Art & Culture


Italian Police Discover Looted Ancient Roman Sculpture in Belgian Antiques Shop

Two Italian policemen were on a casual walk in a ritzy neighborhood of Brussels when they accidentally stumbled upon a surprising find: a looted ancient Roman sculpture, posed innocently among the offerings at an antiques shop. On Monday, the Carabineri, Italy’s police force, said it had officially recovered the sculpture, which dates back to the 1st century C.E. and is believed to have been stolen around 2011 from an archaeological site near Rome. The sculpture, known as Togatus, is worth €100,000 ($119,100), and had been taken from the Villa Marini Dettina, the Associated Press reports. The Carabineri said that the sculpture had been found by two off-duty members of Italy’s art-theft squad who were taking a stroll in Brussels’s Sablon n...

Sotheby’s Promotes Owner Patrick Drahi’s Son to Run Asia

Nathan Drahi, the 26-year-old son of Sotheby’s owner Patrick Drahi, has been appointed as the new managing director of the auction house’s Asia market center. He will oversee day to day operations there and report directly to Sotheby’s CEO Charles Stewart. Sotheby’s long-time Asia CEO Kevin Ching Sau-hong retires at the end of 2021, concluding a 15-year tenure with the house. Patrick Drahi, the French billionaire who owns the European telecommunications company Altice, took Sotheby’s private in 2019 deal where he paid $3.7 billion. After the acquisition, Sotheby’s appointed Stewart, the former chief financial officer of Altice U.S., as the new CEO replacing Tad Smith. Sotheby’s new executive team took over during a difficult time for the ...

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenades ancient Saudi city

Against the backdrop of rock-cut tombs and sand-swept ruins, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli regaled revellers on Thursday in an ancient Saudi desert city at the centre of the kingdom's tourism push. Bocelli performed alongside his family members at UNESCO World Heritage site Hegra in the kingdom's Al-Ula governorate, a long-isolated area seen widely as an open-air museum. Saudi Arabia has splurged billions to develop sites like it in an attempt to build a tourism industry from scratch, as part of efforts to diversify its oil-reliant economy. Bocelli, who has performed in the kingdom at least twice before, was the "first artist in known history to stage a concert within the city walls of Hegra", organisers of the televised event s...

Christie’s to Offer 9 CryptoPunks as $7 M. Lot in Marquee May Sale

NFT prices have fallen substantially in recent weeks across the board from NBA’s Top Shots to Beeple B20 tokens but that hasn’t dissuaded Christie’s from pursuing the market. Today the auction house announced a single-lot of nine CryptoPunks being offered by Larva Labs, the creators of the cult digital collectibles, during the marquee 21st Century Evening sale on May 13th. This sale was formerly the Post-War and Contemporary art sale that saw seminal auction bidding wars like the battle for the $450 million Leonardo painting, Salvador Mundi. CryptoPunks may not be Christ-like figures but for many in the digital collecting world the works have an almost religious significance. Christie’s specialist in the field, Noah Davis, captured that fe...

Nazi-Looted Poussin Painting Found in Italy, Returned to Owners

A painting by Nicolas Poussin, looted from its Jewish owners in France by the Nazis during occupation, has been discovered in Italy. The work, titled Lot with His Two Daughters Serving Him a Drink, has since been returned to its owners, according to the Carabinieri, Italy’s national police force. The search for the missing work began again last year, when the heirs, a 98-year-old Swiss woman and a 65-year-old American, began combing through a database of property looted in France throughout the second World War. After finding the painting on the site, they filed a request for its return through the Italian government. A special unit dedicated to the protection of cultural heritage managed to establish the provenance of the piece, though ...

Cecilia Bartoli Congratulates Varduhi Abrahamyan For Her First Album Labeled "Mentored By Bartoli"

Cecilia Bartoli an Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist congratulated famous armenian musissian Varduhi Abrahamyan for her first album which was released under the label "Mentored by Bartoli" by Decca classics! Acompanied by the Musicians of Prince Monaco and conducted by Gianluca Capuano, in this great album she paid tribute to Pauline Viardot on the occasion of her 200th Birthday....

