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Sanlam Portrait Award 2015 winner announced
Meet the Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winners for 2016
Jean Jullien's Peace for Paris illustration becomes symbol of unity.. Cape Town artist John Pace has won the 2015 Sanlam Portrait Award for his portrait entitled After the Match (100 x 80cm, oil on canvas).Source here

*See all 100 Portarait Paintings here Bringing visual art to the table is Soweto born Mohau Modisakeng. Known primarily as a sculptor, Mohau is a multidisciplinary artist who has ventured into film, installation, performance, and large-scale photographic prints.Source here
Dezeen:com: An image created by French graphic designer Jean Jullien in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday has gone viral, becoming the most-shared symbol of unity with the French city.. more here
Kemang Wa Lehulere: SBYAA for Visual Art
Portia Zvavahera announced as the 2014 FNB Art Prize Winner
Artist wrapped rooms by Jon Rafman overlay masterpieces onto interiors
M& Capetonian visual artist Kemang Wa Lehulere has been named by the National Arts Festival as the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art. Source here Portia Zvavahera is an exceptional talent. Hailing from Juru, Zimbabwe and based in Harare, Zvavahera masterfully combines a vivid sense of colour, textile-like printed patterns and almost crude lines in her expressionist paintings. Source here Digital artist Jon Rafman is presented his ongoing project ‘Brand New Paint Job’ at the Armory show 2014 in New York, a series which appropriates the renowned artworks of master painters into the three-dimensional digital realm. Source here


Two Versions Of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' Reunite For Exhibition
There's a rabbit in Mandela's ear?
French Video and Installation Artist Laure Prouvost Wins Turner Prize London (AP) — Two versions of Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" are going on display side-by-side in London. Source here
SAPA via The arts department says it will investigate if a rabbit was put into the bronze statue of former president Nelson Mandela at Union Buildings. Source here French video and installation artist Laure Prouvost has been announced as the winner of the Tate’s Turner Prize, given this year in Londonderry, UK. Source here

Art guru sows seed at V&A site
Now we reap the wonder they sew with Keiskamma Tapestry
Pocket money bought Jane Alexander art sold for R5.5 million Cape Town - The V&A Waterfront is pumping R500-million into the conversion of one of its historic buildings which, once completed, will be the continent’s first contemporary African art museum. Source here The magnificent Keiskamma Tapestry is a masterpiece by people reclaiming their lives. Source here Jhb About two decades ago, a struggling student took a year to pay off a few hundred rands in pocket money towards it. But on Monday the same artwork by renowned South African sculptor Jane Alexander sold for almost R5.5-million at an auction. Source here

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8 Standard Bank Young Artists announced The National Arts Festival has announced an unprecedented eight Standard Bank Young Artists for next year. This makes 125 artists who have been honoured since the award was started 30 years ago. Source here
Tate Britain considers robots, videogame, animation and tweets
As museums worldwide strive to draw in young people, Tate Britain could place itself at the cutting edge with a project for Internet viewers to drive robots around its galleries at weekends. Source here
African artists get overdue focus in London this week As the art world globalises, new names and galleries are emerging.There is more art made by African artists on show in London than ever before. Source here
The art market: New buyers log on to online-only art sales
Christie’s had a bumper year in 2013, not only its best ever but the best reported by any auction house, ever. Source here
Strauss & Co launches Strauss Online With the exponential growth in online transactions, virtual shopping has become increasingly prevalent in contemporary society. Source here
Russian gallerist sparks race row
over "overtly degrading" chair Russian socialite and gallerist Dasha Zukhova has sparked a racism row after a photograph of her sitting on a chair in the form of an inverted semi-naked black woman appeared alongside an interview on a Russian website. Source here
Cohen arrested
Ruffled feathers: SA artist Cohen arrested in Paris Wearing a bird costume, South African performance artist Steven Cohen was arrested for sexual exhibitionism, says a report. Source here
Gay New York City-based photographer and gay activist Alexander Kargaltsev decided to stage his own response to the “outrageous and tasteless” portrait of Dasha Zhukova sitting on Bjarne Melgaard’s Allen Jones tribute chair. Source here
Chatting to Standard Bank's young artist winner Donna Kukama Source here
P Diddy snaps up Cape artist’s sculpture Cape Town - A sculpture by young artist Haroon Gunn-Salie on forced removals from District Six has been bought by American rapper Sean Combs, known as P Diddy, at the ArtBasel MiamiBeach exhibition in Miami. Source here
Zanele Muholi wins one of the Prince Claus Awards 2013 After winning the South African Mbokodo Award and her appointment as Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany,
South African photographer Zanele Muholi (Umlazi, 1972) was awarded a Dutch Prince Claus Fund Award on the 6th of September..  Source here
Catch the train, see some art
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Christiaan Diedericks chosen to represent South Africa at the Splitgraphic 6
( an international print biennial in Split, Croatia)

Image: Chris DiedericksThe Whisper of Trees, edition of 20, 2013, Linocut, 90 x 55 cm.

