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What I enjoyed editing Inspired!

Andy Warhol eating cereal and looking at his mother, Julia

Museyon’s newest title, Inspired! : True Stories Behind Famous Art, Literature, Music, and Film by Maria Bukhonina was conceived with an interesting premise. Each chapter focuses on what inspired an artist, what they created as a result, and how it continues to inspire. The chain of inspiration began for me as I edited this book. When I read about Andy ... Read More »

Spotlight On…The Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje

Pablo Picasso, Woman's Head, 1963 oil on canvas

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, Macedonia houses the biggest, and most complete collection of contemporary art in Southeastern Europe. Which for a city that many people have never heard of, is astonishing but the reasoning is not without a tinge of saddness.   On July 26th, 1963, in the early morning hours an earthquake shook Skopje, killing over ... Read More »

Inspired!

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True Stories behind Famous Art, Literature, Music and Film
By Maria Bukhonina
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News: Matisse and his Radical Invention

enri Matisse.  The Moroccans. Issy-les-Moulineaux, late 1915 and fall 1916. Oil on canvas. 71 3/8" x 9' 2" (181.3 x 279.4 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Marx copyright 2010 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

 Matisse is most universally famous for his bright use of colour and flowing lines but there was a period in his life where that wasn’t always the case. When Matisse first burst onto the scene, he was an innovator whose painting was a radical revelation. However, with the advent of Cubism and the likes of Picasso hot on his heels, ... Read More »

News: Another Art Heist!

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This time, south of Paris in Marseille. A Picasso and various other works were stolen from the home of a collector Friday evening in a robbery that wasn’t quite as clever as the Paris heist. The thieves beat the owner of the works in order to make off with the masterpieces.   The Picasso stolen was a lithograph representing a ... Read More »

News: 100 Million Euro Art Heist

Le pigeon aux petits-pois

Early this morning at the Paris Modern Art Museum, one brazen thief stole five paintings right off the wall. The works include ‘Le pigeon aux petits-pois” (The Pigeon with the Peas) an ochre and brown Cubist oil painting by Pablo Picasso, valued an estimated €23 million, “La Pastorale” (Pastoral), an oil painting of nudes on a hillside by Henri Matisse ... Read More »

News: Picasso Sells for Record Amount

Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society, New York, via Christie’s

Last night in New York City, a work of art sold for the most money a work of art has ever been sold. The bidding lasted a mere 8 minutes at Christie’s Auction House and in the end one anonymous bidder won over his six rivals for the privilege of paying $106.5 million for a painting created in a day ... Read More »

News: Picasso Exhibition Opens at The Met

Picasso, Gertrude Stein, 1906

There aren’t many museums that need to look no further than their own collection to present such a large and sweeping exhibition on the work of one of the world’s most famous painters- but The Metropolitan Museum of Art isn’t just any museum. Through the generosity of benefactors and donations, The Met has over the years accumulated “one of the ... Read More »

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