Happy Friday all! As we bid farewell to yet another week, we present to you a summary of the latest advancements in the domains of art, fashion, and popular culture. May you have a delightful weekend!
Gustav Klimt’s ‘Lady With a Fan’ Sets European Auction Record at £85.3 Million
In a historic auction event held last week, Gustav Klimt’s last portrait, “Dame mit Fächer” (Lady With a Fan), achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction in Europe. The portrait fetched an astounding £85.3 million ($108.4 million) after factoring in the premium. Sotheby’s, during a series of back-to-back sales in London on Tuesday afternoon and early evening, successfully reached its ambitious target, marking a significant milestone in the art market.
New Director of Albertina, Austria’s Renowned Art Institution
Exciting news from Austria! Ralph Gleis has been chosen to take charge of the prestigious Albertina. He’s currently the director of Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie and will officially step into his new role in 2025, succeeding Klaus Albrecht Schröder.
The New Orleans Museum of Art is in hot water due to some controversial news. They’ve received a wave of public backlash on social media for hiring Amanda Maples, a white curator, to be in charge of their African art collection. People are voicing their discontent, and things are getting pretty intense online.
Warning: The following news contains explicit content
The renowned artist Beeple has made headlines by donating a controversial “censored NFT” to an Italian museum. The artwork in question portrays an explicit image of an orgy taking place in an office setting, intended as a satirical commentary on the downfall of banking entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried. Surprisingly, YouTube allegedly blocked the image due to its nudity, adding further intrigue to this unconventional donation.
Exciting news from the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts! They have just opened a surprising and unique exhibition called “A Singularly Marine and Fabulous Produce: the Cultures of Seaweed,” which will be running until December 3. This exhibition offers a fascinating perspective on seaweed, showcasing it through an artistic lens.