A SUMMARY OF THE MOST EXCITING ART NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!
Macklowe Collection’s next sale in May
Artworks by Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and other modern masters are going up for auction in a sale ordered by a US court as part of a billionaire couple’s acrimonious divorce. Sotheby’s auction house announced on the 18 February that it will offer 30 works from the Macklowe Collection on 16 May in New York. The works belonged to New York property developer Harry Macklowe and his wife Linda, who spent 40 years assembling a collection by some of the 20th century’s greatest artists, displaying many of them in their grand apartment in Manhattan’s Plaza building. Sculptures by Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Jeff Koons are also among the works on offer in the sale, the second from the Macklowe Collection. The first sale of 35 artworks in November netted $676 million (€597 million) – the highest-ever total for a Sotheby’s auction. Euronews tells you more.
Now, NFTs will let art lovers own part of Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’
The Belvedere museum in Vienna has collaborated with investment fund artèQ to launch a nonfungible token (NFT) drop inspired by one of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt’s most famous works, “The Kiss.” Released on Valentine’s Day, a digital copy of the early 20th-century depiction of a pair of lovers was divided into a 100-by-100 grid of 10,000 individual pieces offered as NFTs. The cost of one NFT is 1,850 euros ($2,100), as stated on the collection’s website, which was equivalent to 0.65 Ether (ETH) on Monday, suggesting that the total nominal value of the NFT painting was 18.5 million euros ($21 million). The painting has been housed at the Belvedere since 1908 when it was purchased for 25,000 crowns, equivalent to $240,000 today. Coin Telegraph has all the details.
Statue of Unity to get an art gallery?
Encouraged by the growing footfalls of domestic and foreign tourists to see the world’s tallest Statue of Unity at Kevadiya in Gujarat’s Narmada district, the Indian Railways (IR) has decided to develop an Art Gallery with souvenir shop at newly built India’s first Green energy certified Ekatanagar Kevadiya railway station under the Western Railway. Working on the PPP model, the Art Gallery will showcase different arts and crafts of Gujarat and India’s other states. It will be developed and operated by a private entity, aimed at giving earnings of Rs 24.7 lakh to railways for 10 years. The New Indian Express reports.