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3 Artists You Should Be Following Right Now. Aug 1, 2021

By Akinori Ohtani

3 Artists You Should Be Following Right Now.  Aug 1, 2021

Artists Worth Following.

Our 3 artists to follow this week. (And probably for many many weeks to follow!)

Please click in to find out whom our 3 picks are this week!

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A new piece of street art by Banksy has appeared on a house in Bristol.

By Akinori Ohtani

A new piece of street art by Banksy has appeared on a house in Bristol.

The graffiti, which is on the wall of a semi-detached house on Vale Street in Totterdown, depicts a woman in a headscarf sneezing and her dentures flying through the air. The sneeze causes her to drop her walking stick and handbag.

Banksy has now publicly claimed responsibility for the art, which was spotted by Tristan Kay, a senior lecturer at University of Bristol.

In October, a Banksy artwork depicting a young girl hula-hooping with the wheel of a bicycle, next to a real bike missing a back wheel, was unveiled.

They said the man bought two bottles of Ribena from their shop and when they asked who the artist was, the man simply “winked”.

Banksy’s identity has famously remained unknown to the public.

Posted by: Independent

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Gallery Art: Originals, Sculptures & Editions

By Akinori Ohtani

Gallery Art: Originals, Sculptures & Editions

Gallery Art + Artsy present Originals, Sculptures & Editions, featuring works by world renowned artists including, Banksy, Mr Brainwash, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and more.

All lots in this auction are subject to Buyer's Premium + VAT (international) or sales tax (varies by state).

Gallery Art is located in Aventura, Florida and all artworks are available for viewing at our 8,000 square foot showroom. 

Bidding in the auction will close at 12:00pm EST on Thursday, November 19th.

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Monet’s Magical Nuances: How the Impressionist Became a Worldwide Star

By Akinori Ohtani

Monet’s Magical Nuances: How the Impressionist Became a Worldwide Star

Guided by an intense interest in the natural world, Claude Monet created works that reflected the magical nuances and subtleties he observed in vast seascapes, quiet lily ponds, and other locales. His art played a key role key role in the development of the Impressionist movement in the 19th-century, and though it was derided by critics early on, it continues to fascinate audiences around the world today. His paintings can be found in the collections of major international museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery in London, and many more. To mark the prolific painter’s birthday on November 14, ARTnews took a look back at his pioneering career. 

As a young man, Monet learned about plein-air painting from artist Eugène Boudin.
Born in 1840 in the town of Le Havre in France’s Normandy region, a site that would be the subject of a number of his paintings, Monet moved to Paris in 1859 and enrolled at the Académie Suisse in 1860. Around this time, the French landscape painter Eugène Boudin taught Monet about plein-air techniques that would become central to the artist’s practice. Monet also studied with the Dutch landscape painter Johan Jongkind during this period, and at age 22, Monet joined the Paris studio of academic painter Charles Gleyre, who was mainly known for his figurative mythological scenes filled with rich details. Gleyre would also go on to train some of Monet’s contemporaries, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and others.

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Claude Monet, On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt, 1868, oil on canvas.COURTESY ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Some of Monet’s earliest works featured Camille-Léonie Doncieux.
Monet painted his lover Camille-Léonie Doncieux in a number of his early paintings, including Camille (The Woman in the Green Dress), a figurative painting from 1866 depicting a woman flaunting the long train of her emerald dress, and On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt (1868), which shows an idyllic riverside view and hints at the development of Monet’s impressionistic mark-making. Though not yet fully formed in the latter painting, Monet’s signature style would ultimately represent a radical rejection of the dominant mode at the time, realism, which privileged imagery that looked a lot like life itself. Monet and Doncieux married in 1870 after the birth of their first son, Jean. That same year, the couple fled the chaos Franco-Prussian War for London, where Monet met the dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. Durand-Ruel would become closely associated with the Impressionists as an advocate of their avant-garde style. Also in London, Monet would be influenced by the landscapes of John Constable and J. M. W. Turner.


