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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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Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown image via www.lipsticktracez.com

image via www.lipsticktracez.com

Cecily Brown (born 1969 in London) is a British painter. She has a great respect for art history and her works reveal her reverence and high regard for artists such as Francisco de Goya, Nicolas Poussin, Willem de Kooning, and Joan Mitchell while incorporating into her works her distinct female view point.

Teenage Wildlife, oil on linen image via www.artfacts.net

Teenage Wildlife, oil on linen image via www.artfacts.net

The Fugitive Kind, 2000 oil on linen image via www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

The Fugitive Kind, 2000- oil on linen

[image via www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk]

New Louboutin Pumps, 2005 image via theluckycharm.wordpress.com

New Louboutin Pumps, 2005

[image via theluckycharm.wordpress.com]

Pyjama Game, 1998- oil on linen image via www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

Pyjama Game, 1998- oil on linen

[image via www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk]

Brown’s work has attracted the attention of collectors including Elton John and Michael Ovitz. She has become known for her painting style suggestive of abstract and abstract expressionist painters such as de Kooning and Oskar Kokoschka. Sexuality and attraction are important themes in her work, which she explores through semi-figurative and abstract means.

[Bio via Wikipedia  Entry]

Artist’s Links:

http://www.gagosian.com/artists/cecily-brown

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/cecily_brown.htm

More info about the artist coming soon.

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