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Artist Anthony Dortch Explores Modern Culture in The Privileged Series

Dec 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Artist Anthony Dortch began his career as a child playing with crayons, but his real artistic epiphany didn't come until high school. With "no fear of any media," Anthony is able to mix it up for his artistic endeavors.... Read More

Sundance Film Festival Premieres | Movies You Shouldn't Miss

Dec 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

It goes without saying that if a film is screened at Sundance, it has a very good chance at making it big. There have been many high-profile films that first started at this festival, including Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine, Memento, The Usual Suspects, and Clerks, so I wouldn't be surprised if we have another monumental hit among the films premiering this year.... Read More

Exclusive Interview | Award-Winning Nadia Salameh's Unifying World Photography

Dec 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Jerusalem-born and San Diego resident Nadia Salameh is an award-winning photographer who is internationally recognized, not only for her achievements, but for her intensely personal and emotive style. Holding a Master of Photography degree and the title of "International Photographer of the Year" from the Professional Photographers of America, Salameh uses her friendliness to pull you in, creating lasting relationships with people all over the world.... Read More

Christie's Auctions Famed National Geographic Afghan Girl Photograph

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration auction brought in a total sale amount of $3,776,588, as announced by Christie’s, the host of the event. The collection from National Geographic is part of the storied firm’s 125th anniversary commemoration. The auction occurred at Christie’s, in New York City, on December 6, 2012.... Read More

Visually Stunning Images by Our Favorite Photographers for the New Year

Dec 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

This year has been full of great photography, from manipulated images of nature to invisible celebrity portraits, and we've talked to the artists responsible to get answers to some burning questions. For example, do you know which photographer Whoopi Goldberg refused to work with? Or which one created an inspired Wonderland series that evokes childlike innocence? Whether you're a collector, a fan, or an aspiring photographer yourself, these interview highlights should remind you of the great talent out there and maybe inspire you to make some art yourself. After all, after revisiting this group of interviews, you just might have a nice list of tips and tricks from all your favorite names.... Read More

Artists Impress and Demi Moore Rescues Stray Cat at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012

Dec 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Miami Beach, Florida is hosting the 11th edition of Art Basel from December 6-9, 2012, arguably the United State's biggest art event with over 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa in attendance. The event features work by over 2,000 artists from the 20th and 21st century, which means that the world is being introduced to thousands of groundbreaking artists (new and established), with opportunities to cough up large amounts of cash to display select pieces in their own homes.... Read More

King Kong Rules Vintage Movie Poster Auction

Dec 6, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Auctions gone wild remains a daily attention-grabber with lots selling at higher prices than ever being reported before. It is happening in so many categories in this year that it would require a bullet-point list long enough to fill the space reserved for this entire piece.... Read More

Exclusive Interview | Photographer Gustavo Lacerda Creates New Beauty Standard with "Albino" Series

Dec 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  2 Comments

Born in 1970 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Gustavo Lacerda is a photographer who turns his lens towards those who society has pushed into the background. With his "Albino" series, Lacerda has created a new standard of beauty that has nothing to do with the surface and everything to do with the quiet and resolute strength from within.... Read More

American Indian Art Auction Features Jar that Sells at $32,500

Nov 29, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Earlier this month Heritage Auctions held their American Indian Art Signature Auction, which featured a beautiful redware jar, adorned with turquoise stone and fish etchings, that sold for $32,500.00. Is this the world's most expensive cookie jar to ever sell at auction?... Read More

Latin American Art Auction in NYC Breaks Records and Nets $17.9 Million

Nov 28, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

A new world record for 28 Latin American artists was the net result of the recent Latin American Art Auction by Christie's last week in New York. The two-day sale raked in $17,966,450. Eight of the top 10 valued lots went to private collectors. 192 of the 292 lots offered sold. Sixty-eight percent of the pieces sold by lot; 82 percent by value.... Read More

Exclusive Interview | "Dancing with the Stars" Gilles Marini Gets "Down and Dirty"

Nov 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka  |  1 Comment

I find it ironic that we are becoming more intimately familiar with actor Gilles Marini since his career-launching role as Samantha's hot, often nude, playboy neighbor in the 2008 "Sex and the City" movie. Surprisingly, my interview with Marini defined him as so much more than just the latest Adonis, here today, gone tomorrow, Hollywood heartthrob. Marini is a devoted and down to earth family man, and a grateful, hard working, talented actor, giving him what it takes to continue to expand his career.... Read More

