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News 14 Aug 2020

Hey art girl, how’s it going? Are you hot? Are you tired? It’s been a very strange few months so we can completely forgive you if you feel like everything’s gone over your head. Somehow, in the midst of all the crazy, the art world has continued to function and adapt. Even when you felt like you were going mad, the art world kept on hustling. So, don’t worry if you took a breather to rest this week, we’ve got you covered with all the art news you missed!


LA MOCA Releases Virgil Abloh And Alex Israel Face Masks

Just when we thought we’d had our fill of novelty face coverings, LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art drops these bad boys featuring work by Virgil Abloh, Alex Israel and a number of other artists. The masks are selling for $28 via the LA MOCA website

Yayoi Kusama Is The Subject Of An Illustrated Novel

There really is nothing like a picture book. We were thrilled to hear about a new read focusing on the life of one of our favourite artists. KUSAMA: A Graphic Biography was illustrated by Elisa Macellari and documents Kusama’s life through 128 pages and 400 illustrations. Grab your copy for just $19.99. 

George Michael To Be Featured In Mural At London Art Festival

Who doesn’t love a bit of Wham!? George Michael is set to be featured in a mural in London’s first Brent Biennial in September. The 9 metre high mural will be painted by Dawn Mellor to celebrate the singer who was local to the area. 

George W. Bush Releases Book Of Immigrant Portraits

Former president of the USA George W. Bush is releasing a book of portraits of immigrants. Out Of Many, One comprises 43 paintings accompanied by essays about the subjects. The book will be released next year and be accompanied by an exhibition.


Prada Launches Re-Nylon Collection

2020 was the year the fashion world finally woke up to climate change. So, we’re glad to see the news that Prada is about to launch a Re-Nylon collection at Selfridges’ Corner Shop early next week, featuring items fashioned from sustainable materials made from plastic waste collected from oceans. Fashion for a cause. 

Introducing The Black In Fashion Council

A new initiative spearheaded by Teen Vogue editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner and PR Sandrine Charles advocating for Black people in fashion has just gone live. The Black In Fashion Council has launched with 38 brands including Cartier, Loreal, Conde Nast and many many others. We can’t wait to see what they will do.

Lotta Volkova Collabs With Adidas

Lotta Volkova is most famous for her work as a stylist with Demna Gvasalia for Vetements and Balenciaga. She has just dropped a collab with Adidas featuring shoes, leg warmers and a onesie. Shop now!


Liste Art Fair Cancelled

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With great sadness, Liste Art Fair Basel has decided to cancel this year's edition of the fair. Despite the new location, a comprehensive safety protocol and a focus on primarily European exhibitors and visitors, the situation in Europe has worsened in recent weeks to an extent that makes it impossible for us to hold the fair with a clear conscience. We, our galleries and our partners have become increasingly concerned about everyone’s health and safety, and the increased travel restrictions for high-risk countries are affecting more and more European countries, preventing an ever-growing number of our exhibitors from travelling to Basel. These two factors combined have led us to the decision to not hold a physical fair this year. That being said, we are committed to the belief that art, and especially young contemporary art, must not be cancelled. We encourage everyone to support the galleries and their artists, both locally and via digital means, so they can continue to produce and exhibit the art that is so urgently needed in a world of uncertainty. We see the power of art to give shape to this immaterial state and to develop new ways of seeing and thinking, the diversity of which is particularly valuable when the world is in crisis. Our great thanks go to the galleries and their artists, our partners, especially to our long-standing main partner E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers, and to all of you for your commitment to Liste. Stay tuned for Liste Showtime, our new digital platform. More information coming soon. Take care and stay healthy Your Liste Team Caption: Liste Art Fair Basel 2020: Stand sketch Dreispitzhalle #Liste2020 #ListeArtFair #ListeArtFairBasel

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Following the cancellation of Art Basel, it should come as little surprise that Basel’s other fair, Liste, has also put the brakes on their 2020 edition due to the global Covid-19 situation. Here’s hoping for a better 2021.

Glimmers Of Hope For Art Fairs This Fall In Paris

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FIAC FLASHBACK Rosa Barba, «Risposta perpetua al suono e alla luce», 2017. In the background: «Museo bianco», «La vista ci permette di apprezzare la distanza», «Dalla fonte alla poesia al ritmo al lettore», 2017. FIAC Projects 2018. Presented by @vistamarestudio/@galleria_vistamare.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rendered in filigree neon tubes, this light installation comprising four handwritten titles of previous works by the artist, was originally created and presented for the first time in the 16th-century garden of @villa_medici in Rome. The titles, installed on the ground, weave a new and fragmented narrative out of the works made in recent years, introduced here on a larger scale. In the dark the works unfold like a poem floating in space.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cette installation lumineuse réalisée avec des tubes en néon filigrane rassemble quatre titres d’oeuvres de l’artiste, écrits de façon manuscrite. Elle a été créée et présentée pour la première fois dans les jardins de la Villa Médicis à Rome, du XVIe siècle. Ces néons, installés par terre s’entremêlent et racontent une nouvelle histoire à partir d’oeuvres antérieures, présentées ici à plus grande échelle. Dans l’obscurité, les oeuvres se déploient comme un poème flottant dans l’espace. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #FIAC #FIAC2018 #FIACProjects #PetitPalais #paris #vistamare @petitpalais_musee #RosaBarba

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While it seems like every art fair under the sun has been cancelled this year, there may be a shining light in Paris. Cultural events with more than 5,000 people have been given the go-ahead from September and as FIAC (scheduled for October) is yet to announce any cancellations, there may well yet be an art fair taking place before the year comes to a close. 

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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