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WSJ Reports Buyer of da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ as Saudi Crown Prince

December 8th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price $450,312,500, via Christie'sA 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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Republican Tax Bill to Cut Funding for Artist Residences

December 8th, 2017

Pittsburgh's Spinning Plate Artist Lofts, via CitylabA new amendment to the Republican tax bill would strike artist residences from qualifying low-income housing. Senator Pat Roberts, the Republican senior senator from Kansas, changed language in the bill shortly before it was signed this past week.
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Galerie Balice Hertling Opens Second Space in Paris

December 8th, 2017

Sibylle Rochat, via Art NewsGalerie Balice Hertling has opened a second space in Paris at 239 Rue Saint-Martin, only a few blocks from the Centre Pompidou. Art consultant Sibylle Rochat has also joined the gallery as a partner.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Sophie Calle

Sophie Calle image via weblogs.clarin.com

[image via weblogs.clarin.com]

Sophie Calle (born 1953) is a French writer, photographer, installation artist, and conceptual artist. Calle’s work is distinguished by its use of arbitrary sets of constraints, and evokes the French literary movement of the 1960s known as Oulipo. Her work frequently depicts human vulnerability, and examines identity and intimacy. She is recognized for her detective-like ability to follow strangers and investigate their private lives. Her photographic work often includes panels of text of her own writing.

Sophie Calle- Blind #14, 1986 Gelatin silver print, two chromogenic prints, and text panel image via www.metmuseum.org

Sophie Calle- Blind #14, 1986

Gelatin silver print, two chromogenic prints, and text panel

[image via www.metmuseum.org]

Calle is admired by several artists around the world, and has been paid homage with retrospectives of her work. Additionally, Calle’s text Exquisite Pain was adapted into a performance in 2004 by Forced Entertainment, a theatrical company based in Sheffield, England.

In bed with Sophie Calle: The artist's parody of Brigitte Bardot in 'Days lived under the Sign of B, C and W' image via www.telegraph.co.uk

In bed with Sophie Calle: The artist’s parody of Brigitte Bardot in ‘Days lived under the Sign of B, C and W’ [image via www.telegraph.co.uk]

Sophie Calle- Les dormeurs, 1979 image via www.elsilencio.com

Sophie Calle- Les dormeurs, 1979

[image via www.elsilencio.com]

At her gallery shows, Calle frequently supplies suggestion forms on which visitors are encouraged to furnish ideas for her art, while she sits beside them with a disinterested expression. In November 2008, she will participate in an exhibition “Système C, un festival de coincidence” proposed by the Stéréotypes Associés in Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris.

[Bio via Wikipedia Entry]

Sophie Calle, 67 Days to Unhappiness- # 66 image via artjetset.blogspot.com/

Sophie Calle, 67 Days to Unhappiness- # 66

[image via artjetset.blogspot.com]

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