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Zeng Fanzhi’s Last supper – One of China’s most expensive paintings

Background Zeng Fanzhi’s The Last Supper is today one of the most noteworthy Asian contemporary pieces of art. Throughout his career, Zeng Fanzhi has been working to make Chinese art more popular. His artwork is known for offering an honest critique of the contemporary Chinese lifestyle while creating a much-needed dialogue between Eastern and Western …

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David Hockney’s Pool with Two Figures broke an important record

David Hockney & pools David Hockney’s Roosevelt Hotel pool mural David Hockney is one of Britain’s most influential artists of the 20th century. Hockney is well known in other parts of the world as well, thanks to his internationally recognized works. For instance, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has long been the meeting spot for …

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What makes Cy Twombly’s Louvre ceiling painting so special?

If you ever find yourself in Paris, Cy Twombly’s mural in Louvre is well worth visiting. Cy Twombly was remarkable in every way, having created a lasting legacy with his works, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, and photography. Cy Twombly & his permanent work at the Louvre Home to the Mona Lisa, the Louvre is …

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Pablo Picasso’s Old Guitarist – Everything you need to know

Why was Pablo Picasso important? Pablo Picasso was one of the foremost and persuasive artists of the 1st half of the 20th century. Primarily associated with pioneering a movement known as Cubism, he also made major contributions to surrealism, symbolism and a range of other classical styles that persisted during the 1920s. Unlike many other …

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Dansaekhwa: Korean monochrome painting: Everything you need to know

What is Dansaekhwa? Dansaekhwa is an art movement born in South Korea in the 1970s. The pioneers of Dansaekhwa are born between 1913 and 1936 and avoided any reference to Western realism in their works, creating primarily monochrome and minimalist paintings. The artists also attempted to break away from the heritage of Japanese imperialism and …

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Do Yue Minjun self portraits make you laugh?

Yue Minjun’s style is easily be recognized. His self-portrait oil paintings depict himself in vivid colors while grinning with his mouth gaping. An oxymoron of sorts, the self-portraits evoke feelings of sympathy as well as humor. The depictions of himself in various poses laughing draw numerous diverse interpretations. However, the general consensus is that …

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These are Anselm Kiefer’s teetering towers

Anselm Kiefer’s abandoned 200-acre studio German artist Anselm Kiefer has long maintained a studio at Barjac in southern France, where he assembled his large sculptures and painted some of his dark, disturbing canvases. Now he has abandoned the site, with the wish that it be allowed to “revert to nature.” People exploring the site have …

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Giacometti / Bacon at Fondation Beyeler – The exhibition of the year?

Alberto Giacometti & Francis Bacon exhibition at Fondation Beyeler The Fondation Beyeler sheds light on the exciting relationship between Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. Both artists have created impressive works, which are now among the most expensive artworks. How did they inspire each other? The age difference between the older Giacometti and Bacon is eight …

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The new, intimate Giacometti museum in Paris – A first look

About Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti has a new exhibition space in Paris. Hosted in an Art Nouveau villa, this museum shows a reconstruction of his legendary studio, including furniture and walls on which he left numerous sketches. The new space is located in the former artists’ district of Montparnasse, just a few blocks …

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Lucio Fontana’s concetto spaziale – Mesmerizing neon installations

About Lucio Fontana Lucio Fontana’s interest in technological and scientific advancements that occurred during the 20th century largely inspired his approach to a wide array of methods and mediums. For instance, he has worked with stone, neon, ceramics and even metals. As a painter, he went beyond two-dimensional surfaces by engaging technology as a means …

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Andy Warhol’s scandalous 13 Most Wanted Men: Destroyed within days

Andy Warhol commissioned to create his first and only public art piece Pop provocateur Andy Warhol was never a stranger to controversy. In 1964, as part of a series of commissions for the New York State Pavilion, Warhol was commissioned to work on an installation displayed on the face of the pavilion, which was to …

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