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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Pablo Picasso's 1955 painting Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O') fetched $179.4 million in a Christie's auction on Monday May 11, 2015 in New York, the highest price ever paid for an artwork at auction. The buyer was not disclosed, and the bidding for the auction—which contained a range of modern art masterpieces—was conducted entirely by telephone.

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A masterpiece by El Greco has been returned to the rightful owners by The Commission for Looted Art in Europe, and Art Recovery International, representing the art gallery which acquired the looted painting in 2010. The announcement of the restitution of 'Portrait of a Gentleman' to the heirs to the collection of Julius Priester, a notable Viennese industrialist who fled Vienna in March 1938 was made 77 years later in March, 2015.

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In 1944 'Portrait of a Gentleman' was seized by the Gestapo in Vienna, as was the entire Julius Priester collection, as part of the large-scale expropriation and persecution of the Jewish people by the Nazis in Vienna after the Anschluss with Germany in 1938.

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Public Service Announcements (PSA)

The advertising techniques used to promote commercial goods and services can be used to inform, educate and motivate the public about non-commercial issues. The use of Public Transportation with creative images can be an efficient way to get messages across to a wide variety of target audiences.

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Advertising, in its non-commercial guise, is a powerful educational tool capable of reaching and motivating large audiences. "Advertising justifies its existence when used in the public interest—it is much too powerful a tool to use solely for commercial purposes." Attributed to Howard Gossage by David Ogilvy.

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Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse (December 31, 1869 – November 3, 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter.

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Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture.  Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.

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What began in 2002 as a modest American offshoot of a popular art fair in the Swiss-German border town of Basel has now expanded into a seven day potpourri known as Miami Art Week and held each year somewhere around December 1-7, 2014.This year the hotels are filled and the restaurants are packed, with an improving economy and good weather sales are reportedly brisk. Its adherents seemed to have acquired a private language as the attendees chatter excitedly about something seen at Pulse, Scope, NADA, Spectrum, Pinta, or Red Dot, all names of satellite fairs scattered about the Miami Beach barrier island and across its high-speed bridges to the Wynwood district of Miami which hosts the equally large and exciting Art Miami, as well as the Miami River Art Fair.