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Francis Bacon Triptych of Lucian Freud Sells for Record-Breaking $142 Million: VIDEO


Francis Bacon's triptych 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' has sold for $142 million, the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction, the Guardian reports:

The 1969 triptych, never before offered at auction, had carried a pre-sale estimate of about $85m. In the end it easily eclipsed the $119.9m price of Edvard Munch's The Scream, achieved in May 2012 year at Sotheby's. The previous record for a Bacon work of art was $86.3m set in 2008.

The monumental painting depicts the Dublin-born painter's friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud on a chair, with a view from each side and one face-on. Christie's called it "a true masterpiece that marks Bacon and Freud's relationship" and their "creative and emotional kinship".

With bidding starting at a whopping $80m, it sold after a protracted bidding war both in the packed New York salesroom and via telephone. Christie's did not disclose the identity of the successful buyer.

Watch Christie's explain why the painting is so significant in a fascinating 4-minute featurette surrounding the sale, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tom of Finland's L.A. Studio Revealed by His Muse and Mentor: VIDEO PREMIERE


Starting on November 2, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is presenting the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art of Bob Mizer (1922–1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland” (1920–1991), two of the most significant figures of 20th century erotic art and leaders  of an emerging post-war gay culture.

TomoffinlandAs part of the exhibition, MOCAtv has produced a short film about the Tom of Finland foundation, which sits on a quiet, tree-lined street in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The foundation is located in a house where 'Tom of Finland' lived with Foundation co-founder and former Bruce Weber model Durk Dehner.

Dehner met the artist after seeing an illustration that was hanging at NYC's Spike bar, and Dehner met Tom and became his caretaker, and one of Tom's muses.

MOCA is allowing Towleroad readers to be the first to see this film, which features Dehner and foundation Vice President S.R. Sharp discussing Tom's work, how he got his name, and why he moved to Los Angeles.

The home is open to the public as well.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Male Art Student Plans To Lose Anal Virginity in Front of 100 People


The Daily Mirror reports on a 19 year old male student, Clayton Pettet, studying at Central Saint Martins art school in the UK who is planning to lose his anal virginity in a performance piece in order to “stimulate debate.” The piece, entitled, “Art School Stole My Virginity,” is set to be performed in front of 100 people this coming January. Pettet, who has reportedly planned the performance since he was 16, will have sex for the first time with a friend. Though controversy has erupted surrounding the performance, Pettet has defended his decision, emphasizing that his choice has been carefully considered:

“I've held on to my virginity for 19 years and I'm not throwing it away lightly.”

"I have decided to use mine and the loss of it to create a piece that I think will stimulate debate” [...]

"Virginity to me is conceptual and losing it as a performance piece is the way I have chosen to do that. But for a reason I haven't said the layout of the piece, the location of the piece, or what is actually going to happen.

"So for people comparing it to a live sex show, I can assure you it will be nothing like that."

You can visit Clayton’s tumblr HERE (warning: some images work-unfriendly).

Banksy Sets up Shop Near Central Park, Few Notice: VIDEO


You missed the chance to get an original Banksy over the weekend. Apparently a lot of people did. "Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each," the street artist, who's holding a month-long 'exhibition' in New York City, announced on his website.

'More Out Than In' will be running all month. Find it when and where you can. More works here.


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Yahoo! Unveils New Logo: VIDEO


Yahoo! unveiled a new logo this morning after 30 days of teases from the company on what it would be. It's not receiving the best reviews.

CEO Marissa Mayer "geeked out" about the logo in a post on Tumblr, in which she writes, in part:

On a personal level, I love brands, logos, color, design, and, most of all, Adobe Illustrator.  I think it’s one of the most incredible software packages ever made.  I’m not a pro, but I know enough to be dangerous :)

So, one weekend this summer, I rolled up my sleeves and dove into the trenches with our logo design team: Bob Stohrer, Marc DeBartolomeis, Russ Khaydarov, and our intern Max Ma.  We spent the majority of Saturday and Sunday designing the logo from start to finish, and we had a ton of fun weighing every minute detail. 

We knew we wanted a logo that reflected Yahoo - whimsical, yet sophisticated.  Modern and fresh, with a nod to our history.  Having a human touch, personal.  Proud.

Mayer then posted a "blueprint" video of the design process.

What do you think of the new logo, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Artist Who Painted Putin in Lingerie Flees Russia, Seeks Asylum in France

Konstantin Altunin, the Russian artist who made headlines this week after his gallery was shut down and paintings depicting Vladimir Putin and PM Dmitry Medvedev in lingerie were seized, has fled Russia and is seeking asylum in France, Radio Free Europe reports:

AltuninIn a telephone interview from Paris, Altunin said he does not want to return to Russia.

"Today, I appealed to the French prefecture in Paris because I have no other [option]. I would gladly get [local residence and work permits] so that I can be useful to France and to work and pay taxes," he said. "But now, I am forced to request political asylum because I fled very quickly without luggage or money."

Altunin says that the gallery's organizers have been arrested:

"The organizers have been arrested, although they have nothing to do with this as it is I who is to blame," Altunin said. "They detained them until 3 o'clock at night, then took them to a police station. There was a young woman among them and they were practically bullying her. What is this?"

Altunin said he had already fled when the police arrived at his apartment to arrest him. He has a wife and  a two-year-old daughter at home:

"My wife is in tears and my 2-year-old child keeps asking where daddy is," he said. "What kind of PR can we talk about here? Of course, deputies simply have nothing better to do than close exhibits and confiscate pictures. This needs no further comment, really. Such a situation is possible only in Russia.” 

The seized paintings also featured the head of the Russian Orthodox Church covered in tattoos, and Vitaly Milonov, co-author of Russia's bill banning gay propaganda, together with a rainbow flag.

Check out the Putin/Medvedev painting below:



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