New York’s famous Sotheby’s art auction will feature a piece of work by up-and-coming Georgian artist Levan Songulashvili this October in collaboration with the New York Academy of Art.
The Jellyfish by Songulashvili will feature in the Take Home a Nude auction and party event on October 15, organised to benefit the Academy.
This year the annual auction will be held for the 23rdtime and has American actress and model Brooke Shields as this year’s Honorary Muse.
Shields met the Georgian painter at the Tribeca Ball 2015 event, which was attended by famous auction houses as well as art editors of leading media publications.
The actress was set to buy a piece of Songulashvili’s art but narrowly missed out when an American art collector took the piece minutes before she arrived. Instead Shields booked a meeting with the Georgian artist for next year’s Tribeca event.
The Jellyfish by Levan Songulashvili. Mixed media on canvas, 2013. Photo from Levan Songulashvili Art/Facebook.
Songulashvili graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 2014 before receiving a $30,000 USD scholarship from the New York Academy of Art, which was founded by the famous 20th Century artist Andy Warhol.
In the past the painter’s works were exhibited at various New York venues. He also became the first Georgian to receive the Academy’s prestigious 2015 Portrait Scholarship Award