body to paint, I was talking to people, I was collaborating, I was in the sun. I felt alive again. I literally felt human. That’s where the name Hueman comes from.’

Hueman’s work is absolutely saturated with that sense of being alive. This is drawn from a perfect balance of the artist’s choice of bold bright colours, her subject matter and her image-making process. You might wonder how the artist achieves that fluid-looking finish? Starting with a freestyle series of paints splashes, drips and sprays – a la Jackson Pollock(?) – she builds her refined, highly stylised images, which draw on the theme of the human condition. As a a result, Hueman’s work is packed with motion. It’s dynamic.

And that is exactly the word we would use to describe the artist’s exclusive piece for artrepublic. A limited edition of 25, each individually hand-finished by Hueman, Silent Power does what its title promises. It makes you stand to attention in front of it, without needing to be told. The female figure at its centre is strong and confident – holding her ground and fixing her sideways gaze as energetic lines and textures swirl around her, creating movement and energy.

The longer you look at this print, the more structures, finishes and colours emerge – you begin to really appreciate the complexity of Hueman’s creative process. Imagine this scaled up on the side of a building – even at this size, it packs a punch. Looking downwards, offering out an extended arm towards you, the position of power of the woman at its heart is emphasised. There is nothing passive about this print. It’s filled with vibrant life.

Draw on Hueman’s experience of painting outdoors and bring one of her powerful pieces into your collection – it will make you, and your space, come to life.

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From LA to UK – acclaimed Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki joins the artrepublic family

What do Art Nouveau, Japanese manga comics and a particular brand of LA cool have in common? They’re all wrapped up in the the intriguing art of Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki.

Inspired by the beauty and mystique of the female form, Kawasaki’s images have been drawing in a big audience Stateside over the past few years. Often painted directly onto wooden panels, her art gains extra depth and texture from the natural organic grains and patterns of the wood – each of which brings an additional unique layer to the paintings.

Now, the LA-based artist’s intricate and mysterious work is available in our

 

Brighton gallery, and online, as Kawasaki joins our artrepublic family of artists. We’re excited to be able to share a selection of her limited edition prints, including ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’, which are exclusive to artrepublic in Europe.

Using scrolled, turn of the 20th-century typography with a modern colour palette of soft pinks, turquoises and yellows – plus the woodgrain background – both ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’ draw upon the mysterious and marvellous space of the circus… and freaks shows.

From clowns and illusionists to contortionists and strongwomen, the characters and vintage glamour of the travelling show is pulled into the modern day via Kawasaki’s own brand of graphic design-meets-illustration – a style that forced her to abandon her studies at the Paris Institute in New York, where the focus was firmly on the conceptual.

Inspired by old advertisements posters for circus performers, these two prints also subtly nod to the whimsical and fantastical nature of Japanese fashion culture, and have a fresh, tattoo-like feel to them too – something that hasn’t passed LA’s tattoo parloursby. Ink inspired by Kawasaki’s artwork have become an increasingly common sight on California’s streets (and beyond) in recent years, showing a style shift from the traditional pin-up to this more modern feminine form.


If you want to bring a playful hit of circus-style home with you, our exclusive limited editions are your only chance – unless you plan on visiting the US or Asia sometime soon! Drop by our Brighton gallery and speak to one of our art advisors or, if you’re not local, check out this artist’s striking work online at artrepublic.com.

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New York judge awards Nazi-looted artworks to Holocaust victim’s heirs in key test case

(Reuters) – A New York judge on Thursday awarded title of two Nazi-looted drawings by noted Austrian painter Egon Schiele to a Holocaust victim’s heirs in what art experts viewed as a key test case of a U.S. law designed to ease the recovery of such stolen works.


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Spot the Difference: Damien Hirst shows his brand-new works at Houghton House

Does Damien Hirst ever sit still? Apparently not. The contemporary artist and collector has a brand new exhibition, Colour Space Painting and Outdoor Sculptures, at Houghton House in Norfolk.

Most of us are familiar with Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings – canvases featuring grids of spots, each painted a different colour with no apparent pattern or motive. Once described by Hirst as ‘a way of pinning down the joy of colour,’ the 1000-plus grids in the series have recently morphed into something more free-flowing – a series titled Colour Space. And they’ve found a temporary home at Houghton Hall in Norfolk.

Damien Hirst, Colour Space series, in the Saloon at HOUGHTON HALL, NORFOLK ©Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018 Photo by Pete Huggins

To give you a little context, the Palladian-style house was built in 1720 as a home for the first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, and its interiors were designed to reflect his status. If you’re thinking lavish decor, with plenty of gilding and carving, you’re on the right lines. Not necessarily the obvious location for Hirst’s exhibition, Colour Space Painting and Outdoor Sculptures then?

