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WSJ Reports Buyer of da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ as Saudi Crown Prince

December 8th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price $450,312,500, via Christie'sA conflicting report in the Wall Street Journal notes that the buyer of the da Vinci piece last month at Christie’s is actually Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, noting that another prince served as a proxy buyer for the work.  The news comes as the Louvre Abu Dhabi has claimed that it will be showing the piece in its museum.
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Republican Tax Bill to Cut Funding for Artist Residences

December 8th, 2017

Pittsburgh's Spinning Plate Artist Lofts, via CitylabA new amendment to the Republican tax bill would strike artist residences from qualifying low-income housing. Senator Pat Roberts, the Republican senior senator from Kansas, changed language in the bill shortly before it was signed this past week.
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Galerie Balice Hertling Opens Second Space in Paris

December 8th, 2017

Sibylle Rochat, via Art NewsGalerie Balice Hertling has opened a second space in Paris at 239 Rue Saint-Martin, only a few blocks from the Centre Pompidou. Art consultant Sibylle Rochat has also joined the gallery as a partner.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Alex Katz

b. July 24, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY

Schools
Cooper Union
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 

Represented Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and Robert Miller Gallery and Pace Wildenstein in New York

Katz is a figural Pop artist working primarily in paintings, prints, and sculptures. He was influenced by Jackson Polluck and other Abstract Expressionists.  His first solo show was in 1954, an exhibition of paintings at the Roko Gallery in New York.

He received minimal fame at the age of 80, as art circles saw him as a major American painter. He was presented an honorary doctorate from Colby College in 1984.