What I Buy and Why: Collector Dede Wilsey on Why She Prefers to Hang Her Kandinsky Sideways and How She Helps Museums Acquire Art

Dede Wilsey has been a supporter of the de Young Museum in San Francisco since 1998, but she only started collecting art for herself a few years later, when she was looking for a place to put her energy after the death of her husband, dairy and real estate magnate Al Wilsey.

Since then, Dede has built up a formidable collection of Impressionist art, and has continued to help the de Young and its sister museum, the Legion of Honor, grow their own. In October she financed the museum’s acquisition of Canalettos Venice, the Grand Canal looking east with Santa Maria della Salute. The Venetian scene was to be auctioned as part of another prominent San Francisco collection, that of Ann and Gordon Getty, with an estimate of $6 million to $9 million — but the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts spotted it hours before the sale. to begin.

Since 2019, Wilsey has also endorsed the museums’ Free Saturday program, which provides free general admission to the de Young and Legion of Honor for Bay Area residents every weekend.

Wilsey recently spoke with Artnet News from her home in San Francisco, where commissioned portraits of her dogs share wall space with Monet and Kandinsky.

Giovanni Antonio Canal, Il Canaletto, Entrance to the Grand Canal looking east, with Santa Maria della Salute on the right. Image courtesy of Christie’s.

What was your first purchase (and how much did you pay for it)?

The first serious photo I bought was right after my husband died. I was in Maastricht to lead a group from our museum [the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco]—a building committee, because we were building the de Young Museum at the time. I was absolutely miserable. I kept looking around and finally I thought, maybe I’ll feel better if I buy a happy painting. So, I bought a late Monet of Giverny with lots of pink flowers and trees. I didn’t feel better. I thought if I bought another one, then I would feel better. I bought a [Mary] Cassatt – a woman with a baby. I installed that one and I still felt sad. I can’t even remember what I bought after that. After about 10 years I was no longer sad and had many paintings. That’s how I started collecting.

What was your most recent purchase?

My most recent purchase was a Kandinsky. I hung it on my powder room door—vertically, instead of horizontally. You can’t tell the difference. Once it’s yours, you can do whatever you want with it.

For the Fine Arts Museums, I recently purchased a Canaletto at the Getty auction. It is a museum picture and it really belongs in a museum. Everything in the Getty’s home was just as special. We really didn’t want it to leave San Francisco. I bought it in memory of Ann Getty.

What works or artists are you hoping to add to your collection this year?

I do not know. I recently bought a Gerome, a portrait of his daughter. This is something I never thought I would buy. But the little girl is so cute that I couldn’t resist her. And I typically react when I see something and it affects me. Kandinsky is also not something I would normally buy. But it’s great, I love it.

What is the most expensive piece of art you own?

A Monet water lily.

Where do you buy the most art?

At an auction—Christie’s or Sotheby’s.

Is there a job you regret buying?

Well, I’m sure there are several and I’m sure I’ve sold them by now. I think everyone makes mistakes in the heat of the passion to buy something. Then you suddenly say to yourself: Why in the world did I do that?! I bought a Koons egg. It is on loan to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis. It is very heavy. It’s fuchsia with a purple bow. I actually really love it, but it’s just not very practical.

The Koons egg in Dede Wilsey's collection.

The Koons egg in Dede Wilsey’s collection.

What work do you have hanging above your couch? How about in your bathroom?

I have two sofas in two rooms—one has a Hockney and the other a Picasso above it. In my bathroom I have dog portraits and Chinese export porcelain. I just bought a new dog photo. It looks just like my little Maltese. The first dog photo was requested for my Jack Russell, Melissa, and my first Maltese, Serena. Since then I have been buying 19th century or early 20th century Maltese or terriers. I now have an entire bathroom, dressing room, bedroom at my house in Napa covered in these paintings—just wall to wall.

What is the most impractical piece of art you own?

Definitely the Koons egg. I buy a lot of Chinese export porcelain. Every once in a while I’ll buy something that’s so big I wonder where I’ll put it—or so small I can’t really see it.

What work do you wish you had bought when you had the chance?