Well, maybe. But Walpole happened to be a prolific collector of art – he amassed one of the greatest collections of European art in Britain during his lifetime – and so the grand space is ideal for exhibiting large-scale works. Plus, as an artist known for disrupting the status quo,  Hirst’s latest pieces have a transformative effect on these traditional gilded interiors (and the well-manicured gardens of the estate, too).

Damien Hirst, Colour Space series, in The White Drawing-Room at HOUGHTON HALL, NORFOLK ©Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018 Photo by Pete Huggins

It’s slightly strange looking at this collision of old and new – you wouldn’t expect it to work. But, oddly, the motion of the swirling colours within these new paintings brings something fresh into the space. A burst of organic energy. And it does more than simply work, it actually mesmerises you a little.

‘I originally wanted the Spots to look like they were painted by a human trying to paint like a machine,’ says Hirst. ‘Colour Space is going back to the human element, so instead you have the fallibility of the human hand in the drips and inconsistencies. There are still no two exact colours that repeat in each painting, which is really important to me. I think of them as cells under a microscope.’

Hirst’s paintings open up Houghton’s State Rooms like portals between two (highly colour saturated) worlds and, with a couple of his kinetic ‘Levitation’ sculptures installed for good measure, all your senses get involved. You can almost hear the art, as well as see it.

Damien Hirst, Myth and Legend, by the entrance to the hall at HOUGHTON HALL, NORFOLK ©Damien Hirst and Sciencyee Ltd. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018 Photo by Pete Huggins

This experience of the unexpected extends beyond the House itself, into the grounds where several of Hirst’s most celebrated sculptures have been placed. In these perfectly groomed gardens, the last thing you’d anticipate stumbling across is ‘Charity’ – a giant painted bronze sculpture of a young girl with a brace on her leg, based on a familiar 20th-century charity collection box – or the three-tonne male anatomical model, ‘Temple’. Sculpture demands space to be viewed properly though – you’re meant to be able to walk around it and take in every angle – so in this environment that’s far removed from the traditional gallery or urban location, Hirst’s pieces look a little different. They reveal themselves in a new light.

‘It felt right to show them somewhere historic rather than in a conventional gallery space,’ says Hirst. ‘And Houghton’s perfect. It feels totally right.’

We’d agree with that. It’s definitely worth a trip to Norfolk and, if/ when you do visit, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it – just drop us a message via one of our social media channels, or pop in and have a chat with our art advisors in the gallery.

Colour Space Painting and Outdoor Sculptures is open at Houghton House, Norfolk until 15 July 2018. For more information, visit houghtonhall.com

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Hitler’s portrait of a lover to go up for auction

BERLIN (Reuters) – An oil portrait believed to have been painted by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler of a little-known former lover will go under the hammer next week with an asking price of 60,000 euros ($ 74,000), a German auction house said on Thursday.


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Putting modern portraiture back in the spotlight

To say that Tate Britain’s new blockbuster exhibition All Too Human – Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life is causing a stir, would be an understatement. There’s a major buzz about this new London exhibit, which explores how Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud – as well as Paula Rego, Frank Auerbach and Walter Sickert – captured the intensity of human experience on canvas. Not something that’s all that easy to do.

While the approach and style of the artists featured in this headlining art show differ widely, one thing they all have in common is a fearless approach to representing their subjects. Bold, honest and confronting are three more words we might choose to use. As are textural, tactile and, well, impressive.

A focus of the Art world for quite some time, the build-up to, and launch of, the exhibition has put figurative painting firmly back in the spotlight. Here at artrepublic, we’re no stranger to modern portraiture – and not because we’ve watched Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Year. We’ve long had a stand-out roster of contemporary masters of portraiture, including the likes of Marco Grassi, Ant Carver, Ben Slow and SNIK, each of whom brings something fresh to the table.

Fine art meets graffiti style in the works of Italian artist Marco Grassi, who paints the female form with realistic intensity but aims to draw out identity of his female subjects at the specific moment in which they’re painted. His dedication to figurative painting, and lack of desire to follow trends, results in works that are slightly surreal but deeply evocative. Rather than detract from the figures depicted in his prints, the gold leaf finish that Grassi often favours throw added light on the subject, seeming to bring the portrait itself forward in space.

