Luc Delahaye is awarded the Deutche Börse Photography Prize 2005

The French photographer, Luc Delahaye (b. 1962), has been awarded the Deutche Börse Photography Prize 2005, one of the most prominent exhibitions at the Photographers' Gallery and a major international arts award. Isabella Blow presented the £30.000 award to Delahaye during the evening ceremony at the gallery. The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize aims to reward a living photographer of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography during the last year.

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize


Sculpture Breaks Auction Record

A work by Romanian Constantin Brancusi (b. 1876) has broken the world auction record for a sculpture by fetching $27,456,000 (£14,431,204).

Brancusi's Bird in Space, a marble piece depicting a bird soaring into the sky, was sold by Christie's New York to an anonymous buyer on Wednesday.  The previous record for another work by Brancusi ('Danaide') was sold for $18.1m in May 2002.



Unparalleled Parasol

Parasol Unit, a new foundation for contemporary art based in London's East End, will be launched on 4 May, 2005 with an exhibition of paintings by the acclaimed Belgian artist, Michaël Borremans. Parasol will be housed in a new 800-square metre space, of which 500-square metres is devoted to exhibitions on two floors. Located next to the Victoria Miro Gallery in Wharf Road and designed by Claudio Silvestrin, it promises to be an impressive element to London's art scene.  Click here for further details Parasol Unit

Art Fortnight London's East End art trail on Saturday 25 June is organised in conjunction with Parasol Unit. More details will be available on our events section in mid-April.



Back Again

Art Fortnight London 2005 officially launched on Wednesday 16 March with a press gathering at Bloomberg. Lady Angela Nevill (Chairman), Anthony Browne and Meredith Etherington-Smith (both Vice Chairmen) all spoke, stressing the importance of promoting London's position in the international art market. The cultural programme (20 June till 4 July) attracted much attention with over 55 press attending.  Click below to read a copy of this year's press release.

Art Fortnight London Press Release



Hot Property

Voted the hottest name in a new generation of artists (Businness Life, December/January), Idris Khan looks like he has a promising career ahead of him. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, he enjoyed a spectacular breakthrough last summer when his entire MA show was bought by Charles Saatchi. Admirers are in no doubt of his talent. Charlotte Edwards of ArtReview magazine, describes his pictures as "amazingly beautiful." We would agree. Khan's work 'Every...William Turner's Postcards from Tate Britain' will not only be the cover of this year's Art Fortnight London Art Book, but will also feature in our 'Young Masters' exhibition. Good to know that Art Fortnight London has their finger on the pulse.

See our homepage to view Khan's Turner image and click on our 'EVENTS' section to find out more about our 'Young Master' exhibition



Join our Club

Art Fortnight London is pleased to announce that we will be acting as the British Luxury Club's official Art Club, providing a monthly e-letter for their members, all high net-worth individuals from over 150 leading luxury brand companies. The letter will include a selection of the must-see shows in London, monthly art world news and gallery events. To find out more about the British Luxury Club (a subsidiary of The British Luxury Council), visit www.britishluxurycouncil.com



Power & Putin

Art Fortnight London's Chairman, Lady Angela Nevill, has received high praise from leading international art magazine, Art + Auction. In its Power List (December issue), Nevill was quoted as being "one of the most influential figures in the London trade." As well as her prime role as Chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD), Art + Auction considered Nevill's highest-profile achievement in 2004 to be the June launch of Art Fortnight London, describing it as "an act of genius that promoted London as an art capital in a more aggressive and organised fashion than ever before."
Just as pleasing, was the magazine's recognition of Art Fortnight's first year international success: "Attendance and sales imply that Art Fortnight played as well in the US as it did in London, with Americans boarding planes in numbers not seen since the summer of 2000." Similar praise was acknowledged and repeated in the Independent on Sunday (28 November 04), which linked Nevill to Vladimir Putin by naming them both "two of the most influential power-brokers in the world of international art."

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