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Fancy bidding on a Picasso from Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s collection? And more news from the world of art


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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s collection is up for sale  


Some of Late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Gingsburg’s most cherished possessions, including four works by Pablo Picasso, are up for auction. The Potomack Company is currently overseeing two auctions of the famous judge\’s belongings, reports CNN. The first features a wide variety of art from her personal collection, while the second will include items from her chambers and her private DC home. The first of the DC auction house’s sales shows RBG, who died in 2020 at the age of 87, to have been a true lover of the arts. The 17 lots up for bid include paintings, prints and sculpture from all over the world. Of particular note are four pieces by Picasso, a watercolor landscape by Max Weber, and more. The second auction consists of items from the judge’s chambers and her condo in Watergate. How does it work? Read the Robb Report to know more. 


\’Enfant terrible\’ of art, Hermann Nitsch, dies aged 83 


An Austrian artist who became known as the ‘enfant terrible’ of art for shows that featured dead animals and lashings of blood has died aged 83. Hermann Nitsch passed away at a hospital in the Austrian town of Mistelbach on Monday after a serious illness, his wife said. Nitsch, born in Vienna on August 29, 1938, was versatile — with performance art, painting, sculpting and composing among his activities. He was a co-founder of Viennese Actionism and best known for his Theater of Orgies and Mysteries. Nitsch was part of the ‘Actionists’, a radical 1960s avant-garde movement known for skinning animal carcasses, tying up human bodies and using blood, mud and urine in their works. His works and performances drew plenty of criticism. Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen tweeted that Nitsch \’redefined\’ the Austrian art world. The Daily Mail has more details. 


Russian artist’s art on Ukraine painted over in town near Moscow 


Retired engineer Vladimir Ovchinnikov has spent decades painting murals in his small town south of Moscow — but today, some of his art is not welcome after Russia\’s conflict with Ukraine. \”They\’ve painted over it,\” Ovchinnikov, 84, said during a recent stop at an abandoned shop in a village field near Borovsk, his town of about 10,000 people two hours\’ drive from the Russian capital. Ovchinnikov had painted a blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag on one side of the building, but it had been covered over in white paint. The silver-haired and bearded pensioner was fined 35,000 roubles after he a drew a little girl wearing the colours of the Ukrainian flag with three bombs hanging over her head on a building in Borovsk. It too was whitewashed and Ovchinnikov painted a dove in its place. He received more than 150 donations to help pay the fine. Moneycontrol narrates the story.