Picasso, Leger paintings seen fetching millions at London auction

Abstract paintings depicting the female form by Pablo Picasso and Fernand Leger are expected to fetch tens of millions of dollars at auction when they go under the hammer next week, according to Christie’s auction house.


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Ancient Afghan citadel collapses, cultural heritage sites at risk

An ancient tower dating back 2,000 years in the historic Afghan city of Ghazni collapsed this week, local officials said, raising concerns about the vulnerability of the country’s cultural heritage and the government’s ability to protect them.


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RYCA presents his cheeky F-Word Showcase at artrepublic

On the 28th June, arterpublic are delighted to open up our gallery from 6pm-8pm to welcome the infamous Ryan Callanan (RYCA) and his ‘F-word Showcase’. Are we excited? Absofuckinlutely.

Expect a beer or a glass of bubbly, our resident DJ, the opportunity to meet RYCA himself and to sneak a peak at his latest works featured publicly for the first time. Exclusive to artrepublic, his new works keep in line with his iconic style that combines contemporary pop culture with aesthetically old-fashioned elements, such as traditional typography.

A master of his craft, he combines hand-etched glass and ornate frames with his street-art inspired messages, to result in a fresh yet classic piece of artwork. An homage to the lost art of pub signages, RYCA plays with traditional forms and gets away with reworking what we’ve seen before into something new and captivating. The stunning type takes the edge out of the profanity, so much so that your relatives might not even notice when they visit.

Put that to the test with our wall of words and spot the swear!

There will also be an opportunity to snatch some of his last prints before they are officially sold out, and the chance to purchase special editions of sold out artworks. Accomplished and vibrant, RYCA is a huge name in the contemporary art and street art scene at the moment, and we’re thrilled to have him take over artrepublic Brighton.

Kicking off the weekend in style, get down to the gallery early to avoid missing out.

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Leonard Cohen’s love letters to Marianne fetch $876,000 at auction

A collection of more than 50 love letters written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen to the woman who inspired “So Long, Marianne” has sold for $ 876,000, with many going for more than five times their pre-sale estimates, Christie’s auction house said on Thursday.


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artrepublic visits the Royal Academy Original Print Fair

It was a joy and privilege to attend and we wanted to bring you some of the highlights.

The 2019 London Original Print Fair gives visitors the opportunity to engage with and buy original prints spanning five centuries. From Picasso to Grayson Perry, there was something for everyone. On the day, we saw some of our favourite featured artists from the Brighton gallery and some of their new original work.

Following on from ‘Present Sense’, his three-year long collaboration with the Royal Academy, Michael Craig-Martin’s work made a welcome appearance at this year’s Original Print Fair. His fixation on ordinary objects stabilises his use of eclectic, often highly saturated colours.  He elevates what is usually considered the mundane, providing an outline or a particular angle in order to play around with perspective and detail. Most of the objects that he has featured in his works have gone out of fashion or production since. At first glance his work might seem simplistic, but Craig-Martin provides an important social commentary on the rapid rate that we consume items. By encapsulating an aspect of our present in art, we can see how quickly an everyday object becomes a relic of design history. His cool, minimalist style puts all of the emphasis on the interpretation of the viewer and our own personal nostalgia. Disconnected yet profound, simplistic yet vivid, Craig-Martin has redefined abstract-minimalism for modern times.

Legendary pop culture artist Peter Blake’s most recent prints were also on display on the day. His collection, ‘Reclaimed Icons’ celebrates an often-overlooked aspect of popular culture: the circus. Taking inspiration from vintage circus advertisements, Blake plays with the traditional to produce something much more decadent. Embellishing with metallic glitters and stunningly vibrant inks, Blake breathes a new life into what used to be images seen everyday. His trademark fascination with nostalgia is given a new avenue to explore within this series. The pieces feature clowns, flamenco dancers, pin-ups and more. Harking back to the entertainment culture of another era, Blake effortlessly evokes our own personal memories of childhood without being sentimental. The pieces are how we’d like to remember the circus, the glittering gorgeousness and majestic performances. Signed by Blake, from a limited edition, these pieces are a delightful blast from a nearly-forgotten past.

artrepublic were delighted to find Bruce McLean’s works on the day too. His instantly recognisable dynamic style combines the luminosity of colour with the unpredictability of his shapes. The resulting compositions are bold, expressive and vibrant. McLean’s work demonstrates how his style is in a constant state of flux. There’s a restlessness to his pieces, as black ‘scribbles’ cut through the prints, that indicate his desire to challenge the concepts around what defines ‘art’. The layering of textures and colours demonstrate the spontaneity within his creative process, the evolving nature of his works. Giving the pieces a sense of movement and fun, crucial within McLean’s work. What marks him as one of the key contemporary artists of our times is the energy that he permeates throughout his works, which are electrifying displays of his anti-establishment creativity.

