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.

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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.

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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.

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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.