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The Art News You Missed While THAT Banana Returned To The Headlines
The fruit that just won’t go away
News 25 Sep 2020

Hey art girl, how’s your week been? We’ll admit, things seem pretty up and down right now, so we totally forgive you if you’ve been unable to keep up-to-date with art world gossip. But don’t you worry because we’re always here to keep you informed. I mean what are good friends for, right?! Here’s all the art news you missed this week!


Cattelan’s Banana Finds Permanent Home In NYC

Who doesn’t remember the banana that Maurizio Cattelan taped to a wall at Art Basel Miami beach last year? It stole just about every headline – art or otherwise – right? Well, guess what, it’s in the news again! The banana in question has just been gifted to the Guggenheim in New York by an anonymous donor, and we’re interested to see if the museum will show it. Although the original banana did not come with the gift, it was accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and instructions on how it should be installed.  

Art From Burning Man Welcomed To Las Vegas

Thought all the art at Burning Man Festival got burnt to death? Think again! A sculpture part in Las Vegas called Area15 is offering artists who exhibit at the festival to give their art a permanent home in Nevada. So, if you can’t make the festival, a trip to Vegas is just what you need! 

Plans To Open World’s Largest Picasso Museum Stopped

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Unfortunately we report that plans made by Picasso’s step-daughter to open the world’s largest museum dedicated to him in Aix-en-Provence have been scrapped. Word has it that negotiations between the town and Catherine Hutin-Blay – who owns a collection of 2,000 pieces – broke down over the property she planned to transform into a museum. 


Miuccia Prada And Raf Simons Are Asking For Your Questions

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the next Prada collection is going to be the first joint collection designed by Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada. SO, the pair are asking you to ask them questions. And, in bigger news, the show streams this week. We can’t wait to see what they present!

Lil Nas X Releases Collection With Christian Cowan

So, we might not be able to go down the old town road in current circumstances, but we can get clothes designed by Lil Nas X. The singer has collaborated with designer Christian Cowan on a line and the clothes are pretty epic. 


Banksy’s Riff On Monet Is Up For Auction

Banksy must be making some serious $$$ with the number of times his work is up for auction. His take on Claude Monet’s The Water Lily Pond from 1899 is now up for sale in London, with a version covered in supermarket trolleys and traffic cones. The work is up for sale on October 21 with a pre-sale estimate of $3.8 million. 

Pablo Picasso Expected To Bring In The Money At Christie’s

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Pablo Picasso's 'Femme dans un fauteuil', 1941 stands as a leading highlight of our Evening Sale of 20th Century Art in New York on 6 October.⠀ ⠀ The stylish Parisienne pictured in 'Femme dans un fauteuil' is the figure of Dora Maar, Picasso's great wartime paramour and muse.⠀ ⠀ Painted on 19 June 1941 — in the midst of the Nazi Occupation of Paris — this portrait of Maar forms part of an astonishing surge of artist creativity that began in May of that year. During this time, Picasso defied the ever-worsening events that were unfolding in his adopted home, and turned inwards, painting the world of his studio and those who filled it with an irrepressible energy.⠀ ⠀ Picasso's images of Maar are among the greatest of his wartime work. At times haunting, arresting, adoring and reverential, the visual power of these portraits is due in part to the symbiotic creative relationship the pair shared: Maar was not solely a muse, but, as an artist herself, she was an active participant in their intense artistic dialogue.⠀ .⠀ This work will be available for by-appointment viewing at Alexandra House in Hong Kong from 15-17 September.⠀ .⠀ Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), 'Femme dans un fauteuil', 1941. Estimate: $20,000,000-30,000,000.⠀ .⠀ Evening Sale of 20th Century Art — 6 October, New York⠀ .⠀ #art #artist #picasso #pablopicasso #portrait #portraiture #doramaar

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Let’s face it, you’re making a good investment when you’re purchasing a Picasso. A portrait of his lover Dora Maar is up for sale at Christie’s this fall and is expected to reach upwards of $20 million. The sale will take place on October 6.

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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