Gagosian is delighted to present a special exhibition “Balthus: The Last Studies.” This is the gallery's first exhibition with the Estate of Balthus to announce the representation and it has been prepared in close association with the artist's family. The exhibition will inaugurate Gagosian's new ground-floor gallery at 976 Madison Avenue.
“Balthus: The Last Studies” presents for the very first time selections from an extensive but little-known body of preparatory photographic work by the painter, giving fresh insight into the working processes that he adopted late in life.
During this time, his artistic energies and attention were reserved largely for his last model, a girl named Anna who posed for him every Wednesday for eight years in the same room, with the same curtain, the same chaise longue, the same window in changing light conditions, the same bucolic mountain scenery looming beyond. What these compelling, jewel-like photographic images reveal—from the dramatic affect of classical gesture to the seeming nonchalance of studied repose—is the extraordinary level of nuance and inventiveness that Balthus was able to evince repeatedly from a simple scene and an approximate photographic method.
$691,583,000: HIGHEST AUCTION TOTAL IN ART MARKET HISTORY
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On November 12th Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale achieved $691,583,000 (£435,697,000 / €511,771,420), the highest total for an auction sale in art market history, with a strong sell-through rate of 98% by value and 91% by lot. Bidders from 42 countries competed for an unprecedented offering of masterworks from all the major art movements of the last six decades. Bidders vied for works by some of the century’s most inspiring and influential artists: Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Lucio Fontana, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Top quality and important provenance were highly prized by collectors including works from the collections of Peter Brant, Senator Frank Lautenberg, Robert A.M. Stern, Eric Clapton and the Daimler Art Collection in Berlin. The sale established 10 new world auction records, selling 11 lots for over $20 million, 3 works for over $50 million, 16 for over $10 million and 56 for over $1 million.
“We are thrilled to announce an historic total of $691.6 million for this evening’s sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art. It is the second time this year that Christie’s has broken the highest total in auction history,” said Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. “Collectors from 42 countries registered tonight with strong bidding from American, European and Asian collectors but also from institutions. The sale was heavily focused on icons and masterworks, achieving an astonishing 10 record prices and breaking the record for any work of art ever sold at auction. Beyond the records, 10,000 art lovers flocked to Christie’s galleries in the last week to engage with and enjoy the remarkable selection of artworks on display.”
"Three Studies" is of artist Lucien Freud seated on a wooden chair from three vantage points.
“Unimaginable!” roared Parisian newspaper headlines on August 23, 1911, the day after the Louvre discovered that someone had stolen Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Who, everyone asked, took La Joconde, as the French called her? Two years passed before the world learned the thief’s name—Vincenzo Peruggia, an obscure, Italian housepainter. Although Peruggia’s name’s been synonymous with art theft for a century, who Vincenzo was has always remained a mystery. What made him take the painting in the first place? Filmmaker Joe Medeiros tries to solve that puzzle in his charming and eye-opening documentary, The Missing Piece: Mona Lisa, Her Thief, the True Story. Shuttling back and forth between Italy and France, just like Peruggia himself, Medeiros and his crew visit not just the scene of the crime, but also the scenes of Vincenzo’s life before and after the theft in search of the man behind the mask of the thief. The result speaks as much about the power of art as about the way history and its players never truly die.
"When work is genuinely new and strong," as he [American art scholar Meyer Schapiro] put it, "only a few sensitive people recognize it." Usually, true enthusiasm is ignited by fellow artists. Later, word spreads to ever-enlarging circles of critics, scholars, and museum people, and lastly to the public.
Damien Hirst is one of the world's most highly acclaimed living artists. Rihanna is one of the world's most successful pop icons. To celebrate GQ's 25th anniversary, these two creative firebrands embarked on an art project the like of which has never been seen before. See the full portfolio, art directed by Damien Hirst, in the special anniversary issue of GQ, on newsstands and available to download from 31 October.
“Are you going to be rich?” That is the first question people ask me upon finding out that in the wee morning hours of October 17, the famed street artist Banksy painted a mural on the side of a building my family owns in East Williamsburg.
The truth is — at the end of an exhausting day filled with phone calls talking to lawyers, security companies, art experts, and reporters — I have no idea what it means. There is no rule book when one of the most famous artists in the world decides to drop his work into your life.
The painting on our building was the seventeenth piece of art to appear during Banksy's monthlong tour in New York. Each day, the shadowy London-based graffiti artist leaves behind a work of art somewhere in city.
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Occupying two floors, the exhibition consists of thirty-five photographs spanning the 1980s through the present, many never before exhibited, each personally selected by the photographer from his archives. The exhibition is a kaleidoscopic, non-linear journey into Lindbergh’s world through editorial and fashion images, portraits and landscapes.
The exhibition is on view from Saturday, September 7–October 4, 2013.
The artist behind the solid gold statue of Kate Moss has unveiled his latest 'model' artwork at the 55th Venice Biennale festival: a painting of Lara Stone's bare baby bump.
Lara Stone may have celebrated the birth of her first baby boy with husband David Walliams on May 6, but the 55th Venice Biennale is reliving the model's pregnancy all over again.