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Weekly Highlights: March 30 - April 5

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April 6, 2015
Studied Photography at IED in Milan, Italy. Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editor-in-Chief.

Looking back at the previous week here on Widewalls, it was nice to see that our readers appreciated the content that we, the writers, were happy to write about as well. At the end of the day, we all love art, and we enjoy in it, otherwise we wouldn’t be here. We love good erotic photography, a nice piece of news from the art world; we like to explore the notions of street art and all its elements that perhaps need a little more attention and acknowledgement than usual and to take you back through time and show you how it all started. There are also those of you interested in the business of art, and it is our pleasure to dedicate ourselves to that matter. Our aim is to spread the word about the best art can offer, and we believe we are doing a good job.

It is all these topics – and more – that were given most attention by you. As per usual, our Provoke! (NSFW) section was again one of the most visited, with the latest edition presenting the erotic photography by a talented female photographer. A group exhibition at 44309 Urban Art Gallery in Dortmund, Germany seems to have caught your eye; my podcast with Kolly Gallery owner Julien Kolly is really worth hearing, especially if you’re a street artist looking for a home in form of a gallery. Lately, we’ve been re-visiting the history of graffiti, and last week we pointed out its 10 important moments. Finally, you were interested to know which were the 10 highest selling artworks in the first four months of this year at major auction houses (for more on the subject of art at auctions, be sure to check out the Upcoming Auctions).

Scroll down and take a look at the top 5 articles chosen by you – it’s been a really good week!..

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Mairi-Luise Tabbakh’s Glamouros Erotica

The erotic photography of Mairi-Luise Tabbakh comes at us with a certain arty glamour, candid black and white photographs of young beautiful people. The imagery certainly makes reference to classic erotic photography, never veering into pornography or the tasteless, but combines it with a feeling of being very modern, belonging to the world of people who have embraced social media. The erotic photography that Mairi-Luise Tabbakh creates is sometimes hard to fathom, often appearing as if they are candid photographs of close friends rather than models, living in a world inaccessible to the normal person. This is erotic photography with beautiful young people, sometimes smoking, drinking or holding a gun, reflecting on a seemingly rich and decadent lifestyle, while somehow trying to look dirty and dangerous. See all the photos over in the Erotic Photography: Mairi-Luise Tabbakh article.

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The Urban Pott Group Show

The Urban Pott group show at 44309 Street Art Gallery will be in the form of a street art print group show, with all the selected street artists presenting their works as screen prints. Each of the street artists exhibiting has their own distinct styles when it comes to street art, from stencil to graffiti art and beyond. By uniting them in a print group show, it offers the chance to see how the street artists can experiment with their techniques and imagery within the medium of screen printing. The Urban Pott group show will also be uniting street artists from different generations under one gallery roof, including legends of the street art scene up against some of the young upstarts from the current street art world. Read more in Urban Pott at 44309 Street Art Gallery

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Street Art Talk with Julien Kolly

After a series of interesting podcasts with even more interesting artists from around the world, we had the chance to talk to a street art gallery owner. He is a young, successful curator, whose art space is a place to go to if you’re interested in street art, graffiti and happy artworks.

Why happy artworks? Because that is the curatorial choice of Julien Kolly, the founder of Kolly Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland. Previously the owner of two other galleries – GT29 in Villars-sur-Glâne and La Grille in Yverdon-les-Bains – he decided to promote graffiti and street art universe in Zurich. Only 35 years old, Julien Kolly is also the director of the communication agency vingtneuf degres and a true pioneer of street art culture in Switzerland. Hear our conversation in Widewalls Podcast #10: Julien Kolly

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Graffiti’s Important Moments

Graffiti history, a topic rich in subject matter with colourful characters and even more colourful artworks, that continues to unfold. Where to begin when looking for 10 important moments from graffiti history? Everyone will have their own point of view when it comes to graffiti history, but there are some defining moments that most people will agree on, such as Cornbread being responsible for the birth of the graffiti scene and all that has followed since, evolving into the flourishing urban and street art scene we are now witness to. Picking 10 important moments from graffiti history is no easy task, but here we present a selection for you to muse over and argue about, a brief reminder of some of the important steps that graffiti has made since Cornbread scrawled his name all over Philadelphia, through to David Choe becoming the richest graffiti artist in modern times.

See full list in Graffiti History: 10 Important Moments

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The Highest Art Sales in 2015 So Far

Lately it seems that, with every upcoming auction sale, there is a chance we will get the new most expensive art piece ever. The first four months of this year definitely brought numbers with a lot of zeros next to the $ symbol. On the list of the 10 highest sales at major auction houses from January to April 2015, there are two houses that prevail: Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Ten of the most expensive art works come from only six artists, as German painter Gerhard Richter holds three spots, Francis Bacon and Jean-Michel Basquiat got two each, and Cy Twombly, Yves Klein and Lucio Fontana the remaining three places. The number one piece of the most expensive art belongs to the art collection of an anonymous US buyer, who got a hold of it in February for whopping $41.5 million!

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