Tag: Portrait

Artist Bisa Butler’s “portrait quilts” celebrate Black life and history

Artist Bisa Butler has been called a modern-day Griot. But instead of using words to tell stories, she uses stitches and cloth. Her quilts have graced the covers of magazines, and she created the striking illustration for the soon-to-be-released book "Unbound," the memoir of activist and Me Too movement founder Tarana Burke. Butler's vividly detailed portraits often reimagine the lives of those they portray, and ...

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‘Bob Ross’ review: Netflix’s ‘Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed’ documentary paints a complex portrait of the artist’s life, and the battle that followed it

"Bob Ross" begins by dutifully charting Ross' rise as a TV personality. He followed a stint in the Air Force by teaching art, using his soothing voice, trademark mane and knack for churning out landscapes at lightning speed to secure a spot on television hosting "The Joy of Painting."Ross achieved those breakthroughs with the help of a couple, Annette and Walt Kowalski, who championed ...

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Portrait of Manet’s Cousin to Be Restored by National Museum Wales – ARTnews.com

A rare portrait of Manet’s cousin is set to be restored by Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales after it received a grant of €20,000 ($27,500) from the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund, which supports preservation efforts worldwide. Portrait de Monsieur Jules Dejouy (1879) depicts Manet’s bespectacled older cousin, who wielded an outsize influence on the artist as his legal counselor and longtime confidant. The oil painting ...

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Black Chicagoans flock to Bisa Butler, Obama portrait exhibits as museums rise to racial reckoning

Since March, the magnetic swaths of color that are the acclaimed quilted portraits of artist Bisa Butler have filled my social media, as Black friends far and wide converge on The Art Institute of Chicago for the “Bisa Butler: Portraits” exhibit. Those same friends began filling social feeds last month with photos of the Art Institute’s newest exhibit — National Portrait Gallery paintings of ...

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National Gallery to Acquire Thomas Lawrence’s ‘Red Boy’ Portrait – ARTnews.com

Sir Thomas Lawrence’s famed portrait of Charles William Lambton, widely known as Red Boy, will soon join the collection of the National Gallery in London. The institution has committed to buying the work from a private collection for £9.3 million (around $12.7 million). In a statement, the National Gallery said the purchase is a unique opportunity “to acquire an exceptionally important painting by one ...

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$20.7 M. Freud Portrait, Speyer Works Anchor Sotheby’s London Sales – ARTnews.com

Sotheby’s staged its marquee British and Modern Art sales today in London. The back-to-back sales led by Sotheby’s veteran auctioneers Oliver Barker and Helena Newman made £156.2 million ($217 million) combined across 83 lots, landing within the pre-sale estimate £119.7 million-£170.3 million ($165.8 million–$235.9 million) and seeing an 88 percent sell-through rate. The result was up 12 percent from last June’s $193 million “Rembrandt ...

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Lucian Freud’s Portrait of David Hockney Sells for $20.7 M. at Auction – ARTnews.com

A portrait of David Hockney by Lucian Freud sold at Sotheby’s in London during a British modern art evening sale on Tuesday for £14.9 million ($20.7 million) with buyer’s premium. The portrait is now the sixth-most expensive work by Freud to ever sell at auction. Both Freud and Hockney are among Britain’s most acclaimed artists. Five phone bidders from New York, London and Asia ...

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