A restituted Pissarro painting, a Van Gogh canvas and prominent dealer’s collection fueled Sotheby’s record auction in London yesterday as collectors from 44 countries competed for Impressionist, modern and Surrealist art.
Somehow, short though his existence was, there always seems to be more to discover about the life and art of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). The past week has brought two revelations about the hot and feverishly busy summer of 1888, during which Vincent created some of his greatest work.
For 27 years, Detroit’s Heidelberg Project has stood as Tyree Guyton’s visual rebellion against blight, a two-square-block dreamscape of junk sculptures, polka dots on the pavement and vacant houses festooned with vinyl records and stuffed animals.
When the news broke that if Detroit goes into bankruptcy the city might cover some of its $15 billion debt by selling Detroit Institute of Arts treasures, the reaction was predictable and the language harsh.
Go visit Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” (1895) and Vincent van Gogh’s “Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier)” (1888) and see the difference between art as fast food and art as an infinitely rewarding feast.