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“Generation Wealth,”A Photographer’s Exploration Of The Culture Of Affluence In It’s Many Facets

Lauren Greenfield From the series Generation Wealth

Lauren Greenfield, Xue Qiwenin, 43, Shanghai, 2005. © Lauren Greenfield/Institute. Courtesy of Phaidon Press.

Lauren Greenfield, Xue Qiwenin, 43, Shanghai, 2005. © Lauren Greenfield/Institute. Courtesy of Phaidon Press.

Jackie and friends with Versace handbags at a private opening at the Versace store, Beverly Hills

Lauren Greenfield, Limo Bob in his Office, Chicago, 2008. © Lauren Greenfield/Institute. Courtesy of Phaidon Press.

Limo Bob in his Office 2008 Courtesy of Phaidon press

Lauren Greenfield The fifth-anniversary party for KM20, a high end clothing and accessories boutique, Moscow

The Fifth Anniversary Party For KM20


Editta Sherman-Self Made Photographer

  • Portrait of Editta Sherman by Josef Astor.

    Editta Sherman, who lived to be 101, worked and slept in a rent-controlled studio apartment high above Carnegie Hall. There she photographed an impressive cast of creatives—from Charlton Heston and June Carter Cash to Andy Warhol and Tilda Swinton. All this she accomplished, by and large, on her own.

    “She was a woman in a man’s world, and a woman who succeeded at what she did in a man’s world,” says Marilyn Kushner, curator of “The Duchess of Carnegie Hall: Photographs by Editta Sherman” at the New-York Historical Society.

    Her Work

    • Editta Sherman, Kim Hunter, 1955. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society Museum & Library.

    • Editta Sherman, Canada Lee, undated. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society

      Editta Sherman, Pearl Buck, 1955. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society Museum & Library.


      • Editta Sherman, Betty Smith, ca.1949. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society Museum & Library.

      Editta Sherman, Donald Shirley, undated. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society Museum & Library.

      Editta Sherman, Joe DiMaggio, undated. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society Museum & Library.



First-year medical students discussing Dallas Chaos II (1982) by Peter Dean, Blanton Museum of Art. Photo by Siobhan McCusker.

What does Impressionist art have to do with medical ?

  • Students from Dr. Michael Flanagan’s class “Impressionism and the Art of Communication” at Penn State College of Medicine.

Medical students at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, for example, are required to take humanities seminars in their first year, which range in subject from dance to poetry. And in the past few years, more schools, including Harvard Medical School and the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School, have developed their own arts and humanities programs.

“It’s not just a nice idea to incorporate humanities into medical schools to make the education more interesting,” Flanagan says of such programs. “It’s protecting and maintaining students’ empathy so that by the time they go off to practice medicine, they’re still empathetic individuals.” He notes that while medical students traditionally enter their first year with very high levels of empathy, after three years, research has shown, the exposure to content around death and suffering can cause those levels to plummet. Engagement in the humanities can rectify this problem.

Dr. Delphine Taylor, Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, emphasizes that arts-focused activities are important in training future doctors to be present and aware, which is more and more difficult today given the pervasiveness of technology and media.

One of the most popular programs, adopted at schools including Yale, Harvard, and UT Austin, involves students meeting at art museums to describe and discuss artworks. At the most basic level, these exercises in close observation help to improve diagnostic skills—priming students to identify visual symptoms of illness or injury in patients, and (hopefully) preventing them from making misguided assumptions. But it’s also about delving beneath face value.

Photo from the Art Matters event at MoMA, courtesy of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

YSL Roller Skating Pumps

Saint Laurent Roller Skate

Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello roller heels
Courtesy of brand

The roller styles retail for $1,995 and are available at Saint Laurent’s boutique

Saint Laurent Roller Skate

Saint Laurent has made the roller skate somewhat of a signature. In addition to these new, heeled styles, the brand has also shown sneaker roller skate styles, which are new interpretations of its Court Classic high-tops. You can still find the sneaker rollers on

Saint Laurent Roller Skate

Saint Laurent Roller Skate

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Ancient Vase @ Metropolitan Museum of Art Was Seized By Manhattan DA



