A SUMMARY OF THE MOST EXCITING ART NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
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!
Lone Indian among 50 artists with works sent to International Space Station
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Engineer-turned-artist Amritha R Warrier—who has a Masters in animation film design from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad and goes by the nom de plume ‘Vanilla Punk’—is the only Indian among 50 artists who have sent her creations to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 8, which are now hovering miles above our heads. After the pandemic began, she started making animations as Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs), and takes her time, creating one every three months or so. In November 2021, she was introduced to The Big Dream—a global art piece by a collective of artists (DreaMe) from across the world. The team had collected about 50,000 dreams from across the globe — from children to the aged — and wanted to turn 500 of them into art. That is, 10 pieces each for the 50 artists (over 60 per cent of whom are women) that work on them. Their next exhibit is slated to take place on board the ISS. The Hindu Business Line has all the details.
Picasso, Homer, Wyeth — “unprecedented” 70 works promised to US museum
A museum in Connecticut, US, says it has been promised an “unprecedented” private collection of European and American art. This will include works from such well-known painters as Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth and sculptors Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti. The bequest of 70 works—including paintings, sculptures, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs—is being made by an anonymous Greenwich couple. It marks the largest gift of art in the 112-year history of the Bruce Museum, originally built as a private home. The collection includes Hopper’s Two Comedians—the artist’s last work, depicting the painter and his wife Josephine dressed as clowns on stage, The Associated Press reported.
Precursor to NFTs? Receipt for ‘invisible art’ sells for $1.2 million
A mindboggling $1.2 million was paid at a recent Sotheby’s auction in Paris for a receipt written by the French artist Yves Klein to prove the ownership of one of his “invisible art” pieces. Klein, a key figure in the French new realism movement founded in the 1960s, was a pioneer in performance art. He used to offer collectors the opportunity to buy invisible “zones” in exchange for gold bullion. Each purchase of one of Klein’s Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility came with a receipt, which he urged buyers to burn. One of the collectors, Jacques Kugel, refused to burn his receipt. It has become a valued piece of art in its own right. But, how much would you pay for nothing? According to The Guardian.