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The Art News You Missed While Stocking Up On Hand Sanitizer
Because even the art world isn’t immune to viruses
News 03 Apr 2020

Have you stopped shaking hands, kissing your friends goodbye, and generally retreated from public transport? Don’t worry, we’ve all been doing it. Our cupboards are now stocked with soap, tissues, wipes and fear. Art world? Who cares! But really, we do care, so here’s an update of what happened this week. 


Ulay Passes Away Aged 76

Probably best known for his relationship with art goddess Marina Abramovic, performance artist Ulay passed away due to cancer in Ljubljana in Slovenia. Marina released a statement saying: “It is with great sadness I learned about my friend and former partner Ulay’s death today. He was an exceptional artist and human being, who will be deeply missed. On this day, it is comforting to know that his art and legacy will live on forever.” Rest in peace Ulay.

Daniel Arsham Collabs With Robots

Well kind of, the artist’s latest collaboration with Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama includes a pair of robot hands holding a decaying camera. We’re kind of obsessed with the combination of Arsham’s obsession with decay and the ultra-futuristic robot inspo from Sorayama. 

Maurizio Cattelan Designs Iggy Pop Record

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Coolest of the cool collaborating!

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Fresh after his collaboration with Kendall Jenner, Maurizio Cattelan is working with Iggy Pop on cover art for his latest album FREE. The record will be signed by both Cattelan and Pop that will be released at New York’s Perrotin Gallery on March 7.

The Louvre Closes Its Doors

Any guesses why? The coronavirus…duh! With over 5,000 international visitors a day, the Louvre staff voted to stop regular museum operations over fears of catching the virus. Here’s hoping it reopens soon…

Miley Cyrus Gets Matisse Tattoo

Matisse is an art world legend, so for a tattoo choice, he’s probably a safe bet. Miley Cyrus has just had a nude by Matisse tattooed on her right arm. His dancing figures are super dreamy, and on her Instagram, she captioned the big reveal with lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To The End of Love, stating that her new ink is “Matisse X Cohen.”


North West Steals Show At Paris Fashion Week

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【Stanvibes // Kanye West Debuted Yeezy Season 8 In Paris】 繼 2015 年的 YEEZY SEASON 5 後,Kanye West 終於帶著他的Yeezy 時裝系列重返巴黎時裝週。長達三年之久的等待,再加上稍早前 Sunday Service 於巴黎 Bouffes du Nord 劇院的演出,YEEZY SEASON 8 造就了2020年潮流文化圈的重大盛事。 在汽車鳴笛聲下,模特從 Espace Oscar Niemeyer 的建築中緩緩走出,Kanye West 今季選擇以略為「不完整」設計概念出發,以此展現源自街頭的隨性氣質。一如以往,整個系列依舊主打大地色系,輕鬆、舒適並兼具層次感的服飾,搭配上拖鞋與戶外靴款,或許這正是Kanye 腦海中 YEEZY HOME 居民出入的裝扮。 Kanye West 帶著女兒North West 上台獻唱的部份更成為全場焦點。今年只有六歲的 North 演唱起自己的第一首單曲《What Are Those》,但後來卻一度引起爭議,皆因這首歌無論編曲還是副歌部分,都與五歲女 Rapper ZaZa 的成名單曲《What I Do》頗爲相似。 _____________ Kanye West’s busy Parisian excursion concluded on March 2 with a surprise YEEZY Season 8 presentation. His hotly-anticipated return to fashion was mostly bereft of covetable sneakers, focusing instead on a selection of no-frills silhouettes and a soundtrack provided by car horns, enthroned clothing pieces and his daughter, North West. _____________ Link In Bio #KanyeWest #Kanye #Ye #NorthWest #YEEZYseason8 #Yeezy #Paris #France #StanVibes

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Kanye West has never looked as happy as he just did when his daughter North West took the stage at his Yeezy presentation during Paris Fashion Week. Probably the most famous 6-year-old on the planet, North completely stole the show by rapping on stage. 

Models Walk On Water At Balenciaga Show

Defying gravity? Well, not exactly, the water-submerged Balenciaga catwalk was a comment on climate change, with graphics mimicking fire, rain and thunder while models walked on water. A creepy look at the future of fashion if we don’t act to help our planet.

Dior Partners With Louvre To Restore Parisian Gardens

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Get a sneak peek at the #DiorAW20 show space before the fashion world descends to discover the latest designs from @MariaGraziaChiuri. Guests will be greeted by the ambiguous phrase “I Say I” – a work by collective feminist artist Claire Fontaine (@ReadyMadeArtist), named after a French brand of school notebooks, who uses the public placement of illuminated text-based signs to underscore contradictions in society. The line references the introduction to the manifesto of art critic turned feminist activist Carla Lonzi, which also lends its name to “Io Dico Io – I Say I”, a Dior-supported exhibition on Italian women artists at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, from March 23 to June 21, 2020. © @AdrienDirand Courtesy of Claire Fontaine, Air de Paris, Galerie Neu and T293

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If you’re an art fan, and you’ve been to Paris, chances are you’ve been to the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens. The garden is situated between the Champs-Elysees and the Louvre and houses statues by the links of Rodin and Louise Bourgeois. It’s now getting a revamp, and is being financed with help from Dior. The collaborative project is hoping to preserve the environment, and it is worth noting that the last Dior show was staged there. 

New Era Takes Inspo From Van Gogh And Monet

Ever wanted to wear a painting on your head? Well now you can. New Era Japan have just released a collection of caps covered in paintings by Monet and Van Gogh. All priced $56 and under, the hats are available on the store’s website.


Art Dubai Postponed Due To Covid 19

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Art Dubai postpones 2020 art fair; announcing new Dubai-focused programme in its place. In consideration of the on-going global health implications of the Coronavirus and having consulted with our partners and stakeholders, Art Dubai today announces that the 14th edition of the international art fair, scheduled for 25 – 28th March 2020, will be postponed. . Given the essential role the fair plays in promoting local and regional artists, we have made the decision to stage a programme tailored to the local cultural community instead, including existing fair programme contributors and thought-leaders. . The new format is planned to run on the same dates, and will present events, exhibitions, talks and strands of the existing Art Dubai programme. These will include local and regional gallery presentations, Global Art Forum, Residents and Campus Art Dubai. . The goals and ambitions for this re-configured programme maintain our objective to deliver commercial, institutional and critical engagement with Dubai’s art ecosystem – a commitment of support to our local community that we felt an imperative to uphold. . Further details of the programme will be announced in due course. With Dubai deploying the strictest medical and hygiene protocols, we will welcome international visitors in March, recommending that individuals follow advice from the authorities of their resident countries. . Lastly, we would also like to express our sincere thanks for all the support and understanding we have received from our partners and friends over the past week. Our thoughts are with everyone globally who has been affected by the virus. . Benedict Floyd, CEO Pablo del Val, Artistic Director Chloe Vaitsou, International Director

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, Covid 19 is the technical name for the coronavirus. Anyway….back to the real news, Art Dubai has decided to postpone its March 2020 edition in favour of a programme tailored to the local cultural community instead. It is said to include the existing fair programme contributors, but we’re not sure exactly what that means just yet…

Bernard Arnault Bids On The Ritz

French billionaire at the head of LVMH group and serious art collector (he has several Picasso’s, Andy Warhol’s and more in his collection) Bernard Arnault is now rumoured to be making attempts to buy London’s Ritz Hotel… is there anything he can’t have?! (Seemingly not!)

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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