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Art Gemini 2016 celebrates fine new painting, photography, sculpture
Sep25

Art Gemini 2016 celebrates fine new painting, photography, sculpture

New talent in painting, photography and sculpture is celebrated as winners of the 2016 Art Gemini Prize were announced at London’s Asia House Gallery. Following final selection by Art Gemini Prize 2016 judges Sajid Rizvi (chair), Pamela Kember, Estelle Lovatt,Thorsten Overgaard and Isabel H Langtry, Art Gemini Prize unveiled this year’s recipients as follows: Painting & Sculpture First prize (GBP 1500) to Paul Regan, for...

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Artist-led London gallery unveils strategy for eclectic displays, diversity of disciplines
Sep08

Artist-led London gallery unveils strategy for eclectic displays, diversity of disciplines

Yinjie Sun aka Sunny, artist, art instructor and gallerist, has been on a trajectory that is best noted for encapsulation of time, packing decades into years, months into days, or so it seems. Arriving in London in the later part of the last decade as a foundation student at Camberwell College of Arts, on the lower rungs of the University of the Arts London system, Yinjie Sun promptly set to work on raising his painterly profile with...

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Art generation: Bahrain showcases ‘art across borders’
May18

Art generation: Bahrain showcases ‘art across borders’

The minuscule state of Bahrain, morphed from an emirate into a kingdom 14 years ago,  is striking out to win international recognition for its own home-grown contemporary art scene on the heels of last year’s commercial fair initiative, ArtBahrain. In what evidently is the next instalment of that effort, 17 artists will show their work in a London exhibition, Bahrain Art Across Borders, which abbreviates neatly as BAAB or baab,...

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Coming ‘home’—Mona Hatoum at Tate Modern
May02

Coming ‘home’—Mona Hatoum at Tate Modern

A little late in coming to London, a major Mona Hatoum retrospective opens at Tate Modern 4 May 2016, in a well-deserved British showing of the artist’s work through the years in the home of her choice, writes Sajid Rizvi. The survey show is the largest featuring Mona Hatoum’s work, though other shows abroad have also brought together her oeuvre from collections near and far. Palestinian Mona Hatoum was born in Beirut and...

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Ramu Ramdev, an underrated master
Aug08

Ramu Ramdev, an underrated master

Modern art teachers may snigger and seek to suppress it, but contemporary miniature painting is alive and well in a vast expanse of South Asia and beyond, and India’s Ramu Ramdev is one of its influential practitioners and proponents. The artist has just concluded his third cycle of five-day workshops for enthusiasts at the Bhavan Centre of art in West Kensington. But it’s almost certain that he will return to wider...

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UK extends Ai Weiwei visa term
Aug01

UK extends Ai Weiwei visa term

Britain has extended Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s visa term to six months from three weeks after an international outcry. Ai, 57, is currently in Germany, which gave him a four-year multiple entry visa soon after he received a new passport in Beijing. The furore over Ai’s British visa, so sharply in contrast to his hassle-free German visa, has achieved two things. It has placed Britain in poor light as a reluctant defender...

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