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Jail for Spanish Forger Who Attempted Sale of 15 Fake Works

February 21st, 2023

A Spanish court has sentenced an art collector to prison for selling a set of fake works, including a series of forged works attributed to Edvard Munch and Roy Lichtenstein.
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The Guardian Interviews Former Subjects of Painter Alice Neel

February 21st, 2023

The Guardian has a piece this week on what it was like to be painted by Alice Neel. “One day Alice said she wanted to paint me and to bring some things I could wear, so I packed a little suitcase and had various costumes,” says artist and sex activist Annie Sprinkle. “I’d just had my labia pierced and I was showing it off, and she really wanted to see that. She picked a leather outfit and I put a feather in my hair.”
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Alice Walton’s Art Bridges Foundation Behind $4.5 Million Robert Colescott Buy

February 21st, 2023

Alice Walton’s Art Bridges Foundation is apparently behind the $4.5 million purchase of a Robert Colescott at Bonhams this month. “This work in particular presents a hopeful and powerful message, and we are pleased that it resonated so strongly with individuals and institutions alike,” says Ralph Taylor, Bonhams’s global head for postwar and contemporary art.
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Helmut Newton

1920 – 2004
Lives and works in:

Austrailia, Germany, France, and Los Angeles, CA

Newton, born in Germany, is a photographer known for his evocative imagery of overtly sexual nude female figures. Always controversial, he was nicknamed “the King of Kink” typically placing his subjects in heavily stylized scenes of urban decadence, often with fetishistic subtexts, the pinnacle of which was the 1980 Big Nude series. Other series that feature feminine exploration include White Women and World Without Men.

Subjects included Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Thatcher, Karl Lagerfield, Catherine Deneuve and Charlotte Rampling. He once said of the woman he photographed, “they gotta be built like a truck driver to please me.”

His work has been exhibited in several prominent galleries and museums including Gagosian Gallery, Galerie de Pury & Luxembourg, Mary Boone Gallery, Kunsthalle Munich, Museum of Modern Art Shiga, and many others.
He died in 2004 in West Hollywood, California. Today, the Helmut Newton Foundation resides in Berlin, Germany and handles much of the late artist’s collection.