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Is Jeff Koons as Passionate About Uniqlo as He Sounds? Why Is This Unicorn Named After Picasso? + Other Questions I Have About the Week’s Art News


Curiosities is a column where I comment on the art news of the week, sometimes about stories that were too small or strange to make the cut, sometimes just thoughts on the circus.

Below, some questions posed by the events of the last week…

 

1) What Is Pacaso?

The logo of property co-ownership sales and management platform Pacaso on a smartphone screen. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The logo of property co-ownership sales and management platform Pacaso. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Founded only last year, Pacaso is, I’m told, the youngest start-up ever to reach “unicorn” status—a valuation of more than $1 billion. A glorified time-share scheme that promises to “democratize second home-ownership,” its mission is to finally let America’s wealthier enclaves know the joys of having your neighborhood become an Airbnb hotspot by selling fractionalized stakes in mansions in places like Napa Valley.

Since you are reading an art site, you are probably already wondering, “Is the name inspired by… you know…” The answer is yes. And the answer to your follow-up question—”does Pacaso’s innovative model of fractional real-estate investment carry on the legacy of Cubism?”—is also yes.

From the company’s Our Story page:

We are inspired by Pablo Picasso’s revolutionary thinking, the way he challenged norms in early 20th century art. He is credited with co-creating Cubism, which brings together individual elements to create a new and innovative whole. That resonated with how we’re approaching second home ownership. We decided on Pacaso to honor Picasso’s legacy of innovation.

And, truly, what an honor it is! Per Planet Money, “No Pacaso” signs are quickly becoming a hot accessory in the nation’s tonier areas. Some poor sap who bought 1/8th of a $4 million mansion recounts showing up for his slot at his new vacation home—which had been dubbed the “Chardonnay” house by Pacaso, and is described as having “a distinctly modern and high-tech feel”—only to be greeted by a sign that read, “The Pacaso House Is the Big One on the Right With No Soul.”

 

2) What’s Jasper Johns’s Flag Got to Do With Jurassic Park?

Installation view of the "Jasper Johns and the Whitney" in "Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror" at the Whitney. Photo by Ben Davis.

Installation view of the “Jasper Johns and the Whitney” in “Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror” at the Whitney. Photo by Ben Davis.

Here’s a bit of trivia I didn’t know until I went to the “Jasper Johns and the Whitney” room of the New York museum’s big Jasper Johns show. Just after Michael Crichton wrote and directed the original Westworld in 1973—but long before he wrote Disclosure, created ER, or became one of the world’s most high-profile climate-change deniers—he had a side hustle writing art catalogues. Specifically, the catalogue for Jasper Johns’s 1977 Whitney retrospective.

Let me tell you the story. Johns wanted someone to write about him who was “not an art critic.” By his own admission, Crichton had never read an art catalogue. Asking around, he couldn’t find anyone who had ever actually read a catalogue either, and decided that what people wanted was facts about the artist and the works—“none of that art interpretation stuff.”

Copy of the 1977 catalogue for Jasper Johns's Whitney show, on display at the Whitney. Photo by Ben Davis.

Copy of the 1977 catalogue for Jasper Johns’s Whitney show, on display at the Whitney. Photo by Ben Davis.

Honestly, this is not bad advice! I hate it when you open a catalogue looking some helpful historical context instead get 30 pages of musings on Giles Deleuze or Fred Moten.

Despite this “just the facts” approach, Crichton’s catalogue contains a pretty fun account of a car trip he took with Johns where the artist resolutely refuses to offer directions to get where they are going:

Once I drove him from his house at Stony Point into New York City. We were going to some destination I did not know. I asked him how to get there. “Well, I’m not sure, I’ll know when I see it, as we go.”

We drove for a while longer, crossing the George Washington Bridge. I asked again. “Well, I don’t know. Turn right here, and we’ll figure out the rest later.”

I love how closely the description of a Jasper Johns outing follows his well-known art-making mantra: “Take an object / Do something to it / Do something else to it [Repeat].” Or, as Crichton narrates Johns’s thought process, “We are going down this street now, and when we get to the end, we will decide which way to turn, and having decided that, we will wait until it is time to make another decision.”

Jasper Johns: important painter; demanding road trip companion.

Crichton accepted a small painting from Johns in lieu of payment, and according to author Don Thompson, he later turned down $5 million for it from Larry Gagosian. For that reason, the 1977 Whitney Museum catalogue is sometimes regarded as the most lucrative piece of art writing ever done.

