22 March 2013“Chinese Girl”, the iconic 1950 painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff, a Russian who settled in South Africa in 1946, was sold for a record £982 050 (R13.8-million) at Bonhams’ South African art sale in London on Wednesday.This exceeded the £300 000 to £500 000 the painting was expected to go for following worldwide interest in the sale, and is a record price both for a Tretchikoff work and for any South African artist.“Chinese Girl” was bought by British businessman and jeweler Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds International, who owns the Delaire Graff Estate near Stellenbosch, where the painting will go on public display with the rest of his art collection.“This was an exceptional price for a work which really does merit the word ‘iconic’,” Giles Peppiatt, director of South African Art at Bonhams, said in a statement on Wednesday. “And it’s very happy news to hear that it is going home.”The highest-selling art print in history, in the 1950s and ’60s “Chinese Girl” captured imaginations “and pride of place above mantelpieces –across the globe, from South Africa to Australia, Britain to America,” according to Bonhams’ auction catalogue.The painting had been an unprecedented success during Tretchikoff’s tour of the US in 1953-4 and Canada in 1955, prompting him to reproduce it in the form of the large-scale lithographic print with which he would become synonymous.Unseen for many years, the original painting was once again exhibited in the landmark exhibition “Tretchikoff: The People’s Painter” at the South African National Gallery in 2011.Significantly, Tretchikoff out-performed the two long-time market leaders in South African art, Irma Stern and Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, at Wednesday’s auction. “Landscape Stellenbosch” by Pierneef made £713 250, while “Congolese Beauty” by Irma Stern was sold for £541 250. The whole sale of some 150 pictures by South African artists made £4.5-million.According to Bonhams, Tretchikoff’s value has risen exponentially in the art market, due both to the re-evaluation of his legacy in exhibitions and his appearances at recent auctions at Bonhams.Tretchikoff’s semi-nude “Portrait of Lenka (Red Jacket)”, featuring his lover and muse, recently sold for £337 250 (R4.7-million).“Just over 100 Tretchikoff works have appeared at auction, a 20-year trajectory which charts a remarkable resurgence in the artist’s popularity,” Bonhams noted.SAinfo reporter
The Disaster Management Department in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday marked the central part of the State safe after water from Tibet’s Yarlung Tsangpo river over-topped a landslide-induced barrier in the morning and started flowing downstream.Landslide in MilinA landslide in the Milin section of the river had created a 1.7 km barrier at 11 a.m. on October 29, temporarily blocking the flow of water towards Arunachal Pradesh. A landslide of bigger intensity in the same section on October 17 had created a 3.5 km barrier.The Yarlung Tsangpo becomes the Siang after entering India and flows through three districts of Arunachal Pradesh — Upper Siang, Siang and East Siang — before meeting two other rivers to form the Brahmaputra in Assam downstream.Water over-topping“We received information from China via the Central Water Commission that the accumulated water began over-topping the Milin section barrier at 9.30 a.m. The water reached Tuting in Upper Siang at 5.55 p.m. and is likely to reach Pasighat (on Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border) at 3 a.m. on Thursday,” said Bidol Tayeng, Arunachal Pradesh Disaster Management Department secretary.Second breach Mr. Tayeng said that the force and volume of the water were less than that on October 19 when the barrier formed on Yarlung Tsangpo 13 days ago had breached.However, the heads of the districts through which the Siang river meanders have been asked to ensure people do not venture out to the river for any purpose until the flow of water becomes normal.
Arjun Rampal announced Thursday that American pop star Lady Gaga will perform at the Formula-1 after party, which will be hosted by the Bollywood actor’s restro-bar, Lap. “Huge event for India to get a star of her calibre. She has one million Twitter fans and over 40 million Facebook fans. It’s a great feeling to get an icon like her to perform at your club at your lounge. She is very excited to come to India and to perform here,” Arjun told IANS.The Airtel Grand Prix of India will take place at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida Oct 28-30. The F1 is one of the most glamorous and expensive sports in the world. There is huge fan following for this sport. So excited to be associated with Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) for this venture.At our lounge we are excited to show the world how great Indian circuits will be in the form of Buddh Circuit. We are creating this lounge at Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort in Greater Noida from Oct 28 to Oct 30,” he added.Gaga will perform on the last day, while international DJs Roger Sanchez will perform on day one, Edward Maya second day and Tom Navy on day three. The tickets for the first two days will be for Rs.30,000 per person while the Gaga show will cost Rs.40,000.