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This Picasso painting could smash auction record

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CNN – A painting by Pablo Picasso could set a new record for the most expensive art work ever sold at auction. The masterwork, entitled “Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”)” goes under the hammer in May, according to auction house Christie’s. Christie’s estimates it will sell for $140 million. However, Picasso’s most famous paintings are in high demand and such ... Read More »

Turkish President Erdogan fined 10,000 lira for calling statue symbolising peace a ‘monstrosity

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The statue was a symbol of unity between Turkey and Armenia An Istanbul court has ordered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pay an artist 10,000 Turkish Lira (£2,500) in compensation, after the politician called his sculpture a “monstrosity.” Kashmira Gander The Independent Mehmet Aksoy’s Monument to Humanity featured two human figures towering 30 metres above the eastern city of Kars, ... Read More »

The Cultural Boycott of Israel Isn’t Solidarity, It’s Condescension

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Whose side am I on? That’s the question I find myself asking after reading the statement drawn up by Artists for Palestine, and signed by over 700 British artists and self-styled “cultural workers,” announcing their cultural boycott of Israel last week (see Jeremy Deller, Ed Atkins, and Hundreds of UK Artists Support Cultural Boycott of Israel). Declaring their solidarity with ... Read More »

Artists protest against Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s detention

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Group of 14, including four Turner prize winners, condemns arrest and legal charges over free speech performance piece in Havana Hannah Ellis-Petersen The Guardian Fourteen of the world’s most prominent artists, including Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor and painter Howard Hodgkin, have publicly condemned the detention of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera. In an open letter to the Guardian on Monday, the ... Read More »

Falling for Niki de Saint Phalle

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PARIS — I have never particularly admired French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s overly familiar and obvious Nanas (French slang for “broads”) — the gaudy, plump, joyous everywoman figures that made the artist’s case for female affirmation. Nor am I a huge fan of the Stravinsky Fountain at the Centre Pompidou, her collaboration with her husband, the artist Jean Tinguely. ... Read More »

The Question of Light: Tilda Swinton’s speech at the Rothko Chapel

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Below is the only place to read Tilda Swinton’s moving and radiant speech at theRothko Chapel in Texas. Why do I have it?  A brief explanation. Last year, actress Tilda Swinton was presented with the Rothko Chapel Visionary Award at the The Rothko Chapel, which is home to fourteen of Mark Rothko’s paintings.  It’s also a spiritual and human rights ... Read More »

Greek singer Demis Roussos dead at 68

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GREEK singer Demis Roussos, whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirmed. Herald Sun AP NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK The hospital said the singer died following a lengthy hospitalisation, but ... Read More »