Art

Mirvis and Kapoor get their JW3 (mezuzah) fix

By Anna Sheinman, October 3, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has praised the new JW3, calling it, like the mezuzah he was affixing at the venue, “glorious on the outside, magnificent on the inside”.

Rabbi Mirvis blessed the mezuzah, designed by renowned sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor, at a ceremony on Tuesday evening.

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Artists enjoy their brush with fame through LJCC enterprise

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

Helena Spearman was sipping calmly from a plastic cup of water at the London Jewish Cultural Centre last Thursday night when her work was announced among the “highly commended” entries to the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s Art House contest and exhibition. Floods of tears ensued as the Totteridge resident was embraced by friends.

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Fierce-eyed Boris Johnson to be made in to art

By JCReporter, August 23, 2013

London mayor Boris Johnson likes to project the image of a bumbling figure waffling on about wiff-waff and piffle.

But he is not fooling anyone — least of all sculptor Frances Segelman. “It’s the eyes. They’re very fierce. He got a serious side. You can see it in his eyes,” she says.

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Mystery buyer saves Jerusalem tapestries

By Zoe Winograd, August 22, 2013

Rare silk hangings depicting scenes from the Temple in Jerusalem have been saved for the nation by a mystery buyer who has paid £120,000 to stop them going abroad.

The seven hand-embroidered tapestries, made in the 18th century, probably in Italy or Holland, have belonged to a private owner in Britain for the past 50 years.

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The art dealers who helped inspire Picasso

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2013

When Pablo Picasso was looking for pieces of ancient art to inspire his painting, he knew who to ask.

The artist sought out the Aarons, an Iranian-Jewish family who since 1910 had developed a reputation as the foremost dealers in Islamic and near eastern artefacts.

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UK gets the chance to see another side of Bob Dylan

By Anna Sheinman, August 8, 2013

The times they are a ’changin’ for superstar Bob Dylan, whose next big event in London is not a tour date but the opening of the first UK exhibition of his art work.

The National Portrait Gallery is to display 12 specially commissioned portraits by Dylan from August 24 in a move that will introduce another side of the star to his thousands of British fans.

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I’m a huge fan. I even got to the end of his novel, and it’s officially unreadable

By Martin Bright, August 8, 2013

Bob Dylan provided the soundtrack to my adolescence.

Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed — the great triumvirate of misery brought angst-ridden enlightenment to that bedroom in a cul-de-sac on a new-build housing estate in a West Country dormitory town.

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Saatchi’s big art sell-off

August 8, 2013

Millionarie art collector Charles Saatchi is to auction 50 of his best-known sculptures and installations.

Proceeds will support continued free entry at the Saatchi Gallery in London and free programmes for schools.

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On a high street near you - artworks by Lucian Freud and Anish Kapoor

By Josh Jackman, August 8, 2013

Art by Anish Kapoor and Lucian Freud will be seen by millions of people in a nationwide exhibition.

Freud’s paintings, Man’s Head (Self Portrait I) and Girl with a Kitten, as well as Kapoor’s sculpture As if to Celebrate, I Discovered a Mountain Blooming with Red Flowers will be among 57 artworks displayed on 22,000 billboards across the UK as part of the Art Everywhere project.

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Art by Bob Dylan to be shown in London for the first time

By Anna Sheinman, August 5, 2013

Artworks by Bob Dylan are to be shown by a gallery in Britain for the first time, it was announced this week.

Twelve new pastel portraits drawn by the rock legend will be displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London in an exhibition called Bob Dylan: Face First.

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