Best known for his iconic LOVE series, Robert Indiana, dies aged 89.

In this Sept. 24, 2013 photo, artist Robert Indiana, known world over for his LOVE image, is interviewed in front of that painting at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art. (Photo: Lauren Casselberry, AP)

He was one of the preeminent figures in American art since the 1960s. He has played a central role in the development of assemblage art, hard-edge painting and Pop art. A self proclaimed “American painter of signs,” Indiana has created a highly original body of work that explores American identity, personal history and the power of abstraction and language, establishing an important legacy that resonates in the work of many contemporary artists who make the written word a central element of their oeuvre.

His artistic talent was evident at an early age, and its recognition by a first grade teacher encouraged his decision to become an artist. His work integrates non-art materials, ordinary language, and commercially-inspired graphic designs with more traditional elements of fine art, elevating the viewer's daily experience and folding it into a history of art and American identity.


New York © Malte Vahlenkamp


Washington DC © Jorge Lauzao Penalvo







A Picasso, Valued at $70 Million, Is Damaged Before Sale and Modigliani Painting Sold for Over $157 million

"Le Marin (The Sailor) by the Spanish master Pablo Picasso, has been pulled from a planned Tuesday auction, at Christie’s New York, after it was accidentally damaged.


“Le Marin (The Sailor)” was damaged days before it was supposed to be sold at an auction. (PHILIP FONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Created during the Nazi invasion of France, this oil canvas is one of the artists most celebrated self-portraits, in which he wears one of his striped fisherman shirts. The masterpiece was painted back in 1943, around 5 weeks after Pablo received a letter from the Nazis threatening to deport him to a concentration camp. It is believed that the painting portrays the distress and anxiety that Pablo was going through during that period.

Pablo Picasso next to "Le Marin" Credit: Christies

Christie’s has not divulged the precise nature of the damage to “Le Marin,” but following the mishap, the auction house said in an email that Picasso’s 1964 painting “Femme au chat assise dans un fauteuil” (“Woman With a Cat Seated in an Armchair”), estimated at $22 million to $28 million, has also been withdrawn from the sale. This second Picasso had also been identified as being offered by Mr. Wynn. Like “Le Marin,” it had been guaranteed to sell courtesy of a third party.


Femme au chat assise dans un fauteuil - Pablo Picasso

Modigliani Painting Sold for Over $157 million

Nu couché, a reclining nude woman, from 
Amedeo Modigliani, that was once considered obscene in Paris sold for over $157 million at an auction in the 14 May Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale. It is now the most valuable work ever sold at Sothebys.


Modigliani’s 1917 painting, “Nu Couché (Sur Le Côté Gauche),” Credit: Christies

Nu couché was acquired by its previous owner at auction in 2003 for $26.9 million.  In 2010, the Modigliani oil painting. In addition to being the finest example from the series, Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) is distinguished further as the largest painting of Modigliani’s entire oeuvre – measuring nearly 58 inches (147 centimeters) across – and the only one of his horizontal nudes to contain the entire figure within the canvas.

The majority of the 22 reclining nudes from the series are found in museums, with particular depth in the United States: the
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York each hold three examples. Outside of the United States, institutions with reclining nudes include the Long Museum in Shanghai and The Courtauld Gallery in London.

The MET gala: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

On Monday, May 7th, the Costume Institute sanctified its love of fashion with “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Designed to create a dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art in the museum’s holdings, the show was presented in a trinity of locations: the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, and further uptown at the Cloisters. Central to the conversation will be the papal garb on loan from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican, even in the 1983 Met blockbuster, “The Vatican Collections: The Papacy and Art.”

