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Paintings By Queen Victoria Head to Auction in London

January 20th, 2023

A rare pair of floral paintings by Queen Victoria will go to auction next week, expecting prices of £8,000 and £10,000, Art News reports. 
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Michael Rakowitz Proposes Gift of Fourth Plinth Statue to British Museum in Exchange for Return of Assyrian Arifacts to Iraq

January 20th, 2023

Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz is proposing that the British Museum return one of its ancient Assyrian treasures to Iraq in exchange for the donation of his fourth plinth sculpture to the UK. “As I pondered my gift to the nation of Great Britain, I began to fantasise that it could be attached to a second gift: the return of one of the British Museum’s lamassu to the country of Iraq, to replace what was destroyed by Daesh [or Islamic State],” he writes in an open letter.
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Art News Traces Continued Challenges of Repatriation at The Met

January 20th, 2023

Art News has a piece this week discussing ongoing issues with repatriation at The Met, reviewing some disputed works still on view. “Once you know that someone is acquiring artifacts without looking too closely as a source, the first thing you should do is look deeper,” says Erin Thompson, an associate professor of art crime at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Anish Kapoor

b. 1954
Lives and works in:

London and India

Represented by:

Barbara Gladstone

Education includes:

Doon School, Dehra Dun, India
Hornsey College of Art, England
Chelsea School of Art Design, England

Kapoor is primarily known for his sculpture, however he also makes drawings that are reminiscent of his three dimensional forms. Born in Bombay, he often utilizes over saturated powder pigments to cover his works and the floor around them. This practice is evocative of the soft mounds of colored powders found in Indian markets and temples to be used to spiritual cleansing and festivities. His signature works are the smooth, glossy curved forms. Their seductive form is at once concave and convex and reflect the viewer and the surrounding environment.
He is referencing minimalists of the 60s, which emphasize the relationship between artwork, viewer and site, but infuses the minimalism with color and a very specific form. The forms that he uses reach beyond traditional minimalism and confront the idea of simultaneous unity and duality, with shapes that are at once concave and convex. This speaks metaphorically to dichotomies inherent in life between earth/sky, male/female, body/mind, etc.
Kapoor has continued to produce larger and more ambitious works as his career progresses, formulating a strong relationship with architecture.

He won the Turner Prize in 1991 and represented Britain in the 1990 Venice Biennale. His work is in the Tate Modern in London, the MOMA in New York, Fondazione Prada in Milan, Guggenheim in Bilbao, and other museums and collections worldwide.
He has had several works commissioned around the world including Cloud Gate (2004) in the Millennium Park in Chicago, Tarantara (1999) in the Baltic Flour Mills in Gateshead, England, Marsyas (2002) in the Tate Modern in London.

Wikipedia Entry

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Recent and Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions:
“Anish Kapoor: Works on Paper”
Gladstone Gallery, New York
2007
“Anish Kapoor”
Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil, Brazil
January 29 – April 1, 2007
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