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Vegas Mogul Puts Elbow Through Picasso's Le Reve & Sells it for Record Sum

Apr 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

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

Celebrating Ireland: 10 Talented Irish Stars We Love

Mar 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Ireland is known for its rolling green hills, rambunctious pubs, and welcoming residents, but the area has also given the art world some pretty talented people. From poets and painters to actors and musicians, many greats have once called Ireland home. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I decided to pick my favorite Irish imports, from the names nearly everyone knows of to those everyone should know of.... Read More

First Andy Warhol @ Christie's Online Auction a Success at $2.3M

Mar 8, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

The first Andy Warhol @ Christie's online-only auction was a success with sales of $2,297,375. Taking place from February 26 to March 5, the results ended up being twice the amount anticipated by the high-end auction house.... Read More

Andreas Franke's Underwater Gallery Channels Ghosts of the Titanic

Mar 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Alright, so we know that the Rococo movement was a century prior to the Titanic's ill-fated voyage but come on, you know that was your first thought when looking at these images too, now wasn't it? While that was probably not the point of Andreas Franke's latest fine art exhibit, the display is certainly one meant to get people talking.... Read More

Stolen Banksy Street Art to be Sold at Miami Auction House

Feb 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Where art and commerce meet is a tricky intersection, especially when putting a price on street art which espouses social and political theory. Banksy, a British artist whose work speaks of these issues, is usually very elusive, but we would like to hear his opinion regarding an upcoming auction of one of his wall murals.... Read More

The Real Guitar Hero: Fulfill Your Dreams with an Eric Clapton Guitar Replica

Feb 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

For those who wish to take part in rock-n-roll history, games like Guitar Hero provide a stage for players to try to match their skills to those of legendary musicians like Elvis, Slash, and Jimi. No matter your score though, you're still playing with a plastic guitar with color-coded buttons, which pales in comparison to playing the real deal. Even if you're not a consummate musician who can work a fret as well as a remote, anyone can appreciate the select few guitars that contributed to and represent rock-n-roll history.... Read More

La Belle Vie: Multimedia Art by Slade Project Celebrates the Good Life

Feb 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

Family often plays a part in life's most meaningful moments, with common bonds and experiences reinforcing love shared. These dynamics might play a hand in the complexity of the art pieces produced by Slade Project. The artistic team is comprised of a mother and her two sons, bringing their talents together to collaborate on mixed-media imagery that commemorates or tells the “story” of an individual(s), through photos and memorabilia. Although a fine art collection is always prized, creating some personal pieces for a home and for future generations can be more valuable than any Monet.... Read More

Henry Richardson's Artistic Genius: Creating Spheres From Sheets of Glass

Feb 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When Henry Richardson decided to be an artist, he opted out of art school and decided to take a more direct route delving right in. Self-taught, he started as a painter and eventually worked his way up to his current passion, glass sculpture. While many glass art is done by blowing or casting, Richardson instead fuses glass sheets together to create amazing orbs and towers. His method involves cutting arcs of glass that form rings, layering them to eventually form a perfect sphere.... Read More

Global Treasures Find a Home Inside The French Quarter's M.S. Rau Antiques

Feb 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

M.S. Rau Antiques, which first opened in 1912, is setting people apart in the New Orleans area and the world over with their unique luxury antiques. The quality antiques include masterpieces by Van Gogh, Renoir, and the Father of... Read More

The Red Lion Inn: Historic Berkshires Retreat

Feb 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

While summers in the Berkshires often draw visitors to Tanglewood, a prestigious music estate in Stockbridge, winter offers a chance to consider a weekend getaway to The Red Lion Inn. This classic New England inn is just a two hour drive from Boston and is surrounded by... Read More

Bacon and Basquiat Top Half Billion-Dollar London Art Auctions

Feb 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Over half a billion dollars in fine art will be sold in London this month as the major auction houses stage landmark sales of contemporary, modern and impressionist art. Topping the list are multimillion-dollar works by the likes of Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Germany’s Gerhard Richter (the world’s top selling living artist).... Read More

Virgin Atlantic Partners with British Artist for Gallery in the Air

Jan 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Art-lovers travelling from London to New York are being invited to take part in a brand new way of acquiring fine art – purchasing it from a commercial gallery at 35,000 feet. Upper Class passengers on Virgin Atlantic will have the opportunity to view and purchase a series of one-of-a-kind paintings by renowned British artist, Ben Eine, all from the comfort of their seat.... Read More

Premier Curators Bespoke Global Add Luxurious Leisure Items to Collection

Jan 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

After perusing the artisanal collections of Bespoke Global, I'm adding a hand-stitched falcon hood and a customized shooter kit to my wishlist. Founders Gwen Carlton and Pippa McArdle have gathered some of the world’s best artisans to comprise the eclectic collection of Bespoke Global, and the result is an amalgamation of the most beautifully crafted works of functional art. Recently, a new luxury leisure collection was added to their highly tailored, made-to-order home furnishings.... Read More

Sculptor Richard Hunt Chosen To Represent Public Art Inside Romare Bearden Park

Jan 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Chicago-based sculptor Richard Hunt was honored when he was selected to serve as the public artist for Charlotte North Carolina’s Romare Bearden Park. Hunt, who has been working as an artist since 1955, has been honored with more than 100 commissions across the U.S. and has also been the recipient of several prestigious fellowships including the Guggenheim, Ford and Tamarind.... Read More

The Most Expensive Street Art | From Basquiat to Banksy

Jan 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

Street art has officially entered the world of fine art, regardless of your opinion on the matter. When once it may have been thought of as mere graffiti, street art has found a place within art galleries, museums, and on the walls of art collectors and aficionados. From the ever-elusive Banksy to the iconic work of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, street artists and their work have been fetching top dollar prices at famed auction houses for years, breaking down the hazy line between high and low art. Hopefully, other relevant and talented street artists, like Blu, JR, Swoon, Vhils, Space Invader, and Roa, will be seeing some top dollar action soon. In the meantime, here are some of the most expensive sales seen yet!... Read More

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