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Remembering Prince Philip, the artist (and more from the world of art)


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 stoned age?


Tel Aviv University experts have noted that prehistoric cave painters were so starved of oxygen in underground caverns, that they may have actually been high and hallucinating when they created masterpieces! In the study, computer simulations were run suggesting oxygen levels may have been very low, while charting how many art works were deep underground. Lack of oxygen can induce state called hypoxia, leading to hallucinations says the report in Writing in Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture. The Daily Mail elaborates.

Remembering Prince Philip, the artist


The Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, passed away on April 9 at the age of 99, leaving behind a long and interesting legacy. Few people are aware that he was reportedly a devoted patron of the arts and a hobbyist painter himself, having created a memorable portrait of the queen and sustained a long friendship with artist Edward Seago. He privately enjoyed oil painting, creating numerous portraits and landscapes over the decades, some of which were kept in his private collection, others of which are held in the Royal Collection Trust. Artnet News remembers.

In the digital age, meet these art world dynasts


Prolific founder of Artnet Hans Neuendorf and his daughter Sophie have several profound insights to share about how the pandemic is validating their business model or taking the art world online. Like the Murdochs of media and the Rothschilds of finance, the Neuendorfs helm the digital art market, and founded revolutionary art platform Artnet before the existence of mainstream internet! Today, it is a multi-faceted one-stop platform comprised of online auctions, available works from leading international galleries, an expansive database of past auction results, and 24/7 art news. Tatler spins the fascinating interview.

Ikea is working with Sonos


It is not quite synaesthesia, but you may soon be able to hear the strains of your favourite kind of music wafting (at least seemingly) out of a piece of art on the wall at home. Ikea and Sonos are starting to tease the next products that the two companies have collaborated on to be released later this year — and rumour mills have it that one of these may just be a piece of wall art with an integrated speaker. As of now, it’s unclear of this entire artwork print is the product or if the speaker unit can be transferred between different exterior art housings. The Verge reveals some early details.


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