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A comprehensive exhibition of the work of controversial American artist Jeff Koons is at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, until June 9th. Koons himself together with Sir Norman Rosenthal curated the exhibition, which features 17 works, 14 of which have never been shown in the UK. They span the artist’s entire career and his most well-known series including Equilibrium, Statuary, Banality, Antiquity and his recent Gazing Ball sculptures and paintings. Koons is widely known for his iconic...

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A humanoid artificially intelligent robot named Ai-Da is claimed to be the first robot capable of drawing people from life using her eye, and a pencil in her bionic hand. The designers say that using AI processes and algorithms, Ai-Da’s ability as a life-like robot to draw and paint from sight has never been achieved before, and will make Ai-Da an artist in her own right. Ai-Da is the brainchild of art impresario and gallerist Aidan Meller,...

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With the current popularity of movies based on comic-book superheroes, it’s no surprise that rare and collectable comics are appreciating in value. If you own a classic such as Action Comics 1 (1938), featuring the first appearance of Superman and worth $3,200,000; or Detective Comics 27 (1939), the first appearance of Batman and worth $2,230,000; you wouldn’t just read it then throw it under your bed. No modern comic will reach anything like that value...

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Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art saw René Magritte’s portrait of patron Edward James, Le Principe du Plaisir (The Principle of Pleasure) (1937), fetch $26.9 million—a new world auction record for the artist. The portrait of one of the most influential patrons of surrealist art—introduced to Magritte by Salvador Dalí in 1937—well exceeded its highest pre-sale estimate of $20 million, after a bidding battle between seven collectors. Commissioned by James himself, the work...

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The Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sale is set to be held on the 2nd April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. While the exhibition will include some familiar genres including Modern Asian Art, Contemporary Asian Art Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, for the first time a number of significant Western Contemporary works will be incorporated. Celebrated names such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst and Adrian Ghenie will be...

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