Exclusive Exhibition Celebrates 40 Years of Porsche Design

Nov 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

When Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, famed designer of the iconic Porsche 911, passed away in April, the world lost a true genius. In 1972, nine years after the debut of the 911 luxury car, he founded the Porsche Design Studio in Stuttgart, which went on to create some of the most avant-garde products across all facets of the design world.... Read More

Christie's Breaks Records With $412 Million Post-War & Contemporary Art Auction

Nov 16, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Christie's, the worldwide leading auctioneer of high-end merchandise and sales, set another record at its recent Post-War and Contemporary Art event. The total sales of $412,253,100 establish a new high for Post-War and Contemporary Art. Eight new records in auction history stemmed from the sale as well.... Read More

Exclusive Interview with Afghan-American Documentary Filmmaker Ariana Delawari

Nov 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Ariana Delawari is a woman of many talents: musician, actress, photographer, and with her new documentary "We Came Home", she's now an inspiring filmmaker. The world may already know her name due to her psychedelic folk debut album, “Lion of Panjshir”, which garnered a lot of positive press for its combination of classical Afghan music and American rock & roll. Her new documentary "We Came Home" shows the making of the record (in Afghanistan and Los Angeles) and lends a completely new understanding to Delawari's music.... Read More

A Shot of Adrenaline by Photographer Greg Lotus | Exclusive

Nov 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

After two decades of glamorous photography, Greg Lotus’ bio reads much more like the sanctified black book everybody wants to get their hands on. Celebrities he has worked with include Channing Tatum, Lisa Marie Presley and Katy Perry, just to name a few. His editorial work is top tiered as well, both domestically and internationally with Vogue, Vanity Fair and W Magazine.... Read More

Relive Your Childhood With Your Favorite Book Illustrations

Oct 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

According to Art Daily, Sotheby's is gearing up to sell a single-owner collection of original book illustrations that is apparently the most impressive array to ever be auctioned. The auction will take place December 12, 2012 and will feature more than 100 ink and watercolor drawings from all of your most beloved books, including "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The Tale of Peter Rabbit". From the private collection of film director Michael Winner, the sale is expected to bring in a total of ?1 million (around $1,607,600).... Read More

Mozart's Piano Finally Returns To Its Home In Vienna

Oct 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Vienna has been home to an impressively long list of musical legends, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II and Arnold Schönberg, thus being considered by many as the City of Music. Now, according to Pursuitist, for two weeks the piano on which Mozart wrote all of his late concertos will return home to Vienna for the first time since the composer’s death in 1791.... Read More

Edvard Munch's "The Scream" Arrives At MoMA

Oct 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Edvard Munch's "The Scream" 1895 is one of the world's most infamous works of art, picturing a man's pained reaction to witnessing a scream resonate throughout nature, his friends carrying on oblivious to his cries. The pastel work is one of four versions that Munch created, the other three painted, and was sold at a Sotheby's auction back in May for $119.9 million. Whoever bought the drawing knows how badly the public would like to see it in person for themselves so it is now on view at New York's Museum of Modern Art.... Read More

Eric Clapton Auctions Gerhard Richter Abstract Painting for Record $34 Million

Oct 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Musician Eric Clapton recently made $34 million on the sale of an abstract painting he owned by German artist Gerhard Richter. If you don't know who Clapton is, you're really showing your young age. The legendary songwriter and guitarist is a three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, once for his solo work and the other two for his work with The Yardbirds and Cream. Now, does Clapton actually need all this new money he raked in for the painting? Not really, but he and Richter definitely made history with the Sotheby's auction because it’s a new record amount for work by an artist still among the living.... Read More

Monet and Picasso Head Up Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Auction

Oct 10, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Art by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso will be presented at Christie’s Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on November 7, 2012. The featured lot of the evening will be Claude Monet’s oil-on-canvas painting, Nymphéas. It has a pre-auction estimated sales price between $30 and $50 million.... Read More

"Twilight" vs. "Fifty Shades of Grey" | The Fan Fiction Debate

Oct 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

As possibly the fastest selling paperback book in history, E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" and its two sequels took the literary world by storm, filling everyone's bags with a tale of sexual awakening through the eyes of a very na?ve young girl. You may have read the books but did you know that the "Shades" story was originally "Twilight" fan fiction centered around Bella and Edward's sexual exploits? Considering the book's origins, we can expect to see a lot more fan stories attempting to breach The New York Times bestseller list in the upcoming years and continuing the debate of ethics vs. entertainment.... Read More

