Sandro Botticelli, "Study for a Seated St. Joseph"
Sotheby's London, 9th July 2014
Estimate £1-1.5million

Sotheby’s secures an impressive group of works for their July Old Master Paintings sale in London; one that was put together by Barbara Piasecka Johnson (1937-2013) wife of the late John Seward Johnson, co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson firm. On sale this summer will be 9 masterworks from this collection, sold to benefit the […]

Street art by Mehdi Ghanyanloo - Old Memories of Tehran 2009

This is not really a new story, but it feels fitting to start of a Monday, beginning of a week, a month and the summer. Mehdi Ghadyanloo has been decorating Tehran’s high-rises and office buildings for eight years now, and reportedly painted over one hundred walls! His surrealist dream-like scenes beautifully complements the minimalistic architectural […]

Attributed to Vicente Alban, "Yndia en trage de gala" and "Sra Prinsipal con su negra esclava"
Oil on canvas, 81.3 by 106 cm each
Sold for $641,000 at Sotheby's New York, 28 May 2014, Lot 60
Estimate $80,000-120,000

Look at this pair of Casta paintings (see below for info on Castas) that fetched $641,000 at Sotheby’s Latin Art Modern & Contemporary Sale! They were estimated at $80,000-120,000, which was very modest but to reach this level is really remarkable. Various museums and private collectors have focused on Colonial art, and good Casta paintings […]

The house in Brixton where van Gogh lived is open to visitors as part of the Artangel commission by Saskia Olde Wolbers who has an audio installation there, "Yes These are the Windows"

Artangel has introduced “Van Gogh Walk,” a free audio walk that re-imagines the emotional landscape of Vincent Van Gogh‘s London.  This collaboration with CoolTan Arts is inspired by the writings of van Gogh and CoolTan artists, and has been developed to be listened to anywhere in the world, but the content was developed in the […]

Map of Cennet/Cinnet (Paradise/Posessed) Island from The Utopie Folder

It is unfortunate that a country with such diverse history and rich culture like Turkey is repeatedly linked to censorship of the arts. One recent incident was in Spain when the Turkish Embassy in Madrid censored an international exhibition organized in 2013 with ARCOmadrid.  In the exhibition booklet, the explanatory notes to artist İz Öztat’s […]


It is now almost here! the newest and largest addition to the Soho House group will be Istanbul this winter. The members club shared the progress with images today with its member community. There was also a small informal BBQ hosted at Shoreditch House to introduce the new club which will have a members-only section […]

Netherlandish School, "Let the Little Children Come to Me", oil on canvas, 122 x 104 cm
Sold for €1,525,000
at Lempertz, Lot 1174, on 17th of May 2014
Estimate: 15,000 - 18,000 Euro

Everyone in the Old Master market is talking about the astonishing price achieved for a Netherlandish School painting that was sold at Lempertz on 17th of May. This multi-figured large composition on canvas is thought to be a work by the great master Rembrandt himself, hence the sale price of 1.5 million Euros against an […]


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