365 Days of Auction Record Breakers, New Colors, Anniversaries and Big Wins
A year come and gone means that it is time to reflect on all the memorable and newsworthy moments that the previous twelve months delivered. In the art world, plenty of money exchanged hands, anniversaries were celebrated and new colors were created. Cheers to the highlights of 2017 in art! Enjoy!
Styling and Profiling
The Brooklyn Museum’s blockbuster exhibition on the life, art and fashion of Georgia O’Keeffe primed the pump in 2017 for a year-long craze about the modern master. Everything from her escapades in Hawaii painting pineapples to the dinner parties she gave in her Abiquiu, New Mexico, home made there way into headlines.
Christ, The Most Expensive Painting Ever
Salvador Mundi is a 16th century painting of Jesus Christ attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. In 2005 it was sold as an anonymous Old Master for $10,000. Twelve years makes a hell of a difference. By the time it came up for auction in 2017 it had acquired a da Vinci attribution and been extensively restored.
When it came up for auction at Christie’s on November 15 of this past year it sold for a record-breaking $450 million to Saudi prince Bader bin Abdullah, buying on behalf of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi, where the painting is already slated to be shown in 2018.
Crayola shook up the crayon box this past year, ousting Dandelion Yellow in March in favor of a new blue. Bluetiful, to be exact. The name of the new hue initially drew criticism but Crayola placed their bets rightly.
Blue, the most popular “favorite color” on the planet, came out way ahead in 2017 as every blue from ultramarine to cobalt turned up on celebrities like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on the palettes of top interior designers, and on fashion pages worldwide.
The First Film in Paint
Loving Vincent is a tribute film to the life and art of Vincent van Gogh. It was released last year and is the first oil painted animation ever made. A six-year project led by director Dorota Kobiela, who also happens to be a painter herself, Loving Vincent features 65,000 stop motion frames made by 125 painters.
Centennial Celebrations for Andrew Wyeth
One of America’s favorite painters turned 100 last year. Andrew Wyeth, ostracized by much of the art world during his life time for his devotion to realism, has since made great gains in the annals of art history. The first retrospective of his work in almost a decade took place at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in 2017 and included a body of Wyeth’s work not familiar to many. Last year, the United States Postal Service commemorated Wyeth’s work with a suite of Forever Stamps as well. Happy Birthday, Andrew.
Dalí’s Body Exhumed
Pilar Abel, the “llegitimate child” of Salvador Dalí, sued to have her father’s body exhumed in order to confirm paternity. On July 21, the exhumation took place and made the presses. Examiners confirmed that the famous Surrealist’s mustache, even after three decades buried, was still intact and shaped to a fine point.
In September 2017 the results of the DNA testing came back negative for Abel. She is not in any way related to Salvador Dalí.
Let’s Get Presidential
Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald will have their names forever highlighted in the pages of American history under “P” for presidential portraitists and “A” for awesome. In October last year, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama selected Wiley and Sherald to create their presidential portraits. The works will go on display in 2018.
What Will 2018 Bring?
A brand new year is ahead! That means tons of art news, art history twists and plenty of painting and drawing waiting in the wings. To get yourself in step with all the artistry that awaits, consider adding the Top 10 Products from 2017 to your collection.