 

3) Is the Male Gaze in the NFT World Really Going to Be Decentered by Playboy?

Playboy has enthusiastically gotten into the NFT game. On the one hand, it is looking to sell its back catalogue of vintage cheesecake as NFTs; on the other, it is out to smash the patriarchy.

Specifically, the magazine has partnered with the Sevens Foundation on a new NFT commission (open to applicants through October 1!) called “The Art of Gender and Sexuality.” The initiative, we read, recognizes that “the fight for equality and representation that continues to define the art world at large is particularly urgent in the fast-moving world of NFTs, a primarily cis-male dominated space.”

I would make a joke here about how “I support Playboy for its social justice mission to decenter the digital art world” is the new “I read Playboy for the articles,” but, you know, Playboy did publish some pretty good articles.

 

4) Will Koons’s Uniqlo Line Redefine Basic Fashion?

“Sophisticated pop artworks by one of the greatest contemporary artists, Jeff Koons!” boasts the website of Uniqlo, the fast-fashion juggernaut from Japan that has just launched a Koons capsule collection in coordination with the soon-to-open “Jeff Koons: Lost in America” show in Qatar.

The exclamation point certainly proves they are excited—but what’s so “sophisticated” about these works?

Craft, craft, it’s all about craft, according to the interview with Koons on the project’s micro-site (which also features interviews with curators Massimiliano Gioni, Elena Geuna, and Yuko Hasegawa). We’re talking here about the craft of… printing pictures of Balloon Dog and Rabbit onto basic cotton Ts and hoodies.

Here’s Koons waxing Koonsian about the globe-spanning merch collab in a series of words that sound as if they have been put into Google translate from English to a foreign language and back again (but he speaks with such conviction!):

I enjoy very much how Uniqlo is in contact with my generation but also a younger generation and it really communicates across cultures and everybody enjoys very much their clothing. We are just people who are seeking to be connected with each other. By working with Uniqlo, making a T-shirt that can be connected and communicate to somebody else that I care about them—I embrace that opportunity.

Of the collection’s various options, my favorite has to be the Jeff Koons sweatshirt featuring his work Play-doh (1994–2014). Not exactly pushing the boundaries of graphic design, as far as I can tell, it offers the giant words “JEFF KOONS” next to an image of sculpture.

I assure you that as a work of art, the massive, precision-designed Play-doh actually is impressive and huge and detailed in its craftsmanship. But rather than seamlessly “communicating across cultures,” when its image is printed without scale on a shirt, like nothing so much a sturdy pile of rainbow doggy-doo (maybe from Flower Puppy).

Screenshot of Jeff Koons x Uniqlo sweatshirt featuring Play-doh.

Screenshot of Jeff Koons x Uniqlo sweatshirt featuring Play-doh on the Uniqlo website.

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Is a Bored Ape Tattoo the Ultimate Flex? Since When Is Uranium in a Museum Not OK? + More Questions I Have About the Week’s Art News


Curiosities is a column where I preserve for posterity the “you can’t make this up” parts of the art news.

Below, some questions posed by the events of the last week…

 

1) When Will This Outbreak of Bored Ape Fever Peak?

I am really trying to not make this an NFT news column, but here we are, with the news of the week being Sotheby’s two-lot, $26.2 million online sale of 101 Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs (or: pictures of apes dressed like people) and 101 associated Bored Ape Kennel Club NFTs (or: pictures of dogs).

A collage of the Bored Apes offered up in Sotheby’s “Ape In!” sale this week. Courtesy of Sotheby's.

A collage of the Bored Apes offered up in Sotheby’s “Ape In!” sale this week. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

The 277-year-old auction house referred to the sale as “a testament to the enthusiasm and the strength of the close-knit BAYC [Bored Ape Yacht Club] community.” We are talking about a community whose roots run deep—all the way back to April 2021, making it a venerable classic, with the same deep place in the cultural mind as the Justin Bieber song “Peaches” or the bad new “Mortal Kombat” remake.

Amy Castor has written a great explainer on the Bored Apes, whose most high-profile collectors include Jermaine Dupri and AriZona Iced Tea. I was curious about this “close-knit BAYC community,” so I looked around the internet, and I can assure you that the 5,000-plus shrewdness of Bored Ape collectors (a group of apes is called a “shrewdness”!) is indeed strong and deep. Observing them egg one another on via Twitter has a bit of the vibe of watching a cocaine-fueled game of Truth or Dare at a meet-up of Adult Swim fans.

