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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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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Robert Gober

b. 1954
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Education includes:

Middlebury College BA, Middlebury, VT

Gober, an American sculptor, creates works that often resemble ready-made sculptures, specifically collections like his Sinks series, Drain series, and the 1989 Wedding Gown. Frequently, he blurs the line between things and people, giving inanimate objects human qualities in the form of eye-like orifices, subtly placing human appendages readily throughout his art.

His works may also elicit horror like the 1989 wallpaper Hanging Man/Sleeping Man, which intersperses images of a sleeping white man and a hanging black man. His 1990 sculpture Untitled: Beeswax, Human Hair and Pigment resembles a sack of potatoes with breasts, one of which is literally covered in hair.

His works are included in the collections of museums like the Guggenheim and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Gober at Matthew Marks, November 3 2007-January 12, 2008 [ArtObserved]

External Link

Wikipedia Entry