Last but definitely not least, we saw some of print legend David Shrigley’s work. Shrigley’s style is often unnervingly childlike, as it simultaneously celebrates and satirises aspects of everyday adult life. The imperfections within his works, the wobbly letters, the unevenly hand-painted words, give his pieces a sense of openness and intimacy. ‘Its All Your Fault’ features a huge hand pointing directly at the viewer. Whether we’re thinking about that time we forgot to turn the oven off, or about our shambolic government, we can’t help but be charmed by his playful provocativeness.

If you’d like to view any of the artists’ work that we saw at the Original Print Fair, pop into our Brighton gallery! We’d be delighted to show you around.

 

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Celebrate life’s milestones with the gift of art

The artrepublic Brighton gallery can organise wedding, birthday and special occasion gift lists.

Gifting art has never easier and with wedding season now here, it’s a great time to start thinking about the gift list! artrepublic conveniently offers newlyweds the opportunity to buy the art they love, with a little help from their family and friends. Wedding guests can easily contribute towards an artrepublic art fund for the happy new couple, who will receive a lovely gift voucher. Call the Brighton artrepublic gallery on +44 (0) 1273 724829 to start or add to a wedding gift list.

Perhaps this year has a different milestone celebration marked in the diary? A big birthday? A retirement party? A big business success? Whatever the celebration, artrepublic can help to organise a celebratory gift list on your behalf.

Our team love to help new and existing clients choose their perfect artwork, especially when the said piece will be marking such a special occasion. We really believe that art is personal and when chosen that way, becomes timeless and forever loved.

Why buy art with the artrepublic Brighton gallery?

A multitude of artworks from both emerging and established contemporary artists alike

The artrepublic team offer an exceptional framing service so your piece looks the part 

Get a little help with your purchase by setting up an Own Art, interest-free loan. You can borrow up to £25,000 with the Art Council’s fantastic art-buying scheme

 

For further information about anything listed above, or to set up a gift list, please call the Brighton gallery artrepublic team on +44 (0) 1273 724829.

 

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Ai-Da, the humanoid robot artist, gears up for first solo exhibition

Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper. But the beeping from her bionic arm gives her away – Ai-Da is a robot.


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Balloon ‘Tank Man’ in Taiwan marks 30 years since Tiananmen crackdown

A Taiwanese artist has created giant inflatables of a tank and “tank man” – the lone protester who stood in front of a convoy of tanks on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square – to mark 30 years since China’s bloody crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.


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Gold miners must focus on returns, mergers to attract investment: Barrick CEO

Gold miners must focus on maximizing returns and more mergers to attract investors seeking to diversify after years of under-investing in mines, Barrick Gold’s chief executive said on Wednesday.


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Swiss court blocks Italy’s bid for possible da Vinci portrait

Switzerland’s highest court has rejected Italy’s request for the return of an oil painting attributed by some to Leonardo Da Vinci, ruling no Swiss laws were broken when the work was brought over the border.


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Leonard Cohen’s ‘So Long, Marianne’ love letters up for auction

A collection of love letters written by Canadian musician Leonard Cohen to the woman who inspired his song, “So Long, Marianne” is going up for auction next month, two years after both of them died.


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Dollar stalls near one-month high after Fed minutes

The U.S. dollar held near a one-month high on Wednesday after minutes from the May Federal Open Market Committee meeting showed officials agreed that their current patient approach to setting monetary policy could remain in place “for some time.”


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Huawei unwanted: Asian shops shun phone trade-ins on Google suspension worries

Mobile phone retailers in some Asian countries are refusing to accept Huawei devices for trade-ins, as more consumers look to offload their device on worries Google suspending business with the Chinese firm will disrupt services.


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Buy affordable art at the eagerly anticipated 2019 Art Yard Sale

Our eagerly anticipated Art Yard Sale will return again on 2nd June 2019 in the heart of Brighton’s North Laines – Jubilee Square. Now in its fourth year, this spectacular event draws huge crowds, keen to meet their favourite artist from the artrepublic gallery. A fantastic opportunity to buy affordable, exclusive artworks from leading, contemporary artists – this event is one for your diary.

Art Yard Sale 2019

Expect an array of artworks for sale from both emerging and established artists alike. Discover brand new print releases whilst taking part in impromptu workshops with artists at their stalls. The day is full of inspiring opportunities.