Crypto Investor Justin Sun Revealed as Buyer of $20 M. Picasso

Justin Sun, a 31-year-old Chinese tech entrepreneur and the founder of cryptocurrency platform Tron, has been revealed as the buyer of a $20 million Picasso painting at Christie’s in London last week, James Tarmey reports for Bloomberg. Earlier this month, Sun said that he was the underbidder on the record-breaking NFT by cult digital artist Beeple, which sold for $69 million in an online sale at Christie’s. Sun lost out on the record-breaking NFT to Singapore-based crypto investor Vignesh Sundaresan, also known under his pseudonym MetaKovan. Both of the bidders were new to Christie’s. During Christie’s London modern and contemporary art sale on March 23, Sun placed the winning bid for Picasso’s 1932 Femme Nue Couchée au Collier (Marie-Th...

The Art and Design Objects to Buy in IKEA’s 2021 Artist Collaborations

Lately it feels like the difference between art and design is becoming less distinct. Artists like Sterling Ruby produce couture fashion lines and tastemakers like Virgil Abloh make furniture that barely fulfills its function as such — more domestic sculpture than actual chair. In 2019 Abloh worked with IKEA to produce a line of absurdist objects that included a giant IKEA receipt and a plush green carpet complete with his signature Off—White air quotes reading “wet grass.” The millennial obsession with textured ceramics completes the accessorizing: We want to be surrounded by things that make us think, that entertain our eyes. Well before Abloh, IKEA’s Art Event series has cultivated artist collaborations since 2015. It’s a chance for the ...

Surprising Facts About The O.C.

1. Seth Needleman?! It almost happened, as Schwartz revealed during an in-depth interview with Uproxx, "When I first wrote the script the Cohens were the Needlemans." 2. The first actor cast on the series was Peter Gallagher as Sandy Cohen, the patriarch of the central fam. C'mon, who could resist those eyebrows? "We wanted to send a very clear message that this was a show as much about the parents as it was about the kids, and we had this acclaimed film and stage actor in the lead role, heartthrob himself," Schwartz said. "And somebody who was a terrific actor who was going to ground the adult world with a lot of credibility." 3. You can basically thank Brad Pitt for Ben McKenzie landing the role of Ryan Atw...

Celebrity Deaths: 2021's Fallen Stars

Rochelle Hager The TikTok star passed away at 31 after a freak accident while driving. According to police, high winds toppled the limb of a pine tree onto the roof of the 2015 Nissan Rogue Rochelle was driving. Authorities believe she died instantly. Deshayla Harris The Bad Girls Club star, who appeared on season 17 of the series, died in one of the three separate shootings that occurred in Virginia Beach on Friday, March 26, E! News can confirm. She was 28. Beverly Cleary On March 25, the children's book author who created beloved characters such as Henry Huggins, Ramona and Beezus Quimby passed away at 104 years old. Oscar Frayer The Grand Canyon University basketball star passed away in a car accident on March 23, the school confir...

Sharp-Eyed Archaeologist Unearths 5,000-Year-Old-Cemetery And Medieval Fortress In Poland

Archaeological treasures are usually discovered by digging deep into the earth. One Polish archaeologist, however, made an incredible discovery from the sky — and now he has unearthed a 5,000-year-old cemetery and a medieval fortress. Jan Bulas, an independent archaeologist in Kraków, became intrigued after noticing straight lines on satellite images of a farm near the town of Dębiany — lines only visible from above. He went to investigate with fellow archaeologist Marcin Przybyła. There, the pair made an astounding find: the sprawling cemetery, consisting of 12, roughly 150-foot tombs — and atop the cemetery, remains of a medieval fortress, complete with a moat. “The megalithic cemetery in Dębiany is one of the largest and most interesti...

Burberry designs skins for Honor of Kings characters

Luxury fashion brand Burberry has designed outfits for one of China’s biggest video games. Players can buy the clothes - known as skins – to adorn in-game characters. Tencent-owned developer TiMi Studios collaborated with the designer for its multiplayer online battle game Honor of Kings. The new skins - which feature Burberry's signature trench coat and tartan - will be available in mainland China only. “By allowing our Chinese customers to explore virtual products through the medium of online games, we can connect with our communities in a way that really resonates with them,” Josie Zhang, president of Burberry in China, said. “We want to empower our community to explore their surroundings, whether it is online or offline.” Honor of...