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Armed Robbers Break into TEFAF, Causing Evacuation

June 28th, 2022

A group of armed men broke into TEFAF Maastricht this week in an attempted robbery, causing an evacuation of the fair.  “TEFAF has robust procedures in the event of a security breach,” a spokesperson for the fair said. “These were precisely followed, and all visitors, exhibitors and staff were safely evacuated. The fair has now reopened.”
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Michelangelo Sketch Sells for $24 Million in Paris

May 19th, 2022

A recently unearthed Michelangelo sketch, considered to be the artist’s first nude, has sold  at Christie’s Paris for a record 23 million euros ($24 million). “Michelangelo has decided to make the figure into something that corresponded more to his aesthetic by making him much more robust and monumental, while at the same time keeping the fragility of the figure, who is exposed and shivering” as he awaits baptism,” says Christie’s Old Masters expert Stijn Alsteens.
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Basquiat Work Sells for $85 Million at Phillips $224.9 Million Night

May 19th, 2022

The Jean-Michel Basquiat work from the collection of Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had a strong return to auction last night at Phillips, where it achieved $85 Million, part of a total sale of  $224.9 million, the highest in the company’s history. 
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero image via www.flickr.com/photos

[image via www.flickr.com/photos]

Fernando Botero (born April 19, 1932 in Medellín, Antioquia) is a Colombian neo-figurative artist, self-titled “the most Colombian of Colombian artists” early on, coming to prominence when he won the first prize at the Salón de Artistas Colombianos in 1959.

Abu Ghraib 50, 2005 image via www.hwaethwugu.com

Abu Ghraib 50, 2005-image via www.hwaethwugu.com

Fernando Botero’s Abu Ghraib

After Velasquez, 2005 oil on canvas image via rawartint.wordpress.com

[image via rawartint.wordpress.com]

Hand, Madrid image via http://commons.wikimedia.org

Hand, Madrid image via http://commons.wikimedia.org

Una Coppia, 1999 image via www.worldgallery.co.uk

Una Coppia, 1999 image via www.worldgallery.co.uk

He is an abstract artist in the most fundamental sense of the word, choosing what colors, shapes, and proportions to use based on intuitive aesthetic thinking. This being said, his works are informed by a Colombian upbringing and social commentary is woven throughout his work.

[Bio via Wikipedia  Entry]

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