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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011
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                                   People & Places

     Art

          NY sales
 Houses prep
 for auctions
 NEW YORK, May 3, (RTRS):
 Buoyed by record results amid a
 dramatic art market recovery and
 an increasingly global clientele,
 Christie’s and Sotheby’s are gear-
 ing up for spring auctions with
 nearly $1 billion of art for sale.
   Last year proved one of the
 best with Christie’s posting a
 record $5 billion in sales and
 Sotheby’s making $774 million
                      in revenue —
                      six       times
                      more        than
                      2009 and its
                      second high-
                      est ever apart
                      from 2007.
                          It was a far
                      cry        from
                      2009’s dire
                      drop in sales
     Hoffman          amid         the
 global financial crisis.
   “We had not budgeted for such
 robustness last year,” said Marc
 Porter, chairman of Christie’s
 Americas. “It was rather amaz-
 ing.”
              Market
    But he added that “it is still a
 market where you can’t push
 prices — that doesn’t change.”
    What has changed is the ascen-
 dance of the contemporary and
 post-war sector, which has nipped
 at and sometimes eclipsed the
 once indomitable Impressionist
 and modern arena.
    New collectors from Russia,
 Hong Kong, mainland China,                                                              Actress Rene Russo arrives with her daughter Rose Gilroy at the premiere of Thor in Hollywood, California on May 2. (AP)
 Singapore, Qatar and South
 America have also upped the
 ante, flush with cash and ready to                                                                             Film
 create instant collections.
    “We’re seeing new buyers
 weekly who are prepared to
 spend anywhere from $1 million
 to $10 million,” said Philip                                                                                                         ‘Newlyweds’ lazy tale with unbelievable characters
 Hoffman, chief executive of The
 Fine Art Group, a London-based
 art investment house.
    Whereas the once-static group
 of a few thousand buyers saw five
 or 10 newcomers at sales,
                                                                                               Foster sees more directing ahead
 Hoffman said there are now                                                                    AUSTIN, Texas, May 3, (RTRS):                   ness that while quirky is serious and          “He’s miraculous in the film, and I          er just married to Katie (Caitlin
 1,000 new buyers in Hong Kong                                                                 Most people look forward to their 60s           sensitive.”                                 think that he brought so much to it, not        FitzGerald); we meet them in a cafe
 each ready to spend $1 million                                                                and 70s as retirement years, but Jodie             Mel Gibson, whose personal prob-         just because of his talent but also his         where they’re smugly telling Katie’s
 for a painting.                                                                               Foster expects to be acting during that         lems have been widely reported for          incredibly sensitive soul,” she said.           sister and brother-in-law (Marsha
               Supply                                                                          time of her life in something of a              more than a year, portrays a middle-           Grae Drake, a film critic for                Dietlein Bennett and Max Baker) how
                                                                                               career rebirth.                                 aged father and husband named Walter        Movies.com, said she doubts “The                their conflicting work schedules,
    With demand outstripping sup-                                                                 The actress, who began her career as         Black who is spiraling downward into        Beaver” could be Gibson’s comeback              which keep them from spending much
 ply as more collectors see art as a                                                           a child, sees her new film drama “The           depression. To cope with his illness,       role because it is not a major                  time together, ensure they’ll stay hap-
 real asset and inflation hedge                                                                Beaver,” which she directed, land in            Black begins to communicate with            Hollywood studio movie with a mas-              pily married.
