Art & Culture


Bernie Sanders Stars in Art History’s Greatest Artworks in New Viral Meme

In art history courses, Joseph Kosuth’s One and Three Chairs (1965) is a staple. It is, to some degree, exactly what it sounds like—a piece of furniture rendered three different ways, as a physical object, a photograph of it, and a text with its dictionary definition. Typically, you can’t enjoy the comfort of being in Kosuth’s chair, but on Twitter, in one viral post from yesterday, the work finally got an unexpected sitter: Bernie Sanders. No, the beloved Vermont senator had not actually paid a visit to museum to commune with a landmark artwork. Instead, his image had been Photoshopped in, thanks to the art writer Maura Callahan, who pulled a now-famous photograph of Sanders from Wednesday’s Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., ...

French gentleman thief series 'Lupin' tops 'Queen's Gambit' views on Netflix

The Netflix-produced series "Lupin", a sly modern take on France's beloved gentleman thief, is on track for 70 million views worldwide in its first month, setting a record for a French TV show, the streaming platform said Tuesday. On the basis of current trends the series -- starring Omar Sy of "Untouchable" fame -- will have breezed past Netflix's biggest recent blockbuster "The Queen's Gambit" which has 62 million views and other English-language hits including "Bridgerton". The Netflix projection covers the 28 days to February 5, the company told AFP. "70 million, that's crazy", Omar Sy tweeted. "So proud that Lupin is the first French series to have such an international success....

Why England’s Sutton Hoo Burial Remains One of the Greatest Archaeological Finds

In 1939, a select group of guests were invited to attend a party in Woodbridge, England, a small town just eight miles from the North Sea. They were promised the usual festivities—some imbibing on sherry, for one—as well as something more unusual: a chance to take a look at a newly revealed archaeological treasure. Edith Pretty, the wealthy homeowner who was throwing the party, sent out invitations that read: “At Home … to view the remains of a Viking ship burial.” The guests would go on to sip sherry alongside what is now known as the Sutton Hoo burial, which soon became one of the most talked-about discoveries of the day. Still today, more than 60 years on, the Sutton Hoo burial is considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of a...

Harry Brant, Socialite Son of Top Art Collector Peter Brant, Is Dead at 24

Harry Brant, the son of Peter M. Brant—a major art collector who owns Interview magazine and founded an eponymous foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut—has died at 24. His family said that he died on January 17 of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. According to the New York Times, Brant had battled with addiction for several years. Harry Brant was considered a force within the fashion world, where he was known for taking on modeling gigs that pushed at gender binaries. Italian Vogue featured Brant in its pages, and he appeared in campaigns for the French fashion house Balmain. He also was a columnist for Interview, and was preparing to take on a larger role at the publication, according to his family’s statement. “We will forever...

Italian Police Recover Copy of Salvator Mundi Taken from Naples Museum

Italian police have recovered a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi that was stolen from a basilica museum in Naples last year. Likely painted by one of the Renaissance master’s students, the 500-year-old work was discovered in an apartment only a few miles from the Museum of San Domenico Maggiore. The person who allegedly seized the canvas has been taken into police custody under suspicion of receiving stolen goods, according to a police statement. The Leonardo painting (ca. 1500) depicts Christ raising one hand in blessing, while in the other hand holding a crystal orb. In 2017, the painting became the most expensive work ever sold at auction, fetching $450.3 million from an anonymous bidder who was later linked to Saudi Arabia’s ...

Bove Jewelers Converts Store Into Art Museum

2020 was a difficult year for the art industry with numerous art museums and galleries around the country closing their doors due to COVID-19. In response to these closures, Bove Jewelers, the premier jewelry store in Chester County, Pennsylvania, has converted its store into an art museum to give their customers a chance to view fine art, while shopping for fine jewelry. The exhibit, which is free for visitors, will remain open through January 11th and showcases original artwork from some of history’s most famous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh, Marc Chagall, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Edgar Degas, Erte’, and Andy Warhol. Bove Jewelers owners and avid art enthusiasts, Bob and Matt Strehlau, have been saddened by the ...

