Culture Check: November 2017

Feeling left out of the culture? These are some interesting things that happened this November.

November 28, 2017  |  by Creative Armenia

1. Leonardo DaVinci set a world record this November. At $450 million, his “Salvator Mundi” became the most expensive piece of art ever sold.

2. The animated film Loving Vincent opened the ReAnimania International Film Festival in Yerevan. Every frame of this feature film was hand-painted by a team of 115 painters.

3. In Hollywood, a wave of scandals left behind the stardust of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Brett Ratner, several of whom deny any wrongdoing.

4. Denial, in fact, was the subject of Joe Berlinger’s documentary Intent to Destroy, which landed at the Arpa International Film Festival in Los Angeles. It’s a haunting exploration of genocide denial.

5. In a surprise verdict, a Brooklyn jury took the side of street artists over a property developer who had whitewashed the 5Pointz graffiti mecca in Long Island City.

6. The highly anticipated Louvre - Abu Dhabi is open for art and business. The unique dome shape of the museum is built to receive tons of natural light - and now throngs of visitors from around the world.

7. At a Human Rights Watch event, Serj Tankian presented the posthumousPromise Award to Chris Cornell. Both rock stars had written songs for the filmThe Promise.


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