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Christie's Dubai Auction 2012 highlights Middle Eastern Islamic Art - United Arab Emirates
Even as governments collapse and revolutions persist across the Middle East, the rise of the region’s art market
continues with collectors – both local and global—snapping up works by Iranian, Iraqi, Lebanese, Syrian, and Egyptian artists at art fairs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, galleries in Tehran, New York, and London, and auctions in London and Dubai. With the season sales of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian, and Turkish art kicking off this week in a two-part sale at Christie’s Dubai (Part II takes place tonight at 7 pm local time), the growing passion for these works is already showing strength.
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Edvard Munch's The Scream sells for 120 million at Sotheby's Auction
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Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream,” one of the world’s most recognizable works of art, sold for $120 million at Sotheby’s, setting a new record as the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction.
Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art auction featured top works by Picasso, Dali and Miro, but Munch’s vibrant work from 1895 was the star attraction in a salesroom packed with art collectors, dealers and media.
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Serbian police have recovered a masterpiece by French impressionist Paul Cezanne.
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The Associated Press reports that the painting, "The Boy in the Red Vest," was stolen from a private Swiss museum in 2008, along with three other paintings by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Edgar Degas.
Zurich prosecutors said three men were arrested in Belgrade in connection with the robbery.
Cezanne's painting was worth 100 million Swiss francs (about $107 million), when it was taken from the EG Buhrle Collection.
Monet's "Poppy Field at Vetheuil" and Van Gogh's "Blooming Chestnut Branches" were found undamaged in a car parked at a mental hospital shortly after the heist.
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An Ohio man may have accidentally gotten the deal of a lifetime at a thrift store. Zach Bodish, an art enthusiast, paid $14.14 for what he thought was a framed poster reproduction of a famous Pablo Picasso print.
Bodish later discovered a small red signature at the bottom right of the print, and realized he may have an original Picasso print on his hands. He told the Columbus Dispatch that he "started shaking a little bit." So he did some research and found out that the signature is in the same place that Picasso signed his other original prints.
In 1958, Picasso was asked to create a poster for his 1958 ceramics exhibit in France, and the piece Bodish purchased is numbered 6 out of 100. So his piece is one of the earlier proofs that Picasso approved.
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The first rendez-vous of the Parisian art calendar in 2012 is Art Paris Art Fair which will open its doors to the public on March 29 with a number refreshing new features. Nearly 48,000 visitors are expected during the 4-day event.
A new twist
Like its previous manifestations, the event will take place under the colossal glass dome of the nave of the Grand Palais; but a number of changes have been made. First of all the fair has decided to re-baptise itself Art Paris Art Fair (as opposed to Art Paris). The new team, led by Julien Lecêtre (CEO) and William Piens (General Curator and former Director of Paris Photo), has completely overhauled the event... Read More
Antiquities: Exploring the Old Antique Shops of York
This is a historical documentary highlighting York, St Johns University.(United Kingdom) It features the quaint and wonderful antiques shops of York and exclusive interview with antiques shop owner John Oglesby discussing them
We’re not really sure how we missed this one, but we just randomly re-read GQ‘s Jay-Z profile–the one that declared him the Man of the Year–from the end of 2011. That article opens with a scene of the rapper, who is also a collector and, apparently, part-time art critic, walking around Gagosian’s West 24th Street gallery. This was back when the gallery was exhibiting Richard Serra’s Junction/Cycle, those giant swirling steel sculptures that took up most of the enormous, warehouse-like space.
Recall here that Jay-Z made Larry Gagosian into probably the first art dealer ever to be name-dropped in a hip-hop song. (Your day will come, Paula Cooper!) That lyric is from the song “That’s My Bitch,” off his album with Kanye West, Watch the Throne. The “bitch” in question is not referring to Lar-G. Here’s the line:... Read More
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., has launched NGA Images, reproducing its collection online for free.
The site includes more than 20,000 images, which means you could be looking at Camille Pissarro’s Self-Portrait right now, or Leonardo da Vinci’s Ginevra de’Benci, or even El Greco’s Laocoön (if you’re into that sort of thing), instead of reading this blog post.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., has launched a new online resource that will allow users to search, browse, share and download more than 20,000 images in the museum's collection.
The images, up to 3,000 pixels each, are being made available for download for free. NGA Images is easily accessible from the museum's main web site, and a reproduction guide is available for both... Read More
Berndnaut Smilde is not your average artist. In fact, he's more of a mad scientist who creates clouds... indoors. The Dutch artist currently has his project installed in empty gallery spaces in Amsterdam, where he uses simple science to produce clouds from thin air.
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