Category: Art

Are These New Ellsworth Kelly Stamps the Most Beautiful Stamps Ever? Yes, They Are

For fans of Ellsworth Kelly, today is a day to celebrate. In honor of what would have been Kelly’s 96th birthday, the United States Postal Service has released a set of 20 new postage stamps bearing the artist’s work. The...

/ May 31, 2019

Artist Leonardo Drew Wants You to Come Play on His Interactive ‘Magic Carpet’ in Madison Square Park This Summer

Leonardo Drew considered a few different concepts before settling on the abstract cityscape he recently installed on Madison Square Park’s Oval Lawn, the artist’s first public work to date. Originally, Drew, who is 58, wanted to make a giant tree—a...

/ May 31, 2019

Sister Corita Kent, the Pop Art Nun Who Combined Warhol With Social Justice, Is Now Getting Her Own Dedicated Art Center in LA

Corita Kent (1918–1986), the former Roman Catholic nun who used her boldly colored Pop art serigraphs as a tool for activism, becoming a powerful voice for peace and justice, is getting her own dedicated exhibition space. The Corita Art Center...

/ May 30, 2019

The Original Drawing for the First-Ever Cover of Tintin, the Beloved Belgian Comic, Could Fetch More Than $1.3 Million at Auction

The original cover art for the very first issue of the comic album Tintin, created by Belgian cartoonist Hergé (1907–1983), is headed to auction, and the results could be huge. The Adventures of Tintin Vol. 1: Tintin in the Land of the...

/ May 30, 2019

Do TV Shows Ever Get the Art World Right? Here Are 14 Memorable Episodes That Try, Ranked by Believability

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what about total cock-ups? The art world is an especially cocooned microcosm where money, celebrity, money, auction houses, and money are so intertwined, that real life sometimes seems positively fictional. But alas,...

/ May 30, 2019

Watch the Trailer for ‘The Goldfinch,’ a Hotly Anticipated Coming-of-Age Saga That Kicks Off With a Bombing at the Met

The trailer has dropped for the highly anticipated film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel The Goldfinch. The sprawling coming-of-age story centers on a young boy, Theodore Decker, who survives terrorist attack at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, but unwittingly...

/ May 29, 2019

Robert Mueller Spoke Out About His Investigation the Day After Jim Carrey Urged Him With This Drawing. Coincidence? We Think Not!

Yesterday, actor, comedian, artist, and all-around political powerhouse Jim Carrey made his latest attempt to press Robert Mueller, the special counsel, into speaking publicly about his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Alongside a powerful image...

/ May 29, 2019

In Another Deaccessioning Spree, the Art Institute of Chicago Is Selling 300 Works of Chinese Art at Christie’s This Fall

The Art Institute of Chicago is deaccessioning 300 works of Chinese art from its collection at Christie’s New York in September. The “Chinese Works of Art from the Art Institute of Chicago” auction, scheduled for September 12, with a complementary online...

/ May 29, 2019

The Smithsonian Names Lonnie Bunch as Its New Secretary, the First African American and First Historian to Hold the Post

The Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents has announced that Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, will be the organization’s 14th secretary. The role is responsible for overseeing the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research...

/ May 28, 2019

Artist Shirin Neshat Is Mining Her Personal History to Make a Film About the Immigrant Experience This Fall

Iranian artist Shirin Neshat is taking on a subject close to home for her new film, which is debuting at Los Angeles’s Broad Museum in October. Titled Land of Dreams, the film is a rumination on cultural identity told through the...

/ May 28, 2019

From Banksy’s Ill-Fated Trip to Venice to Ai Weiwei’s Lawsuit Against Volkswagen: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Banksy Strikes Again – The street artist was in Venice after all, though it looks like he ran into some trouble, according to a new video he posted to his Instagram. The Whitney Violinnial? – artnet News’s Ben Davis spoke to musician...

/ May 24, 2019

Take A Virtual Tour of Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s ‘DYSFUNCTIONAL’ Exhibition in Venice’s Ca’d’Oro Palace

From the start of the Venice Biennale earlier this month, Lombard Odier and Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s exhibition, “DYSFUNCTIONAL”, has drawn crowds of art and design lovers from around the world to the city’s historic Ca’ d’Oro palace to view the...

/ May 24, 2019

The Every Woman Biennial Is a Supportive, Salon-Style Celebration of the ‘Divine Feminine’

Traffic slowed to a standstill on New York’s Great Jones Street on Sunday as over 2,000 art lovers thronged La MaMa Galleria, waiting for their chance to see the Every Woman Biennial. Hung salon style across two venues were work...

/ May 24, 2019

A Seattle Man Discovered a Trove of Long-Lost Weegee Photos From 1937 in His Kitchen Cabinet

Back in the 1970s, David Young bought a box of 73 vintage news photographs at a Philadelphia second-hand store. This year, he pulled them out of the kitchen cabinet of his Seattle home, where they have been languishing for decades,...

/ May 23, 2019

To Prevent an ‘Uproar’, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Is Delaying the New Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Until the President Is Out of Office

The new $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman has been delayed, leaving Andrew Jackson to remain in his place on the currency until 2028, secretary of the treasury Steven Mnuchin announced yesterday. The bill featuring Tubman, an escaped slave who later led...

/ May 23, 2019

‘It Has to Have a Life of Its Own’: See How Artist Jason Martin Creates His Luminous, Meditative Abstractions

When artist Jason Martin mixes paint, he looks like a baker making frosting. He mixes minutely different shades in big plastic bowls and then generously slathers them across the surface of the canvas. This thick impasto is characteristic of the...

/ May 22, 2019

The 2020 Armory Show Will Dedicate One Pier Entirely to Special Curated Sections for the First Time

In an effort to create a more cohesive viewing experience, the 2020 Armory Show will dedicate the entirety of one of its two piers to curated projects for the first time, the New York art fair announced today. The show...

/ May 22, 2019

To Attract a Younger Audience, This New Brooklyn Art Fair Is Offering Exhibitors Booths for Just $700 Each

In an increasingly market-driven art world, one art fair is still all about the artists: The Satellite Art Show, founded in Miami in 2015 by artist Brian Whiteley. The scrappy fair, which has hosted editions in an abandoned hotel and...

/ May 22, 2019

The Curator Behind the Acclaimed ‘Art in the Streets’ Show in LA Is Bringing a Follow-Up to New York

New York City, once the world’s foremost graffiti mecca, will soon play host to a massive exhibition celebrating the history of street art, curated by graffiti historian and urban anthropologist Roger Gastman. The show, “BEYOND THE STREETS,” is Gastman’s follow up...

/ May 21, 2019

Ai Weiwei Is Suing Volkswagen for Using His Installation of Refugee Life Jackets in an Advertisement

Ai Weiwei is taking Volkswagen to court in Denmark for copyright infringement after a Volkswagen advertisement published in 2017 used an installation of his work as a backdrop. The ad, which features an orange car, is set in front of his work Soleil...

/ May 21, 2019

Art Industry News: Will Franchise-Hating Generation Z Be the Savior of Small Galleries? + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Tuesday, May 21. NEED-TO-READ Nuremberg Will Preserve, But Not Restore, Hitler’s Parade...

/ May 21, 2019