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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.
Jenny Holzer Addresses Gun Violence
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
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…
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.
Yoshitomo Nara Makes Big Bucks In Hong Kong
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
Images via @sothebys @galerieperrotin @jennyholzerstudio @dtf.nyc @pixiwinter @_desertx @louiswainmovie @themuseumofmodernart

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