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Hidden classics get revealed


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!

A Van Gogh debut in 2021


After spending over a century behind closed doors, a Vincent Van Gogh painting has gone on display for the first time. The depiction of a Paris street, A Street Scene In Montmartre, has been owned by a French family for most of the time since it was painted in 1887. Van Gogh left Paris for the south of France in 1888. He died near Paris in July 1890. Small reproductions of this artwork have been made in the past, often in black-and-white. Sotheby’s estimates it could fetch up to 8 million euros when it is sold at auction on March 25, 2021. BBC News has more details.

A hidden Picasso classic


A Pablo Picasso painting from 1937, held in a private collection for more than three decades, will be offered at Bonhams in an Impressionist and modern art auction in New York on May 13. Titled Femme au béret mauve, the work is scheduled to go on view in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, and Hong Kong before coming to its final location at the house’s New York headquarters. It is expected to fetch a price of $10 million–$15 million. ART News dissects the development.

Blockchain Art on the rise


Digital art is making its debut in the high-ranking auction circuit, with the sale of popular American artist Mike Winkelmann’s work at a Christie’s online standalone auction from February 25 to March 11. This is also the first time a major auction house will accept cryptocurrency — Ether — as a form of payment. As per reports, the total value of the crypto art market today has reached $80 million, with over 60,000 artworks sold till now. The Indian Express elaborates.