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Christie's fine arts auction house, located at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Christie’s Auction Sets Record

Christie’s auction house hit record breaking numbers this week, bringing in more than $317,801,250 for American artwork. The big winner of the night was Edward Hopper’s iconic “Chop Suey,” which sold for an incredible $91,875,000. The 1929 oil painting is considered to be Hopper’s best work. The owner, Barney Ebsworth, was a Seattle-based travel entrepreneur […]

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A painting of a treble clef.

Artist ‘Sees’ Music, Paints Songs

Some artists paint what they know: still life, portraits, and landscapes. Other artists take a more abstract approach and paint whatever they dream up. Artist Christina Eve takes a unique approach. She paints sounds as she “sees” them. But Eve isn’t just painting what she thinks a sound might look like; she’s painting her colorful […]

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Modigliani Painting Sells for $157.2 Million

A 1917 painting by Amedeo Modigliani sold for $157.2 million at Sotheby’s in New York on May 14. The work, titled Nu couché (sur le côté gauche), is a portrait of a nude model glancing over her shoulder. According to ARTnews, this piece was the highest-priced lot in Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art sale. It […]

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A painting by graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The Man Who Bought $110.5 Million Basquiat Painting Speaks Out About His Purchase

Ever since Sotheby’s became the go-to name in art auctions, only ten works have sold for over $100 million. Now it’s eleven. Late in the evening on Thursday, May 18th, an untitled 1982 painting by graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was sold to a private collector for $110.5 million, making it the sixth most expensive work […]

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The Temptation of Saint Anthony

“New” Hieronymus Bosch Painting Discovered

A work by Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, one of history’s weirdest artists, has been re-discovered after sitting in storage for the last 80 years. The painting is thought to be one of only five Bosch paintings in the United States. The painting, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, was kept in storage by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of […]

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Niele Toroni

The Restful Sameness of Niele Toroni

There is a restful sameness to all of Niele Toroni’s work, all of it in a style he pioneered and named travaux/pientures. Each painting, be it on stark white canvas or old, yellowed newsprint, is a careful study of the nature of paint and surface, almost scientific in its precision. His signature method, repeated over […]

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When Is A Work of Art Finished?

For most, if not all artists, it is incredibly difficult to identify the exact moment that they have completed a piece of art. Painters, musicians, sculptors, and authors might “finish” one piece, only to go back and fuss over the minutest details after it has been published, recorded, or let out into the world. How […]

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‘Mona Lisa’ Model Could Soon Be Identified

  Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” has long been revered as one of the art world’s most prolific masterpieces. Such a deceptively simple portrait has captivated cultures for centuries, and still draws millions to the Louvre in Paris where it resides each year. The painting’s existence has not been without controversy however – for centuries, […]

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Coming Soon: Maria Lassnig at MoMA PS1

If you’ve never before seen the works of contemporary painter Maria Lassnig in person, now is your chance. MoMA PS1, a solely contemporary, boundary-pushing affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art, will be presenting works by the groundbreaking Maria Lassnig, with a particular emphasis on her self-portraiture. The Austrian artist, born in 1919, is considered […]

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Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly, A Legend Among Artists

Ellsworth Kelly is turning ninety years old. As an artist, that means he’s had plenty of time to create a sizeable collection of work. Painting, sculpture, drawing, posters—none of it falls outside his realm. He’s literally done it all. And no one’s a bigger fan of Mr. Ellsworth’s work than the MoMA, and especially its […]

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