“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”
Left: El Greco, Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara (1541–1609), c. 1600, oil on canvas; right: Evening Coat, Cristóbal Balenciaga for Balenciaga, Autumn/Winter 1954–55
Photos: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.5) / © Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Bryon C. Foy, 1957 (C.I.57.29.8) / Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Digital Composite Scan by Katerina Jebb

“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”
Left: Attr. to Zanobi Strozzi, The Nativity (detail), c. 1433–34, tempera and gold on wood; right: Evening Dress, Jeanne Lanvin for Lanvin, 1939
Photos: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of May Dougherty King, 1983 (1983.490) / © Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Harrison Williams, Lady Mendl, and Mrs. Ector Munn, 1946 (C.I.46.4.17a–c) / Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Digital Composite Scan by Katerina Jebb

“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”
Left: Bible and Book of Common Prayer, British, c. 1607, silk and metal; right: Evening Dress, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, Spring 2014 haute couture
Photos: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Irwin Untemeyer, 1964 (64.101.1291) / © Metropolitan Museum of Art; Courtesy of Valentino S.p.A. / Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Digital Composite Scan by Katerina Jebb

“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”
Left: Follower of Lippo Memmi, Saint Peter, mid-14th century, tempera on wood, gold ground; right: Evening Dress, Elsa Schiaparelli, Summer 1939
Photos: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.15) / © Metropolitan Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1954 (2009.300.1185a, b) / Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Digital Composite Scan by Katerina Jebb

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Left: Fragment of a Floor Mosaic with a Personification of Ktisis, Byzantine, 500–550, with modern restoration, marble, and glass; right: Ensemble, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for Dolce & Gabbana, Fall 2013–14
Photos: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harris Brisbane DickFund and Fletcher Fund, 1998; Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Dodge Fund, and Rogers Fund, 1999 (1998.69; 1999.99) / © Metropolitan Museum of Art; Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana / Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Digital Composite Scan by Katerina Jebb

On the night of the 2018 Costume Institute gala, the exhibition's theme— Heavenly Bodies — found new meaning when some of the buzziest celebrity attendees broke off from the proceedings to appreciate works of art in the halls of the Met Museum, and in some cases, become works of art themselves. Against the backdrop of some of the Met's most iconic exhibition spaces, partygoers shimmied, strutted, posed, preened, and played in perfect harmony with medieval, Renaissance, classical Greek and Roman paintings and sculptures.


'DISASTER':French Museum Discovered Half Its Paintings Are Fake

An art museum located in the south of France, the Etienne Terrus Museum, has discovered that nearly 60% of the entire collection was FAKE. In an interview on Friday, Yves Bariol, mayor of the Pyrenees town, called the situation "a disaster" and apologized to those who had previously visited the museum.

Knowing that people have visited the museum and seen a collection, most of which is fake, that’s bad. It’s a catastrophe for the municipality.

Eric Forcada, the art historian who uncovered the counterfeits, said that he had seen straight away that most of the works were fake.

French police suspect the existence of fake works attributed to other Catalonian artists such as Pierre Brune, Balbino Giner and Augustin Hanicote.

Detectives suspect that other museums may also contain large numbers of forged works attributed to southern French artists.

Musée Terrus in Elne, France. Google Maps

View of Espira de Conflent, Morning Effect by Étienne Terrus (1857-1922), one of the works still on display at the museum dedicated to the painter in Elne, France Denis Trente-Huittessan

'Collioure in the Pyrenees' by Étienne Terrus Musée Terrus

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Etienne Terrus, Vue d'Elne.

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Elne (Pyrénées-Orientales) - une fausse toile d'Etienne Terrus - avril 2018. / © F3 LR

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Visitors look at the painting "Le clocher de Ria" (R) (The bell tower of Ria), next to "Portrait d'un inconnu" (AFP/Getty Images)

Visitors look at the painting "Le clocher de Ria" (The bell tower of Ria) at the museum dedicated to French painter Etienne Terrus (AFP/Getty Images)

Your Camera is better than Ansel Adams

Photographer Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography discusses the importance to have or not to have the best camera in the market in order to take better photographs. "Every famous photograph was made with a camera less advanced than the one you are using now" - This is a quote Ted Forbes read few months ago and stuck with him for some time.

writes in his 10-min video: "Ansel Adams didn't have gear as advanced as what we have now. Neither did Henri Cartier-Bresson or W Eugene Smith or Saul Leiter. Photographers tend to put equipment on a pedestal. We blame our shortcomings as photographers on the gear that we have. Sony, Nikon and Canon all market to us in that way - you need the latest and the greatest because your photography depends on it!. The truth is that important work… work that matters - doesn't have anything to do with the technology we have access to. It has everything to do with what we have to say and communicate visually "

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Ansel Adams (left) and “Evening, McDonald Lake, Glacier National Park (1942)” (right).