Ahhh. Caillebotte. A fantastic Caillebotte in London. I was there with John Buchanan, our director at the time. There was a very nice dealer we knew in London. She said she would like to take us to someone’s house and show us a wonderful painting. The photo was of a house, a villa. Two people in beautiful clothes, a man and a woman with a parasol, walked away from you. Just fantastic. I said, “About how much?”

“$9 million.”

$9 million dollars for Caillebotte?! I always regretted not buying it. Years later, another dealer called about the same picture and the price was $22 million. I just hope it went to a good home. I loved that painting.

If you could steal one piece of art without getting caught, what would it be?

I forgot which museum it is in, but a Degas of the ballet studio with all the dancers in tutus. You know, I’m looking at a painting in my office, which is also my dressing room. I love this photo by artist Rupert Bunny. He is an Australian. This is the most beautiful photo of a girl in a wonderful negligee lying on a couch reading a book. I keep looking at this picture. I can’t imagine doing anything but lying there and reading a book. It is very relaxing to watch her enjoy her book.

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Art from the Heart, National Gallery, review

Even in our increasingly secular age (as evidenced by the latest census), Christmas remains for many a period of reflection and tradition, an opportunity to reconnect with ancient ways of doing things. Apparently not for the National Gallery, where advent has – rather brilliantly – become the season of innovation.

Two years ago, for example, it unveiled several midnight-blue dust pods, each as tapered as a wizard’s hat, in which visitors could watch a 13-minute long “experience” about Jan Gossaert’s altar piece The Adoration of the Kings on glossy screens. . Imagine if Carols from King’s tried something this funny.

Now comes its latest effort to engage a demographic of digital natives, Fruits of the Spirit: Art from the Heart, for which it has partnered with various institutions across Britain, from Plymouth to Dundee. For this virtual exhibition, which can be accessed for free on the gallery’s website, nine famous works from the National collection, including Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait and Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, have been chosen to represent “positive qualities” (love). illustrate. , kindness, self-control, and so on) from Saint Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

Each is then paired with a picture from somewhere else (Monet’s Water Lilies, for example, is juxtaposed with an altar piece from Canterbury Cathedral), and “hung” inside an octagonal, computer-generated capriccio, with wooden floors, sage- green walls, and an enormous oculus that offers an uplifting view to blue skies above.

The functionality is impressive and user-friendly. Viewers can turn 360 degrees and look at all the paintings arranged in small, chapel-like bays beyond semicircular arches. Benches even appear here and there – superfluous of course, but strengthen the illusion – although one lesson from this experiment is that curatorial principles must still be respected. In its software-evoked corner, Monet’s expansive canvas looks cramped.

Less successful (as the exhibition’s naff subtitle might suggest) is the analysis of the works on display. Intended to “explore topics essential to well-being”, this has a swirling, meandering quality that reminded me of Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

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Ukraine cops foil group trying to steal Banksy mural from Kyiv wall

Police foiled an attempt to steal a mural painted by enigmatic British street artist Banksy from a wall on the outskirts of Kiev, officials said.

The painting, an image of a person in a gas mask and nightgown holding a fire extinguisher, went missing on Friday after thieves removed it from the wall of a war-torn house, Kyiv Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said in a a Telegram post said.

“A group of people tried to steal a Banksy mural. They cut out the work of the wall of a house destroyed by the Russians,” said Kuleba.

The artwork was recovered by Kyiv police, who arrested eight people in connection with the theft.

“All were between 27 and 60 years old,” Kyiv police chief Andrey Nebytov said, the Guardian reported. “They are residents of Kiev and Cherkasy.”

The painting, an image of a person in a gas mask and nightgown holding a fire extinguisher, went missing after thieves removed it from the wall.

A woman walks near a section of the wall of a damaged building.

“A group of people tried to steal a Banksy mural. They cut out the work from the wall of a house destroyed by the Russians,” Kyiv Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said.

The painting was one of seven created by the mysterious street artist across Ukraine last month, including a mural of a female gymnast balancing on a pile of rubble and a young child in a karate outfit beating an adult hit opponent, both in Borodianka.

Another shown showed a young boy flipping Russian President Vladimir Putin on his back in a judo match.