At this point, everyone wants a piece of the Bored Ape heat, and the hype is producing some very weird mutations. Perhaps the best thing I found in my casual investigation was this Bored Ape tribute rap from Raleigh, North Carolina–based ExtraGramKen.

It’s worth the price of admission for this great verse paying homage to the randomly assigned drip of the Apes alone:

Rainbow, ooh, that’s rare

I love the one that’s rocking the gold hair

Laser eyes, better watch where you stare

So many clothes, my ape don’t know what to wear

Thus far, however, the Bored Ape anthem to beat is probably Bored Ape Rave Club, by mid-tier Dutch electronic act the Bassjackers. They’ve been cranking it every chance they get. Here they are at an outdoor venue in Ford Lauderdale last month.

According to the New Yorker, part of the appeal of the Bored Ape Yacht Club is that members feel like they are getting in on the ground floor of some great new IP that could launch a media empire like Disney. Whether these blank-faced, randomly bedecked simian avatars are the next Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck or the next 12 Oz. Mouse and Drinky Crow remains to be seen.

At least one aspiring webtoon serial, “Yawn of the Apes,” is making the case for BAYC as a vehicle for internet comedy, promising exciting appearances by “apes owned by top influencers in the NFT space (j1mmy.eth, Ronin The Collector, Pranksy) as well as cameos from your everyday NFTer.” Episode 2, “The Ape Factor,” dropped recently, and stars Ape #1092 screeching its way through a BAYC-themed singing show, giving ExtraGramKen and the Bassjackers a run for their money. It has the slightly desperate dada vibe of a lot of internet humor—but, you know, it’s not the worst thing I’ve seen (and it’s an improvement from the first “apisode”).

But perhaps the truest measure of the scene’s frothing enthusiasm is the rash of BAYC fans declaring their undying love for the five-month-old NFT initiative by getting inked with Bored Ape Yacht Club tattoos. I would go so far as to say that the bar has been raised: you are not a true Bored Ape stan unless you have made the definitive crossover from digital to IRL by permanently branding a Bored Ape somewhere visible on your body.

One collector known as @half_ape, who describes herself as a 26-year-old mother of two, posted on September 11, “I want to fill my arm with my favorite NFTs so when people ask, I can explain what an NFT is! And also because I want all this awesome art on my body.” She then showed off her fresh Ape ink.

If you are reading this and thinking that there is something slightly… cultish about the whole thing, well, after @half_ape posted a second image yesterday of her tattoo to prove it was permanent, a chorus of largely delighted BAYC fans took gleeful note of the assault rifle casually posed in the background.

So, I guess what I am saying is: Do not mess with the Bored Ape community. All hail our ape overlords.

 

2. What Could Go Wrong with a Museum Show Devoted to Deadly Toys? 

The promo for the Napa Museum's "Dangerous Toys" show.

The promo for the Napa Museum’s “Dangerous Toys” show.

In Yountville, California, the Napa Valley Museum is scheduled open “Dangerous Games: Treacherous Toys We Loved As Kids” at the end of this month, billing it as “the original exhibition devoted to the wacky, whammo, wonderful world of the Slip ‘N Slide, Lawn Darts, Creepy Crawlers, Clackers, and other tantalizingly toxic toys.”

In an exuberant initial press blast, the show boasted that it would highlight the 1950s-era Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab, which sought to inspire children toward careers in the burgeoning field of atomic science. The kit offered samples of actual uranium ore for children to experiment with, as well as beta-alpha, beta, and gamma radiation sources, and a Geiger counter, among other instruments.

A warning on the original U-238 set cautioned potential lil’ nuclear scientists: “Users should not take ore samples out of their jars, for they tend to flake and crumble and you would run the risk of having radioactive ore spread out in your laboratory.” Teasing the show, Napa Valley executive director Laura Rafaty was reported to joke that “to be on the safe side… the museum may have the Napa Bomb Squad visit.”

Alas, the promise of exploring potential irradiation was not the light-hearted draw everyone had hoped. The museum soon issued a corrected press release labeled “OOPS! CLARIFICATION,” stressing, with undimmed enthusiasm, “There are no dangerous chemicals in the exhibit and we’ll let you know if we have to call the bomb squad!” Still, the show has already done its work of hearkening back to a simpler time, when exposing your child to uranium was considered excellent parenting.

 

3) What Is Going on In VR Machu Picchu?

