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!
Frameless: London’s first permanent digital art experience
London’s first permanent digital immersive arts experience is set to open this autumn at 30,000 square feet, Frameless (as the project is known) will be the U.K.’s biggest immersive art installation ever, its organizers say. Frameless will be used to showcase interactive presentations of well-known masterpieces, including those by Kandinsky, Monet, Cezanne, Canaletto, Klimt and Rembrandt. The multi-sensory experience is created using 4K projection technology capable of high-definition imaging. The project is a collaborative effort between leaders from the the arts, technology and experiential events sectors. Among the producers are the Emmy award-winning live content creators FiveCurrents, while the gallery spaces will be curated by Artscapes U.K, reported by Artnet News.
Picasso’s obsessive paintings of his lover Walter sold for $67.5 million
Pablo Picasso’s most curious painting of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, in which she appears as a tentacled sea creature, has sold for $67.5 million, over the estimate of $60 million. “Femme nue couchee” (“Naked woman reclining”), made its auction debut at a Sotheby’s sale in New York. Ahead of the sale, the auction house said that the anonymous seller acquired the work directly from Picasso’s descendants in 2006 after it had been in the artist’s estate for decades. Picasso died in 1973, and Walter in 1977. The work, painted in April 1932 during a prolific period for the famed modern artist, was one of many that he made of Walter, who became the mother of his second child, Maya. Picasso’s portraits of Walter have become highly sought-after, with his other 1932 works “Femme assise pres d’une fenetre (Marie-Therese),” selling for $103.41 million last year, and “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” selling for a record-breaking $106.5 million in 2010. CNN elaborates the news further.
Years after planning Human ant hill is finally opened to the public
Anselm Kiefer’s vast studio complex in Barjac in southern France, which has been likened to a “human ant hill”, has finally opened to the public after years of planning. Visitor numbers to the site, known as La Ribaute, will be capped. “The objective of the Eschaton-Anselm Kiefer Foundation, which runs La Ribaute, is to ensure access to the public—rather than mass tourism—over the years to come,” says Janne Sirén, the president of the foundation’s board of trustees, and also the director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. In 1992, having left Germany, Kiefer acquired La Ribaute, an old silk factory in Barjac. The site developed organically, comprising buildings, outdoor art installations, subterranean chambers and a five-level concrete amphitheater. The artist lived at the 40-hectare site, 70km north-west of Avignon, until 2007, after which he relocated to a new studio space at Croissy on the outskirts of Paris, The Art Newspaper reports.