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PARIS — A music video by Beyonce and Jay-Z set in the Louvre helped boost visitor numbers to a record 10.2 million last year, the most for any museum in history, the Louvre said on Thursday.
AN ART dealer with clients including billionaires Leon Black and Ronald Lauder is selling 10 works from his private collection that could set individual auction records for some of the masters who created them.
FOR CULTURE vultures, 2019 will hold a dazzling array of museum exhibitions. From London to Los Angeles and Brooklyn to Basel, there are thoughtful, sweeping, and often provocative shows to look forward to.
How social media changed the game for this traditional artist.
ABSTRACT paintings hold a multitude of meanings depending on the beholder, so instead of looking for meaning, one way to connect to the art work is to look at and appreciate the labor behind the creation.
FORMERLY THE Diplomat Hotel, the Dominican Hill and Nature Park in Baguio City was recently repurposed to serve as an art gallery. Outside the building were installations by National Artist Kidlat Tahimik, while inside was a showcase of other installations, sculptures, and paintings by local artists like Maela Jose, whose huge mandala-inspired canvas that hung at the ground floor of the once grand hotel.
ADAM LINDEMANN tends to have pretty good timing.
A WORK of colorful chaos, a memento of places travelled, and beauty as seen through an evolving image of a woman’s face are just some of the artworks on view at Manila Hotel’s newly opened Art Gallery.
A CHINESE former construction products company wants to offer anyone with a brokerage account a piece of a Michelangelo.
THE PHILIPPINES and Italy share the same dilemma when it comes to art: their governments doesn’t care much about it. But our shared problem stops here, because as an Italian art critic and curator who recently visited the county said, Italian politicians are only apprehensive to fully embrace contemporary art because they don’t understand it. Here, meanwhile, politicians aren’t very keen in prioritizing arts and culture at all.
IN 1961, Mark Tobey, a Wisconsin-born, Basel-based painter became the first non-French artist ever to get a solo show at France’s prestigious Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It was “the one man show of the season,” wrote New Yorker correspondent Janet Flanner. She quoted a critic in the Parisian magazine Preuves, who called Tobey “perhaps the most important painter of our epoch.”
THE WINNERS of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 13 Artists awards this year demonstrated that they’re not only concerned with their aesthetics, but also with what is happening in reality. The recipients have responded to the problems of our times: extrajudicial killings, social injustices, the oppressed’s endless plight, and fake news.
FRANK SINATRA made us believe that New York is the center of the world when he sang “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you New York, New York.” Filipino fans, then, including visual artists and the patrons behind them (if they have any), have always aspired to break into and make it in the Big Apple art scene.
Four artists on making a living doing what they love.
PARIS — The first auction house to sell prints by Banksy since THAT auction two weeks ago does not anticipate another stunt like the one that shredded half a picture moments after the hammer fell. But, hey, if something were to happen? Great!
COLOGNE — What happens to artworks which are too badly damaged to be restored once the insurer has paid out the claim?
ART HEALS, literature enriches vocabularies and our sense of empathy, and theater helps children develop their imagination and creativity. But these truths aren’t quantifiable — or not quantified yet — which makes it hard for the government to see the positive impact and contributions of art and culture to economic development.
A TELEVISION reporter, a father and daughter, and a former entertainment reporter were among the winners in this year’s Palanca Awards, the annual award that recognizes outstanding Filipino literary writers.
KABATAAN DIVISION • Kabataan Sanaysay: 1st Prize, Jack Lorenz Acebedo Rivera, “Paglaya Mula sa Pagtakas”; 2nd Prize, Jacob Renz R. Ambrocio, “Sino ang Lumansag sa Lunday ni Lola Basyang?”; 3rd Prize, Maria Jamaica S. Columbres, “Gulugod sa Pagsibol ng Binhi”
HONG KONG — An abstract oil painting by Chinese-French master Zao Wou-Ki changed hands for HK$510.4 million ($65.2 million) at Sotheby’s on Sunday, more than 28 times its previous purchase price and setting a new record for any Asian work of art sold at auction.
AFTER ALMOST 14 minutes of back-and-forth bidding, an unnamed phone bidder won ownership of Juan Luna’s boceto for the Spoliarium at a gavel price of P63 million from its starting bid at P25 million at the Important Philippine Art category of the Well-Appointed Life auction on Sept. 22 at the Peninsula Manila. This comes to a whopping P73,584,000 after taxes and the buyer’s premium.
THE BEST in Philippine books were honored during the Gintong Aklat Awards 2018, held at the SMX Convention Center during the 39th Manila International Book Fair which ran from Sept. 12-16.