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Nina Chanel Abney continues to reach new heights

The painter Nina Chanel Abney has been on a steady ascent since she first unveiled her visceral fusions of abstraction and figuration at the Kravets Wehby Gallery in New York City in 2008. Since then, she quickly developed a distinctive method, improvising images using scores of stenciled shapes and symbols, and graffiti-like touches of spray […]

Eve Arnold believed photography should be affordable, so her estate is releasing posters of “iconic and unseen” work for just £30

Photographer Eve Arnold once remarked “I would prefer photography to be a folk art – cheap and available to everybody, rather than elevated to mandarin proportions created through an artificial scarcity.” It was that quote, seen by Arnold’s grandson, Michael Arnold, who now manages her archive, that inspired a collection of prints released as posters […]

Seeing it through: artist Amy Sherald orchestrates legacy of her Breonna Taylor portrait

Last September, Amy Sherald’s portrait of Breonna Taylor appeared on the front cover of a special Vanity Fair magazine dedicated to activism. Although commissioned by Vanity Fair guest editor Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sherald said she made the portrait for Taylor’s family to keep her “alive forever.” Now, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and […]

Phoebe Waller-Bridge appointed President of Edinburgh Fringe Society

In a world where there tends to be very little theatre news aside from the cancelling of runs and festivals, a positive announcement has come from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has just appointed to the role of president Phoebe Waller-Bridge, a festival veteran and the creator of hit play-turned-series Fleabag. […]

The Knight Foundation announces first five innovative artists to receive its inaugural Knight Arts + Tech Fellowship

The arts and tech are only becoming more intertwined and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has recognised this having just announced the recipients of its inaugural Knight Arts + Tech Fellowship. Five artists have been selected for the new fellowship, which recognises their “innovative approaches to technology and new media” with an […]

Artist interview with David Breuer-Weil: how the pandemic became the catalyst for his newest book, Golden Drawings

For artist David Breuer-Weil, art and art making became what he described as a “lifesaver” during the onset of the pandemic and the months that have followed. Breuer-Weil, who is based in London and well-known for his “Project” installations and large-scale bronze sculptures, has released a new book that compiles some of the work that […]

The Great Big Art Exhibition kicks off across the UK with help from artist Antony Gormley

In the throes of its third national lockdown, people across the UK are looking for ways to persevere through the pandemic. To get people creating while they remain at home, artist Antony Gormley has kicked off The Great Big Art Exhibition, an initiative launched by Firstsite, which is encouraging people everywhere and of all artistic […]