Most Expensive Painting Ever

There has been a lot of news around about the most expensive painting ever to be sold recently, so I thought I would go see what people have been saying about it.
For those that didn’t hear, a Gustav Klimt painting sold to Ronald S Lauder for about $135 million (American dollars).

The Spiegel in Germany called it the “Mona Lisa for America”..Continue Reading

Replacing a Dead Shark

I know I’ve been accused of mentioning Damien Hirst too much, and his work doesn’t please everyone, but he keeps making the news and a lot of it is worth mentioning. He brings up issues that should be talked about.

Perhaps his most famous work (The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living) will soon be replaced with a new dead shark. The work was made in 1991 and is already falling apart, the liquid is murky, and the shark has changed shape.
The American hedge fund manager Steve Cohen paid about 6.5 million pounds for the Hirst work in 2004 and is now in discussions with Damien Hirst to have the shark completely replaced.Continue Reading

Vincent van Gogh Quotes

I got lost in a bunch of quotation sites today, so I picked out some of my favorite Van Gogh quotes. Whenever I read a book I always underline (if I own the book) or write down (if I borrowed the book) quotations that interest me. They’re always great for inspiration when things get tough in the studio.

Anyway, here’s some classic Vincent..Continue Reading

Andy Warhol Wig

An Andy Warhol wig has sold for $10,800 at a recent film and entertainment auction by Christie’s. The silver mop that was worn by Warhol also came with three pieces of toupee tape still stuck inside it.Continue Reading

Money Paintings – Euro Series

anthony whiteThe Australian artist Anthony White has started work on the Euro series of paintings. After the success of his USD, AUD, and Pound series of money, he expects similar interest in the Euros series.

He hasn’t officially launched the series yet, but reservations can be put on works. He talked more about his money paintings in our interview recently, but it basically works like this;
Each painting is sold for the value that is painted on it (11 Euro costs 11 Euro to buy), only one of each number is painted, numbers are painted in order, and can only be purchased when he gets up to the number. Paintings can be reserved, but you have to wait until the paintings before your number are painted and sold.

I’ve reserved the 7 Euros, which makes me pretty lucky I guess, as the first 40 Euros seem to be mostly reserved already. Anthony says the Euro money paintings series will be officially launched on the first of July.
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YBA to Middle Aged Businessman

At the Gagosian Gallery in London there is an exhibition by the once “Young British Artist”, now middle-aged art mogul, Damien Hirst. He is showing a variety of works from different periods of his career.

Here’s part of the Press Release from the Gagosian Gallery..
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Damien Hirst. Included in the exhibition is the seminal vitrine, A Thousand Years (1990), and four triptychs: paintings, medicine cabinets and a new formaldehyde work entitled The Tranquility of Solitude (For George Dyer), influenced by Francis Bacon.Continue Reading

Most Expensive Painting by Gustav Klimt

The famous Austrian painter Gustav Klimt has reportedly set a record for the most expensive painting to be sold. The 1907 iconic work “Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer I” has sold for $135 million dollars.
The billionaire cosmetics heir to the Estée Lauder fortune, Ronald S Lauder snapped the painting up to be exhibited in a museum in New York.
The painting was stolen by the Nazis in 1938 from the aunt and uncle of Maria Altmann. Maria only recently became the owner of the painting this year after reclaiming it. The work had been hanging in the National Gallery of Austria for the past 60 years.Continue Reading

Plinth Mistaken for Sculpture

I’ve heard of art being mistaken for rubbish and thrown away, but a plinth being mistaken for a piece of scuplture is new to me.
The Royal Academy thought that the artist David Hensel submitted two works to show, but it was actually a head and a plinth. They preferred the plinth, and have put it on display, while the sculpted head was left out.

Royal Academy’s preference for plinth over sculpture leaves artist baffled
“On a trip to see his work in situ, he came across the slate slab and the tiny piece of wood that supported the sculpture, but the macabre countenance was nowhere to be seen. That, the Royal Academy said, was because the artist had submitted the two components separately and the judges had simply preferred the plinth to the head.” Guardian
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Art Basel 37

Art 37 Basel is well under way, and attracting plenty of media attention. It runs from the 14th through to the 18th of June and features 300 leading art galleries from all around the world, exhibiting 2000 artists, and will be visited by more than 55000 people.
It’s located on the river Rhine, where Switzerland France and Germany meet. See more about exhibitors and artists at the official Art Basel 37 site. is covering the international art event pretty extensively with regular Art Basel updates..

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Art Collector Kenneth Thomson

With the recent death of Kenneth Thomson, people are talking about how it could impact the Canadian art market.
Kenneth Roy Thomson was Canada’s richest man and a very active art collector. The former chairman of Thomson Corp. apparently died of a heart attack in his office on Monday the 12th.
He was an important benefactor of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada and one of North America’s biggest collectors of art. He collected works from the “Group of Seven” painters, Canadian artists, and important European works. One of his most notable recent purchases was “The Massacre of the Innocents” by Peter Paul Rubens, which he purchased at a Sotheby’s auction in 2002 for $77 million.
With Thomson gone, will art market stay bullish?
“”My gut reaction is that it could have a serious impact at the very high end of the market, which in itself might also impact the lower end of the market. If the pieces that people were expecting to go for $1.5-million or $2-million now start going for $500,000 or $600,000, what does that do to the pieces going for $50,000 to $100,000?” Westbridge said. “If nobody is going to replace him, then I think prices might well step back a little bit.” Globe and Mail
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