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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Israeli donates funds for Tate Modern revamp

By Jennifer Lipman, July 2, 2013

One of Israel's richest men is to inject millions of pounds into the UK arts scene at a time when the government is cutting public spending on cultural life.

Eyal Ofer, a shipping magnate and property investor said to be worth $6 billion by Forbes, has announced that his family foundation is giving £10 million to the Tate Modern.


Map of 19th century Jewish life on display

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

This rare map, dated 1889, showing the distribution of Jews living in East London has just gone on display in the capital.

Created by cartographer George Arkell, it covers an area stretching three miles, from the borders of the City of London to Mile End, and reveals that the highest concentration of Jews — from 95 to 100 per cent, shown in blue — was located in and around Whitechapel.


UK's artistic bid to boost Israel ties

June 27, 2013

Artists are being urged to submit proposals for an annual collaborative project between Britain and Israel. The Bi Arts programme was first run in 1995 and is now being relaunched.


Booking in at Mansion House

By Barry Toberman, June 21, 2013

Over 100 supporters of Israeli art gathered in the sumptuous surrounds of London’s Mansion House last Friday lunchtime for the official launch of the UK publication of a pictorial history.