Art News

November 12, 2012

ADAH or Abu Dhabi Art Hub welcome the art world

Initiatives in art have gone big-scale in recent years with governments and their respective ministries taking the initiative to spearhead and jump-start their own art industries. […]
November 9, 2012

Monet fetches US$44m Christies’ New York

In one of the Christie’s latest auctions, the water lilies painting entitled ‘Nympheas’ by Monet was sold for almost US$43.8 million which is about RM134 million. […]
November 9, 2012

Clarins We Care charity runs drawing contest for environmental friendly pupils

Clarins, one of the leading European skincare brand recently played their part for charity when they organised the ‘Clarins We Care Charity’ to help provide better […]
November 9, 2012

Sarawak Museum holds talk on human evolution and ancient art

Some 60 history and art enthusiasts recently learned more than they thought they knew about human evolution and ancient art organised by the Sarawak Museum. The […]
November 9, 2012

Three Chinese artists recognized in Chinese Contemporary Art Awards

The CCAA (Chinese Contemporary Art Awards) is an initiative of Swiss collector Uli Sigg who had established this award to recognized Chinese artists and art critics […]
November 8, 2012

Yoko Ono to host retrospective solo show at Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) of Sydney will be hosting the solo show of Yoko Ono entitled ‘War is Over! (If You Want It)’. This […]
November 8, 2012

Trick Art Museum lets you finish painting the Mona Lisa, among others

If there is one place that one should go for fun and creativity, it would be the Trick Art Museum in i-City, Shah Alam. This would […]
November 8, 2012

Penang State Museum Board to go for ISO Certification in Artefact Management

The Penang State Museum Board recently told the Penang state assembly that they are currently reviewing their storage system for art and artefacts. This would involve […]
November 8, 2012

Dali, Miro and Warhol on sale in Japanese’s N43 collection

There seems to be a growing trend among major collectors around the world to sell off their collections of masterpieces and the latest one to join […]
November 7, 2012

11-year old discovered, bought and returned stolen art to rightful owner

An 11-year old boy, Matt Hanna became an instant hero when he put his intelligence to good use by discovering a stolen painting 7 years after […]
November 7, 2012

Brad Pitt turns furniture designer

While most Hollywood celebrities would turn to designer fashion apparel or into fragrances and perfume, Brad Pitt has made an unlikely turn when he decided to […]
November 7, 2012

Penang State Art Gallery showcases 47 years of artworks

The Penang State Art Gallery is currently holding an art exhibition which showcases 47 years of artworks from some of Malaysia’s most prominent and established artists. […]
November 7, 2012

MBS boys designs plain shoes into hip footwear

The visual arts students of Methodist Boys’ School Georgetown showed how ordinary and plain school shoes could be transformed into more contemporary and hip footwear when […]
November 6, 2012

National Visual Arts Gallery promotes graffiti art with 60 meter wall

Some 29 young artists were recently invited to ‘redecorate’ a wall at the National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG). This was seen as a truly unique move […]
November 6, 2012

Leading figures in U.K. art world oppose to plan to sell Moore’s sculpture

In a bid to pay its bills and budget cuts of £100million in the next 3 years, Tower Hamlets, the East London council has proposed to […]
November 6, 2012

Gagosian opens second Paris gallery in the airport

It seems that art galleries are slowly but very dominantly moving into the mainstream with major public spaces being used and turned into exhibition places. Where […]
November 5, 2012

Hurricane Sandy causes millions in losses at New York art district

New York’s art district was one of the worst hit areas when Hurricane Sandy left its ugly marks on the metropolitan recently. After Sandy left New […]
November 5, 2012

Rainbow of Arts in the Year of the Dragon on show by Perak artists

The Soka Gakkai Malaysia in Ipoh recently featured 90 pieces of watercolour paintings in a group exhibition entitled ‘Rainbow of Arts in the Year of the […]
November 5, 2012

Winnie Chan and husband sell off $1 million worth of art and antiques

Ms Winnie Chan and her husband Frank watched sadly as many items within their art collection had to be sold off at a public auction held […]
November 5, 2012

Maamor’s excellent watercolour techniques on show

Maamor Jantan, one of Malaysia’s most renowned watercolour artists recently showed off his latest works in the ‘Faces’ joint art exhibition at the Universiti Malaya Art […]
November 2, 2012

Bank Negara has 2,000 art works in permanent collection

As one of the major supporter and advocate of the Malaysian art industry, it has been reported that BNM (Bank Negara Malaysia) has to date, collected […]
November 2, 2012

Italy’s main commercial bank becomes new art museum in Milan

The largest retail bank in Italy recently turned its Milan headquarters into a modern art museum. This took place at the headquarters of Intesanpaolo’s Banca Commerciale […]
November 2, 2012

Winner of ‘Fun Exploration with Kuntum and Dutch Lady School’ contest a seasoned contestant in competitions.

