I'm a student at a famous art university going into my second year, but I don't really like the course or the school. I feel like I'm not being challenged enough and I've barely learnt anything so far. Many of my peers are disappointed as well and quite a few decided to leave the course. Though the university itself is respected in the field of art, my course is not a proper, traditional History of Art course, just something kinda similar, rather 'mickey mouse' that I feel like employers won't value as much (I'm interested in the field of art sales, auctions, commercial galleries). If I decide to finish this course, I'd definitely do a proper History of Art MA after. However, I currently have the option to restart my BA on a more traditional History of Art course taught jointly by UCL and SOAS. I'm kinda convinced that I would find it more engaging and challenging but I'm discouraged by the fact that it'd take me 3 more years to finish it and I'd be first year again. I think there is a substantial chance of me just getting tired of endless BAs and London halfway and would walk away with no degree. I'm wondering if finishing my current course and then doing a proper masters would ultimately get me the same places like switching courses now, or if I should take a chance. I have to decide very very soon, in a matter of days but I just can't and I'm stuck in analysis paralysis.
People with experience in art sales, commercial galleries and auction houses: what do you think would be more useful career-wise? I'd like to give myself the best chance but I wouldn't necessarily restart my BA if it wouldn't help me much.
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German police have retrieved a Surrealist painting worth more than $300,000 from a trash can at Düsseldorf Airport.
The picture by French artist Yves Tanguy, estimated to be worth around €280,000 ($339,000), was discovered at the bottom of a recycling container used by the airport cleaners.
The tale behind the find is almost as surreal as the painting itself, whose title has not been identified.
The abstract landscape first went missing on November 27, when an unnamed businessman accidentally left it at a check-in counter at the airport in western Germany. The artwork, painted in earthy tones, was packaged in a flat cardboard box measuring around 16 x 24 inches.
It was only when the man was boarding his flight to Tel Aviv that he realized he had left his precious hand luggage behind. Upon arrival in Israel he contacted the airport authorities to find the lost property, according to German police.
When this was unsuccessful, he enlisted the help of his nephew in Belgium.
Eventually the nephew, who has also not been named, traveled to Düsseldorf, where he lodged a report with local police, the force said in a statement.
When the case landed on the police commissioner’s desk, he contacted the cleaning company that maintains the airport terminal and eventually joined the facility manager in sifting through a paper recycling bin — and discovered the valuable painting at the bottom.
Details of the painting’s journey from the check-in counter to the recycling container remain hazy, but a family member was finally reunited with it in Düsseldorf earlier this week.
According to the Guggenheim’s website, Tanguy was born in Paris in 1900. Despite a lack of formal training, he staged his first solo show in 1927, at the Galerie Surréaliste in Paris.
A year later he joined Miró, Picasso and others in a Surrealist exhibition at the Galerie au Sacre du Printemps in the French capital.
Tanguy later settled in Connecticut, where he died in 1955.