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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

Ellsworth Kelly

b. 1923
Lives and works in:

Spencetown, New York

Represented by:

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Education includes:

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Boston Museum School
École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Kelly is an American painter and sculptor. He is associated with the minimalist school as well as Hard-edge painting and Color field painting. Other staples of his work include a single-color scheme and irregular-shaped canvas, though many believe his flat-paintings to be a rebellion to Abstract Expressionism. He has also been known to create multi-paneled works that can be rearranged to create a new work of art.
His premier solo show was held in 1951 at Paris’ Galerie Arnaud. By 1958, he was experimenting with free-standing sculptures, branching out in medium. One of his more famous pieces from this period is a large-scale, shelf-like installation made of silver aluminum, containing four rows of unevenly spaced, asymmetrical metal shapes, painted a variety of solid colors. In 1973, the first retrospective of his life’s work was shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Following the retrospective, he began to experiment with larger sculptures made from steel and aluminum. In 1982, the Whitney Museum of American Art featured a sculpture retrospective of his work and in 1996, the Guggenheim organized a career retrospective which traveled to Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tate Modern in London and Munich’s Haus der Kunst. He has also been commissioned to create works by the city of Barcelona and by the United States Holocaust Museum.
More recent works include his 2006 series “New Paintings,” simple compositions that typically include two canvases, painted different solid colors, stacked on top of one another, ideally displayed against a vast white gallery wall. His series “Plant Drawings,” created in 1992, features several thin sketches of flowers on a large white paper which overwhelm the subject.

Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Gober at Matthew Marks [ArtObserved]