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The Best Art News 2018

As the year draws to a close, it's that time again where we begin to reflect. The year has been full of huge talking points, from Brexit to the Royal Wedding, and Facebook's major Analytica scandal, to Trump's endless headliners. The Art world has been just as much in on the action with huge events, world records, political milestones, and general chaos.

Today at MC Art, we are taking a look over 2018's biggest art headlines.

Banksy's self-shredding art work

As the hammer fell on the £860,000 sale of his work 'Girl with a Red Balloon', the frame of the artwork began to shred the print inside, all within sight of a shocked auction room.

Image: Sotheby's.

David Hockney's record-breaking sale

David Hockney broke another auction record this year with his 1972 painting Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures). The work became the most expensive artwork by a living artist ever sold when the hammer came down at auction for a staggering £70 million.

Image: Christies.

Frida Kahlo in London

In June, the V&A opened the doors to the most highly anticipated exhibition of the year. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up explored the extraordinary life and art of the Mexican artist and feminist icon through displays of her paintings and personal possessions, including her incredible wardrobe and prosthetic leg .

Image: Mexicodestinos.

Charlotte Prodger wins the 2018 Turner Prize with an iPhone film

The 2018 Turner Prize had already shown off its cutting edge credentials with a shortlist featuring only video artists – and then Charlotte Prodger won for a film shot only on an iPhone.

Image: BBC.

Michael Rakowitz ressurects ISIS-destroyed sculpture for the Fourth Plinth

In March, American-Iraqi artist Michael Rakowitz unveiled his artwork for the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square: a recreation of a sculpture destroyed by ISIS.

Image: artnet.

Grayson Perry flavours the RA with rainbow

This year the Royal Academy celebrated its 250th birthday with a new building and a plethora of events. To mark the occasion, Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry curated the biggest Summer Exhibition so far, packing the gallery with vibrant artwork arrangements in a playful but politically pertinent show.

Image: AP.

Gillian Wearing unveils the first statue of a woman ever to stand in Parliament Square

As well as the end of the First World War, 1918 marked the first time that (some) women in the UK were allowed to vote. To mark the centenary of Women’s Suffrage, a statue of Suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett was erected in Parliament Square - the first statue of a woman ever to stand in the historic square.

Image: BBC.

Christo floats a 20 metre tall sculpture on the Serpentine lake

Artist Christo and his late wife Jeanne Claude have created some of the most impressive artistic spectacles the world has ever seen – including wrapping the Reichstag in fabric and turning the sea in Miami a vibrant shade of pink. For Christo’s first commission in the UK, the London Mastaba, he floated a 20 metre tall, 40 metre wide tower of 7,506 bright coloured oil barrels on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.

Image: The Independant.

Meghan Markle opens Oceania at the Royal Academy

One of the most talked-about women on the planet in 2018 made a very talked-about trip to a London art gallery this year. Meghan Markle made her first solo engagement as the Duchess of Sussex at the Royal Academy to open Oceania, a major exhibition celebrating the art of the South Pacific past and present.