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Henri Cartier-Bresson - Crowds gathered between Birla House and the cremation grounds on the Jumna River, during Gandhi’s funeral. Delhi, India. 1948

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W Eugene Smith - Nun Waiting for Survivors, Andrea Doria 1956

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Candy Cigarette by Sally Man, 1989

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David Slater has won his legal battle over the monkey selfie.

COPYRIGHT: Naruto Vs David Slater case

British Photographer David Slater travelled to Sulawesi, Indonesia, and spent a week taking pictures of macaques in 2011. A Monkey (named Naruto) Hijacks Slate’s Camera and took a selfie.

Photo by Naruto, a Sulawesi crested macaque

Slater said the photoshoot that resulted in these pictures took place after he set up a camera on a tripod. He said he mounted the camera on his tripod, and then gradually persuaded the monkeys to press the shutter while looking into the lens.

By David Slater

In 2014 he asked Wikipedia to take down his picture after they published it without his permission, but they refused and said that the copyright belonged to the monkey.

In that time, the US Copyright Office ruled that animals cannot own copyright but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sued Mr Slater in 2015.  

Slater has revealed that being sued by a monkey has ruined his life and left him completely broke in that time. Now everything has changed. A US appeals court ruled on Monday, April 23th, that US copyright law doesn’t allow animals to file copyright infringement lawsuits.

PETA has yet to decide if it will appeal this, and its lawyer, Jeff Kerr,
tells TIME: “Naruto should be considered the author and copyright owner, and he shouldn’t be treated any differently from any other creator simply because he happens to not be human.”

ELLE Brazil recreated 5 famous paintings with real people and the result is surprising

Art is an antidote to the negativity of life! This is what the ELLE Brazil team thinks!.
To celebrate art and introduce it in everyday life, the magazine transformed six real people into the key characters of 5 famous paintings.

On stage the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, represented by the Brazilian actress Sonia Braga

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, embodied by the transgender model Lea T.

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt could not be missing, with the two actors Tais Araujo and Lázaro Ramos staging a golden embrace

The scream of Edvard Munch played by Brazilian theater legend José Celso Martinez Corrêa, caught in an expression of joy rather than fear.

And finally the composer Caetano Veloso photographed in a tribute to Joiners by David Hockney.

Pensioner, 84, who never painted before recreates Canaletto masterpiece

Ken Small, 84, who lives near Darlington in County Durham, worked as a mechanic until he retired aged 65. At that point he realized his true talent was in art. He decided to paint his own life-size version of 'Venice' by 18th Century Italian artist Canaletto after a visit to an art exhibition in 2014.  




© Original Canaletto - Venice: S. Geremia and the Entrance to the Cannaregio - Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, England

World Press Photo of the Year award 2018 Winner

© Ronaldo Schemidt, Agence France-Presse

The award winners were announced yesterday April 12th, 2018 at the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam. Ronaldo Schemidt a Photographer from Venezuela was winner. Ronaldo received the World Press Photo of the Year award for his image of a man ablaze during a violent protest in Caracas against the country's president, Nicolas Maduro

“It’s quite symbolic, actually,” said National Geographic’s Whitney Johnson, another member of the jury. “The man, he has a mask on his face. He’s come to sort of represent not just himself and himself on fire, but sort of this idea of Venezuela burning.”

The photo is part of a series that Schemidt shot within a span of two minutes on May 3, 2017. His successive images show Salazar Balza in flames, running for help.


And the other 5 finalists:

© Patrick Brown, Panos Pictures, for Unicef

© Ivor Prickett, for The New York Times

© Ivor Prickett, for The New York Times

© Adam Ferguson, for The New York Times

© Toby Melville, Reuters

When famous paintings are used as inspiration

Art inspires passion, love, sadness, happiness, and many more things. As music or fragrance, the inspiration will depend on how artists see it.






The Starry Night | © Vincent van Gogh

The Great Wave off Kanagawa | © Katsushika Hokusai

The Birth of Venus | © Sandro Botticelli

The Scream | © Edvard Munch