Exclusive | Photographer Chris Buck Talks Invisible Celebrities

Oct 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

In a world where celebrities are reported on more reliably and steadily than news regarding world events or politics, we've gotten used to our day-to-day life being saturated with images of famous faces. You can try to stay away from what happened between Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson, but without a doubt your plan will be ruined when your coworkers start discussing whose side they're on. As a society, we've gotten so obsessed with the lives of our favorite stars that even giving something the title of Russell Brand will pique interest, which is something photographer Chris Buck plays with in his new photo book "PRESENCE: The Invisible Portrait".... Read More

Beautiful Monster | Photography Lady Gaga Would Die For

Sep 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

If Lady Gaga is looking for some fantastic new art to decorate her home with, Paco Peregrín's Beautiful Monster series is sure to fit in with her eclectic tastes. Peregrín's photos plays with the concept of beauty and what makes a person strange or alien in our society.... Read More

Check Out Abstract Art From Tony Dow AKA Wally Cleaver

Sep 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

As Wally Cleaver on "Leave it to Beaver", Tony Dow (now 67-years-old) was the epitome of the "all-American" boy. Always polite and popular, Wally acted as the connecting bridge between his parents and his younger brother Beaver, often describing the actions of one in a way the other can understand.... Read More

Music Legend Quincy Jones to Receive Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award

Sep 20, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Montblanc, a leader in luxury pens, announced that musical legend Quincy Jones is a winner of a Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. Jones will receive the award at a ceremony in Los Angles on October 2, 2012. Previous winners of this distinct award include Queen Sophia of Spain, HRH Charles Prince of Wales and English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.... Read More

Christie's New York Asian Art Week Rakes in $44.7 Million

Sep 19, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Sales figures for Christie’s Fall Asian Art Week totaled $44,735,075 over a four-day sales period from September 11-14, 2012. The announcement on sales results was made by the world’s number-one auction house on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. ... Read More

Own James Bond's Aston Martin V12 | Christie's Auction Celebrates 50 Years of 007

Sep 7, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Christie's, the number-one auctioneer worldwide, unleashes another online-only auction in the form of 50 Years of James Bond: The Auction. The event, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ian Fleming-created James Bond character, will feature an online-only auction in conjunction with a live auction in early October. Christie’s and EON Productions are working together on the special-themed, 007-memorabilia event.... Read More

Artist Salvatore Pecoraro Visits His Past in New Series

Sep 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  1 Comment

Many artists like to visit their past work, sometimes reevaluating them to create something bigger and better. Salvatore Pecoraro is one such artist, breathing new life into his old pieces.... Read More

Famed Naturalist Roger Tory Peterson's Art Up For Auction

Sep 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard  |  1 Comment

When it comes to documenting some of the world's most beautiful birds, the 19th century had John James Audubon and the 20th century had Roger Tory Peterson. A bird expert, artist, and environmentalist, Peterson was responsible for developing a system of bird identification in the wild. His Peterson Field Guides are still well known as some of the most comprehensive guides to understanding the natural world.... Read More

Behind the Scenes of Architectural Photography with Daniel Newcomb

Aug 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Gail Doby  |  1 Comment

Daniel Newcomb of Architectural and Interior Design Photography creates award winning, magazine-quality photographs for interior designers, architects, builders, furniture designers, resorts, property management, and advertising agencies.... Read More

Ditch the Paintings and Explore the World of Vintage Posters

Aug 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

When it comes to interior decorating, people often want original art decorating their walls, with a lot of attention given to famous painters and photographers, and little attention given to vintage posters.... Read More

"Beautiful Disasters" and Mysterious Women in David Drebin's new Photography Book

Aug 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

Photography can transport the viewer into other worlds, be they set in the reality of the photographer or in a surreal version fit for Salvador Dali. In his new book, "Beautiful Disasters," photographer David Drebin invites you into his constructed world where beautiful women reign supreme and tantalize with their mystery and sexuality, turning the observer into a willing voyeur.... Read More

Stop-Motion Masters | Quay Brothers Retrospective at MoMA

Aug 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Quay Brothers have been on the art scene for quite a while now but if you haven't heard of them yet and are in New York, make sure to stop by the Museum of Modern Art to check out their new retrospective, "Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets." The identical twin brothers are known for their incredibly influential stop-motion animation and live-action filmmaking projects (of which there are over 45), having an eerie style that harkens back to the masters of surrealism.... Read More

