Hey art girl, how are you doing? Are you tired? We sure are! It’s been a busy week and while we try to juggle multiple clients, demanding artists and an inbox that just won’t empty itself, it’s been next to impossible to keep on top of art world news. But fear not, we’re here to catch you up on everything you missed!
Kanye West Collabs With Arthur Jaffa
Kanye has just released new track Wash Us In The Blood, but did you know the music video was made by Arthur Jafa? The film addresses police violence killings, touching on the deaths of Ahmaud Abery and Breonna Taylor, while also including imagery of Kanye himself. A true work of art that makes a big comment on society.
Perrotin Hosts Yale’s MFA Show
An opportunity every art school graduate would jump at! Perrotin is staging Yale’s cancelled MFA grad show on its online viewing room. So, while their IRL show was cancelled, these students get to show with a major blue-chip gallery instead! The show runs online until July 18.
Takashi Murakami Faces Bankruptcy
We wish we didn’t have to report on this one… Japanese art world superstar Takashi Murakami uploaded a heartbreaking video explaining that many of his projects are being cancelled, including a film he’s been working on for nine years. We’re hoping for good Murakami news very soon!
British Vogue Takes An Arty Spin
The latest issue of British Vogue has been taken over by British artists and photographers, each of whom has focused on the natural world for the issue’s “reset” theme. Featured artists include David Hockney, Tim Walker and Juergen Teller. The images will be auctioned later as a series of original prints with monies raised going towards Covid-19 relief charities.
Kanye Partners With Gap
Now here’s something we never expected to happen, Kanye West + Gap = marriage made in heaven? We’re not sure, but it’s happening! Yeezy’s partnership with Gap will last a whole decade, with production moving to Ye’s production headquarters in Cody, Wyoming.
Off-White Takes Inspo From The Mona Lisa
What’s a sure way to lure the art world to your clothes? By printing the most famous painting on earth on them, of course! Off-White’s most recent drop includes a hoodie with Mona Lisa’s face on it and retails for $580.
You Can Catch Waves On A Dior Surfboard
Dior and Shawn Stussy have just collaborated to release a limited run of 100 surfboards. Stussy is a surfer himself, which prompted Dior Men’s Kim Jones to make a board with him. Each surfboard takes 72 hours to make.
Francis Bacon Brings In The Money
A massive sale was made this week at Sotheby’s, who put Francis Bacon’s Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus up for auction. The monumental work sold for a whopping $84.6 million to a Chinese bidder.
Sotheby’s Hosts Auction Of The Future
And while we’re on the subject, that Bacon sale was part of Sotheby’s first ever “Auction Of The Future“, which made an eye-watering $363.2 million. Live streamed across the globe, the marathon sale took place simultaneously in Hong Kong, London and New York.
Text Lizzy Vartanian