The elusive artist shared the paintings on his Instagram feed. The one targeted in the theft was in a video he posted.

A woman walks near a section of the wall of a damaged building.

The painting was one of seven created by Banksy across Ukraine last month.

Another mural by the artist Banksy.

Another Banksy painting is a mural of a female gymnast balancing on a pile of rubble and a young child in a karate outfit.

“I want to emphasize that Banksy’s works in the Kyiv region are under the protection of the police,” Kuleba said on his Telegram channel. “After all, these images are a symbol of our fight against the enemy. These are the stories about the support and solidarity of the whole civilized world with Ukraine. Let’s do everything to preserve the works of street art as a symbol of our future victory.”

Kuleba added that “consultations on the storage and future fate of the mural” are being conducted by authorities, the community and representatives of Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy.

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Just Stop Oil opens door to more extreme protests, including ‘slashing’ famous artwork

Just Stop Oil, the British climate group that has staged demonstrations defacing famous paintings and blocking busy city streets, said it was considering more extreme measures to protest new fossil fuel development.

In a blog post on Wednesday, the group said it was compelled to escalate its actions because climate change poses such a huge threat to humanity and future generations. While the group pushed back on media reports that they would soon start cutting famous paintings, they said that such actions could be taken in the future.

Two protesters threw cans of soup at Vincent van Gogh’s famous 1888 work “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery in London on October 14, 2022.
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“What is a proportionate response to knowing that the government is deliberately planning to cut your life short by decades?” the group wrote.

“That by encouraging new oil and gas they have condemned you to a future of fighting for a few miserable scraps of food to feed your hungry children – assuming you feel brave enough to have children? How do young people begin even that gut process- terrible conclusion?”


Just Stop Oil protesters threw soup at Vincent van Gogh's famous 1888 work "Sunflowers" at the National Gallery in London on 14 October 2022.

Just Stop Oil protesters throw soup at Vincent van Gogh’s famous 1888 work “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery in London on October 14, 2022.
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The Just Stop Oil blog post then compared the group to civil rights and women’s rights activists of the 20th century. The group said its “violent and accountable ethos” meant it would continue to challenge the morality of existing social systems and reiterated its belief that more oil and gas drilling would harm billions of people.

“So yes, if no action is taken to end new oil and gas, ordinary people may actively consider cutting paintings like the Suffragettes did and yes, if the government does not meet our demand for no new oil, We are considering escalating our actions,” the group’s post added. “That’s what the Suffragettes did, that’s what the Civil Rights Movements did, that’s what everybody does when the inalienable right to life and livelihood is violated.


“We are engaged in non-violent civil resistance. For now that means slowly marching through the streets of London, calling on ordinary people to take their first steps to help block the gears of the machine and eliminating,” it continued. “This is not a ‘tactic’ – it is an act of self-respect, an act of solidarity, an act of love and necessity.”

Just Stop Oil protesters vandalize shop fronts of Ferrari, Bugatti and Bentley dealers in central London.

Just Stop Oil protesters vandalize shop fronts of Ferrari, Bugatti and Bentley dealers in central London.
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The group’s extreme tactics attracted widespread international attention.

In October, activists were arrested with the group after they broke cake on a wax figure of King Charles III at a museum in London. Weeks earlier, other members of the group threw tomato juice on a multimillion-dollar Vincent van Gogh painting located at another museum. The group’s performance also included members gluing themselves to famous artwork.


Just Stop Oil also organized actions blocking traffic in several city streets. In one case, activists blocked a busy road in London, forcing an ambulance and fire engine to take an alternative route.

The organization is part of the so-called A22 network which is largely financed by the California-based Climate Emergency Fund (CEF). The CEF’s founding donor is Aileen Getty, the granddaughter of the Getty Oil founder.

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Vermeer’s secrets: Why we’re fascinated by art fakes

One of the most prolific forgers in American history, Mark Landis spent 20 years posing as a philanthropist, donating fakes he created to more than 50 museums while never making a profit. “I have never been treated with so much respect and dignity in my life,” he said. “I got addicted to it.” Despite the deception, Landis never made any money from it, so it was not seen as a crime.