Mixed-Media Art Layers Old Hollywood | Leah Devora

Aug 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

As a contemporary mixed media pop artist, Leah Devora is inspired by her surroundings, whether it's her southern roots or the big city of New York. These days, Devora's inspiration comes from the City of Angels and its celebrity-driven culture.... Read More

Patrick Dougherty's Whimsical Stick Art

Aug 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When first looking at the amazing art by Patrick Dougherty you're immediately struck with a sense of wonder and childlike imagination, or at least we were. Dougherty creates out-of-this world sculptures, enlisting in a classic form of architecture and creation through using sticks, tree trunks, and stems as his medium, creating whimsical, whirling shapes and structures.... Read More

8 Celebrities With Dual Talents | From James Franco to Zooey Deschanel

Aug 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

So many celebrities nowadays lead separate lives dabbling in artistic areas they may not be known for. Sometimes they completely miss the mark with their added venture (such as...Madonna trying to write books for kids) but other times they're so good that we have a hard time remembering which career came first (Zooey Deschanel, anyone?).... Read More

Jackson Pollack's "Mural" Ready For Restoration at Getty Museum

Aug 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

It's amazing what can be done to preserve priceless works of art, with the process sometimes taking years to complete. Most recently Jackson Pollock's incredibly important painting "Mural" has arrived at the J. Paul Getty Museum to be brought back to display condition.... Read More

Mosaic Republic Transforms Boring Spaces into Stunning Art Pieces

Jul 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

If you want something a little more lively than your average backsplash, Mosaic Republic can do that. Front hall looking a little dull? Maybe your pool is just a boring blue? Mosaic Republic can transform all those drab spaces into something new with their handcrafted work.... Read More

Established and Emerging Artists at Christie's Summer 2012 Staff Exhibition

Jul 23, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Art produced by talented employees of the world’s premier auction house will be presented at Christie’s 13th Insider Art Exhibit. The yearly event shines a spotlight on emerging artists who also work in the various departments at Christie’s.... Read More

Interview with Master Photo Manipulator Erik Johansson

Jul 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Imagination offers us the unique ability to see beyond our material realities into another world that may not make logical sense, but always resonates with us emotionally. Many artists have taken to playing with these ideas while using photography as their tool, but very few of them are able to present an image so real, it forces the viewer to accept it, not as a material possibility, but as something larger than that.... Read More

Artist Elizabeth Turk Crafts Intricate Marble Sculptures

Jul 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Born in 1961 in California, Elizabeth Turk is an artist who does everything from sketches in ink and collages to intricate marble sculptures, which is what she's best known for. She has the amazing ability to take heavy stone and transform it into incredibly detailed patterns that are so thin they shouldn't be able to withstand their own weight, but they somehow do.... Read More

Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama Exhibited at Whitney Museum of American Art

Jul 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

World renowned artist Yayoi Kusama has a long career of painting, sculpture, collage, performance art, environmental installations, and collaborations with luxury fashion brands, all working to present her thematic use of psychedelic colors and repetition.... Read More

Interview With Controversial Celebrity Photographer Tyler Shields

Jul 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Hollywood is synonymous with glitz and glamour, revolving around beautiful people with iconic lives. However, there's also a darkness lying beneath the bright lights of Hollywood and it's filled with meaningless sex, addiction, breakdowns, vicious rumors, loss of privacy, overexposure, and depression. Not many people have publicly delved into that world but with every new generation comes a person who enjoys digging the dirt out from under the mask, reconciling the beauty with the trauma. Photographer Tyler Shields is such a person.... Read More

Sculpture By Leandro Erlich Challenges Perceptions of Reality

Jul 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Argentinean sculpture artist, Leandro Erlich’s unusual combination of art and architecture take inspiration from the literary influence of Jorge Luis Borges. Like Borges, whose work traverses in the realm of impossibility, Erlich attempts to alter the way we view the world, creating installations that both distort and upend. Erlich also makes mention of... Read More

Interview with Sports Car Photographer Dejan Sokolovski

Jul 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Based out of Gothenburg, Sweden, photographer Dejan Sokolovski has gained attention for his impressive sports car photography. With a stylistically artful scope, Sokolovski captures a variety of luxury cars speeding through urban streets and cutting through desolate wastelands. Using landscape, Sokolovski manipulates diverse terrain to highlight the stunning profile of the vehicles... Read More

