LOVE Started Out as a Much Filthier Word – Before he made Pop art history with the word “LOVE,” Robert Indiana sent a postcard in late 1964 to his on-and-off lover Ellsworth Kelly with a different four-letter word in the same shape: one that starts with an “F” and is followed by a “U.” By Christmas, when Indiana repurposed the artwork as a holiday card (soon afterwards sold through MoMA), the artist had cleaned up his colorful language. “Love has a bit more nuance to it,” curator Barbara Haskell says.
Frida Kahlo Is the Face of Google Arts – The arts and culture wing of the tech giant has worked with 33 museums to digitize more than 800 Kahlo photographs, letters, and journals, as well as 20 high-res images of the Mexican artist’s work, for a new website and app. Kahlo’s great-niece, the photographer Cristina Kahlo, also helped create a new work in the style of her famous forebear.
David and Peggy Rockefeller’s Bling Head to Auction – The Rockefellers’ mega-charity auctions continue at Christie’s New York with the sale on June 12 of the family’s jewelry collection. The 189 lots have estimates ranging from $3,000 to $3.5 million.
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