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Post image for The Ruins, Rubble, and Architecture of War in Art

The architecture of war is more accurately the ruins it leaves behind, but there are structures to this destruction. An exhibition at the partially reopened Imperial War Museum in London is looking at both the rubble and the building of war.

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Post image for Pyschedelic Plans for a Post-Apocalyptic Paris

Out of apocalyptic ruin, a Parisian street-sweeper imagined his city rising again with staggering spires grasping up to the skies. These artistic “blueprints” by Marcel Storr were long secreted away, but recent exhibitions have brought this restless new world into the public eye.

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Post image for Artists Reflect on Death’s Eternity and Ephemerality

HONG KONG — You have to hand it to Richard Harris, whose collection is currently on view at London’s Wellcome Collection in an exhibition of some 300 works titled Death: A Self-Portrait. As far as collectors go, this is a show that gets right to the core of why a collector collects. It is an answer Robert Hughes skillfully extracted from Alberto Mugrabi in five minutes flat: Immortality.

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Post image for Gallery Photo Policies Versus the Aura of the Artwork

BRIGHTON, UK — If a picture is worth a thousand words, Nihilistic Optimistic is worth about a million. The new show from Tim Noble and Sue Webster at Blain Southern is super photogenic, and therein may lie its appeal.

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Post image for A Home That Makes the Old Masters Come Alive

Art always has some sense of place, whether it is the result of where it was created or the setting it is placed in, but art as a place can be something truly transporting that goes beyond installation to become a world unto itself. I’ve seen shades of this in two current shows, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe’s Stray Light Grey that subverts Marlborough Gallery into urban backrooms and Andrew Ohanesian’s The House Party at Pierogi’s Boiler Room that brings suburbia to Brooklyn, and even in the ongoing, heavily atmospheric theatre experience Sleep No More with its beautiful 1930s time travel. All of these have led me to think on one of the most engaging and curious of these kinds of art experiences: the Dennis Severs’ House in London.

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Post image for Damien Hirst Brands a London Restaurant

World-renowned artist Damien Hirst created two art works for a new London restaurant that opened last week, Tramshed.

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Post image for Art in London: 5 Things to See Right Now

LONDON — If you’re looking for respite from the bacchanalian bustle of the Big Smoke at 20 degrees or just looking to punctuate those protracted bouts of sun-worshipping, don’t miss the following.

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Post image for Public Sculpture Is Latest Victim of Scrap Metal Theft Epidemic

BBC reported this morning that a sculpture by sculptor Barbara Hepworth has been stolen in South London. Scrap metal thieves are suspected to be behind the theft, indicative of a growing problem with scrap metal theft in the UK. The bronze sculpture, titled “Two Form (Divided Circle)” from 1969, was pulled from its plinth on Monday night.

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Post image for 2012 London Olympics Causes Artist Rents to Skyrocket

You can’t see out of the east-facing window of artist Dragica Carlin’s London studio, because of all the paintings that are stacked against it. But if you could, you’d be looking straight towards the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, in Hackney, east London. Carlin came to London from Croatia nearly twenty years ago, and like hundreds of other artists, she was attracted to Hackney because of its vibrant and edgy street life and its low-rent studios (it has been estimated that there are more studios here per capita than anywhere in the world). But in the months since London won the right to host next year’s Olympics, fending off rivals such as New York City, the lives of artists and other residents have been transformed in sometimes unwelcome ways.

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Post image for Fight Returns to New York as Locked Out Art Handlers Continue Protest Against Sotheby’s

Last week, Sotheby’s art handlers took their fight to London but today they’re back in New York and manning the picket lines on York Avenue.

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