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Three Rediscovered Works By English Master John Constable to be Offered at Auction

Following the success of the sale of a newly-found work by the revered English artist John Constable (1776-1837) in March of this year, Chiswick Auctions is offering three further rediscovered works in its upcoming sale of British & European Fine Art including Portrait Miniatures on June 19th, 2019. The artworks have emerged from two important private collections in the UK. Research by Chiswick Auctions art specialist Suzanne Zack and two external art experts, who consulted...

Banksy Mural to be Moved From Port Talbot Garage to Gallery

A mural by mysterious graffiti artist Banksy is to be moved from a garage wall in Port Talbot to a new gallery in the town. Essex-based gallery owner John Brandler paid a six-figure sum for Seasons Greetings, and described it as one of the artist’s most important works.               The graffiti on steelworker Ian Lewis’ garage appeared overnight in December 2018. Contractors begin transferring the piece, painted across two...

Graphic Novelist Posy Simmonds Retrospective Exhibition Opens at House of Illustration

The first major UK retrospective of the works of celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist Posy Simmonds opens at the House of Illustration in London today, May 24th 2019. The exhibition runs until 15th September 2019 at 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4BH.                     Posy Simmonds’ sharp satire and progressive female characters have defined a career spanning 50 years. The exhibition will feature her...

How Did Nobuo Sekine Catalyse the ‘Mona-ha’ Japanese Art Movement?

Nobuo Sekine, the avant-garde Japanese sculptor and artist, passed away this week. Nevertheless, his work will be remembered for its role in catalysing Mona-ha, the post-war Japanese art movement. From 1968 through the 1970s, Nobuo Sekine put forth the ideas central to the ‘Mona-ha’ movement, which translates to the ‘School of Things’. The movement eschewed elements of contemporary, Western art and more specifically, the notion that an object’s signification could be dictated or determined by...
Monet and Koons Set World Records in Art Auctions

Art FocusSotheby's ViewMonet and Koons Set World Records in Art Auctions

A painting by Claude Monet, one of the Meules (Haystacks) series, depicting rural life near his home in the Normandy region, has set world records by selling for $110.7m (£85.7m). Shortly after, a sculpture by US pop artist Jeff Koons sold for $91.1m (£71m), breaking the record price for a work by a living artist. The Monet painting from 1890 was the first Impressionist work to achieve over $100m. It was last auctioned in 1986,...
Frank Frazetta Fantasy Painting Egyptian Queen Comes to Auction For First Time

Art FocusFrank Frazetta Fantasy Painting Egyptian Queen Comes to Auction For First Time

One of Frank Frazetta‘s most recognisable and popular illustrations, Egyptian Queen, is coming under the hammer at Heritage Auctions as part of the Comics & Comic Art auction on May 16th-18th. Enduring and expansive in its popularity, the painting (above) has appeared for decades on comic books, paperback book covers, posters and album covers. Over the years, other artists have created their own versions of the painting in honour of the powerful image and the...
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