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The Art News You Missed While You Slept In
Sotheby’s joins the NFT game and the Met Gala makes a comeback
News 16 Apr 2021

Hey art squad, how’s it going? Have you taken some time to rest this week? Don’t worry, we don’t blame you. As our lives slowly come back to some kind of “normal”, re-adjusting our routines can definitely take its toll. Luckily for you, we’ve kept up to date with art news so you don’t have to! So, here’s everything you missed while you slept in.

ART

Yayoi Kusama’s Cosmic Nature Opens At New York Botanical Garden

Image via @nybg

Public art has become more important than ever before, and we’re so excited that an exhibition of outdoor work by Yayoi Kusama has just opened at New York’s Botanical Garden. Much of the work is on view for the first time. Great art and beautiful plants? Kusama’s Cosmic Nature is a win-win!

TeamLab Installs Flame Work In Tokyo

Image via @teamlab

teamLab’s latest light work is Universe of Fire Particles Falling from the Sky. Inspired by the movement of molecules of burning gas and heat generated by combustion, the new installation is installed at the collective’s museum in Tokyo. We love it!

FASHION

The Met Gala Is Returning

Image via @themetgalaofficial

For obvious reasons, the 2020 Met Gala did not take place, but it’s coming back this year! That said, it won’t be on the first Monday in May, it will be in September, and will be much smaller in the number of attendees than in previous years. The next gala will be launched in conjunction with a two-part exhibition, called In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. We’re already counting down to the outfits!

Bottega Veneta Holds Show At Berghain Nightclub

Image via @voguehommes

It’s been a long time since most of us have been to a nightclub, let alone a fashion show, so we loved the news that Bottega Veneta has just hosted a show at Berlin’s Berghain. The secret presentation was attended by Virgil Abloh and Skepta who were all present to view the house’s Salon 02 collection.

Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun Collabs With TOMORROW

Image via @littlesunenergy

Climate-championing artist Olafur Eliasson’s non-profit Little Sun has teamed up with TOMORROW to produce t-shirts, jumpers and tote bags. In the spirit of being eco-friendly, the drop is all made-to-order and is made to promote clean energy and to support Little Sun’s work.

MARKET

Sotheby’s Launches Debut NFT Sale

Image via @sothebys

Earlier this week Sotheby’s unveiled its first NFT sale of the work of anonymous creator, Pak, on Nifty Gateway. The sale ran from Monday to Wednesday, with buyers able to buy open editions of “Cube” that went towards redemption of specific NFT’s based on the total amounts of units purchased. We’re not sure exactly how that works, but it’s interesting to see how the major auction houses are getting their slice of the NFT pie.

Banksy Work Highlighting Climate Change To Go On Sale At Christie’s

Image via @21stcenturyalex

In 2009 Banksy made an intervention on top of an 1890 oil painting by Albert Bierstadt of Mount Rainier National Park. Commenting on climate change, Banksy wrote “Subject to Availability” on the surface of the painting. The work is now headed to auction at Christie’s in London on June 30. We’re sure it’s going to make big $$$. 

Art Basel Hong Kong To Return With 104 Galleries

Image via @artbasel

Art fairs are coming back! Art Basel Hong Kong opens next month (May 19-23) and there will be over 100 galleries from across the globe with a booth presence, half of which will be manned by Art Basel representatives. There will also be a digital programme – Art Basel Live – running alongside the fair. We can’t wait!

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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