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Mitchell Tyler’s photo of Beyoncé acquired by Smithsonian

You might already be familiar with the cover of Vogue’s September issue from last year… Beyoncé leans against a Grecian-style column clad in a gold, sequined Valentino gown before a gold background. Resting her head in her hands, the singer and icon gazes out at the viewer wearing a stunning gold starburst style headpiece. The […]

Louvre strikes Sackler name from gallery and website

The Louvre has become the first major institute to officially remove the Sackler family name from its galleries. The Sacklers had been associated with the museum’s wing of oriental antiquities since 1997 but today, a placard bearing the family’s name was removed from the gallery and all other references to the name have been temporarily […]

Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas and others, demand that the National Portrait Gallery breaks with BP

Art sponsorship and institutional donations have proven to be delicate and controversial matters, especially heightened in the past few years with the Sackler saga. Museums often rely on outside financial help to operate but at the same time such help often requires endorsing corporations, families or institutions that come with their own set of issues. […]

At 500, Tintoretto gets his first retrospective in the US

Jacopo Tintoretto, one of Venice’s greatest Renaissance artists, is currently having his first retrospective in the US and North America to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his birth. While other museums have been set on securing works by Leonardo da Vinci to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death throughout 2019, the National Gallery of […]

Artist interview with Nigel Whittaker: from the BP Portrait Award Exhibition to life with his late father

Each year, a number of artists are featured in the National Gallery’s BP Portrait Award Exhibition. This year, 44 artists have been chosen out of thousands of submissions from 84 countries to exhibit in the exhibition that opens on Thursday in London. One of those artists is Nigel Whittaker who was chosen for his work […]

David Hockney to showcase first exhibition in 20 years with works dating back to his childhood

“David Hockney: Drawings from Life” will be the first major show dedicated to the great artist’s drawings in over two decades. The exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery will include self-portraits as well as portraits of some of his favourite subjects; his mother Laura Hockney, his muse Celia Birtwell, and his friends Gregory Evans and […]

National Portrait Gallery announces shortlist for 2019 BP Portrait Award

This week London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) announced the four artists shortlisted in the running for the 2019 BP Portrait Award. Emma Hopkins for her painting Sophie and Carla, Massimiliano Pironti for Quo Vadis?, Carl-Martin Sandvold for The Crown, and Charlie Schaffer for Imara in her Winter Coat were selected out of 2,538 portrait entries […]