Screenshot of promotional blast for Machu Picchu VR experience.

Screenshot of promotional blast for Machu Picchu VR experience.

Via a press teaser for the big “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” show, opening October 16 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, we get a promise of the “First-Ever Virtual Reality Experience of the Mythical Fortress in the Sky.” And let me tell you, you will never have as much flirty fun in your life as this couple immersed in the glories of VR Machu Picchu, as they (I imagine) behold the legendary Intihuatana Stone…

 

4) Are These Guys the Bob Ross of VFX?

Bob Ross fever remains almost as high as Bored Ape fever. And so, enjoy this video from YouTube’s Corridor Crew, digital effects artists who usually critique Hollywood special effects. In this very special ep, the team raced against each other to recreate a Bob Ross painting tutorial with digital animation instead of paint, in the same half-hour time frame. And darned if they don’t do it.

While substantially less soothing than watching the beatific Ross, the VFX duel is fun, and the bucolic landscapes they conjure have a kind of next-gen charm. Not to ruin the ending, but if you’ve always dreamed that someday worlds might collide in a Joy of Painting crossover with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt—well, that day may be closer than you think!

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Art Industry News: Here Are the Winning Art Projects for London’s Coveted Fourth Plinth + 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 on this Monday, July 5.

NEED-TO-READ

Trouble at the Norway Biennial – At least seven artists asked to withdraw their work from the Momentum 11 biennial in Moss, Norway, after curator Théo-Mario Coppola was fired just weeks ahead of its June 26 opening. The biennial cites Coppola’s unprofessional behavior as the reason for their dismissal, while the curator blames unfair working conditions and a lack of preparedness to execute installations from a technical perspective. Artists Marinella Senatore and Karol Radziszewski say that their works have been included in the exhibition against their wishes. (The Art Newspaper)

France Is Bringing Creatives to the U.S. – The French government is launching the Villa Albertine, a roving residency program that will give French artists around €20,000 ($23,600) each to work on projects in the U.S. But unlike the nation’s Rome residency, the Villa Medici, the new initiative doesn’t have a dedicated headquarters, which allows participants to stay in different parts of the U.S., or to travel during a one-to-three month residency. The inaugural cohort of artists includes cartoonist Quentin Zuitton, who will draw portraits of teenagers while riding the rails from New York to Los Angeles. (TAN)

The Next Fourth Plinth Artists Have Been Chosen – Artists Samson Kambalu and Teresa Margolles have been chosen to make the next two commissions for the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2022 and 2024. Kambalu’s sculpture will re-stage a 1914 photograph of Baptist preacher and pan-Africanist John Chilembwe and European missionary John Chorley, and Margolles, who will create the plinth in 2024, has cast the faces of 850 trans people from London and around the world. (Press release)

Controversy Embroils Korea’s Venice Biennale Pick – The Arts Council Korea had narrowed down its choices for the nation’s pavilion at next year’s Venice Biennale to just four artists—until it was revealed that two of the finalists had worked with a member of the selection committee, creating a potential conflict of interest. That judge has been asked to step down, and the now six-member panel will restart the review process to consider all 12 applications. (Korea Times)

ART MARKET

Banksy’s Painting With Critique on Climate-Change Fetches $6M – Banksy’s 2009 hijacked oil painting, Subject to Availability, sold for $6,342,180 at Christie’s last Wednesday. Banksy copied an 1890 painting of Mount Rainer and added his own snarky commentary on climate change to the work, writing: “*Subject to availability for a limited period only.” (Seattle Times)

A $4.42M Copy of the Declaration of Independence Breaks Records – A signer’s copy of the Declaration of Independence that was printed in the 19th century sold for $4.42 million at Freeman’s in Philadelphia. The rare document sold for more than five times its $800,000 upper estimate. (ArtfixDaily)

COMINGS & GOINGS

Sculptor Kenzi Shiokava Dies – The Brazilian-born artist, whose wooden totems inspired by Brazilian and Japanese motifs were included to much acclaim in the 2016 “Made in L.A.” biennial at the Hammer Museum, died last month at the age of 82 from chronic conditions exacerbated by a recent car accident. (Los Angeles Times)

France Returns Painting to Hugo Simon’s Heirs – The French government has returned a Max Pechstein painting to the heirs of its former owner, a Jewish banker who fled to France after the Nazis took power in 1933. The painting was in the collection of the Musée national d’art moderne in Paris. (TAN)

