For his series DRUGS, Washington, D.C. artist Bryan Lewis Saunders has created dozens of self-portraits, one per day, each while under the influence of a different mind-altering substance, including cocaine, Ritalin, nitrous oxide and Valium.
German-born painter Walter Sickert was a leading figure in the British avant-garde movement during the early 1900s, a respected art critic and teacher, a former pupil of James Whistler… and one of the men today suspected of being Jack the Ripper, or at least an accomplice of his.
Director Steven Spielberg was an unlikely party in a lawsuit involving the Norman Rockwell painting Russian Schoolroom. Lent to a Missouri gallery by art dealer Jack Solomon, the piece was stolen in 1973 and ended up in Spielberg’s private collection when he purchased it 16 years later. In 2007 one of Spielberg’s assistants recognized the […]
What’s the most valuable stolen piece of art that’s yet to be recovered? That would be Johannes Vermeer’s The Concert. Valued at approximately $200 million, the piece was stolen in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, along with pieces by Rembrandt, Flinck and Manet. The total value of the stolen art, none […]
“PicassOh, Snap!” Pablo Picasso had a trio of high-profile critics in Marc Chagall (“What a genius, that Picasso… It’s a pity he doesn’t paint.”) , Salvador Dalí (“He finished modern art at one blow by outuglying, alone, in a single day, the ugly that all others combined turned out in several years.”) and Alberto Giacometti […]
Art Basel Miami Beach December 6-9, 2012 artbaselmiamibeach.com The granddaddy of all Miami Art Week shows, Art Basel attracts more than 260 galleries from around the world to showcase the work of more than 2,000 artists, with special attention paid to young galleries, performance artists, public art projects and video art. Artexpo Miami + MIAMI […]
Even as august an institution as the Museum of Modern Art has been known to make mistakes: Henri Matisse’s Le Bateau was displayed upside-down for 46 days in 1961 before a visitor to the museum noticed the error and it was fixed.
The world’s most-visited museum might be the Louvre, but the world’s largest is the National Museum of China; a recent renovation project tripled the Beijing museum’s exhibition space to 2.07 million square feet, more than three times that of the Louvre (650,000 square feet).
Pablo Picasso’s full name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. Try signing that on a canvas.
The most expensive piece of art ever sold is Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players, bought by the nation of Qatar for $250 million in 2011.