A warrant was put out for a Greek vase aka “bell krater”on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which dates back to 360 B.C.,” last week, at which point the museum delivered it to prosecutors. Questions around its provenance arose in 2014 after forensic archaeologist Christos Tsirogiannis published research connecting the vase to Giacomo Medici, an art dealer convicted in Italy for conspiracy to traffic illicit antiquities. Tsirogiannis said he informed the Met to his findings, but received no response. The museum said it reached out formally and informally to Italian authorities about the matter. Frustrated, Tsirogiannis sent his evidence, which includes Polaroid photos of Medici with the bell krater, to Manhattan prosecutors in May. They were sufficiently convinced the piece had been looted from Italy. It is now likely the object will return to Italy. “The museum has worked diligently to ensure a just resolution of this matter,” a spokesperson for the Met told the Times. In another case this week, Manhattan prosecutors seized a second ancient statue, a marble sculpture of a bull head, currently on loan to museum. A Met curator researching the work found it likely had been looted during the Lebanese civil war of the 1980s, and reported the matter to higher-ups at the museum, who alerted Lebanese authorities. They, in turn, contacted American law enforcement to retrieve it. The owners of the work say they hold clear title and have sued New York prosecutors (and antiquities directorate in Lebanon) for its return.

5 Antique Dealers Arrested In Hobby Lobby Scandal

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Authorities picked up the five dealers in Jerusalem Israel on Sunday, also finding ancient papyrus fragments, frescos, and other objects, as well as $200,000 in cash. Police say the dealers were linked to the scandal surrounding the purchase of artifacts looted from Iraq by the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby. Last month, the company reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department that will require it to forfeit the objects and pay a $3 million fine. Israeli police say the five dealers arrested are suspected of tax evasion, tax fraud, and money laundering in connection with the sale of some $20 million in artifacts to Hobby Lobby. 

Cape Cod East Village Roof-Top House Selling For 3.5 Million

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This East Village Roof top cottage – for 3.5 million at 72 East 1st street underneath is a large duplex

Gale Barrett Shrady is the current owner. Shrady’s late husband, Henry Merwin Shrady III, bought the entire walk-up building in the 80s and renovated it to sell, but he kept the fourth and fifth floors as a duplex for his family.



The Secret Apartments In New York Public Library

In 1901, Andrew Carnegie donated $5.2 million (equivalent to over $100 million today) to New York City in order to fund the construction of an estimated 30 libraries within the New York Public Library system. At the time, the Carnegie libraries were heated by coal, which meant a live-in custodian was charged with keeping the fires burning.  Photos by The New York Public Library’s staff photographer, Jonathan Blanc,

custodians like John H. Fedeler, who lived at the 42nd Street branch of the New York Public Library in the 1930s. (Photo by Jonathan Blanc.)

Fort Washington Branch Apartment



The Cloister’s Unicorn Mysterious Cryptic Letters Still Unsolved


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The Unicorn Tapestries, aka  “The Hunt of the Unicorn,” are widely considered to be among the greatest artworks in existence.

Comprised of seven monumental tapestries with each measuring 12 feet tall and up to 14 feet wide—depecting exquisitely dressed noblemen with a team of huntsmen and hounds who pursue a unicorn through a flowering forest. The Unicorn is found, slain, carried to a castle, and, in the series’s famous final panel, resurrected, resting in a garden within a circular fence. The mysterious “AE” ciphers, appear on every hanging. Its origins and symbolism still baffle scholars. They have been examined, interpreted, and discussed for more than a century, resulting in no definitive conclusion.

In one of the panels, The Mystic Capture of the Unicorn, the creature is tamed by a willing virgin, who leads the unicorn into an enclosed rose garden to meet its sacrificial fate. In this way, it appears both secular and religious—a duality common in the Middle Ages, when unicorns symbolized Christianity, immortality, wisdom, lovers, and marriage.

The earliest record of the tapestries is a 1680 inventory of possessions located in François VI de La Rochefoucauld’s castle in Paris. In the 1730s, the hangings were moved to the family’s Verteuil château, where they were looted during the French Revolution. The family re-acquired the tapestries in the 1850s—including a severely damaged one, left in fragments—and sent the six complete ones to New York for exhibition in 1922. John D. Rockefeller, Jr saw and purchased and kept them in his apartment until 1937 when he gave them to the Cloisters. The remaining pieces of the seventh tapestry were purchased separately from Count Gabriel de La Rochefoucauld of Paris; the complete series was reunited at the Cloisters’ opening in 1938.

