Princes et princesse de Monaco – L’avènement d’une dynastie (XIIIe – XXIe siècle)

 July 07, 2018

The Prince Pierre Foundation’s “Hors les murs” series of conferences held outside Monaco concluded in Matignon (Côtes-d’Armor) recently, with a lecture given by Thomas Fouilleron, Director of the Prince’s Palace Archives and Library, who holds a doctorate in history. The title of the conference was: Princes and Princesses of Monaco: The Advent of a Dynasty […]

Painting bought for £100 thought to be a lost JMW Turner – likely worth £230,000

 July 05, 2018

“A painting bought at an auction house for less than £100 is thought to be a lost JMW Turner likely to be worth around £230,000.” – reports Express. The postcard-sized watercolour of Sir Walter Scott and his family at his Scottish home came up for sale at a London auction house a few years ago. […]

Victoria Beckham’s Favorite Rubens Painting Fetches $7 Million at Sotheby’s Very Posh Old Masters Sale

 July 05, 2018

“The sale delivered a solid $56.3 million total.” – reports artnet News. It turns out Victoria Beckham can indeed spice up the Old Master market. After launching a curatorial collaboration with the pop star-turned-fashion designer last month, Sotheby’s achieved a solid £42.6 million ($56.3 million) at its Old Master sale in London on Wednesday evening. […]

Launch of Fort Antoine summer season 2018

 July 04, 2018

The Fort Antoine summer season 2018 opened yesterday evening with Italy–Brazil 3–2, featuring a magnificent performance by Solal Boulodnine, the only actor on stage, with Jean-Marc Montera (musician). Fort Antoine Theatre is seeking to develop vibrant and eclectic theatre, maintaining a finger on the pulse of contemporary creativity. It sees itself as a place for […]

The Billionaire Wildenstein Art-Dealing Dynasty Is Cleared in France’s Biggest Tax-Fraud Case (Again)

 July 02, 2018

“The Paris court of appeals has upheld the 2017 ruling acquitting the art dealing family of tax evasion and money laundering.” – reports artnet News In fewer than five minutes in a Paris appeals courtroom on Friday, June 29, the surviving members of the art-dealing Wildenstein clan were cleared, for a second time, of defrauding […]

Why Are Artists Poor? New Research Suggests It Could Be Hardwired Into Their Brain Chemistry

 July 02, 2018

“The dopamine reward systems in artists’ brains don’t react much to money.” – reports artnet News Most artists work for exceptionally low pay. Despite the precarious nature of the art economy, they carry on, ostensibly sacrificing monetary compensation for the loftier reward of creative freedom. But what if some artists are actually—physiologically—hardwired not to care […]

“La promesse du bonheur”: Tom Wesselmann exhibition at Villa Paloma

 June 28, 2018

Until 6 January 2019, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM)’s Villa Paloma is hosting a public exhibition dedicated to one of the key figures in American pop art, Tom Wesselmann. The exhibition takes its title from Stendhal’s famous claim that “La beauté n’est que la promesse du bonheur” (“Beauty is but the promise of […]

Led by Kippenberger, Phillips Contemporary Sale Notches a Robust $45.2 Million—Trouncing Last Year’s Total

 June 27, 2018

“The auctioneer’s evening sale was up 41 percent from the year before and found a buyer for every lot.” – reports artnet News On Wednesday evening, Phillips carried its highest estimate for a June contemporary art sale in London yet, notching more than £27 million ($35.4 million) for its customarily short 31-lot sale. The auction […]

Women and Millennials Are the Fastest-Growing Forces in Art Collecting, a New Study Finds

 June 26, 2018

“Nearly one third of wealthy women own art or are interested in buying it.” – reports artnet News Statistics about the collecting patterns of new or newly wealthy art buyers are notoriously hard to come by, apart from what can be gleaned through analyzing auction data, usually at the very top of the market. However, […]

Ringing in Major Sales, Sotheby’s $146 Million Contemporary Art Auction Reaffirmed the Deep Pockets of London’s Summer Season

 June 26, 2018

“Work by Peter Doig, Henry Taylor, and Cecily Brown proved there is an abundant appetite for coveted art in London, even during vacation season.” – reports artnet News An intriguing calendar contest got underway this evening when Sotheby’s opened London’s summer season of contemporary art sales. Last year, in spite of Britain’s other high-toned seasonal […]

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