Wolfgang and Helene Beltracchi profited greatly from their crimes – passing off their own creations as works by artists such as Max Ernst and Fernand Léger, and selling them for millions, before being caught out by the wrong pigment. They both served long prison sentences. But when interviewed for a forthcoming book, they said they got a kick out of fooling a “fraudulent” art world. “For some counterfeiters, I think it’s a kind of pathological behavior,” says Wieseman. “It’s a fascinating subculture.”

Tricks of the trade

Crime writer Peter James interviewed real-life art forgers to research his latest book, Picture You Dead, revealing secrets such as sourcing a genuine artist’s period dress so that any fabric fibers that made it onto the paint work , would date it correctly.

Counterfeiters are smart, Fletcher agrees. “Good forgers will have done their research. They will know not to use pigments made after the supposed date of creation of the work. This is the kind of stuff that tripped up forgers 50 years ago.” He’s heard of counterfeiters sending test pieces to labs dedicated to determining authenticity to see if they’re on the right track. Forgers are likely to target artists where there is speculation or uncertainty about exactly how many works they created in their lifetime – so as to cause less suspicion when a “new”, uncatalogued work suddenly appears on the market.

But as the counterfeiters get better, so does the technology that catches them. “I would hate to be a forger now, because I think the scientific techniques and the imaging techniques have become so sophisticated,” says Wieseman. “It is possible to determine the place where a specific mineral pigment comes from, for example a region in Afghanistan.”

Scandals like the Knoedler one make the art world extra cautious. “It kind of exposed that the biggest names in this trade are just as exposed to getting it wrong,” says Fletcher. “And some galleries and auction houses have a lot more reputation at stake than others.”

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Doug Moran prize 2022: Graeme Drendel wins $150,000 for portrait of fellow finalist who painted him | Art and design

Graeme Drendel won Australia’s richest portrait prize for his painting of one of his fellow finalists, artist Lewis Miller, who himself was nominated for a portrait he painted of Drendel.

Drendel, a Victorian artist known for his figurative work, was announced as the winner of the $150,000 Doug Moran national portrait prize at a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday. Drendel and Miller, who are close friends, were both present for the announcement.

“We have known each other for a long time,” Drendel said after the announcement. “We have never painted each other before. Lewis is a very frequent portrait painter, and he has done many self-portraits so that people know his face.

Graeme Drendel’s winning portrait of Lewis Miller. Photo: Provided by Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

“I suggested to him that I would do his portrait and he said, ‘Well, I’ll do one of you.’ I had three sessions with him – I usually get a portrait done in a couple of hours, but for some reason Lewis was more difficult. But it was very nice – lots of gossip, good music and a glass of beer.

“I expected his painting of mine to win, it’s a ripper. This is a beautiful tough painting. That’s why I feel so grateful that I won.”

Prize judge and art historian Gerard Vaughan called it “an intriguing coincidence” that Miller’s “excellent” portrait was also a finalist, but said Drendel’s painting “stood out right from the start of the judging process, within ‘ a very strong field”.

“Drendel’s painting technique is superb, skilful and subtle with flawless lighting and tonality…this is a quietly powerful depiction of a familiar face, a character study that is both reflective and demands attention by virtue of its emotional power and believability,” he added.

Drendel’s painting of Miller is only 30 cm long. Vaughan said that while some viewers might find his small size “surprising”, it was a strength.

“One characteristic of contemporary portraits is large size, presenting images of faces that are abundant, ranging from large to gigantic. In this case the reverse applies… a smaller scale can provide opportunities for the artist to present a clearer sense of reality, intimacy and authenticity, a picture that is also portable and can be easily moved around,” he said.

Lewis Miller's portrait of Graeme Drendel.
Lewis Miller’s portrait of Graeme Drendel. Photo: Provided by Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Drendel calls his win “an incredible surprise – I’ve never won a prize before, and to win with a small painting is a big shock.”

“I hardly thought about the monetary aspect of it,” he said. “It will come. Really, it’s the recognition, after all these years of work, it’s worth so much more.”

