Art News Round Up! Thursday, May 3, 2012

by Daniel Reynolds · May 3, 2012

    While the eye of the art world may be on Frieze New York, there are a number of other openings and events occurring around the world. From the historic auction of Munch's "The Scream" to the unveiling of da Vinci's final painting in Paris, here's some highlights of the world's art scene.

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    1. NYC- Edvard Munch's "The Scream" sold for $119.9 million, the most ever paid for an artwork at an auction! [NYTimes]

    2. London- Four the Love of Art. Four internationally renowned artists -- Carly Casey (Sydney), Anna Coroneo (New York), Natalie Tkachuk (London) and Kareena Zerefos (London) -- collaborate in this London exhibition showcasing painting, drawing, and photography. The Gallery on Cork Street, May 8-12

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    3. Dubai - La Galerie Nationale unveils an original tapestry by renowned 20th century designer Mathieu Matégot. The exhibition is considered a major coup in the UAE art world. Beginning May 1 at La Galerie Nationale Dubai. [Art Daily]

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    4. NYC - Fashion-retired Helmut Lang debuts as a visual artist in New York City:

    “But I knew I wouldn’t want to be in fashion my entire life,” he went on. “I’m hungry now for having the most time I can have for my creativity and less time for managing fame and success." [NY Times]

    5. London - Chinese Art Heist.  A 28-year-old man and 15-year-old boy were arrested for theft of Chinese art, estimated at over £18 million, from the Fitzwilliam Museum. [BBC]

    6. Paris - The Da Vinci Code. Leonardo da Vinci's final painting, "La Sainte Anne," has been restored, and is now on view at the Louvre. March 29 - June 25 at the Louvre.

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    7. Brussels - Stanley Kubrick Photographer. In the years following World War II, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick also turned to photography to capture life in postwar America. 130 photographs are on display. Through June 1 at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium.

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    8. Tokyo- Ay-O: Over the Rainbow Once More. Famed "rainbow artist" Ay-O exhibition, "Over the Rainbow Once More," is closing this weekend in Japan. Highlights include colorful interactive installations, and a 30-foot-long painting of, you guessed it, a rainbow. Through May 6 at Tokyo's Museum of Contemporary Art.

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