We are pleased to welcome the following artists for Art Yard Sale 2019:

Anders Coolnnice, Aroe, Art & Believe, Bonnie and Clyde, Chloe Rox, CJP, Clive Sefton, Cosmo Sarson, Dan Hillier, Dave Buonaguidi, Dirty Hans, Eddy Bennett, Eelus, Euan Roberts, Jayson Lilley, Joe Webb, Louise Mcnaught, Lucy Bryant, Magnus Gjoen, Maria Rivans, Mike Edwards, Pure Evil, Rebecca Strickson, Richard Berner, Ryan Callanan, Sara Pope, Sarah Arnett, Sinna1, Soozy Lipsey

On the day artists will only accept artrepublic Money, you can exchange your cash at the artrepublic stall that will be at the entrance of Jubilee Square.

To avoid the queues, the artrepublic gallery on Bond Street will be open 2 hours earlier so you cans swap your cash for artrepublic money between 9am and 11am only.

Created with the objective of bringing together our gallery’s artists with their fan base in one spectacular art-filled place; our event runs alongside Brighton’s creative festival season – the Brighton Fringe. artrepublic has been the official sponsor of the Visual Arts Programme at the Brighton Fringe for many years now – and our Art Yard Sale fits perfectly with the local and creative ethos of the festival.

Founder and curator Lindsay Alkin shares: “It’s a really fun day, where everyone can meet their favorite artists, learn about their creative process and watch them hand finish exclusive works. It’s best to get down early as a lot of the releases sell out as they are at special prices for the day and no one likes to miss out. We have a really wide selection this year from photography to ceramics from exciting new artists.”

For more information head over to our dedicated Art Yard Sale website.

 

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Leonardo da Vinci drawings go on display at Buckingham Palace

Leonardo da Vinci’s thumbprint and preparatory sketches for some of his most famous works are going on display to the public at Buckingham Palace, in what is being billed as the biggest exhibition of the artist’s work in more than 65 years.


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Dollar near one-month highs before Fed minutes; pound dives

The dollar held near a one-month high on Wednesday as trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies remained high before Fed minutes that may give more clues on what prompted U.S. policymakers to strike a broadly neutral stance this month.


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Jeff Koons ‘Rabbit’ sculpture sets $91.1 million record for a living artist

A 1986 “Rabbit” sculpture by American pop artist Jeff Koons sold for $ 91.1 million in New York on Wednesday, a record price for a work by a living artist, Christie’s auction house said.


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Japan fashion magnate raises over $8 million at Sotheby’s auction

Japanese fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa sold art for more than $ 8 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York on Thursday night, providing funds to the entrepreneur who previously said he has no money.


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Exclusive: Trump EPA did not await court ruling to loosen biofuel rules for refiners – documents

The Trump administration made it easier for oil refineries to get waivers from the nation’s biofuel law at least four months before a 2017 court decision it often cites to justify the move to the corn lobby, and the move was motivated by a desire to save the oil industry money, Reuters has learned.


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Monet ‘Haystacks’ painting sells for record $110.7 million at auction

One of the few paintings in Claude Monet’s celebrated “Haystacks” series that still remains in private hands sold at auction on Tuesday for $ 110.7 million, setting a record for an Impressionist work.


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The Beginners Guide to Collecting Photography

Beginners Guide to Collecting Photography

May is officially Photography month. Our friends at Crane Kalman Gallery have helped us put together a beginners guide to collecting photography. 

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Beauty And The Beast by Slim Aarons - Photography Print Beauty And The Beast by Slim Aarons

 

Why collect photography?

The best reason to buy anything is that you cannot imagine living without it. Photography is still a relative newcomer to the collecting scene, having only really come to the fore in the 1970s, due to serious collectors began to notice its value. Since the 1980s, the market for art photography has been steadily accelerating. With a sharply growing status in the art market, today it is recognised as an established artistic medium. In a fifteen-year period starting in 2000, photography’s price index grew by 48%. By the end of 2017, art-market analysis showed that art photography sales were up 54% overall.

Photographs by emerging and even established photographers are incredibly reasonable in comparison with the astronomical and ever-rising costs of contemporary art, which means that it is possible to build an exceptional photography collection for the equivalent price of one good piece of contemporary art. Did you know that the average auction price for a photograph is $ 10,000, compared with $ 60,000 for a painting? This makes it an appealing and exciting medium to be collecting, not to mention infinitely more accessible. And if you look at collecting work by emerging and mid-career photographers, or those in the 19-35 age group, it is highly likely that you will be investing early in great artists of the future.

