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Art braces for climate change; and another fake Banksy controversy


While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!

Museums spend millions to protect their art against global warming


Released during a summer of catastrophic wildfires and floods, the latest report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was published in early August, paints a grim picture. Museums, just like other institutions, are now facing existential challenges. But from dams tro floodgates and submarine doors — they are all padding up. Take for instance the storm-hardened Pérez Art Museum in Miami — in 2013, when its $131 million Herzog & de Meuron fortress opened on the Atlantic shoreline, it featured the largest-ever hurricane-resistant panes for a museum and a hurricane-resistant platform. Even its hanging gardens can stand up to Category 5 storms. And, there’s a lot more where this came from. Artnet News breaks down the grim but fascinating developments.


Fake Banksy NFT sold for over $300,000 — then buyer gets money back


A web page added street artist Banksy’s website briefly directed excited users to an auction for a work of digital art, an NFT called “Great Redistribution of the Climate Change Disaster”, which then sold for more than $300,000 and created a great furore — but sadly, the sale wasn’t authentic. The page was later deleted, stoking speculation that the site may have been hacked. Meanwhile, Banksy’s agency said the NFT was not created by the pseudonymous graffiti artist. In a bizarre twist, all of the money was later returned to the buyer. ‘Was it an ethical hacker proving a point?’, asked the buyer, who called himself Pranksy. CNBC brings you more details.


‘My Kid Could’ve Done That!’


From September 18 to December 19, the Holburne Museum at Bath in the UK is going to be hosting a rather interesting art exhibit. Called ‘My Kid Could’ve Done That!’ — essentially a cheeky allusion to the stock tabloid dismissal of any contemporary art that doesn’t look like a Rembrandt — the project has invited 15 artists, including names like Ryan Gander, Emily Speed and Jasleen Kaur, to work alongside their children. The aim is to reveal some deeper truths about family creativity, the blur between work and play and the perilous state of childcare for freelance creatives – all areas that have come into sharper focus during the pandemic, writes Tim Jonze for The Guardian, elaborating on this delightful and thought-inducing experiment.


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