Robbie Williams jumps onto Banksy bandwagon; the ‘immersive’ trend finds Klimt; this iconic painting was always a gay pride symbol

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Banksy’s ‘Kissing Coppers’ and ‘Girl With Balloon’. CREDIT: Sotheby’s | Via NME

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!

Robbie Williams to auction trio of Banksy artworks

Robbie Williams | Credit: Press | Via NME

Famous musician and performer from the UK, Robbie Williams, is all set to auction off three pieces of artwork created by Banksy, valued at over £10million. The include Kissing Coppers, Banksy’s iconic portrayal of two British policemen in a passionate embrace, Vandalised Oils (Choppers) and Girl With Balloon. The artworks will be sold March 2 as part of Sotheby’s The Now Evening Auction. Williams got them from Banksy himself shortly after their production in the early noughties “I love Banksy’s art. It’s iconic and impactful, and it makes me laugh,” he said. NME tells you all you need to know.

 

Immersive Gustav Klimt exhibits coming to 13 cities worldwide

You can view “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt on a grand scale at Fever’s “Klimt: The Immersive Experience” | Courtesy of Fever | Via Afar

Austrian artist Gustav Klimt at the height of his Golden Period has created some of the most iconic art nouveau paintings and arguably one of the most romantic pieces of art ever created — The Kiss. Now, Klimt fans can experience this and other works like Judith and the Head of Holofernes at two different immersive digital art experiences opening in 13 cities across North America in 2022. Klimt: The Immersive Experience will display more than 200 works by the artist in cities including LA, Las Vegas, London, New York and more, while another show, Immersive Klimt, is on display in Toronto right now. Afar has all the details.

 

The private life of Gainsborough’s Blue Boy

Blue Boy was iconic when it left the UK in 1922; and has taken on new meaning in the century since (Credit: The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, California) | Via BBC

Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy (c 1770) was bought by a US collector in 1921 and its imminent departure drew 90,000 people to get a last glimpse. To the general population, it was the epitome of high culture and the noble British character. In January 2022, Blue Boy is making a centenary comeback to the UK and will once again be displayed in the National Gallery, now for a five-month run. But how many visitors this time around will know about the painting’s private life as a symbol of gay pride? Valerie Hedquist, a professor of art history at the University of Montana, has written extensively about the painting and its role as a gay icon. BBC reveals the narrative.