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Sotheby’s to Reset Modigliani Auction Record with Massive $150 Million Estimate this May

April 24th, 2018

Modigliani, via Art NewsSotheby’s will set a new world auction record with Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) at this month’s Impressionist and Modern Sale in New York, with an estimate of more than $150 million. The figure is the highest estimate ever placed on a work of art, and has already been confirmed as a record breaker. “This painting reimagines the nude for the modern era,” says Simon Shaw, the co-head worldwide of Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art department.
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NYT Spotlights Museums’ Efforts to Highlight Latinx Artists

April 24th, 2018

Clarissa Tossin, via NYTA piece in the New York Times this week notes the increased focus by museums towards Latinx artists.  “We’re at a really important point in history where plural curatorial voices can show not just a survey,” says Marcela Guerrero, who was recently hired as the Whitney’s first curator specializing in Latinx artists. “We can now go deeper and start unpacking what Latino art really is.”
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Anicka Yi Interviewed in Frieze

April 24th, 2018

Anicka Yi, via FriezeAnicka Yi is interviewed in Frieze this week, discussing her practice and what she sees as the next steps for women in the arts. “In general, I learned fairly early on that cisgender, straight-identifying females tend to not help other women,” she says of her early experience in the arts. “It’s not even a conscious malicious act, in most instances. It’s a deep conditioning that somehow distancing yourself from the perceived ‘weaker pack’, with all its attendant baggage, might advance your uniqueness as an individual, making you less prone to be judged as a ‘vulnerable woman’.”
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Edgar Degas

Dancing Examination, (1874) via ExpoDegas

b. July 19, 1834 in Paris, France
d. september 27, 1917 in Paris France

Schools
Lycee Lious-le-Grand
Ecole des Beaux-Arts 

Edgar Degas is considered an Impressionists artist. He is considered one of the founders of Impressionist art by some though his style crossed many artistic boundaries. His paintings, pastels, drawings and sculptures showed his skilled draftsmanship. 

L’Absinthe (1875-6) via Tate

Degas’s subjects changed throughout his career. He started painting historical paintings and reproductions of grand masters to contemporary life.  He captured horses at the race track, and women at work. But his focus would soon turn to dancers backstage or in rehearsals.  

Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, was probably his most controversial piece, as some saw it as hideous and while others its potential. 

Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, (1880-1881) via the Clark

Towards the end of his life, Degas became blind, and turned to sculpting. He created many horse sculptures capture their movement as well as his ballerina and women bathing.