Follow Along As Banksy Takes Over New York City Banksy is taking over the streets of New York this month, hosting an open-air exhibition titled "Better Out Than In." Source here
Eleven new galleries exhibiting at Jo'burg Art Fair Source here
Banksy art sale in New York filmed by hidden camera When the artist Banksy set up an unmarked stall in New York selling his original artwork for under $100, a hidden camera captured the reaction from the passing public. Source with video here
Buying art at the fair? We asked four people involved in the arts the important question If you want to buy art by new names in the lower price bracket, what and who should you look for?...  Source here
Damien Hirst unveils fourteen towering fetus sculptures in Qatar Damien Hirst has unveiled fourteen, massive bronze sculptures, which chart human gestation from conception to birth, situated outside the Sidra Medical and Research Centre in Doha. Source here
Heather Gourlay-Conyngham wins first SPI National Portrait Award KwaZulu-Natal artist, Heather Gourlay-Conyngham, has won the first ever Sanlam Private Investments (SPI) National Portrait Award for her nude male portrait titled A Young Man.  Source here
App turns Van Gogh fans into art sleuths
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Kai Lossgott: 2013 Sylt Residency winner Kai Lossgott has been awarded the 2013 Sylt Residency Award. He will take it up at the Sylt Foundation’s headquarters on the island of Sylt, Germany in early 2014.. Source here
Art as luxury goods is the art of irrelevance While theatre and fiction confront the real world, art fairs like London's Frieze are a symbol of society's grotesque inequalities. Source here

Zwelethu Mthethwa: The artist accused of murder When internationally celebrated artist Zwelethu Mthethwa appeared in court on Monday, charged with the murder of 23-year-old Nokuphila Kumalo, there were no jostling reporters or ANC Women’s League delegations.
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Last-gasp bid to sell Kebble's art Four of Brett Kebble's most prized art pieces are to be auctioned off in London in an apparent bid to settle a fraction of the billions his insolvent estate owes creditors. Source here
SA artist wins major art award at Art Basel Kemang Wa Lehulere is one of two young artists awarded the 15th Bâloise Art Prize at the 2013 Art Basel art fair. Source here
'Fake' painting hidden for a century is actually a Van Gogh A painting stored in an attic because it was considered a fake is the work of Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh, says a museum, citing new research. Source here
Surviving in a 16SNLV world:
Kudzanai Chiurai Artist Kudzanai Chiurai thinks there's no better time to speak about the normalisation of violence in our society than on Youth Day. Source here
Proof that anyone can make modern art? Tate Modern lets visitors display their own digital masterpieces
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Hundreds submit entries to Mandela Poster Project It's undeniable that former president Nelson Mandela is globally revered. The Mandela Poster Project, aiming to collect 95 exceptional and original posters celebrating his birthday and life, bears testimony to this. Source here
Pieter Hugo: seeing South Africa anew Kin, a moving new exhibition in New York, asks troubling questions about the photographer's conflicted homeland. Source here
Q&A: Boris Gorelik
(Author of Incredible Tretchikoff..) HL chatted to Russian author, Boris Gorelik, the man behind the search for Vladimir Tretchikoff’s models. With the successful sale of Tretchikoff’s Hindu Dancer at the Stephan Welz & CoSource here
A Conversation with Paola Antonelli about MoMA’s Video Game Collection
Hyperallergic: The addition of video games to the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) collection has not been a decision unaccompanied by controversy.. Source here
Nelson Mandela at 95: Huge Portrait of South Africa's Political Giant for Sale The world's largest portrait of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled ahead of the South African politician's 95th birthday.
