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Giacometti sculpture in sealed bid auction - starting price $90mn

New York - A sculpture by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti is being auctioned by Sotheby's with a reserve price of $90 million but the winning offer on Tuesday could remain secret as it is being sold by sealed bid.

Christie's online sale fetches $421 mn despite virus pandemic

New York - Roy Lichtenstein's "Nude with Joyous Painting" was the big seller as a Christie's hybrid sale fetched an impressive $421 million Friday, signaling the art market is holding firm during the coronavirus pandemic.

Painting by French 'master of black' sets new world record

Paris - A canvas by the French artist Pierre Soulages has sold for $10.5 million, a new world record for the "painter of black" who is about to celebrate his 100th birthday.The work from 1960 of thick black stripes went for 9.

Renaissance masterpiece found in French kitchen goes under the hammer

Paris - An art auction opens on Sunday for an early Renaissance painting by the Italian master Cimabue, just weeks after the rare work was discovered in an unsuspecting elderly Frenchwoman's kitchen.

'Painter of black' exhibition opens in New York

New York - An exhibition of French artist Pierre Soulages opened in New York on Thursday just months before his work will be showcased in the Louvre to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Facebook settles French 'censorship' case over vagina painting

Paris - Facebook has agreed to settle a years-long legal battle with a French teacher who sued after the social media giant shuttered his account when he posted a renowned 19th-century painting that features a woman's genitals, his lawyer said Thursday.

Banksy in Venice? New work appears and perhaps the artist himself

Venice - The mysterious British artist Banksy has apparently left his mark on a crumbling wall in Venice, and even claimed to have set up an unlicensed art stall in Italy's famous "floating city".

Art rebels Basquiat and Schiele face off in Paris shows

Paris - Two new major exhibitions opening in Paris on Wednesday counterpoint the work of a pair of art world rebels -- Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele.

Paris show blends happiness and melancholia of young Picasso

Paris - More than 300 works from two key periods in Pablo Picasso's early years go on display in Paris on Tuesday, the first time they have been brought together in the city where the Spanish master took his first steps toward revolutionary new territories of ...

Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'

Ghent - A painstaking restoration of the "Mystic Lamb", a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece by the Van Eyck brothers, was unveiled on Tuesday, revealing a "much more expressive and intense" version of the central image of the giant altarpiece.

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