Picasso Exhibition in Istanbul Turkey

Pablo Picasso has created quite a media frenzy in Istanbul, Turkey with a major exhibition by the Spaniard being opened this week. It is a major step forward for Turkey, being one of the most important exhibitions of any western artist ever held in the country.Continue Reading

Michelangelo’s David makes people go Crazy

According to a psychiatrist in Florence by the name of Dr Graziella Magherini, great works of art can make people feel anything from disorientation and queasiness, to temporary panic attacks, and even moments of madness in sensitive or cultured onlookers. Magherini has even labeled the condition as “David Syndrome”.
Art loves go nuts over dishy David
“In the past 10 years, Magherini has studied more than 100 people who were rushed to Florence’s Santa Maria Nuova hospital suffering from the syndrome as they were absorbed in contemplation of great works of art.The artistic intoxication is caused by a combination of several things, including the stress of the trip, an “overdose” of beautiful art and the degree of sensitivity of the person, says Magherini.”We should not forget that a work of art is a very powerful stimulus and can stimulate memories in our unconscious, sometimes triggering a crisis,” she says.” ABC Health
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Top 10 FBI Art Thefts

The FBI have released a top 10 list of art crimes and are seeking the help of the public. They are a list of masterpieces from some of the biggest names in art. Here’s a the list..
Caravaggio, Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco.
Estimated to be worth $20 million
Stolen from the Oratory of San Lorenzo, Palermo, in Italy in October 1969 by two thieves. and removed the Caravaggio Nativity from its frame.Continue Reading

Henri Rousseau Exhibition

henri at the tate modernHenri Rousseau has never been one of my favorite painters, but he was a great artist. The French painter (1844-1910) was a late starter, getting the brushes out when he 40 years old, and didn’t go to art school. Rousseau painted in a naive, primitive, or childlike manner, depicting people and nature scenes often set in the forest.
He was also confident in his art, quoted as saying “We are the two great painters of this era; you are in the Egyptian style, I in the modern style.” to Pablo Picasso.
An exhibition is on at the Tate Modern in the United Kingdom between November 3 and February 5, 2006. There will be 50 works by Henri Rousseau, the first exhibition by the artist in the United Kingdom for eighty years!
Stumble in the jungle
“What a wonderful and wonderfully bad painter Henri Rousseau was. There is even something touching and gauche about the big, wonky signature that always decorates a corner of his paintings: it is as if the painter were amazed to find himself there.” Guardian
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Hirst no1 on ArtReview List

The ArtReview magazine has released its fourth annual listing of the art worlds most powerful players. British artist Damien Hirst was number 78 on the list of 100 last year, making it quite an impressive jump.
The Art Review Power 100 is not a measure of wealth or paintings sold or prices reached, but a measure of “influence”, which makes it all quite subjective. The list includes artists, art collectors, gallery directors, and other notable arts personalities. This year was the first year that an artist was number 1.
See the top 40 art figures in 2004 that we commented on last year.
The Top Ten Most Influential Arts People 2005

  1. Damien Hirst – British Artist
  2. Larry Gagosian – Art Dealer (Hirst is in the Gagosian stable)
  3. Francois Pinault – Art Auction Christie’s
  4. Nicholas Serota – Tate Gallery in the UK
  5. Glenn D Lowry – (MoMA) The Museum of Modern Art in New York
  6. Eli Broad – Art Collector
  7. Sam Keller – Art fair director
  8. Iwan Wirth – Art dealer
  9. Bruce Nauman – American artist
  10. David Zwirner – Art dealer