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The Art News You Missed While Mourning Summer
From a biennial in Saudi Arabia to the reopening of MoMA…
Uncategorized 09 Nov 2019

Hey art girls, I hate to break it to you, but summer isn’t coming back any time soon. While you’ve been freezing, pulling out your winter coat, the art world has kept moving, so we’ve got you covered with all the news you missed.
 
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Jenny Holzer Addresses Gun Violence

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IT IS GUNS⁠⠀ Photo: Mike Grippi

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Teaming up with arts organisation Creative Time, Jenny Holzer will be displaying textual light projections onto New York’s Rockefeller Center. The text will project the words of survivors of gun violence, acting as a vigil for victims. The projections will run between 10 and 12 October.
 
Takashi Murakmi Exhibits In Paris

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Takashi Murakami returns to Paris for a solo exhibition at Perrotin, opening on October 16! ???? The Japanese artist is back at the Paris gallery three years after his solo show ‘Learning the Magic of Painting.’ The exhibition will be located in a very special place: a showroom that is usually closed to the public, called Salle de Bal. More to come soon! — Takashi Murakami ???? Perrotin Paris ???? October 16 – December 21, 2019 — #TakashiMurakami #MurakamiPerrotin #KaiKaiKiKi #GaleriePerrotin #Perrotin — Takashi Murakami, Self-Portrait: Contemplation, 2019. Acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on wood panel. 142.3 x 117.2 cm | 56 1/16 x 46 1/8 inch. ©2019 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

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The Japanese artist’s latest exhibition at Galerie Perrotin in Paris will be called “Baka”, the Japanese word for “fool.” The show will include both sculpture and portraits and will run at the gallery between 16 October and 21 December.
 
Desert X Launches In Saudi Arabia


Californian biennial Desert X is set to launch in Saudi Arabia in 2020. And, while this expansion may have been welcomed, some of the biennial’s board members – including Ed Ruscha – resigned in protest. The biennial will take place between 31 January and 7 March 2020.
 
Benedict Cumberbatch To Play Cat-Obsessed Artist


News has it that Benedict Cumberbatch is currently filming a biopic about cat-obsessed British artist Louis Wain. We can’t wait for this to be released!
 
MoMA Reopens


After being closed for renovation and expansion – that cost a whopping $450 million – the Museum of Modern Art will reopen to the public on 21 October. Our eyes are peeled for what it might look like inside…
 
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Galerie Perrotin Moves Into Streetwear


Paris’s coolest gallery, Galerie Perrotin, is collaborating with DTF POST on a T-Shirt. The garment references the Golden Record from NASA Pioneer missions, and also includes the names of artists represented by the gallery, including Daniel Arsham and Maurizio Cattelan. The t-shirt will launch on the DTF website and in Galerie Perrotin’s Lower East Side space on 2 November.
 
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Yoshitomo Nara Makes Big Bucks In Hong Kong

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#GirlPower ✌???? Records continue to fall in our Hong Kong salesroom, with Yoshitomo Nara’s monumental ‘Knife Behind Back’ selling for HK$196 million / US$24.9 million, and Liu Ye’s ‘Smoke’ achieving HK$52 million / US$6.7 million tonight – both marking new auction highs for the artists. ‘Knife Behind Back’ represents the largest canvas by Nara ever to appear at auction, which he created in 2000 after his return to Japan following 12 years in Germany. Ye’s ‘Smoke’ from 2001-02 led a prestigious collection of contemporary Chinese art, assembled by the visionary Belgian collector Baroness Gillion Crowet after an official sovereign visit to China in 2004. Our autumn sales series continues in #HongKong through 8 October – stay tuned for more updates! #SothebysContemporary #YoshitomoNara #LiuYe #ContemporaryArt

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Famed for works depicting moody but cute characters, Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara sold his most expensive piece to date at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong for $25 million. Knife Behind Back is also thought to be the artist’s largest work, and sold for nearly five times the price of his last record-breaking piece (Sleepless Night for $4.45 million at Christie’s Hong Kong in May).
 
And In More Yoshitomo Nara News…


Following the artist’s recent auction success, a bar in New York is wondering whether some of Yoshitomo Nara’s drunken doodles could be worth millions. Artnet has reported on how Nara made some markings at Niagara in East Village in the 1990s, prompting questions into whether the piece may be sold “a la Banksy”. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…
 
Text Lizzy Vartanian
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