This week in the art world: From Banksy to Anna Delvey
Whether it’s the good, the bad or the ugly, here is the best, worst and everything in between from the art world this past week (the last week of March – hello spring!).
Feminist icon and style pioneer Agnès Varda, the French avant-garde New Wave filmmaker, has passed away at age 90, in Paris. She recently mounted exhibitions across the world and was finally gaining wider recognition for her work. Rest in peace you beautiful genius! We love you.
The painter Francis Bacon’s “Study for a Head” will go on sale at Sotheby’s next month, fetching what some experts deem as much as $20m to $30m. Its one of eleven works from Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis’s collection, which also includes work by artists like Alberto Giacometti, Hans Hofman and Willem de Kooning.
As the United Kingdom nears a decision on Brexit, the street artist Banksy is giving a rare glimpse of his painting of chimps in a parliament a special appearance to mark what the artist calls “Brexit Day.” It’s actually a 13 foot long mural and is an obvious critical moment in criticism, witticisms and satire.
Last but not least, Anna Delvey, the art world fraudster, saw her date in court. And just as expected, everyone is freaking out over her chosen court outfit, an upscale black dress, thick-rimmed specks and a black choker (it might be a nod to Naomi Campbell, who also wore a choker to court). Her courtroom look has gone viral. The “socialite scammer” who came onto the scene as a “German heiress” in 2016, but ended up behind bars for fraud. There’s rumors that Jennifer Lawrence will play Delvey in a Netflix film, though nothing has been confirmed as of yet. More details to come, but look at all the attention she is getting! She must be loving it.
Images via Spiegel.de, skr/dpa/AP, Instagram, Sothebys, Tagesspiegel.de