National Portrait Gallery

Second presenter from right-wing GB News channel appointed trustee of a UK museum

Former Brexit Party candidate Inaya Folarin Iman joins board of the National Portrait Gallery in London

Smithsonian will reopen eight museums and other venues in May after more than five-month closures

National of Gallery of Art also plans to open its West Building in Washington, DC

Acquisitions round-up: European museums co-purchase El Anatsui sculpture from collector Uli Sigg

Woodland scene by Jan Brueghel the Elder heads to Washington DC; London’s National Portrait Gallery gets a Gainsborough via acceptance in lieu

Carphone Warehouse billionaire David Ross did buy the Royal Opera House's $12.8m Hockney—now he is lending it back

The portrait of David Webster will return immediately to the opera house before going to the National Portrait Gallery in 2023 for its reopening exhibition

Booksreview

Divine People: first biography of Ambrose McEvoy reveals how portrait artist became a darling of London and New York society a century ago

The typescript of Eric Chilston's book, based on primary sources and eye-witness accounts, was rediscovered in 2018 after being thought lost for nearly 40 years

What has the National Portrait Gallery’s Nicholas Cullinan been reading this summer?

The museum director has been delving into artist biographies, swotting up on black British history and is hoping to finally begin a well-known novel trilogy

Fundinganalysis

UK arts funders unlock crisis grants after coronavirus—but at what cost?

Unrestricted money from public and private sources is helping to keep hard-hit organisations running, but capital projects could suffer

Prizesnews

Artist Gary Hume says National Portrait Gallery should 'bite the bullet' and cut ties with oil giant BP

Fuel company's decision to withdraw from the BP Portrait Award judging panel was a missed opportunity to end sponsorship relationship, artist believes

UK museums put £500m projects on pause during the lockdown but plan to carry on

Enforced delay due to Covid-19 could add to millions of pounds of lost income in the sector

Cecil Beaton’s golden age celebrity snaps go on show in London

The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery unites 150 images, including rarely exhibited photographs of his sisters Nancy and Baba

Not bigger, but better: behind the scenes of the £35.5m revamp at London's National Portrait Gallery

Director Nicholas Cullinan and architect Jamie Fobert reveal how the gallery’s controversial three-year closure will transform its 600-year collection of portraits

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From David Hockney's portraits to a photography show radically rethinking masculinity

National Portrait Gallery acquires 20 works from collecting couple

Ian and Annette Cumming set out to commission likenesses of people who would remain renowned

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Letter to the editor | Necessity, not secrecy, will close NPG’s doors

Nicholas Cullinan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, responds to criticism about the museum's three-year closure

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Elizabeth Peyton's historically contextualised portraits to a jarring installation on queer existence

Why was the National Portrait Gallery so secretive about its closure?

The London museum will close between 2020 and 2023, but the announcement was buried in the fourth paragraph of a press release

National Galleries of Scotland to no longer host BP Portrait Award

Museums officials say that the association with the oil company is at odds with a "responsibility to do all we can to address the climate emergency"

London’s National Portrait Gallery to close for three years with ‘some job losses’

Museum plans to send 300 portraits a year on tour around the country during £35.5m redevelopment

Dread Scott’s slave revolt reenactment. Plus, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

The US artist on his two-day performance in Louisiana and the role of women in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Produced in association with Bonhams

San Diego artist wins top prize in US portrait competition with immigration-themed animation

Washington's National Portrait Gallery will display finalists’ work in a contest that helped to vault the reputation of Amy Sherald

Elizabeth Peyton on Kurt Cobain, the Twilight films and painting a museum director in his shorts

In her new solo show at London's National Portrait Gallery, the artist connects the past with the present

Ethicsnews

How ethical can museums afford to be? We ask five major UK art institutions about funding challenges

We find out how mounting public scrutiny of private money could affect the bottom line of London's National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate

Amy Sherald, Michelle Obama's portraitist, unveils massive mural in Philadelphia

The six-storey 2,400 sq ft painting depicts an empowered black teenager

Cindy Sherman gets first UK retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition will explore the influence of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and how it all began with a humble family album

