It’s been a big week for the Kardashians: Kylie Jenner announced her second pregnancy, came under fire for gifting her first daughter Stormi a yellow school bus, and Kim’s been rumoured to have had her fillers removed resulting in her noticeably smaller behind.
Tracey Emin took to Instagram this week to show her followers her newly completed home studio in Margate. She said that she hopes it’ll become a museum to her work: “When I die this place can be a place for my work to be seen, how I want it to be seen … Maybe with my ashes … a mausoleum … A place I can visit every now and then from the other side”. Visiting a haunted Emin museum? Sounds dreamy.
This week was a sad one for artist deaths: Chuck Close passed away age 81, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder at 89, and Hung Liu died age 73.
We hope you’re all making the most out of the last few weeks of long nights and warm weather, before Autumn officially hits us in September.
Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Star Sues
After starring in one of the most iconic album designs of all time, Spencer Elden (now 30) is suing Nirvana (plus Courney Love, Kurt Cobain’s estate managers, the album photographer, art director, and record label) for $150,000. He filed his lawsuit this week claiming that the famous image of him swimming naked towards a dollar bill as an infant “constituted child pornography”.
The Vagina Museum Needs Rehoming
London’s Vagina Museum is looking for a new home after its landlord has refused to renew their lease in their Camden location. The museum dedicated to all-things vagina opened in 2019 as had been met by every emotion, from outrage to joy. The team launched the project in 2017 following hearing that despite their being a penis museum in Iceland, there was no vaginal equivalent.
Zandra Rhodes x Ikea
Zandra Rhodes is known for her glam-rock stylings and loud prints has teamed up with Ikea to launch a line of homeware. Rhodes has worked with Marc Bolan, Princess Diana, and Freddie Mercury and the ‘Karismatisk’ collection of 26 items – which she’s been working on for over two years – will be released in September. The ‘Princess of Punk’ says her collection has been inspired by the new-found importance of our homes during Covid lockdowns. We’ve majorly got our eyes on the FRAKTA bag.
Dolce & Gabbana NFT Lauch
Dolce & Gabbana have announced they’ll be launching their ‘Collezione Genesi’ on August 28th. Their debut NFT collection will be sold via UNXD and is inspired by the art and fashions of Venice. D&G aren’t the first big fashion house to branch into NFTs: Gucci, Clothia, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and others have all got their first.
PAD London Cancelled Again
Once again, PAD London (which was due to run during Frieze Week in October) has had to cancel due to the trickiness of travelling between the UK and Europe. It’s hoped the event will return in 2022 following a two-year break. Frieze London and Frieze Masters are still set to go ahead this autumn.
All-Female NFT Team Turns Out to Be Three Russian Men
‘Fame Lady Squad’ – an “all-female” NFT project that generated $1.5 million when it dropped earlier in August, has been revealed to actually be the work of three dudes in Russia. Fame Lady Squad announced itself as “the first female avatar project of all time” and was spearheaded by founders “Cindy, Kelda, and Andrea”. FLS founders transferred the account to digitalartchick and other female NFT collectors after being found out.