Beauty only comes by grace…

Someone once told me that beauty only comes by grace. So it came to be that I stood with my sister in the presence of grace in the form of beauty, in the form of art, in the form of paintings that hung in long hallways that echoed as we spoke. They were seascape paintings, images of […]

That Which I Should Have Done, I Did not Do, 1998, Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly, who died this month at the age of 83, is better known for his painting than his sculptures. Indeed he is hardly known for his sculptures at all. Squiggly lines across the canvas, with words, extracts of poetry and the paint smeared on by finger, that is what he is known and admired for. […]

Cy Twombly Tribute: A Scattering of Blossoms and Other Things

Cy Twombly at the MoCA  A month after Cy Twombly’s death, L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art is mounting a small, memorial exhibition of eight of his paintings, all loaned by Eli and Edythe Broad. The show, “Cy Twombly Tribute: A Scattering of Blossoms & Other Things,”  opens Saturday at MOCA’s Grand Avenue museum and runs […]

Top 3 Ways to Boost Creativity

Do you need to boost creativity? Have you ever been in a creative slump? Writers, of course, call this writer’s block.  But painters and artists of all kinds can find themselves in a creative void, needing to boost creativity. How many times have you stood in front of a blank white canvas and not been […]

Christie’s Longest Bidding Battle

Christie’s auctioneer Christopher Burge usually rules the saleroom with an iron gavel. But in May, amid a rousing $301.7 million contemporary art sale, he lost control. For nearly 16 minutes, the auction was hijacked by a pair of dueling collectors, competing for a Andy Warhol, Self Portrait blue 1963–64 Warhol Self-Portrait, tagged at $20 million to […]

Texas artist’s work hurtling through space with Atlantis

It’s a rare person who can say that her artwork is hurtling through space with Atlantis. But Rachel Hobson, a self-proclaimed space geek and crafts blogger, can certainly claim those bragging rights about Atlantis. As millions watched the launch of the final U.S. shuttle mission, Atlantis, Hobson had theadded thrill of knowing that a photo […]

The best advice I ever got…

The best advice I ever got on how to live a life came from one of my English professors when I was a student at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. I don’t remember the professor’s name. I don’t remember what he looked like. I do remember that he was a seasoned man, a gifted […]

Maurice Bennett: Toast of the Town

Artists are often the toast of the town. But Maurice Bennett, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated artists, is known as the “toast man” of the town because he creates vast mosaics from thousands of slices of toast. An exhibition of his rugby player portraits, made out of toast, opens at the New Zealand Academy […]

Christie’s chairman steps down after 27 years

Edward J. Dolman, a 27-year Christie’s veteran, has quit the auction business to become executive director of the Qatar Museums Authority. He will be working for the emir’s daughter, chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, according to a statement from Christie’s. Dolman was named Christie’s chairman in 2010 after a […]

Sotheby’s art handlers in strike threat

Sotheby’s may be notching up colossal profits worldwide, but a group of its art handlers – the people who package and carry around the multi-million-dollar works going under the auction house’s hammer – are threatening to go on strike. A group of US art handlers claims the auction house is planning to reduce the number […]

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