22 November 2017

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Peggy and David Rockefeller Auction Revealed In Hong Kong Exhibition

Highlights from what many have dubbed the sale to watch in 2018, the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller has been revealed by Christie’s.

4 May 2017

Picasso As Minotaur: Gagosian London By Edward Lucie-Smith

The Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors show now on view at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill neatly pips Tate Modern to the post. On 8th May Tate Modern unveils Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame Tragedy, its first ever solo show devoted to this most celebrated of all Modern Movement artists.

31 March 2017

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Important Picasso Muse Dora Maar Portrait To Be Sold At Christie’s

Femme assise, robe bleue by Pablo Picasso will go under the hammer at Christie’s NY as a highlight of its Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale (Estimate: $35,000,000-50,000,000).

21 February 2017

Paris Art Thieves Receive 21 Years Collectively For Hundred Million Heist

The trial of the 2010 ‘Spider-Man’ burglary at the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris has concluded securing an eight year sentence for 49-year-old Serbian mastermind Vjeran Tomic.

30 January 2017

Stolen Modigliani – Spider Man Thief Vjeran Tomic Goes On Trial

The trial of the art thief known as ‘Spider-Man’ has begun in Paris. The 2010 burglary at the Musee d’Art Moderne included masterpieces by Modigliani, Picasso, Braque and Matisse.

25 October 2016

Picasso Portraits – master of transformations at National Portrait Gallery by Edward Lucie-Smith

The Picasso portrait show now at the National Portrait Gallery and the big Abstract Expressionist exhibition on offer at the Royal Academy are both worth a visit.

15 October 2016

Picasso Portraits – master of transformations at National Portrait Gallery by Edward Lucie-Smith

 London is unusually rich in important exhibitions at the moment, and sometimes these events seem to enter into a dialogue with each other. This is especially the case with the Picasso portrait show now at the National Portrait Gallery and the big Abstract Expressionist exhibition on offer at the Royal Academy. Abstract Expressionism was, among […]

8 November 2015

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Picasso Blue Period Painting Achieves Record Price At Sotheby’s

A record price has been achieved for a blue period Picasso at Sotheby’s in New York. La Gommeuse, painted in Paris in 1901, sold for $67.5m (£45m) at Sotheby’s, as the highlight of their Impressionist & Modern  sale. The painting which depicts a cabaret artist, had a second painting on the reverse of the canvas showing an erotic image […]

24 July 2015

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Sexism In Art: And What We Perceive As Acceptable Body Depictions

So, I was about to launch into thoughtful musings on that inexplicable relationship between artist and muse and how the female body just happens to lend itself to being pored over to varying degrees of distraction. Egon Schiele is a classic example of an artist walking a very thin tightrope between viewing the female body […]

3 June 2015

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Picasso Monet And Van Dongen Offered At Christie’s Impressionist Modern Sale

Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London on 23 June will present a further selection of 52 highly covetable works to inspire collectors worldwide. Building on the deep international bidding also witnessed in the strong February London sales, this auction meets current tastes and demand with a curated group of captivating works full of passion and vitality by the trailblazers of […]

26 May 2015

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Picasso and Lee Miller Explored In Scottish National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

The unique relationship between Pablo Picasso and the iconic photographer Lee Miller is explored in a stunning new exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery this summer. This fascinating relationship, between the greatest artist of the twentieth century and the beautiful model, who became a skilled and highly influential photographer, spanned 36 years, from their first […]

12 May 2015

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Pablo Picasso Painting Smashes World Auction Record Selling For £115m

A painting from the 1950s by the 20th century master Pablo Picasso entitled Women of Algiers has become the most expensive painting to sell at auction, The painting went under the hammer last night at Christie’s Auctioneers in New York. Selling for a staggering $179.3m (£115m). The final price of $179,365,000 which includes Christie’s commission pushes the […]

1 May 2015

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Curator Amanda Geitner Talks To Artlyst About Francis Bacon And A Very Personal Patronage

The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts presents ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’, the latest exhibition bringing together over twenty-five major works by the great British painter Francis Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. The exhibition forms the culmination of the celebrations […]

25 April 2015

Francis Bacon And The Masters: The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts – Essential Appropriation

The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts presents ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’, the latest exhibition of works by the renowned British painter, bringing together over twenty-five major works by Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. The exhibition forms the culmination of […]

22 April 2015

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Thierry Morel Talks To Artlyst About Francis Bacon, Influence, And Memory

Francis Bacon and the Masters is the latest exhibition of works by the late-great British painter, bringing together over twenty-five major works by Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. Francis Bacon and the Masters forms the culmination of the celebrations marking […]

21 March 2015

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Picasso Garage Hoard Couple Ordered To Return 271 Stolen Artworks

A retired electrician and his wife have been convicted of concealing 271 stolen artworks by Pablo Picasso worth up to £70m/$100m They were ordered to return them  to the artist’s family. The verdict was made yesterday in Grasse in the South of France. The couple claimed Picasso had given them the art treasure trove before […]

21 March 2015

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Picasso’s Dream That Anyone Could Own His Work Undermined