 amid volatile financial markets,                                                              theaters on Friday, and she told                others by using a beaver hand puppet.       sive promotional campaign, such as                 Their cynical bliss is shattered with
 prices are again on the rise.                                                                 Reuters that for the next decade, she              The film is punctuated by humorous       those behind his “Lethal Weapon”                the arrival of Buzzy’s half-sister Linda
    The biggest sale will be held at                                                           will likely focus on directing more             moments early on, but the persona of        movies.                                         (Kerry Bishe), an emotionally unstable
 Christie’s on May 11, when 66                                                                 than acting because she finds that the          the beaver puppet eventually takes             In fact, “The Beaver” will more              alcoholic who moves into their home
 works led by pair of iconic Andy        Actress Ashley Greene arrives at the                  parts she gets offered in middle-age            over Black’s life in a disturbing way       likely been seen in smaller venues,             uninvited — having come from L.A. to
 Warhol self portraits — his first       Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume                    just aren’t too interesting.                    and forces him to battle his demons.        given its dramatic subject matter, and          New York with the goal of seducing an
 and one of his last before his          Institute gala, May 2 in New York. (AP)                  “I think I’m looking more forward            Foster portrays Black’s wife, and           Drake even said that Gibson’s pres-             ex-boyfriend who just married some-
 death in 1987 — are expected to                                                               to the stuff I’ll play in my 60s and            Anton Yelchin is their son.                 ence may help boost ticket sales in the         one else. Her hard-to-buy misbehavior
 fetch from $226 million to $316                                                               70s,” Foster, 48, said in March at the             “Symbolically it really is the story     low-budget film arena.                          leads to predictable tension, which
 million.                                                                                      South by Southwest festival in Austin           of my life (and) spiritual crises in life      She said surveys by Movies.com               works as middling comedy until Burns
    The Warhols’ provenance                                                                    where “The Beaver” premiered.                   where you feel like you’re asleep and       already seem to show that audiences             starts to take the strife seriously late in
                                                                                                  The Oscar-winning actress also               that you have a choice — two terrible       are moving past Gibson’s personal               the film.
 could not differ more. Estimated                                                              finds herself in roles that require her to      choices — either a life sentence or a       problems.
 at $20 million to $40 million, a                                                                                                                                                                                                             “Newlyweds” has an odd attitude
                                                                                               be heavily involved in promotion “on            death sentence,” Foster said.                  “The public has a short memory, and          toward matrimony: Its drama requires
 four-image 1963 work in hues of                                                               the cover of a magazine...which I’m                                                         they’re really pretty forgiving,” Drake
 blue was commissioned by                                                                                                                                       Delays                                                                     concern about a relationship’s survival,
                                                                                               not that interested in.”                                                                    said.                                           but the only character very invested in
 Detroit      collector     Florence                                                              She would rather be behind the                  The release of “The Beaver” in May          For her part, Foster is finishing up
 Barron, who paid the rising star                                                                                                              comes after months of delays amid                                                           the “’til death do us part’’ ideal is
                                                                                               camera right now, exploring topics in                                                       an acting role in director Roman                Katie’s sister — the most grating pres-
 $1,600, some of it on the install-                                                            films that have an edge or themes that          Gibson’s real-life troubles. Last year,     Polanski’s “Carnage,” and says that
                                                                                                                                               Gibson’s A-list career seemed to be on                                                      ence in a movie stocked with problem-
 ment plan. It is being sold by her                                                            may be complex, much like “The                                                              she is again looking for something to           atic people, and the only character for
 family.                                      Spector                 Clarkson                 Beaver.”                                        the mend from his drunken, anti-            get her back behind the camera. Her
                                                                                                                                               Semitic tirade in 2006, when a series                                                       whom the film has no empathy.
    A much later work, one of                                                                     “These are really the years for me to                                                    key problem, she says, is the types of          (Dietlein Bennett’s performance is a
 Warhol’s final self-portraits                                                                 direct,” she said.                              of audiotapes were leaked in which          movies that she wants to make are per-
 reportedly purchased by billion-                    People                                                     Foray
                                                                                                                                               Gibson was heard making a racial slur       sonal films that are difficult to finance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           charmless echo of Leslie Mann’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           weary wife in “Knocked Up.”)
