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Leonardo da Vinci Painting Inspires Mystery Over Depiction of Transparent Orb

October 19th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, via The GuardianThe Guardian has a piece this week on the mysterious orb held by Christ in the Leonardo da Vinci painting currently on view at Christie’s. “Solid glass or crystal, whether shaped like an orb or a lens, produces magnified, inverted, and reversed images,” historian Walter Isaacson says of the image. “Instead, Leonardo painted the orb as if it were a hollow glass bubble that does not refract or distort the light passing through it.”
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In Rare Move, Several Florine Stettheimer Works Change Hands this Fall

October 19th, 2017

Florine Stettheimer, New York Liberty, 1918, via Art NewsIn an extremely rare occurrence, two works by Florine Stettheimer have changed hands this year, with one going into the collection of the Whitney Museum, and one going onto the open market.  Stettheimer rarely sold or gave her works away, making one’s appearance, let alone two in the same year, a momentous event. 
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Kader Attia Wins 2017 Joan Miró Prize

October 19th, 2017

Kader Attia, via Art DailyFrench-Algerian artist Kader Attia has been named  winner of the 2017 Joan Miró Prize.  “Attia’s passionate engagement with current affairs and with the shared fate of humanity [which] has close links to Joan Miró’s involvement in the critical episodes that marked his generation, while Attia’s unique take on complex, often traumatic, human relationships across cultures resonates with Miró’s universal aspirations,” the award’s jury said in a statement.
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Nan Goldin

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Nan One Month After Being Battered via Tate.
b. 1953
Lives and works in:

New York, Paris and London

Represented by:

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Education includes:

School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston/Tufts University BFA, Boston

Goldin is an American photographer who first received attention for her photographs of the gay and transvestite community in her first solo show exhibited in Boston.

Following her time in Boston, she moved to New York where she involved herself in the post-punk and new-wave music scenes, ultimately partaking in the Bowery’s drug culture.

Her most famous work, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, was formed from photographs taken between 1979 and 1986 and depicts drug use, violent and aggressive human interaction and other autobiographical moments. Critics have frequently criticized her glamorization of heroin-culture and pioneering of the later-popular grunge style.

Other famous series are I’ll Be Your Mirror and All By Myself.

Initially produced at a time when most fine art galleries did not feature photography, her work is still most commonly displayed in a slideshow format. More recent work features a broader selection of subjects.
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Simon and Jessica in the shower Paris 2001, via Radio Libre.
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Kate Moss on her White Horse as Lady Godiva via The World’s Best Ever.

Wikipedia Entry

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