FOR ART’S SAKE

World Wildlife Fund Recruits Artists – The wildlife conservation group is marking its 60th anniversary with a print sale called Art for Your World, hosted by Sotheby’s London and organized by London’s Artwise Curators. The auction, running from October 8 to 15, will feature Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor, and Jadé Fadojutimi, among others. The initiative hopes to raise awareness of the potential risks to wildlife caused by climate change and rising temperatures, as illustrated in World Wildlife Fund’s recent report, “Feeling the Heat.” (ARTnews)

Futura Beats The North Face in Lawsuit – The clothing retailer North Face is in trouble after using an atom-like logo that street artist Futura says is a copy of his signature design. Futura filed a lawsuit claiming the brand purposefully invoked him in order to suggest an association. The brand denies any copyright infringement, but says it will begin to phase out its use as a gesture of goodwill, adding that it is committed to supporting artists and their communities. (Creative Bloq

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Art Industry News: See Which Rising-Star Artists Were Included in TIME’s 100 Next List + 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 on this Friday, February 19.

NEED-TO-READ

Joseph Beuys’s Studio and Home Hit the Market – A German real estate company is selling the former home and studio of Joseph Beuys in Düsseldorf. While the company is leaning heavily into marketing the Beuys connection, the home is not a protected landmark because there are few traces left of the artist on site. (ARTnews)

An Embattled Brancusi Sculpture Can Be Removed from Paris Cemetery – A Brancusi sculpture of two lovers that has been nestled into a grave in Montparnasse Cemetery for nearly 100 years could be removed after the heirs of the graveholder won a court battle in December. Their battle to obtain the marble sculpture is not over yet, however, as the City of Paris is trying to obstruct its removal on the grounds that it is a cultural monument. New proceedings are now underway in which the family will have to argue whether the work was designed for the location. (Le Monde)

TIME’s 100 Next List Features Salman Toor and Amoako Boafo – TIME‘s list of emerging thought leaders and talents, called 100 Next, includes the New York-based painter Salman Toor, whose first show at the Whitney earned rave reviews, and Ghanaian auction star Amoako Boafo, for his role in creating a larger dialogue around “who really profits when Black art is handled by white gatekeepers.” (TIME)

Alabama Bill Could Ban Adding Context to Confederate Monuments – A proposed amendment to an Alabama bill could obstruct efforts to add contextual plaques to Confederate monuments and other controversial statues. The amendment to the Memorial Preservation Act would ban “competing signage, wording, symbols, objects, or other types or means of communication.” (Hyperallergic)

ART MARKET

Second Half of Jeanne-Claude and Christo Sale Closes – The second half of Sotheby’s much-talked-about sale of the collection of Christo and Jeanne-Claude brought in $1.4 million yesterday. The remainder of the sale brings its total up to $11.2 million—more than double its estimate. More than half the buyers were new to Sotheby’s, according to the house. (ARTnews)

Gallery Weekend Berlin Announces Lineup – Some 49 galleries art taking part in Gallery Weekend Berlin, which will be held across the city from April 29 through May 2. Highlights include Borch Gallery’s planned presentation of Julie Mehretu and Capitain Petzel’s group show of work by Matt Mullican, Christopher Williams, Monika Sosnowska, and Samson Young. (Press release)

COMINGS & GOINGS

Columbus Museum of Art Receives $1 Million for Fellowship – The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation has awarded $1 million to the Columbus Museum of Art to endow a fellowship for emerging museum professionals. The rotating two-year program is designed for staff who are committed to “representing diversity, inclusion, equity, and access” in the museum field. (The Columbus Dispatch)

The UK Releases More Relief for Museums – The UK government has released the latest round of funds from its £1.57 billion ($1.9 billion) arts bailout. Among the new crop of beneficiaries is the Black Country Living Museum, which is getting £3.74 million ($5.2 million) to support regeneration projects scheduled before the pandemic. (BBC)

FOR ART’S SAKE

Art to Celebrate Black History Month – Rutgers African American studies professor Salamishah Tillet has selected some key pieces of African American art and culture to celebrate during Black History Month. Her picks include the High Museum’s David Driskell survey “Icons of Nature and History” and Ava DuVernay’s television series Queen Sugar. (NYT)

See the Natural History Museum’s Giant Model of Mars – London’s Natural History Museum has installed a giant model of Mars to mark the landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover on the red planet. The installation by artist Luke Jerram is hanging in the museum’s main atrium alongside its famous blue whale skeleton. (Press release)

The "Mars" installation by Luke Jerram at Natural History Museum on January 29, 2021 in London, England. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

The “Mars” installation by Luke Jerram at Natural History Museum on January 29, 2021 in London, England. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

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Damien Hirst Confesses He First Wanted to Put Pickled People in His Vitrines Before Going With Sheep + Other News


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 on this Thursday, February 18.

