Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART, Art News, STANDOUT | Tags: Art, Art News, Art Theft, Crime, Indian High Commission, National Gallery of Australia, NGA, Shiva as Nataraja, Subhash Kapoor | Comments Off on National Gallery of Australia to Receive $1.2 million Refund on ‘Stolen’ Buddha
The National Gallery of Australia will receive a refund of more than $1.2 million for a 2,000-year-old stone statue of Buddha after it was revealed it may have been stolen.
The Canberra-based gallery, which has been involved in provenance issues before, announced in January it would return the Seated Buddha statue to India. The dealer has now agreed to refund the purchase price :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 3rd, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News | Tags: Art, Art Sale Record, Artist, Edvard Munch, Norway, Norwegian, Sotheby's, The Scream, The Scream in Pastel | Comments Off on Edvard Munch: The Scream Sells For $119m at Auction
The only privately owned version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream – one of the most recognisable paintings in history – has set a new world record, selling for $US119.9 million at Sotheby’s in New York.
Heated competition between seven bidders took the price tag to the highest for a work of art at auction in just 12 minutes. The packed sales room erupted into applause and cheering when the hammer went down.
An unnamed telephone bidder gave the final offer of $119,922,500, including commission, far exceeding pre-sales estimates of about $US80 million.
“A group of seven bidders jumped into the competition early, but it was a prolonged battle between two highly determined phone bidders that carried the final selling price to its historic level,” said Sotheby’s spokesman Darrell Rocha:: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 23rd, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News, Ben Frost | Tags: Art, Artist, Ben Frost, Cialis, Coco Pops, Corn Flakes, Cymbalta, Endone, iagra, Morphine, Oreo Cookies, Rice Bubbles, Smarties, STUPIDKRAP, Ventolin Botox | Comments Off on STUPIDKRAP: Ben Frost
By far my favorite artist – Ben Frost – has just finished a new set of 24 pieces, continuing the series of painting onto found objects. These include pharmaceutical packages including: Viagra, Cymbalta, Endone, Cialis, Morphine, Ventolin Botox and Sertra, as well as food packaging such as: Corn Flakes, Smarties, Oreo Cookies, Coco Pops, Rice Bubbles and Throaties. Check them all here: http://stupidkrap.myshopify.com/
Frost is known for his kaleidoscopic Pop Art, mash-up paintings that take inspiration from areas as diverse as graffiti, collage, photorealism and sign-writing. Subverting mainstream iconography from the worlds of advertising, entertainment and politics, he creates a visual framework that is bold, confrontational and often controversial.
In his latest round of work, Frost has even done 2 paintings onto mortuary toe tags that are now on ebay: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BEN-FROST-ORIGINAL
Some of these images are NSFW!: discretion advised. Frost is relocating overseas, heading to Toronto, he’ll be bouncing around Canada and the states for the time being. Frost’s dog Bowie has found a new home in Brisbane with a big yard and some lovely allegedly people. You can follow Mr Frost. with up to the minute photo and artwork updates on Instagram @benfrostisdead.