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The New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic

Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert 2011 with Franz Welser-Möst

Vienna Philharmonic

On January 1, 2011, Franz Welser-Möst takes up the baton for the annual Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert, which in terms of its international coverage represents the largest classical music event in the world.

This year’s concert will once again be broadcast on television and radio to over 70 countries worldwide. Franz Welser-Möst, following in the footsteps of Clemens Krauss, Josef Krips, Willi Boskovsky, Herbert von Karajan and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, becomes the sixth Austrian conductor to stand at the helm of the Vienna Philharmonic on the first day of the New Year.

Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert for the first time

In June 2010,  Franz Welser-Möst also conducted the second major annual concert event of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn.

In addition to compositions from the rich repertoire of the Strauss Family and its contemporaries, this year’s program includes the Mephisto Waltz No. 1, by Franz Liszt. This composer is being honored on the occasion of his 200th birthday which occurs in 2011.

bonus video : Johann Strauss Sr. “Radetzky March”, the last piece at the New Year’s Concert Vienna 1987, with Herbert Von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic AND THE AUDIENCE, lol. Enjoy

 

Art Basel Miami’s Big-Buzz 10

By JULIA CHAPLIN at Fashion & Style – TheNewYorkTimes

A garage on Lincoln Road houses Alchemist, a “concept boutique” that shows a few designers at a time. The Soho Beach House, right, is the “it” hotel.

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH, that bacchanal disguised as the Western Hemisphere’s most prestigious art fair, takes place Dec. 2 to 5. Once again, there will be a dizzying whirl of glamorous dinners, hush-hush viewings and after-hour soirees — a Herculean scavenger hunt crammed into four days. To help, here are 10 must-do spots to schmooze, party, dine and, oh, see art.

1. OFFSHORE

White walls are so Chelsea. Kick off your shoes, lather on the sun block and go native on “The Island,” an islet in Biscayne Bay that is being turned into an off-the-grid art spectacle. Fifteen artists including Terence Koh, Hanna Liden and Luis Gispert are doing site-specific projects in the foliage, sandbars and water.

A motorboat will whisk guests from the Mondrian hotel. “We wanted to create this feeling of being stranded on a deserted island that’s in unique contrast to the fanciness and luxuriousness of the fair,” said Shamim Momin, the curator at the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (or LAND), which organized the show with Ohwow, an arts collective.

Flagler Memorial Island; nomadicdivision.org. On view Dec. 3 from 4 to 8:30 p.m., followed by party on the Mondrian’s dock; invitation only.

2. FOOD ARTS

Who says art and food don’t mix? Certainly not Jennifer Rubell, a culinary conceptualist who treats food like an art history mash-up: a pinch of performance art here, a dash of Abstract Expressionism there. Consider her padded cell at the recent Performa gala, built from cotton-candy bricks.

For Art Basel, Ms. Rubell is hosting a breakfast at the Rubell Family Collection titled “Just Right,” engineered to wow finicky creatives. To score their meal, guests must squeeze through a jagged hole in the courtyard wall and wander through an overgrown field to an empty house. There, they will find a buffet installation: thousands of bowls and pedestals of porridge, brown sugar, raisins and milk. It’ll be the hottest brunch spot in town.

Rubell Family Collection, 95 Northwest 29th Street; rfc.museum. Dec. 1 to 5; 9 a.m. to noon.

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Who Is the Emir of Qatar and Why Does He Want Christie’s?

at ARTINFO.com

Courtesy Christie's Images LTD. 2010. The exterior of Christie's London

The royal family of Qatar — the tiny Gulf kingdom that is the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas — has set its acquisitive sights on Christie’s, with the nation’s emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, speaking openly to the press about his interest in the world’s leading auction house. Already storied for major art purchases, including the so-called “Rockefeller Rothko” that went for $72.8 million in May 2007, the emir told the Financial Times that “we are investing everywhere, even in Harrods” and that regarding Christie’s, “it depends on the opportunity, if a good one presents itself we will not hesitate.” Suddenly, art-watchers around the globe are asking: Who is the Emir of Qatar?

