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1. Les Femmes D'alger

Christie’s November postwar and contemporary art day sales in New York included over 300 lots of works by artists that included Jeff Koons, Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol and totaled just under $89 million. The same for Sotheby’s, whose November contemporary day sales totaled $98 million. What did it take to make it into the top 10 this year? Well, it certainly helped if the lot were ….

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bacon

Francis Bacon lived to extravagant extremes. His drunken excesses in Soho; his ruinous generosity; the occasion on which, as a teenager, his father found him wearing his mother’s underwear and beat the living daylights out of him – all this is almost as celebrated as his riotously tortured paintings. It was that early beating by his father to which Bacon attributed his taste for…

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Calder studio

“I paint shapes”, used to say Calder, who devoted his first attentions to painting. And yet, later that decade, he transitioned to explorations in sculpture, creating his first wire piece in 1926. This interest then developed into a full-fledged performance piece, entitled Cirque Calder, a multi-act and multi-media production that even included small-scale mechanical sculpture. This performance, which Calder would continue in different venues over the next several years, celebrated Calder’s specific fascination with read more

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Matta. Morphologie Psyhologique

The demolition of the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001 was the most dramatic example of a wave of iconoclasm in Afghanistan that left no museum immune from looting. Today, with ISIS targeting and destroying ancient cultural sites in Syria and Iraq, it may be that views of these historic structures will survive only in photographs. The Getty Research Institute recently announced its acquisition of a suite of photographs that offer rare glimpses of …

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It’s been a lively couple of weeks for art related protest. In Versailles, Anish Kapoor’s sculpture has been the focus of a three-way argument that takes in neo-Nazi graffiti artists, local councillors and the artist himself. In London, protestors have ‘occupied’ the British Museum and Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall to call for an end to their relationship with BP. In Moscow, we’ve seen outraged thugs attacking contemporary art for its supposedly…

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