In a strong start to its 20th century art sales launched at its London and New York headquarters on Monday, Christie’s sold a group of eight drawings from the family collection of London dealer Thomas Gibson for a collective $25.3 million, well above its estimate of $15.8 million.

Across the several sales held at the house’s New York and London salesrooms beginning on March 1, Christie’s reported a net total of $61 million, realizing a combined sell-through rate of 98 percent.

Leading the works on paper sale was a rare drawing of a French girl by Vincent van Gogh titled La Mousmé (1888). Executed near the end of the artist’s life, the Japonisme-inspired drawing of the young sitter went for £7.5 million ($10.4 million) with fees, against an estimate of $7 million. Acquired by Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum in 1943, following the war-time persecution of its original Jewish owners Kurt and … Read the rest

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In 2005, the Today Program of Radio 4 and National Gallery summer scheme were in the search of Britain’s greatest painting. c. 1474—Asciano, Italy : Matteo di Giovanni’s The Assumption of the Virgin, the center panel of an altarpiece in S. Agostino, includes what may be an angel-trombonist along with several other angel-musicians. The instrument has what appears to be a slide but no visible bell (see detail and full image below; public domain) (Belán 111). This clause remained for decades, while Labour party policies pursued no such aim, and was removed only in 1995. Our own National Party, well into apartheid, organized from time to time to organize a ‘stryddag’ (struggle day) for its supporters. … Read the rest

“Thermodynamic Constellation.” All images © Tomás Saraceno, courtesy of Palazzo Strozzi by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio, shared with permission

Three reflective spheres hover above the courtyard of Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi in Tomás Saraceno’s immersive installation.  The metallic orbs mirror the historic Renaissance architecture in addition to visitors who pass by, while marking the entrance to the imagined space that explores life beyond anthropocentrism. As its name suggests, Aria is concerned with air, encompassing human travel, its ability to foster growth, and how it’s entwined with every living organism.

The Argentinian artist (previously) is known for his large-scale works that fall at the intersection of science and art and consider the human toll on the natural world. Throughout Aria are various experiences dealing with contemporary environmental issues: Glass forms hang from the ceiling and house Tillandsia plants, which need only air to survive, while “A Thermodynamic Imaginary” considers … Read the rest

American contemporary artist, Jasper Johns, Jr., was born on May 15, 1930, in Augusta, Georgia. Colour: Three distinct vertical bands of colour – warm red, neutral beige, cool blue. Shapes: Distinct, large, simplified, some slight modelling. Texture: Strong repeated diagonal movement of the marking tool. As the artists moved towards modern acrylic paints in the 1980s the range of available colours became much broader and brighter colours were introduced. Whereas men were the main artists at Papunya and women assisted within family groups to work on the men’s paintings, by the mid-1980s women began to make their own paintings. As part of this process, as women artists became well known they also opted for a wider range of colours. The Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Fifty-Ninth Annual American Exhibition of Water Colors and Drawings. 4 November 1948 – 2 January 1949. Catalogue. Born in Munich in 1880, Franz Marc was … Read the rest

Andy Warhol was a famous and well-respected American ‘Pop’ artist, considered even as a ‘Post Renaissance Man’ for his unique and unmatched style. Nayak, D., Rastogi, S., & Kathuria,K. (2014). Effectiveness of music therapy on anxiety level, and pain perception in primipara mothers during first stage of labor in selected hospitals of Odisha. Journal of Nursing and Health Science, 3(2), 7-14. A Genius of his time and his art. The ultimate art from Jackson Pollock, New York 1949 – spring, winter. Shankar, A., de Brain, N., Bonfield, S., Derwent, L., Eliasziw, M., Hu, B., Brown, L. & Suchowersky, (2008). Benefit of music therapy in patients with Parkinson’s disease: A randomized controlled trial. Movement Disorders, 23(1), 608. IT’S EASY, following his own strategies of reduction, to think of Ad Reinhardt as a painter, more specifically as an abstract painter, and most specifically as an abstract painter of black squares. Reinhardt’s life … Read the rest

Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971, Camden, NJ; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) makes paintings, collages, photography, video, and installations that draw on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power. Summer, L. (2001). Group Supervision in First-Time Music Therapy Practicum. In M. Forinash (Ed.), Music Therapy Supervision (pp. 69-87). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers. The painting is made up predominantly of blues and whites. These colours reflect the blues of sky and sea and the white of clouds and sea foam. Some warm tones are worked into the clouds. A border of light-brown painted canvas borders the painting. Fringed knotted twine decorates the top and bottom sides of the piece. The pouches were formed by folding the canvas upward and spot sewing them by hand. The ship was painted and then twine was knotted in an open lattice weave pattern. This was sewn … Read the rest

Urry means plenty of different things – but above all else, it indicates an affinity for cartoon creatures and other anthropomorphic animals. Marion Drummond strives to capture the immediacy and vibrancy of the scene before her, whether that be a still life, a portrait or a landscape. Such is the connection with the subject of her work that she will often mix the paint directly on the canvas with her fingers; in this process, there is a literal transfer of human warmth and energy to the painted surface. Marion describes her paintings as dynamically capturing ‘the moment’ and portraying it with a passionate energy. She has a particular love of the Blane valley countryside with its diversity of wildlife, rivers, moorland and hills. Daily walks provide Marion with colour notes for paintings and the sheer enjoyment of seeing the constant changing of light and season of the Scottish countryside. She … Read the rest

Sara’s Parlour Face Painting is a contemporary face and body art company based in Birmingham. Elliott Jamal Robbins’ work intersects social construction and self-perception to produce violently fractured narratives. In his Walk Series, installed here in sequence, Robbins paints stereotyped images in motion, only to repeatedly obliterate them—suggesting impeded progress. Stuart Middleton’s drawings of cattle constitute pristine renderings of the sanitized violence of the livestock industry, confirming the image as a distancing mechanism. Drawn from photographs by the artist, taken at a county fair where the livestock was showcased, Middleton faithfully renders the animals’ musculature and adornments. Middleton’s practice on the whole examines the specific application of animal psychology to the livestock industry—an example of exploiting evolutionarily learned behavior to optimize production. In Nolan Simon’s work, the most circulated, and opposed, of visual content collide—the religious motif, pornography, and social media. The work on view refers simultaneously to religious gesture … Read the rest

Georgia ‘Keeffe or Georgia Totto ‘Keeffe was an American painter, who revolutionized the concept of modern abstract art. Montello, L., & Coons, E. E. (1999). Effects of active versus passive group music therapy on preadolescents with emotional, learning, and behavioral disorders. Journal of Music Therapy, 35(1), 49-67. Imaging studies have also given us a fairly fine-grained picture of the brain’s responses to music. These results make the most sense when placed in the context of how the ear conveys sounds in general to the brain. Like other sensory systems, the one for hearing is arranged hierarchically, consisting of a string of neural processing stations from the ear to the highest level, the auditory cortex. The processing of sounds, such as musical tones, begins with the inner ear (cochlea), which sorts complex sounds produced by, say, a violin, into their constituent elementary frequencies. The cochlea then transmits this information along separately … Read the rest