Previously hidden Salvador Dali paintings go under the hammer


The 14 original watercolour fruit studies were commissioned in 1969 by the publisher Jean-Paul Schneider. Two of Dali’s 14 original watercolour fruit studies. At a glance they seem like familiar 19th-century botanical lithographs, the type you see on endless hotel room walls. But look closer and the plum appears to be running away, the raspberries look embarrassed and the grapefruit ...

Read More »

Records fall at Sotheby’s contemporary art auction


Barnett Newman and Onement VI in the artist’s studio, New York, 1961. Photo: Alexander Liberman. Courtesy of the Alexander Liberman Photography Archive, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2000.R.19)© J. Paul Getty Trust© 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. A painting by Barnett Newman that Sotheby’s described as an icon of Abstract Expressionism sold in ...

Read More »

Cézanne and Modigliani Push Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sale to $230 Million


The evening sale totaled $230 million, just shy of its $235 million high estimate. The first of the big spring auctions began Tuesday night at Sotheby’s, where paintings and sculptures by Cézanne, Braque and Léger topped expectations as bidders from 35 countries put money on their walls rather than in the shakier financial markets. The crowd — including the rapper ...

Read More »

Body-Scanner Technology Reveals Male Figure Hidden in Louvre Artwork


“Terahertz” rays unveil a hidden image (red box) of a man’s face under the surface of Trois hommes armés de lances in Paris’ Louvre Museum. The same technology used for airport body-scanning and kitchen ovens has been adapted to reveal the secrets of artworks. The imaging technique is termed terahertz spectroscopy and makes use of relatively weak electromagnetic radiation. In ...

Read More »

Gilbert & George’s “London Pictures”


The British artists George Passmore (L) and Gilbert Prousch (R) pose in front of their work ‘London Pictures’ at the museum Kueppersmuehle in Duisburg, western Germany, on March 14, 2013. The exhibition runs from March 20 until 30 June 2013. AFP PHOTO / CAROLINE SEIDEL. Completed in 2011, “London Pictures” is the title of the cycle created by the London-based ...

Read More »