Flavour of the Day

BY ALICIA COSTAS / Enjoying a banana split so close to the Winter Solstice has never felt so right. That may have something to do with the less-than-frigid temperatures inherent to Museum of Ice Cream‘s newest location in Miami Beach, which officially opened its doors to the public yesterday. This is the museum’s fourth inauguration in fifteen…

$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…

Framing an Oasis

The spanking-new Louvre Abu Dhabi opened this past Saturday to much international acclaim and fanfare. And rightly so; the project’s been a long time coming, and is expected to fulfill its mission statement to host a ‘permanent, unique exchange between East and West.’ That the West’s largest, most illustrious museum would set up a satellite…

Not Your Dalí

Pretty fresh off the presses, decisive news from Spain that’s settled a recent quandary over some highly sought after Surrealist DNA. You probably read that in July a Madrid judge asked that the corpse of Salvador Dalí be exhumed for purposes befitting who’s-the-daddy episodes of The Jerry Springer Show — a paternity test. To the delight of his embalmer,…

Approaches to Pollock, Part 2

I last wrote of Michael Fried’s scribblings on this ultra-famous painter. In 1961, Harold Rosenberg, too, wrote an article titled “The Search for Jackson Pollock” for Art News, deemed the oldest and most widely circulated art magazine in the world, with a readership that includes collectors, dealers, historians, artists, museum directors, curators, connoisseurs and enthusiasts. As an art…