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The 2008 Flora London Marathon

As a fundraising event, there is no marathon in the world that comes close to the Flora London Marathon, taking place this year on April 13th. One of the dominant images of the race is that of thousands clad in fancy dress, tramping the cobbles in support of charitable causes dressed as rhinos, football team mascots, giant trees and the like.

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Christie’s South Kensington - Contemporary Editions: Works from The Paragon Press

Damien Hirst, Peter Doig and the Chapman brothers are amongst the leading contemporary artists who started their printmaking careers with The Paragon Press. On Thursday, 3rd April, Christie's is offering over 120 key contemporary works from Paragon's archives. The roll call of artists whose work will be included ranges from Anish Kapoor, Marc...

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Dan Dare and the Birth of Hi-Tech Britain

The way Britain reinvented itself as a hi-tech nation after the Second World War is revealed in a new Science Museum exhibition, to open on 30th April. Dan Dare and the Birth of Hi-tech Britain will capture the essence of those pivotal post-war years, showing how Britain took striking wartime advances like the jet engine, radar and penicillin to...

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Sotheby's Arts of the Islamic World Sale

Sotheby's London is holding the most important Arts of the Islamic World Sale it has ever staged on Wednesday April 9th. The auction comprises more than 400 lots of rare and important works of art, including metalwork, manuscripts, weaponry, ceramics, textiles and paintings that span from the 7th century through to the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th...

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Jerwood Contemporary Painters: Twenty artists With Great Futures

Following the resounding success of last year's curated show, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation has announced the artists selected for the second Jerwood Contemporary Painters exhibition. This vibrant collection of twenty emerging artists exhibiting one work each is concerned with the debate of what painting is, and what it may become. The...

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Paper Trail: Prints from the Merlini Collection

The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is staging an exhibition of prints from the collection of Dr Vito Merlini who, over a period of sixty years, formed an extraordinary and highly personal survey of 20th century Italian printmaking. This is the second exhibition in the Estorick’s 10th anniversary year. Vito Merlini worked as a doctor for...

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Andy Warhol Prints and Drawings at The Original Print Fair

Hilary and Georgie Gerrish in association with David Dawson are holding a major exhibition of Andy Warhol's prints and related drawings to be unveiled at this year's London Original Print Fair. The show includes well-known sixties icons such as the Marilyns and the menacing Electric Chairs of the seventies alongside rare pieces from the eighties...

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Angels From Hell

Angels from Hell is the title of the exhibition of new paintings from Han Yajuan, which will surely strike a chord with every fashionista. Featuring cartoon like images of her cute, impish heroines, YaJuan captures the bling of designer labels. Using electric coloured oils she depicts the whirligig of glamour and shopping, travel and collecting,...

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Frank Bowling at Poussin Gallery

Poussin are holding a show of new paintings by the New York and London based Guyana born artist Frank Bowling. Recently elected an RA, he has shown internationally since the mid-Sixties, and has been committed to abstract painting since the Seventies, when he began friendships - which continue to this day - with the leading lights of American...

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Pieces of A Broken Mirror From China

The Catto Gallery, London has announced that they are holding the debut exhibition of seven Contemporary Chinese artists from the Shanghai School. These artists, although established in China, have never been seen in London. Their works range from traditional, satirical, to political, tender and sexual - all topics which have had a difficult...

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The Good The Bad and The Ugly at Bankside Gallery

This group exhibition from the artists Brenda Hartill, Trevor Price and Mychael Barratt brings together rare and early works as well as recent prints. The works represent a wide variety of artistic approach, and are challenging, amusing and sexy. All three artists are members of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and have been friends and...

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A406 - Beauty and Apocalypse on The North Circular Road

In Christopher Campbell's new paintings, the suburban idyll is blasted. The young London-based realist casts his eye over the semi-detached Mock-Tudor facades of the houses that fringe the North Circular, and records how they have borne the brunt of the explosive expansion of the 21st century metropolis. These cliches of 1930s domestic comfort...

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Plastic Karma: Recent Work by Kesang Lamdark

The second in a series of solo exhibitions devoted to Tibetan contemporary artists staged by Rossi and Rossi will be Plastic Karma, featuring recent work by Kesang Lamdark. It is following Rossi and Rossi's current exhibition of work by Norbu Tsering, known as Nortse, which has been both a critical and commercial success.

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Dan Proops's 2008 Solo Show

In the sell out show 'Sam's Desktop' (2006), Dan Proops referenced modern life from Internet porn to the Iraq War. In Sam's Desktop II (2007), Proops addressed our ambivalent relationship with images, our cynicism of the mechanics of global branding and our constant yielding to its power. International online cultural magazine Flavorpill described...

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