                                                                                                                                               and sexist comments to his ex-girl-
 aire collector Peter Brant in 2002                                                               Foster’s third and latest foray into         friend, Oksana Grigorieva.                                 ❑ ❑ ❑                               The movie also suffers from its hap-
 for $3.2 million, is expected to        LOS ANGELES: Phil Spector’s murder                    film directing is her first time behind            In March, after nearly a year of            A lightweight comedy about a mar-            hazard use of the mock-doc idiom.
 fetch $40 million.                      conviction was upheld Monday by a                     the camera since 1995’s “Home for the           tabloid reports about his and               riage tested by annoying siblings-in-           Characters often address the camera as
    Analysts say US buyers are           California appeals court, but attorneys for           Holidays.” Her other directing effort           Grigorieva’s troubled relationship and      law, Edward Burns’ “Newlyweds’’                 if speaking to interviewers, sometimes
 still the major market for such         the imprisoned music producer said they               was 1991’s “Little Man Tate.” Both              bitter custody battle over their daugh-     offers protagonists who put so little           interrupting the drama in a way sug-
 works from the post-war period.         would appeal again.                                   movies were well-received, if not uni-          ter, Gibson pleaded no contest to one       thought into getting hitched it’s hard to       gesting that all the action is being shot
    “The hedge fund guys can                The ruling by a three-justice panel from           versally liked, and so far “The Beaver”         count of domestic abuse linked to           care whether their first fight will break       by a doc crew. But many of the film’s
 afford to do whatever they want,”       California’s 2nd District Court of Appeals            has won mostly good, early reviews              Grigorieva.                                 them up or not.                                 scenes are of intimate moments that
 said Baird Ryan, the former man-        comes less than three weeks after Spector’s                                                                                                                                                       would never happen in front of docu-
                                         attorneys argued his 2009 conviction of               coming out of South by Southwest.                  Foster has repeatedly stood by              Theatrical prospects are slight, but
 aging partner of investment firm        second-degree murder resulted from a prej-               The Hollywood Reporter called it “a          Gibson, 55, a man she describes as one      followers of the writer-director-star           mentarians, and Burns’s indifference
 Art Capital Group who currently         udiced trial.                                         risky bet that pays off solidly,” and           of the most beloved actors among his        will be satisfied when they find it on          to this distinction makes his use of the
 advises clients on buying and              The attorneys had argued that jurors               said it “survives its life/art parallels to     peers and a friend whom she talks with      the small screen.                               faddish technique look like lazy story-
 selling art. “They have been col-       should not have heard testimony from five             deliver a hopeful portrait of mental ill-       for hours by phone.                            Burns plays Buzzy, a personal train-         telling.
 lecting for years and don’t bid         women who said Spector had threatened
 recklessly.”                            them with a gun, years before actress Lana
    Sotheby’s, which kicks off the       Clarkson was found shot to death in the           room where the body was lying on the floor           Vickers, born Yvette Vedder in Kansas
                                         foyer of his home.                                                                                                                                LOS ANGELES: A judge Monday post-                 Conrad Murray requested a new delay in
 auctions on Tuesday with its                                                                 “We don’t know if it’s a Jane Doe or a         City, Missouri, was variously described as    poned the trial of Michael Jackson’s person-      his trial over the pop icon’s 2009 death to
 Impressionist and modern sale,             But presiding Justice Joan Klein, writ-                                                                                                                                                          give them time to prepare for new prosecu-
                                         ing on behalf of the panel in an 81-page rul-     John Doe,” said Ed Winter of the Los              being either 82 or 74. She was briefly mar-   al doctor on manslaughter charges until
 also boasts a big Warhol,                                                                 Angeles County Department of Coroner.                                                           September, days before it was due to start in     tion witnesses and evidence.
                                         ing, sided with prosecutors who said the                                                            ried twice during the 1950s. (RTRS)                                                                 The trial had been due to start next
 “Sixteen Jackies,” and Jeff             testimony from the women was crucial to              Police said there were no signs of foul                                                      Los Angeles.
