Sir Nicholas Serota says farewell to the Tate

By Daniel Sugarman, September 9, 2016

Sir Nicholas Serota has resigned as director of the Tate galleries after 28 years in the role. He will be taking up a new role as chair of Arts Council England.

The Tate underwent major expansion during his period at the helm, most notably with the opening of the Tate Modern in 2000.


Portrait of Labour peer Gail Rebuck unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

By Charlotte Oliver, July 18, 2016

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a portrait of leading publisher and Labour peer Gail Rebuck as part of its permanent collection.


Dame Helen Mirren to host ‘Jewish Nobel prize’ ceremony in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, April 6, 2016

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren is set to host Israel’s Genesis Prize ceremony in Jerusalem this year, it has been announced.

Dame Helen said she was “honoured and humbled” at being asked to preside at the event – regarded as the “Jewish Nobel prize”.


Turner painting bequeathed to the nation by a Jewish property tycoon

By JC Reporter, January 11, 2016

A Turner panting worth an estimated £100 million has been bequeathed to the nation by a Jewish property tycoon.

Harry Hyams, the developer behind the Centre Point tower in central London, died last month at the age of 87, leaving the painting Dutch Boats in a Gale to the National Gallery in his will.


Eight-year-old Tamara makes her mark on JC history

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2015

Tamara Shavleyan has always been good at art at school, but now her talents will be viewed by thousands of people around the world.

The eight-year-old has been chosen as the winner of the JC’s competition for under-11s to create a logo to mark the newspaper’s 175th anniversary this year.


New archive of Lucian Freud’s work to be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery

By JC Reporter, November 17, 2015

A new archive of Lucian Freud’s sketchbooks, drawings and letters has been permanently allocated to the National Portrait Gallery.

The National Portrait Gallery, which in 2012 staged the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition, the gallery’s most visited ticketed exhibition, plans to make the archive, which has never been published or exhibited, accessible to the public from summer 2016.


Artist Dora Holzhandler dies

By Rosa Doherty, October 12, 2015

The artist Dora Holzhandler has died at the age of 87.

Her family said they were “deeply saddened” to announce that she died at home “peacefully on October 8 surrounded by her family”.

Known for her naive style of painting, she was a favourite of art loving celebrities.


Art dealer's 'ambulance chasers' Holocaust restitution jibe criticised

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2015

A leading art dealer has been criticised for comparing the restitution of art looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust to “ambulance chasing”.

Julian Agnew, former chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers, said the campaign was comparable to lawyers who encourage victims to take litigious action.


Mark Gertler painting sells for £542,000, a world record for the artist

By JC Reporter, June 26, 2015

A new world record price for a painting by Jewish artist Mark Gertler was set when his work The Violinist sold for £542,000.

The painting was auctioned by Christie’s at a sale in London. The previous record for the artist was £74,500 set in 2014.

The buyer is understood to be a British private collector.


First painting from Gurlitt stash of Nazi-looted art auctioned for £1.9m

By Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

A painting stolen from a Jewish family has become the first work from Cornelius Gurlitt’s collection of looted art to be sold at auction.

Two Riders on a Beach by German-Jewish artist Max Liebermann fetched £1.9 million at a sale at Sotheby’s in London.