03 Mar 2019

Lost Caravaggio painting found in attic could fetch $171 million at auction

In 2014, French auctioneer Marc Labarbe received a phone call from a friend. The attic of their Toulouse home had yielded a surprising discovery: a painting, coated in dust and stained by a water leak, that looked all the same to be something of value. Labarbe approached gingerly, cleaning one of the painted faces with cotton wool and water. He sent a photo to the art appraiser Eric Turquin, based in Paris, and then he waited.

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14 Nov 2018

Transgender artist out of ideas to subvert social constructs

Coupon, Pennsylvania — Local visual and musical artist and self-professed cultural dissident Valerie Sanders has run out of ways to express herself and grab attention in the fast-paced era of social media driven by the constant fear of missing out.

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06 Oct 2018

Saving Banksy

I personally do not understand the frenzied ado about Banksy and his or her art. It’s cute, sure. But it’s just… basic and quite unremarkable.

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06 Oct 2018

Banksy painting ‘self-destructs’ moments after being sold for $1.4 million at auction

For an artist that’s known for his stunts, this could be Banksy’s most perfect art world prank.

After the gavel fell Friday at Sotheby’s auction house in London, Banksy’s Girl with Balloon was reduced to shreds — another apparent act in the disruptive career of the anonymous British graffiti artist.

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14 May 2018

Modigliani nude becomes one of the most expensive paintings in auction history

A once-controversial nude by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani has become the one of the most expensive artworks ever to sell at auction.

The 1917 painting “Nu couché (sur le côté gauche),” which depicts a naked female figure in repose, sold for $157.2 million at Sotheby’s New York Monday evening, the highest auction price in the establishment’s history.

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