Russia's State Hermitage Museum Exhibits Contemporary Architect Santiago Calatrava

Jun 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

If you plan on being in Russia any time soon, you should definitely check out the iconic State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. If the beautiful museum itself isn't enough of a draw, maybe its first exhibit to honor a contemporary artist is. Born in Spain, Santiago Calatrava is considered by many to be one of the world's elite designers with titles that include architect, sculptor, and structural engineer. From June 27, 2012 to September 30, 2012, Calatrava will have his very own show at the famous Hermitage Museum, entitled "Santiago Calatrava: The Quest for Movement".... Read More

U.S. Marshals Selling Off Fine Art in Online Auction

Jun 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard  |  2 Comments

The infamous Bernie Madoff is far from the only fraudster with expensive taste and he's not the only one to see his collections sold. Fine works of art by Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rembrandt and other old masters as well as pieces by more recent famous artists are being sold off by the U.S. Marshals in an online auction that ends on July 2.... Read More

Ballerina Evgenia Obraztsova on Stage at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre

Jun 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka  |  2 Comments

It was meant to be: We snatched up the last two tickets for Anyuta, a ballet featuring principle ballerina Evgenia Obraztsova, at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face at the mere thought of being at the historic Bolshoi Theatre, and to be fortunate enough to see the amazing Obraztsova perform live on stage. For me, it was an experience of a lifetime!... Read More

New Website Connects Artists With Unique Competition Opportunities

Jun 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

“Great talent deserves endless attention.” That’s the motto of ArtistsWanted.org. The new business is striving to connect artists with a well-rounded community as well as encourage their members to compete in artistic contests that yield surprising... Read More

Tintin Comic Legend Celebrated at Hergé Museum in Belgium

Jun 15, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

The Hergé Museum, located near Brussels, Belgium, celebrates artist Georges Remi (pen name Hergé) who was the creator behind the Tintin adventure comic books. Although the idea to create a museum dedicated to the enigmatic artist and his work had been talked about for many... Read More

Swiss Ambassador Donates $163 Million Chinese Art Collection

Jun 13, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

A former Swiss ambassador, Uli Sigg, is donating nearly $163 million dollars worth of priceless contemporary Chinese art to a Hong Kong museum that is scheduled to open in 2017. The privately owned collection contains nearly 2,200 pieces of art from well-known artists including Zeng Fanzhi whose notable works are recognized... Read More

National Gallery of Canada Exhibits Up Close Look At Van Gogh Works

Jun 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza  |  1 Comment

The works of one of the world’s most recognized artists, Vincent van Gogh, will be showcased for the first time in 25 years at Canada’s National Gallery with the support of Sun Life Financial and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Van Gogh: Up Close exhibit will feature 47 paintings from the Dutch artist... Read More

Christie's Van Cliburn Collection Fetches Over $4 Million

Jun 5, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Christie’s auction house announced that the sales results from the recent Van Cliburn Collection amounted to $4,381,550. Eighty-nine percent of the lots presented sold, with 92 percent at value.... Read More

CHANEL Debuts Little Black Jacket Exhibit in New York City

Jun 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  2 Comments

Karl Lagerfield, one of the world's most iconic fashion designers, is always up to something and he's currently getting ready to celebrate the launch of his upcoming book The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL's Classic Revisited By Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, with an exhibit of the fashion classic in New York City. The exhibit features the iconic Chanel creation as center stage in a series of photographs shot by Karl Lagerfield. From Tokyo to New York, the little black jacket has long held a firm grip in the world of fashion.... Read More

Photography By Nikolaj Lund Plays a Surrealist Note

May 31, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Nikolaj Lund, Danish musician turned photographer is capturing portraiture in an entirely new light. His work channels a sense of classicism immersed inside a surrealist world, featuring various types of musicians in unlikely environments and poses. In many ways, Lund's photography creates a visual representation of music itself. Lund captures the abstract quality of how instrumentation makes us feel...... Read More

Underwater Museum Brings Sculptures to Life

May 24, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

Being able to display your work as an artist is a very important and exciting experience. Some hope to put their work in museums, in parks, or even the streets in a major city. For Jason deCaires Taylor, the depths of the ocean floor was the perfect place to make his beautiful art work come alive.... Read More

How Much Could Your Instagram Photos be Worth?

