Archive | February, 2013
Dunlace Castle Ireland

St Patrick’s Day Visual Arts Project

The New York Irish Consulate has announced a visual arts project for St Patrick’s Day this year. The project aims to educate people about the cultural significance of St Patrick to Ireland and why St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the United States and in many other parts of the world. The contest is open […]

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Salvador Dali's painting, Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio, was stolen from a Manhattan gallery in June 2012.

Man Steals Dali Painting in NYC

Phivos Istavrioglou, a 29-year-old man from Athens, Greece, stole a Salvador Dali painting worth $150,000. Now he says “he knew the theft would catch up to him and he wants to make [the] situation right.” The painting, Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio, was taken from the Venus Over Manhattan Gallery in New York City in […]

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Cultivators of Culture: Thomas Uger

Thomas Uger is a businessman and cultivator of culture. An executive at private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), he has navigated a successful career. But like all of the people we profile at Cultivating Culture, Thomas Uger is more than just a businessman. He’s also a lover of the arts and a man of […]

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ASTEP: Transforming Lives Through the Power of the Arts

By Mauricio Salgado “All right everyone, take a deep breath and let it out. I find that whenever I’m in an uncomfortable or unexpected situation, I stop breathing. That might happen a lot in this workshop–so let’s make it a rule to breathe.” That’s how we began the Artist as Citizen workshop at the 2013 […]

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After Effects features more than 20 artists devastated by Sandy

NYC Artists Find Inspiration in Sandy

It’s been months since Superstorm Sandy swept across the east coast, a swirling mess of destruction. Sandy took out homes and cities, took lives and spirits. Particularly hard hit were the artists of Chelsea and Rockaway. Many had their life’s work washed away, some even losing their homes or studios as well. Beat down and […]

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Banksy's Slave Labor (Bunting Boy) disappeared from London on Friday and was posted for auction in Miami this week.

Banksy Mural Vanishes in London, Reappears in Miami

Last week, a Banksy mural in London vanished without a trace. Slave Labor (Bunting Boy) was painted on the side of a Poundland store, but during renovations last week it suddenly disappeared. Poundland claimed to have no knowledge of the disappearance, and no one seemed to have any knowledge of where it had gone until […]

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Oscar de la Renta's Striped Ballgown

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Highlights

Last night wrapped up New York’s Fashion Week, and what a week it has been. After a hectic week of runway shows, events, parties, and more, all of NYC’s fashion-forward are likely looking forward to a return to normalcy. We don’t often write about fashion here at Cultivating Culture, but considering the sheer size and […]

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Punk: Chaos to Couture Press Preview by Lauren Santo Domingo

Metropolitan Museum Goes Punk

Last year’s fashion week exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, did not fund the success the museum had hoped for. That, combined with the general feel that NYC’s fashion scene has become far too polite and reformed, is what makes the Met’s exhibition this year so surprising and exciting. It’s called […]

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Baccio Della Porta, Fra Bartolommeo

Sotheby’s, Christie’s Enjoy High Sales

Sotheby’s and Christie’s brought in about $170 million this week from the sales of Old Master and Renaissance art. Three works brought in over $10 million apiece, and many paintings sold for far more than their estimated prices. The biggest seller was The Madonna and Child by Fra Bartolommeo, which is a circular-format oil portrait […]

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Do Auction Houses Need More Monitoring?

  It’s auction season in NYC, and that means that in the next few months hundreds of millions of dollars will be traded by the city’s most privileged people. But this season begs a question: do auction houses need more monitoring and regulations? Some say yes, but others disagree. But with that much money trading […]

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