A sale of Important Ceramics by Pablo Picasso (Sotheby’s 18 March) has scuppered the master’s original intentions behind creating multiples. Picasso’s original dream that anyone could own one of his works, was further undermined, at Sotheby’s London, this week, as the results almost tripled their pre-sale low estimates to bring £1,726,625 ($2,548,153), with a 95% […]

19 March 2015

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Samuel Goldwyn Art Collection Goes Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

Modern art masterpieces from The Samuel Goldwyn family Collection will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s, in a series of auctions beginning in May 2015. The Goldwyn’s is legendary within the film industry, many will discover in these sales that their creative vision also extended to collecting fine art. Samuel Goldwyn Sr. assembled a core […]

19 March 2015

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Extensive Francis Bacon Exhibition To Open At Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts

Francis Bacon and the Masters is a groundbreaking exhibition bringing together over twenty-five major works by Francis Bacon with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. Francis Bacon and the Masters forms the culmination of the celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum, St […]

11 February 2015

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Picasso Hoard Couple In Court Over £50m In Undocumented Artworks

The trial opened yesterday of the former handyman of the artist Pablo Picasso and his wife in Paris. They are accused of stealing 271 artworks by the 20th century master. The horde included paintings, lithographs, watercolours and sketches executed between 1900 and 1932. Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec have stated that the works of art […]

20 January 2015

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Spanish Forgery Ring Creating Picasso, Miró, and Matisse Fakes Arrested

Three people in the cities of Zaragoza and Tarragona have been arrested for trying to sell fake Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse drawings, El País reports. They have been charged with crimes against intellectual property and fraud after being csught by Spain’s Civil Guard. The arrests are the culmination of Operación Mirones (Operation […]

8 December 2014

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Degenerate Art From German Museums Goes On Display In Liège

A new exhibition bringing together works from the well documented Lucerne auction in 1939 has been mounted in Liège. On the eve of the Second World War, the Nazi authorities wished to dispose of modern art works that were in the collections and on display in German art galleries and museums, considered “degenerate”by the Third […]

20 October 2014

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Rene Burri Iconic 20th Century Photographer Dies Age 81

The International news photographer René Burri has died age 81. Burri studied at the School of Applied Arts in his native city of Zurich, Switzerland. From 1953 to 1955 and worked as a documentary film-maker. He began to use a Leica while doing his military service and went on to photograph many iconic figures of […]

1 October 2014

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Imelda Marcos Masterpieces Seized By Authorities In The Philippines

Masterpieces belonging to the former first lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos have been seized by government authorities, who claim they belong to the state. A quantity of valuable paintings by Michelangelo, Picasso, Gauguin, and Pissarro were taken away from homes owned by the 85-year-old congresswoman. Mrs Marcos was known for her lavish lifestyle during […]

20 June 2014

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Picasso’s Last Laugh — The Mystery Behind Mandolin and Guitar

  Pablo Picasso died on April 8th, 1973, and he took with him an enormous secret. When I initially saw a copy of Picasso’s painting, Mandolin and Guitar in my art history class, I saw a face, and then saw the mandolin and guitar. I was so intrigued that I sought an explanation for this […]

6 May 2014

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Cornelius Gurlitt Nazi Treasure Trove Hoarder Dies In Munich

Cornelius Gurlitt the son of a notorious Nazi art dealer whose secret collection included many Third Reich looted pieces, has died in Germany age 81. He passed away on the 6th May in his Munich apartment, which was used to store 1,400 valuable works of art including Picasso, Matisse and Monet masterpieces said to be […]

8 April 2014

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Art Collector Cornelius Gurlitt To Return Claimed Stolen Degenerate Masterpieces

Cornelius Gurlitt, the elderly son of a Nazi era art dealer has come to a co-operative agreement with German authorities to resolve which masterpieces held in his collection were stolen during the Second World War. This will be the first step in securing the return of the art to the heirs of the mainly Jewish […]

16 February 2014

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Art Looted By The Nazis: Germany Considers Amending Laws

The authorities in Germany are considering amending laws to allow victims of art looted by the Nazis to reclaim their property. Currently there are statute of limitations of 30 years and red tape blocking the rightful owners of art and antiques from successfully making claims of ownership. The bill, proposed by the southern state of Bavaria, […]

6 February 2014

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Sotheby’s Reports Record Prices For Art Dealer Jan Krugier’s Collection

Sotheby’s has reported a 100% sales result for the collection of the art dealer Jan Krugier. The Combined Total of £74.8 million – More than Doubles the High Estimate of lots offered in the auction. In the course of the last two days, 119 works from the Private Collection of Mr Krugier have met with […]

30 November 2013

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Damien Hirst Exhibits His Work Alongside Picasso, Bacon and Warhol

Damien Hirst is a Turner Prize winning artist. Despite his critical notoriety (much of it negative)  he has managed to become one of the top selling artists in the world, with an estimated fortune of over £300m. He is an artist known for his installation art, paintings and sculpture. His subject matter often depicts images […]

29 November 2013

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Gurlitt Case Reveals Photos of Picasso, Munch, Degas and Cezanne Masterpieces

The German tax authorities who seized an art collection worth $100m have published a further 100 works of art online in hope that they will be identified by their rightful owners. Masterworks by Munch, Picasso, Cezanne and Degas, most likely looted or extorted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors. The works are now available to […]