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Friday, November 27, 2020

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A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon set a world record on November 13, 2013 for most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

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"Three Studies of Lucian Freud" was purchased for $142,405,000 at Christie's postwar and contemporary art sale. The triptych depicts Bacon's artist friend.  The work sold after "6 minutes of fierce bidding in the room and on the phone," Christie's said in a statement. The price includes the buyer's premium. Christie's did not say who bought the painting.

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International Mosaiculture Exhibition

Even if you're not into gardening yourself, the plant sculptures in the international Montreal Mosaiculture Exhibition will blow your mind. As defined in the official website of the event, mosaiculture "is a refined horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colourful foliage (generally annuals, and occasionally perennials)." It is also a highly complex form of art, requiring different sets of skills from all the participating artists: not only do they have to plan and build the framework of the sculpture and match the colors, it is also important to understand the maintenance of each plant they use.

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The Terracotta Army or the "Terracotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

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The figures, dating from around the late third century BC, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits near by Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum.Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

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At RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, lecturer Claudia Diaz has implemented an unconventional project in order to inspire her anatomy students.

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After teaching human anatomy for over 20 years, Diaz decided to try something new as she found the regular routine of anatomical memorization boring and uninspired. Over the past 3 years, Diaz has explored human anatomy with her students by having them paint the bodies of 10 students, revealing tendons and bones that would be visible if the person's skin were stripped.

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Parks & Recreation, The Fund for Park Avenue Sculpture Committee, and Art Nouveau Gallery were pleased to announce a public art exhibition by distinguished Venezuelan-American artist Rafael Barrios on the Park Avenue Malls between 50th and 68th Streets. This ambitious exhibition included nine boldly colored, visually intriguing steel sculptures. This exhibition opened concurrently with the The Armory Show, where Art Nouveau Gallery will showcase Barrios' smaller-scale work.

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Rafael Barrios has been recognized as one of the most innovative contemporary Latin American artists. Since the 1970's he has continued to perfect his unique concept of Virtualism, a movement that he describes as "the creation of visually [participatory] pieces by dislocating events in our perception. Volume is virtually modeled and modified in form—depending on distance—shifting with the position of the observer and the changes in light throughout the day."