While making your Christmas list and getting your “lovely/ugly“ Christmas sweater ready before it’s too late to use it again, this is what happened in the world of art and fashion this week.
1. Lawrence weiner, bye with a capital letters.
His legacy of direct poetic phrases is the clear basis of many current artistic movements, his messages of a subtle beauty of the word will continue to make us dream.
“Lawrence Weiner was the producer of numerous text-based works that manifested as public works of art, slogans on walls, T-shirts and manhole covers, in fact, they could transform any surface imaginable”, that’s how Lisson Gallery described in his obituary.
Lawrence Weiner, a leading figure in the conceptual art movement that emerged in the 1960s and profoundly altered the American art scene, died on December 2nd at the age of seventy-nine. Known for his text-based installations incorporating evocative or descriptive phrases, Weiner rose to prominence among a cohort that included Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Sol LeWitt. A firm believer that an idea alone could constitute a work of art, he established a practice that was noted for its consistent incarnation of his famous 1968 “Statement of Intent”:
1. THE ARTIST CAN BUILD THE PIECE
2. THE PART CAN BE MANUFACTURED
3. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO BUILD THE PART
ALL ARE THE SAME AND CONSISTENT WITH THE ARTIST’S INTENTION THE DECISION
AS TO THE CONDITION DEPENDS ON THE RECEIVER ON THE REASON OF THE RECEIVER.
Lawrence Weiner, STATEMENT OF INTENT, 1968
In his sentences he always tried to write in capital letters that seeks to create a psychological impact, also seeking not to generate hierarchies between the same letters accompanied by aphorisms and the odd riddle, he also used characters such as the letter (&) offering it a sculpture status.
2. Christie’s Partners with OpenSea – NFT Art Auctions
Christies is at the forefront and embarks on a new adventure in the NFT but this time in the open sea we hope to dive into this ocean full of numbers and occasional GIFs.
This Phenomenon of the NTF takes great relevance in different sectors, such as fashion, the Global economy and it is clear that the sales house Christie’s does not want to be left behind by offering sales and partnerships with the large NFT platforms at their own pace.
On the anniversary of November 24, 2021, Christie’s signed a partnership agreement with NFT’s leading marketplace, OpenSea, and the two parties launched a sale of digital collectibles on the Ethereum blockchain via OpenSea.io on December 1st.
The document says the auction provided collectors the opportunity to bid on and purchase a wide range of exclusive NFT collectibles selected by experts from the Christie teams, including Noah Davis and Ronnie Pirovino, specialists and directors of digital and online sales and now of a platform dedicated to NFT curation, coverage, and analysis.
The auction opened to browsing December 1st to 3rd, and bids took action from December 4th to 7th. Christie’s and OpenSea Art Auction featured works by renowned artists such as Andre O’Shea, Recur, Oseanworld, GMUNK, Ash Thorp, and many more.
3. Colletif Scale / Tetro X Bristol Myers Squibb
The American pharmaceutical lab, Bristol Myers Squibb, engaged himself in a social campaign to raise awareness of the importance of scientific cancer research, with a sculpture that invokes the scale of the human genome, the immune system and the importance of finding new scientific solutions.
Collectif Scale, in association with the communication agency, Tetro, designed this lighting installation currently seen at the foot of the Grande Arche de la Défense in Paris for #ExploreForCancer.
A visual and technological sound experience that seeks to take the viewer on a unique multisensory journey.
Although its creators come from different universes, they have a unique and very present objective of reconnecting with our sensations, through technology, a journey back between Nature and the Future where the public is not only a spectator, but also an actor.
No need to be an art connoisseur, the only requirement is to open yourself to the fields of perspective.
4. Stacked covers | The supreme collection
Hey Skateboarders Sotheby’s is doing one last sale of the year with a massive, massive stock of Supreme with over 216 wrapped Supreme skateboard decks in perfect condition. With dates spanning between 2005 and 2021, each deck represents a different source of inspiration or collaborative effort for the brand. Following the 2019 groundbreaking Sotheby’s sale of 248 decks bought by Chinese collector Carson Guo, let’s see who will acquire that 216 decks lot, estimated between 800.000$ to 1.200.000$.
This crazy one is really the opportunity to get a hand on the largest stock for sale now. If there is any piece that you are looking for, it is at Sotheby’s NY, on December 15th, that you have to go.
In addition, the Supreme Sotheby’s alliance is a long love that ends only with this sale since the sales house is also planning an exclusive sale of street wear by the Supreme brand, where it shows that the expansion and importance of this market.
15 December 2021 • 12:00 EST • New York
Text by Sophia Thowinsson.