Drendel has twice previously been nominated for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, in 2021 and 2017. He has exhibited since 1990 and his work appears in many collections across the country, including the National Gallery of Australia.

Vaughan’s fellow judges were artist Lucy Culliton, and Peter Moran, whose parents Doug and Greta Moran founded the Moran Arts Foundation in 1988.

Culliton said Drendel’s win was a unanimous decision. “Interestingly, when we viewed the paintings in real life, although I knew the painting was small, I was surprised at how small the portrait was. I am very happy with our winner. A beautifully painted painting,” she said.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize invites original works from Australian artists that capture Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from the artist’s circle of experience. All entries must be at least partially painted from life and the sitter must be known to the artist.

Last year, the prize money was doubled so three artists could win $100,000 each because the judges couldn’t agree on just one – a first for the prize.

There will be no physical exhibition for the Doug Moran finalists this year, due to building works at Juniper Hall, the heritage-listed building in Paddington, Sydney, where the works are usually displayed. All the finalists can be viewed online.

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One-eared rescue dog Van Gogh has new life as an artist

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Jaclyn Gartner was flipping through pictures of shelter puppies when one caught her eye: a dog named Van Gogh with only one ear. His left ear was ripped off in the brutal world of dog fighting, and he was found bloodied and shriveled up in a drainage pipe, covered in cuts and scrapes.

A shelter in North Carolina tried to get him adopted.

“He had an absolutely horrible life, and yet he seemed happy, and I was told he got along well with people,” said Gartner, founder of the Happily Furever After Rescue in Bethel, Conn., which rescues pets endanger. to be put in shelters because they are old or disabled. “His ear had to be surgically removed, but Van Gogh was resilient, even after everything he went through.”

“I had to save him,” she added.

Gartner arranged for the nonprofit Pilots N Paws to fly Van Gogh to her in Connecticut in June. She put the word out on Facebook, Petfinder and Rescue Me that she had a friendly one-eared dog that needed a home, but no one wanted the 7-year-old boxer-pit bull mix.

“Not a single application came in,” she said, explaining that he had stayed with several foster families. “I could not believe it. He was the cutest dog ever.”

After he was part of her rescue for four months, she looked at Van Gogh with one ear and an idea arose how she could make him more acceptable.

“I’ve seen TikTok videos of other dogs creating paintings, so why not Van Gogh?” Gartner said. “He definitely had the name and the ear for it.”

So she put small clumps of bright paint on a 8-inch by 10-inch canvas, seal it in plastic wrap and cover the top with a thin layer of peanut butter.

Van Gogh approached his assignment with the gusto of a true peanut butter-loving artist.

He licked the paint in dramatic streaks, and five minutes later when Gartner decided the painting was done (and Van Gogh had eaten enough peanut butter), she took the canvas away. It was perfect.

Gartner thought he represented Vincent van Gogh, the legendary post-Impressionist artist who created “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers,” as the two artists both became prolific.

He was harassed for the Black Santa on his lawn. Now, he is a professional Black Santa.

“He has a quick and creative tongue,” Gartner said. “It takes us more time to get the canvas ready for him than it takes Van Gogh to lick off the peanut butter and spread the paint around.”

One of the dogs’ canvases was dipped in blue and yellow paint to recreate Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”.

“We did the art in a week, then I invited people to come and meet him at an outdoor art gallery event,” she said. “I had sparkling cider and pastries and I even set up little stands for the paintings.”

She was disappointed when only two people turned up at the event on 23 October. One of them was Jennifer Balbes of Monroe, Conn., who follows Gartner on social media.

“He came and sniffed my face and we were fast friends. He is an incredibly sweet dog,” Balbes (56) said.

She went home with a $40 Van Gogh painting titled “Clouds.”

Gartner was devastated that Van Gogh’s first art show was a bust, but decided not to give up. She performed the next day.

This farm offers turkey cuddles. No really.

“I posted on Facebook that I felt bad only two people showed up, and I said the rest of the art was still available,” she said.

Suddenly everyone wanted it.

“The paintings sold out in two minutes,” she said, raising about $1,000 for her animal rescue.

