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Google Opens Virtual Museum for Every Vermeer Painting
Vermeer has only three dozen paintings housed in 18 museums and private collections around the world. One was stolen in the famed Gardener Museum heist in the 1900s and several are considered too fragile to travel. A new augmented reality app created by Google Arts & Culture in Paris and the Mauritshuis museum in the Hauge now allows for all 36 paintings (including those stolen and fragile) to be accessed in a virtual museum titled Meet Vermeer.
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Charlotte Prodger Wins the 2018 Turner Prize
Scottish artist Charlotte Prodger has won the 2018 Turner Prize with an iPhone video about gender identity, landscape, and mythology. The length of her 32-minute film was determined by her phone’s storage capacity. The prize includes $32,000 and Prodger will represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale.
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Art Basel Miami Beach Opens with Big Sales
The art world descended upon Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach this week and reports from participating galleries indicate that sales were strong, including New York’s Van Doren Waxter reporting over a dozen sales for prices as high as $100,000 for works by Dorthea Rockburne, Brian Rochefort, and others. New York’s Michael Rosenfeld Gallery reported a slew of red dots for pieces by Alma Thomas and Joan Mitchell. The usual suspects including Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner, and Acquavella offered high-priced pieces by Basquiat ($9.5 million), Oscar Murillo ($380,000), and David Smith ($18 million).
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