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Taiwan Rises as China Reins in Foreign Spending

Within the first two hours of Art Basel in Hong Kong’s (ABHK) opening on Tuesday, Lévy Gorvy gallery had sold a 1975 painting by Willem de Kooning with a $35m price tag, making it the most expensive purchase ever reported at the fair. The abstract canvas was sold by the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen, who bought it...

Seven Works by Leon Polk Smith Were Donated to the Blanton Museum in Austin

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin announced that it had received a gift of seven works—three paintings and four works on paper—by the artist Leon Polk Smith, a cornerstone of Hard Edge abstraction. The haul was given to the museum by Austin collectors Jeanne and Michael Klein and the Leon Polk Smith Foundation. The three...

Observe the Aurora Borealis From Snøhetta’s Swedish Treetop Cabin

Gazing up, the first thing you notice when viewing the 33-foot tall cabin, The 7th Room, is its base, an aluminum covering featuring black and white images of the pine trees that surround the structure. Used as camouflage, this exterior panel immerses the treetop cabin into its environment, blurring the boundaries between the building and forest. Designed by architecture firm Snøhetta, the...

Thousands of Miniature Metal Figurines by Zadok Ben-David

Taking notice of the countless people we witness as a backdrop to our daily lives seems like an impossible task, but for artist Zadok Ben-David this myriad of anonymous people form the basis of his installationPeople I Saw But Never Met. Comprised of over 3,000 chemically etched miniature figures displayed at varying proportions, each individual is pulled from photographs taken...

Japanese Artist Arranged Chairs On The Surface Of The Lake

The Japanese artist Hideami Nishida, the founder of the studio of the same name, installed the installation "Fragile Chairs" on Lake Poroto (Hokkaido Island), which creates a surrealistic impression that simple wooden chairs are randomly arranged on the surface of the water. Installation - the continuation of the cycle of works "fragile", whose goal is to use nature and...

British Government Gives 11th-hour Permission for Joshua Reynolds’s Omai to Leave UK

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is to borrow Joshua Reynolds’s Portrait of Omai, which is stored in Britain, and include it in its High Society exhibition about full-length portraiture, which is due to open on 8 March. A temporary UK export licence was granted just before we published. However, it was issued only after special assurances were given by its...

Picasso’s Electrician Was Convicted of Stealing His Art—But Now a Court Says There’s Insufficient Proof

France’s Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of Pablo Picasso‘s former electrician and his wife, who had been given two-year suspended jail sentences in 2015 after 271 works by the artist were found stashed in their garage. The Court of Cassation, France’s highest appeals court, has now ordered a retrial on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence that “the goods held...

Tünzale Memmedzade Rewrote The Scared Book On Silk With Gold

There are a lot of mesmerizing Muslim temples, but this time it’s a lavish Quran that grabbed everybody’s attention. Azerbaijani painter Tünzale Memmedzade spent 3 years meticulously rewriting the sacred book by hand and the result is captivating even if you’re an atheist. Memmedzade started her project after investigating that, even though the Quran had been transcribed onto various materials,...

Artemis Gallery’s April 26 Antiquities Auction Shines Spotlight on Two Major Collections

More than 300 lots of expertly curated antiquities from Egypt, Greece, Rome and the Near East will take the spotlight in Artemis Gallery’s Thursday, April 26 online auction. The start time is 10 a.m. Eastern. A truly spectacular offering, the blended contents showcase the very best holdings from two advanced collections. One of those collections has been kept in climate-controlled storage...

National Gallery of Victoria Annual Appeal: Dollars for Dalí

The National Gallery of Victoria is calling on all Victorians to help support the acquisition of Australia’s first and only painting by Salvador Dalí, one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century and a defining pioneer of the Surrealist art movement. Dalí’s Trilogy of the desert: Mirage 1946 is currently on display at NGV International and visitors are invited...

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