The Week in Art – my picks from guardian.co.uk

You may have noticed lots of links of late to The Guardian(UK) Newspapers online. I’m really enjoying their art and design blogs and it’s great keeping connected to the art scene in the UK and Europe. As the title of this post suggests, each week they round up what’s been going on with some glossy pics – some of which I have pulled out for you wth a wee personal story.
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Okay this doesn’t have much of a story, except that we were talking about Damian Hirst recently, and the show is in Scotland, (where I come from, for those of you who still think I am Irish – No, I didn’t celebrate St. Patrick’s day with my fellow countrymen…)
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“A huge show of Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde and pharmaceutical pieces has opened at Scotland’s National Gallery of Modern Art. The exhibition launches a series of “Artist Rooms” across the country, showing works gifted by art dealer, Anthony D’Offay. D’Offay’s private collection of over 700 works, worth an estimated £125m, was sold at the purchase price of £26.5m to the Tate and the Scottish National Gallery. Something and Nothing, 2004, by Damien Hirst.”

Photograph: Murdo Macleod/Murdo Macleod
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This exhibition I saw at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and it was one of my favourite exhibitions there. The images were(are) beautiful, large scale prints that reeked of memories and nostalgia. Very powerful.
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“Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi’s work is the subject of a major retrospective at the Michael Hoppen gallery this week. Isiuchi is considered one of Japan’s most radical and avant-garde female photographers and has won acclaim for work depicting the lives and bodies of the elderly. Isiuchi’s series of work entitled Mother’s, offering an intimate portrait of her late mother, was shown at Venice Biennale in 2005.”

Photograph: Krause & Johansen/PR
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And this image is purely topical in terms of our current economic climate. I’m not sure that we are really ‘aware’ of the recession (in terms of actually feeling the pinch) but I do think that 2010 will tell a different tale. Now, I’m not saying that we need to start worrying about losing our personal billions, but massive losses at this level eventually filter down to the rest of us, so keeping an eye out on the new in your industry it not such a bad idea…

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“A spokesman for the Paul Getty Trust announced this week that the Getty Museum would be slashing its operational by 25% due to the economic crisis. The arts centre, based in Los Angeles, is the richest in the world but reported a fall in its investment portfolio from $6bn to $4.5bn in the second half of 2008. As a result, the museum is expected to host fewer exhibitions and curb its buying of art works.”

Photograph: Robyn Beck/PR

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