Friday, 27 March 2009

Traders of the Lost Art

The great thing about my home town of New Mills in Derbyshire is the never ending source of opportunities for artists to work with the local community

For the whole of March the New Mills Traders Association have worked with local artists turning the many shops and businesses in New Mills into art venues.

With such a varied selection of shops and businesses the displays have looked fantastic - from Sett Valley Cycles to the wonderful Blakes hairdressers and many many more besides.

The month long festival ends on Saturday 28 March with all the artists displaying and selling their work in New Mills Town Hall from 10:00am until 3:00pm. 

Saturday, 7 March 2009

How much for an old blue and pink carpet ?

Well quite a lot in the end as bids for couturier Yves Saint Laurent's private art collection have hit 206 million euros ($408 million), making it the most expensive ever auctioned.

Six world record bids for works by major modern artists and dozens of lesser sales confirmed the global reputation of the collection amassed over half a century by YSL and his lifelong companion Pierre Berge.
Hundreds of buyers gathered under the spectacular glass and cast iron vaults of the Grand Palais exhibition hall on the banks of the Seine in Paris, transformed for the historic three-day event into a cavernous high-tech auction house.

The biggest bid so far was for a Matisse painting, Cuckoos On A Blue And Pink Carpet, which went for a record 32 million euros, smashing the auctioneer's pre-sale estimate of 18 million euros.

By contrast, the much-anticipated Pablo Picasso work Musical Instruments On A Table flopped. Bidding fell short of the 25 million euro guide price - the biggest in the collection - and the piece was withdrawn unsold.

Nevertheless, works by other artists including Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian, Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi and French innovator Marcel Duchamp earned record sums, well above earlier estimates.

Buyers in furs filed past a marble minotaur statue and elegant hostesses in YSL's trademark dark tailored suits ahead of what had been widely dubbed the "Sale of the Century".