The Metropolitan Museum & Others Respond to ISIS Destruction of Assyrian Sculptures
By Eileen Kinsella artnet news 02/26/15
The director of the Metropolitan Museum was
joined by professors and experts around the world expressing shock and
outrage today over the video documentation by ISIS militants of their
destruction of priceless Assyrian sculptures in Northern Iraq.
Social media is awash with images of the
destruction and a video clip that appeared on numerous news sites as
well as on Twitter and YouTube. The video is a horrifying montage
showing militants hacking away at massive sculptures or pulverizing them
with all manner of instruments, from chainsaws to pick-axes
to sledgehammers. Some attackers are shown simply heaving statues with
their hands or body and toppling to the ground. (See: Are Islam and Contemporary Art Incompatible?) Some images were immediately yanked by YouTube.
Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Campbell blasted out an email stating:
"Speaking with great sadness on
behalf of the Metropolitan, a museum whose collection proudly protects
and displays the arts of ancient and Islamic Mesopotamia, we strongly
condemn this act of catastrophic destruction ...
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Christie's Contemporary Art Sale Nets $852.9 Million, An All-Time Auction Record
Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild (648-3) 1987 sold for $31.5 million
This evening Christie’s brought in the highest-ever total for an
auction, at their contemporary sale in New York, grossing $852.9 million
across 75 lots. That figure beat the sale’s formidable estimate of
$630 million to $836 million, and more than doubled the $343.7 million
that its rival, Sotheby’s, brought in at its contemporary art auction last night
The previous record for an auction was $745 million, which was set back
in May at Christie’s contemporary art auction in the same room.