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Paintings By Queen Victoria Head to Auction in London

January 20th, 2023

A rare pair of floral paintings by Queen Victoria will go to auction next week, expecting prices of £8,000 and £10,000, Art News reports. 
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Michael Rakowitz Proposes Gift of Fourth Plinth Statue to British Museum in Exchange for Return of Assyrian Arifacts to Iraq

January 20th, 2023

Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz is proposing that the British Museum return one of its ancient Assyrian treasures to Iraq in exchange for the donation of his fourth plinth sculpture to the UK. “As I pondered my gift to the nation of Great Britain, I began to fantasise that it could be attached to a second gift: the return of one of the British Museum’s lamassu to the country of Iraq, to replace what was destroyed by Daesh [or Islamic State],” he writes in an open letter.
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Art News Traces Continued Challenges of Repatriation at The Met

January 20th, 2023

Art News has a piece this week discussing ongoing issues with repatriation at The Met, reviewing some disputed works still on view. “Once you know that someone is acquiring artifacts without looking too closely as a source, the first thing you should do is look deeper,” says Erin Thompson, an associate professor of art crime at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Nigel Cooke

b. 1973
Lives and works in:

London, England

Represented by:

Modern Art

Education includes:

Goldsmiths University Ph.D, London
Royal College of Art MA, London
Nottingham Trent University BA, Nottingham, UK

Cooke is a British-born painter and sculptor who creates large-scale works. His pieces are often desolate and bleak, portraying cigarette butts, wrecked cars and various forms of debris. Other paintings witness more romantic landscapes, demonstrating his versatility.

His 2003 piece “Mirrors” sees a fusion of styles as he captures a single blooming flower in the vast setting of a dark woods and minimal plant life. “Silva Morosa” captures moss growing on a rock wall, but then breaks its serenity as a skull is carved out of the moss.

His work is included amongst the collections of New York’s Guggenheim, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and London’s Tate Gallery, as well as others.