New Famous website to be launched this spring!

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You might have noticed that it has been a bit quieter on FamousAuctionHouse.com in recent months. Don’t worry; we’re still alive and kicking. In fact, this spring we will launch a brand new website! And it is not just the design that is going to be different. We’ll also change the way we sell our art to make the experience much more user friendly. Instead of auctioning all our art, the re-styled website will feature three exclusive auctions a month, each containing 20 lots. At the same time, we will launch the Famous Gallery, a permanent web shop full of beautiful art, books and memorabilia.

Stay tuned and subscribe to our newsletter at famousauctionhouse.com for more details and the names of the artists to be included in our kick-off auction. Over the next couple of weeks we will regularly post updates about what’s in store for you.  You can of course also always contact us at info@famous.nl or pay us a visit at Weteringschans 83 in Amsterdam!

- The Famous team.

Earthquakes, skulls and sagas: new Takashi Murakami paintings and sculptures!

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For the few people who might have missed it: last month, the Japanese superstar artist and Famous-favorite Takashi Murakami opened a new show at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. The show is called “IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD, STEPPING ON THE TAIL OF A RAINBOW” and is full of dark and/or ominous works by Murakami, who – to most viewers – has become known for his bright Pop Art and “superflat” paintings.

Many of the paintings are filled with piles of skulls, demons and decay, and contain a fascination for traditional sagas and religion. Others offer a new interpretation of familiar themes, while there are also some truly spectacular sculptures. Murakami has told his audience that the direction his art has taken is result of his experiences during and after the big earthquake that hit Tokyo in March 2011.

“In totemic sculptures representing demons, religious sites, and self-portraits; and paintings that conflate classical Japanese techniques with Abstract Expressionist tropes, science-fiction, manga, and Buddhist and Shinto imagery, Murakami investigates the role of faith amid the inexorable transience and trauma of existence” his gallery writes.

From the people who’ve visited the show we have heard that it contains superb new works, which is why we would like to give you the opportunity to take another look. Visit the exhibition-website here: http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/takashi-murakami–november-10-2014

SPECIAL AUCTION: ERWIN OLAF SPECIAL EDITION PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIOS!

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This week, we’re having a very special auction of several special edition photography portfolios made by Erwin Olaf. Every portfolio is from a different series of Royal Blood, Grief, Hope, Separation, Rain and Paradise, containing a different selection ranging from 6 to 9 photographs. All the portfolios are made from different material, from rich velvet to dark leather.

Royal Blood (2000) is one of Olaf’s most well known series of photographs, depicting the deaths of famous royals. Think of Julius Caesar stabbed in the back, Marie Antoinette with her head severed, and Princess Diana with a Mercedes Benz emblem embedded in her bleeding arm.

Erwin Olaf’s trilogy Grief, Hope and Rain centres on the suspended moment when an emotional reaction begins.

Grief (2007) is a series where solitary figures brood in tearful silence. This series is loosely based on the style of American aristocracy in the early 1960s, and more precisely, on the torment of Jacqueline Kennedy immediately after the assassination of her husband. These images blend historical detail with staged emotions. In these photographs, Olaf plays with the idea in which he places cold reality versus cruel artifice, capturing that precise moment when innocence, hope and joy are lost.

The series Hope (2005), Rain (2004) and Grief (2007) reveal characters caught in moments of longing, loss, or introspection. Olaf’s highly stylized images are inspired by iconography of the 1950′s and 1960′s and frequently evoke the sensibilities of artists including Norman Rockwell and Edward Hopper.

Paradise (2001) reminds us of a large-scale circus performance. The photographs are horrific, while at the same time they are extremely decadent. In the series Paradise Portraits (2001), Erwin Olaf is studying portraits of the human face. The portraits are strong and intimate.

The photographs of the series Separation (2002/2003) are dark and mysterious. The models are covered in a black latex second skin. Although the series hints at fetishism and sadomasochism, it is in fact about vulnerability, and, as the title suggests, the separation between mother and her children.

These portfolios are true collectors items and are a great addition to your art collection.Happy bidding!


Naomi Cambell By Nobuyoshi Araki

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Naomi Campbell and Riccardo Tisci are featured in “Tokyo Love,” in the September 2014 issue for Vogue Japan.  The photographs were shot by Nobuyoshi Araki.

New Mural by Banksy

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Yesterday morning, the British town of Cheltenham was surprised by the sudden presence of a mysterious mural, which pretty much looks like the work of the famous street-artist Banksy. The unconfirmed mural, located near the office of the GCHQ (the British Government Communication Headquarters) shows three men in trenchcoat with audio recording devices, making an obvious reference to the bugging activities by the NSA and the GCHQ.

Remarkably, a few hours after this unofficial mural popped up, Banksy posted a picture of his newest official mural on his website: a completely different artwork showing a man and woman embracing while taking a look at their smartphones. The picture goes without any description, leaving everyone guessing for the location of the new mural and the identity of the – up to now – unknown creator of the Cheltenham mural.

Unfortunately Famous Auction House does not auction any work of Banksy, but if you are interested in Banksy, you might be also interested in the work of the famous artist Blek le Rat. Banksy once said of Blek le Rat:

“…Every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only twenty years earlier.”

Now on auction:
Limited Hardback Edition: Getting Through the Walls by Blek le Rat

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