Similarly colourful, but varying stylistically, you may find the work of Art Carver gracing the walls of East London the work of London… or even in Philadelphia, where he created a large-scale mural of teenage model and Instagram sensation Inka Williams. Taking inspiration from both the New York graffiti scene and more traditional portraiture, Carven has has also cited the likes of Lucien Freud and the YBA’s Jenny Saville as personal favourites.

Although these influences seem contradictory – formal art school realism versus street art’s free-flowing rebellious streak – Carver has merged them successfully to create highly textural portraits, using both spray and oil paint. The prints we have available at artrepublic – such as ‘Serenity’ and ‘Paradise’ – showcase his subjects with a raw, unflinching intensity.

Another fixture of the London street scene, up-and-coming London artist Ben Slow is known for creating distinctive and expressive portraits on canvas – which translate beautifully to silkscreen prints, such as ‘I Didn’t Mean It Like That’ and ‘Of Great Stature.’

Whether he’s bringing fine art to the streets – keeping it local by celebrating characters who have made an impact on their community – or in the studio, layering his main material, ink, with spray paint, stencils and acrylic paint, Slow creates portraits that tell real human stories, and draw empathy for his subjects, both through and beyond the artwork. It’s the eyes that draw you in. Every time.

Last, but by no means least, we at artrepublic are also big fans of celebrated stencil art duo SNIK. No doubt wary of constant references to Banksy every time stencil art is discussed, SNIK are on a mission to prove that stencils can also be used to achieve a high level of realism and detail. Working with different mediums, techniques, paints and varnishes, and painstakingly drawing and cutting multiple layers by hand, the duo create slick, sharp – and almost photo-realistic – images such as ‘Fading Glow.

When you know what goes into each of these artists’ artworks, you can’t help but look at their prints with an whole new layer of respect. We can’t wait to see where they take modern portraiture next, but if you’re a fan of the figurative, you should take it home while you can.

‘All Too Human’ is at Tate Britain until 27 August. Discover Marco Grassi, Ant Carver, Ben Slow and Snik prints to buy online or visit Brighton gallery.

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The new design by Annabelle Selldorf highlights its controversial garden, and brings visitors up into former living quarters for an intimate experience with art.
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NME’s legacy celebrated by acclaimed photographic artist Mark Vessey in an artrepublic exclusive

When Time Inc. UK recently announced that, after 66 years in print, the NME would no longer exist in print format, it created a wave of nostalgia for days gone by. And, at the same time, inspired a contemporary photographic artist’s creativity.

Once an iconic music magazine, the NME was considered a zeitgeist-defining bible for rock fans and had the power to inspire new music scenes and make or break young bands. Now, in celebration of the magazine’s legacy, acclaimed British photographic artist Mark Vessey is issuing a limited edition photograph entitled ‘New Musical Express’, exclusively through artrepublic.

Inspired by the magazine’s design and strong visual identity, Vessey chose the NME as his latest subject – for him, the spines of the magazine provided a unique way to tell the story of music culture. As such, his photograph features a stack of magazines spanning the last couple of decades, with special issues that were dedicated to the likes of The Clash, Nirvana, Radiohead, The Manic Street Preachers, Bob Dylan and The Who.

This exclusive piece is part of an ongoing body of work called Collections, which takes its inspiration from Vessey’s love of vintage magazines, books, records and classic packaging design. With the collector’s obsessive eye for detail and every crease and scuff lovingly captured on medium format film in his Brighton studio, the photographer takes everyday objects and allows us to appreciate them in a new light – The Face magazine, James Bond novels and Penguin books have been the subject of earlier works. With ‘New Musical Express’ Vessey captures a very specific moment in time, and marks its place as an artefact of 20th and 21st century popular culture.

Fans of the magazine, and the artist, can pick up this limited edition ‘New Musical Express’, fresh off the printing press, at artrepublic from Thursday 5 April 2018 at 10AM . The C-Type photograph comes in two sizes – 80x80cm (edition of 50), and the rarer 110x110cm (edition of 15).

View our Mark Vessey collection, including this latest exclusive print, online or at our Brighton Gallery. Call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com.

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Destroyed by Islamic State, ancient winged bull rises again in London

LONDON (Reuters) – An ancient Assyrian winged bull sculpture destroyed by Islamic State (IS) fighters in 2015 and subsequently recast in recycled Middle Eastern food packaging went on display in London’s Trafalgar Square on Wednesday.


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Rare Kabul exhibition brings taste of Mughal art back home

KABUL (Reuters) – An exhibition that reproduces the precious treasures of Mughal art in their original setting in Kabul’s Babur Garden opened this weekend, bringing a rare moment of cultural relief to a city pounded by war for decades.


