– Over 40 artworks by the legendary Andy Warhol are expected to fetch well over £500,000 at auction as Sotheby’s. From Warhol With Love is a collection of ink-on-paper artwork from the 1950s, where Warhol spent time in Hong Kong – a place that is said to have been very important to him. Warhol’s work never ceases to wow art enthusiasts, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the collection fetches significantly more than the expected auction price.
– British firm David Chipperfield Architects are set to build the world’s largest free-standing photography museum in Marrakech, Morocco. The MMPVA (Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Art) will stand adjacent to the Menara Gardens at the gates of the Atlas mountains and will be a permanent showcase of nineteenth century visual art by hosting an exciting programme of contemporary art exhibitions. Upon its completion, the museum will be home to not only gallery exhibition spaces but also a theatre, bookshop, cafe and some educational facilities. If the Turner Gallery (a previous project by Chipperfield) is anything to go by, we can expect spectacular things from the MMPVA.
– The 2013 Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize shortlist has been announced, with four praise-worthy photographers making the list. Nominees Anoush Abrar, Dorothee Deiss, Giles Price and Spencer Murphy all stand a chance of winning the £12,000 prize for the best in contemporary portrait photography. Judge Tim Eyles of Taylor Wessing said this of the entries – “Wistfully, we had to leave some much-admired works behind. The shortlisted photographers fully deserve our congratulations – the selection of their portraits for show from the thousands submitted is a great testament to their manifest quality.” We’ll have to wait until November for the winner to be announced though.
– The Metro has published an interesting blog article for all those London based photog-lovers. ‘London’s best photography galleries’ does what it says on the tin and gives readers a shortlist of the best galleries in the city. Included are The Photographer’s Gallery, Michael Hoppen Gallery and The Getty Images Gallery. Read the full article here.
– Finally, to mark its first birthday next month, Art Scope Gallery are launching a new exhibition which will see one hundred pieces of art decorating the walls of Reading Hospital. The exhibition will feature work by 33 multi-media artists and is aiming to bring colour to the white hospital. We all know how dull and depressing hospitals can be, so this sounds like a terrific idea. Art Scope will be celebrating its one year anniversary by holding an open day on the 5th October, where patients and visitors are invited to look at the art and chat to the artists. The open day will raise money for local Reading charities. For more info visit www.artscopeatcircle.co.uk.