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The Art News You Missed While Marina Abramović Staged An Opera
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News 04 Sep 2020

Hey art girl! How’re you doing? September is here and we’re back to the gallery. As the art world tries to find some sense of normal and you get back into your working routine, we’ll forgive you for not staying on top of art news. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with a recap of all the gossip you missed. Because hey, what are friends for?!


Marina Abramovic Opens Opera In Munich

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Now here’s the art news you didn’t know you need. Art world legend Marina Abramović has just staged an opera at the Bavarian State Opera House in Munich. Titled 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, it is also available to stream online from September 5. A love story – or a heartbreak story – the opera follows the turbulent relationship between singer Maria Callas and shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis – and is also said to be a work of female empowerment. We can’t wait to catch a glimpse!

Nina Chanel Abney Embraces AR

The art world is going digital, and so are some of our favourite 2-D artists! Nina Chanel Abney has just unveiled a new work called Imaginary Friend through the acute art app. The work debuted at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC and was inspired by fairy tale characters. You can download your own imaginary friend to interact with at home through the app.

Banksy Funds Refugee Rescue Boat

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Like many people who have made it in the art world, Banksy just bought a yacht. However, unlike most of those people, Banksy’s yacht is specifically a rescue boat aimed to save refugees travelling from North Africa to Europe.  The pink boat is covered in the word rescue and also features his balloon girl artwork.

MTV Employees Stage Underground NYC Art Show To Celebrate The VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards are always cause for celebration but for obvious reasons, the show was a little different this year. So, MTV employees Antonia Baker and Rich Tu put on a pop-up art show at Barclays Center subway station to celebrate BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists. The installation continues through September 6. 


Burberry Designs Costumes For Marina Abramović Opera

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Following on from Marina Abramović opera news, we have more Marina Abramović opera news! The artist enlisted Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci to design her wardrobe and the results are stunning!

Uniqlo Drops Jean Michel-Basquiat x Warner Bros Collection

Now here’s something we didn’t expect, Uniqlo has just dropped a collab with Warner Bros and Jean Michel-Basquiat to celebrate the release of the latest Batman film. Basquiat made several works (rarely seen) illustrating superheroes he admired as a child. The line of t-shirts and hoodies are slated to drop on September 7.


Sotheby’s To Auction Keith Haring’s Personal Collection

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📝We are honored to announce ‘Dear Keith: Works from the Personal Collection of Keith Haring’ – an online auction offering 140+ works of art and objects from the artist and activist’s personal collection, which opens for bidding on 24 September. All works are on offer from the @keithharingfoundation, which was established by the artist shortly before his death in 1990 from HIV/AIDS-related causes. And in keeping with the Foundation’s mission to sustain and expand the artist’s legacy of philanthropy, full proceeds from the auction will benefit @lgbtcenternyc – an organization that empowers the queer community of New York to lead healthy, successful lives, celebrates the community’s diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity. Haring was best known for striking graffiti-inspired drawings that took him from New York City’s streets and clubs to museums and public spaces around the world. His collection features works gifted to, purchased by and traded with Haring among friends and artists in his community, including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and many more. All works on offer will appear at auction for the first time, with estimates starting at $100. ‘Dear Keith’ will be on view by appointment in our #NewYork galleries from 26 – 30 September. Visit our link in bio for more. Photo credit: © Keith Haring Foundation. Polaroids, The Keith Haring Foundation Archives #SothebysContemporary #DearKeith #KeithHaring

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We all know Keith Haring as a huge artist, but did you know he was a huge collector of art too? A new auction called Dear Keith at Sotheby’s will sell 140 pieces from the artist’s collection including works by Jean-Michel Basquiat at George Condo. The auction will run online between September 24 and October 1 with all proceeds going to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York.

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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