Some believe A and E signify Adam and Eve, while others have claimed it identifies Anne of Brittany, a major patron of the arts who was active in the late 15th century and who, in 1499, married King Louis XII of France—a fitting occasion for the tapestries to celebrate.

Here’s another exclamation of the letters AE


Egypt In The 1800’s

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Restaurant in Egypt

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Women on Chariot

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Posing in Front of Ramses Statue

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Man Carrying Water

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Ceremonial Dress

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Donkey Boys of Cairo

Table of Food

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Arabic Celebration at Cairo

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Camels at the Nile River

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Egypt Barber Shop

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Fellah Women

Sudanese Man

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Preparing Sugar Cane

Date Merchant


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Female Gamers Learn Ways To


From right to left, Nyah Beck, 18, of Northridge and Katherine Correa, 19, of Murrieta play an online game called “Overwatch” at UCI’s eSports arena during a gaming summer camp for girls. (Kevin Chang / Times OC)

Female gaming-enthusiasts have heard harsher jabs like, “Go back to the kitchen” and “We’re going to lose. We have a girl on our team.

According to New York-based market research firm SuperData, male viewership more than doubles female viewership on channels that stream eSports, such as Twitch and Azubu.

“It’s a boys’ club,” said Stephanie Llamas, vice president of research and strategy at SuperData. “You have a lot of males who have used games to feel like a community in a way they might not have otherwise felt, and feeling like someone is intruding and feeling like it’s women is a part of that.

The UCI eSports arena at UC Irvine hosted its first gaming summer camp for girls recently.

The UCI eSports arena at UC Irvine hosted its first gaming summer camp for girls recently



Brooklyn’s Annual Rare Book Fair

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Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, September 8-10, 2017. 

This year will be a little different. “Works on Paper” gallery, Sunlight from the exhibition hall’s large windows will flood into individual gallery spaces where exhibitors have brought together outstanding collections of prints, drawings, etchings, engravings, lithographs and photography to add to the fair’s abundance of rare and vintage books from top dealers from across the U.S., Canada and Europe. You can expect to see rare books under $50, and fine prints to cherish for years to come. With the addition of the Works on Paper gallery, the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair is like going to two shows at once. 

To celebrate the debut of the Works on Paper gallery, the Fair will mount an exhibition and sale of works by the late Maurice Sendak, beloved children’s author and illustrator. The first gallery-style showing and sale to be held in the artist’s native Brooklyn, this special event will feature original drawings, watercolors, vintage posters, signed prints and etchings, most of which have never been offered for public sale. 

These have been collected over a period of fifty years and were largely acquired directly from the artist himself. This is an unprecedented opportunity to own a fine art print, actually produced by the artist in 1971 from some of his favorite book images, for as little as $25.  For the serious collector, an exceptional signed first edition of the artist’s most famous children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” is being offered by Enchanted Books for $22,500.  

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 Mark Aghatise, Untitled 

Mark Aghatise hones in on the experience of sisterhood when activating his specific Peerspace location through playful imagery that promotes a feeling of togetherness.

Film photographer Laurent Chevalier black and white images subtly evoke a sense of contention; an out-of-focus American flag is the backdrop against a main character of color, who is shown in various poses that conspicuously draw upon socio-cultural histories of American society.

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Artists Workspace Created @ The Brooklyn Army Terminal



Details of the plans were announced on Friday by the NYC Economic Development Corporation and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The arts nonprofit ArtBuilt Brooklyn will develop and oversee the space, which will host up to 50 artists. The terminal will opening later this year,  and will offer studios between 250 and 4,000 square feet with affordable, long-term leases.

Unusual Places On Earth

The red grass Sueda in China defines the mysterious ruby landscape.

Incredible Red Beach in Panjin, China

Incredible Red Beach in Panjin, China

Incredible Red Beach in Panjin, China

8. Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil.

The crystal clear water ponds blend into the sandy landscape, that only looks like a desert – it is not one, however. The visitors can swim in these nice pools.