Where to start?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to something as subjective as taste and art. A personal touch is key. Think about what you like; maybe you have a penchant for vintage cars. You could start with a well-defined field, like landscape photography or portraiture, and explore the ways in which different photographers approach their subject matter.

Some experts suggest creating a narrative through a selection of works by individual photographers. If you identify a noticeable theme driving your desires and interests, you can source works that respond to that theme. Grow your collection from there. 

If you have a fondness for icons of our recent history, look at Richard Heeps’ work. In Indian Coca Cola, Heeps depicts the immediately recognisable, cursive, white Coca Cola script locked in a losing battle with fading red paint on wood boards. The once vivid colours recall the glowing Golden Age of Coca-Cola. This is when it was linked with relaxation and an American way of life. Now, the sign has deteriorated. That Golden Age is just a distant memory held in our collective cultural consciousness. Heeps creates a powerful and deeply nostalgic evocation of fifties American life to contrast the immediacy of our contemporary lives.

Indian Coca-Cola by Richard Heeps - Photography Print Indian Coca-Cola by Richard Heeps

If you have an interest in American style, look no further than Michael Schachtner’s elegant images of the iconic American sports shoe: Converse’s All Star. Schachtner’s individual images of pairs of battered All Stars, one of the most iconic footwear silhouettes of all time, against a pure white background elevate the humble rubber-soled sports shoe to a museum object. The ingenuity behind this series is the way Schachtner depicts these shoes as portraits of their owners; every grain of dirt, every crease in the fabric, every hole in the sole represents a journey or adventure taken by the wearer, and vicariously by us.

Converse, Stars and Stripes by Michael Schachtner - Photography Print Converse, Stars and Stripes by Michael Schachtner

What next?

All Is Not Lost By Jeremy Gibbs AKA RomanyWG - Photography Print All Is Not Lost by Jeremy Gibbs AKA RomanyWG

Consider your personality: do you prefer to plan or are you led purely by instinct? If you like to plan, think about creating a mood-board, bringing together your interests in an immediately visual way. From the simplest approach of collating images that you like, to a more in-depth method, like identifying the aesthetic of a decade, nothing is off limits to you.

Why a mood-board?

The process of physically pinpointing what you like or what interests you through a mood-board can stimulate fresh ideas. Make the most of technology; use Instagram to search hashtags that will inspire new ideas, and collect your interests digitally. The benefit of creating a mood-board, is that it will enable you to see how works will look together in one space.

What suits you?

Trips to art galleries and fairs are a good idea if you are guided by instinct. This is because you can look at work in the flesh. Visiting a gallery and being surrounded by images is a valuable way of gauging your reaction to an artwork the moment you see it. It will also enable you to visualise how pieces will look in your home. Consider size, space and style; you will know what suits you and your home best. You can then use artrepublic’s website to find available works.

Which photographers?

Consider supporting early-career photographers as their work will be more affordable than the big names. You may discover a gem that speaks to you. Try following photographers on Instagram; this will bring you closer to seeing their creative process and what happens behind the scenes. It will also prompt you to research the photographer, their background, interests, or previous series.

Summing up

Let your instincts and tastes guide you. Know the background of the photographer, the series, the edition size and pricing ladder, and have conversations with the gallery; research is key. But ultimately buy what you like. Think with your head, but buy with your heart.

Competition Time!

To celebrate the first in a series of the new artrepublic guides, giving expert tips and information on how to start collecting photography, we have a VIP pass (for 2) to the UK’s no.1 photography event, Photo London, at Somerset House in London running from 15th-19th May. See artist Ellie Davies new work on the stand of Crane Kalman Brighton gallery, G4 in the courtyard pavilion. The VIP ticket gives you access to the Preview Day of the Fair on Wednesday 15th May and to the exclusive Private View event in the evening.

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We hope you enjoyed reading this article about photography and all the opportunity it offers. Stay tuned throughout the month to see further instalments into the ever prosperous world of photography!

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Lady Gaga takes on ‘Camp’ at Met Gala in gowns, underwear

Pop superstar Lady Gaga made a grand entrance at New York’s annual Met Gala on Monday, wearing a voluminous bright pink dress that she shed on the red carpet to reveal three other outfits layered underneath, including a bra and underwear, her interpretation of the evening’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”


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Argentine graphic novel draws ‘Dirty War’ for new generation

An Argentine creative duo is looking to keep alive memories of the horrors faced by people during the country’s so-called “Dirty War,” turning to comic-book form to reach a generation who grew up after the end of the military dictatorship in 1983.


