A SUMMARY OF THE MOST EXCITING ART NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
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!
Ancient mural found during kitchen renovation
Renovating a kitchen is one of the most exciting events a homeowner can undertake…especially when in the process a 400-year-old mural is discovered on the wall behind your old cupboards. On Micklegate, a street in the ancient northern England city of York, contractors uncovered a biblically themed fresco behind a wall while installing new cupboards in an apartment as part of a renovation project. Then they did what any responsible contractor would do—snap a picture, call their client, and say, “did you know there’s a painting behind here?” And of course, install the new cupboards. The apartments owner, Luke Budworth, was “disappointed” that the contractors recovered the mysterious painting, the report said, but “suspected that a similar ‘bit of paneling’ on the other side of the open plan living area may be hiding something too.” Details on CNN.
Oldest pearl-fishing city discovered in the Arabian Gulf
Archaeologists have discovered the existence of the oldest pearl-fishing city in the Arabian Gulf on the island of Al-Siniyah off the coast of Umm Al Quwain in the United Arab Emirates. The excavations and research showed the 12-acre fishing city, about 30 miles northeast of Dubai, likely had thousands of residents and was active year-round between the late sixth century and the middle of the eight century, before Islam came to the area. While settlements like this were mentioned in ancient literature, this is the first time archaeological evidence has confirmed their existence. Sheikh Majid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, chairman of the Department of Tourism and Antiquities, told the Emirates News Agency the discovery was of great importance to the Gulf federation and the greater Arabian Gulf due to pearl hunting’s significance in economy and heritage over more than seven thousands years. Read more on Economic Times.
Unknown Jackson Pollock painting found in Bulgaria police raid
A previously unknown painting by Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock was seized during an anti-organised crime raid in Sofia, Bulgaria, officials said this week. The painting dates from 1949 and could be worth up to €50m, according to experts cited by Bulgarian National Radio. Authorities have not released a description or photograph of the work. The painting was discovered during a joint operation between Bulgarian and Greek anti-organised crime forces coordinated by Europol, according to BNR. Sister raids also took place in Athens and on the island of Crete. Three Greek citizens and one Bulgarian citizen have been detained over the operation. Five additional paintings by what the BNR describes as “prominent artists” were discovered during the stings. Details on The Guardian.