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‘The world needs a sausage dog museum’, so German owners provide one

A museum dedicated to the dachshund, Germany’s short-legged, long-bodied “sausage dog”, opens next week in the southern city of Passau, and will show more than 2,000 exhibits from dog-shaped bread to a giant golden statuette.


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Van Gogh landscape expected to fetch millions at auction

PARIS (Reuters) – A landscape painting by Dutch impressionist Vincent Van Gogh that went on display in Paris on Wednesday is expected to fetch between 3-5 million euros ($ 3.7-$ 6.1 million) when it is auctioned in June.


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Gina Soden artist interview

We recently caught up with Gina Soden, photographer and rising star of British contemporary art.

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Q. So Gina, how do you find your fantastic and hidden locations?

A. A variety of ways – I use Google maps and search manually for places, also if I know of a location in a town I will look for others on aerial view and street view. This is a great way to “drive” around and take a look. I also look at articles and books. Tip offs from friends too. It takes me hours to find places sometimes. Other times it is very difficult, so I am lucky to have a great network of friends I am in contact with who share information on abandoned places. The people in the group share a common interest but have different motivations behind their love of exploration. For example, I know a guy who has done a project on Italian asylums and wants the patients stories told. We’ve worked together and while he has been going through the records and speaking to the manager I have been shooting.

Gina Soden Studio 1

Q. It seems like your photographic series have a strong sense of narrative – is this organic or do you create a story with each series?

A. When I’m shooting I try to give a sense of place but not direct the narrative. I want people to be able to make their own stories. I don’t shoot with a series in mind. I collect images and then put them together. For example, Incremento was created from various shoots in Romania, Italy and France. It can sometimes be a race to get there before a building gets renovated or demolished!

Gina Soden Studio 2

Q. That sounds incredible – any hairy moments?

A. To get into an abandoned asylum in Italy I had to crawl through a basement between pipes covered in fibreglass. It was boiling hot, itchy and very claustrophobic. It was all worth it- once inside I spent 12 hours there. I’ve been back three times since, each time a different way in.

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Q. Do you have a particular room or piece that came from that experience which stand out for you?

A. A really interesting piece that is titled ‘Manicomio: Operating Theatre’, it was shot using a panoramic head with a wide aperture. The final image is one hundred and seventeen images stitched together. It’s a huge piece, sized at 157cm squared. It took a long time to shoot it, and a long time to stitch the images together, I had to do a lot of it manually to line it up. I wanted to portray a wide scene of the whole room but with only a certain part in focus to draw attention to the centre. I love the detail in it and the fact all that was left behind is a hospital.

Q. Which of the series so far would you say is your favourite?

A. Definitely Incremento, it has the most artistic freedom.

Q. Any inspirations?

A. I’m very inspired by Wes Anderson, his stylistic art gives me a sense of calm. The single point perspective and symmetry in his work has a soothing effect so I love to portray that in my work.

Q. You have been involved in a number of really exciting projects with Soho House and the Ned, can we see your work there now?

A. Yes, my work is in the Neds permanent ‘Vault’ Collection, in the hotel rooms there and in the Parlour and the Lounge. My work is also at the recently refurbished Soho House – 40 Greek Street. Happy to give a guided tour! 😉

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Masters of War: Pure Evil’s genius

The street artist’s latest screen prints make a striking political statement

Art isn’t always political – and it doesn’t have to be, either – but the links between the two arenas can be traced back a very long way – think everything from Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ and Jacob Epstein’s ‘Rock Drill’ right up to the majority of Banksy and Ai Wei Wei’s provocative artworks.

The collision of political outrage and commentary with creativity can also be seen in the latest series of screen prints by Pure Evil. Titled ‘Masters of War’, the series is inspired by President Trump’s regularly antagonistic tweets, directly referencing his access to the nuclear ‘Button’.

Masters of War - Gold by Pure Evil

The limited edition of 100, which are printed on Fedrigoni paper and signed and numbered by the artist, show a suited arm with a single finger hovering over a tantalising red button. Available in three different colour ways – silver, gold and royal blue – stylistically the four-colour print draws on the work produced by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein who, like Pure Evil, enjoyed packing his images with a little Western cultural critique.

Masters of War by Pure Evil

If this little piece of contemporary history doesn’t quite push your buttons, but you’re a fan of Pure Evil’s own brand of Pop portraiture, why not check out the latest ‘Smiling Jackie’, which has been reworked in two fresh colour ways – red & black and soft blue.

Smiling Jackie by Pure Evil

You’ve also got a chance to get your hands on one of the limited edition Box Set 1s, featuring six prints of female icons, including Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and our very own Queen Elizabeth.

