On a quiet night for their much-anticipated Lowenstein sale, a shimmering Lin Onus painting Frog, c1995 (lot 76) with all the wistful pull of captured moonlight proved that a canny secondary market audience is after fresh high calibre works that are modestly estimated. This painting is built on the concept of reflected light, glowing like a glass-half-full bridge between aboriginal culture and western pictorial construction. True to form, the painted frog almost vanishes in the textured painted layers. What a gem. It realised $60,000, just above its upper estimate. Compared to previous Lin Onus auction records, this was a modest sale. However for Onus, the records are held by works of larger scale and incisive aboriginal character.
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It is worrying when a foreign-owned social media outlet starts to dictate ethics to Australian audiences. While we can all smile at the misguided and shambolic behaviour of Facebook, and other art dealers may be envious of all of the free publicity generated, for many in the art community the actions of Facebook have set off alarm bells ringing.
Facebook Didn’t Love Masterpiece CHARLES Blackman’s painting, Women Lovers, has hung above the bed of art collectors Tom and Sylvia Lowenstein for the past 20 years.
Leading tax accountant and financial adviser Tom Lowenstein has been collecting art and working with leading artists for decades. Next week a major part of his collection goes under the hammer.
Facebook has blocked an Australian auction house from advertising an acclaimed artist's painting depicting nude figures. Charles Blackman's oil work Women Lovers features two nude women resting on a bed beside a cat.
Melbourne art auction house Mossgreen says refusal to allow post featuring artwork Women Lovers is ‘ridiculous’
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In the latest instance of social media prudishness, Facebook has forbidden a Melbourne auction house from advertising a 37-year-old Charles Blackman painting of a black cat and two nude women in repose.
Ahead of the auction where Tom & his wife will be selling 255 from their art collection which is only 25% of the collection, which includes pieces from John Olsen, Charles Blackman, David Hockney and Arthur Boyd to name a few.
ART buffs have a rare opportunity to buy unseen works by some of Australia’s greatest artists when the Lowenstein Collection goes to auction next month.
The Lowenstein Collection of Modern and Contemporary Australian Art will be offered for auction at Mossgreen in Melbourne on Tue
Tom Lowenstein is no garden variety art collector. Not for this accountant, now 80, the usual practice of buying pictures from galleries, auction houses or even directly from the artist.
As the money man for Australia's top artists, Tom Lowenstein has built a quirky collection. Take a tour of accountant Tom Lowenstein's substantial art collection, much of which adorns his St Kilda Rd office.
Read the response from Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean.
November 2011. Read the submission submitted by the Australian Artists Association to Bill Shorten.
Read the submission submitted by the Australian Artists Association to Simon Crean.
The Australian Artists Association (AAA) hereby makes its submission in response to the Media Release No.022 issued by the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Serves and Superannuation, The Hon. Bill Shorten MP on 1 February 2011.