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German artists will provide accommodation for homeless people

The Fiftyfifty charity project aimed to provide accommodation for people who are forced to live on the streets will start on 3 November in Dusseldorf. The exhibition preceding the sale will consist of over 100 artworks provided by more than 70 emerging and established artists including the most expensive living artist of Germany, Gerhard Richter. However, such famous personalities as Candida Hofer, Thomas Schutte, Imi Knoebel, Thomas Ruff, Katharina Fritsch, and Thomas Struth will also donate some of their artworks to the charity organization. Moreover, the Fiftyfifty auction will incorporate works created by young but talented artists based in the Rhineland region. The exhibition will be on view at the Museum of Kunstpalast until December 16.  The entrance is free. Buy art – help the homeless!

The sensational Gauguin painting will be exhibited in Washington

The work by the famous French painter Paul Gauguin “When Will You Marry?” or “Nafea Faa Ipoipo” (1892) will be provided for a temporary exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington. This painting was sold in February 2015 for a record sum of $300 million. Supposedly, its new owners are representatives of the ruling family of Qatar. It should be noted that for today, the “When Will You Marry?” painting is considered the most expensive work of art in the world. Earlier this honorary title belonged to Paul Cezanne’s “The Card Players” that was sold in 2012 for $250 million. The sensuous work by Paul Gauguin depicting two Tahitian girls will be presented at the Phillips Collection’s “Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland” exhibition that will be held from October 10 to January 10, 2016.

Famous works by Warhol were replaced with fakes

Nine portraits by Andy Warhol depicting the world’s idols of Jewish origin were stolen from the Los Angeles movie editing studio and replaced with high-quality fakes. The cost of the stolen silk-screen printing images is estimated at $350,000. The replacement of the legendary works was discovered by one of the company’s owners. A few months ago, he noticed that the portraits were sagging and thereby sent them to the framing workshop, where it was found that the works were fake. The series created in 1980 includes portraits of Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka and Gertrude Stein, George Gershwin and Sarah Bernhardt, the Marx brothers, as well as Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, and Golda Meir. Warhol called them his “Jewish geniuses” but, in fact, he had never met them in person. It’s interesting that the full set of ten paintings was bought in November 2012 for $266,500. Three years later, in June 2015, one of the series, a portrait of Sigmund Freud, was sold at Sotheby’s Paris for $537,000. The investigation is in full swing!

Elias Zayat: exhibition of the famous master in the UAE

Elias Zayat is a key founder of the Syrian contemporary art movement and one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. This time, we invite you to get acquainted with his works that are now exhibited at the Green Art Gallery in Dubai. “After the Deluge” is a solo exhibition of Elias Zayat, who lives and works in Damascus. Through his works, the author pays tribute to the faith and history, as well as to the ancient city of Palmyra that managed to exist without becoming Romanised. Modern realities and disappointing news from that region just add the exhibition (and the artist himself) a special atmosphere. And the main triptych presented at the exhibition with its dove bearing an olive branch is a kind of plea for peace and hope for a better world… In this way, the “After the Deluge” exhibition that is on view until 4 November promises a truly emotional dialogue.

“New Now” fine art New York auction by Phillips

Everything new is well forgotten or at least slightly pestered old! We are talking about the “New Now” auction for the first time held in New York this September. This is the way the Phillips auction house continues the well-known “Under the Influence” sale that gives the chance to absolutely new works and authors to take their place in the art market. Therefore, in the catalog, you can find inexpensive and intricate drawings created with ink or graphite pencil like “You are the Weather (Gravity High)” by Matthew Ritchie (estimated at $2,000-3,000; sold for $2,000) and even works made by fire like the torch drawing on paper “Cardinal” by Helen Altman (estimated at $1,000-2,000; sold for $1,000). In addition to these, you can also find more expensive works like “Nude (Bust)” created by the New York artist Joe Bradley (estimated at $300,000-500,000; sold for $221,000) or “Beautiful Kate (Variable Edition) AP2” by Tom Wesselmann (estimated at $25,000-35,000). However, it should be noted that the auction house keeps its word as the average prices have stayed reasonable.

Philadelphia will see “The Wrath of the Gods”

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has recently presented the exhibition called “The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian.” It is dedicated to the famous Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens and one of his best works, “Prometheus Bound” – an ambitious and large-scale painting inspired by Michelangelo and Titian. Thus, the exhibition also includes a drawing by Michelangelo titled “Tityus” from the British Royal Collection and a large painting by Titian under the same name from the Prado Museum. It is worth saying that none of these works has previously been demonstrated next to Rubens’s “Prometheus.” By placing these masterpieces together, curators have emphasized the impact of the Italian Renaissance geniuses on the Baroque painter. Moreover, the exhibition also presents a copy of the famous ancient Greek sculpture “The Laocoön and His Sons” created in 1805. It shows the Trojan priest and his sons attacked by sea serpents. The original statue discovered at the beginning of the XVI century has become widely known as one of the most impressive images of pain and punishment in the history of art. By the way, Rubens also made sketches of Laocoön developing his own aesthetics of horror. Among other exhibits, you can find the works by two artists from Northern Europe: Hendrik Goltzius from the Netherlands and a Flemish painter Michiel Coxcie. “The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian” exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will run until December 6, 2015.

100,000 balloons in the heart of London

One day, the famous French artist Charles Petillon decided to show the “heartbeat” of London. Thus, the “Heartbeat” installation was born! It represents about 100,000 white balloons floating inside London’s 19-century market building in Covent Garden. These balloons “pulsate” and change colors like the beating heart of this historic area. According to the artist himself, the main idea of the work is to change the way in which people see the things they live alongside each day without really noticing them. The outdoor art installation will be on view until 27 September, so hurry up to see such a fascinating show!

These were the latest top stories and most discussed fine art news that we have gathered from around the world! Stay with Fine Art Shippers to learn more and do not forget that we are always ready to help you with the transportation, packing and crating, as well as storage of any of your precious artworks!