In about one year’s time, Autumn de Forest, who turns 9 this month, has become one of the art world’s youngest and biggest stars. Prolific and versatile, she has produced a range of work representing multiple styles: abstract impressionism, surrealism and pop art. Her paintings bring to mind the work of masters like Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Matisse.
And it sells.
This year, Autumn has sold dozens of her paintings at auction for a total of about $250,000. The highest price paid for her work is $25,000, for the painting “People Are Strange,” inspired by The Doors song of the same name. (via tfail)
Gah, her mannerisms make my skin crawl. Anyway, she seems to draft well enough. I can’t tell about paint handling from the video. There is no originality on display, but at age eight that’s not exactly her fault. The only reason these paintings sell is because of the novelty of her age, so the prices they fetch is a testament to the successful hucksterism of her promoter(s) rather than the quality of the works themselves. She may be truly talented (in which case, good for her), but this just reminds me of Alexandra Nechita and Marla Olmstead all over again.
Man, what a minefield. People who write reviews on Urbanspoon and Yelp need to a) learn to get to the point, and b) grow some taste buds. I don’t need to know some winding back story about how you’ve wanted to try this restaurant for ages but finally got around to it. It’s neither interesting nor relevant. And what’s with chain restaurants getting top rankings? Okay, I know they’re popular because otherwise they’d all be out of business, but c’mon, it’s engineered gut-filler, not real food.
And Chowhound? What a bunch of opinionated wankers. “This place has the best ‘x’.” “No, they suck. This place has the best ‘x’.” Sheesh.
The manuscript is believed to have been the property of the flute-playing nobleman Lord Robert Kerr, the son of the third Marquess of Lothian. He is thought to have acquired it while on a Grand Tour of Europe in the early 1700s.
The document was preserved among the family papers of the Marquesses of Lothian which were acquired by the National Archives of Scotland in 1991.
Southampton University researcher Andrew Woolley uncovered the piece, which belongs to a quartet of concertos - the remaining three of which have yet to surface.
I understand how the researcher can authenticate the manuscript as Vivaldi’s, but how did he figure out this is a previously-unknown work? I mean, I thought Vivaldi wrote only one piece his entire life (but wrote it 500 times), no?