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Jenny Holzer, Leonardo Da Vinci and NFTs...
News 14 May 2021

Hey art squad, has your attention been more focused on your digital sartorial purchases that it has been on the world of art news? We don’t blame you. There is so much going on in the art sphere that sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with it all. But don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered with everything you missed!

ART

You Can Get Your Hands On Jenny Holzer Condoms

Image via @jennyholzerstudio

Jenny Holzer has created arty condoms which you can get your hands on through an affordable (just €200) curated art box titled Much.More.Shit. put together by Creator Projects. Holzer’s ten condom packaging designs each include a piece of text from poetry by Walt Whitman. You can get your hands on them here

Olympic Museum Opens In Athens

Image via @olympicmuseum

The postponement of the Olympic Games last year left a lot of us feeling dejected. The plans for the opening of the Olympic Museum in Athens for 2020 were also pushed back, but it is now open to the public. The museum encompasses sports memorabilia from countries across the globe as well as presentations on the history of Ancient Olympia.

Turner Prize Nominates Collectives Only

Image via @tate

The Turner Prize is perhaps Britain’s most important art prize and this year, the nominees are all collectives! The nominated groups are Array Collective, Black Obsidian Sound System, Cooking Sections, Gentle/Radical and Project Art works. Is the future of art collaborative? Let us know what you think!

FASHION

A Metaverse Runway Is On The Horizon

Image via @imvu

Thought NFTs were just for the art world? Think again! The IMVU network – a platform where users create avatars and dress them in clothes paid for with real money – is hosting a virtual fashion show with IG star Princess Golum on May 27 and 28. The metaverse’s runway show will include real-life labels like Mimi Wade, Collina Strada and Mowalola. 

Zara Introduces Beauty Products

Image via @zara

Global fashion brand Zara has just entered the beauty arena. The new range of make-up products covers over 130 colours, all which can be refilled, offering a sustainable approach to beauty. The new products are available to purchase online now! 

MARKET

Sotheby’s Has Opened A Boutique

Image via @sothebys

I mean, why not?! The Sotheby’s store, or “Emporium” as they’re calling it, has just opened in NYC. The permanent retail store offers luxury items from jewels and art to collectible handbags, sneakers and even cars!

CryptoPunks NFT Portraits Sell For $$$

Pixelated portraits? Who knew?! The CryptoPunks platform created some of the first NFTs ever to be seen on the Ethereum blockchain, and as a result, they’ve just sold for over $16 million at Christie’s. These pixelated portraits were actually given away for FREE back in 2017 and we’re sure the original owners of these NFTs are very happy!

Leonardo Drawing Set To Make Millions

Image via @christiesinc

It is often said that drawings are the closest thing to an artist’s hand. Now, a rare drawing of a bear by Leonard Da Vinci is set to hit the auction block at Christie’s in London and it’s expected to reach up to £12 million. The work is believed to have been made around 1480 and is one of only eight known Da Vinci drawings in private hands. The auction takes place at Christie’s on 8 July.

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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