Art auctions saw a record year in 2021 with $17.1 billion (15.6 billion euros) in sales as the market continued its rapid growth in Asia and recovered from its coronavirus slump, experts Artprice said Monday.

The figure marked a 60-percent increase on 2020, when sales were hit by the initial disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic, and 28-percent compared with 2019, according to the firm’s annual report.

“The global art market regained much of its customary dynamism, and a whole lot more as well,” the report said.

It was boosted by a number of big-name auctions such as the $45-million Botticelli and $34.9-million Frida Kahlo sales in New York.

There was also the landmark moment when digital artist Beeple sold a NFT for $69 million, the third-highest figure ever paid for a living artist.

Most NFTs are sold on crypto-exchanges (Ethereum alone sold some $40 billion of them last year) that

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Through March 6

Unsound: Hannah Pierce Ceramics

Hannah Pierce is a ceramic sculptor and mixed media artist currently making work as a Resident Artist at Nottingham Center for the Arts in San Marcos, California. Her work consists of surreal, narrative-driven sculptures that primarily portray bizarre characters and an abundance of visual metaphors. See the exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art. cantonart.org

Through March 6

Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross

Considered one of the greatest artists in the field of comic books, Alex Ross has created some of the most iconic images known to fans today. For nearly 30 years, he has revitalized classic superheroes into works of fine art by illustrating characters including Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Storm from the X-Men, the Avengers, Black Panther and many more. See the exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art. cantonart.org

Through March 6

Tom Franco and the Ice-Creams

Tom

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An annual fundraiser that benefits students and faculty in the School of Art and Design returns to East Carolina University this week.

The holiday art show is scheduled for today and Saturday in the Gray Gallery in ECU’s Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the School of Art and Design, which held a preview event Thursday night for members.

Artwork from undergraduate and graduate students as well as art and design faculty members will be available for purchase. Items will include:

  • Jewelry — earrings, necklaces, brooches.
  • Sculpture — ceramic, glass, metal, mixed media.
  • Prints — digital and handmade items ranging from letterpress to anime/manga style images to landscapes, portraits and imagined scenes.
  • Paintings — large and small, landscapes, abstract to figurative.
  • Photography — black and white, color, landscapes, portraiture and
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Shabangrs Launches Photography-inspired NFTs With a Percentage of Sales Going to Charity
  • Shabangrs launched an NFT collection with 10,000 photography-inspired artworks.
  • The general public will be given access to the collection on October 30, 2021.
  • A percentage of the sales will be going to Picture My Life Program.

Shabangrs is launching a new NFT (non-fungible token) project made up of a collection of 10,000 photography-inspired artwork that will be issued in one-hour pre-sales set for October 20th at 7 PM EST and October 21st at 10 AM EST. The general public will be granted access on October 30th at 9 AM EST.

Founded by world-famous photographer and author Peter Hurley, Shabangrs aims to honor photographers and creatives all over the world, not to mention giving back to society with a percentage of the sales going to charity. The charity donation will be directed towards the Picture My Life Program by

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