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New record for Gino Severini’s painting Danseuse

A new world auction record was set when the rendition of a dancer painted by the Italian Gino Severini in 1915 climbed to £15.04 million, making it the most expensive Futurist work ever auctioned. “Everything is in movement, everything rushes forward, everything is in constant swift change,” the 1910 Futurist Manifesto proclaimed. In contrast to French Cubism, which influenced Futurism but was static, Severini’s “Danseuse” gives the impression of being caught in a swirling movement. The light tonalities distinguish it from the severe compositions of Braque and Picasso in their early Cubist phase.

Severini’s “Danseuse” has a significant place in the history of Modern art in the United States. The famed New York dealer Alfred Stieglitz received it from the Italian artist for his 1917 one-man show. More giclee prints

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Banksy turns Michael Eaton into Jay Z

Banksy has produced a new image making Glastonbury organiser Michael Eaton look like rapper Jay Z. Eaton caused a controversy when he announced rapper Jay Z would headline Glastonbury this year .

The black and white image shows Eavis squatting in the US singer’s customary pose with Jay Zeavis written above him.
Local Dave Sebastian said: “Banksy’s probably as miffed as we are about Jay Z headlining the festival.”

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Classic landscapes of Scotland

The beautiful natural landscape of Scotland is perfect material for classic landscape photography. The Scottish Highlands in particular offer a rugged beauty which is very rare. Rannoch Moor in the Highlands has been described as the last natural wildness in Europe . The Photogold gallery features a selection of classic landscapes of Queens View, Loch Tummel, Glencoe, Buachaille Etive Mor and many more

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Black Stockings by Sue Howells

Sue Howells was recently named as the UK’s best selling artist in succession to such illustrious names as Jack Vettriano and Beryl Cook . Sue has been active in the market place for several years, and now has a reputation as one of the top selling artists in the UK, providing work for Harrods and John Lewis, as well as for galleries abroad – from the USA to New Zealand. She also provides paintings for TV programs and advertisements. Sue Howells is inspired by artists such as LS Lowry, John and Paul Nash and Auguste Macke

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Banksy pieces sold at auction

Two spray paintings by Banksy sold for an above-estimate £120,000 pounds each in a London sale of urban art last night.

Laugh Now but One Day We’ll Be in Charge“Â featuring a chimpanzee wearing a sandwich board, and “Bombing Middle England,” showing pensioners playing bowls with grenades, achieved the joint top price with fees at a sale by the U.K. regional auction house.

They had been expected to fetch up to 50,000 pounds and 80,000 pounds each. Both were bought by telephone bidders. The 146-lot sale in an industrial space in Shoreditch, east London, the first of its type ever organized by a regional auction house, totaled 801,204 pounds with fees against an estimate of 672,000 pounds to 977,000 pounds, with 89 percent of the lots sold during the three-hour event, the company said.

“The results were mixed in places,” said Stephan Ludwig, in an interview after the sale. “But considering what’s happening in the broader economy, particularly in an area like property, it showed that the market for this kind of art is resilient.”

The most highly valued work in the catalog was Banksy’s early freehand painting, “Portrait of an Artist.” This failed to sell against estimates of 150,000 pounds to 200,000 pounds. Banksy’s stencil-on-foam board, “Glastonbury Sign,” acquired by the seller directly from the artist at the 2003 Glastonbury pop festival, sold for a mid-estimate 45,600 pounds.

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Bob Dylan show premieres in the Borders

A little know gallery in the Borders will host the world premiere of rock icon Bob Dylan‘s first ever set of limited editions . breeze gallery in Peebles will open this unique exhibition this week . Dylan has sold over 110 million albums since he burst on the music scene in the 60s.

The Drawn Blank Series will be unveiled on 14th June for the first time. The Drawn Blank Series will cast a vibrant new light on the creativity of one of the world’s most important and influential cultural figures. More art news

Limited to editions of only 295 worldwide, these stunning graphics are set to take the art world by storm on release and breeze gallery owner Bob Corsie has pulled off something of a coup for his small emerging gallery in the Scottish border town. Based on drawings and sketches made by Dylan while on the road from 1989 to 1992, the watercolour and gouache paintings in The Drawn Blank Series were created during 2007 and visually echo the stylistic hallmarks of Dylan’s prose, poetry and music. More art news

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Abramovich’s partner sets up new gallery in Moscow

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, whose fortune is estimated by Forbes magazine at $19.5 billion, has pulled out as general sponsor of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s first retrospective in their native Russia. Despite the setback, the artists say the show will open as planned on 15 September in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and CCC Moscow, a new gallery set up by Dasha Zhukova, partner of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Ms Zhukova’s Center for Contemporary Culture is located in the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage built by Konstantin Melnikov, one of Russia’s most important modernist architects.

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Art reaches new heights

Andre Zlattinger is a senior director in the British paintings department at Sotheby’s and, as head of Scottish sales, handled record-breaking auctions such as Jack Vettriano’s The Singing Butler. In his spare time he is a keen mountaineer and last month he was on the edge of Everest’s “death zone”, preparing to strike out for the mountain’s summit on an expedition to raise funds for the hospital where his mother was treated for cancer before her death.He’s a regular visitor to the Highlands and Islands, and has also climbed in the Alps, the Andes and the Himalayas. On 1 May, Sotheby’s latest Edinburgh sale netted more than £4 million. From the Everest base camp, a delighted Mr Zlattinger said it showed the “real depth” of the Scottish market and “renewed interest in the Glasgow school“. He will be back in Scotland for his firm’s sale at Gleneagles in August.

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Beryl Cook’s Big Olives, Little Olives and the Dolphin

Big Olives, Little OlivesFriends of artist Beryl Cook are planning a wake at the Dolphin , the pub that inspired many of her works.
Cook, who died aged 81 on Wednesday, was a regular at the Dolphin on Plymouth’s Barbican.

Dolphin landlord Billy Holmes said: “Me and a friend were performing cartwheels in the pub. I told Beryl about it one night and the next thing I knew, she’d painted it.”

The pub’s characters were the subject of many of her paintings, several of which line its walls.
Cook’s agent Robbie Hodges said: “I still think of her more as a friend than someone who was my business. She was very shy and unassuming, which is what people in here respected about her.Big Olives, Little Olives

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Banksy’s Fragile Silence on the move for £500,000

Banksy‘s latest work to go on sale is likely to move quickly – it’s on the side of a lorry trailer. Fragile Silence is likely to sell for £500,000. Owners Maeve Neal and Nathan Welland have known Banksy for 12 years .Banksy completed the work before the Glastonbury festival in 1998 .The couple sell tents at festivals all over the UK. The trailer has 2 bedrooms and is refrigerated .Norfolk dealer William Burroughs is selling the work. A wall featuring Banksy‘s work sold for £208,000 and a painting Space Girl and Bird , sold for £288,000