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Iranian muralist Mehdi Ghadyanloo's first exhibition in the UK (and only his second outside Iran) has just opened at the Howard Griffin Gallery in London.

Employed by the Tehran municipality, Ghadyanloo paints vivid, colourful, surreal and, importantly, figurative murals on the expansive blank walls that are so prevalent in Tehran.

Continuing the long tradition of mural painting in Iran, Ghadyanloo updates the martyr murals from the Iran-Iraq war and the visual hagiographies of the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Mohammad by painting non-political subjects that are simply designed to make the people of Tehran happy.…/by-george-upton-digiqual…
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Our blogger visited Alibis: Sigmar Polke, 1963-2010 at the Tate Modern back in February. He left "thinking he was one the best artists of the latter half of the 20th century."

"To have such a vast collection of work from throughout Polke’s creative life allows the viewer to freely draw together his work from across the decades and visually come to these conclusions. Many retrospectives allow you to do this but it was especially present here.

It is a testimony to the curation, of course, but also to this astoundingly talented artist - whatever he turned his hand to, in his sketches and in his films, in his paintings and sculpture, he got it just right."

You can read our full article here:
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Have you ever wondered which objects inspire the world’s greatest artists?

Kunstkammers, or cabinets of curiosities, have been curated by artists for centuries. However, they’re rarely viewed outside of their home until centuries after the artist’s death.

The Barbican Centre, London, are set to change this trend with their new exhibition, “Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector”, which opened last week.

Displaying objects amassed by a wealth of international artists such as Damien Hirst, Sol LeWitt and Andy Warhol, the collection provides insight into their inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions.

Placed alongside a major work, the vital relationship between artist input and output is revealed to our curious eyes.

As we soon found out, “some artists are connoisseurs, carefully shaping their collections and selling objects to make new purchases, and others accumulate hoards of things, never letting anything go.”

“Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector” is open until 25 May.

Magnificent Obsessions
The Artist as Collector
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Barbican Art Gallery
12 Feb – 25 May 2015
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This year's Premium Interims Project has opened at the Royal Academy, showcasing the work of students from the RA School.

The RA School's ethos is concerned with individual artistic practice, allowing student artists to work freely alongside Royal Academicians in a diverse range of fields - just a few examples of which we've picked out for you.

The exhibition is a collection of work from 17 students currently at the midpoint of their degree, the art emerging in the midst of their creative process. This is the first time many of the works have been taken from the studio into a gallery space, and the first time they've been critically received by the public.

You can explore the work yourselves at the Royal Academy until 11 March.

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For over two decades, Aaron Blaise​ animated and later directed films for Disney​ such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan and Brother Bear, where he specialises in drawing animals.

Having set up his own animation studio, Blaise now runs his website and YouTube video channel that seeks to democratise teaching on art and animation.

Check out our interview with him on our blog!

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Artists may often feel marginalised in the run up to General Elections. Despite reflecting upon cultural ideas and often creating politically charged pieces, they are rarely regarded as being essential to political process.

This new exhibition, “History is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain”, which opened today at the Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, London, is set to change this trend.

Seven artists from London have been chosen to examine British cultural history from 1945 up until the present day. Not just creating pieces, the artists involved are actually curating the exhibition, meaning they have personally selected each piece involved - from museums, libraries and archives.

Spanning the arts, science, history, current affairs and interior design, each item is chosen to tell a story about the way in which the artist sees modern Britain.

We personally favoured the selections by artist John Akomfrah, who has selected works from the Arts Council Film Collection, to look at the relationship between cinema and television, documentary film and avant-garde, experimental moving pictures.

The exhibition runs until 26 April 2015 at Southbank Centre.
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Rosaline Shahnavaz is a photographer from South London. Although she only graduated from university last year, she is rapidly making waves across the diverse discipline of contemporary photography - spanning art, fashion and documentary in her work. 

Her outstanding final project "Far Near Distance" is an intimate portrait of her cousin's closed life in Tehran, juxtaposed with the unattainable beauty of the surrounding countryside, alongside a series of letters that highlight Shahnavaz's relative freedom. 
For this she won both the Michael Wilson Award and an award from Photoworks.

We spoke to her following her recent exhibition at the Notting Hill Arts Club in London.
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Contemporary Chinese artists have another way of exhibiting their work with the new web-based platform "A Wall", curated by the artist Zheng Bo.

The space features socially engaged art by Chinese artists from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, from 1995 until now. 

After the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, it has become even more important for artists within China to find their voice and engage with current political issues.

Each project is presented with high quality images alongside documentation regarding the organisation and critical reception of the piece, giving the viewer visually accessible information.

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Spring may not be upon us just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the flowers.

“Florilegia” at Grimaldi Gavin, London, will run until 28 February, offering its visitors a collaborative vision of photographic works by five contemporary artists. 

Each photographer has their own distinctive take on encounters between art and nature. Situated within the busy metropolis of London, the exhibition promises to offer us brief respite from the busy world outside, allowing reconnection with the natural world. 
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Following her recent pre-selection for The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, we are eager to introduce you to the exceptional work of Tanvi Pathare.

Pathare trained at the Sir J. J. School of Art in Mumbai and completed her studies at the The Florence Academy of Art - where she is now a Principal Instructor. She works from the realistic tradition, with her portraits revealing a part of the inner self of the sitter. 

The artists says of her work: “The existence of Life around me forms a constant source of inspiration for my work. Depicting people in their conflicting selves has become a very fascinating pursuit in some of my recent portraits. I believe that if there is something that I find intriguing, fascinating or confusing regarding my existence, that painting the same helps me to understand it better.”

The Annual Portrait Exhibition showcases the best portrait painters in the contemporary art world in a prestigious London location each year. Watch out for Pathare in 2015!
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