The Expo Chicago fair postponed again

Expo Chicago has once again postponed its 9th edition, already postponed from September 2020 to April 2021. According to the organizers, the event should not take place before July. “We have decided to offer an online experience in April, while preparing for a physical fair as soon as it is safe to do so. […] We will carefully monitor the progress of vaccines and health measures in order to announce a date well in advance for participating galleries, patrons and institutional partners, ”said Tony Karman, president and director of the fair. In addition to its online event in April....

Avenue des Champs-Élysées transformed into "Extraordinary Garden"

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, in Paris, 1.9 kilometers long, will be the subject of a major redevelopment following the Summer Olympics of 2024. Thought in 1697 by André Le Nôtre to extend the Tuileries Garden, it is today one of the most polluted arteries in the capital - more than the outer ring road. The project, entrusted to the architectural firm PCA-Stream , was validated by the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo . It has a budget of 250 million euros for its realization. From Place de la Concorde to Place de l'Etoile, the plans provide for the creation of green areas, cycle paths with permeable surfaces, the planting of hundreds of trees as well as total pedestrianization of the central area of ​​Concorde. To this should be added the insta...

‘The well is drying up’—rare Rembrandt biblical work could fetch $30m at Sotheby's next month

Measuring just 16cm by 21cm, Rembrandt van Rijn’s Abraham and the Angels (1646) may be diminutive in size, but its price tag is anything but. Last publicly sold for £64 in 1848, the Old Testament oil painting is now expected to make $20m to $30m at Sotheby’s in New York in January. The picture has been consigned by Mark Fisch, a trustee of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, a deal no doubt sweetened by the fact that Sotheby's has guaranteed the work, effectively purchasing it. A third-party backer may yet emerge. Fisch bought the work from Sotheby’s senior vice president Otto Naumann along with Alfred Bader in 2005 for an undisclosed sum, likely to be in the £5m range according to the Dutch dealer Jan Six, who has made several Rembrand...

Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra

⚠️ RELEASE. In order to allow spectators residing in France to return home before the curfew application time at 18 pm, our Happy Hour Musical on January 7 is cancelled, our concert on January 10 is advanced to 14 h30 and the recital of January 17 is advanced at 15 pm. For refunds, we invite you to get closer to the ticket office: - On site Atrium of the Casino de Monte-Carlo, Place du Casino (Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 17 pm) - By phone at + 377 98 06 28 28 (from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 17 pm) - Or by email you can directly send your IBAN and the copy or photo of the tickets to [email protected] Source: Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra...

Arrested Palestinian DJ freed on bail

A prominent Palestinian disc jockey arrested after a dance event at a Muslim religious and cultural site last week has been freed on bail, her father said Monday. Palestinian Authority police arrested Sama Abdulhadi, 30, on December 27, the day after she performed at Nebi Mussa, the burial place of Moses under Islamic tradition, near the city of Jericho. Initially denied bail, according to her parents, Palestinian rights groups demanded her freedom along with 100,000 signatories to an online petition. Her father, Saad Abdulhadi, told AFP that she was released Sunday evening after payment of a $3,500 guarantee to attend a future court hearing, whose date has yet to be fixed. She is banned from travelling in the meantime, he added. Sama Abdu...

The world's most expensive sculptures to sell at auction, from an ancient lioness to a stainless steel rabbit

Humankind has had artistic impulses dating back to at least the Paleolithic era, when the earliest known cave paintings and stone figurines were created. And for untold years, humans have collected these works of art. Christie's and Sotheby's, the auction house duopoly, have brought buyers and sellers together for centuries, with buyers competing in adrenaline-pumping bidding wars. While the art market has experienced ups and downs along with the wider economy, it has seen giddy highs in recent decades, with some of the major auctions setting records for various artists in a single night. The most expensive artwork ever sold at auction was Leonardo da Vinci's painting of Christ, "Salvator Mundi," which hammered down at an unbeliev...