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has expressed interest in purchasing Christie's auction house. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The 58-year-old ruler, who attended the prestigious Sandhurst Military Academy in England and took the kingdom’s reins in 1995 after a coup that ousted his father, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, is known as a globetrotting diplomat who made international headlines in 2008 when he met with Israeli minister Tzipi Livni as significant gesture in pursuing a dialogue with Israel. Then there’s the glamorous side of the emir’s ultra-luxe lifestyle, epitomized by the widely circulated image in the London tabloids of his beautiful wife, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned, wearing a pair of $960 white Chanel faux–fur boots with three-and-a-half-inch icicle heels during the couple’s recent three-day stay in the Queen of England’s residence last month, a bid to increase trade between the kingdoms.

The Sheikha, one of three wives of the Emir, is also an international advocate for women’s rights, serving as a UNESCO special envoy for education and maintaining a Web site to help admirers keep track of her activities. (Unlike in some Gulf states, women of Qatar vote and are able to obtain driver’s licenses.)

video bonus : CNBC’s Guy Johnson explains why one of the world’s richest men, the Emir of Qatar, is one of the most welcome guests in countries affected by the recession.

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Sotheby’s enables mobile bids in Upscale Auctions

By Peter Finocchiaro at Luxury Daily

British auction house Sotheby’s launched commerce-enabled applications for iPhone and iPad to let consumers bid on luxury items right from their mobile devices. Auction enthusiasts can use the application to browse current and upcoming auctions, view items and log-in to their Sotheby’s.com accounts to place absentee bids. The application is available for free in Apple’s App Store.

“This mobile application will help Sotheby’s extend its reach and connect with their customers at a regular frequency,” said Patrick Bouaziz, chief visionary officer at ILoveVelvet, New York. “As Sotheby’s is known for its auctions and selling one-of-a-kind pieces, this should help the high-end organization promote and preview these items as well as enhance its overall brand. “This specific application also allows the opportunity for mobile users to bid on current auctions – giving them a direct link to the auction house from anywhere at any time,” he said. “In addition, with most mobile applications of this nature, Sotheby’s has a chance to tap into its customer base to receive real-time feedback on changing wants and needs, allowing the company to meet market expectations.” ILoveVelvet did not develop the application for Sotheby’s, but agreed to speak as a third-party source. London-based Sotheby’s was not available for comment by press time.  Sotheby’s is a 266-year-old auction house that specializes in auctioning off artwork, jewelry, antiques and other luxury goods.

Going once … going twice …
The Sotheby’s iPhone and the iPad applications include nearly identical functionality. The homepage lets users choose between sections devoted to upcoming auctions, auction results and Sotheby’s departments focused on different types of auction items, as well as a directory of other services offered by the auction house.

bonus video – not so recent but very significative 

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Paris’s 25th Biennale des Antiquaires: Even Bigger and Better

By Emilie Gouband, ARTINFO France

The Biennale des Antiquaires, the huge international fair devoted to antiques, fine arts, and jewelry established by the Syndicat National des Antiquaires or National Antiquarians Guild (SNA) in 1962, takes place every other year in the impressive setting of Paris’s Grand Palais. Known for the quality and distinction of its offerings, it has become an unmissable art market event.

This year, in its 25th iteration, the biennial will welcome almost 90 participants into a space of over 43,000 square feet from September 15-22. ARTINFO France takes a look at what’s new this time around and at the galleries that will be participating for the first time.

A Fluid Layout . Patrick Bazanan of Decoral is the exhibition designer again this year. He has created an understated and refined décor with a more open layout. The imposing entrance opens onto a large central pool that reflects the vaulted ceiling of the Grand Palais. On either side of the pool long aisles with eight central plazas along their path lead to the various booths. Bazanan also incorporated quiet and inviting meeting or resting spots. In a video interview on the fair’s Web site, president of the SNA Hervé Aaron praises Bazanan’s design for its clarity and openness, adding that participants have the option of embellishing their booths and “doing whatever they want with world-famous designers in order to create a fantastic setting for their items.”

Leading Galleries . Fans of archaeology and art from non-Western traditional societies will want to visit the booths of Kervorkian, Phoenix Ancient Art, and Bernard Dulon. Asian art will be shown by Jacques Barrère and Christian Deydier. For objects of silver and gold, as well as jewelry, the galleries that can’t be missed are Au Vieux Paris, Martin du Daffoy, Balian, Castiglione, and Faerber. The prestigious jewelers Chanel, Cartier, Harry Winston, and Van Cleef and Arpels will be joined by Piaget and Louis Vuitton.