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Claude Monet, Impression, Sunrise, 1872, oil on canvas.WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Monet’s works are largely rejected by major institutions in the early 1870s.
While Monet was still living in London, his work was excluded from an 1871 exhibition at the Royal Academy, and later that year he would return to France to live in the Parisian suburb of Argenteuil. Over the next few years, the artist embarked on several major projects. He completed his famed painting Impression, Sunrise in 1872, and that work would debut two years later in the first Impressionist exhibition organized by the Société Anonyme des Artistes on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris. The group got their name from the artist and critic Louis Leroy, who, upon seeing the exhibition, coined the term “impressionists” as a pejorative. During these years, Monet faced serious financial difficulties and struggled to establish commercial success as an artist.

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Claude Monet, Low Tide at Varengeville, 1882, oil on canvas.WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

In the 1880s, Monet begins to exhibit his works more widely.
Throughout the next decade, Monet had exhibitions at the Paris Salon and Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris, as well as a retrospective of 145 paintings at Galerie Georges Petit. His keen interest in the natural world remained a defining part of his practice, with paintings of seascapes and coastal rock formations among his favorite subjects during these years. Low Tide at Varengeville (1882), for instance, depicts a marshy patch of land beneath an imposing seaside cliff. Following the death of his first wife, Camille-Léonie Doncieux, in 1879, Monet married a woman named Alice Hoschedé, the widow of one of the artist’s patrons, in 1892.

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Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny, 1899, oil on canvas.WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Monet settles in Giverny, where he would create some of his most iconic painting series.
In the early 1890s, Monet bought property and land in the village of Giverny, in Normandy. The artist’s gardens and storied water lily pond would serve as rich inspiration for his best known paintings; today, they are popular tourist destinations. He created hundreds of water lily paintings in the final 30 years of his life, exploring the dreamy effects of the flowers’ reflections in water on both small- and large-scale canvases. During the 1890s Monet also created his famed Rouen Cathedral series, which served as studies of the structure’s Gothic facade over the course of different seasons and times of day, and his haystacks series, which was presented at Galerie Durand-Ruel and received widespread praise upon its debut.

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Claude Monet, The Houses of Parliament, sunset, 1903, oil on canvas.WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The artist was also inspired by his encounters abroad during the later part of his career.
From the early 1880s to the early 20th-century, Monet made trips to paint series focused on Mediterranean seascapes in Italy and landmarks in London, including the city’s Houses of Parliament and Charing Cross Bridge. The last years of his life, however, were dedicated to his monumental, panoramic water lily paintings. An exhibition of those works in bespoke galleries opened at the Paris Orangerie just months after Monet’s death at age 86 in 1926. Despite early years of hardship, the artist died having become both wealthy and famous as a result of his unorthodox style.

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Claude Monet, Meules, 1890, oil on canvas.WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Monet’s legacy looms large in the annals of art history.
Having gone against the grain of the French Academy and played a pivotal role in forging an entirely new artistic movement, Monet remains one of the world’s most famous artists. Visitors from around the world flocking every year to Parisian institutions like the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée Marmottan Monet to lay their eyes on his artworks. In recent years the artist’s market has been exploding, too. In 2019, Sotheby’s set a new auction record for Monet with the sale of one his haystack paintings, Meules (1890), for $110.7 million. Demand for institutional showings of Monet’s work also continues apace nearly 100 years after the artist’s death. His work was the subject of a lauded 2019 exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, and Impression, Sunrise, which is held in the collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet, traveled to Shanghai for a presentation in 2020.



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Banksy confirmed authorship of a new artwork in Nottingham.

By Akinori Ohtani

Banksy confirmed authorship of a new artwork in Nottingham.

Banksy's most recent work of art was painted outside of a salon in Nottingham. Via

Banksy has claimed authorship of a new artwork that appeared outside of a salon in Nottingham last week. The work, which features a young girl hula-hooping stenciled in Banksy’s signature monochrome style, was speculated to be the work of the reclusive street artist, but wasn’t confirmed to be authentic until Banksy posted a picture of the work on his Instagram this past Saturday.



Paul Gough, a Banksy expert and professor at Arts University Bournemouth, told the BBC:

The last four or five [Banksy pieces] have all related to Covid or something in the news. This is much more whimsical and much more of the moment. It is someone enjoying themselves. Perhaps that is the message: 'we are in difficult times, let's try to make the most of it and get some fun out of something which is broken'. The hoop is holistic. The circle is positive and life-affirming. Even with a knackered bicycle, she is finding something she can play with.

