Artnet News – Secret Buyer of That £13 Million Hockney, Revealed

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An Underwater Sculpture Park Coming to Miami Beach Is a Stark Warning About What Climate Change May Bring.

The underwater sculptures will form a kind of reef to help regrow damaged coral. By the end of 2021, visitors to Miami Beach will have a new cultural attraction to check out—on the ocean floor.

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Archaeologists at Pompeii Have Discovered the Bones of What May Have Been a Master and a Slave Killed by the Eruption of Vesuvius

The two men may have been trying to escape the city. Two new sets of human remains have been discovered from the ashes at Pompeii, where the volcano Vesuvius destroyed an entire city in 79 A.D.

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Auctions

The Secret Buyer of the Royal Opera House’s £13 Million David Hockney Is Its Own Board Chair—and He’s Lending It Back

David Ross purchased the artwork at Christie’s last month and will now lend it back to the British public.

In October, the Royal Opera House in London put a prized 1971 David Hockney painting up for sale at Christie’s to raise funds in a move that drew ire from certain cultural circles.

The artwork, a portrait of the venue’s former general administrator, David Webster, went for £12.8 million ($17 million) to a then-unidentified buyer.

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Melania Trump Just Had This ‘Humble’ Isamu Noguchi Sculpture Installed at the White House Rose Garden

The sculpture is the first work by an Asian American artist to join the national collection.

The White House has made a rare and historic art acquisition by adding Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture Floor Frame (1962) to the Rose Garden. The work becomes the first by an Asian American artist to enter the national collection.

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Jigsaw Puzzles Have Never Been More Popular. As We Head Into a Long Winter, Try Your Hand at One of These Masterpiece-Inspired Puzzles

The online marketplace Fine Art America offers thousands of art-themed jigsaw puzzles.

One of the most unexpected global shortages this spring wasn’t toilet paper or hand sanitizer—but jigsaw puzzles. As people settled into life indoors and looked for new ways to pass time, the wholesome activity surged in popularity, causing nary a puzzle to be found in even the farthest reaches of the internet.

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