Paul Blomkamp painted the 4.2m x 4.2m portrait over nine separate canvasses to celebrate Mandela's birthday in July. More here
Ibrahim el-Salahi: from Sudanese prison to Tate Modern show The first African artist to get a Tate Modern retrospective has come a long way since he drew on scraps while a political prisoner. Mark Hudson meets a pioneer finally getting his due. Source here
Stitching together a new identity-Mary Sibande With gnarly, mismatched limbs and uneven eyes, the sinewy monsters making up Mary Sibande’s work – The Purple Shall Govern – are menacing on the face of it... Source here
MoMA's Video Game Obsession Continues With Seven New Acquisitions In case you missed the memo, "Minecraft" is art these days. The 2011 video game has been promoted from your parent's basement to The Museum of Modern Art's walls in New York, thanks to its recent acquisition of classic video games. Source here
But is it art?’ at the National Arts Festival
NAF: Boundaries of both audiences and performers are extended with the Performance Art offering from the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. Source here
'Basquiat The Musical' Is Reportedly Happening
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Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography South African photographers have caught the world's attention and are now being recognised as some of the most exciting and inventive artists at work. BJP talks to some of them as the V&A Museum welcomes them in a comprehensive exhibition. Source here
Turner Prize winner presents his Work No 570 at Art Basel Turner Prize winner, Martin Creed, will present his unique style of performance art at Art Basel this week. More here
Africa’s Art Establishment Strives for Self-Sufficiency London— In Africa, even in the world of art, the road to financial support and international recognition has long passed through the West. Source here
40,000 Artworks from 250 Museums, Now Viewable for Free at the Redesigned Google Art Project More here
Money laundering: can you take art to the cleaners? Two weeks ago, the New York Times reported that art was becoming a priceless tool for crooks to launder their money. Source here
DiCaprio Browses as $12 Million Calder Sells at Art Basel Leonardo DiCaprio and Roman Abramovich were among the VIPs at a bullish preview to the Art Basel fair in Switzerland, where a $12 million Alexander Calder mobile was among the rush of early sales. more here
An imperfect past and its impact on the present
M&G: SA's exhibition at this year's Venice Biennale includes works by a radically diverse group of artists - but it does not reflect an all-defining view. More here
The National Gallery Makes 25,000 Images of Artwork Freely Available Online No surprise that in “Masterworks for One and All,” an article about how museums have begun to offer free, high-quality downloadable images of works from their collections, the New York Times’ Nina Siegal brings up Walter Benjamin. The preoccupations of the philosopher behind “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”...more here
SA going for gold at Venice 'art Olympics' The National Arts Festival has organised and facilitated South Africa's participation in this, the 55th edition of the international art exhibition.. Source here
Ai Weiwei shows Venice Biennale his many sides Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's three large-scale works on display at the Venice Biennale include horrifying mock-ups of his 2011 detention. Source here
China's new wealth moves art markets Beijing has a 25% slice of the international pie. China does not only affect South African commodity prices and fast-food habits, it also has an effect on the South African art market. Source here
Is “Renoir” the Greatest Movie About Painting Ever?
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Gerard Sekoto's genius at home Gerard Sekoto, the man once referred to as a "native houseboy", is now regarded as the father of South African contemporary art. Source here
Dutch history in full colour When Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands cuts the ribbon at the New Rijksmuseum on 13 April, it will be one of her last official functions before she abdicates at the end of the month.  Source here
Artist Sebidi guided by ancestors "I AM not an artist. The artist is God and I'm only doing a job where I am experimenting, communicating, experiencing and learning every day," says Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi. Photo: Mamodima Monnakgotla. Source here
Paste Your Face on Times Square with JR.
