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From the first official joint portrait of Prince William and Kate to a Kirchner self portrait up for auction – top news from the art world! 


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! 

The first official joint portrait of Prince William and Kate unveiled


The first official joint portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been revealed to the public at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England. The Duke and Duchess visited Cambridge on Thursday to see the 210 centimeter by 110 centimeter oil painting, crafted by British artist Jamie Coreth, the CNN reports. The portrait shows the couple gazing into the distance, Prince William in a dark suit and blue tie and Kate wearing an emerald green dress. The painting will be on show at the Fitzwilliam Museum for three years and then loaned to the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2023 to mark that institution\’s reopening. Catch more details on CNN.

Tate Modern Names New Director Of Programme


Catherine Wood has been named Director of Programme for Tate Modern, where she will oversee all exhibitions, displays, commissions, performances, film screenings and community projects, the Tate announced Thursday. She will begin in her new role in August. Wood has been at the Tate for nearly twenty years, most recently as Senior Curator for International Art (Performance) since 2015. Prior to the Tate, Wood served as a curator at the Barbican Art Center and began her career as a curatorial assistant at the British Museum. She has written a book, Performance in Contemporary Art, has overseen the BMW Tate Live Exhibition series in the Tanks, and played a key role in the Uniqlo Tate Play series which launched in 2021. ARTnews has more details!

Kirchner Portrait Comes to Auction at Sotheby’s


A self-portrait by German Expressionist painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is coming to auction at Sotheby’s London headquarters on June 29th as part of a settlement agreement with the heirs of its original German Jewish owner, ARTnews reports. Self-Portrait with a Pipe is expected to fetch £8 million to £12 million ($9.8 million to $14.7 million). If it reaches its high estimate it could be among the five most expensive works by the artist to sell at auction. The painting changed many hands, eventually landing with Hugo Simon, a Berlin-based banker and politician in 1931. Facing Nazi persecution, Simon fled to Paris in 1933 and eventually landed in Brazil. The work is now being offered via the public sale as part of a legal agreement with Simon’s heirs and the U.S. based owners, who bought the work at Sotheby’s more than forty years ago in 1981. The ARTnews has more on the story. 

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