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‘Intimate Audrey’: Hepburn exhibition opens in Brussels

From personal pictures and dresses to film props and awards, an exhibition offering an intimate look at the life of late actress Audrey Hepburn has opened in Brussels, marking the 90th anniversary of the Hollywood star’s birth in the Belgian city.


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U.S. judge rules Spanish museum can keep Pissarro confiscated by Nazis

A Madrid museum cannot be forced to return a Camille Pissarro painting that was seized by the Nazis from its Jewish owners during World War Two, despite the institution’s failure to honor its “moral commitments,” a federal judge in California has ruled.


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Pure Evil and Ben Eine host a panel talk in Brighton

artrepublic are excited to announce the launch of season 2 of our podcast ‘art related noise’ Hosted by Inspiring City, specialising in all things arty and interesting, focuses on bringing some of the most genuine and unique artist interviews from across the UK.

To kick off the new season, artrepublic are celebrating the unveiling of new artworks from Ben Eine and Pure Evil (Charlie) on the walls of the Brighton’s Artists Residence Hotel in style. We’re hosting a four-course tasting menu at The Set restaurant, which will precede a panel talk with Ben and Pure Evil themselves. The panel discussion will be recorded live for episode one of the new season of podcasts from Inspiring City.  After the panel talk, guests will be invited to explore the rooms and the new artwork with the artists. Tickets are £75 per person, including a welcome drink.

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The aim is to bring the admirers of art and the artists closer together, to create the opportunity for open discussion of their works and influences. To be able to meet world-class contemporary artists in such an intimate setting and hear first-hand about their work is a rare opportunity, and artrepublic are very excited to make this happen!

The panel talk will be kicking off with a discussion about street art vs fine art, the influences the two have had respectively on the work of Ben and Charlie and debating their places within our society at the moment. With 25 years in the game, Ben Eine is often regarded as a pioneer in the type space. Innovating the form with his own exploration of graffiti, he developed his unique typographic style that can be seen within our gallery and on the streets of Brighton and London respectively. Charlie was also heavily influenced by graffiti culture, his ‘most important artistic discovery’, one that is still prevalent within his best-known work. The iconic blotch of dripping paint underneath the eye of his muses lends itself to the influence of street art, a trademark that is now globally recognised as his.

The conversations look to get under the skin of the art world and see what makes it tick. Season one featured huge names of beloved artists such as Sara Pope, Jason Lilley and most recently Mark Vessey. We’re excited to see what season two has in store.

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Tune in for equal parts arty banter, insightful discussion and fascinating facts from two of the leading contemporary artists in the UK!

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Mixed Originals Show – new work at artrepublic Brighton

Before our fifth annual Art Yard Sale closes the Brighton Fringe Festival on 2nd June 2019, artrepublic are hosting a showcase of work, throughout May, featuring the artists taking part. Every artist will be presenting an original specifically for our showcase. Expect to see the likes of Dan Hillier, Maria Rivans, Bonnie and Clyde, Joe Webb, Eddy Bennett, RYCA and Evan Roberts and many more leading UK contemporary artists. It’s a fantastic opportunity to bag an original from a beloved artist.

Mixed Originals Show at artrepublic

Our Art Yard Sale is a huge success every year and whether you can or can’t make this year’s event, take a look in our gallery for a preview of new work by artists featured on the day. We love to celebrate the new in the art scene, so every year there is something different to see. The showcase kicks off with a Private View on 2nd May, where artists will be available for questions and feedback on their work on the night and you can gain unique insight into their inspirations and processes.

We love the accessibility the Art Yard Sale creates around the artists and their work, giving the art the chance to speak for itself and the artists the opportunity to speak for themselves. From illustration, to print, to painting and even graffiti and sculpture we offer an edited selection of the UK’s best contemporary art. Whether you’re in Brighton for the Fringe Festival or a local, this is a showcase of creative talent not to be missed.

Join us at our Brighton gallery throughout May to preview this year’s Art Yard Sale and register for free tickets to our exclusive Private View evening on 2nd May.

See you there!

 

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Poles stage banana protest over removal of ‘indecent’ artwork

Around 1,000 people, many eating bananas to make their point, protested in front of Warsaw’s National Museum on Monday over a decision last week to remove artworks deemed “indecent” by the museum’s director.


