Monthly Archives: July 2008

  • Ground-breaking auction of new works by Damien Hirst

    Destroy Beautiful Inside My Head Forever includes a whole new body of work that covers the complete range of Hirst’s output and more. The two day sale at Sotheby’s, London which will include 223 lots, is expected to realise a sum in excess of £65 million. Among the works to be offer....
    Destroy Beautiful Inside My Head Forever includes a whole new body of work that covers the complete range of Hirst’s output and more. The two day sale at Sotheby’s, London which will include 223 lots, is expected to realise a sum in excess of £65 million. Among the works to be offered will be new and exciting variations on many of the key themes that have defined Hirst’s work to date. These include The Golden Calf the monumental and arresting centre-piece of the sale which has an estimate of £8,000,000-12,000,000, as well as monumental formaldehyde sculptures; paintings which expand on the artist's classic themes such as butterflies, cancer cells and pills; exquisite new cabinets and insightful preparatory drawings. Destroy Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the celebrated Freeze exhibition curated by Hirst in London, which launched the careers of Hirst and his contemporaries, Beautiful Inside My Head Forever affirms Hirst’s position as a boundary breaker and as an artist who has never worked in the traditional vein. At the same time, the sale re-affirms Hirst’s continued commitment to the support of charitable causes. In February this year, Hirst joined forces with singer Bono to spearhead the (RED) auction - a recordbreaking sale held at Sotheby’s in New York, whose purpose was to raise money for the United Nations Foundation to support HIV/AIDS relief programs in Africa, conducted by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The sale, which included works donated by artists such as Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn, Marc Newson, Keith Tyson, Takashi Murakami and Banksy, realised $42.58 million – making it the most successful charity auction of contemporary art ever staged. Continuing that tradition, September’s sale will include four works to be sold to benefit charities especially designated by Hirst. Location: Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, London, UK. Preview Dates: 5 – 15 September 2008. Auction Dates: Monday, 15 September 2008: 7 pm, Evening Sale: Tuesday, 16 September 2008: 11am, Morning session 2.30pm, Afternoon session. See a sneak preview of the sale on youtube Image Credits: Image 1: Lot 13 The Golden Calf, 215.4 by 320 by 137.2 cm, Estimate: £8-12 million, © Damien Hirst, PHOTO Credit: Prudence Cuming Slide Show: Lot 5, Damien Hirst, The Kingdom, tiger shark, glass, steel, silicone and formaldehyde solution with steel plinth130.6 by 383.6 by 141.8cm.; 51 3/8 by 151 by 55 3/4 in.overall including plinth: 214 by 383.6 by 141.8cm.; 84 1/4 by 151 by 55 3/4 in. Executed in 2008. £4,000,000 to £6,000,000 © Damien Hirst Lot 273 Damien Hirst, The Immaculate Heart – Lostengraved with signature andtitle on the undersidebull’s heart, gold-plated steel,acrylic, dagger, silver barbedwire, textile dye andformaldehyde solution withsteel plinth 91.5 by 61 by 29.2cm.;36 by 24 by 11Iin. overall (including plinth):193.1 by 86.4 by 54.6cm.;76 by 34 by 21Iin. Executed in 2008. £ 200,000-300,000€ 253,000-380,000US$ 395,000-595,000 © Damien Hirst Lot 211, Damien Hirst, The Incredible Journey, zebra, glass, steel, siliconeand formaldehyde solution 208.6 by 322.5 by 108.8cm.82B by 127 by 42Nin .Executed in 2008.£ 2,000,000-3,000,000€ 2,530,000-3,800,000US$ 3,950,000-5,930,000 © Damien Hirst artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • UK's Largest Contemporary Painting Prize Announces Shortlist

    The 25th John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize showcases the best of the UK’s current and future painting talent. It is the UK’s largest contemporary painting competition with a first prize of £25,000 and total fund of over £35,000. The forty shortlisted entries demonstrate that far from b....
    The 25th John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize showcases the best of the UK’s current and future painting talent. It is the UK’s largest contemporary painting competition with a first prize of £25,000 and total fund of over £35,000. The forty shortlisted entries demonstrate that far from being ‘old-fashioned’, an artist’s decision to paint is exciting and challenging. The paintings have absorbed the legacy of conceptual art and incorporated it into the work; they are not in opposition to it. The works, selected from a record 3,222 submissions, represent the best of the UK’s current and future painting talent.  Over the last 50 years, this biennial competition has given prominence to artists including David Hockney and Richard Hamilton, who went on to find fame and acclaim after winning the prize, and Peter Doig, who described winning the John Moores in 1993 as a pivotal moment in his career.   This year’s impressive selection ranges from portraiture, landscape and still lives to abstracts. The subject matter draws inspiration from the animal kingdom (Oportuno III by Georgia Hayes) to childhood experiences (The Baptism by Neil Rumming, who once witnessed a horrendous car crash and Nought Lovely but the Sky and Stars by Kit Poulson, who found what he thought was a UFO as a child).  Woman Surprised by a Werewolf by Stuart Pearson Wright is inspired by the film An American Werewolf in London, whilst Cadet Congo Ganja by Tim Bailey draws from both Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now.   The shortlist includes previous John Moores exhibitors and first time entrants. Now in its 50th year, this year’s biennial prize has seen the highest ever number of submissions, reflecting the continued interest in painting and the John Moores’ position as Britain’s most important painting prize. The judges for John Moores 25 are artists Jake & Dinos Chapman, art critic Sacha Craddock, and artists Graham Crowley and Paul Morrison, both former John Moores Prize winners.  Almost 100 people have sat on the judging panel over the years, including Jarvis Cocker, Germaine Greer, Sir Peter Blake and Tracey Emin. All shortlisted entries will be shown in a major exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool from 20 September 2008 to 4 January 2009. The winner of the 25th John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize will be unveiled on September 20. The first prize is £25,000 with plus four runner up prizes of £2,500.  In celebration of Liverpool’s year as Capital of Culture, this year’s popular visitors' choice prize will be increased to £2008.  Image Credits: Thumbnail: Alexandra Wolkowicz Slide Show: Geoff Diego Litherland my flag is better than yours Julian Brain Special Relativity artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world   $test =
  • New print release from Sten & Lex - exclusive to artrepublic