Artists call for National Portrait Gallery to drop BP sponsorship

Gary Hume says funding for the arts is 'outweighed by the need to act urgently on the climate crisis'

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When it comes to museum attendance, it’s more than just a numbers game

London's National Portrait Gallery director on the way cultural institutions engage audiences and measure success

South London Gallery returned funding to Sackler Trust last year

Plus, Nan Goldin's show at the National Portrait Gallery is expected to go ahead after the trust and London museum decided not to proceed with a £1m grant

London's National Portrait Gallery and Sackler Trust to 'not proceed' with £1m grant

Mutual decision comes amid controversy over trust's connection to Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, a prescription painkiller linked to the opioid crisis

Hunk of burning love: the naked selfie of the Elizabethan age

On The Art Newspaper podcast, we zoom into a passionate expression of desire in a miniature at the National Portrait Gallery

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From exquisite Elizabethan portrait miniatures at the National Portrait Gallery to Franz West's playful sculptures at Tate Modern

Antony Gormley at the Uffizi, plus portrait miniatures

We talk to the British artist as he shows his sculptures with ancient works in the Florentine museum, and we zoom in on the tiny art works that are the subject of a major show London's National Portrait Gallery. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the dazzling dresses of Dior at the V&A to the grim reality of how architecture can affect your health at the Wellcome Collection

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Thomas Gainsborough's family portraits—including his pet dogs—at the National Portrait Gallery to "sexual warfare" at Goldsmiths CCA

Portrait of Gainsborough's nephew will sparkle in National Portrait Gallery show thanks to conservators

The painting, which took the artist less than an hour to paint, was restored for the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition opening in London this week

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From a “once in a lifetime” show of Henry Walpole's reunited treasures to a final chance to see a Michael Jackson thriller at the National Portrait Gallery

London's National Portrait Gallery’s contemporary art programme resonates more with the art world than the public

Though not as dire as first thought, visitor figures for the museum's contemporary shows have still been poor

London's National Portrait Gallery's steep decline in visitors due to counting error

“Human error” by Ipsos Retail Performance blamed for museum’s disastrous recent visitor numbers

Three to see: London

Michael Jackson is a thrilling muse at the National Portrait Gallery, while ancient Egypt is given a modern twist at the British Museum

Podcast episode 38: Marina Abramovic and Michael Jackson

We speak to the queen of performance art about casting herself in stone and to the National Portrait Gallery’s director Nicholas Cullinan about the king of pop’s influence on artists.

Hosted by Gareth Harris. , produced by Julia Michalska and David Clack

Can’t beat it? Michael Jackson’s impact on contemporary art explored in London show

Artists participating in National Portrait Gallery exhibition explain why the King of Pop matters to them

Three to see: London

From Tacita Dean's double-header, including films of David Hockney and fermenting pears, to a Tate Modern takeover by Joan Jonas

Podcast episode 23: The death of Venice?

Salvatore Settis on the moral revival that could save Italy's sinking city, plus Tacita Dean on her three major London shows

Hosted by Ben Luke. , produced by Julia Michalska and David Clack
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Tacita Dean on her three major London shows

From genre fluidity to the British artist's love of analogue film

Three to see: London

From Picasso's year of masterpieces at Tate Modern to his fellow Spaniard Murillo's portraits at the National Gallery

Why visitor numbers at two of London’s major museums have plunged

Fewer blockbusters the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery meant UK audiences stayed away

Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits unveiled in Washington

The former US president and first lady shared some personal connections with the artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald

Women got the vote—now they get a voice as cultural bodies mark centenary of female suffrage

As #MeToo makes waves, UK institutions stage year-long programmes highlighting female artists

Three to see: London

From photographs of real northern soul to Lydia Ourahmane's golden teeth and trembling floor

Jamie Fobert Architects to transform London's National Portrait Gallery

Firm behind recent expansion of Tate St Ives and Kettle's Yard will lead major £35.5m development

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