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Portrait genius Craig Wylie exhibits five of his monumental paintings Plus One Gallery in London exhibits Zimbabwe-born artist Craig Wylie’s signature hyperreal portraits painted on a massive scale.  Source here
‘Earth Matters,’ at National Museum of African Art, looks at humanity’s ties to planet There is a deeply appropriate resonance in the opening of “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” on Monday, Earth Day..  Source here
New Artists Announced for 55th La Biennale Di Venezia The Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Festival recently announced the initial line-up of artists for La Biennale di Venezia which opens at the end of May in Venice. More here
Boston museums closed Source here
Exhibition of recent mixed media work by artist Thabiso Phokompe opens at Skoto Gallery Source here
The finest art films on earth
TAN: The 31st International Festival of Films on Art (Fifa)—the world’s largest festival of its kind—takes place in Montreal, Canada, from 14 to 24 March.  Source here
Complex art needs simple speech. Isn’t it annoying when artists refuse to talk about their work? Source here
Google Art Talks:
World Art Day - Art Talk with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. More here
Down to earth at the Cradle of Humankind
M&G: Nirox is a fitting location for outdoor sculptures that encapsulate the fragility of humankind.  Source here
Will Facebook's Obscenity Police Ever Accept Photos as Art? Source here
SONG FOR SEKOTO – Gerard Sekoto 1913-2013. Wits Art Museum, Jhb ( 26 April to 2 June) Source here
Louvre closes after staff walkout fed up with dealing with aggressive pickpockets Source here
A tale drawn to tell Forty years after it was created, Gerard Sekoto's children's book is about to be published, writes Tymon Smith. Source here
Basquiat's Ex-Girlfriend Reveals Major Trove of Unseen Works Before Jean-Michel Basquiat could afford studios and canvases, he painted all over his apartments — on walls, doors, refrigerators, and any other bare surface he could find. Source here
SA activist wins international Freedom of Expression award
M&G: Zanele Muholi has won the Freedom of Expression Index award over punk group Pussy Riot, filmmaker Haifaa al Mansour and cartoonist Aseem Trivedi.  Source here
Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum: Dutch art's high cathedral ushers in a new golden age After 10 years and €375m, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam reopens this week. British museums could learn a lot from its tasteful, triumphant makeover, says Adrian Hamilton. Source here
Art is about more than money. Source here
How the Brain Responds to Ambiguity in Art
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Buy art, aid endowment IT is almost a year since the Wits Art Museum (Wam) in Braamfontein, Joburg, opened its doors to share its priceless collections and extraordinary treasures with the public. Source here
The Museum of Modern Art's first major exhibition of sound art, Soundings: A Contemporary Score, presents work by 16 of the most innovative contemporary artists working with sound. Source here
Mix of old and new yields fine view
Capetimes: DIALOGUES: CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN ‘OLD’ AND ‘NEW’. Historical, Modern and Contemporary works of art from the Iziko Art Collections. Curated by Haden Proud. At Iziko National Gallery until April 12. Source here
A Young Rembrandt A painting donated to Britain's National Trust has been identified as a Rembrandt self-portrait worth £20-million, the heritage body. Source here
What price technique? About R12m Vladimir Tretchikoff died six years ago, but his work still has the power to divide the art world in two. Source here
World’s Largest Design Fair Opens in Dubai, Fed by Optimism About the Region Source here
An artist for all seasons Robert Hodgins was always curious and not afraid of venturing into the unknown. Source here
The Fine Art of Investing Buying a painting you love can bring long-term pleasure – and profit – but art as an investment should be handled with care. Source here
South Africa's Art Scene Is Poised for a Breakthrough -- At Home and Abroad To many outsiders, the South African art world may seem to have produced no more than a few major talents -- most notably William Kentridge. Source here
'The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic' Opera Arrives At Armory In December Source here
SA Art to fetch top prices at London auction.
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Oh, the power of papal portraiture Painters from Raphael to Bacon have made portraits of the pope. Can they tell us what we need from the next one? Source here
Art and Copyright: The right of use Source here
'Breathing' Lenin Exhibit Causes a Stir in Moscow [VIDEO] Source here
Creativity, allure and inspiration
There was no shortage of beautiful things at this year’s Design Indaba Expo.