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Dan Hillier has us mesmerized with a brand new box set

On May 10th, artrepublic Brighton are excited to host a private view of renowned artist Dan Hillier’s latest works. Famed for seamlessly blending Surrealism and Neo-Victoriana, he creates new artworks from pieces of old Victorian prints, woodcuts, engravings and various illustrations. The beautiful set of six giclée prints is presented in a bespoke archival display box, from a limited edition of 100. From 6pm-8pm at our Brighton gallery, come and celebrate stunning art over a drink or two!

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Dan Hillier

Hackney-based artist Dan Hillier has been busy.

Over the past twelve years, he’s produced art that has stretched his explorative style and made a significant impact on the UK contemporary art scene. Mainly producing art for himself, Hillier draws upon a huge range of influences and imagery to produce works that are arresting, complex and beautiful. He has a glittering array of impressive collaborations under his belt, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Folio Society and most recently created the opening titles to BBC One’s new major drama ‘Requiem’. He was also chosen in 2015 by the British Council to represent Britain in the Giant Creator Show in Beijing. No big deal.

Hillier’s works are eerily provocative. They take you on a visual journey into the realms of your subconscious, simultaneously enlightening and perplexing the viewer. Exploration is a huge cornerstone of Hillier’s working practice, leaving room for the spontaneity of his ideas to grace the pieces almost like epiphanies. His diversity of ideological influences add depth to his work, his is often found quoting Buddhist texts in relation to his work on Instagram. It is clear that themes of rebirth, death, transcendence and enlightenment pervade his work. A huge fan of Tibetan art, the intricacy of the detailing and the texture of his pieces allude to ancient tapestries whilst contributing to his creation of something otherworldly and contemporary.

Full of contradictions, Hillier’s work experiments with darkness and light, the biblical and the modern and monochrome and luxurious gold leaf. Visually contrasting and thematically opposing, Hillier confronts the metaphysical ideas surrounding our reality. Submerging us into an unsettlingly immersive world of ethereal beauty, Hillier pulls no punches in captivating the viewer. Although Hillier’s technique relies upon collaging and pulling images from an array of different sources, the resulting compositions are always entirely cohesive. His ability to seamlessly blend his eclectic influences together is a tribute to his mastery of his form.

 

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At Amboise, Leonardo’s last years paint a picture of Franco-Italian harmony

Commemorations for Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary begin this week in Amboise, in the Loire Valley, with France and Italy setting aside recent tensions to honor the memory of the Renaissance genius in the town where he spent his final years.


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Notre-Dame’s famed rose window spared but blaze harms priceless artworks

Four-hundred-year-old paintings hung high inside Notre-Dame were damaged by the immense fire that engulfed the Paris cathedral, but emergency workers formed a human chain to whisk gem-studded chalices and other priceless artefacts out of harm’s way.


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Cuban indie artists challenge government at Havana arts biennial

A blustering bureaucrat fills a form out with your personal details and hands you a badge declaring you an inspector qualified to police Communist-run Cuba’s cultural sector under a controversial new decree.


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Game of Thrones: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Premiere Recap: Reunions and Revelations at Winterfell

Sunday’s soapy but generally satisfying setup for the final run of “Game of Thrones” included new conflicts and old grudges as the sides coalesced in Winterfell and King’s Landing for the wars to come.
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Art frenzy takes over Havana as biennial kicks off

Cones of white paper sprout from the seasalt-eroded pillars of one colonial building along Havana’s seafront, elaborately painted curtains cascade from another while out front children play with an installation of multicolored hoses.


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Artist Ai Weiwei takes aim at state violence in Mexico with Legos

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei unveiled a new installation in Mexico that tells the story of 43 students likely massacred five years ago in a case that exposed government stonewalling and complicity in abuses, a frequent theme for the dissident artist.


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Q&A with Matt Jukes

We were lucky enough to get a Q&A with the latest artist to join us here at artrepublic.

Get to know the amazing Matt Jukes below.

Artist Matt JukesEmma: Hello, Matt. Thank you for agreeing to do this Q&A. First off, I wanted to ask what inspired you to pursue art as a career?

Matt: I’m not sure how to answer this question, as I’ve never really thought of this as a career. It’s never been a choice—it’s more a way of life. The inspiration to do my first art fair came when I was cleaning out my draw in the studio, trying to find some space for new work, and throwing the old work into the bins. Only to discover my studio buddies digging through the bins for my work.  For the first time, I thought that my work would resonate with someone other than myself.

Emma: So has art always been a part of your life?

Matt: Art has always been part of my life. One of my earliest memories was telling my mother about painting a red car in kindergarten and being upset that it didn’t match my vision. As a child.

Emma: Did you study art before you started making your beautiful monotypes?

