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The Art News You Missed While The World Went Mad
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Art Stuff 05 Jun 2020

Hey there. How’s it going?! To say that it’s been a big week is putting it mildly. With the world demonstrating against racial injustices, we feel a little bit silly reporting on the art world, but then again, we know you love to keep updated. So, here’s a re-cap of all you missed this week!


The Art World Goes Dark

In solidarity with the global protests against racism prompted by the murder of George Floyd, arts organisations and artists across the globe went dark to remind us all that racism has no place on our planet. 

We Say Goodbye To Christo

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Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, known as Christo, passed away of natural causes today at his home in New York City. He was 84 years old. . Statement from Christo's office: "Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it. Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artwork brought people together in shared experiences across the globe, and their work lives on in our hearts and memories. Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always made clear that their artworks in progress be continued after their deaths. Per Christo’s wishes, 'L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped' in Paris, France, is still on track for Sept. 18–Oct. 3, 2021." . Christo was born on June 13, 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. He left Bulgaria in 1957, first to Prague, Czechoslovakia, and then escaped to Vienna, Austria, then moved to Geneva, Switzerland. In 1958, Christo went to Paris, where he met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, not only his wife but life partner in the creation of monumental environmental works of art. Jeanne-Claude passed away on November 18, 2009. Christo lived in New York City for 56 years. . From early wrapped objects to monumental outdoor projects, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artwork transcended the traditional bounds of painting, sculpture and architecture. Some of their work included Wrapped Coast in Australia (1968–69), Valley Curtain in Colorado (1970–72), Running Fencein California (1972–76), Surrounded Islands in Miami (1980–83), The Pont Neuf Wrapped in Paris (1975–85), The Umbrellas in Japan and California (1984–91), Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin (1972–95), The Gates in New York’s Central Park (1979–2005), The Floating Piers at Italy's Lake Iseo (2014–16), and The London Mastaba on London's Serpentine Lake (2016–18). . Christo's temporary work of art in Paris, France, titled L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris), is scheduled for Sept. 18–Oct. 3, 2021. Additionally, a major exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou about Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work and time in Paris will be on view this year, from July 1–Oct. 19, 2020. . In a 1958 letter Christo wrote, 'Beauty, science and art will always triumph.' We hold those words closely today.

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The art world shed a tear this week as news reported the death of Christo. Famous for his huge installations, often with partner Jeanne-Claude, we certainly lost one of our greatest artists.

Elon Musk Sends Art Into Space

Now here’s a story! It’s been widely reported that Elon Musk’s company SpaceX was the first private company to take humans to space last week, but did you know that art was on board too? Tristan Eaton’s Human Kind series has now joined an elite club of artists including Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg whose works have left the planet. Eaton’s art will return to Earth later this year. 

Grimes Unleashes Her Arty Side

We’re most familiar with Grimes as a musician (and also partner of Elon Musk), but did you know she’s a visual artist too? Unveiled via LA gallery Maccarone’s online viewing room, Selling Out includes drawings, prints and photographs, as well as one work (also called Selling Out), which includes a legal document where the buyer acquires a portion of Grimes’s soul (…okay…). The piece of soul up for grabs has no set price, with Grimes inviting viewers to make an offer and decide how much her soul is worth. 


Alex Israel Drops Fragrance With Louis Vuitton

For everyone stuck inside but California dreaming right now, today’s your lucky day! LA artist Alex Israel has just released four new perfumes with Louis Vuitton inspired by his hometown. California in a bottle, what could be better?


Sotheby’s And AllRightsReserved Collab On Charity Auction

Creative studio AllRightsReserved and Sotheby’s are coming together for a contemporary online auction. The auction will comprise limited-edition collectible items from the studio including works by KAWS and David Shrigley. The auction will run between 8 and 15 June online, with proceeds going to Tung Wah Hospital’s campaign for Covid 19 relief. 

Basquiat Tag Goes On Sale For First Time Ever


News has just reached us that a Basquiat SAMO tag went up for auction last month for the first time ever. SAMO – stands for Same Old Shit – and was a collaboration between Basquiat with his graffiti partner Al Diaz. The unique oil-on-tarp work sold for $71,875. 

Text Lizzy Vartanian

Feature image: From “Protest Signs” by Olivia Locher

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