(English) Rivera, Giacometti, Dallas Art Fair
Marika Rivera died on Jan 14-2010 at 90 years old. Diego Rivera’s daughter Marika Rivera was living in a nursing home and had advanced dementia. She was a talented dancer and actress of several small movies including “Darling”, “The Girl on a Motorcycle” and “Hotel du Paradis” amongst others. Marika was born to Diego Rivera’s lover – Russian artist Marevna Vorobieff and was known to have a strong and fierce personality. Farewell.
Alberto Giacometti’s “Walking Man I” has reached the highest price ever paid for an artwork at auction. A life size bronze sculpture of a walking man was the subject of nearly ten bidders’ enthusiasm that made them go loony on each other for about 8 minutes at the Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London. Giacometti’s “Walking Man I” sold for $104.3 million dollars tonight breaking Picasso’s world record for “Boy With a Pipe” which fetched $104.1 in 2004 at Sotheby’s in New York. Sotheby’s expected the sculpture to be sold for a maximum bidding price of $28.8 million. Giacometti’s prior selling record was $27.4 million set at Christie’s New York in 2008.
The Dallas Art Fair opens on Friday February 5th at the Dallas Fashion Industry building in Downtown Dallas Arts District. More than 50 art dealers from 15 cities will devote their energy into promoting the artists they represent. Having lived in Dallas for 15 years, it is energizing to see the art world morph from “barely there” to “all over the place”. And not only that the art scene has grown exponentially but the quality is now superb. Dallas is quickly growing into a real cosmopolitan city especially after the renovation and development of what is now Victory Park; a new area near Downtown Dallas and walking distance from Uptown. If you have not been there, it is worth the visit. I will attend the Dallas Art Fair this weekend and will tell you all about it. Exciting!