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Marina Abramovic Profiled in New York Magazine

October 19th, 2016

marina-abramovic-via-new-york-magazineMarina Abramovic is profiled in New York Magazine this week, as the artist turns 70, and reflects back on the course of her life and career.  “I am one of the few people who don’t have secrets,” she says. “All of my secrets, I made performances out of them, or theater pieces.”
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Ann Freedman Reaches Settlement in Another Knoedler Forgery Lawsuit

October 19th, 2016

frank-fertitta-via-art-newspaperAnn Freedman, former director of the Knoedler gallery, has settled another of the 10 cases against her for selling forged works, reaching an agreement with collector Frank Fertitta, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  This case is the eighth to reach a settlement.
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Yayoi Kusama to Get Wax Statue at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

October 19th, 2016

yayoi-kusama-via-art-newspaperArtist Yayoi Kusama is set to be preserved in wax at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, the Art Newspaper reports, part of an “artistic themed zone” with the Japanese artist at the center.  “I hope everyone who passes through Madame Tussauds Hong Kong can fully embrace the positive energy evoked by the zone,” Kusama said in a statement.
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Lucian Freud

Reflection, Lucian Freud, 1985 via

b. December 8, 1922 in Berlin, Germany

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

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

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

More info about the artist coming soon.

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