A few stories heard from the grapevine have circulated in the art world, creating wild and sometimes false assumptions – gotta love the drama! For instance, a blogger has made potential claims that Banksy is actually a man from a trip hop band. Another journalist wrote that Kanye West’s sculpture of naked famous people in bed was priced for several million of dollars. Who’s right, who’s wrong? Find out below…
#1 Kanye West’s “Famous” Sculpture is NOT for sale?
It was speculated by a NY Times Reporter that Kanye West’s “Famous” sculpture, which is currently exhibited at Blum & Poe in LA, was for sale for a hefty sum of US$4million. A spokesperson from West’s team recently clarified that the sculpture is not for sale and have never disclosed a sale price for the work. For the hip hop singer, “its all about the art”.
#2 Has Banksy’s Identity Been Revealed?
Rumour has it that Banksy is not actually Robin Gunningham, but may be in fact the cofounder of music band “Massive Attack” Robert Del Naja, aka “3D”. Journalist Craig Williams is the man behind this assumption, unveiling his compelling facts in a lengthy and detailed blog post. His theory suggests for instance that murals seem to pop up in cities where Massive Attack perform. More details and potential solved mysteries behind Banksy’s identity are listed in Daily Mail.
#3 Haider Ackermann Is The New Creative Director At Berluti
People’s expectations over Haider Ackermann new career move took a turn, when the designer decided to take on Berluti’s offer to be their new Creative Director. To everyone’s surprise, Ackermann did not opt to do women’s wear for various labels in Paris, but instead he will be working on menswear. His new collection for Berluti will launch during the January 2017 menswear shows in Paris.
#4 New $2400 Gucci Jeans Are The Object Of Everyone’s Affection
The Senior Editor at Fashionista is apparently raving over Gucci’s new appliqued Mid-Rise flared jeans. The light wash denim pair with colourful floral embroided patterns, is nonetheless worth $2390! The article breaks down that price for us as “47,8 pairs of Levis 501s.” They are pretty, but think we’ll continue shopping at slightly cheaper stores.
#5 Could the art world be a boy’s club? Tate Director Frances Morris Thinks So
Morris has made clear her stance on the art market being “bias” against women, describing it as “a boy’s club” in her speaking to the Australian daily newspaper Sydney Moening Herald previously.
She became the first female director of the Tate in January this year, taking over outgoing director Chris Dercon. Although, Morris believes there to be sexism in arts, not only in art institutions but also for female artists who are not receiving as much appreciation as their male counterparts.
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#6 Iris Apfel Has A New Clothing Line And Doesn’t Want You To Dress Your Age
It was a big week for Iris Apfel. The fashion legend celebrated her 95th birthday, and launched her latest fashion line with Macy’s ‘‘Iris Meets INC”. This new collection is 1960s inspired with psychedelic prints and colours, as well as chunky funky jewellery, unique to the fashion icon’s taste.
Fashionista recently published a feature regarding Apfel, in which she spoke her mind on why you shouldn’t always dress your age.
According to Apfel, “it’s stupid” as she believes designers “are all entirely too youth-oriented creating expensive clothes for women in their 60s and 70s” yet create them for 16 and 18 year old bodies. The fashion guru continues to pass on her wisdom: dress to be happy, not to impress. Preach! (5 Unstoppable Art It-Women Who Never Go Out Of Style)
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