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Lençois Park

Lençois Park

Lençois Park

7. One’uli Beach, Maui, Hawaii, USA.

Perfect for snokerling and diving, the beach also fascinates with its balck sand.

Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

6. Vaadhoo Island, Maldives.

Phytoplankton – the marine microbes – create and amazing effect by emanating the blue glow. The species create the most romantic natural lighting in the world.

Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

Vaadhoo Island by Petar Ilic

5. Hamilton Pool, Texas, USA.

After a calciferous dome broke off the ground and fell, it opened a fascinating pool. A beautiful waterfall contributes to this natural beauty.

Hamilton Pool by Fang Deng

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool by Wells

4. Champagne Pool, North Island, New Zealand.

The geothermal pond is a spectacular natural marvel, formed 900 years ago. The water temperature is about 73 °C (163 °F). The surroundings look like a different planet.

Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

Champaign Pool, New Zealand by Alex Pokrovsky

Champaign Pool, New Zealand by Alex Pokrovsky

3. Marble Caves, Carerra Lake, Argentina and Chile.

The gorgeus freshwater lake is surrounded with marble caves. The unusual natural network is called Marble Cathedral and attracts many visitors.

Marble Cave by Victor Thomann

Marble Caves, Carerra Lake by Edison Zanatto

2. Lake Hillier, Australia.

Scientists still are not sure what causes the lake’s pink color. It does not change and stays pink even in a container. It does not have adverse effect on people and certainly is one of the most beautiful natural oddity.

Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

1. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves, North Island, New Zealand.

The cave is a habitat for glowworms, that are found in New Zealand only. The tourists can have a boat tour to experience this unique sight.

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves, North Island, New Zealand by Fabian Ebi

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Salvador Dalí and Alfred Hitchcock In Hollywood

Spellbound. 1945. USA. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art

Hitchcock wanted Dalí because of the architectural sharpness of his work,” the filmmaker explained in a 1962 interview. Rather than the traditional, blurred Hollywood dream sequence, Hitchcock “wanted to convey the dream with great visual sharpness and clarity, sharper than the film itself.”

Vivian Maier, Self Portraits & The Collectors

On  June 30, the executor of Vivian Maier’s estate filed a lawsuit against three commercial galleries exhibiting and selling the late photographer’s images. The executor charged that the collector who lent the pieces to the gallery may have owned the physical images themselves, but did not hold the rights to display or sell the pieces. The case is the latest in a long-running legal dispute over the rights to photographs by Maier, who died broke and without known heirs. The suit also highlights a crucial aspect of copyright law: purchasers of a physical artwork are restricted in their rights to sell and market the piece.

Maier lived an inconspicuous living between homes in Chicago’s affluent Northern suburbs and working as a nanny. The children she nannied for describe her as a unique personality, a feminist and film lover, who spent her free time wandering the streets of Chicago. There, she took tens of thousands of photographs that she kept largely to herself. In the later years of her life, most of her photographs and negatives wound up in storage, completely unbeknownst to anyone but Maier herself.

In 2007, Chicago real estate developer John Maloof purchased the contents of Maier’s storage locker at auction without knowledge of what he would find inside. Many storage companies require their tenants sign agreements that forfeit all their rights to the unit’s contents if they fail to retrieve them. But Maier never signed such an agreement, so Maloof’s acquisition of the storage unit was limited to the physical property inside.

The storage contents included around 100,000 negatives and slides, thousands of undeveloped rolls of film. Maloof quickly realized the genius of Maier’s work and sought out gallery representation. He even helped to direct an Oscar nominated documentary about her: Finding Vivian Maier. In 2016, estimates put Maloof’s share of the existing Maier portfolio at around 90% of all her works. Soon after, Jeffrey Goldstein, another Chicago-based collector, also began to amass a collection of Maier’s works. Maloof and Goldstein’s ownership was however, legally limited. In order to commercialize the photographs they would need to obtain permission from the copyright holders.