Van Gogh continued to complete painting after painting, and in mid-November Gartner held an online auction. A dozen of the dog’s paintings were sold, raising an additional $2,000 for the rescue, which she started in 2020. Almost all paid more than the asking price for each painting, she said.

More importantly, Gartner said, Van Gogh was adopted by one of her foster volunteers on the last day of the auction.

Gartner marveled at how he captured hearts online with his whimsical artwork.

She said she was surprised by the sudden interest in Van Gogh’s artwork after his gallery show was a failure.

“I never in a million years thought I’d see a dog become popular for his paintings,” she said. “It really changed my life and his.”

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She said the paintings brought a lot of exposure to her small rescue, which has about 20 volunteers.

“Because of the attention of Van Gogh’s story, we have now let other dogs find homes,” she said.

The person who adopted Van Gogh is one of her foster volunteers, Jessica Starowitz. The adoption was made official on the last day of the auction, Nov. 21, Gartner said.

Starowitz took over watching Van Gogh from another foster family and decided she couldn’t let him go, she said.

“As soon as I saw him, I knew he would be a foster failure,” she said. “He walked around and licked everyone and played tug of war. My whole family fell in love with him.”

Starowitz said she plans to keep Van Gogh supplied with paint and peanut butter in case Gartner wants to hold any other fundraisers for her nonprofit. She also started an Instagram page for her talented new family member.

“Everybody loves Van Gogh, and he loves people,” she said. “When he sees a Ziploc bag and a jar of peanut butter, he knows it’s time to paint. But at the moment he sleeps on a big pillow bed in my office.”

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‘Incredibly rare’ Goldie artworks could set $2m record at auction

A collection of important and rare works of art – including paintings by New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie – could sell for more than $5 million at auction.

The auction on Tuesday will also include work by the likes of Ralph Hotere, Rita Angus and Banksy, to name but a few.

Three of Goldie’s paintings will be up for sale, with International Art Center director Richard Thomson predicting they could set a new record of $2.2 million.

“It’s incredibly rare to have three Goldies in one sale, and two have never been seen on the market,” Thomson said.

* Charles F Goldie artwork fetches $1.8 million at Auckland auction, setting new record
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Although Goldie showed promise of artistic talent while a teenager at Auckland Grammar, his career properly began in 1900, when he presented a series of portraits at the Auckland Society of Arts.

Goldie dedicated his life to painting Māori chiefs (rangatira) and Māori leaders, with the aim of preserving the heritage of Māori people.

Three works of art by Charles Frederick Goldie are being auctioned at the International Art Center in Parnell, Auckland.

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Three works of art by Charles Frederick Goldie are being auctioned at the International Art Center in Parnell, Auckland.

An example of this is the painting Māori Rangatira with Hei-Tiki, drawn and completed in 1939.

The rare artwork is estimated to sell for anywhere between $800,000 and $1.2 million, as this is the first time the piece has entered the market.

The second piece, Māori Rangatira Wharekauri Tahuna – The Calm Close of Valour’s Various Day – was painted in 1918 and has been in the same family for 104 years.

Thomson said the painting, which is expected to fetch more than $900,000, “depicts the great calm of a Māori chief. [rangatira]”.

This drawing of Sophia Hinerangi was previously owned by Goldie's cousin, before it was first sold in 2017.

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This drawing of Sophia Hinerangi was previously owned by Goldie’s cousin, before it was first sold in 2017.

The last piece is a “beautiful drawing” by the infamous Māori guide Sophia Hinerangi, and was owned by Goldie’s cousin until 2017.

Hinerangi was the lead tour guide of the Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana, a friend and favorite subject of Goldie’s.

Something that makes this piece even more special is the message from Goldie written on the piece: “To Mater from Charlie.”

Goldie devoted his life to painting the Māori rangatira and Māori leaders.

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Goldie devoted his life to painting the Māori rangatira and Māori leaders.

Sophia’s owner succeeded, and the drawing came full circle, back in the hands of the International Art Center.

Also for sale in the collection are three prints by Banksy, the most famous anonymous artist in the industry.

The three prints, Have a Nice Day, No Ball Games and Golf Sale, are expected to fetch a combined $325,000 at auction.

