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Luchita Hurtado is 98 years old. Born in Venezuela, she has been painting her own life. Now her first solo art exhibition has opened at London’s Serpentine Galleries. It’s called ‘I live I die I will be reborn’ and is on display until October 2019. Video by Jamie Moreland & Michael McKenzie.

Experience the lively auction room atmosphere as bidders at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London drove the selling price of KAWS’ “Again and Again” to a record price for the artist. Eventually selling for £1.03 million, the depiction of one of America’s best loved cartoon characters was expected to fetch between £250,000–300,000.

Propped” by Jenny Saville sold for £9.5m ($12.5m usd) at Sotheby’s in London last night making her the number one female artist at auction. Painted in 1992 for her degree show at Glasgow School of Art, the Saville previously belonged to Charles Saatchi and was then acquired by legendary collector David Teiger. It was sold last night to benefit Teiger Foundation whose purpose is to support initiatives around Contemporaryart.

Model motorized boats crammed with migrants, paparazzi photographing a dead Cinderella, and a pocket money loans kiosk offering cash to kids at an interest rate of 5,000% – these are just some of the installations in Banksy’s new art show, Dismaland bemusement park, which opens on Weston-super-Mare seafront o. The two-minute trailer reveals some of the works by 58 artists, including Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer, installed across the 2.5-acre site.

Stephen Wiltshire is a 33-year-old autistic man with an extraordinary talent. He is one of less than 100 people in the world who is recognised as an autistic savant. Whereas some savants excel in mathematics or music, Stephen is an accomplished artist, and is capable of producing highly accurate drawings of buildings and cities after seeing them just once.

Although Stephen is today a quiet and confident young man, he endured a difficult childhood as family and teachers struggled to cope with his autism — a condition that was, at the time, very poorly understood and rarely diagnosed.

Cityscapes and buildings quickly became Stephen’s artistic focus, possibly because they represent the kind of stability, solidity and repetition that autistic people often crave. In a short space of time, Stephen became internationally renowned for his strikingly detailed and technically accurate drawings, and since his teenage years he has travelled the world sketching famous buildings and cities.

www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk

 

Having already grossed $48 million on their “Watch The Throne” tour, Jay-Z and Kanye West recently added to their GWOP bank accounts with another significant payday for a private show in Dubai before Christmas.

 

NME reports The Throne earned $6 million dollars to perform at the Sweet 16 birthday party of multi billionaire Manchester Football Club owner, Sheikh Mansour’s niece. Hov and Yeezy received $2.9 million each, pocket change for  Mansour, whose wealthy family rules oil-rich Abu Dhabi. Read More

A London penthouse was recently purchased for $221 million by a Ukrainian buyer who concealed his identity using an offshore company and a confidentiality clause.

The mystery buyer has been named as Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man, with a net worth of $16 billion.

The new owner of the three-floor London penthouse is also a soccer aficionado. He’ll be playing host for the 2012 Euro Cup at his new $400 million stadium in his hometown of Donetsk.

spotted: Forbes

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