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The Art News You Missed While Frieze New York Kicked Off
Kim Kardashian’s looted sculpture and Sotheby’s accepts cryptocurrency
News 07 May 2021

Hey art squad! How’s your week going? While much of us are still logging in to online viewing rooms, Frieze New York got underway in the big apple. And, while we’re not sure if we’re comfortable going to IRL art fairs yet anyway, we’re still jealous. But though there was a major art fair taking place in the USA, there’s been plenty of other art news too! Here’s everything you missed!

ART

Destinee Ross-Sutton Curates Works By Black Artists At 1-54 

Image via @desti.knee

While Frieze kicks off in NYC, the whole of the city is going art mad. In anticipation of the upcoming 1-54 New York fair, which opens on May 17, Destinee Ross-Sutton has presented an exhibition of portraits by Nigerian artists. The works celebrate the African diaspora and will be on display at Ross-Sutton’s gallery space until May 24.

Kim Kardashian Must Return Artwork She Bought In 2016

Image via @kimkardashian

According to an article in artnet, a certain Kim Kardashian must forfeit a Roman sculpture she bought in 2016 because it was reportedly looted from Italy. The sculpture caught the attention of the LA authorities as it was thought to be protected cultural property. Sorry Kim. 

FASHION

Met Gala To Be Chaired By Gen Z Stars

Image via @tchalamet

The first Monday in May has been pushed back to September, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be any less exciting. The chairs of the September event have just been announced as Billie Eilish, Timothee Chalament, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka. The September event is all about Americana and we already can’t wait to see the outfits!

Loewe Weaves Collection To Be Sold Via Sotheby’s

Image via @sothebys

Loewe’s Weaves collection includes unique, artisan-crafted objects which are now being sold online via Sotheby’s buy now marketplace. The arty chestnut roasters are also on display at Sotheby’s New York galleries alongside masterpieces by the likes of Monet and Cezanne. 

Jung Lee Makes Light Installation For Saint Laurent

Image via @hypebeast 

South Korean artist Jung Lee has just made a light installation for Saint’ Laurent’s Seoul store. The textual work reads “I wish you were here.” It’s super dreamy!

MARKET

Sotheby’s To Accept Cryptocurrency In Upcoming Banksy Auction

Image via @manelescacena

Pounds? Dollars? Ugh, that’s so 2020! 2021 is all about cryptocurrency! Sotheby’s has just announced that they will be accepting Bitcoin and Ethereum in an upcoming Banksy sale, with payments being processed through Coinbase Commerce. No word yet on a date but we’re interested to see the final result. 

Portrait Of Picasso’s Muse To Make $14 Million At Auction

Image via @sotheby’s

A painting of Picasso’s lover Francois Gilot from 1953 is about to appear at auction for the first time in almost 35 years. The pair had a decade-long relationship and the work is expected to make $14 million when it is up for auction at Sotheby’s in London on May 12. 

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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