Matt: Like most wistful teens, I studied art in high school where I was attracted to the freedom from the right and wrong answers of my maths and physics classes. From here I got side-tracked by a graphic design degree and a career in advertising. Advertising gave me an understanding of emotion and human connection and how to archive it through shape and form, which I have taken into my monotypes.Take Me Home by Matt Jukes

Emma: What has been some of the biggest inspirations for you and your work?

Matt: Hazy memories. All of my work is about the search for almost forgotten memories which I capture through emotions, music and places. Most of the titles of my work are references to obscure song lyrics. This is because music along with colour, it helps shape the emotion of a piece. Music is constantly surrounding me, providing a soundtrack to my life, this means that a handful of words can fill me with emotion, take me back to a time and place in a second. In my work, I always try laying down a feeling of place and not a physical depiction. I want the viewer to share the same emotion and implant their own location from their memories.

Emma: Looking at your work, you seem to capture movement across landscapes really well. Is capturing movement a key part of your creative process?

Matt: Movement and depth are critical to my work and deeply built into my process. Using the Offset Lithography Press allows me to carry forward the ink, moving my work away from a simple ink or no ink approach of relief printing and allowing each image to be held on the blanket. This is where this movement comes from.

Here Comes The Warm Jets by Matt JukesEmma: Is colour choice a big part of the process when creating your work?

Matt: Colour and colour theory are a huge part of my work. I see colour as liquid emotion, layered in cultural meaning. I start every piece with a search for a colour, and as I hand mix the ink together, an emotion associated with that colour starts to emerge.

Emma: Is every piece of your work inspired by a specific landscape?

Matt: Every piece is an emotional representation of a specific place, but I usually keep the location a secret as I don’t want to influence the viewer in finding their own place. So my question to you is: where is this place for you?

Emma: What has been one of your favourite pieces to work on?

Matt: I find my favourite pieces are the ones which surprise me, the ones that pop up on the way to when you are looking for something else. My current favourite is a piece called “The Endless Sea”. It is much quieter than the others, as the tones are darker but strangely incandescent. I like that it’s a little tricky and doesn’t like to be captured by the camera. It only really shows its magic when viewed in person.

Emma: Thank you so much, Matt, for letting us get a glimpse into how to create your stunning works of art. Are there any up-and-coming projects you’d like to let everyone know about? 

Matt: The next project I am really excited by departs from my current work and looks into the memories of the individual viewer. To do this I’m building a robot which will look at the viewer’s face and analyse their emotions before setting out to paint a representation of what they’re feeling.

 

Framed Under The Clouds 2018 by Matt Jukes

 

Don’t miss Matt’s one of a kind monotypes. These beautiful pieces are now available.

Check out all of his work HERE 

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FBI’s ‘art cops’: In hot pursuit of Renoirs, Rembrandts and ruby slippers

When a 17th century Dutch painting looted by the Nazis turned up for sale in New York in late 2017, the FBI’s Art Crime Team moved in, verified its identity and helped win a court order to return the work to its rightful owners.


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Foreign buyers flock to Cape Town’s booming art scene

Collectors from America and Europe are scouring Cape Town’s booming art scene in search of deals as diverse as an expressive oil painting by South Africa’s Irma Stern or a sculpture assembled from bottle caps by Ghana’s El Anatsui.


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China’s pork imports to double in 2019 as swine fever hits local output: analyst

China’s 2019 pork imports are set to double from last year to 2 million tonnes, a Rabobank analyst said on Thursday, as African swine fever hits production of the meat in the world’s top hog market.


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Take a seat, does Yinka Ilori have your attention?

Designer Yinka Ilori is known for his distinctive, vivacious use of bold colours and pattens in his pieces of furniture. He brings his childhood spent surrounded by intricate African Fabrics and Nigerian parables into the contemporary through his experiments with function and form. His most recent projects include Restoration Station, where he directly collaborated with recovering addicts in a workshop to up-cycle donated furniture. Allowing people who were also going through a transformation to create stunning work with him and to express their own narrative was a huge success. The chairs were put on display as part of the London Design Festival, and raised £2,520 for the company.

Yinka Iiori

 

Injecting artistic exuberance through this work, he aims to work with more communities following the success of the Restoration Station. His proposal to transform a gloomy overpass in South London has been accepted and will be organised as part of the London Festival of Architecture in June. The design, entitled ‘Happy Street’, is a kaleidoscopic rainbow pattern reinvigorating a public space that previously scared the local schoolchildren. Expressing multiculturalism and diversity, IIlori’s work is vital and important within the public spaces of London, addressing issues around sexuality and class. His work is inclusive and celebratory, for everyone to enjoy. Playfully serious, beautiful and yet available to all, Ilori is re-writing the rules of the art world.