Box Set 1 by Pure Evil

Hang the entire series on your walls and, we’d say, that’s certainly one way to make an artistic (or political) statement of your own.

View our current collection of Pure Evil prints, including these latest releases at our Brighton Gallery.

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Lebanese cleric’s piano playing strikes wrong note for some

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A Muslim cleric has been expelled from his seminary in Lebanon after a video of his piano playing, posted online, drew criticism from conservatives who felt it was undignified behavior for a man of the cloth, he said.


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Dan Hillier Requiem Prints Out Now

We are really excited to have the three new prints from Dan Hillier. Requiem, Moon Language and Raven are all silkscreen limited editions singed by Dan, and inspired by his artwork in the title sequence of BBC1 drama Requiem.

Dan Hillier’s work explores the interface between humans and the wilder natural world, the line between our day-to-day reality and the extraordinary. Which is a perfect fit for the themes explored in this supernatural drama. You can still catch the full spooky drama series on BBC iplayer.

Dan Hillier came to fame with his amazing imagery on the ‘Pachamama’ album cover of Brit award winners Royal Blood. His extraordinary collages are created from bits and pieces of old Victorian prints, which he sources from 1800 woodcuts, engravings, anatomical drawings and various illustrations.

View all Dan Hilliers work online or call into our Brighton gallery.

Requiem – Titles for BBC One by Peter Anderson Studio and Dan Hillier from Peter Anderson Studio on Vimeo.

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Flower power: Chinese artist hails east-west dialogue with petals

LONDON (Reuters) – The sweeping fields of flowers that fill the canvases at Zhuang Hong Yi’s new London exhibition are more than just depictions of the natural world – he says they are a dialogue between the cultures that have shaped his work.


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Homer’s Odyssey gets modern art treatment at London exhibition

LONDON (Reuters) – Contemporary artists have drawn upon everything from comic books to Campbell’s soup cans for inspiration in recent years, but New York artist Scooter LaForge has drawn his from an altogether grander source, with a new exhibition based on Homer’s classic poem “The Odyssey.”


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Michael Craig-Martin: Elevating the everyday in art, architecture and design

Be inspired by the work of Michael Craig-Martin, the conceptual artist who influenced a whole generation of young British artists – we’re not kidding, he has links to three decades-worth of famous Goldsmiths art graduates! However, it’s Craig-Martin’s own catalogue of contemporary art work that we’re focused on.

We’re excited to be able to share three small editions of Craig-Martin’s work with you. They do, however come with a warning: the Royal Academician’s pieces always get snapped up quickly so, if you want to enjoy this artwork at your leisure, you’ll have to move quickly.

Design and Architecture 2017 by Michael Craig-Martin

Born in Ireland, Craig-Martin studied Fine Art in the States at Yale’s School of Art and Architecture in the Sixties before moving to London, where he developed his now-famous pared-back depictions of everyday objects. His elegant linework drew on everything from items of clothing to the built environment. A recent example of this can be seen in his limited edition “Design and Architecture” silkscreen prints.

Across a four-piece set, Craig-Martin depicts the work of four renowned Twentieth century architects, placing one of their buildings side-by-side with an interior design classic that they also created.

Modernists Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe come under highly saturated scrutiny, alongside Gerrit Rietveld of the De Stijl movement. The joy? That Craig-Martin highlights the linear similarities between each designer’s large and small-scale structures, and messes with our minds a little by making us consider them together rather than in isolation.

Speaking of sets of objects, we also have 15 limited edition sets of Craig-Martin’s “Quotidian 2017”; eight laser-etched acrylic panels that each focuses on a single quotidian (or everyday object).

The high-contrast white-on-black images move from the mundane – a stiletto, a pair of glasses, a steering wheel – to quite literally throw a little heat into the work, via a hand grenade. What is Craig-Martin saying about everyday life in 2017? Take a closer look at the set in our Brighton gallery and make up your own mind.

Finally, if you’re focused on finding an artwork that’s a little more playful, “The Planets” limited edition silkscreen print is definitely worth checking out. At first glance, it’s a Pop-style depiction of a solar system, but look again: the planets are, in fact, reimagined as sports balls. This is one piece that never fails to bring a smile to our faces. What do you think?

If you want to find out more, have a chat with one of our art advisors – they’re always on hand in the gallery or online to share their knowledge and advice with you.

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DUBAI (Reuters) – As traditional centers of modern Arab art in Damascus and Baghdad have imploded amid disastrous wars, the sheeny city-state of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has stepped into the vacuum as a major hub for art sales.


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