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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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Steven A. Cohen

Collector’s Birthdate:
b. 1956

Cohen is the billionaire founder and manager of the hedge-fund, SAC Capital Partners. It is estimated that he has spent upwards of $700 million on art work. His collection includes many signature pieces by artists, including a Pollock “drip” painting he purchased from David Geffen for $52 million and famous Damien Hirst shark, “The Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” for $8 million from Charles Saatchi, on loan to the Metropolitan Museum in 2007.

Other major expenditures include an alleged $63.5 million to Geffen for Willem de Kooning’s “Police Gazette” and $137.5 million for de Kooning’s “Woman III” in 2006. In the last two years, many have speculated that he has spent $25 million on works by Picasso and Warhol. In 1999, he set the record for the price paid for any piece by Edward Munch, paying $11.5 million for his “Madonna”.
In 2006, he attempted to make the most expensive art purchase in history from Steve Wynn, offering $139 million for Picasso’s “Le Reve”. The sale was foiled when Wynn, suffering from an eye disorder, slipped and put his elbow through the painting while showing it off to friends.

Cohen is purported to be building a private museum to display some of his artwork on his Greenwich, Connecticut property.

An Art Shark on the Trading Floor

Landmark De Kooning Crowns Collection

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