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ventes octobre 2015

In the 1970s and ’80s the Polaroid instant camera quickly captured family moments and delivered the images on the spot. Canadian artist Kyler Zeleny has over 6,000 of these in his Found Polaroids project, which is asking…

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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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1. Mona-Lisa

The elusive identity of the Mona Lisa, one of art history’s most enduring mysteries, might have just been solved.

According to art historian Angelo Paratico, the woman portrayed in Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece might be…

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2. Melting Dream

Relieve yourself of the conventional biennials and triennials of the art world with the first art festival dedicated entirely to bathrooms. The smooth-named Toilennale is currently occurring in Japan, home to the world’s…

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1. jean-michel-basquiat

This famous black-and-white portrait of Basquiat was shot in 1982 by the renowned photographer James van der Zee. The elder artist was 95; Basquiat was 21. The young man sits pensively in a chair that…

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People instinctively like record breakers: fastest man, tallest building or longest winning streak. Records provide us with a frame of reference and a benchmark by which to judge what has gone before as well as what lies ahead. Records, we are often told, are there to be broken: they can inspire greater performances and provide a target to aim for. “Les Femmes d’Alger”, sold last May at $ 179 million by Christie’s, set a new world record price for a work of art sold at auction. Prior to this sale, the previous record (after inflation) was a picture that had sold 25 years previously: Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr Gachet” (1890), that made $82.5 million…

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