Category: Art

From Jeff Koons’s Bunny Bonanza to the Death of Pioneering Architect I.M. Pei: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Bunny Hops Straight to the Top – Jeff Koons reigns supreme again, becoming the most expensive living artist with the $90 million sale of his silver-mirrored Rabbit at Christie’s evening sale of postwar and contemporary art. KAWS Comes Home – The New Jersey-native,...

/ May 17, 2019

See This Russian Artist’s Dark Vision of How Pollution Is Destroying Our Planet, Now on View in Venice

The end times are fast approaching in Venice, where the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have ridden into town for “In Dante Veritas,” a solo exhibition by Russian artist Vasily Klyukin. The menacing metal sculptures are titled Overpopulation, Misinformation, Pollution, and ExtermiTation, and represent what...

/ May 17, 2019

As the Experience Economy Booms, Meow Wolf Raises $158 Million to Expand Its Footprint Across America

Meow Wolf, the New Mexico-based art collective turned experiential-art company, is newly flush with cash to fund its upcoming ventures. In its largest round of funding to date, Meow Wolf has raised more than $158 million from 87 investors, according...

/ May 17, 2019

This Artist Arranged Botanical Abortifacients Into Stunning Floral Designs for a Timely Show About a Woman’s Right to Control Her Fertility

Ann Shelton’s brightly colored photographs of exquisite floral arrangements, on view now at New York’s Denny Dimin Gallery, aren’t just beautiful—they also carry a hidden meaning. Historically, all the flowers, herbs, seeds, and plants arranged in each vase have been...

/ May 17, 2019

Lutz Bacher, the Elusive Conceptual Artist Who Never Revealed Her Real Name, Face, or Age, Has Died

The pseudonymous artist Lutz Bacher died of a heart attack in New York City on May 14. Her conceptual work, known for defying categorization, encompassed photography, sound art, sculpture, video, and appropriation art, much of it exploring sexuality, power, and violence through...

/ May 16, 2019

A Scholar Has Cracked the Mystery of a Medieval Manuscript That Defeated Codebreakers

An academic in the UK has unraveled the mysteries of a coded medieval manuscript that has confounded experts for more than a century. Professional codebreakers, linguistics specialists, and computer programs have been unable to crack its code, leading some to even...

/ May 16, 2019

Anish Kapoor Will Become the First Foreign Artist to Show at Beijing’s Forbidden Palace

The British artist Anish Kapoor has conquered Chicago with his famous Cloud Gate, broke a box-office record at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, and stirred up controversy at Versailles. But perhaps his most surprising feat yet will come this fall when...

/ May 14, 2019

‘I Didn’t Want My Art to Come Out While I Was an Actress’: At the Venice Biennale, Rose McGowan Reflects on Her New Life as an Artist

Rose McGowan isn’t sure how, exactly, she’s going to get into the preview day of the Venice Biennale. “Do I need a pass to get in?” she wondered. (You’re supposed to have a printed invitation and a photo ID.) She...

/ May 14, 2019

Knoedler Gallery’s Former Owner Could Be Held Personally Responsible for the Many Fakes It Sold, a Judge Says

The infamous Abstract Expressionist forgery ring that rocked the art world is back in the headlines. Last week, a federal judge in Manhattan set a July court date to determine whether Michael Hammer, the former owner of the infamous Knoedler...

/ May 13, 2019

Arthur Jafa and the Lithuanian Pavilion Win the Venice Biennale’s 2019 Golden Lions, Casting a Spotlight on Racism and Climate Change

If the art world has anything close to the Olympics, or the Oscars, it’s the Venice Biennale, where countries send representatives every two years to present the best contemporary art they have to offer and compete to be named best...

/ May 11, 2019

The 10 Absolute Best National Pavilions at the Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale is often referred to as the art-world Olympics. Countries from around the world descend on the Italian city to show off the best contemporary art their country has to offer—and to compete to win the coveted Golden...

/ May 10, 2019

This Artist Has Tapped Into Venice’s Rich Maritime History With 100 Hand-Painted Sails That Will Float Through Venice During the Biennale

For two years, artist Melissa McGill has had a vision: A fleet of traditional wooden boats, rigged with sails in shades of vivid crimson, sailing across the Venetian lagoon. Tomorrow, that vision will finally come to life in the inaugural outing...

/ May 10, 2019

Mother-Daughter Power Duo Mera and Jennifer Rubell Reflect on How Art Has Shaped Their Relationship

This Sunday, May 12th, families around the world will celebrate Mother’s Day. In honor of the occasion, artnet News spoke with art-world duo Mera Rubell, an art collector, and her daughter, Jennifer, an artist, about how their shared passion informs...

/ May 10, 2019

LOL, Great Pic: How Instagram and Meme Culture Are—and Aren’t—Transforming Photography

Earlier this year, an unimpressive picture of an egg became the most-liked Instagram photo of all time, smashing the previous record of 18 million likes. (As of now, the egg has been liked by over 53 million users.) It was,...

/ May 9, 2019

Where Are Her Emails? Here They Are! Why Kenneth Goldsmith Printed Out All 60,000 of Hillary Clinton’s Emails for His New Show in Venice

Hillary Clinton’s infamous emails have inspired a new work of art on view during the Venice Biennale. Artist Kenneth Goldsmith is displaying all 60,000 pages of the emails that were sent on the 2016 presidential candidate’s private server as part of his...

/ May 9, 2019

Step Inside the Neon Hair Cave of Shoplifter, the Artist Behind Iceland’s Immersive Pavilion at This Year’s Venice Biennale

If you step inside the Icelandic pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, prepare to be engulfed in a cave of hairy neon stalactites hanging. Chromo Sapiens, housed in a warehouse on the Venetian island of Giudecca, is the work of the artist...

/ May 9, 2019

What Makes Fashion Campy? See the Wild, Strange Looks That Define the Style in Met’s New Costume Institute Exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest Costume Institute exhibition is organized around an idea that’s difficult to define: camp. Indeed, as the museum’s director, Max Hollein, noted in his remarks at the opening preview, the word itself is manifested in...

/ May 7, 2019

‘I’m the Donald Trump of the Art World,’ Sean Scully Says in His New Movie. Kenny Schachter Has a Few Other Descriptors to Add

This is a review of the April 2019 BBC film Unstoppable: Sean Scully and the Art of Everything. Last fall I reviewed The Price of Everything. What’s next, The Everything of Everything? Directed by Nick Willing and produced by Michele Camarda, the Scully...

/ May 6, 2019