Author: Quentin Slade

That $450.3 Million Painting Sold Yesterday at Auction for a Record Sum May Not Be an Authentic Da Vinci

There are only 24 known paintings by Leonard da Vinci still extant. Yesterday in New York at the famous Christie’s Auction house, the last known work by Leonardo known to be in private hands, Salvator Mundi, sold for a record $450.3 million plus fees. The sum is by far the largest ever paid for a work of art and it is believed to be largely a result of an expert and sophisticated marketing campaign by Christie’s in the months leading up to the auction. “This was a thumping epic triumph of branding and desire over connoisseurship and reality,” said...

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Daan Roosegaarde Is an Artist and Designer Who Created a Gigantic Air Purifier That Doubles As a Sculpture

Dan Roosegaarde is changing the way we think about public sculpture and design. The Dutch designer and artist has created a fascinating new series of “Smog-Free Towers” that double as public sculptures while purifying the air in outdoor spaces. The works are currently installed in Holland and China. Originally funded on kickstarter, the Smog-Free Towers have become a design sensation. Designed as aesthetically-futuristic towers resembling many contemporary skyscrapers, the works remove pollutants at the micro level in the environment and recycle the air back into the area as fully pure. In the process, the waste carbons are then collected...

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The Heroes of Your Community: Those Who Care for the Elderly

My definition of a hero is simple: Someone who puts the good of others before their own well-being. A hero is someone who serves others, who gives without wanting or accepting anything in return. We often think of sports stars as heroes. We sometimes use this over-used and misunderstood word, “hero” in ways that deepen cliches and bore the living hell out of us. Comic Book characters are fictional. They are not heroes in the real sense. Someone who cares for the elderly is a hero. If he or she gives precious time, love and emotional support to an...

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Review: Michael Clark Company at ICA Miami

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami and the National YoungArts Foundation recently presented the Michael Clark Company’s performance in Miami. It was the renowned troupe’s Miami debut. Michael Clark, the Scottish dancer and choreographer, is known for his distinctive blends of technical rigor and experimental deviations drawing from the mystifying traditions of punk, rock, jazz and ballet. The performance took place at the Young Arts Jewel Box in downtown Miami. The venue was both intimate and stark, replete with small temporary bleachers, the kind you see in Little League baseball games, and mesmerizing soundtrack that began with songs from David Bowie’s...

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Eight Reasons Breathing Through Your Nose Is Important to Your Love Life

With Valentines’ Day coming this weekend, many Americans are looking for ways to improve their love life. Breathing is one way to do that. Yes, breathing. There are a number of ways that breathing better can improve your love life. Some are pretty straightforward, others not so much. Give us some latitude, we came up with ten! We asked the experts at Broward ENT Services in Fort Lauderdale, a provider of balloon sinuplasty how breathing better will make you a better partner for the one you love. Smell the Perfume (or Cologne) Beauty is carried on the gentle scent of perfume. Its...

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