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Sotheby’s Sotheby’s Posts $65.5 M. Profit for 2016 Fourth Quarter

February 27th, 2017

Gerhard Rchter at Sotheby's, via GuardianSotheby’s beat expectations for the fourth quarter of 2016, posting a profit of $65.5 million.  “We were cautiously optimistic in November, but as it turns out, the weight in that statement should have been on optimism,” Tad Smith said during the quarterly call with investors. “This quarter demonstrated that when the market stabilizes, let alone when it returns to its secular growth trajectory, our company is poised to capitalize on the upturn and do very well for our shareholders.”
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New Museum Partners with Nokia Bell Labs to Benefit NEW INC

February 27th, 2017

New Museum, via Architect's NewspaperThe New Museum will partner with Nokia Bell Labs, providing NEW INC collaborators with resources and technology for their work in the museum’s incubator program.  “The New Museum has long been at the forefront of art and technology; this partnership with a legendary research lab will help us continue to push boundaries of cultural expression and possibilities of interdisciplinary collaboration. The NEW INC community embraces an untapped demographic of practitioners,” says Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum.
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WSJ Notes Current Market Challenges as Auction Week Begins

February 27th, 2017

Jean Arp, Torse (1931), via Sotheby'sThe Wall Street Journal looks at the art market’s current state as it moves into a pair of auctions this week, noting the current challenges, and potential strategies auction houses are embracing to move beyond a struggling market.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Lucian Freud

Reflection, Lucian Freud, 1985 via Jaksview.wordpress.com

b. December 8, 1922 in Berlin, Germany

Education:
Central School of Art (briefly)
Cedric Morris’ East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham
Goldsmiths College – University of London

Lucian Freud is the grandson of Sigmund Freud. He began drawing profusely around the age of 10. Early paintings of Lucien Freud were influenced by surrealism, featuring people in strange compositions. For the rest of his career, he would focus on portraits, most of them nudes. Style would also develop from thin, flat paint to thick, less blended strokes.

Sleeping Head, Lucian Freud, 1979-80 via IMMA

Kate Moss, Lucian Freud, 2002 via Sydney Herald

Freud’s subjects are often the people in his life; friends, family, fellow painters, lovers, children. To quote the artist: “The subject matter is autobiographical, it’s all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement, really.” He has painted Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach. His oeuvre also includes a controversial portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, various ex-wives, countless dogs, his assistant, and a pregnant Kate Moss.

Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Lucian Freud, 1995 via Clusterflock.org

On the canvas, Freud tends to place the most emphasis on the sitter’s face or body – not shy about depicting bold postures or expressions. He is known for attaching additional pieces of canvas after the body is finished to accomodate it. Freud is also a notoriously slow painter, which has been said to cause his subjects chagrin.

Girl With a White Dog, Lucian Freud, 1951-52 via tendreams.org

He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1988 and 1989, awarded annually to a British artist under the age of 50 for outstanding work in the previous year. Freud’s retrospective at the Tate Museum in 2002 garnered much attention in the press and the general public – he is regarded as one of Britain’s most popular artists.

Now in his 80’s, Lucian Freud still dedicates himself to his chief obsession, art.

Wikipedia Entry

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