This week we’ve rounded up our five favourite stories from art around the world.
1. You may remember the large, modern, Californian house in the cult-classic film The Big Lebowski, written by the Coen brothers. In the film, the house is owned by a pornographer and loan shark, in reality, the house is about to get transformed in to a modern art space. The Sheats Goldstein Residence, as it’s known, has just been endowed to Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which will programme educational and cultural events at the residence. (via Vice)
2. Art Net have complied a fascinating insight into the top-earning artists in their fields at auction in 2015. Showing Claude Monet leading the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist group (which includes the likes of – Gaugin, Van Gogh and Degas), while Picasso leads the group of Modern Artists, such as, Alberto Giacometti and Joan Miro, by quite a long way. Though Francis Bacon holds the record for most expensive painting ever sold, it’s actually Warhol who is top of the ranks in the Post War and Contemporary Artists section in 2015. (via Art Net)
3. A new mini-series, Unbound, premiering on Instagram, features music from David Bowie’s final album Blackstar. Prior to his death, Bowie gave the filmmakers unmitigated access to all of the music and images from his final album with “no limits or preconditions”. The 16 part mini-series is confined by Instagram’s video limits of 15 seconds per episode. New episodes of Unbound will be released every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. A press release on Bowie’s site states the series includes “evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork” rather than a “literal, linear narrative”.
4. Culture minister Ed Vaizey has put a temporary export ban on Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture Femme in the hope an English buyer can match the £2 million price tag a foreign buyer has agreed to pay, in order for the important work of art to stay in the UK. Read more here.
5. The Victoria & Albert Museum will hold an exhibition pertaining to all the ways Botticelli has been re-imagined throughout the artistic ages: from his re-discovery in the Victorian age with the romantic Pre-Raphaelites, to the more vivid, contemporary interpretations such as those by Andy Warhol and David LaChapelle (pictured). The exhibition will open from 5 March and run until 3 July. (via the V&A)