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The Art News You Missed While Winding Down
The art world’s gone bananas and Kanye paints himself silver
Art Stuff 17 Dec 2019

Art Basel Miami is over, which means the art world is finally beginning to wind things down a notch. All those fairs, parties and long-haul flights have no doubt taken its toll, and we’re pretty sure the last thing you want to be doing is keeping on top of art news. Well, fear not, we’ve got you covered with everything you missed while taking a little siesta. 
 
ART
Bananas Cause A Stir In Miami


In case you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you would have seen a lot of art-related headlines full of bananas, and in the word’s of Gwen Stefani, this sh*t really is bananas. So, for those of you who missed it. Art-world joker Maurizio Cattelan taped a banana to a wall at Art Basel Miami and sold it for a crazy $120,000. Then, performance artist David Datuna took it one step further by eating it. We sure do hope that this banana tasted good…
 
Banksy Mural Sheds Light On Homelessness


Banksy has popped up again, this time in Birmingham, England. His latest piece of street art was accompanied by a video of a homeless man sleeping on a bench besides Banksy’s mural of two reindeer taking flight into the sky. The film isn’t all doom and gloom however, as it also shows the kindness of others giving the man food and drink.
 
Kanye Dazzles In Silver At Art Basel
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Yep, I bet you didn’t see that one coming. Kanye West rocked up at Art Basel Miami Beach completely covered in silver paint. The look was part of a costume for his new opera Mary, which references the Christmas story. Yeezy’s new album Jesus Is Born expected to release on Christmas Day.  
 
Rebecca Salter First Female President Of Royal Academy


The UK’s Royal Academy of Art has long been an all-boys club. But now (finally), a woman is taking the helm. Rebecca Salter was just voted in to be the first woman to lead the Academy in over 250 years, congrats sister!
 
FASHION
The Return Of Baby Phat


Who didn’t love Baby Phat back in the day? That’s right, nobody. And now, finally, after a 10 year hiatus Kimora Lee Simmons’s line is back! The new line features Kimora’s daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee as its models, including everything from velour tracksuits to tank tops (what else?).
 
Vetements Collabs With Star Wars


The Vetements X Star Wars limited edition capsule collection will be a 44-product collaboration, combining the most iconic Vetements pieces with the Star Wars legacy. The collection offers items for both men and women, including everything from t-shirts and hoodies to evening dresses and heels. The collection will be launched at selected VETEMENTS retailers worldwide on 16 December 2019.
 
MARKET
No Buyers For Princess Diana Dress


In a piece of shock news, the blue Victor Edelstein dress Princess Diana wore during that White House dinner with John Travolta in 1985 failed to meet its reserve price when on sale through Kerry Taylor Auctions. Luckily for the gorgeous gown, it was later sold privately to a British institution, we can’t wait to see where it ends up…
Text Lizzy Vartanian

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