May 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

A free photo sharing program that was initially launched in October of 2010, Instagram gained immediate popularity for its artsy, Polaroid-like effect on photographs taken with simple cell phone cameras. With its distinctly vintage appeal and grainy yet vibrant colors, Instagram allowed even those without a photographer’s eye to feel like an artist... Read More

Urs Fischer Shocks With Nude Exhibition in Italy

May 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Spring ushered in a racy new exhibit which is on display at the Palazzo Grassi in Venezia, Italy. The exhibit features works by contemporary Swiss artist Urs Fischer. The artist, who was born in 1973, is best known for large-scale installation and sculptures that have been placed in special collections around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.... Read More

Artist Spencer Finch Harnesses Light To Capture Creative Spirit

May 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Spencer Finch, perhaps best known for his contemporary light installations, is a rare combination of artist and scientist, maker and philosopher. With his work, Finch seeks to capture the fleeting, the invisible, and the mundane, but most of all, Finch attempts to capture and recreate the atmosphere in which we experience the world. During a period of time, Finch travelled to places that have both ignited the imagination and been residence to some of history’s most talented artists and writers, measuring and capturing light as if attempting to bottle the spirit of creativity itself.... Read More

Textile Artist Creates Amazing, Life-Sized Drawings Using Thread

May 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

British-based artist, Debbie Smyth, doesn’t create her amazing installation pieces using, canvas, paint, paper, or any of the typical materials you think when you hear the word “drawing,” or “art.” Instead, Smyth, an accomplished crafter of textiles, recreates scenes and objects from the world around us using thread. Her incredible pieces have been featured on the front cover of the New York Times and have been commissioned by the likes of Sony, Red Cross Canada, Mr. Jones Watches and many others.... Read More

Sotheby's & Christie's Record-Breaking Auctions Total $654.5 Million

May 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

The luxury art world had an astounding week, with Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York auctioning big name works. On Wednesday Sotheby’s accrued a total of 266 million dollars for the sale of Francis Bacon’s Figure Writing Reflected in a Mirror, Andy Warhol’s Double Elvis, and Roy Lichtenstein’s Sleeping Girl. The works sold for $44.9, $37, and again, $44.9 million, respectively.... Read More

Arkansas Museum Joins Louvre To Showcase Incredible American Art Treasures

May 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Ruth Mitchell

You are going to hear a lot more about Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Arkansas. The New York Times calls it " the art museum Wal-mart money built.” Or you might have heard about the uproar caused by Alice Walton’s purchase of a landmark Hudson River School landscape painting, Kindred Spirits, by Asher B. Durand, from the New York Public Library for around $35 million.... Read More

Christie's $388.5 Million Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction

May 9, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

It is a rare week when there is no new world records being reported on in the public-sale industry. This week’s auction-adventure tale stems from Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale last night, in New York City, that resulted in total sales for the event of $388,488,000.... Read More

Joy Garnett's Momentary Explosions are Blowing Up the Art World

May 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  3 Comments

New York artist Joy Garnett has introduced some interesting theories into the artworks that have made her popular, by reinventing photos and transforming them into explosive paintings. Although she uses paint and canvas like a traditional artist, her works are created from photographic images of explosions she sources from the Internet.... Read More

Suspended Sculpture Uses Science & LED Light Technology

May 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Artist Cliff Garten has received two individual artistic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation Fellowship for Individual Artists, the Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, and the Jerome Foundation Travelling Artist Grant for his incredible work on more than fifty sculptures throughout North America. Garten's work can be found in collaboration with projects that include architecture, landscaping, and engineering.... Read More

The Scream Sets Record at Sotheby's Fetching $120 Million

May 3, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  2 Comments

It is likely that the sale of one of the versions of Edvard Munch’s The Scream at $119,922,500 at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art auction last night prompted more than a few shouts from members of the art community. The sales price sets a new record for a work of art to be sold at auction.... Read More

George Washington's Signed Personal Copy of the Acts of Congress Heading to Auction

May 1, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Christie’s will auction an artifact of American history that was the personal property of the country’s first president.... Read More

Artist Lisabel Filiatrault Blends Science & Art To Create Bold Works

Apr 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza  |  1 Comment

Artist Lisabel Filiatrault was born in Quebec, but has made a big impression in the international art community with her innovative techniques and resources. Lisabel’s contemporary approach to her bold artwork features the use of polymer and composite materials that are also used by Bombardier Aerospace, stretching the limits of the contemporary art field.... Read More