This work is the latest in a busy year for Banksy. In May, the artist unveiled a new painting, Game Changer (2020), at the Southampton General Hospital in the United Kingdom. The painting, which will be auctioned off in order to raise funds for the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS), was the subject of an attempted theft shortly after its unveiling. This week, the artist’s riff on Claude Monet’s Giverny paintings, Show me the Monet (2005), will go on offer at Sotheby’s live-streamed “Modernités / Contemporary” auction, taking place on October 21st across the firm’s London and Paris locations.

According to Artsy data, Banksy is one of the most popular and in-demand artists on the platform: He is the second-most followed, trailing only Pablo Picasso; and his work has driven more inquiries than any other artist save one (KAWS).

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Banksy artwork sells for almost $10 million at auction

By Akinori Ohtani

Banksy artwork sells for almost $10 million at auction

A member of staff poses in front of a work of art by Banksy entitled 'Show Me The Monet" at Sotheby's auction house in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Banksy’s “Show Me the Monet” playful take on a famous Impressionist painting has sold to an unidentified bidder at auction on Wednesday evening Oct. 21, 2020, for 7.6 million pounds (US dollars 9.8 million). (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — Banksy’s playful take on a famous Impressionist painting has sold at auction for 7.6 million pounds ($9.8 million), the second-highest price ever paid for a work by the British street artist.

“Show Me the Monet” sold to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday evening, surpassing its upper pre-sale estimate of 5 million pounds.

In the 2005 work, Banksy added abandoned shopping carts and an orange traffic cone to Claude Monet’s image of water lilies in his garden at Giverny.

Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European head of contemporary art, said the work was one of the “strongest and most iconic” Banksy works to appear at auction.

Banksy, whose real name has never been officially confirmed, began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England, and has become one of the world’s best-known artists.

Another Banksy work, “Devolved Parliament,” sold last year at Sotheby’s in London for 9.9 million pounds. Earlier this month, his graffiti-style piece “Forgive Us Our Trespassing” sold for $8.3 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.

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Ronald Perelman to sell Rothko and De Kooning art works at Christie’s Auction

By Akinori Ohtani

Ronald Perelman to sell Rothko and De Kooning art works at Christie’s Auction

Christie’s said it will offer Rothko’s 1967 “Untitled,” with a $30 million to $50 million estimate. (Representational Image)(Instagram @markrothkoart)

Ronald Perelman, who’s sold more than $200 million of art from his extensive collection in recent months, is putting more trophies on the block. The billionaire owner of Revlon Inc. is offering a group of works at a Christie’s auction on Oct. 6 that could bring more than $180 million, including paintings by Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the pieces are being offered anonymously.

Since the end of July, Sotheby’s has disposed of more than $200 million of Perelman’s art, both privately and at auction. Some proceeds from the sales were slated to pay down loans from Citigroup Inc., according to people with knowledge of the arrangements.

Representatives for Perelman and Christie’s declined to comment.

Perelman’s offerings have been a major boon for auction houses in what has been a difficult year for the art market. The global pandemic dramatically reduced the volume of sales, canceled live events and upended the decades-old calendar and formats.

Christie’s added the October sale -- which will be live-streamed from New York -- ahead of its traditional November auctions. Perelman’s consignment was finalized this week and by Friday paintings by Rothko and de Kooning were in Hong Kong for private viewings, according to a person familiar with the deal.

Perelman’s investment company, MacAndrews & Forbes, said in July it was reworking its holdings in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the ravages it caused to American businesses, including his own. The 77-year-old said in a statement last week that the time had come for him “to clean house, simplify and give others the chance to enjoy some of the beautiful things that I’ve acquired just as I have for decades.”

Christie’s said it will offer Rothko’s 1967 “Untitled,” with a $30 million to $50 million estimate. The work last sold at auction for $1.2 million in 1998, according to the Artnet database. Perelman bought it privately in 2002.

De Kooning’s 1953-1955 “Woman (Green)” may fetch $20 million to $30 million, according to Christie’s website.

