Acquisitions September 2016

Royal Museums Greenwich, London

Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
Royal Museums Greenwich has raised the 10.3m needed to secure the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I (around 1590). Painted by an unknown artist to mark Englands victory ov…

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Artists’ prison tribute to Oscar Wilde

Artists including Wolfgang Tillmans, Steve McQueen, Marlene Dumas and Robert Gober will show new works in Reading Prison as part of a project inspired by its most famous inmate, Oscar Wilde. The Irish playwright was held in the prison, 37 mile…

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Heavyweight artist

A Team GB super-heavyweight boxer who won a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games in August is also a trained artist. London-based Joe Joyce graduated from Middlesex University in 2009 with a BA degree in fine art. The athlete-artists Expressi…

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Raphael to visit Moscow

The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in MoscowRussias major repositories of Western artare strengthening ties with their Italian peers. An exhibition of work by the Renaissance master Raphael is…

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Madonna hits Miami Beach

Its a match made in heaven: the queen of pop and the worlds glitziest art fair. Madonna will be jetting in to Art Basel Miami Beach in December, when one lucky fan will have the chance to visit the fair with the Material Girl, as part of a com…

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Bling with a sting

The Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed has turned his hand to jewellery design, with his first wearable art project going on show at Elisabetta Cipriani gallery in London next month (14 October-3 November). A piece entitled Game, comprising a cha…

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Auction estimates face scrutiny

The UKs Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has begun talking to trade associations in the art market about the way auction houses present their pre-sale estimates, following a complaint that these do not include the (mandatory) buyers premi…

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