November 18, 2020

Art News

How Five Emerging Women Artists Are Tapping Into the Surrealism of the Moment to Escape Reality

As winter approaches, we may once again be returning to the confines of our homes for another stretch of days, weeks, perhaps even months. How is all this intensive domesticity affecting our psyches? The inaugural show at PAVE Contemporary in London, an emerging-artist-focused division of the House of Fine Arts Gallery, suggests a rise in surreal sensibilities.

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Gemstones, Delicate Filigree, and Mechanical Gears Encase Steeven Salvat’s Insect Specimens

All images © Steeven Salvat, shared with permission Steeven Salvat (previously) evokes the glass-covered entomological studies of rare butterflies, beetles, and moths with an additional layer of protection. The French artist armors the singular insects with precious gemstones, silver and gold filigree, and rotational gears. Even elements of luxury watches, like Breguet’s Reine de Naple

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Who Is Fanny Eaton? The Jamaican Model Who Inspired the Pre-Raphaelites Is the Latest Art-World Figure to Get a Google Doodle

The Google Doodle for November 18 honors Fanny Eaton, a muse to the Pre-Raphaelites who helped redefine Victorian standards of beauty. Born in Jamaica on June 23, 1835, Eaton moved to London in the 1840s with her mother, Matilda Foster, who had been freed from slavery after the practice was abolished in the English colonies in 1834. In her

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I’m Obsessed with Caspar David Friedrich’s “The Cemetery Entrance”

Caspar David Friedrich, The Cemetery Entrance, 1825. Image via Wikimedia Commons. When friends and family have checked in on me these past months, I’ve occasionally told them I’m worried about my heart. With a job in the news, I spend my work weeks consuming headlines and statistics about COVID-19, and I’ve become alarmingly less shocked

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A 26-Foot-Tall Sculpture of Marilyn Monroe Will Be Installed in Front of the Palm Springs Art Museum. Its Director Is Not Pleased

A 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe playfully patting down her upblown skirt is the source of a heated debate in Palm Springs, California. The town’s city council has approved the, um… cheeky statue—a recreation of the actor’s iconic scene atop a blustery subway grate from the 1955 Billy Wilder comedy The Seven Year Itch—to be installed

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Arresting Sculptural Reliefs by Artist Anne Samat Layer Everyday Objects with Meticulously Woven Threads

“Follow Your Heart Wholeheartedly” (2020), rattan sticks, yarn, rakes, washers, plastic swords, toy soldiers, beads, metal and plastic ornaments, 131.5 x 141.75 x 11.75 inches. Installation view of Asia Society Triennial: “We Do Not Dream Alone” at Asia Society Museum, New York. Photograph by Bruce M. White. All images courtesy of Asia Society, shared with

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Asian Art

Want a Crash Course on the Chinese Art Market? Christie’s First-Ever Virtual Education Conference Tackles the Subject

The first global virtual conference from Christie’s Education takes on a none-too-small topic: the Chinese art market. The two-day conference (November 26–27) will bring together a range of leading voices and scholars for 13 sessions, each focused on a different aspect of the Chinese art ecosystem and its global impact from both historical and contemporary

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In an Explosive Claim, a Scholar Says This Newly Discovered Drawing Proves Leonardo da Vinci Never Painted ‘Salvator Mundi’

An Italian scholar claims to have discovered a new drawing of Jesus Christ by Leonardo da Vinci that confirms doubts that the Renaissance master painted Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive work of art. A private collector in Lecco showed the red chalk drawing of Jesus Christ to Annalisa Di Maria, a Leonardo scholar associated

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