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10th July 2012

Damien Hirst. Burger King. Do the two sit easy with one another, comfortably, naturally, unforced? Certainly not the argument might go; it appears nonsensical to suggest otherwise that the random marriage of these words is rational. Thus it provokes ridicule and scepticism, disbelief even. You're read more ...

09th July 2012

It is remarkable to learn that Titian: His Life is the first full biography of the sixteenth century Venetian artist since 1877. To say that its author Sheila Hale would have felt pressure is quite the understatement, compounded by the difficulty of the passage of time, weighing expectation and a read more ...

06th July 2012

A duo of Italian art historians has sent a lightning bolt through the art world with news of an astonishing find. What the two men have discovered hidden in a castle in Milan is a treasure trove of art that is unprecedented in every single way. Up to 100 sketches and paintings have been "unearthed read more ...

06th July 2012

Bridget Riley, the respected painter and patron of British "op art", has been awarded the prestigious Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen. The award is presented to a living European painter every five years for their "lifetime's artistic accomplishment". In this case, Riley's groundbreaking work in read more ...

06th July 2012

As an emerging economy, India is transitioning fast; modernising in ways that were inconceivable when it gained independence in 1947, so unsure was it of its identity without the British. Though vestiges of those tumultuous times remain, India has, like China, found its place in a global world. read more ...

05th July 2012

For over a century, sketches from some of the most famous and respected Old Masters have been kept out of the public eye for reasons of conservation, remaining safely stored at Chatsworth House. However, the archives have been opened up, and visitors can enjoy these works in a show entitled Old read more ...

04th July 2012

It is now the most expensive British painting to have been sold at auction and with it comes the kind of sensation that is more at home with contemporary art than romanticism, though the latter was certainly controversial in its own time as a rejection of classicist sensibilities. The work of art read more ...

03rd July 2012

In his 2011 Booker Prize winning novella The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes wrote "if nostalgia means the powerful recollection of strong emotions - and a regret that such feelings are no longer present in our lives - then I plead guilty". Some things in life you can never get back, no matter read more ...

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