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Paintings By Queen Victoria Head to Auction in London

January 20th, 2023

A rare pair of floral paintings by Queen Victoria will go to auction next week, expecting prices of £8,000 and £10,000, Art News reports. 
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Michael Rakowitz Proposes Gift of Fourth Plinth Statue to British Museum in Exchange for Return of Assyrian Arifacts to Iraq

January 20th, 2023

Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz is proposing that the British Museum return one of its ancient Assyrian treasures to Iraq in exchange for the donation of his fourth plinth sculpture to the UK. “As I pondered my gift to the nation of Great Britain, I began to fantasise that it could be attached to a second gift: the return of one of the British Museum’s lamassu to the country of Iraq, to replace what was destroyed by Daesh [or Islamic State],” he writes in an open letter.
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Art News Traces Continued Challenges of Repatriation at The Met

January 20th, 2023

Art News has a piece this week discussing ongoing issues with repatriation at The Met, reviewing some disputed works still on view. “Once you know that someone is acquiring artifacts without looking too closely as a source, the first thing you should do is look deeper,” says Erin Thompson, an associate professor of art crime at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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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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