Rio’s Christ statue gets new life with restoration

The statue of Christ overlooking Rio de Janeiro was reinaugurated Wednesday after a renovation costing four million dollars. The renovation of the statue was financed by Brazilian mining giant Vale and the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Rio. The Christ the Redeemer statue, which has towered over the city for nearly 80 years, is located at … Continued

Lacoste Porcelain Polo Shirt by Li Xiaofeng

Lacoste invited Chinese porcelain artist Li Xiaofeng to create two different polos for their Holiday 2010 Collector’s Series. Li is a muralist-turned-sculptor who uses shards of broken porcelain recovered from ancient archeological digs to create armor-esque clothing sculptures. Described as “Post-Orientalism,” the artist’s collaged artifacts often take the form of traditional Chinese dresses, jackets, neckties, … Continued

New auction record for Manet painting in London

A self-portrait by Edouard Manet sold for 22.4 million pounds ($33 million) at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday. It was the highest price paid for a picture by Manet. The previous record for a Manet was 16 million pounds at a sale in New York in 1989. The oil on canvas work is in somber … Continued

The Blue Boat

Renowned French artist Xavier Veilhan has produced a brand new work of monochrome “sculpture” in collaboration with the Frauscher shipyard in Austria.

The Goyard Book

French trunk maker Goyard has released a book with publisher Devambez which illustrates the brand’s heritage. The Goyard Book features more than 200 pages featuring photographs and descriptions of all the greatest achievements by Goyard since starting in 1792. As the New York Times reports, “The book includes the history of the Goyard family — … Continued

Kenzo Takada First Painting Exhibition

Designer Kenzo Takada, who founded the upscale Kenzo label, has tried his hand at painting, with a Paris exhibition of eight self portraits. The paintings shown at the Studio 55 gallery feature the designer in a series of flower-printed kimonos that recall the kinds of prints his label is known for.

Modigliani sculpture sets records in Paris

A sculpted stone head by artist Amedeo Modigliani sold at Christie’s in Paris on Monday for euro 43.2 million, breaking the record for a work by the Italian artist. The sculpture dated from between 1910 and 1912 and had been estimated at between four and six million euros. “It’s a record for a work by … Continued

Raza sets record for Indian modern art in London

A painting by leading Indian artist Syed Haider Raza sold for almost 2.4 million pounds in London on Thursday, setting a record for a modern Indian work. “Saurashtra”, dated 1983, was estimated to fetch between 1.3 and 1.8 million pounds, but finally sold for 2,393,250 pounds including buyers’ premium. The painting belonged to a key … Continued

BMW Art Car by Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons has unveiled his Art Car at the Centre Pompidou in Paris ahead of its participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France on June 12-13, 2010. On June 1, Koons unveiled and signed his BMW M3 GT2, making him the 17th BMW Art Car artist, following in the footsteps of Warhol, … Continued

Matisse, Picasso and other works stolen in Paris

Five works including paintings by modern masters Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso have been stolen from a Paris museum. The canvases – worth a total of 100 million euros ($123m) – were discovered missing from the city-run Musee d’Art Moderne when it opened its doors. Museum officials found a broken window and a sheared-off padlock, … Continued

Moschino Store Window: Love is Free

The Italian fashion design house has set up the Moschino ‘Love is Free’ ATM window display in their Meatpacking district location. The mannequin, sporting a Moschino dress from the Spring/Summer 2010 collection, waits for love, but gets money instead. The machine continuously dispenses cash, to the point that the “woman” is literally getting buried under … Continued

Warhol self-portrait sells for 32.5 million dollars

A late self-portrait by “pope of pop” Andy Warhol sold for a record 32.5 million dollars at Sotheby’s in New York on Wednesday. The stark 1986 image of Warhol’s famous face and unkempt hair was estimated to sell at between 10-15 million at the contemporary art auction. The huge final sale value was in line … Continued

Campari’s Art Label Collection

Continuing in its tradition of striking brand imagery, the oh-so Italian apertif, Campari, has launched three inspired reinterpretations of its label.

Pirelli 2011 Calendar: Very First Picture Surfaces

It seems that Karl Lagerfeld has already begun shooting Pirelli’s 2011 calendar. “I’ll do it in my studio in Paris. It’s too obvious to have a beach setting”, was Karl’s comment backstage at his show in Paris. We’ll be seeing models Isabeli Fontana, Heidi Mount, 2009’s top model Natasha Poly and Magdalena Frackowiak in the … Continued

Hedi Slimane shoots Rolls Royce

Designer/photographer Hedi Slimane turns his camera lens towards the iconic Rolls Royce, while Beck records the car engine for Dazed Digital. “He might have been far too young to drive one, but Hedi Slimane’s obsession with the affluent car make Rolls Royce started when the photographer was only six years old. “

Jeff Koons paints BMW for Le Mans

Talk about pimping your ride. US pop artist Jeff Koons’ latest work is a BMW M3 GT2 decorated with exploding, multi-colored rays. Unveiled by Koons in New York on Tuesday, the car will compete this June at the Le Mans 24 Hours road race in France. The garish work is number 17 in a series … Continued

Chinese collectors push prices to new levels

Prices for antiques in China have risen sharply over the past five years and now galleries all over the world over are waiting for the nation’s cashed-up collectors to spread the wealth overseas. Speaking on the sidelines of the Netherlands’ Tefaf Maastricht, New York gallery director James Hennessy said that internationally things were looking up … Continued

Lily Safra Paid $103.4 Million for Giacometti

London-based billionaire Lily Safra is the buyer of the Alberto Giacometti sculpture that fetched a record $103.4 million at a London auction. “It was a freak result,” said Philip Hoffman, chief executive of the London-based Fine Art Fund. “But there are wealthy people out there desperate to buy rare pieces and when something important comes … Continued

Giacometti Sculpture Fetches Record $104M

Alberto Giacometti’s “L’Homme Qui Marche” set a record for the most expensive piece of art ever sold by auction when it was sold on February 3. The Swiss artist’s characteristic sculpture of an elongated figure in bronze garnered a record-breaking 65 million pounds ($104.3 million) when it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London. … Continued

Unseen Picasso masterpiece sells for £8m

A Picasso masterpiece unseen in public for 43 years fetched more than twice its expected price at auction – going for £8.1million at last night’s Christie’s sale. Tete de Femme (Jacqueline), a 1963 portrait of the artist’s second wife, had not been seen in public since 1967 and was expected to fetch £4million. Jacqueline had … Continued