Also on Oct. 6, Sotheby’s will offer an abstract canvas by Gerhard Richter, owned by Perelman and estimated at $15 million to $18 million, at its contemporary auction in Hong Kong, testing Asia’s demand for high-end Western contemporary art.

Published by Hindustan Times
by Jahnavi Gupta
Updated: Sep 26, 2020



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A Massive Bitcoin Artwork Is Being Auctioned At Christie’s

By Nelson Kao

A Massive Bitcoin Artwork Is Being Auctioned At Christie’s

Block 21 of Portraits of a Mind is one of 40 artworks spread across the world, which between them contain all 12.3 million digits of Bitcoin’s code.

By Esat Dedezade
8 min read
In brief
  • Bitcoin-themed artwork Block 21, from the series Portraits of a Mind, is being auctioned at Christie's New York.
  • Block 21 is one of 40 artworks in the series, which depict the Bitcoin code.
  • Other works in the series are owned by crypto enthusiasts such as Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao.

The walls of Christie’s auction house in New York have been graced by works from some of the greatest artists of all time: Monet, Picasso, Warhol, Pollock; the list goes on. Take a stroll through the galleries from October 1 and you’ll find yourself in the presence of something entirely new: a large, alluring disc that—at first glance—could be an ancient artifact.

Portraits of a Mind artwork
Portraits of a Mind, Block 21. Image: Robert Alice/Ben Gentilli

Its surface is inscribed with hundreds of thousands of digits of hexadecimal code—322,048, to be exact—some of which are highlighted in gold, radiating outwards from a central void. Its secrets aren’t immediately obvious; it gives little away. Peer closer, and you’ll read ‘Block 21’ on the inner rim.

This mysterious circle is bound to 39 others around the world—a collection that stretches more than 50 meters long. And the hidden meaning behind the 12.3 million digits engraved on their surfaces? They’re a hand-crafted, precise transcription of the original digits of the historic v0.1.0 code that launched Bitcoin

A portrait of Satoshi Nakamoto, in 40 parts

The artist behind this painstaking process, Ben Gentilli of the Robert Alice project, has called this collective piece Portraits of a Mind. Described as a digital fingerprint carved out of paint, each of the 40 individual pieces contains a chunk of the original code. Taken together, they represent a global portrait of Satoshi NakamotoBitcoin’s anonymous founder, who first released the cryptocurrency’s original code in January 2009.

“Bitcoin’s original codebase is like a historical document, and I wanted to celebrate it and preserve it in the same way as a document like the Magna Carta,” Gentilli told Decrypt. “But I also wanted to try and answer the question of how one might make a portrait of Satoshi Nakamoto, when there is no image of him.”

Portraits of a Mind, he argues, depicts Satoshi through his work. “For me, this work is a portrait of Satoshi, decentralized around the world, in the same way that Bitcoin itself is,” he explained.

“I wanted to try and answer the question of how one might make a portrait of Satoshi Nakamoto, when there is no image of him.”

Ben Gentilli

The works themselves are canvas discs, 50.59in in diameter, layered with suspended pigment, and graphite and aluminum paint, with each digit individually engraved. Dotted here and there are gold digits—a metaphor for mining—arranged in a constellation-like pattern of decentralization.

Portraits of a Mind artworks
The series consists of 40 discs. Image: Robert Alice/Ben Gentilli

Why discs? They hark back to symbolic circular figures; everything from coins to rai stones, cipher wheels, and astronomical charts. At the heart of each disc, where a coin would display the image of the monarch who minted it, is an empty space; a “portrait” of Satoshi Nakamoto.

Even with specialist machinery, it took Gentilli three years of dedication and patience to complete the work, which saw him quit his job and move into an abandoned police station to realise his vision. “There was a Polish artist called Roman Opalka whose work really inspired me,” Gentilli said. “One day, he decided to stop all the work he was making, and the next day, in 1965, he started a project called 1 to infinity.” 

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The project he references saw Opalka start painting tiny numbers, in order, starting from the top left of a canvas. He continued this process on countless canvasses all the way up until his death. The final number he painted was 5,607,249.

Bitcoin’s 5,000-year history

By taking the historic Bitcoin code and splitting it up, Portraits of a Mind also embodies the cryptocurrency’s founding tenet of decentralization. So much so, in fact, that Gentilli has refused to sell multiple pieces to the same collector.