Alini Balqis Azizul, a 7-year old girl’s determination and creativity paid off when she travelled 7 hours from Pasir Gudang in Johor to Pahang’s state capital […]
November 2, 2012

English painter battles the odds and continues to paint portraits in JB

Saw recently at the 9th Johor Bahru Arts Fesvial 2012 is an art exhibition entitled ‘My Passion For Portraits’ by English painter Sofia Cole. The 51 […]
November 2, 2012

Time for junk making art form to improve

79 year old veteran Raymondo Allas said that there is a need for foreign craftsmen to be invited in helping local craft makers in improving their […]
November 2, 2012

Year-6 students who joined mural painting contest to be displayed on hoarding boards of KLEC

The KL Eco City (KLEC) Mural Painting Competition is set to take centrestage and become a very large art canvas which will involve the hoarding around […]
November 2, 2012

Maybank Foundation art exhibition for people with disabilities raises RM20k

19 paintings were recently sold at a 3-day exhibition entitled ‘Nurkilan Jiwaku’ at Menara Maybank. The exhibition was held for members of the public and employees […]
November 2, 2012

Sculptors of effigy accepting orders for human memorial statues

Peter Pereira has taken a unique but growing trend of remembering his late beloved wife. The 82 year old man is calling on the Sequeiras to […]
October 31, 2012

Majestic Hotel, where the National Art Gallery was previously housed to reopen in December

Amidst the rapid development and fast moving commuters and corporate working groups of Kuala Lumpur lies The Majestic Hotel, one of the oldest and most unique […]
October 31, 2012

China and its 6 Creative Cities

China has, in recent months been actively involved in the global art scene where apart from having one of the largest group of art collectors, it […]
October 31, 2012

Children art competition pays tribute to our firemen

Some 200 children and teenagers recently participated in the 17th Subang Jaya Children’s Art Competition at The Summit USJ in Subang Jaya which encircled around the […]
October 31, 2012

Designer brings Henna Art to the masses

The Mehndi or Henna Art is commonly associated with weddings among Muslims and Hindus. This temporary tattoo patterns is one that is what Anushiya Thulukanam wants […]
October 30, 2012

Beyond Diagnosis project uses art project to help people with mental health problems

Using art in therapy has been a common practice in many parts of the world and recent research has shown that art could do more than […]
October 30, 2012

Limkokwing University student wins 1Malaysia The Futurists Art Competition

Lim Zee Chee, a first year student from Cyberjaya’s Limkokwing University of Creative Technology painted her way into the history books when she won the 1Malaysia […]
October 30, 2012

RM3.5m worth of art sold at second 2012 Henry Butcher Art Auction

Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers Sdn Bhd recently held its second art auction which saw some 87 paintings coming under the hammer at the Sime Darby Convention […]
October 30, 2012

Art Competition and Exhibition for Special Needs People bring everyone together in art

The recent Art Competition and Exhibition for Special Needs People which was organised by the local Rotary Clubs and held at the National Visual Arts Gallery […]
October 29, 2012

Los Angeles County Museum of Art raises $3.5m at 2nd Annual Art + Film Gala

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art or LACMA recently held its second annual Film + Art Gala with much fanfare. The event honoured Ed Rushca […]
October 29, 2012

Cheng Haw Chien becomes first Malaysia to show lingnan-style works at China’s birthplace

Cheng Haw Chien, one of the few Malaysian painters known for the lingnan-style artworks will be holding an exhibition at Dongguan City in southern Guangdong, China. […]
October 29, 2012

Children disowns 84-year-old Chinese father who works posing nude for young artists

Wang Xuzong, an 84-year old man became a media sensation in China and around the art scene when he was reportedly disowned by his own children […]
October 29, 2012