The issue: the distinction between physical ownership of a photograph and copyright ownership. Under U.S. law, copyright encompasses the author’s right to its first sale or rental, reproduction, creation of derivative works (such as prints), and public exhibition of the work. Such rights can only be transferred in writing. During her lifetime, Maier held the copyright to her work (which is always the case unless an artist assigns or sells those rights to another). Maier died  in 2009 without a will or any known relatives who would be the heirs to her estate. Aware at this time that copyright in the images would pass to Maier’s heirs. Maloof conducted multiple genealogical studies to find an heir from whom he could purchase Maier’s copyright, eventually uncovering a distant cousin, Sylvain Jaussaud. Maloof reportedly paid Jaussaud $5,000 for the rights to Maier’s works.

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Hobby Lobby Craft Store In Trouble With Justice Department

The United States Customs and Border Patrol agents in Memphis, Tennessee intercepted a FedEx package from the United Arab Emirates bound for the president or executive assistant of Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts supply chain headquartered in Oklahoma in 2011. The package was labeled “handmade [sic] clay tiles (sample)” and said manufactured in Turkey, the contents were valued at $25 below the $2,000 threshold required for clearance with customs.

The agents found roughly 50 ancient cuneiform tablets smuggled out of Iraq, purchased by Hobby Lobby for around $14,000. Over the course of several days, customs agents detained four more packages filled with ancient artifacts, all accompanied by false customs information and en route to multiple addresses affiliated with Hobby Lobby. Their collective declared value was $1,435—less than 1% of the $146,649 Hobby Lobby paid, according to invoices that accompanied the purchases. And these were just the packages customs agents detained, several more made it to Hobby Lobby addresses.

The artifacts were destined for a forthcoming Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., of which Hobby Lobby president Steven Green is the major backer. The museum is slated to open in November of this year.Under the terms of the settlement, Hobby Lobby will pay a $3 million fine and relinquish more than 5,500 illicit objects—mainly cuneiform tablets and clay seals—purchased from unidentified agents for $1.6 million at Green’s behest. The government will list the pieces on for the rightful owners to claim within 60 days, after which the Iraqi government can submit its own claims. Additionally, Hobby Lobby will have to submit reports on its acquisitions for the next 18 months, work with customs brokers, and abide by industry guidelines governing the purchase of such works while tightening its own internal review processes.

The federal investigators were concerned that these artifacts were coming from illicit archaeological sites, that were looted or stolen, and were emerging from conflict zones like Iraq. It appears that these fears were justified. Some suspect that these purchases may even be funding terrorist activity.


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Seminole Canyon is one of the world’s most rare and peculiar museums. Some of its paintings are 9,000 years old; the more recent ones are around 500 years old. They are all expressions of people whose lives, habits, values, and religious beliefs and practices are unknown and will always remain so. Archaeologists are not sure of the paintings’ meanings. Seminole Canyon along the towering limestone cliffs, are the faded remnants of painted images—shamans, worshipers, strange creatures, structures, symbols, and incomprehensible hieroglyphs—that were made by the people who roamed the land  before disappearing into the obscurity of history.


Kendall Jenner, Fendi, Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week


Fendi, Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week


Kendall Jenner, Fendi, Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week


Fendi, Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week


Fendi, Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week


Fendi, Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week


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Iris Van Herpen, Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week

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Iris Van Herpen, Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week

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Fendi, Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week


Fendi, Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week


Iris Van Herpen, Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week

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Look closely @ This hair Sculpture

 Laetitia KY, a 21-year-old fashion designer from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.



She uses a number of different tools to make her designs a reality, including pins, wool and fabric.

 Most of her hairstyles can be done in a few minutes, but a series in which she styled her hair to look like hands took half a day.



Independent Handbag Designer Award 2017








David Bowie’s Tintoretto Is Returning To Venice

Little did Bowie know that beneath the layers of his oil painting by Jacopo Tintoretto was an underdrawing that suggests the work was created earlier than previously thought. The discovery by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels, whose technical analysis also revealed the work was painted entirely by the Venetian artist and not by his studio, has prompted plans to return the painting to Venice for the 2019 Biennale. The altarpiece is due to go on show with a group of works by Flemish Old Masters who admired and were influenced by Tintoretto, including Rubens, Van Dyck and Maerten de Vos. Tintoretto painted the work, depicting an angel warning Saint Catherine of Alexandria of her impending martyrdom, for the church of San Geminiano on St Mark’s Square in Venice, where it remained until the church was demolished in 1807.

