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Francis Bacon painting of Lucian Freud sells for record $142-million

A Tuesday art sale by Christie’s has set an all-time record, netting $691-million in sales — including the Bacon painting, plus works by Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko and Jeff Koons: natpo.st/18rN9bz

Just add Nazis: Banksy buys $50 thrift store painting, draws a man on it — now it’s selling for $200K
Graffiti artist Banksy’s New York City residency is nearly finished, but the artist is showing no sign of slowing down, having raised eyebrows after adding a Nazi to a painting he bought at a thrift shop – which is now selling for more than $200,000 at a charity auction. (Photo: Housing Works)

Just add Nazis: Banksy buys $50 thrift store painting, draws a man on it — now it’s selling for $200K

Graffiti artist Banksy’s New York City residency is nearly finished, but the artist is showing no sign of slowing down, having raised eyebrows after adding a Nazi to a painting he bought at a thrift shop – which is now selling for more than $200,000 at a charity auction. (Photo: Housing Works)

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Is Sylvester Stallone a better painter than actor?

Judge for yourself! The Rocky star has just unveiled an exhibit of his work in Russia, and … it’s not bad: natpo.st/1dJ22NF

The Russian artist who painted Putin and Medvedev in women’s underwear has fled the country

Konstantin Altunin is planning to request asylum in France after Russian authorities shut down an exhibition of his work in St. Petersburg. MORE HERE: natpo.st/17hfiWY

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Shakespeare’s theatre — Audience members watch a production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Shakespeare’s Globe theatre on the Southbank of the River Thames on July 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photos by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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Alex Colville, Canada’s ‘painter laureate,’ dead at age 92
Celebrated painter Alex Colville, whose meticulously crafted scenes of everyday life established him as one of Canada’s most well-known modern artists, has died at the age of 92.

His son, Graham„ said his father passed away Tuesday at his home in Wolfville, N.S.

A painter, engraver, sketch artist and muralist, Colville earned a reputation for crafting tranquil compositions that focused on routine moments of family life and featured landscapes, animals and the sea.

Edward Gorey, eerie illustrator, master of morbid humour, gets a posthumous Google birthday gift
Edward Gorey did not make it his business to be cheerful, despite the fact that a number of his titles are popular with children. “If you’re doing nonsense it has to be rather awful, because there’d be no point,” Gorey said of his work. “I’m trying to think if there’s sunny nonsense. Sunny, funny nonsense for children — oh, how boring, boring, boring. As Schubert said, there is no happy music. And that’s true, there really isn’t. And there’s probably no happy nonsense, either”

The macabre author and illustrator, who would have turned 88 today, was a fan of nonsense — his books and short stories are largely surreal, often completely without text, and are for their black humour popular among gothic subcultures. His illustration style was decidedly eerie: Gorey drew in black and white, mostly, anrd relied heavily on crosshatching method — his particular style, whimsical as it is chilling, significantly inspired filmmaker Tim Burton. (Tom Herde/Boston Globe Photo files; Google)

A brief, illustrated history of Quentin TarantinoFrom Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained, U.S. director Quentin Tarantino has joined the canon of great filmmakers with his distinct — if hyper-violent — filmic style. We take a look at his filmography, in a handy illustrated format. Click through for some history on the Tarantino film in which each character stars! (Illustration by Steve Murray)

A brief, illustrated history of Quentin Tarantino
From Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained, U.S. director Quentin Tarantino has joined the canon of great filmmakers with his distinct — if hyper-violent — filmic style. We take a look at his filmography, in a handy illustrated format. Click through for some history on the Tarantino film in which each character stars! (Illustration by Steve Murray)

Graphic: Stopping the DeadA statistical look back at the zombie kills and the weapon used in the Walking Dead series so far.

Graphic: Stopping the Dead
A statistical look back at the zombie kills and the weapon used in the Walking Dead series so far.