Archive for August 2019

The artist behind Jeffrey Epstein’s portrait of Bill Clinton in a dress speaks out

Petrina Ryan-Kleid is an Australian born artist who studied at the New York Academy of Art. Since graduating in 2012, she has kept a relatively low profile. One of her artworks has recently gone viral, to her absolute surprise, and she has suddenly found herself part of a political narrative that she never set out […]

Research shows complete under drawings in Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’

The Virgin of the Rocks is one of the London National Portrait Gallery’s most-visited paintings. Leonardo da Vinci painted the scene of the Virgin Mary with the infant Christ twice, the earlier version, dating from around 1483-1486, belongs to the Louvre, and the National Portrait Gallery’s c. 1491-1508 version was part of the St Francesco […]

How a photography might help solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart

During an attempt to make history, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were circumnavigating the world in Earhart’s custom Lockheed model 10-E Electra. In July of 1937, though, the pair and the plane vanished. Since their last known signal was received, there have been numerous theories as to what happened to them ranging from […]

Porsche’s Type 64 Nazi car failed to sell due to an auction error

It was intended to be the star lot in a classic care sale for RM Sotheby’s in Monterey Beach, California. Hailed as the “first” Porsche, the Type 64 car from 1939 was the only surviving one of three that were ever build. RM Sotheby’s had estimated that it would fetch upwards of $22 million, but […]

Righting the wrongs: artists and the suburbs

In second-hand shops one is still likely to find postcards that depict the advent of large housing developments. These postcards, which display bright colours even though the buildings they display are made of concrete and steel, seem indicative of the feeling of optimism that had accompanied post-war reconstruction. Yet not all the inhabitants of these […]

Modern grids: sensual and poetic

From July 4 to August 31, the Maubert Gallery is hosting a group exhibition of artists which all revolve around an iconic design of modernity: the grid. By bringing together pieces from three artists of various styles, Grilled! demonstrates the use of this form today and shows that it is driven by an ambition very […]

2019 SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge winners announced

Bee Breeders recently announced the winners of their second annual SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge. Taking home 2019’s prizes were Ka Wah Francis Cheung, Federico Fauli, Bryant Lau Liang Cheng, and San Yoon Minjae Koo. The competition brings together participants tasked with creating what could be the next iconic skyscraper for cities around the world. The competition’s […]