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A Rare Sighting: Depictions of the Art World as seen on TV.

It’s not every day you can sit back and find yourself indulging in a campy film exploring the narratives of the art world. We were tickled when we found Netflix’s “Velvet Buzzsaw” with Jake Gyllenhaal portraying an excitingly controversial, over-opinionated, tormented and suave art critic, Morf Vanderwalt. Jared and I shared in excitement and playful curiosity as we anxiously pondered …

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CBC Calgary’s Sculpture ‘Steel Wave’ Moves to the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre

David Bell · CBC News · Posted: Sep 13, 2018 3:14 PM MT | Last Updated: September 14, 2018 It’s been about a year since CBC Calgary moved four kilometres west from its old location just off Memorial Drive N.W. The building at 1724 Westmount Blvd. N.W. in Hillhurst was sold in the summer to Vancouver-based developer Anthem Properties, which is planning to build …

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Montreal museum partners with doctors to ‘prescribe’ art

Montreal physicians will soon have a new possible prescription for their patients: fine art. A doctors’ organization and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) are partnering to allow physicians to write prescriptions for free museum visits. The initiative is being billed as the first of its kind in the world. The museum says patients will be able to have …

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Artwork created with artificial intelligence fetches more than $400K US at major auction

The Portrait of Edmond Belamy is a work of art created by artificial intelligence. It became the first AI generated portrait ever to be auctioned. It was sold at Christie’s in New York for nearly 45 times its high estimate. (Christie’s/Associated Press) The computer-printed Portrait of Edmond Belamy earned nearly 45 times its high estimate when it went under the hammer at Christie’s in …

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GOING GOING GONE

Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being s old for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million US). The spray-painted canvas Girl with Balloon went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London, fetching more than three times its pre-sale estimate and equalling a record price for the …

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Skateboard Culture Meets Fine Arts

Vans and the Van Gogh Museum collaborated to present an artfully designed collection of Vans Classics and premium apparel, inspired by Van Gogh. The collection is available worldwide from 3 August 2018. The Vans x Van Gogh Museum collection takes Vincent’s art literally ‘Off The Wall’. His legacy is now brought into the world outside of the museum, for a …

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Ottawa invests $125 million for domestic art programs and cultural exports

MONTREAL — Ottawa is getting ready to invest $125 million over five years for the Canadian arts by increasing existing budgets for domestic programs, expanding the eligible sectors that can receive money and by helping artists export their work internationally, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said Tuesday. Calling it a “strategy with teeth and money,” Joly told reporters the federal government …

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The Art Market & What a Trade War Could Mean

The mid-July announcement of a sweeping set of tariffs on Chinese-made goods by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), part of an escalating trade war between the United States and China, included several lines that break from decades of American precedent, in which art could be imported to the U.S. duty-free. That long-standing policy had helped the …

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How Financial Products Drive Today’s Art World

How does one invest in art without going through the complications of buying and owning an actual artwork? That is the question behind financial products for investors attracted by soaring art prices but intimidated by the complexity and opacity of the market. It is why art funds were all the rage in the early 2000s, and why new variations continue …

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How Instagram Became the Art World’s Obsession

AS HE BOARDED a plane for Hong Kong in late 2016, Brett Gorvy, then global head of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, posted an image of a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting on his Instagram feed. Upon landing, he found he had three text messages from clients interested in buying the 1982 work, a portrait of Sugar Ray Robinson and part …