‘No One Should Have the Power to Kill Us All’: Artist Pedro Reyes Is Mounting a Global Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

‘No One Should Have the Power to Kill Us All’: Artist Pedro Reyes Is Mounting a Global Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Visiting Frieze New York can feel like an escape from the dark realities of life in 2022—but artist Pedro Reyes is here to remind you that, in addition to infectious disease, a rapidly warming climate, worsening economic inequality, and the scourge of white supremacy , you should also be worrying about the threat of nuclear … Read more

At 90, Gerhard Richter Comes Out of Retirement With a Show of New Paintings and Photographs in Switzerland—See Them Here

At 90, Gerhard Richter Comes Out of Retirement With a Show of New Paintings and Photographs in Switzerland—See Them Here

A show of new works by Gerhard Richter at the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland has been met with some surprise. The German artist, who turned 90 earlier this year, announced his retirement from him in 2017. In the end, he hasn’t been able to stop making art. The room at the Beyeler, conceived by the … Read more

Art Industry News: Actor Seth Green Pleas for His Stolen Bored Apes, Announcing ‘Frens It Happened to Me’ + Other Stories

Art Industry News: Actor Seth Green Pleas for His Stolen Bored Apes, Announcing ‘Frens It Happened to Me’ + 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 Thursday, May 19. NEED-TO-READ Ernie Barnes Estate Gets Gallery Representation – That was quick! A week after Barnes’s painting became the hit of Christie’s contemporary art sale, … Read more

NFT Pioneer Olive Allen Wants to Introduce the Art World to the Metaverse. Her Vision of the Future Looks Nothing Like Zuckerberg’s

NFT Pioneer Olive Allen Wants to Introduce the Art World to the Metaverse.  Her Vision of the Future Looks Nothing Like Zuckerberg’s

The metaverse is a lofty, nebulous concept. It’s also a violet-colored storefront on Franklin Street in New York. At least that’s the idea behind Olive Allen’s new exhibition at Postmasters Gallery, which purports to recreate the Web3 world within the white cube. The title doubles as an ominous invitation:Welcome to the Metaverse.” A collection of … Read more

The Artist Behind ‘Fearless Girl’ Is Selling NFTs to Fund Her Legal Case Against the Company That Put the Statue on Wall Street

The Artist Behind ‘Fearless Girl’ Is Selling NFTs to Fund Her Legal Case Against the Company That Put the Statue on Wall Street

Since 2019, Kristen Visbal, the artist behind the Fearless Girl statue that famously faced off against Wall Street’s iconic Charging Bull, has been waging a legal battle against the company that funded the installation. The advertising agency McCann commissioned the sculpture as part of a marketing campaign for the asset management firm State Street Global … Read more

Ernie Barnes Stole the Show at Christie’s With His $15.3 Million Painting. Here Are 3 Things You Might Not Know About ‘The Sugar Shack’

Ernie Barnes Stole the Show at Christie’s With His .3 Million Painting.  Here Are 3 Things You Might Not Know About ‘The Sugar Shack’

The unexpected star lot of last week’s Christie’s 20th century auction was The Sugar Shack, the most famous painting by Ernie Barnes. The 1976 work went for $15.3 million, or an astonishing 76 times its high estimate of $200,000. A celebration of Black joy, the painting depicts an enthusiastic crowd of men and women with … Read more

This Iconic Man Ray Print Just Became the Most Expensive Photograph Ever Sold at Auction

This Iconic Man Ray Print Just Became the Most Expensive Photograph Ever Sold at Auction

This weekend, an iconic Man Ray print sold for $12.4 million at Christie’s, nearly tripling the record for the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction. A prolonged bidding war pushed the piece well past its $5 million to $7 million pre-sale estimate—which itself would have been a record—during a sale dedicated to the Surrealist … Read more

An Artist Who Attacked an Asger Jorn Painting in a Denmark Museum Apologizes for Accidentally Using Such a Strong Glue

An Artist Who Attacked an Asger Jorn Painting in a Denmark Museum Apologizes for Accidentally Using Such a Strong Glue

The Museum Jorn in Silkeborg, Denmark, is in the process of restoring The Disquieting Duckling (1959), a painting by artist Asger Jorn that was vandalized late last month. The perpetrator, Danish artist Ibi-Pippi Orup Hedegaard, glued a photograph of herself onto the painting and signed her name in black permanent marker. Ibi-Pippi, who was arrested … Read more

The Internet Is Trying to Decode Elon Musk’s Recent Tweet of an 18th-Century Painting of King Louis XIV

The Internet Is Trying to Decode Elon Musk’s Recent Tweet of an 18th-Century Painting of King Louis XIV

While Elon Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter is on hold, nothing, it seems, can stop the Tesla boss from trolling his way to viral social media fame. On May 15, Musk sent a portion of his 93.6 million followers into a frenzied guessing game after he posted an 18th century portrait of Louis XIV, … Read more

Who Gets Credit for Conceptual Art? Inside the Paris Courtroom Where a Sculptor Is Fighting Maurizio Cattelan’s Gallery for Recognition

Who Gets Credit for Conceptual Art?  Inside the Paris Courtroom Where a Sculptor Is Fighting Maurizio Cattelan’s Gallery for Recognition

In the studio of French sculptor Daniel Druet, the conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan is everywhere: In framed magazine covers depicting Cattelan’s sculptures Him (2001), The Ninth Pray (1999), and the two upside-down American police officers Frank and Jamie (2002). Then there is the likeness of the Italian provocateur himself—looking cartoon-like in wax busts on wooden … Read more