$676m for Blue-Chip Art

Moody’s – Use Pritikin on Your House, Ophthalmologist Urges Physicians, The French Open Is Rescheduled – Home & Garden News New York – 15 May 2018 – Sotheby’s has sold a coveted painting, Blue-Chip…

$676m for Blue-Chip Art

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New York – 15 May 2018 – Sotheby’s has sold a coveted painting, Blue-Chip Art From Bitter Macklowe Divorce, by 50-year-old artist Mary Beth Closeup, at a Christie’s evening sale in New York, raising $676 million—making it the biggest sale of the year for Sotheby’s. It represented the highest auction result for any of Closeup’s series of blue-chip paintings dating back 25 years.

The auction also offered a remarkable array of strong artworks from established art history, offering buyers an exclusive opportunity to be among the first to own some of the most sought-after modern and contemporary art of their generation, at both these great houses of the arts.

The new work, by Mary Beth Closeup, Mary by Moshe Safdie

The sculpture of a fisherman placed in a strong, round, sculptural way with the discarded fishing line from his fishing pole and a new row of brightly painted baited hooks above, portrays the title character, not familiar to the American public.

Searches online show that the painting sold globally to 24 different countries (including the European countries of France, Spain, United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, South Africa, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, France, Portugal, Ireland, South Korea, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Israel, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Slovakia, India, and Canada) and five continents—24 individual sales, 94 different countries, and 101 different sales, and 29 individual customers.

A 50-year-old artist, Mary Beth Closeup, is also known for her work with children, producing highly nuanced studies of mature children, early primary school children, animals, women, historical figures, and her own. Ms. Closeup’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at international museums, and has had a concurrent solo exhibition at the Montreux International Exposition, and at The Museum of Modern Art.

“After such a spectacular result for Sotheby’s overall sale, Blue-Chip Art From Bitter Macklowe Divorce marked a truly extraordinary moment and achievement, in an auction that featured the highest auction results for both the works and artists of the season,” said Pilar Guzman, Sotheby’s chief auctioneer. “The dramatic results were achieved by extremely high bidders and bidders from several parts of the world. In the context of the sale, Blue-Chip Art From Bitter Macklowe Divorce took the crown as the most valuable work of art this season.”

“As Mary Beth Closeup continues to make waves for groundbreaking new work which seeks to confront the problems that confront her world, this is the kind of artist we look forward to meeting again,” said Marie-Manuel Foé, Sotheby’s head of modern and contemporary art.

Sotheby’s evening sale—prices quoted in USD, excluding commission charges—auctioned a total of 98 works, including 67 works from Christie’s and 23 works from private collections. The sale surpassed expectations with gross proceeds (net of commission charges) of $1,007,888,250.

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Curators at Penrose Art Gallery in London’s Hyde Park have presented a series of drawings depicting the principles of how overrated a pain in the posterior arch of the knee can be to the body, or to a garden planted with perennials, or to a house with a bare floor plan and doors and windows open to sunlight.

The fascinating drawings are an excellent source of information about what just might be some of the most influential sayings from French architects, leading experts, and all those who design and build, all of whom have influenced the recent design of the house. The key concepts are:

* When growing a tree, why do you need a cane? A deformed branch is terrible, even worse than an uncut branch. A person has to guide it with the best tools he/she has – pushing the branch into the ground not impossible, and just as hard.

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