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Manet Self Portrait Sets New Record

by Deidre Woollard at Luxist

Sotheby’s London sold an Edouard Manet self-portrait at auction for $33.1 million (22.4 pounds) on Tuesday setting a record for the artist at auction. The number was actually at the lower end of pre-sale expectations of 20-30 million pounds. The painting is one of only two self-portraits by the artist and the only one in private hands but only one bidder Franck Giraud, a private dealer based in New York made an offer. The NY Times reports that Steven A. Cohen, who runs SAC Capital Management, was the owner of the painting and had paid as much as $35 to $40 million for the painting nearly a decade earlier from art loving casino mogul Steve Wynn.

The overall total for the sale was $165.2 million at the lower end of the $148.4 million to $217.5 million and 16 of the 51 works did not sell. In the NY Times article, Richard L. Feigen, a New York dealer, said that part of the issue was that while it’s a great picture, Manet just doesn’t have the marquee appeal of artists like Picasso and Giacommetti. In a world that worships the modern, Manet’s painterly rendition of himself as a dated dandy simply doesn’t excite the masses. Cohen himself has moved on to modern art picking up a 1958 “Flag” painting by Jasper Johns for a reported $110 million.

Manet self-portrait 

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Billionaire Art Aficionados

by Janhavi Kumar Sapra

ARTnews recently released its list of the world’s top ten art collectors. Not surprisingly, nine of the ten  featured are Forbes Billionaires. The list is geographically diverse and features: Russia’s Roman Abramovich, France’s Helene and Bernard Arnault and François Pinault,  Hong Kong’s Joseph Lau,  Greece’s Philip S. Niarchos and Americans Eli Broad, Debra and Leon Black, Alexandra and Steve Cohen, Emily and Mitchell Rales, The only non-billionaire is Sheikh Saud bin Mohammad bin Ali al-Thani from Saudi Arabia, who wouldn’t qualify for our ranks as his wealth comes largely from his position of royalty.

Arnault, Niarchos and Lau moved into the top 10 this year, replacing Ronald Lauder, Carlos Slim and Henry Kravis.

The Top Ten, in which the world’s most active art collectors, are listed in alphabetical order, is based on interviews of collectors, dealers, auctioneers, museum directors, curators, and consultants from 22 countries. ARTnews said in its article that the global art market in general is recovering from the global financial recession. “We’re genuinely surprised about how robust the market appears to be,” Christie’s chief executive officer Edward Dolman, told them. “It’s not just the top end of the market that is strong. It has much more depth than we’ve seen in recent times.”

They also quote CEO of Sotheby’s, William Ruprecht: “China continues to be unbelievably important. The growth in wealth and interest in art in many categories is quite remarkable. They have become very active all over— in Hong Kong, New York, Paris, London. They’re buying art, houses, diversifying their assets.”

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Art Market: Russian Billionaires Are Back

by Tom Johansmeyer at Luxist

The numbers may not have big, but it felt like 2007 all over again during “Russian Week” in London. Russian billionaires descended on the art auction houses and fought fiercely for prized lots. Compared to last year, auction sales nearly doubled, with the Russians spending $86 million to repatriate icons, paintings, porcelain and Faberge items. This follows $18.5 million in Russian art sales by Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York back in April.

The most popular pieces were early 20th century modernist works, with the top lot Alexander Yakovlev’s “Titi and Naranghe, Daughters of Chief Eki Bondo.” It was good for £2.5 million, almost tripling its high-end presale estimate of £900,000.

Sotheby’s was the top auction house of London’s Russian Week, generating £22.3 million by selling approximately 70 percent of its 615 lots. The result falls within the presale range of £19.3 million to £28 million.

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The most expensive auctioned art work by Picasso earns a record $106m

by kamakshi LuxuryLaunches

A 1932 painting titled “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso painting has become the most expensive art work to be auctioned as it earned $106m, at Christie’s New York. Held by the late Los Angeles collectors Frances and Sidney Brody since the 1950s, the painting was won by an unnamed bidder through the telephone.

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