Legal Dispute Over A handshake Deal Concerning Gauguins 210 Million Dollar Masterpiece

 Simon de Pury  a Swiss art dealer, curator, and auctioneer is suing Ruedi Staechelin, a former Sotheby’s executive described as an “old schoolfriend” of de Pury’s, for a $10 million commission on the $210 million sale of Paul Gauguin’s painting Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) (1892). The work was sold to Guy Bennett, a former Christie’s expert who currently directs the collections and acquisitions for Qatar’s museums. When de Pury first approached Staechelin about selling the painting, he claimed he was verbally promised a handsome commission if he secured the sale, although Staechelin set the price at $250 million, and negotiations ground to a halt. In 2014, they resumed, with Staechelin claiming de Pury offered $230 million, despite knowing the Qataris would max out at $210 million. Staechelin’s lawyer, John Wardell QC, said that constituted “a clear breach of fiduciary duty and all commission has been forfeited if any right ever existed.” The case is ongoing.



Gallerist Bought Andy Wahol’s Painting And Hits the Jackpot


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Andy Warhol, Irving Blum, Billy Al Bengston and Dennis Hopper, at the Opening Reception, Duchamp Retrospective, Pasadena art Museum,, 1963

1961, Blum and Hopps traveled to New York in search of young talent. A dealer friend directed them towards Warhol, already a sought-after commercial illustrator with work featured in children’s books and shoe advertisements. But he was also busy honing his own particular brand of fine art.

Hopps recalled that, during their visit to Warhol’s upper Lexington townhouse, they saw a mix of crisp, black-and-white paintings like Telephone (1961) and full-color canvases riffing on comic book characters such as Superman and Dick Tracy. (Blum, unlike Hopps, was rather unimpressed by these works—

Installation view of “Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works,” 1953–1967 at The Museum of Modern Art, April 25–October 12, 2015. Photo by Jonathan Muzikar. © The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Blum visited Warhol again and stumbled across three Campbell’s soup canvases leaning against the wall and asked if he could should the soup can paintings in L.A.


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    Andy Warhol, New York, 1985     Staley-Wise Gallery

  • Andy Warhol, Pepper Pot Poster: Ferus Gallery, 1962.

    Blum had the idea to display the canvases on thin shelves rather than hanging them on the wall, the fine-art equivalent of cans lining the supermarket aisle. Hopps’s then-wife, Shirley, remembered thinking, “It was one of those times when we knew we were onto something.” But collectors didn’t seem to agree—Blum had managed to sell just one canvas, with another four on hold, when he decided to do something drastic. He was going to buy all the paintings himself, keeping the series intact. He cancelled the four holds, bought back the fifth, and made a deal with Warhol to buy the entire set on layaway: $100 a month for 10 months.

 It wasn’t until 1996 that he finally relinquished the paintings to the Museum of Modern Art—for $15 million.



History of Blackamoor Jewelry

At some point in time, Africans/Moors people not just art, were seen adorned in gold & precious jewels 

The history of Blackamoor jewelry stretches all the way back to 17th century Italy and the famous sculptor Andrea Brustolon (1662-1732).  They are often mistaken for depictions of the African American slaves and the ornamental pieces that they inspired; however, these decorative gems are distinctly different.

Venetian Blackamoor jewelry is probably the most representative example of the typical Italian skill and handicraft that takes his roots in the history of the Venice Republic (“La Serenissima”): since the 16 th century the antique moors have become symbols of venetian goldsmith tradition and even today  still part of they’re culture and legacy.

Blackamoor name and fame derived from the term “Moro” that was used to call the Saracen pirates that were scaring the venetians around the coasts of Mediterranean Sea. Note please that Venice at that time held a great part of the southern coasts of the Mediterranean Sea reaching the actual Turkey.

The inhabitants of the coast wore gold earrings with enamels white and black to exorcize the danger of pirates. In Venice moretto jewelry become something more: it wasn’t just an amulet to exorcize dangers but a status symbol of elegance and abundance to celebrate the supremacy of the Venetian Republic around the Mediterranean sea.

Famous people (VIP) that loved this jewelry 

Grace Kelly, Ernest Hemingway and Liz Taylor



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