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Serbian police find Rembrandt stolen in 2006, painting already been stolen 10 years earlier Source here
Signature Tretchikoff makes rare appearance
M&G: The Chinese Girl we knew is not a painting. It’s a printed picture, or, these days, a photo of the printed picture on the internet. Source here
20 Must-Watch Artist Documentaries, From Basquiat to Bas Jan Ader Source here
Design Indaba 2013: The wrap-up
M&G: This year's Design Indaba has delivered punch after thought-provoking punch of inspiration and insight into the design, cultural and social zeitgeist. Source here
Avant Gardes That Weren't: 8 Art Movements That Were Hoaxes, Pranks, or Misfires Source here
Zorba the Greek's South African art for sale at Bonhams in London on March 20th in the next Bonhams sale of South African art on March 20th in New Bond Street, London. Source here
Dali Thief Charged With Stealing Surrealist Salvador Dali Painting Only To Return It In The Mail Source here
ConCourt art shapes South African stories
M&G: The Constitutional Court has a growing collection of art, which was started by former judges Albie Sachs and Yvonne Mokgoro on a budget of R10 000. Source here
Swiss Mona Lisa 'is the original' Art foundation says tests on painting suggests it is da Vinci's earlier version of arguably the world's most famous artwork. Source here
The politics of selling African art mostly collected during colonial era to private collectors (in the Netherlands) The proposed sale of the Africa Collection at The World Museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands has sparked some interesting debates in Dutch media lately. Source here
10 Former Art Sensations That the Market Has Left Behind It is fairly well known that art market prices have, on the whole, risen substantially — definitely over the last century, and particularly at the top of the market. Source here
GIPCA Infects the City as part of Public Art Fest
The Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) partners with the Africa Centre in Infecting the (Mother) City from 11-16 March 2013. Source here
Woman sprays 'AE911' on iconic Delacroix painting France's Louvre museum shut down one of its galleries Friday after a woman vandalised an iconic painting by Delacroix by writing on it with a black marker. Source here
SA and German artists read Between the Lines
Michaelis Galleries in partnership with GIPCA presents Between the Lines, featuring work by German and South African art students, from 1 to 20 March. Source here
Experts Argue Head Might Not Match Courbet’s “Origin” Body #NSFW Source here
ZWELETHU MTHETHWA and LOUIS JANSEN VAN VUUREN An exhibition of new collaborations.
Art 13 London. 1 - 3 March 2013. (via Brundyn + Gonsalves news, more here)
Picasso Paint Mystery Solved: High-Energy X-Rays Reveal Masterpiece Created With House Paint Scientists and art experts have teamed up to help solve a longstanding debate about Picasso's methods and materials. Source here
Art - Notes: Ian Grose: Channelling light The title of Ian Grose's first solo show since winning the Absa L'Atelier award in 2011 gives some idea of how his eye has been focused and his attention to his subject sharpened. Source here
How Photography Changed Painting (and Vice Versa)Source here
Man makes thousands from trashed treasure The painting of The Bluff, Durban by renowned South African artist Ruth Prowse, featured at a Strauss & Co auction in Cape Town on Monday. Source here
Q&A: Wolfgang Tschacher, psychologist, on how we appreciate art We might think art experts and artists have a leg up on art appreciation that rewards them with a deeper enjoyment of art. But it turns out art literacy makes little difference in how much one appreciates art works.
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Will the real freedom of expression please stand up? South Africa is not a country in which freedom of expression is much respected or understood. Source here
Peter Doig At Christie's: Painting By The Scottish Artist Set To Fetch Millions At Auction Peter Doig has been known to fetch a high price at auction, attracting eager bidders with his tranquil, snowy landscapes. Source here
Tretchikoff picture owned by two former South African government ministers for sale at Bonhams LONDON.- The ‘Herb Seller’ by Vladimir Tretchikoff (1913-2006), a Russian émigré to South Africa, will be sold by Bonhams on March 20th in London. Source here
Kraftwerk mixes art with music in sell-out shows German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have always aimed to combine music and art so performing at London's Tate Modern was the ideal venue for them after three years of planning. Source here
The Spear assault case postponed
