A 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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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
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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]
Sophie Calle- Les dormeurs, 1979
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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
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