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Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece “Salvator Mundi” (Savior of the World) has sold at Christie’s in New York for $450,312,500 – a world auction record for any work of art. Read more... http://bit.ly/2lQATSb

Reaching Beyond her Island Home in Barbados: Sheena Rose still creates art in her brother’s old bedroom, but things are about to change.

This month we are highlighting the wonderful and provocative Barbadian artist Sheena Rose whose bold and impressive works of art are about to break out onto the world stage.  Sheena Rose was born and raised on the island of Barbados, which retains its importance and centrality in her artistic works. A fullbright scholar who received her masters degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Sheena Rose is a familiar name in the Caribbean and diaspora. Drawing is an integral part of Rose’s artistic practice, though she is equally well known for her video, animation, installation and performance work.

Rose’s artwork challenges the conventions of the society she grew up in. In fact, the work that some thought should be censored was the very work that brought Sheena Rose not only to national, but indeed to international attention. The curator David Bailey came to Barbados saw her work and commissioned Rose to do a site-specific work called “Town to Town’ in which the artist explored the everyday urban life in Barbados. This work was an immediate success and she became one of the first artists on the island to dive head first into installation and video art. Since then her work has been included in Art Fairs such as Art Basel Miami, Film festivals, auctions and galleries and is on the cover of Naomi Jackson’s book called, “The Star Side of Bird Hill.” This cover has been awarded from Huffington Post and E People Magazine as one of the best book covers for the year 2015.

Sheena Rose has performed a piece called “Island Monster” at The Royal Academy of Arts in London, at MoCada Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art in Brooklyn and in an artists talk with Tamara Best Senior Editor of the NY Times. Her art has been collected by tennis star Venus Williams and by other collectors abroad. Please see artist Sheen Rose featured in the NY Times Arts and Design column. 

Marsden Hartley's Maine: Exhibition at the Met Breuer in New York City, New York, from March 15, 2017 - June 18, 2017

The American artist Marsden Hartley first visited Bermuda with fellow artist Charles Demuth around 1917 during World War I.  Hartley’s time was spent on the North Shore of Bermuda where he stayed with fisherman Elmo Petty, and the two frequently fished together.  Hartley was infatuated with the vibrant Bermuda fish and the dazzling blue water.  He spent the majority of his time painting and writing poetry, and was fortunate to return to the island again in 1935. Marsden Hartley’s found inspiration in the landscape, expressing the spiritual essence of nature, a theme he had explored for three decades.  Perhaps the best-known artworks from Hartley’s time in Bermuda are Movement, Bermuda and Sunken Treasure, the latter now being a permanent piece of the Bermuda Masterworks Collection.  

To view more about Marsden Hartley's upcoming exhibition at the Met Breur please CLICK HERE.

Insiders Dish on the Art Market

The bidding battle for a 1982 abstract by Gerhard Richter at Sotheby's Friday evening auction on Oct. 7, and the magnitude of the price achieved (about $12.7 million), encapsulates why people become fascinated with the art market, and why, if they have enough money, they become collectors... CLICK HERE

Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum
Exhibition on view in Newark, New Jersey -- June 18, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Presenting selected works from Newark’s permanent collection, including pictures by Romare Bearden and Norman Lewis... CLICK HERE

Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis
Exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX -- June 4, 2016-August 21, 2016

CLICK HERE to see the promotional video or CLICK HERE to connect to the exhibition announcement on the Amon Carter Museum website.

Reappraising the art of Norman Lewis -- VIDEO from CBS Sunday Morning -- March 20, 2016.

There's a certain satisfaction in seeing a talented artist finally getting his due ... however belatedly. Jim Axelrod has a case in point... CLICK HERE

Elbow Beach's Painterly Past: Graham Foster's massive new mural depicts over 100 years of Bermuda tourism at Elbow Beach Hotel -- Article in The Bermudian Magazine -- December 1, 2015.

By his own admission, Graham Foster always knew he would devote his career to the making of art but perhaps he didn’t predict that one day he would literally make history... CLICK HERE

Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis
Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts -- November 13, 2015 through April 3, 2016

The first comprehensive museum overview of Norman Lewis: a pivotal figure in American art, a participant in the Harlem art community, an innovator of Abstract Expressionism, and a politically-conscious activist... CLICK HERE

Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World
Exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum -- October 2, 2015 through January 3, 2016

The painter Francisco Oller contributed greatly to the development of modern art in both Europe and the Caribbean and revolutionized the school of painting in his native Puerto Rico... CLICK HERE

Ushio Shinohara: Live Boxing Painting on YouTube
Performance at the Dallas Museum of Art -- October 16, 2015

VIDEO: Watch a public demonstration of Ushio Shinohara’s Boxing Painting, in which the artist uses paint-soaked sponges attached to boxing gloves... CLICK HERE

Lusher Teams up with US Art Advisory Group
Article in The Royal Gazette -- October 9, 2015

New collaboration: Bermudian art broker Nicholas Lusher is to work with the Winston Group in offering art advisory services in Bermuda... CLICK HERE

Dealer (Nicholas Lusher) Prepares Show of Top Bermuda Art
Article in The Royal Gazette -- December 1, 2014

Christmas may come early this year for local art collectors... CLICK HERE