‘Joined in Dance’ brings together male dancers

Malaysia’s own Indian classical dance performer Mr Ramli Ibrahim recently put the country in the world map when he won became the first Malaysian to win […]
October 25, 2012

All stolen art from bond manager Gundlach recovered

Bond manager Jeffrey Gundlach, who became an overnight sensation when he offered one of the largest rewards for the safe return of his stolen collection of […]
October 25, 2012

15th Singapore Writers’ Festival 2012 to kick off with a bang

Between November 2nd and 11th, Singapore is set to play host to its internationally popular SWF (Singapore Writers Festival) 2012. This would mark the 15th time […]
October 25, 2012

Aswara’s post-graduate programme in the arts launched with funding available – 250

Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, the Minister of Information, Communications and Culture recently launched the Artistic Scholarship and Excellence Research Centre of Aswara (Akademi Seni Budaya […]
October 25, 2012

Kedah artists showcase the laid-back rice planting environment in exhibition

6 renowned artists recently had their works exhibited at the ‘Northern Malaysian Scenes Art Exhibition’ at the Galeri Seni Mutiara in Penang. Rightfully so, the exhibition […]
October 24, 2012

Louvre needs $1mil more for statuettes to complete ‘Descent from the Cross’ collection

One of the world’s most amazing art museums, Paris’ The Louvre is seeking to appeal for a funding of $1million to in their pursue of 2 […]
October 24, 2012

Jimmy Choo shares advice with students and budding designers

Datuk Jimmy Choo, perhaps the most famous shoe designer in Malaysia recently visited one of the most historical and popular art institutions in the country, MIA […]
October 24, 2012

Canon PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2012 attracts 1,300 participants

The Canon PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2012 recently kicked off with much fanfare when more than 1,300 photographers participated in the event in 2 Malaysian cities. Organised by […]
October 24, 2012

National Geographic photos and artworks to be auctioned

International art and antique auction house Christie’s has announced that they will be selling off the collection of photographs and works of art from the National […]
October 24, 2012

Finnish artist expresses environmental issues at ‘Nature in Transformation’ exhibition – 250

The recent ‘Nature in Transformation’ exhibition by Finnish artist Susanna Herneshiemi was more than just art because it was the ideal platform for the artist to […]
October 23, 2012

Thieves exploited security system at Kunsthal Museum and stole 7 masterpieces

The recent art heist that took place at the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands was more than just a theft case. It was the manner by […]
October 23, 2012

MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) pushing Hobart to top 10 best cities

Hobart’s MONA or Museum of Old and New Art made it to the global map when it helped the city of Hobart to be inducted as […]
October 23, 2012

Korean, Iranian and Malaysian artists showcase unique elements at MIKA 2012

The MIKA 2012 or Malaysian, Iranian and Korean Artists Contemporary art exhibition saw the coming together of artists from 3 countries to showcase their creative and […]
October 23, 2012

All-boys team impresses at kolam contest

A group of boys from the St Francis Institution of Malacca recently made history by joining the state-level 1Malaysia Rangoli Competition organised by the Educational Welfare […]
October 22, 2012

Loans available for art students to start their own businesses after graduating

The state of Sarawak is taking an unprecedented step in the promotion and development of art when it was announced that there are opportunities for students […]
October 22, 2012

More foreign collectors looking for Malaysian art

According to Lim Eng Chong, the director at Henry Butcher Sdn Bhd, there is a growing interest among foreign collectors in Malaysian art in recent years […]
October 22, 2012

Benefits of art therapy still unrecognized and unknown

 Using art for therapy is not something new and this was recently given a newer breath of life at the 33rd Annual National Conference by the […]
October 22, 2012

Muralist revs up his art in business signs in Long Beach

The mural art form has often been regarded as one of the major movers of the art scene and it is one of the very popular […]
October 19, 2012

Louis Gan shows that disability is no barrier to making great art

Louis Gan is perhaps one of the most remarkable Malaysian artists today because of his willpower and determination despite having hearing and speech disabilities. Using sign […]
October 19, 2012

‘Nude Men’ art exhibition in Austria sparks controversy

An art exhibition in Vienna’s Leopold Museum raised some controversy when it showcased male nudity, which was somewhat unconventional although it is no surprise in the […]
October 19, 2012

No worries, we have upgraded our security system

The art loving Malaysian public and enthusiasts can rest assure that the RM65million worth of art collection at the National Visual Arts Gallery in Kuala Lumpur […]