A Day at the Fair

Eavesdropping isn’t the noblest action to fess up to. Though when at an event like Art Basel Miami Beach, where many of the local and international gentry are happy enough to sound in-the-know, and opinions fly from every cardinal direction, I’ll take the risk of stepping into a moral grey area. Just call it a…

Now Spinning

On view in Saatchi’s Prints & Originals Gallery for another month, Revolutions Per Minute is a celebration of street art as it has evolved in the recent past and a showcase for the considerable, diverse talent evident today. The exhibition is also an acknowledgement of the debt owed to movements that came before; in particular, the musical…

Art 101, Part One

Art has a familiar way of excusing itself from conversation with the untrained eye to speak straight to the soul. Feelings stirred up by masterpieces can be much more poignant than facts known about them. Though, as many a connoisseur might agree, a bit of expertise can enhance aesthetic enjoyment a great deal. Hard to believe, but…

Stairway to Heaven

China, Yunnan, Yuanyang Just a moment. The one when the light marries the rice fields, the one when the drowned terraces shine…the water can sing in the canals and flow from the heights of Yuanyang. The ‘Valley of the Purple Clouds’ opens a panorama where the sensual curves of the terraces delicately intertwine the hillsides.…

In the Beginning

BY MITCHELL COOPER / What’d you write your dissertation on? Stephen Hawking’s reply would involve a rightly smug remark about the underpinnings of all existence. Using Einstein’s theory of relativity as a baseline, he proved as a young doctoral candidate that the universe really did have a concrete beginning. And the Big Bang has haunted…

Feasting for Tomorrow

BY EMILY CATRICE / As our friends on the Thanksgiving-celebrating side of the pond sidle in at the sides of symbolically-loaded tables, let’s take a moment to reflect on the dictates of one forward-thinking man who decried traditional ways of wining and dining. Filippo Tommaso Marinetti penned La Cucina Italiana in 1932. A half-joking cookbook for…

On Video: Sergio Mora

Nowadays, Barcelona is teeming with young creative talents. Probably one of the most original among the many is artist and illustrator Sergio Mora (@sergio.mora.art). Novel, bright, playful and a little cryptic, his work will no doubt stick firmly in the back of your mind from first glance. In addition to completing wonderfully illustrated children’s books and collaborating with…

$alvator Mundi

Even if money’s nothing but an abstract concept, $450.3 million is a whole lot of conceptual smackeroos. Even if that figure includes a buyer’s premium, $450.3 million is a nearly unfathomable sum to fork over for single work of art at auction. Even if that work of art is a legit da Vinci painting… The art world…