Will the real freedom of expression please stand up? Source here
Russia launches world's richest art prize in London with staggering £420,000 pot The world's richest art prize was launched in London last night by Russia, offering a staggering 500,000 euro pot to revitalise the out-of-favour style of figurative art. Source here
China and Mzansi: An art of equals
M&G: Standard Bank's latest exhibition explores the complexities of the China-Africa relationship. Source here
The Banksy Brand: How the Elusive Street Artist Played the Art Market Source here
Andries Botha's elephant sculptures to be completed at last
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How do you buy works of art that can’t be hung on your wall? Source here
In uproar over portrait of Duchess of Cambridge, its artist speaks out In Bradford on Avon, England — On Paul Emsley’s studio wall hangs an alternative version of the most famous portrait of one of the most famous women in the world. Source here
A user's guide to artspeak Why do so many galleries use such pompous, overblown prose to describe their exhibits? Well, there's now a name for it: International Art English. Source here
A lone march to Pretoria
M&G: Performance artist Sifiso Seleme believes in making a statement where it counts most - among the people - which is not without its dangers. Source here
Nudists At Nude Men Exhibit: Leopold Museum Invites Naked Viewers To Experience The Exhibition Source here
'Racism' of early colour photography explored in art exhibition Artists spent a month in South Africa taking pictures on decades-old film engineered with only white faces in mind. Can the camera be racist? Source here
The Story Behind Banksy Source here

Bonhams to sell original of world's most reproduced fine art print: "Chinese Girl" by Tretchikoff Source Here

Kitsch art: love it or loathe it? Source here

The Return of the King of Kitsch Source here

How Much For This Art? Source here
Athi-Patra Ruga leads the way with an exhibition of Contemporary Art from South Africa and China. An exhibition which seeks to open up new conversations about cultural diversity, social tolerance and human understanding at a time of intense movement and change in the Global South.. Source here
How do you buy works of art that can’t be hung on your wall? Bernadette McNulty discovers artist Tino Seghal has pioneered a new way of selling performance art. Source here
Beware pitfalls of buying art as asset class Source here
The Story Behind Banksy Source here
Kate Portrait: Dutchess of Cambridge painter Paul Emsley Responds "It felt like a witch hunt - it was so personal': Duchess of Cambridge portrait painter responds to critics and says he didn't expect level of criticism for Kate picture. Source here
In the Debate About the Art Bubble, the Dealer Is the Missing Piece This past Sunday's New York Times Review section included a multi-faceted dialogue about the contemporary art market..Source here
Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl up for auction
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Remembering Aaron Swartz's Ethically Engaged Internet Art Collaboration Aaron Swartz took his own life last week. The 26-year-old computer prodigy and free culture activist had been under investigation for having attempted to make scholarly documents from JSTOR publicly available, and was facing up to 35 years in prisonbiggest. Source here
Mandela portrait breaks records – but is it art?
The A new portrait of Nelson Mandela breaks records by fetching R3.7 million and causes a row over whether it is good value for money. Source here
The Madness of Art: Jim Kempner Shows Client 'Candy In The Corner' Source here
Kate Middleton Portrait Buzz: Art Criticism, Sexism, or Something Else? VALENCE, France — The internet has its royal panties in a bustle, once again. Today’s unveiling of the portrait of Kate Middleton, or rather the British Duchess of Cambridge, met with gasps of horror, followed by a cascade of sarcastic media and Twitter wit.  Source here
Early Diego Rivera Uncovered on Antiques Road Show Masterpieces sometimes pop up in the strangest places. Antiques Road Show, that public television stalwart showing unwitting collectors having their finds appraised, has uncovered plenty of surprises, but this is one of the biggest. Source here
Robin Rhode's Playful New Show Crowdsources Art From a Classroom of Bronx Kids. What would you think if you walked into a gallery and saw children drawing all over the walls with crayons the same size as they are? Source here
3 Hard Truths About the Art Market: It's Nasty, Brutish, and Short-Sighted Source here
Obituary: Colin Richards (1954 - 2012)
M&G: A gifted artist and mentor guided by moral demands. Source here
What’s in store for the market?
