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Friday Five





1) Kagan wins 9th Art Vinyl award

Kagan Astronaut

An album cover featuring Michael Kagan’s oil painting, Pilot 2, has won the coveted Best Art Vinyl Award 2013.

The New York artist’s design features on the cover of Big TV, the new album by White Lies, and beat other cover designs for artists such as Daft Punk, Paul McCartney and Boards of Canada.

The prize, organised by record cover promotion company, Art Vinyl, was decided by a public vote and featured designs created using a variety of media.  Founder of the award, Andrew Heeps, said it was,

“interesting to see that the public prefers such traditional artistic technique as oil on canvas.”


2) 17th Century masterpiece discovered on TV

Van Dyck

A portrait shown on BBC television programme, the Antiques Road Show, has been revealed as a valuable work by Sir Anthony Van Dyck.

The painting, first bought 12 years ago by Father Jamie MacLeod for £400 at a Cheshire antique shop, has since been valued at £400, 000.

Van Dyck was a 17th Century English court painter under King Edward I.  His work was discovered following interest from the shows presenter, Fiona Bruce, who was delighted by her find:

“It’s everyone’s dream to spot a hidden masterpiece, I’m thrilled that my hunch paid off, to discover a genuine Van Dyck is incredibly exciting. I’m so pleased for Father Jamie.”


3) John Dominis dies aged 92

Renowned Life magazine photographer, John Dominis, has died aged 92 at his home in New York.

Dominis was known for his wide ranging styles and his portraits of stars such as Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen.

His most famous work is the iconic photograph of Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving Black Power salutes on the podium  at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.


4)      David Adjaye designs centrepiece for Africa’s largest urban development

Kampala, Uganda


Architect, David Adjaye, has revealed his design for an office complex in Kampala, Uganda, featuring ten conical towers at its centre.

Adjaye, who was born in Tanzania and grew up in Uganda, hopes the new development will provide inspiration for others to see the great opportunities Africa holds for architects.

The towers are to form the centre of the Naguru-Nakawa project, the largest redevelopment project in the continent’s history which includes 3, 500 homes, a church, a school, shopping centres and leisure facilities.


5)      Sculptor receives knighthood in honours list


British sculptor, Anthony Gormley, is to receive a knighthood for services to the arts.

Gormley won the turner Prize in 1994 and was awarded an OBE in 1997.  The man behind such work as the iconic Angel of the North has welcomed the recognition:

“I think it’s a good thing for sculpture.  I think there’s a feeling that these sorts of awards went to people that have served the country in obvious ways, militarily, politically or industrially, but now they also go to people that have opened people’s minds.  This reflects that shift.”

Others recognised from the world of design include furniture designer, Zeev Aram; interior designer, Ilse Crawford and Grand Designs presenter and founder of Hab Housing, Kevin McCloud.

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