Most expensive artA vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179 million in New York on 11 May 2015, after being expected by Christie's, the auction house that handled the sale, to fetch $140 million (included the auction house's premium).
The 1955 canvas, "Les femmes d'Alger" or "The Women of Algiers" (Version O), sets a new bar for the contemporary art market. Depicting a group of courtesans striking provocative poses in the artist's signature Cubist style, the Picasso painting is based on Eugene Delacroix's work of a similar title. Picasso explored the theme through a group of 15 paintings, designating the versions from A to O.
The Women of Algiers was one of two dozen masterpieces from the 20th century Christie's offered in a curated sale titled "Looking Forward to the Past."
This auction also featured Alberto Giacometti's life-size bronze sculpture "L'homme au doigt" or "Pointing Man," which set a record for most expensive sculpture, at $141.3 million. The bronze piece, which stands 178cm tall, was created in the spindly, emaciated style that is the artist's creative signature. It is one of six casts of the work, and this sale marks the first time the bronze has been put up at auction.
Previously, the most expensive art work sold at auction was Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," which went for $142 million in 2013, while the most expensive sculpture sold at auction was another Giacometti sculpture sold for more than $100 million in 2010.
The seller, who bought the painting privately for an undisclosed amount, remains anonymous. The buyers elected to remain anonymous too. The painting was previously sold at auction for $31.9 million in 1997.
Other noteworthy works at the auction included Claude Monet's The Houses of Parliament, At Sunset, which fetched $40.5 million; and Mark Rothko's No. 36 (Black Stripe), which also sold for $40.5 million. Claude Monet's The Houses of Parliament, At Sunset was part of Monet's series of at least 19 paintings that he began during stays in London in 1899 and 1900, all from the same perspective, but in different weather and at different times of day.
Sources: LA Times
The word comes from these roots:
chronos = time; more specifically, events and processes in the past
ology = the study of
This has three main areas of application:
Growth rings are the result of new growth in the vascular cambium, a layer of cells near the bark that is classified as a lateral meristem; this growth in diameter is known as secondary growth. Visible rings (as seen in a horizontal cross section cut through the trunk of a tree) result from the change in growth speed through the seasons of the year; thus, critical for the title method, one ring generally marks the passage of one year in the life of the tree.
The rings are more visible in temperate zones, where the seasons differ more markedly. The inner portion of a growth ring is formed early in the growing season, when growth is comparatively rapid (hence the wood is less dense) and is known as "early wood" (or "spring wood", or "late-spring wood"); the outer portion is the "late wood" (and has sometimes been termed "summer wood", often being produced in the summer, though sometimes in the autumn) and is denser.
Given a sample of wood, the variation of the tree-ring growths provides not only a match by year, it can also match location because the climate across a continent is not consistent. This makes it possible to determine the source of ships as well as smaller artifacts made from wood but which were transported long distances, such as panels for paintings and ship timbers.
In some areas of the world, it is possible to date wood back a few thousand years, or even many thousands. As of 2013, fully anchored chronologies in the northern hemisphere extend back 13,900 years.
Translated into english Ponta do Ouro means "Point of Gold". There are many different stories as to the origin of the name, from a sunken ship carrying gold bars, to a beautiful golden sunrise. The historical truth might never be known, but the modern day value of what is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled bays in the world, can certainly lay claim to golden treasures.
Ponta Do Ouro's remarkable diversity and unique combination of traditional African bush, sub-tropical coastline, sweeping coastal plains, savannah, dense forests, majestic inland lakes and pristine beaches, make it one of the richest natural treasure chest in the world.
The small town of Ponta do Ouro consists of a motel, a petrol station (petrol/diesel), a local market, butchery, curio centre, local pubs/restaurants.
It is recommended to have a drink of the local beer, 2M and Laurentina, which arguably (very arguably) rivals world famous beers. Also indulge in the famous Tipo Tinto Rum which is locally produced and tastes slightly of Vanilla (it goes best with Pineapple or Raspberry juice which is available from the local market).
The diversified accommodation offers the visitor a wide range of accommodation, ranging from Luxury Lodges to self-catering Houses, chalets, a Motel, Camping, Spa's, Dive camps, Dive Charters, camping, Bed & Breakfast's and a host of alternate venues to suit any taste and budget.
With the view of the bay and such beautiful surroundings, it can be said that this is an idyllic island lifestyle, with a short walk onto beach being all you need to get to the heart of it.
Swimming, surfing, diving, fishing and all sorts of other activities are available in the bay area that are sure to provide you with enough excitement to keep you busy for quite a while. If you want a more relaxing holiday, then walks on the beach, or up to the lighthouse, will give you a chance of seeing turtles laying eggs (October to December), or some of Ponta's dolphins surfing in the waves.
For more information visit Ponta do Oura accommodation
In May SABC 3 launched a new show for the afternoon viewing slot, called the Afternoon Express Show.
On the 19 May 2015, Cheral Kennedy, owner of Living Matter, was featured as a guest of Jeannie D, to demonstrate to her, Verne and the afternoon viewers how to pot a herb.
Description :Shrub to 1.5m with tubular pink flowers.
Flowering time :Autumn - Spring
View more detailed information on this plant in our plant directory.
If your home has a Mediterranean feel, then the use of terracotta pots for herbs or architectural plants is a must.
To fit the natural feel of the clay pots into a more modern environment, epoxy powder coated metal rings into a wall in a straight line. Place the terracotta pots with your chosen plants into these rings for a neat feature.
Seeds can be sown or plants can be planted for the following herbs and veggies this month:
View our full planting plan in our resources section of our website.
We all love a chance to test our own brain capacity with brain teasers. Try see if you can figure out this one...
April's Teaser Answer :
"Hit below the belt"
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