NEED-TO-READ

New Arts Hub Near Marfa Takes Shape – Marfa Invitational is a new year-round arts and cultural foundation planned for the tiny Texas enclave that Donald Judd once called home. Artist Michael Phelan hopes to complete the project, which includes a pair of exhibition halls on a five-acre plot of land, this fall. He previously founded an art fair of the same name. (New York Times)

MoMA Gets 100 Photographs by Women Artists – The collector Helen Kornblum has donated 100 photographs to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, including works by Louise Lawler, Dora Maar, and Carrie Mae Weems. The MoMA photography committee member’s gift will, according to one curator, help with “unfixing the canon.” Highlights will go on view at the museum in 2022. (ARTnews)

Damien Hirst’s Famous Pickles Could Have Looked Very Different – It turns out that Damien Hirst entertained some other ideas when considering what he would pickle for his now-famous sculptures of preserved animals in formaldehyde. He considered focusing on humans instead, and even flirted with the idea of showing a male and female form in copulation. In the end, however, he said, “I much prefer it when you’ve got this neglected thing like a sheep, which is meat—you’re thinking why am I feeling empathy? That’s a great thing because you should. Because it’s not just meat.” (Guardian)

Priest Charged With Stealing Ornaments From Hindu Temple – The former chief priest of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple has been charged for pawning gold religious ornaments between 2016 and 2020. The items taken from Sri Mariamman Temple, which is 194 years old, are valued at $1.5 million. (Courthouse News)

ART MARKET

Art Dubai Halves Exhibitor List, Changes Dates – As case numbers rise in the emirate, Art Dubai will scale back its planned in-person fair from 85 to 45 exhibitors and delay its opening by 12 days. The rescheduled fair, running from March 29 to April 3, will also move from the hotel Madinat Jumeirah to a “purpose-built venue” in the Gate Building at Dubai International Financial Center. Organizers are considering a shift to appointment-only. (ARTnews)

Calida Rawles Joins Lehmann Maupin – The international gallery will present a selection of works by the LA-based painter, known for her canvases depicting Black figures floating in water, at Art Basel Hong Kong in May. Rawles will continue to work with her LA gallery Various Small Fires. (Financial Times)

Hear Midnight Publishing Group CEO Jacob Pabst on Clubhouse – The CEO of Midnight Publishing Group will be sitting in on a Clubhouse, the art world’s favorite new social platform, with German collector Niklas Bolle and journalist Sebastian Späth to field questions about the art market. Tune in at 4:30 p.m. Central Eastern Europe time. (Clubhouse)

COMINGS & GOINGS

Theaster Gates and Michelle Grabner to Curate Outdoor Sculpture Show – The 2021 edition of Sculpture Milwaukee will be co-organized by artists Theaster Gates and Michelle Grabner. The outdoor sculpture show opens in June and will be on view through fall 2022. (Chicago Gallery News)

Sobey Art Award Now Open to All Ages – Canada’s top art prize has officially ditched its age restriction. (Previously, artists had to be under 40 to qualify.) The purse has grown, too. All long-listed finalists will now receive CA$10,000. The top prize remains CA$100,000, with the four-person shortlist receiving CA$25,000. (The Art Newspaper)

FOR ART’S SAKE

Photographer Sues Tattoo Artist Kat Von D – Photographer Jeffrey Sedlik is suing celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D for copyright infringement after she posted a picture of a customer’s Miles Davis tattoo on social media. The photographer claims he owns exclusive rights to the image, which he took of Davis in 1989. (Billboard)

Hauser & Wirth’s Menorca Outpost Gets Opening Date – The mega-gallery’s new space in Menorca, Spain, will open on July 17 with a show of new paintings and sculptures by Mark Bradford. The 1,500-square-meter complex, which includes eight galleries, a shop, and a restaurant, is on the Isla del Rey. If you aren’t suffering from wanderlust yet, you will be as soon as you look at the image below. (Press release)

Hauser & Wirth Menorca on Isla del Rey. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Be Creative, Menorca.

Hauser & Wirth Menorca on Isla del Rey. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Be Creative, Menorca.

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