A 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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New York, NY
Luhring Augustine, New York
Miami University, Oxford, OH
University of Tennessee BFA, Knoxville, TN
Smith is an abstract artist who has received press for his tendency to incorporate his own name within many of his works. Pieces can often be described as messy, like 2004’s New Swamp Thing, in which red checkers ascend from the lower right corner of the painting, obscuring the artist’s name. More recently, his work has taken the form of similarly disheveled collages, incorporating newspaper clippings as well as large and obscuring paint-splatters across his work. Other works take the form of word art, like the untitled. 2006 piece which could easily be mistaken for an advertisement or handbill for London’s Serpentine Gallery, or another 2006 piece untitled, which sees his full name scrawled across a black canvas two times in ghostly-white paint.