Welcome to the Friday Weekly Wrap-Up newsletter, where we explore the intersection of Art, Fashion, and Pop Art.
Just Stop Oil Echoes Historic Suffragette Protest
Activists from Just Stop Oil have attacked the Rokeby Venus by Diego Velázquez at the National Gallery. This protest echoes the 1914 incident when feminist Mary Richardson damaged the $90M artwork with a cleaver to protest the detention of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst. One activist shouted: ‘If we love history, if we love art, and if we love our families, we must just stop OIL.’
UV Light Exposure Suspected in Eye Complaints from Hong Kong NFT Event Attendees
Over 20 attendees of an NFT-themed ApeFest party in Hong Kong reported eye issues, including irritation and temporary blindness, potentially caused by excessive UV light exposure. Yuga Labs, the US event organizer, acknowledged the complaints on Wednesday and is probing the incident with contractors to find the cause.
Pharrell’s Exclusive $1 Million Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag Debuts to Elite Audience
The eagerly anticipated Louis Vuitton Speedy bag by Pharrell has been officially unveiled. Crafted in a vibrant yellow hue, soon to be available in other primary colours, the exclusive Millionaire Speedy Bag is meticulously handcrafted from premium leather and adorned throughout with the iconic Louis Vuitton monogram. Its design boasts substantial gold hardware, while the pendants glisten with genuine diamonds. This is the epitome of luxury, a collaboration that only Louis Vuitton and Pharrell could bring to life.
Levi’s and The Visionary Lab Reimagine Furniture with Recycled Denim
Levi’s, renowned for denim expertise, has unexpectedly ventured into furniture. In collaboration with The Visionary Lab and Vitra, they present “Icons Re/Outfitted,” a furniture showcase transforming Vitra’s used chairs with recycled Levi’s denim. This fusion of fashion and design highlights Levi’s dedication to denim utility and The Visionary Lab’s commitment to innovative waste reduction.
Anselm Kiefer’s ‘Solaris’ Graces Vienna State Opera’s Iron Curtain
Anselm Kiefer, the German artist, has had his work Solaris chosen for the Vienna State Opera’s new 16-ton “Eiserner Vorhang” (iron curtain). The selection was made by a jury including Hans Ulrich Obrist, Bice Curiger, and Daniel Birnbaum.