There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from July 3rd – July 9th, 2016.


Source: Artnet News

This week we saw two paintings from the Dutch Golden Era reunited after 351 years, Brooke Shields make a curatorial debut, and a protest by Russian artist Katrin Nenasheva.

Russian Artist Takes Part in Performance to Protest Poor Treatment in Russian Orphanages

Russian artist and activist Katrin Nenasheva has completed her performance art project, which aimed to highlight the poor treatment of children housed in Russian orphanages. Katrin walked around with a metal bed frame strapped to her back and poked her feet with needles to symbolize the abuse suffered by the children in the orphanages. Katrin previously worked for two NGO’s who offered support to Russian orphans. Full Story Here →

Two Dutch Paintings Reunited After 351 Years

Two paintings by Dutch painter Gerrit Dou have finally been reunited after 351 years of separation. The paintings are on show at the Dulwich Picture Gallery until November 6. Both paintings are of a woman playing a keyboard. At the time the works were created, it was considered a marvel that Dou had successfully completed two paintings at the same time, as he was known to take up to a week to paint a single hand. Full Story Here →

Source: The Guardian

Source: The Guardian

Georg Baselitz Work Defiled by Farmers

The German newspaper Bild has reported that the location Georg Baselitz depicted in his painting of his hometown has been obscured by a large pile of manure, which was dumped in the locality by farmers. A large installation frame hangs over the area he painted, clearly marked as an artistic point of interest. Local farmers have reasoned that Baselitz’s art is bad and the pile of manure will not be removed until August. Full Story Here →

Brooke Shields co-organizes an art show alongside Art Southampton

Brooke Shields made her curatorial debut this weekend at Art Southampton. Alongside David Kratz, president of New York Academy of Art, she presented a booth titled “Call of the Wild,” featuring about 30 artworks by the academy’s alumni. This year, Art Southampton will include about 70 galleries.  Full Story Here →

The Victoria & Albert Museum Wins Museum of the Year

The Victoria & Albert Museum has been announced as the winner of the UK’s Museum of the Year, 2016. As the winner of the contest, the museum will receive £100,000, the world’s largest museum prize. The prize money is said to be spent on re-establishing a department to collaborate with other museums from across the UK. The other finalists who were not lucky enough to scoop the prize were the Arnolfini in Bristol, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London, Jupiter Artland, West Lothian and York Art Gallery, Yorkshire.  Full Story Here →

Source: The BBC

Source: The BBC

Agora Gallery presents The French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France

Bringing together 6 of the most compelling French artists of today, Agora Gallery surveys the contemporary French art scene that will take the viewer through the photography, abstraction, and surrealism making waves today. Exhibition opened July 8th and will run through July 28th. Full Story Here →

These are just some of the many news stories that caught our eye this past week. For more stories as-they-happen, be sure to also follow our Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for our newsletter for news about Agora Gallery, our exhibitions, and our artists!

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