Thursday, February 9, 2012

Link Round-Up: February 10, 2012

News: The oldest work of art ever: 42,000-year-old cave paintings of seals found in Spain

40 Wonderful Sci-Fi Wallpapers From Out Of World

The Art Career Project - You and your parents don't need to worry that a degree in art will lead to starving in an attic, because there are many attractive careers requiring artistic skill, including medical illustration, video editing, 3D animation, automobile design, museum curator, landscape architecture, and more. Read about the careers here - what the work is like, what training and skills are required, salary range, etc.

Felix Salmon muses on why art prices keep rising. On the way, he discusses why some art becomes super-popular: "Fine art has become the billionaire’s-club equivalent of a Louis Vuitton bag, slathered in logos. It’s not connoisseurship which drives values, so much as recognizability. Which in turn helps to explain why the most prolific artists (Picasso, Warhol, Hirst) are also the most expensive: the more of their work there is, the more exposed to it people become, the more they’ll recognize it, and therefore the more desirable it is."

The Week has compiled a list of The 10 most expensive artworks ever sold

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