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The Art News You Missed While Getting Your Blow Dry
From a nude Mona Lisa to Vincent van Gogh's gun
What Happened... 23 Jun 2019

The sun’s out, and so are we. Parties, late night dinners and dancing. Sometimes you simply just don’t have the time to keep up to date with art world gossip, am I right? Don’t worry about it too much gallerinas, we won’t let you go back to the gallery on Monday without being on top of what’s been going on. We’ve got you covered with the biggest art news from this week.
Sotheby’s Goes Private

Just in case you’ve been living under rock, we thought we should remind you that Sotheby’s was sold earlier this week to French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi for 3.7 billion dollars. The deal means that after three decades on the US stock exchange, Sotheby’s will now return to private ownership.
Mona Lisa Poses Nude

It seems that there is more than one version of Leonardo’s famed beauty, and what’s more, she’s naked! The Joconde Nue (Nude Mona Lisa) belongs to the collections at Domaine de Chantilly, 50 kilometres from Paris. The drawing on board looks just like the work of Leonardo and experts have now confirmed that they believe the board was used in Leonardo’s studio. While they are still undecided whether the beauty was made by the master himself, we would love it if it was.
Cindy Sherman Undercover

Japanese designer Jun Takahashi – the brains behind Undercover – teamed up with American artist Cindy Sherman for his SS20 show. The photographer’s famous self portraits were printed on a series of black tailored looks.
Virgil Abloh Signs With Gallery

Following his show at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the designer behind Off White and Louis Vuitton Mens has just signed with Parisian design studio Galerie Kreo. The move follows other collaborations with Gagosian and Takashi Murakami, as well as showing furniture at Design Miami.
The Met Covers Marc Chagall Painting

In a move to show what the world would lose without the contributions of refugees, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is covering Chagall’s The Lovers with a gray curtain. The decision was made in honor of World Refugee Day (June 20). A Russian Jew, Chagall was forced to flee France with his fiancée Bella Rosenfeld after the Nazi invasion.
The Gun That Killed Vincent van Gogh Is Sold
A gun that is speculated to have been the weapon Vincent van Gogh used to kill himself was sold for 162,000 euros in Paris. The revolver is said to be the most famous weapon in art history, though the Institut van Gogh has condemned the sale for commercializing a tragic event.
Olafur Eliasson Illuminates Arc de Triomphe

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Paris in the 60’s… I’ve been trying to create more timeless images recently which can be difficult in a city environment. So when I went to the Arc De Triomphe for sunrise, I was pretty stoked to have this 1960 Citroen DS cruise past without any other traffic. For a split second it felt like I’d stepped back in time 50 years to a simpler time without all the chaos (and better cars). It is probably my favourite image from our time in Paris and well worth the early start and being searched by the military police – loners with a backpack lurking around a major monument on the morning of the Europeans elections are a security risk evidently (an oddly reassuring experience) ????????‍♂️ // #thisisparis #topparisphoto #parisjetaime #parismonamour #pariscartepostale #visitparis #arcdetriomphe

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Fonds pour Paris have commissioned Olafur Eliasson to create a permanent light installation for the Arc de Triomphe. The work is set to cost 3 million euros and will be completed in 2020. More information is set to be released later this year.
Words by Lizzy Vartanian
Images via @culturexdead, @mathieudeldicque, @ssunu0716, @bloodyvirgil, @metmuseum, @loving.a.r.t, @photobohemian

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