Tag: art

Lighter News

Million-Dollar Banksy Painting Shreds Itself

Banksy has done it again.

Banksy is a world-famous artist, but no one knows exactly who Banksy is–or even if Banksy is male or female.

That’s because Banksy is a “street artist.” Most of the art Banksy creates is painted on the sides of buildings, public walls and other places that are out in the open. And the art is created without anyone seeing them being created. So Banksy has remained anonymous (meaning that no one knows who it is).

Banksy’s art is “political.” That means it’s not just interesting to look at, but it makes a point about something.

One of Banksy’s most famous paintings is called Girl with Balloon. It was painted in 2002 on a wall in the UK.

Recently, a framed copy of Girl with Balloon was auctioned off (sold) for nearly two million dollars.

Arts Environment News

This Famous Maple Tree Will Live… Forever

In 1867 when Canada was created, a towering Silver Maple tree standing in front of Alexander Muir’s house in Toronto gave him an idea.

He would write a poem and a song about the majestic tree, so common in Canada and so symbolic, to celebrate Canada’s confederation.

His song was called The Maple Leaf Forever and it has been the unofficial Canadian anthem to this day.

Arts News

Empty Storefronts Now Showcase Art

There is a strip of vacant stores along Eglinton Ave. W. in Toronto.

The street in front of the stores is under construction.

The stores are vacant (there is no one using them) partly because of the construction, which makes it hard for people to visit the stores to shop. And if there are no shoppers, there’s no point in opening a store.

But Toronto businessman John Kernaghan looked at the vacant storefronts and saw possibilities.

Francis Bacon painting

Painting Sold For $142-Million

On Tuesday, someone paid more than $142-million for a painting.

It’s the most anyone has ever paid for a painting sold in an auction.

The painting is called “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” by an Irish-born painter named Francis Bacon.

It’s actually three paintings that go together. That is known as a “triptych.”

The sale took just six minutes.

Because it was an auction, people had to bid for the painting.

Some people were bidding in person, and some people were bidding over the telephone.

The auction house is not saying who purchased the painting.

Arts News

New York’s Met Museum Gets $1B Donation Of Cubist Art

Leonard Lauder’s interest in art began when he was six years old and began collecting Art Deco postcards.

His postcard collection eventually grew to include more than 120,000 postcards. Last year, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston exhibited 700 of them.

But postcards weren’t Lauder’s main artistic interest. He became more interested in Cubist art, by artists such as Pablo Picasso. He collected Cubist art for 37 years and built up a collection of 78 famous works.

Last week, he decided to donate his collection of Cubist art to New York’s Metropolitan Museum and to create a new research centre for modern art.

Lauder’s collection is worth more than $1-billion.

Some of the paintings are “the best and most important works of the four pre-eminent Cubist painters—Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger and Juan Gris,” according to a statement from the Metropolitan Museum.

Lauder, 80, comes from a very wealthy family. He is the son of Estée Lauder, who co-founded the Estée Lauder cosmetics company.

Lauder said he is donating his collection as “a gift to the people who live and work in New York and those from around the world who come to visit our great arts institutions.”