Saturday, May 5, 2012

Art News

Line drawing by Charlotte Rossmann

Picasso and the Titanic. 
There was a scene in the movie, "Titanic" with a famous Picasso painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.  The implication was that the painting was on the Titanic.  As a result a lawsuit was filed that has recently come into news again:  Artists Rights Society claims compensation from director James Cameron over use of Picasso painting “A settlement was reached to the satisfaction of both parties pretty quickly,” says Theodore Feder, the chief executive and founder of the society. However, the new 3D version of the film breaches that agreement, he says. “Artists’ rights have to be negotiated and cleared, and this is a new use of the work.” The Picasso estate did not give its permission to use the painting, which belongs to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Titanic-spat-over-Picasso-(now-in-3D)/26319
The part of the movie that bothered me was that the painting went down with the ship.  Um..no, it did not!  This is untrue and misleading.  The painting did not go down with the Titanic. 
It's been awhile since I saw the movie but I remembered other famous works that supposedly were on the ship Degas and Monet come to mind.  Not true! 

The Scream!
It took 12 nail-biting minutes and five eager bidders for Edvard Munch’s famed 1895 pastel of “The Scream” to sell for $119.9 million, becoming the world’s most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/arts/design/the-scream-sells-for-nearly-120-million-at-sothebys-auction.html

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