Contemporary Art by Hong Sung Chul Encourages Human Interaction

Apr 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  2 Comments

Art galleries can be an isolating experience, with individuals wandering through to look at pieces without really connecting to them or their fellow gallery-goers. Hong Sung Chul's art endeavors to change that, by showcasing human connection both in his art and in how it is presented.... Read More

Join Photographer Dean Bradshaw on His Pursuit of Visual Awesome

Apr 24, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

From field biologist in the Australian Outback to photographer on the California coast, Dean Bradshaw is making an impact with his impressive imagery. While on a journey that he likes to call his "constant pursuit of visual awesome," Dean is capturing bold, intriguing, and thought provoking moments around the world. We got an exclusive interview with the man behind the camera to see where his inspiration is found and where it will take him next.... Read More

1823 Parchment Copy of Declaration of Independence Sells for $597,500

Apr 12, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Many collectors came with buying intentions for the opportunity to bid on a rare, parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence on the auction block at Heritage Auctions' Historical Manuscripts Signature Auction, in New York, on April 11, 2012.... Read More

Ernesto Neto Invites You to Enter His Artistic Labyrinth

Apr 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto is commonly recognized as the heir to the "Neo-Concreto" art movement in his home country. Neo-Concreto is a splinter of the Concrete art movement, which was formed in Brazil in the 1950s. The movement calls for greater sensuality, color and poetic feeling than Concrete art, translating to three-dimensional works that encourage the viewer to experience, and not just look upon, art.... Read More

Night Falls Exhibit from Artists Walter Martin and Paloma Mu?oz

Apr 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  1 Comment

The artistic team of Walter Martin and Paloma Mu?oz has once again come together for their latest art exhibit, Night Falls. Night Falls is the eighth collaboration for the two, who often create dystopian images through photographs and sculptures and creative snow globes.... Read More

Artist Swoon Makes Life-Sized Impression in Cities Worldwide

Mar 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  2 Comments

Brooklyn-based street artist, Swoon, creates dramatic woodcuts that are amazing in size and scope. Usually, Swoon depicts family and friends in cityscapes around the world, including abandoned buildings, bridges, fire escapes, water towers and street signs.... Read More

Artist Candice Tripp's Dark Fairy Tales in Oil and Ink

Mar 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

South African born artist Candice Tripp creates oil and ink visions of eerie fairy tales in her imaginative representations. After moving to London in 2004 in hopes of pursuing a fashion career, Candice Tripp has since become "a full time painter lady." In a magical land of twisted tales, Tripp's drawings are put on the page in oil and ink, with realistic, almost cartoonlike, intensity. The viewer is instantly reminded of illustrations in children's books but simultaneously slightly repelled by the macabre spin she puts into the images.... Read More

Artist Mara Sfara Displays Whimsical Bronze Sculptures in New York Show

Mar 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

For the first time in decades, multi-talented artist Mara Sfara is showing her bronze sculptures in a special show running from March 2, through April 20, 2012 at the QCC Art Gallery in Bayside, New York. With a background in English and the Fine Arts, New York-based Mara Sfara's sculptures are often inspired by the artist's own take on Greek mythology and carry names like Adonis, Iris and Echo.... Read More

Which Pop Culture Icons Are Expected to Fetch the Most at Upcoming Auction?

Mar 20, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Two of the world’s largest pop culture stars will go to the auction block at Heritage Auction’s upcoming Entertainment & Music Memorabilia. A 45-single pressing featuring The Beatles and a costume worn by Elizabeth Taylor are the lots expected to sell at the highest prices.... Read More

A Vetting (Or Vexing) Problem at the American International Fine Art Fair

Mar 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Howard L. Rehs  |  1 Comment

This past month we participated in the American International Fine Art Fair; one of the best in the U.S. Setup was a rather long, tedious and an almost deadly endeavor — I added deadly because at one point the workers were installing a ceiling in our booth and dropped a 10 foot long 2x4 that grazed my wife’s back; another inch or two and it would have been all over! Thankfully she was only a little shaken up.... Read More

California Architecture and Design is Newest Feature of Pacific Standard Time

Mar 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The major cultural initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945–1980 has just announced the latest addition to its SoCal exhibitions that focus on postwar art in California: a competition using Legos and inspired by the exhibits in the collaboration.... Read More

Rare Books Auction Nets Heritage Auctions $736K

Feb 21, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe, Salvador Dali, Willa Cather, and Maurice Sendak led the way among top performers whose pieces sold well at Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books Event in Beverly Hills, California, earlier this month.... Read More

