Blog archives: July 2011
Steve Lambert is an American artist who believes that “art is a bridge that connects uncommon, idealistic, or even radical ideas with everyday life“. During the last couple of years, Steve created projects such as “The New York Times Special Edition” (fake copy of the NYT, issued one week after Obama’s election and including 14 pages of best case scenario news set nine months in the future) or “Add-Art” (a Firefox add-on that replaces commercial banners with art).
Photo: Jeff Koon’s Magenta Heart at Punta della Dogana – one of François Pinault’s private art collections on display at Venice.
See more photos from Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi, taken during the opening of this year’s Venice Biennale.
Who’s the art world’s biggest spender? On the basis of recent acquisitions of Impressionist paintings, and works by Picasso and Bacon, among others, the most votes in an informal survey go to Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed bin Ali al-Thani. He is a member of the Qatar royal family and has been on the list of ARTnews 200, as well as on the Top Ten. Sheikh al-Thani has reportedly spent several hundred millions of dollars on art in the last two years.
The Top Ten art collectors of this year include Hélène and Bernard Arnault, Debra and Leon Black, Edythe L. and Eli Broad, Halit Cingillioglu, Alexandra and Steven A. Cohen, Laurence Graff, Philip S. Niarchos, François Pinault and Emily and Mitchell Rales.