Faberge Eggs

A pink Faberge Egg has sold at Christie’s in London for around 9 million pounds or 18 million US dollars. It’s an egg-cellent result for the Rothschild banking family that owned it, but an egg-spensive little egg for the Russian tycoon that bought it! (sorry, I couldnt help myself)Continue Reading

The Artist’s Magazine Online

I stole this news from the Coxsoft Art News blog.. The Artist’s Magazine has started publishing an online edition of their publication here. It’s free for now, but I can’t see that price lasting.

The Art Newspaper’s free online version that I mentioned a couple weeks ago now has a subscription fee of 45 pounds per year.Continue Reading

Tate’s Crack – People are Stupid!

Either people are on crack while visiting Doris’s crack at the Tate Modern in London or they are just downright stupid. How could 15 people hurt themselves in the first four weeks of the “Shibboleth” installation by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo?

I mentioned a story a couple of weeks ago where the first few idiots fell into the Tate Crack, but that figure has been rising each week.Continue Reading

Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair

The “Contemporary Istanbul” art fair will be held in Turkey for its second year. It will run from the 29th of November through to the 2nd of December. There will be more than seventy art galleries from around the world exhibiting at the art fair. In addition to the contemporary art will be roundtable discussions, performance art, and concerts.Continue Reading

Damien Hirst Buys Francis Bacon

Damien Hirst sets auction records for sales of his own work, but he has also been setting auction records for the work of other artists. At a Sothebys auction last week Hirst was an anonymous phone bidder on a small Francis Bacon self portrait. The final price for the 1969 painting was $33 million or £15.9 million.Continue Reading

Women Artists at the MoMa

Jerry Saltz has published an interesting article over at the New York Magazine. Saltz asks where are all the women? (at the MoMa)

“MoMA is our fountain of youth, our Garden of Eden, our Promised Land. But all these things will not last much longer if this institution continues excluding women from the display of its permanent collection of painting and sculpture from 1879 to 1969..”Continue Reading

Pricasso – Penis Art

Pigasso was cute, but Pricasso is probably a little scarier. Pricasso is the United Kingdom born Australian artist Timothy James Francis Patch.

“I use acrylic paint water based so it washes off easy if paint gets up it Just piss it out, the only problem I have is the acidic properties in paint eating away the skin especially if I have it constantly submerged in paint, so I make a bit of performance of washing every 10 minutes.” Tim PatchContinue Reading

Photoshop Makeover

This guy must work for a celebrity gossip magazine or a fashion magazine. How to lose weight while still stuffing your face with junk food. Pity it wasn’t that easy in real life ;-) Continue Reading

Sotheby’s Auction Panic and Christie’s Auction Records

After seeing the Sotheby’s auction fizzle out last week, I thought record prices might have become a rare event. Of the 76 works on sale, 20 failed to find buyers, including this wheat field painting (pictured) by Vincent van Gogh.

But a Christie’s auction in New York has blown my theory of an auction slowdown out of the water. Among the artists that set new records for their work were Richard Prince, Lucian Freud, Ed Ruscha, Thomas Struth, Jeff Koons and Zhang Xiaogang.Continue Reading

The Art Newspaper TV

The Art Newspaper is working hard to take advantage of the internet, with a digital edition and an online TV channel about to launch. It looks like it will be a paid subscription model that will give you access to the videos and a full digital version of their publication.Continue Reading