 Koons’ “Pink Panther” sculpture,                                                          play.                                                            ❑     ❑    ❑                      The decision came after lawyers for            Monday, but LA Superior Court Judge
                                         the case.                                                                                                                                                                                           Michael Pastor said he would dismiss all
 each estimated to sell for $25 mil-        “The evidence showed that, when fueled                                                                                                                                                           the prospective jurors who have already
 lion.                                   by alcohol and faced with a lack or loss of                                                                                                                                                         filled out questionnaires in preparation for
    Phillips de Pury & Co. is staging    control over a woman who was alone with
                                         him and in whom he had a romantic or sex-                                                                                                                                                           the long-awaited trial.
 a $100 million contemporary sale,                                                                                                                                                                 ‘Savage Beauty’                               It was in the “interests of justice ... that
 its biggest ever, led by yet another    ual interest, Spector underwent a sharp
                                         mood swing, exhibited extreme anger and                                                                                                                                                             the parties be fully prepared,” he said,
 Warhol, “Liz £5,” a portrait of                                                                                                                                                                                                             adding that he regretted having to start the
 recently deceased Hollywood icon
                                         threatened the woman with a gun when she
                                         refused to do his bidding,” Klein wrote.                                                                                                             McQueen honored                                jury selection process from scratch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “I don’t like the idea of re-starting jury
 Elizabeth Taylor, which could           (RTRS)
 fetch about $25 million.                                                                                                                                                                     NEW YORK, May 3, (AP): A                       selection. The court is very mindful of judi-
                                                         ❑ ❑ ❑                                                                                                                                who’s who of Hollywood’s elite                 cial efficiency and the expense that has
    On the Impressionist and mod-                                                                                                                                                             and fashion’s most coveted hit
 ern side, Sotheby’s has a group of      LOS ANGELES: A mummified body                                                                                                                                                                       occurred. But first and foremost is justice,”
                                         believed to be that of an early Playboy                                                                                                              the red carpet in New York City                he said. Prosecutors allege that Murray
 10 Picassos led by “Femme lisant        Playmate has been found in a dilapidated                                                                                                             on Monday night for the annual                 “abandoned his patient” after administering
 (Deux personnages),” a portrait         Beverly Hills home after evidently being                                                                                                             Metropolitan Museum of Art’s                   the powerful sedative propofol to help
 of the artist’s mistress Marie-         undiscovered for up to a year, authorities                                                                                                           Costume Institute Gala Benefit.                Jackson sleep, and then tried to cover it up
 Therese Walter estimated to sell        said on Monday.                                                                                                                                         This year’s event, “Alexander               after the singer’s death on June 25, 2009.
 for up to $35 million.                     The house was owned by Yvette                                                                                                                     McQueen: Savage Beauty,”                           Murray acknowledged that he had used
    Christie’s is touting a $25 mil-     Vickers, a B-movie actress who was named                                                                                                             honored the work of the late                   propofol, but denied involuntary
 lion Cubist Picasso, “Les femmes        Playboy’s Miss July in 1959, almost six                                                                                                              designer, who committed sui-                   manslaughter, saying that on the day of the
                                         years after the men’s magazine was first                                                                                                             cide in February 2010 at age                   50-year-old singer’s death he administered
 d’Alger, version L,” and Monet’s                                                                                                                                                             40.
                                         published.                                                                                                                                                                                          only a small amount of the drug.
 “Les peupliers,” a pristine mas-           A neighbor found the body last                                                                                                                       “I miss him terribly, not only                  After preliminary hearings in January the
 terpiece from the artist’s celebrat-    Wednesday when her suspicions were                                                                                                                   as a person but as a designer,”                trial was initially set for March 28, but was
 ed poplars series which is expect-      aroused by old letters and cobwebs in the                                                                                                            said a visibly emotional                       then pushed back with opening statements
 ed to fetch $20 million to $30          mailbox. The house was packed with boxes,         Designs are seen on display during a press preview of the new Alexander                            Madonna, who was wearing a                     due May 9. There have already been some
 million.                                and at least one window was broken. A             McQueen exhibit, ‘Savage Beauty,’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 2                         gown by Stella McCartney.                      jury selection sessions, and more had been
                                         space heater was running in the upstairs                                     in New York. (AP)                                                                                                      planned this week. (AFP)

								
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