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British Museum to Sell NFTs of Hokusai Works, Including ‘The Great Wave’

The British Museum will sell NFTs of Hokusai’s works, including The Great Wave Off Kanagawa (1831), with the help of a new French start-up, ArtConnection. The sale is being done in concert with the British Museum’s exhibition of the Japanese artist’s work later this week.

The idea to help cultural institutions sell NFTs came to Jean-Sébastien Beaucamps amid pandemic-related... | Read More

New Museum to Launch $400,000 Art Prize for Sculpture Commission by Women Artists

The New Museum in New York will start a biennial art prize for sculpture by women artists, with a first winner to be named at the end of 2022. Titled the Hostetler/Wrigley Sculpture Award after its benefactor, the Hostetler/Wrigley Foundation, the prize will recognize five artists over the next ten years. Each winning project will be allotted $400,000 for its production and... | Read More

The Picture of What Is to Come

In 2005, Ikea conducted an experiment on its customers in the pages of its annual catalogue. Near the end of the dining room and chairs section, on page 204, the company placed a rendering of the Alfons, a boxy and inexpensive pine chair, among photographs of other seating options. The marketing department wanted to see if anyone could tell the difference between pictures of real... | Read More

The Picture of What Is to Come

In 2005, Ikea conducted an experiment on its customers in the pages of its annual catalogue. Near the end of the dining room and chairs section, on page 204, the company placed a rendering of the Alfons, a boxy and inexpensive pine chair, among photographs of other seating options. The marketing department wanted to see if anyone could tell the difference between pictures of real... | Read More

Artists Makes Off with $84,000 (as Art), Swiss Museum Leader Battles Critics, and More: Morning Links for September 28, 2021

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GREAT ARTISTS STEAL. As far as artist’s statements go, it is hard to beat Jens Haaning’s. “The work of art is that I took their money,” Haaning recently told the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, after keeping 534,000 kroner (about $83,900) that a... | Read More

Artists Makes Off with $84,000 (as Art), Swiss Museum Leader Battles Critics, and More: Morning Links for September 28, 2021

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The Headlines

GREAT ARTISTS STEAL. As far as artist’s statements go, it is hard to beat Jens Haaning’s. “The work of art is that I took their money,” Haaning recently told the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, after keeping 534,000 kroner (about $83,900) that a... | Read More

AI Analysis Says National Gallery’s ‘Samson and Delilah’ Painting Isn’t a Rubens

A painting attributed to Peter Paul Rubens, Samson and Delilah (1609–10), that hangs in London’s National Gallery has long been under suspicion as to whether it is in fact an authentic work by the Baroque artist. Research by the Swiss-based tech company Art Recognition, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to authenticate artworks, has concluded that the painting has a 91 percent... | Read More

Am I Blue?: Woody De Othello’s Ceramic Sculptures Give Funk Art a Musical Twist

WOODY DE OTHELLO HAS BEEN IN A BLUE period for a while now. He has been making beaten-down ceramic sculptures like Defeated, depleted (2018), and Empty Listening and Self Talk (both 2020), torturous compositions of jumbled body parts, of people crushed inward, exhausted by unknown circumstances. They are often glazed in blue-black. The titles tend to reinforce the sense of alienation, as does... | Read More

Travails and Contrails: Michael Richards at MoCA North Miami

Michael Richards was obsessed with flight. His imagination glided at a high altitude, producing a rigorous body of work filled with wings, planes, pilots, and myths. So fascinated was he by aviation that when he died, aged thirty-eight, on September 11, 2001, his art was said to have foreshadowed his fate.

“Are You Down?,” the artist’s first retrospective, brings together his... | Read More

ARTnews in Brief: Miles McEnery Gallery Now Represents Enrique Martínez Celaya—and More from September 27, 2021

Monday, September 27

Miles McEnery Gallery Now Represents Enrique Martínez Celaya Miles McEnery Gallery in New York now represents Los Angeles–based artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, who will have his first solo exhibition at the gallery in fall 2022. His extensive body of work, which spans paintings, sculptures, and installations, engages themes of identity, memory, and mythology.... | Read More

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