Thomson said the International Art Center has become known in the industry as a place to buy the infamous graffiti artists’ pieces.

Maori Chief with Hei-Tiki, 1939, is one of three pieces being auctioned.

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Maori Chief with Hei-Tiki, 1939, is one of three pieces being auctioned.

“We have $5 to $6 million worth of sales [Banksy’s] prints alone, with one reaching $1.755 million last year,” Thomson said.

“He is a modern-day Michaelangelo, one of the most important artists of the 21st century.”

The important and rare artwork sale will begin at 6pm, Tuesday 29 November, at the International Art Center in Parnell.

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Mt. Fuji looks more like a suibokuga painting than real life in this amazing photo

Surrounding mountain range supporting cast makes Japan’s most majestic peak look even more beautiful.

When you think of Japanese paintings, colorful woodblock prints are often the first style that comes to mind. However, there is another artistic tradition in Japan, mentioned suibokugaor ink was paint.

▼ A Suibokuga painting

Because of their essentially monochrome aesthetic, they tend to have an impressionistic, almost otherworldly quality to them. Recently, however, Japanese photographer and Twitter user @daizphoto came over some real scenery that looked remarkably like a suibokuga painting when he looked out at Mount Fuji and saw it that way.

With the capricious fog rolling over the ridges of the mountain range, itself so heavily forested that their vegetation looks black under the overcast sky, the image really does look like it was created with brush and ink, as opposed to the camera lens that captures it. However, if you want to take a photo from the same vantage point, it’s going to be difficult, as @daizphoto took the photo from his seat on a plane as it flew past Japan’s highest mountain.

▼ “Took a photo of Mount Fuji from the plane, and it looks just like suibokuga.”

In a way, though, it’s all the more impressive that Mount Fuji and the surrounding peaks happened to look so majestically cool at the moment @daizphoto hovered nearby, commenting like:

“It’s almost as if Mount Fuji rises out of an ocean made of the other mountains.”
“You can really see why some people are inspired to paint in the suibokuga style.”
“I can’t believe this isn’t a suibokuga painting!”
“Nature is a masterful artist after all.”

With how beautiful the photo is, maybe Dr Martens should think about adding it to their mountain Fuji shoe collection.

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David Hockney wears crocs to Order of Merit luncheon with King Charles III

Written by Toyin Owoseje, CNN

The celebrated British artist David Hockney is known for the bold and expressive use of color in his paintings. So, it was only right that he made a bold sartorial statement when he was invited to the Order of Merit lunch at Buckingham Palace.

While some guests donned their best loafers for the annual event hosted by King Charles, the 85-year-old painter and designer defied expectations by wearing a pair of bright yellow Crocs.

Hockey, known for often matching his tailored look with trainers, matched the Crocs with his yellow glasses. He completed his look with a striking checkered suit and checkerboard tie.

His fashion choice provided a welcome splash of color in a sea of ​​black laces at the annual event and was even welcomed by the King, who remarked in admiration: “Your yellow galoshes! Beautifully chosen.”

Hockney’s shoes stood out as he posed with Members of the Order of Merit and King Charles at the annual lunch. Credit: Aaron Chown/Getty Images

Hockney was one of the members of the prestigious Order of Merit invited by King Charles to their annual lunch at Buckingham Palace. Others included broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, actress and children’s TV icon Baroness Floella Benjamin, playwright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard and Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye.

The Order of Merit was established by King Edward VII on 23 June 1902 to reward those who have “rendered exceptionally meritorious service to the advancement of art, learning, literature and science.”

His Royal Highness opted for a more formal attire for the occasion, with a smart navy suit, dark pink tie with a white diamond pattern and a pair of Oxfords.

While we may never see Charles strolling the halls of Buckingham Palace in Crocs, it’s safe to say the orthopedic slip-on shoes, originally introduced in 2002, have made a comeback in recent years.

Thanks to endorsements from celebrities like Justin Bieber and Post Malone, the foam clogs once loved by surgeons and pensioners but maligned by the masses have managed to reinvent themselves as the comfort icon of the footwear world.
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