Yayoi Kusama’s You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies is one of the artist's more whimsical works. Inspired by a Japanese folktale about a person in a field with 10,000 fireflies, Kusama's work brings the fairy tale to life. Beginning with drawings and paintings, Yayoi Kusama’s work transformed from 2-D pieces to large-scale installations, symbolic of the obsessive and massive nature of her ideas. Subsequently, Kusama’s art began to take large forms and often covers and utilizes entire rooms and spaces.
Officials at Louvre Abu Dhabi have announced that Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi will go on show on 18 September at the new museum in the United Arab Emirates. The work—one of fewer than 20 surviving paintings by the Renaissance artist—sold for $450m at Christie’s in New York on 15 November last year.
Billionaires from around the world fought for a chance to own Peggy and David Rockefeller’s art trophies, sending paintings by Henri Matisse and Claude Monet to record prices at Christie’s in New York on Tuesday.
Among them was the evening’s most expensive work-- a 1905 Pablo Picasso painting of a teenage nude, “Fillette à la corbeille fleurie” -- that fetched $115 million, the highest price for the Spanish master after his $179.4 million record set three years ago. It had been estimated at $100 million.
Banksy is back in New York. The UK street artist has peppered the US city with several politically outspoken works since last Thursday (15 March) and keen-eyed New Yorkers have been tracking his work through social media.
The first to be noticed, and certainly the largest thus far, is a 70-foot mural at the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery that protests the imprisonment of the ethnic Kurdish artist and journalist, Zehra Dogan.
The New York Historical Society will be hosting the exhibit Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms from May 25, 2018 - September 02, 2018. This is the first internationally touring exhibition devoted to Rockwell’s iconic depictions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms launches at the New-York Historical Society.
An American man was charged with theft and concealment of an important work of art after stealing the thumb of an ancient Chinese terracotta warrior statue at the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia. China's Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre says it will reconsider its loan policy after the "noxious incident"
Picasso’s stepdaughter is planning to open a museum dedicated to the artist and his second wife, Jacqueline Roque, in a former convent in the southern French town of Aix-en-Provence. The project is driven by Catherine Hutin-Blay, Jacqueline's daughter. Hutin-Blay inherited her mother’s collection of Picasso works and owns the Château de Vauvenargues near Aix-en-Provence, where the couple are buried. The Musée Jacqueline et Pablo Picasso will house around 1,000 paintings—more than the respective collections of the Picasso museums in Paris, Antibes, Barcelona and Malaga.
Thirty-nine years after he traveled to Rome to meet Pope John Paul II, Andy Warhol will be honored with an exhibition at the heart of the Vatican. The Vatican Museums are in final talks with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to stage a show of the Pop artist’s religious works in 2019. It will be seen in Rome and Pittsburgh and will mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the US museum.
The Van Gogh led Christie’s $479.3 million sale that surpassed the auction house’s high presale target and posted a 95 percent increase from a similar event a year ago. Asian collectors were active.
Fernand Leger previous record of $39.2 million smashed with the sale of "Contraste de formes" for $70.1 million.
Additional artist records set for René Magritte, Jean Crotti, Suzanne Duchamp, Emil Nolde, Man Ray and Edouard Vuillard evince both a broader offering and deeper bidding compared with last year’s equivalent auction. That the sale’s top ten lots were all over $10m “really underscores the strength of the market”, said Jessie Fertig, head of sale. Pablo Picasso’s portrait of his second wife Jacqueline Roque also inspired a bidding war from collectors based in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia and Dubai, Christie’s said.