TAN: The growing numbers of the super-rich should keep the auction houses happy in 2013, but there are tougher times ahead for some. Source here
Art you can wear on your neck
M&G:L'MAD's first collection features 10 silk scarves featuring artwork from established and emerging South African artists. Source here
Damien Hirst designs Brit award statue One of, if not the wealthiest living artists, Damien Hirst, has designed the 2013 brit award statue featuring his trademark polkadots.  Source here
Mandela Portrait sets art record Source here
Art auctioneers eye another bonanza in early 2013 Source here
Money Rules an art scene left to it's own devices M&G:  Source here
Cosmic light and energy show on Times Square billboards:
Midnight Moment: Taxiplasm & Jonathan Henry Stasis the V&A
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SA artist's official portrait of Kate gets mixed reviews Source here
Demystifying the Art Star: Source here
Robin Rhode Is on our radar: South African Street Artist Is Serious About His Work Throwing street art conventions to the wind, visual phenomenon Robin Rhode is an international force to be reckoned with...Source here
Ai Weiwei: I'm Not an Activist.  Source here
Minister splurges R3.7 million on ANC art Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu successfully bid R3.7-million for a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela at an auction during the ANC's 101st anniversary gala dinner. Source here
Year in Review: A Look at 10 Controversies That Divided the Art World in 2012 No one can accuse the art world of being apathetic. From signing petitions to protesting censorship to resigning from museum boards, art lovers know how to make their opinions heard. Source here
SA and China make a way at Standard Bank Gallery
PR: Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China is the acclaimed exhibition curated by Ruth Simbao for the 2012 National Arts Festival. Source here
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: One of the most important museums reopening in 2013. Source here
Robin Rhode Is on our radar: South African Street Artist Is Serious About His Work Throwing street art conventions to the wind, visual phenomenon Robin Rhode is an international force to be reckoned with...Source here
Warhol Tops Picasso Sales, Richter Leading Living Artist. Source here
The Afronauts - a Zambian space odyssey A new photo book creates an alternative reality that turns thoughts about Africa on their head. Source here
Delayed by Hurricane Sandy, New York’s Canned Goods Sculpture Competition Returns Every year, as part of the food drive program Canstruction, artists and architects converge on the World Financial Center to make incredible sculptures out of cans of food .. Source here
Duchess of Cambridge's first official portrait unveiled - video Artist Paul Emsley discusses painting the Duchess of Cambridge's first official portrait. Emsley outlines the difficulties he faced as well as his personal feelings on being selected for the job. He says he is honoured that his painting of Kate will hang in the National Portrait Gallery for years to come. Source here
Stolen Matisse artwork found 25 years after heist A British art sleuth has recovered a painting by French artist Matisse that was stolen from a Stockholm museum 25 years ago. Source here
SA artist paints first official portrait of HRH Kate Glasgow-born and South African bred artist Paul Emsley was chosen to paint the first official public portrait of Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, now The Duchess of Cambridge. The painting is on display at The National Portrait Gallery in London. Source here
The Hubble Space Telescope's Greatest 'Art'
Huffingtonpost: I think everyone will agree that some of the images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope are absolutely breathtaking. Source here
2012: More than just The Spear
M&G: 2012 was a year where art made headlines. But there was more to the art world than the hype around Brett Murray's controversial work. Source here
Vast database of Italian church’s art and artefacts goes live
TAN: The Vatican has published a vast online catalogue of the Italian Catholic Church’s artistic heritage. more here
Spot of 2012 Art By Jackie May. Thanks to Brett Murray's painting, The Spear , art entered the mainstream... Source here
Art and Sacredness: A Hostile Relationship A few weeks ago Glenn Beck put a President Obama bobblehead in a mason jar filled with yellow liquid euphemistically described as “warm.” Source here
UK exhibition honours 60-year career of SA artist Peter Clarke Source here
Hot Art: Top 10 Auctions of 2012 The high-end art market plowed ahead in 2012 ...Source here
SA Arts 2012: A Year in Review
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NASA Presents “The Earth as Art” in a Free eBook and Free iPad App more here
Contemporary Art from SA and China exhibition in Joburg
Bizcommunity: Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, is the title of an exhibition that explores the ways in which contemporary artists based in South Africa and China engage with new paths of movement, with economic and cultural shifts, and with the rise of new regimes, new leaders and new social and urban spaces. Source here
How to Take Ai Weiwei With You Wherever You Go During the height of the Cultural Revolution in China, leader Mao Zedong wanted his thoughts spread to every corner of the country. Source here
Agent of Change
M&G: Sindiso Nyoni believes artists have the power to address society's ills with their work. On August 17, less than 24 hours after the Marikana massacre, graphic designer and illustrator Sindiso Nyoni began working on a seminal piece he would later call Protect and Serve. Source here
Rothko vandal jailed more here
A Prodigious Flowering of Rage In his book Francisco Goya: A Life, Evan Connell writes that Goya ‘kept no journal of his thoughts but he registered a prodigious flowering of rage’. Source here
11th annual Art Basel Miami Beach features 257 leading international galleries
Artdaily: MIAMI BEACH (AP).- Superstorm Sandy almost kept roughly 50 New York City art galleries from participating in Art Basel Miami Beach.. more here
MTN New Contemporaries Award winners
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