Most recently, Ilori has collaborated with Universal Music to produce a special edition print in honour of the Brit Awards. The print ‘Love in a line’ is a geometric explosion of colour and clean lines, nodding to his influences of Nigerian pattern. He wanted to celebrate the bravery and beauty of being different, racially, sexually or creatively. The movement in the piece implies development, and a nod to the future. Ilori often asks questions in his work about where we are going, where we’ve come from and the constantly fluctuating nature of identity. One of this strengths as a designer is his storytelling ability. Being influenced by the power of narratives in his childhood from the African parables, he brings this dimension to his work. Whether it is print, furniture or urban landscape projects, the notion of transformation is threaded throughout.

Yinka Iiori

The artrepublic Brighton gallery are excited to stock his prints from the ‘Do Good Because Of tomorrow’ Exhibition. The phrase is widely used in Nigeria and is used to inspire people to participate in good deeds and catalyse positive changes. The stories inherent within his work resonate with a huge range of people, and we’re delighted to feature him. Please drop in to experience his work in person!

 

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Germany’s new Bauhaus museum set for interactive opening

The new Bauhaus museum opens its doors to the public for the first time in the east German city of Weimar on Saturday after three years of construction, giving admirers of the world-famous “form follows function” aesthetic a new place of pilgrimage.


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Elizabeth Waggett releases new print ‘Where The Light Gets In’

Thursday 4th April 2019 will bring New-York-based fine artist Elizabeth Waggett to artrepublic. Join us at the gallery from 6 pm – 8 pm for champagne as she reveals the eagerly anticipated launch price of her new print, ‘Where The Light Gets In’.

Where The Light Gets In

An exceptional, internationally renowned contemporary artist, originally from Manchester – Waggett’s style is becoming quite the collectors’ favourite. Her artworks are now held in many private collections in North America, Bahrain, Europe, South Africa, and the UAE. There is no doubt that her newest piece will be snapped up quickly.

As a limited edition of 30 prints, ‘Where the light gets in’ is the latest print in Elizabeth’s longhorn series and pays homage to her hometown of Manchester. This unique edition is hand finished with real 22karat rose gold leaf and has hand finished elements such as ink and graphite on archival somerset 330 gsm cotton rage.

“It’s a celebration of my home city Manchester and my new home New York. I wanted to create a piece that symbolised my time so far living in America and particularly New York as a proud Mancunian. The two powerful creates the longhorn (America) and the bee (Manchester) felt like the perfect pairing for this piece to celebrate the confusing yet magical time living in NYC, my acceptance of it and its acceptance of me.”

The first 10 of the edition will be hand embellished by the artist with 22ct gold on the night.

Internationally recognised for choosing objects which have a strong social stigma associated with them, Waggett cleverly explores these stigmas through her monochromatic working methods, centred around meticulous and analytical mark making. Through the visually pleasing addition of shimmering gold leaf, her chosen object is transformed into something that feels new and quite beautiful. Through her artistic hand, Waggett asks the viewer to question the conversation about the stigma and if its attachment to the object really needs to be there.

Rather than being described as hyperrealist or photorealist, her artworks reflect how her unique layering style can create an impact from afar that requires closer inspection. In an interview, she states: “I suppose my work is about accuracy and whether there are such things”. Perhaps her mark making is continually addressing the accuracy of our social constructs? We’ve put the question out there, what do you think?

Close up of Where the light gets in.

We look forward to seeing you at Elizabeth Waggett’s private view from 6 pm – 8 pm at the artrepublic gallery. You can book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

To find out more about this print, pop into our Brighton gallery or call us: +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com.

 

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Etruscan tomb in Corsica may yield secrets on civilization’s decline

French archaeologists have unearthed an Etruscan tomb containing a skeleton and dozens of artefacts in Corsica, a rare discovery that could shed new light on the wealthy civilization of northern Italy and its assimilation into the Roman Empire.


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Diary of a Song: A Staple Gun. A Dental Drill. See How Billie Eilish Made a Haunted Pop Hit.

The fastest-rising pop star of the moment is 17 and writes off-kilter songs with her older brother. Go behind the making of “Bury a Friend” and their new model for making it big.
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Hemingway center opens in Cuba to preserve writer’s work

A restoration center to preserve the work of Ernest Hemingway opened in Cuba on Saturday, highlighting an area of cooperation with the United States even as bilateral ties between the old Cold War foes have chilled again.


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