Offered privately to select collectors earlier this year, Blocks 0-20 now lie decentralized across the world, with works placed in important private and corporate collections. Current owners of other pieces in the series include Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, Bloq chairman Matthew Roszak, and Kinetic co-founder Jehan Chu, to name a few. The full map of the locations of the codebase can be found here.

Close-up of Portraits of a Mind showing Bitcoin code
The artwork depicts the complete codebase of Bitcoin. Image: Robert Alice/Ben Gentilli

The authenticity of each piece is linked to the Bitcoin blockchain, via a unique OpenDime key in the reverse of each painting. Block 21 will also have a non-fungible token (NFT) associated with it, linking the physical and digital world together for authenticity—another first for Christie’s.

The fact that Gentilli chose Block 21 to be publicly exhibited and released for auction is no accident—the number of the piece references Bitcoin’s total supply of 21 million BTC.

“The nature of Bitcoin is such that once version 0.1 was released, the core design was set in stone for the rest of its lifetime.”

Satoshi Nakamoto

Bitcoin’s code may only date back to 2009, but Portraits of a Mind traces its origins back much further; 5,000 years, to be precise. Each piece in the series references a specific set of geo-coordinates that tie in with that history. Block 23, for example, points to Hut 8, Bletchley Park—the office of Alan Turing, the father of the computer as we know it.

Revolutionary technology and art

Artists have often used their works to comment on emerging technologies; Turner’s steam train, hanging on the wall of London’s National Gallery, depicts one such technological revolution literally hurtling towards the viewer. “That steam engine represents an endnote to the Romantic period and the start of the Industrial Revolution,” Gentilli said.

Bitcoin, he noted, is a similarly convulsive change; for the first time in half a millennium, there’s a global monetary supply that exists outside of the state. “Often overlooked, art and culture have a fundamental role to play in exploring and promoting the role of blockchain within society, while also preserving its story and histories for future generations,” Gentilli added. “Portraits of a Mind is my contribution.”

“Art and culture have a fundamental role to play in exploring and promoting the role of blockchain within society.”

Ben Gentilli

He added: “One has to look at the world and ask themselves ‘what is important now, and what will be important in 30 years’ time?’ The final page of the Bitcoin experiment has yet to be written, but if it fails, there’ll be one thing that hasn’t failed—its legacy.”

Crypto art comes of age

The auction of Block 21 on October 7 marks the first time Christie’s has offered a blockchain-related artwork, following successful sales of AI work in 2018. 

Up until now, crypto-related artwork has mostly been a hodgepodge of creations in the likes of Decentralandmemes, GIFs and other random creations scattered around online. That a world-famous auction house, steeped in history, is dipping its toes into the blockchain world could signal that the space has reached a new level of maturity. 

Those inside the crypto sphere, perhaps unsurprisingly, think as much. “As an early Bitcoiner, this is the first object I am proud to hang on my wall to signal my history in the Bitcoin revolution,” said Jehan Chu, co-founder of Kenetic Capital and owner of one of the works in the series. “Bitcoin represents a paradigm shift not only in money and value, but in the emerging subculture of decentralization and changing power structures. The early pioneers of Bitcoin are a fiercely proud and self-identifying tribe, and until now, have lacked the cultural objects and icons to signify their tribe.”

Ben Gentilli
Portraits of a Mind artist Ben Gentilli, of Robert Alice. Image: Robert Alice/Ben Gentilli

Fellow Portraits of a Mind owner Matthew Roszak, chairman of Bloq, agrees. “Portraits of a Mind is a landmark addition to both Bitcoin’s cultural history as well as art history itself,” he told Decrypt. “I was struck by the depth of the work’s narrative, its artistic examination of decentralization, and its aesthetic beauty. One of the most important historical documents of our time—Satoshi’s codebase—has now been immortalized in art history.”

“With the launch of Block 21 at Christie’s, the blockchain community presents, for the first time, the very basis of their culture on a global stage,” said Gentilli. “I look forward to welcoming one more collector to our network—whoever and wherever they may be.”

Portraits of a Mind: Block 21 will be displayed in Christie’s New York gallery from October 1-6, before being auctioned on the 7th.


Credits: Article written by Decrypt


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