The Collectible Works and An Interview With Painter Tomasz Rut

Feb 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne  |  1 Comment

This signature, of Tomasz Rut, will enfold the greatest walls of visual beauty on earth for the remainder of days... This is a bold prediction, of course, and I’ll venture to be bold. Because you don’t see art like his at First Friday, but among the greatest displays of fine art on Earth.... Read More

Tchaikovsky On The Road Through the Eyes of Director Bertrand Normand

Feb 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

The conductor, much like a mad scientist, a bold and stern middle-aged Russian, instantly stops the entire orchestra to a complete silence, and zeros in for the attention from one. He looks directly into the eyes of a cellist during a frustrating rehearsal and demands “inspire the orchestra!”... Read More

The Complete Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christies Fetches $183.5 Million

Feb 9, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  3 Comments

The complete Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christies sold for a total of $183.5 million. The overwhelmingly successful three-part event sold out 100 percent, with seven lots selling at more than $5 million and 30 lots bringing in more than $1 million. Many of the items auctioned sold for significantly more than the pre-auction estimates.... Read More

Walking Wolf Productions Moves Indie Films to the Web

Feb 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

As the world of entertainment moves onto the Web, Walking Wolf Productions is preparing to follow suit. Founded by industry insiders Frank Battiston and Rene Fornari, Walking Wolf Productions has recently added Kevin Walton to its roster, making it a trifecta of talent that perfectly matches the company's mantra to educate/elevate/entertain in every production.... Read More

An Exclusive Look at 'The Book' with First Time Filmmaker Richard Weiss

Feb 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Filmmaker Richard Weiss (also known as ?) has just released his first feature film, The Book, a sci-fi fantasy with a message to share. While sci-fi films have become dark and disturbing images of a world without hope or a future, Richard Weiss has crafted a more optimistic outlook, with plenty of influence from directors such as Kubrick, Fellini, Hitchcock, Polanski, Chaplin and Leni Riefenstahl.... Read More

Christie's Reports $5.7 Billion in 2011 Sales

Feb 1, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

World-renowned auction house Christie’s announced total sales in 2011 of $5.7 billion. Sales are up 14 percent over 2010. While the auctioneer reported growth for all art categories, the Post-War and Contemporary, at $1.2 billion in sales, was the top category. Asian Art was the second highest group at $890.1 million. Private sales also posted $808.6 million for the year ending, showing a 50-percent increase over the previous year.... Read More

Photographer & Film Director Amber Gray on Her Distinct Point of View

Feb 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

When it was recommended we ask photographer and film director Amber Gray to direct our lifestyle show in Paris last year, my reaction was, “only in my dreams!” I’ve been a fan of this young talent’s work for years, favoring mostly her dreamy and alluring images, so soft and seductive. Gray has been behind the camera for numerous luxury products from top brands such as Gucci, YSL and Sony, so when I had the honor to work with her recently in Paris, (yes, my wish was granted) I came to admire her even more.... Read More

Heritage Auctions Names New Director of American and European Art

Jan 30, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

On the heels of announcing its best-ever sales year, Dallas, Texas-based auction house Heritage Auctions announced the appointment of Brian Roughton as its director of American and European Art.... Read More

Santa Fe's Spanish Market Offers Art Enthusiasts a Rare Experience

Jan 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Ruth Mitchell

Walking through the Plaza in Santa Fe during the August Spanish Market, I was greeted by a small girl with a big smile. “Hi,” she said with a big toothy grin. "Hi there," I mirrored her enthusiasm. I had just met Marissa Chavez, aged 10. I thought she was helping her mother who stood in the background. But then wasn’t I in the youth section of the market? The sun shone and it was a very pleasant 80 degrees. I dreaded going back to 100 plus degree temperatures at home.... Read More

Interview with Sex and the Symphony Mario Frangoulis on Life, Music & Philanthropy

Jan 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka  |  3 Comments

One look at operatic tenor Mario Frangoulis and it will be made perfectly clear to you why he has been referred to as the Sex and the Symphony of concert halls. However, there is so much more to Frangoulis than what meets the eye.... Read More

Hand-Carved Carousel to Delight Young and Old at Milhous Auction

Jan 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

Many people have childhood memories of rides on the carousel, but only one lucky and deep-pocketed bidder will take home a truly spectacular hand-built, 46-foot custom carousel at the auction of the Milhous Collection February 24-25 in Boca Raton, Florida. r... Read More

 
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