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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

Vladimir Tatlin

1885 – 1953
Lives and works in:

Moscow

Education includes:

Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture Architecture

Tatlin is one of the most important figures heading the Russian
Avant-Garde art movement in the 1920s. His work and his philosophies
eventually became the foundation of the Constructivist movement,
although he later rejected the role as “father of constructivism”.

Tatlin’s early work confronted the notion of a flat two-dimensional
painting as the primary art form. His so-called “corner-reliefs”
consist of planks of wood, planes of metal, pieces of twine, etc. that
are arranged hanging from a corner. These pieces appear to be an
abstract or cubist painting, blown out into three dimensions.

Art history most frequently mentions his name in relation to his
attempt to create Monument to the Third International. This project
was envisioned to a be a huge tower, dwarfing the Eiffel Tower, which
was, at the time, the tallest man-made structure. It was conceived to
be a revolutionary utopian force – a new version of the classical
monument, which at once inspires political allegiance and depicts a
heroic, historical context. The monument would be all of this, function
as the headquarters of the international Communist movement and embody
a new industrial aesthetic built on modern technology.