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A Modern Romantic: Reflections on the Art of Tom Glynn

If some artists are born and others made, Tom Glynn is undoubtedly one of the former. Growing up in West Sussex in the 1950s and 60s, he possessed a voracious  aesthetic sensibility from the start. Not long after beginning at school, aged five,  he spent the best part of a week constructing an elaborate tunneled structure in a  sandpit – astonishing his teachers in the process. In subsequent years he fashioned  animals from plasticine, made assemblages from scavenged wood, sketched on  scraps of paper, and built miniature model theatres. As he grew older, Glynn became  interested in earlier artists, establishing what he has called a ‘lifelong friendship’  with the work of Picasso, Matisse, Arp and Brancusi. But his ambitions to become  a serious artist himself only crystallized at the age of fifteen, when he visited the  studio of the great post-war British sculptor, Robert Adams. Glynn even showed  the older artist some of his own creations, which Adams is said to have admired. 

The Groovy Colors of Dan Lam

Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist and social media influencer Dan Lam is an artist based out of Texas. Lam’s drippy sculptural work explores sensational dichotomies by mixing unconventional materials, organic forms, and bright colors. With contrasting themes verging on beauty and grotesqueness at once, her art provokes its viewers to ponder meaning and existence while inspiring feelings of familiarity and wonder.

Curiosity, play, and fun are the foundation of where Lam’s work begins. Her experimentation results in beautiful sculptures created with various materials such as foams, polyurethanes, resins, acrylics, and polymers, which defines her style.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Friend Gives Exclusive Interview and Presents New Book about The Artist

Tom Zatar Kay's book Jean-Michel Basquiat

In this Exclusive Interview with Tom Zatar Kay we talk about his new book: ‘JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT “THE KING”: My Friend SAMO – Late 1970-80s’ as well as The One And Only – Jean-Michel himself! His life. His art. The book features many interesting stories about Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tom’s lifelong friend who he calls SAMO, his interactions with celebrities and contemporary artists of the time. It contains exclusive photos that Tom has taken of people and artworks during his friendship with Jean-Michel.

With no page numbers, the book is intended to become art in itself, containing many pages that can be cut out and framed. Tom also written it to be a historic record for all hard core SAMO fans, a timeless collector’s edition of a high-profile artist who will be remembered forever. It has been purchased by Columba University, various libraries, and leading contemporary professionals from around the world. And now, without further ado, here’s our Exclusive Interview with Tom Zatar Kay.

Brief History of Digital Art

Digital art has a rich history that spans several decades. The earliest forms of digital art can be traced back to the 1960s, when artists began experimenting with computers as a medium for creating visual art. One of the first artists to work with digital technology was John Whitney, who used a computer to create abstract animations in the 1960s. Whitney’s work laid the foundation for the development of digital animation and set the stage for other artists to explore the potential of computer technology.

In the 21st century, digital art has become a global phenomenon, with many artists using evermore powerful digital tools to create a wide range of art forms, including video art, installation art, and interactive art. With the advent of the internet and social media, digital art has become more accessible than ever, allowing artists to share their work with a global audience.

Amref Health Africa’s ArtBall and Auction Honors Artist Julie Mehretu and the Power of Ethiopian Youth 

On February 25, 2023 at 26 Bridge in Brooklyn, NY, Amref Health Africa will host their annual ArtBall event  and adjoining art auction, creating a connection between African culture and philanthropy to celebrate and  highlight the talent of the African continent. This year Amref Health Africa will honor world-renowned  Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu with the Rees Visionary Award. 

ArtBall features a Contemporary African, Pan-African, and Black art auction, entertainment, food and  beverages from award-winning Black-owned vendors, an installation, and an award ceremony, and has grown  from just over 300 attendees to nearly 800, with an emphasis on the African diaspora. Notable hosts and guests  have included Solange, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Chris Rock, Antwaun Sargent, Kimberly Drew, Hank Willis  Thomas, Isolde Brielmaier, Shantell Martin, Nina Chanel Abney, Jack Shainman, Young Paris, and many more. 

T206 Honus Wagner – One of the Rarest Baseball Cards in Existence

Honus Wagner, also known as “The Flying Dutchman” was a professional baseball player who played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1897 to 1917. He is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time and was one of the first five players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. Off the field, Wagner was known for his humility and sportsmanship. He was respected by both teammates and opponents for his gentlemanly behavior and fair play.

One of the most interesting facts about Wagner is that he was the first baseball player to have his own baseball card. The T206 Honus Wagner baseball card is considered to be one of the most valuable and rarest cards in existence.

Rough Diamond Financing – Sarine and DELGATTO Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

Until now assessing rough diamonds was an inaccurate subjective process, at best. This, along  with the difficulty in providing unique identification means, reduced their attractiveness as collateral.  The DDFF and Sarine’s groundbreaking cooperation utilizes Sarine’s various proven industry leading technologies, including the Galaxy® and DiaExpert® platforms along with the Advisor® and  related software processes, to accurately, objectively and rapidly evaluate rough diamonds, as well  as uniquely tagging them, with the result being the ability to reliably ascertain the optimally produced  polished diamonds’ potential value, and hence confidently provide financing. The DDFF will apply  Sarine’s technologies to evaluate if the rough diamond is eligible for the requested financing, and  at what level. 

Top 5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

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When it comes to the world of art, some pieces command truly staggering prices. These works represent the pinnacle of human spending power, and are treasured by investors, collectors, and art lovers alike.

The top 5 most expensive artworks ever sold are a testament to the enduring value of art. From the masterful brushstrokes of Leonardo da Vinci to the bold color fields of Mark Rothko, these works hold more capital than some banks.

In this article, we will take a closer look at the most expensive artworks ever sold, examining the artists, the works, and the prices they fetched at auction or private sale. So, whether you’re a seasoned collector or simply an art enthusiast, read on to discover the most valuable artworks in history.

What Does World’s Best AI ‘ChatGPT’ Say About NFTs? …Everything!

As promised, The World Art News is continuing its art exploration of the World’s Leading Artificial Intelligence system ‘ChatGPT’.

This time we decided to find out what it knows about NFTs, and as it turns out, this AI knows pretty much everything, including some funny jokes that you can find at the end of this article.

Keep in mind that this entire text was written by a machine, we just asked it the right questions and added some headlines, so without further ado here are the results of our fascinating conversating with ChatGPT.

Sarine signs an MOU to acquire a majority stake in New York’s Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL)

Hod Hasharon (Israel), 11 January 2023 – Singapore Exchange Mainboard listed Sarine Technologies Ltd (“Sarine” and along with its subsidiaries “the Group”) (U77:SI; SARN.TA), a worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of precision technology  products for the evaluation, planning, processing, measurement, grading and trading of diamonds  and gems, is pleased to announce the signing of a non-binding MOU to purchase, subject to the  usual due diligence reviews and to reaching and executing a definitive agreement, a majority share  of GCAL against an all cash consideration.

The Gem Certification & Assurance Lab, Inc. GCAL is a highly respected gemological laboratory  founded in 2001 by Mr. Don Palmieri, a veteran of over 50 years in the diamond industry, and his  wife, Pamela. Today, it operates as a family-owned business in New York City, on the city’s famous  Diamond Way, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 47th Street, with son Angelo in the role of Chief  Operations Officer (COO). GCAL provides services for the grading and certification of natural and  lab-grown diamonds, coloured diamonds, coloured gemstones, pearls and precious metals.