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The Art News You Missed While Tanning at Frieze LA
Hockney fails to make a splash and art critic smashes work at art fair
Art Stuff 15 Feb 2020

The weather may be icey across most of the globe right now, but the art world is ready to reveal some skin as they’re all hopping on a plane to Frieze LA! But, while you were packing suitcases and checking-in at airports, you may have missed some gossip. Don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered on all the art news you missed. I mean hey, what are friends for?!!


Art Critic Breaks $20,000 Work At Zona Maco

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En OMR estamos muy tristes y decepcionados por lo que sucedió el día de hoy en la feria de arte @zonamaco. No entendemos como una supuesta crítica profesional de arte, destruyó una obra. Gabriel Rico fue seleccionado para la Bienal de Venecia el año pasado, dentro de la selección oficial, con piezas en el Giardini y Arsenale. A sus escasos 39 años ha tenido exposiciones individuales en museos de la talla del Aspen Art Museum en Colorado y su obra será mostrada la semana que viene en Frieze Los Ángeles; en fin, es uno de los artistas más buscados de OMR por coleccionistas e instituciones del momento. A pesar de que parece haber sido accidental y que es irrelevante como sucedió, la acción de la Stra. Lésper de acercarse demasiado a la obra para ponerle una lata de refresco encima y tomarse una foto para hacer una crítica, sin duda ocasionó el destrozo, y es sobre todas las cosas, una enorme falta de profesionalismo y respeto. Estamos hablando con los organizadores de la feria y contactando al artista y los mantendremos informados sobre lo que proceda. #ZonaMaco #Mexico #SemanaDelArte #GabrielRico

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Another art fair, another scandal. In 2019 we had eaten bananas, and in 2020 we have smashed artworks. It’s our worst nightmare, going to an art fair and accidentally damaging an art work. Critic Avelina Lesper did just that when she smashed a piece by Gabriel Rico at Mexican fair Zona Maco. The glass work, of which Lesper was not a fan, shattered when Lesper went to photograph it (she also put a can of soda on top of it, so we know she didn’t hold the work in the highest regard). No word yet as to the consequences of the breakage…


Yoshitomo Nara Gets First Ever Retrospective

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traveling with Miss. Mountain.

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It’s hard to believe that cult-favourite Yoshitomo Nara has never had an institutional retrospective show, but apparently until now he hasn’t! That’s all changing though, with the Japanese artist set to have one at LACMA. Yoshitomo Nara will be on display between 5 April and 23 August 2020.


Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room To Land At The Tate

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? JUST ANNOUNCED ? To celebrate Tate Modern’s 20th birthday in May, we're opening a special exhibition dedicated to Japanese artist #YayoiKusama! The year-long exhibition will be a rare chance to experience two of the artist’s immersive mirror room installations, including Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life (pictured here) – one of Kusama’s largest installations to date, originally made for her retrospective at Tate Modern back in 2012. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kusama will be on display alongside a dedicated programme of special displays and performances across the galleries. To find out more about what we’ve got in store to celebrate Tate Modern’s birthday, click the link in our bio! We’ll give you a clue: ?️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern: ‘Our plans for May 2020 encapsulate the best of Tate Modern. We will shine a spotlight on some of the newest artists to join our collection, go behind-the-scenes in our conservation studio, and run talks and tours across the building.’ #TateModernTurns20 ? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tickets on sale 2 March.

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That’s right, to celebrate Tate Modern’s 20th birthday in May, the museum is opening a special exhibition dedicated to art world queen Yayoi Kusama. The year-long exhibition will be a rare chance to experience two of her immersive mirror room installations.


Trailer Released For Wes Anderson’s Art History Inspired Film

We love an art film! Wes Anderson’s upcoming movie The French Dispatch is part inspired by British art dealer Joseph Duveen, famous for establishing a market for European art in America. Adrien Brody plays the role of the art dealer, and other cast members include Tilda Swinton, Timothee Chalamet, Lea Seydoux and Elizabeth Moss, we can’t wait! 



Coach Channels Basquiat At NYFW


Good art never goes out of style! Coach’s Fall Winter 2020 collection paid homage to legendary artist Jean Michel Basquit by teaming up with his estate to debut bags, beanies and knits inspired by his iconic artworks. We can’t wait to get ourselves a piece or two.


Phoebe Philo Rumoured To Be Launching Eco-Friendly Line

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We all shed a tear when Phoebe Philo stepped down from Celine, but perhaps with good reason. The designer is now rumoured to be launching her own line of eco-friendly basics. Environmentally and fashion friendly, we’re waiting with bated breath…


Chanel Let’s Us Inside Gabrielle Chanel’s Relationships With The Arts

Everyone knows Gabrielle Coco Chanel for her fashion, but did you know she was intimately involved with the arts too? Chanel’s Inside Chanel website will be debuting four episodes about her relationships with artists in Paris from February 24. Mark your calendars!



Hockney Makes A Splash, But Not As Big As We Thought

David Hockney’s iconic The Splash sold at Sotheby’s in London last week for a whopping £23.1 million but, while it seems impressive, the work was expected to go for much more, and had only two (!!!) bidders!


Text Lizzy Vartanian

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