The lots at the auction included Wyngarde's snake-skin jacket, his purple-shaded sunglasses, his childhood teddy bear and his silk kaftan smoking gown, as well as his trophy for the 'Best Dressed Personality of 1970', which he had won against stiff competition from Cliff Richard and George Best. … [Read more...] about CRAIG BROWN: A toupee with a life of its own? Titter ye not!
The art of this Sicilian visionary is beautifully pure, intense and passionate. Antonello was one of the first Italian artists to explore the subtlety of oil paints, which he learned about from Flemish paintings that made their way to the court of Naples. Here he uses that refined skill to paint a very human, vulnerable Christ whose agony on the cross is all the more touching for being realistic, without the gore and horror of medieval art. Antonello anticipates Michelangelo in making us feel an almost sensual compassion for Jesus. This is an eloquent pared back Easter egg of powerful feeling.• National Gallery, London. … [Read more...] about Peek into Picasso’s paperwork and loiter with Leonardo – the week in art
Anywhere near the estimate, which is nearly three times the price of the most expensive Hockney sold at auction to date, would break the record. Jeff Koons holds the title after his stainless steel Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for $58m in 2013. Next is Gerhard Richter, the most expensive European artist, after his Abstraktes Bild (1988) sold in London in 2015 for £30.4m (then $46m). … [Read more...] about David Hockney’s pool painting set to sell for record amount for a living artist