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News from the art world in the age of corona
Art Stuff 25 Apr 2020

As we are all settling into our life-at-home routines, it’s hard to believe that the art world is functioning at all. And, while it has had its wobbles, art professionals around the world are embracing digital life. So, it should not come as a surprise to you, that while you were getting into your downward dog, artists and galleries across the globe were hard at work navigating our new world. Here’s a round-up of what you missed!

ART

Damien Hirst Makes Art Honouring Health Workers

British artist Damien Hirst has paid tribute to Britain’s National Health Service with a new work titled Butterfly Rainbow. A play on his iconic work with butterflies, he has paired the insects with a rainbow, a symbol which has become associated in the UK with the National Health Service. The work will be released as a limited edition print with proceeds being donated to the National Health Service. 

Daniel Arsham Releases Eroded Pikachu’s

Who wasn’t obsessed with Pokemon as a kid? That’s right, nobody! So Daniel Arsham is onto something big with his latest release, an artified Pikachu! As part of his new platform Archive Editions, which releases limited edition works exclusively in China, his Pokemon tribute will be released on April 24.

Guerrilla Girls Host Online Workshop

Always wanted to be a Guerilla Girl? Well, now you can! The Guerrilla Girls are hosting an online poster making workshop via Zoom (what else) on May 8. Limited to 12 participants, for the price of $85 you can spend 4 hours discussing the intersection of activism and art, while making your own art. Result! 

FASHION

Supreme Releases Charity Collab With Takashi Murakami

What better reason to splash out on another Supreme t-shirt than for charity? Supreme and Takashi Murakami have released a box logo tee to support young people and families facing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 100% of proceeds going to HELP USA. The t-shirt will be released on April 24 in the US and Canada, retailing for $60. 

London Fashion Week Goes Online

Like the rest of the universe, fashion is going online. This week it was announced that London Fashion Week will exist as a digital platform encompassing both mens and womenswear. Taking place when we would usually expect to see Mens Week in London, the relaunch will take place on June 12 via the London Fashion Week website

Daniel Arsham Gives Dior’s Saddle Bag A Makeover

It’s no secret that Daniel Arsham and Dior have a tight friendship, which has now been cemented in his take on the house’s iconic saddle bag. Arsham’s purse has been covered in newspaper print and is retailing online for $3,000.

Murakami Teams Up With J Balvin

Having previously worked with Takashi Murakami on the design of his album Colores, singer J Balvin has teamed up with the artist again to launch t-shirts and hoodies. The collection is covered in bright colours and flowers. 

MARKET

Christie’s And Andy Warhol Foundation Auction Photographs For Coronavirus Relief

The art world is continuing to promote philanthropy during the coronavirus pandemic, with Christie’s and the Andy Warhol Foundation coming together to host an online sale of 60 of Warhol’s photographs. The proceeds from the sale, which will run between April 28 and May 6, will go to artists based in the United States. 

New Platform Created To Support LA Galleries

60 LA galleries have come together to launch a shared sales platform and that promotes LA’s art scene. GalleryPlatform.LA will officially launch on May 15 and consists of galleries including Gagosian, Various Small Fires and Anat Egbi. The platform is making use of the art world’s new favourite gallery space – the online viewing room – and will showcase 12 galleries per week.

Charles Saatchi Selling Work In Low-Price Online Auction 

The man behind London’s famed Saatchi Gallery – Charles Saatchi – is selling 100 works from his gallery via Christie’s in a low-priced online auction. The sale will consist of works by emerging artists with estimates from £1,000 to £15,000. The auction will take place between May 12 and May 28.

Margherita Missoni Auction Smashes Records

We reported last week on Margherita Missoni’s curated online sale for Sotheby’s, and guess what? It broke records! The auction brought in $6.4million, the Sotheby’s highest ever earnings for an online sale. Sold works include pieces by George Condo and Yayoi Kusama.

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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