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The Art News You Missed While Drinking Your 100th Cup Of Coffee
Everything you missed while trying to stay awake at the gallery - from Burning Man to Obama
Art x Style 01 Feb 2020


The Art World Hasn’t Seen The Last Of The Banana

Just when you thought Maurizio Cattelan’s banana was banished to 2019, the artist and his gallery – Perrotin – have released a banana-themed t-shirt. But, don’t despair, the tee is actually in aid of a good cause, with sales going to hunger-relief organisation Feeding South Florida. Priced online for under $25, the tee is a much cheaper version of Cattelan’s $120k banana. 

Mick Jagger Lands Acting Role As Evil Art Dealer

We all know Hollywood has a slight obsession for art world drama, and now the Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger is getting a slice of the action. The Burnt Orange Heresy hits theatres in March with Jagger playing the role of dealer. Set to be about “redemption, embezzlement and forgery“, we can’t wait to see it! Watch the trailer here

Kehinde Wiley Confronts Western Portraiture In Brooklyn

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Today Kehinde Wiley’s triumphant Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (2005) comes home to Brooklyn with its nineteen-century source, Jacques-Louis David’s Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (1800–1). Seen together, the works by David and Wiley reveal how race, masculinity, power, and representation layer onto portraiture and shape the writing of history. See Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley now through May 10. #davidxwiley⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977). Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (detail), 2005. Oil on canvas. Brooklyn Museum, Partial gift of Suzi and Andrew Booke Cohen in memory of Ilene R. Booke and in honor of Arnold L. Lehman, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, and William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund, 2015.53. © Kehinde Wiley ⇨ Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748-1825). Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (Bonaparte franchissant le Grand-Saint-Bernard) (detail), 1801. Oil on canvas. Collection of Château de Malmaison. (Photo: Courtesy RMN-GP)

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Kehinde Wiley is most famous for that portrait of a certain Barack Obama, cementing his mark on art history as the paint of the first black president in US history. Now, in a new show at the Brooklyn Museum, the artist is exhibiting his version of Jacques-Louis David’s iconic Bonaparte Crossing the Alps – alongside David’s original – to explore how representations of power, race and masculinity have been interpreted across the history of Western portraiture. The work is on view until May 10

Obama Portraits Go On Tour

And, sticking on the Obama theme, Kehinde’s iconic portrait will be touring the US alongside Amy Sherlad’s painting of Michelle. The works will go to Art Institute Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, High Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston over the next few years.

Burning Man Selects Artists For 2020 Festival

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For the second year in a row, we invited a few artists and architects to share their visions for the construction of the Man base in Black Rock City 2020. After much consideration, we have selected the artist and the design: Kate Greenberg envisions the Pavilion as the intersection of five bubble universes held in suspended animation at the center of the Burning Man Multiverse. Four entry portals form connections like cosmic wormholes, to reveal the interstitial Space that is holding all possible futures and realities in quantum constellation. The fifth cardinal direction connects to the Man. Through this portal, a mirrored man reaches down. Looking up, you are mirrored back. We are incredibly grateful to all the artists who contributed their ideas to this process. Thank you. Read more in the Burning Man Journal and see the other exciting proposals. | Renderings via Kate Greenberg | #burningman #blackrockcity #brc #thankslarry #10principles

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Can you believe we’re talking about festivals already!? Well, we are, and Burning Man have just announced Kate Greenberg as the artist to design the man base at the 2020 festival. We can’t wait to see pictures of the finished product!


Louis Vuitton Releases LV Guitars

Louis Vuitton has just landed in Nashville, and how better to celebrate than with custom LV guitars? The Gibson x Louis Vuitton collab celebrates the French brand’s new space in Gibson’s home-city. The two guitars were exhibited to mark the new store opening and we’re sure they’ll be a smash hit. 

Louis Vuitton Opens A Restaurant In Japan

From guitars in Nashville to…a restaurant in Japan! Louis Vuitton is certainly making its global presence known. Sugalabo V will open in the Osaka store alongside a cafe called Le Cafe V on February 1. 

Comme Des Garcons Collabs With Jamie Hawkesworth

Famed British fashion photographer Jamie Hawkesworth has snagged a collaboration with Comme Des Garcons. The Japanese brand is printing three of his images on shirts available at Dover Street Market.


Christie’s Hosts Auction Where All Lots Start At $100

Yep, you read that right, owning a work of art suddenly got a whole lot more accessible. The Christies 100 auction includes works by KAWS, Jeff Koons and Yayoi Kusama and is open for bidding online until February 5.

Getty Buys Fake Gauguin At Auction

Whoops! There was a reason that a Gauguin sculpture that was sold at auction for $5million was thought to be so unusual, that’s because it is, it’s a fake! The piece was acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum and looks like a devil and has been withdrawn from display. 

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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