"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness…"
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is possibly America's finest literary offering, chronicling the "Jazz Age" in a way that's both indicting and glamorous. Fitzgerald presents the 1920's through a soaring economy with bootleggers making a killing from prohibition and consumers creating an underground world of excess. Considering this was after WWI, it should be no surprise that the public overcompensated, turning their shock and fear to extravagant showmanship.... Read More
Famous auction house Christie's presented the inaugural sale of The Opulent Eye collection in New York on April 18. This collection filled 350 lots and was comprised of 19th century furniture, sculpture, and porcelain art pieces, raking in a sales total (including buyer's premium) of $4,050,062. Over 60 of the lots were from the estates of Dr. Milton and Marilyn Myers, featuring works by François Linke, Henry Dasson and Alfred Beurdeley, with the top selling item being a large Roman micromosaic tabletop with a mahogany base ($231,750).... Read More
As one of the most revered artists in history, it would be a pretty big deal if a new painting was discovered to have been the work of Vincent Van Gogh. The possibility of just that is the focal point of the Nevada Museum of Art's newest exhibition, A Real Van Gogh? An Unsolved Art World Mystery (which will be on view from April 13 through August 15, 2013).... Read More
Controversial photographer Tyler Shields is known for photographing celebrities in a way that exposes the darkness of Hollywood (from overexposure to depression and addiction), using anything from raw meat to blood to get his point across. He's been around long enough now that his work is no longer new, per se, but it still makes an impact and legions of fans constantly await his newest shots. Wait no longer because Shields is back with Suspense, his newest series which will debut at the Guy Hepner Gallery on April 28 in Los Angeles.... Read More
Picasso is one of the world's most revered artists so it's not really a surprise that his Le Rêve has been sold to billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen for $155 million, the highest price a US collector has ever paid for a piece of art, making it the priciest Picasso ever sold. What is surprising — at least to me — is that Le Reve (The Dream) was sold for this crazy price after the seller, hotelier Steve Wynn, accidentally put his elbow through it. How does someone accidentally jab his elbow through a Picasso, causing a six-inch tear in the canvas? Guess you'll have to form your own opinion, but I'm going to assume alcohol was involved.... Read More