    Italian Stencil artists Sten & Lex came to Brighton last week to make an exclusive limited edition silkscreen published by artrepublic and printed in the studio of our sister gallery Ink_d.  ‘In Aeternum Gloriae’ (Glory Forever) is a signed and numbered silkscreen print wi....
    Italian Stencil artists Sten & Lex came to Brighton last week to make an exclusive limited edition silkscreen published by artrepublic and printed in the studio of our sister gallery Ink_d.  ‘In Aeternum Gloriae’ (Glory Forever) is a signed and numbered silkscreen print with gold spray paint on 400gsm Velin Arches Blanc, a richly textured heavy weight paper stock. We have published two editions; extra large (105 x 80cm) which is a special edition of just 10 and small (50 x 65cm) an edition of 50. Click here to buy the small version or call our Brighton or London galleries for the large version. The print will be released on our website at 9.30am on Friday 1st August, although if you are coming to our London gallery’s first birthday party on 31st July you will have a preview of the print before it is released. There will also be an original for sale at this event. Sten & Lex have been working together since they met at University six years ago. If you are a follower of urban art you may have seen their work at the now infamous ‘Cans Festival’ where an unused road tunnel in South London was transformed into a cutting edge exhibition space by some of the world’s top graffiti artists and was organized by one of the most famous graffiti artists in the world today; Banksy.  We were first introduced to Sten & Lex by their good friend C215 at the Cans Festival in London, then, when C215 came to Brighton for the signing of his print, they came along and that's when we decided to make a print together. This is their first limited edition print and it was taken from the original art they did at the Cans Festival (see image above). We hope there will be more to come....... Forthcoming events featuring Sten & Lex; In September 2008 they feature at a show called ‘Power and Currency’ at Factory Fresh Gallery, Brooklyn, New York where they are showing with Aiko and D*Face amongst others, click here to find out more. Also in September 2008 Sten & Lex are taking part in the Nuart Show in Stavanger, Norway alongside Blek le Rat, D*Face, Nick Walker, Dotmasters, Dolk, Zeus, Eine & Cauty. Nuart is a citywide event that takes place on the streets and in the gallery, for more info click here. If you would like further information on anything in this article, please call our Brighton gallery on ++(0)1273 724 829. artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • C215 Comes to Brighton

    French graffiti artist Christian Guemy a.k.a C215 came to our Brighton gallery last week to sign an exclusive limited edition silkscreen print published in association with artrepublic.   The hand embellished silkscreen print ‘Blue Nina’ was released on our website last W....
    French graffiti artist Christian Guemy a.k.a C215 came to our Brighton gallery last week to sign an exclusive limited edition silkscreen print published in association with artrepublic.   The hand embellished silkscreen print ‘Blue Nina’ was released on our website last Wednesday 25th June and had sold out by Thursday evening. Nina is C215’s daughter and the subject of much of his artwork. If you missed out don’t worry, we have a couple of framed prints STILL AVAILABLE and wonderful originals on paper, card, aluminium and wood.   C215 didn’t stop at just signing the prints. He also managed to find time to do a superb piece of art on the side of the gallery and do a few other bits around the streets of Brighton, which have been spotted since his departure! This just reinforces his reputation as one of the most active stencil artists on the streets today.   If you are a follower of urban art you may have seen his work at the now infamous ‘Cans Festival’ where an unused road tunnel in South London was transformed into a cutting edge exhibition space by some of the world’s top graffiti artists and was organized by one of the most famous graffiti artists in the world today; Banksy.  Another artist whose work appeared at the Cans Festival is Italian duo Sten & Lex who are friends and contemporaries of C215. We have been chatting to them about a possible limited edition print, so watch this space! If you are interested in stencil based graffiti you might like to know that we have a fantastic book ‘Stencil History X’ which was published by C215 and partner Samantha Longhi and documents the history of stencil graffiti in Paris since the 1980’s. If you are interested in more information about anything in this article, including details of the prints and originals we have for sale, please call the Brighton gallery on ++(0)1273 724 829. artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =

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