Looted by Nazis during WWII, this Van Gogh is up for auction for over $20 mn

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This image, provided by Christie's, shows Vincent van Gogh's 1888 work "Wheatstacks," to be offered in the dedicated sale "The Cox Collection: The Story of Impressionism," in New York, November 11, 2021. The watercolor, seized by the Nazis during World War II is estimated at $20-million to $30-million | Photo Credit: AP

A SUMMARY OF THE MOST EXCITING ART NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

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Nazi-looted Van Gogh on the block in NYC

This image, provided by Christie’s, shows Vincent van Gogh’s 1888 work “Wheatstacks,” to be offered in the dedicated sale “The Cox Collection: The Story of Impressionism,” in New York, November 11, 2021. The watercolor, seized by the Nazis during World War II is estimated at $20-million to $30-million | Photo Credit: AP

Seized by the Nazis during World War II, an 1888 watercolor by Vincent van Gogh — ‘Wheatstacks’ — will be sold on November 11 next month at auction in New York. Auction house Christie’s has announced that it is expected to fetch a price of $20 million or more. It is on the block after facilitating negotiations between the Texas oilman’s heirs who own it now and the heirs of two Jewish art collectors who owned it at different times before it was looted. It will be auctioned along with other artworks from the collection of Edwin L. Cox, a Texas oilman who died last year at age 99. The Hindu reports.

 

Art reinvents a Chennai icon — the Anna Flyover

Artists completed a large painting on a portion of the Anna flyover while posters were cleared from another portion

The iconic and well-known Anna Flyover in Chennai is all set to get an artistic overhaul. Soon, it has been reported that it will be rid of years of posters and graffiti that presently cover its walls amid a beautification of the façade, with the makeover depicting Chennai’s landmarks. A team of artists recently completed a large painting measuring 16ft in height and 30ft in width on one portion of the flyover. Another portion was recently cleared of all posters but is yet to be cleaned. The work is part of the ‘Singara Chennai 2.0’ campaign. The ₹500 crore scheme was launched to make Chennai cleaner and greener. The Times of India has further details.

 

City cleaners wash off art murals in Cardiff, UK

The murals had been painted to ‘brighten up Cardiff’ and celebrate diversity, and were created by three young female artists

 

Striking coloured murals aimed to celebrate diversity had been illustrated at the Cardiff city centre in the UK by artists just 10 weeks before they were washed off by bungling cleaners — who mistook them for graffiti. ‘For Cardiff’, who commissioned the art, offered a ‘heartfelt apology’ to the creators — three young female artists — who said they felt ‘devastated’ by the ‘honest mistake’ made by cleaners. The striking coloured paintings on 11 concrete pillars near a former Debenhams had intended to ‘brighten up’ the city centre. Several pillars were adorned with paintings of women from various cultural backgrounds singing, dancing and performing. The Daily Mail tells you more.

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