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May 22, 2024

Lauren Halsey to create outdoor sculpture park in South Central, Los Angeles

The artist Lauren Halsey is designing an outdoor sculpture park in her hometown of South Central, Los Angeles. Newly released renderings show that the project is aesthetically related to her blockbuster Metropolitan Museum of Art rooftop installation, which proved an indomitable art-world hit in 2023. Renderings of the park reflect the blend of monumental, contemporary, Afrofuturist and Ancient Egyptian iconographies that has become one of the artist’s signature aesthetics.

May 22, 2024

George Grosz drawings, once at the heart of a protracted trial, acquired by Berlin’s Akademie der Künste

It was one of the biggest art scandals of the Weimar Republic. George Grosz, whose caricature-like figuration criticised the social and political realities of Berlin in the early 20th century, stood trial for a drawing that showed Jesus on a cross with a gas mask, titled Maul halten und weiter dienen (Shut up and do your duty).

May 22, 2024

Damien Hirst backdated at least 1,000 paintings from his NFT project, investigation reveals

Damien Hirst has once again come under scrutiny for backdating his works. A Guardian report published yesterday reveals that at least 1,000 of the oil paintings on paper created for a recent NFT project were not made in 2016, as the artist stated, but were in fact mass produced in 2018 and 2019 by dozens of painters hired by Hirst’s company Science Ltd at two studios, in Gloucestershire and London.

May 22, 2024

(Another) royal portrait unveiled—Kate Middleton cover image goes viral

Royal portraits are really making waves lately (Jonathan Yeo’s rather red portrait of King Charles III was a viral sensation, sparking debate about the best way to catch the monarch’s likeness). Now, Kate Middleton, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, is in the spotlight after Tatler magazine revealed a new cover portrait of the Princess of Wales which is just as polarising as the Charles image.

May 22, 2024

The Gray Market: Why Sotheby’s $700m art-backed debt security is an acid test for the trade’s intentions

Despite the growing ranks of buzzy painters taking their work beyond figuration, no artist is doing as much to push art into an unprecedented realm of abstraction as art-finance companies. The process began when high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals started taking out loans collateralised by works of art decades ago, and it has shifted into high gear now that those same art-backed loans are being bundled, securitised and sold as investment vehicles to US buyers.

May 21, 2024

Collector Ron Perelman sold $963m worth of art to pay off debt

Cosmetics investor and megacollector Ron Perelman sold off nearly $1bn worth of his famed art collection over a two-year period in order to pay down debt after Revlon stock plunged during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, recently unsealed court filings show. Perelman, the company’s longtime boss, had used his shares as collateral for loans from Deutsche Bank and other lenders.

May 21, 2024

Maurizio Cattelan is the latest artist to take aim at US gun culture—but he’s hardly the first

In art we say that context is everything. That is especially true of high-concept art. It’s even more relevant to the work of Maurizio Cattelan. Sunday, the title piece in the Italian artist’s current exhibition at Gagosian’s arena-sized, West 21st Street gallery, features a gleaming wall of 24-carat gold-plated and polished stainless-steel panels riddled with the variously sized holes of bullets shot from five different kinds of weapons.

May 21, 2024

Kehinde Wiley says he will take legal action to clear his name after fellow artist accuses him of sexual assault

Lawyers representing Kehinde Wiley say the US artist will take “any and all necessary actions” to clear his name including starting legal action against fellow artist Joseph Awuah-Darko who claims Wiley sexually assaulted him in June 2021. Wiley says the claims are “not true”, “deeply hurtful” and a “slap in the face to all victims of sexual abuse”.