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- Picture: Curatorsocks.com Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz: AHN has a long history of bringing readers only the best art history related ephemera. Curator Socks are "socks inspired by masterpieces". In their own words: Curator Socks draws its inspiration from the beauty and emotion of some of the greatest masterpieces ever created. We reinterpret strokes, color, and styles to transform iconic works of art into a beautifully knitted canvas that you can wear and take with you everywhere. Artists on offer include Caravaggio (pictured), Klimt, Van Gogh, Manet, Leonardo, Bruegel, and the list goes ...


- To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our  News [Hyperallergic] [The New York Times] London’s contemporary African art fair 1-54 will open as planned this fall, albeit in a scaled-down version.  talks his latest sculpture, the importance of artists as activists, and the Black Lives Matter movement in a new interview.  Bissera Pentcheva, historian and leading expert in sound archeology, has been studying the acoustics of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul for years to reconstruct Byzantine church music, but the cathedral’s rededication as a mosque may cut her ...

Source: artnews.com

- Plus, Hauser & Wirth will represent the estate of Gustav Metzger and Lisson joins the wave of galleries opening in the Hamptons. Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know on this Thursday, July 30 . NEED-TO-READ Details of the UK’s Arts Bailout, Revealed –  The UK government has revealed its plans for into the struggling arts sector. Beginning next week, organizations can apply for £880 million in grants from a Culture Recovery Fund overseen by the Department for Digital, ...


- Arts and Entertainment Doubting Gauguin An amateur detective takes on the National Gallery, and the art world Fabrice Fourmanoir, an art dealer, poses for a portrait in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico, on June 15. (César Rodríguez for The Washington Post) By July 30, 2020 It’s the nude that bothers Fabrice Fourmanoir. The way she’s painted is “unsightly” and “vulgar,” quite unlike the Polynesian women of his mind’s eye. Nor does he like the way she’s artificially inserted on the canvas, part of what he calls an “uninventive assemblage” with no coherent symbolism. Yet there she ...


- Picture: Sotheby's Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz: The results from the recent Sotheby's Old Master Painting sales are in. The Evening 'Rembrandt to Richter' sale realised £149,730,290 (inc. fees). The Old Master pictures in the sale contributed £28,411,800 to this figure which is roughly 18.97%. Their online Old Master Sale , which included drawings and watercolours, brought in a very respectable £4,669,000 (inc. fees) with 73.26% of lots sold. The top lot old master of the evening, Rembrandt's self portrait, made £12,600,000 (hammer) which totalled £14,549,400 when fees are included. It ...


- Six works were withdrawn by nervy vendors just before the start but Rembrandt to Richter sale still totalled nearly £150m, topped by a £22.3m Joan Miró More than 150,000 people tuned in to watch Sotheby's three-hour cross-category Rembrandt to Richter sale last night, a statistic that probably says more about the state of pandemic social lives than the auction itself. For those 30 clients who could attend in person at the New Bond Street saleroom, socially distanced auctions looked preferable to the usual school assembly ranks of seats—a few white clothed tables with champagne and ...


- LONDON (AP) — A self-portrait by Rembrandt sold for 14.5 million pounds ($18.7 million) at a Sotheby’s virtual auction Tuesday — a record price for a self-portrait by the Dutch master, the auctioneer’s said. Sotheby’s said that the top end of the art market was "in rude health" and that its new live-streamed auction format, introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic, brought in a total of $192.7 million Tuesday. "Self portrait wearing a ruff and black hat," from 1632 when Rembrandt was aged 26, was sought by six bidders. It fell within the 12 to 16 million pounds estimate. The ...


- Caiola Productions plan to put on the show—a mix of Hamilton and Willy Wonka—in New York in 2022 The saga of Salvator Mundi , the work purportedly by Leonardo da Vinci that sold for a record $450m at auction in 2017, is to be turned into a stage musical. The Caiola Productions company, whose other musicals include Dear Evan Hansen and Tina: the Tina Turner Musical , plans to stage the show in New York some time in 2022. Salvator Mundi! The Musical will mix the “historical reportage of Hamilton with the fantasy and delight of Willy Wonka's golden ticket”, the company says. “It will ...


- On July 29, Christie’s London will launch its " Classic Art Evening Sale: Antiquity to 20th Century; " a phantasmagoria of iconic artifacts that will include everything from Latin manuscripts to marble reliefs. There are many stunning pieces of classical art being offered amidst this sale, but the most compelling canvas is almost certainly Portrait of a young woman, half-length, holding a chain. Widely believed to be painted by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (though unsigned), it’s estimated to sell for the auction’s highest price: £4 million to £6 million ($5,092,000 to $7,638,000). In ...

Source: observer.com

- Sotheby’s will auction 1931 charcoal drawing that shines light on artist’s affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter A tender and largely unseen portrait by Picasso of his lover and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter, which the artist personally kept until his death, is to appear at auction for the first time. The 1931 charcoal drawing shines light on one of the great love affairs of the 20th century and was made by Picasso when his affair with Walter was still a closely guarded secret. It is “an absolute gem, it is so exquisitely beautiful,” said Helena Newman, worldwide head of Sotheby’s ...


- An art detective in the Netherlands says he has received two "proof of life" photos in the hunt for a stolen Van Gogh painting. The 1884 artwork Spring Garden went missing after a break-in at a museum near Amsterdam in late March. Arthur Brand, a specialist in recovering lost art, told the AFP news agency he had received two dated photos he believes show the stolen painting. According to AFP, the work is valued at up to €6m (£5.3m; $6.6m). Mr Brand, who has been described as the "Indiana Jones of the art world", said he was given two photos of the missing painting a few days ago. While he ...

Source: bbc.com

- On Tuesday, the Drouot auction house in Paris sold a letter dually written by the artists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin to the painter Émile Bernard for a head-turning sum of $237,000. The document, bought by the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, is the only known letter to have been written by both van Gogh and Gauguin. It contains a treasure trove of insight into the exploits of the two blossoming masters, including van Gogh’s account of the pair’s visits to brothels, both for recreational and work-related reasons. "We’ve made some excursions in the brothels, and it’s likely that ...

Source: observer.com

- For the past 25 years, Christophe Van de Weghe never missed the event that transforms a quiet Swiss town into the art world’s epicenter each June. Art Basel has become a destination for collectors, with more than $3 billion of modern and contemporary blue-chip works offered. As an exhibitor, Van de Weghe spends as much as $200,000 to ship works by Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Jean-Michel Basquiat from New York, insure them, pay for the booth, host client dinners at Chez Donati and stay at the Three Kings hotel. On the eve of each VIP opening, he jumps into the frigid Rhine for a ...


- Marc Restellini, an art historian, is fighting the Wildenstein Plattner Institute over the ownership of a research archive he spent decades compiling. For more than three decades, Marc Restellini’s life has been very much about his study of Amedeo Modigliani, the Italian painter known for his elongated, slender faces and figures. He has organized exhibitions of Modigliani’s work in spots around the world and in the 1990s began his own magnum opus: a catalogue raisonné, or a definitive compendium, of Modigliani’s work. He has been exhaustive in authenticating the artist’s work because ...

Source: nytimes.com




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