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Sculpture of Picasso’s corpse is the point of attraction at Madrid’s Top Contemporary Art Fair


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Ukraine launches Banksy postage stamp on Russia’s invasion anniversary
The new Banksy postage stamp Courtesy- The Guardian

Ukraine has issued a postage stamp with a reproduction of a Banksy mural depicting a boy defeating a grown man in judo, to mark the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion. It was painted by the British street artist on a demolished wall in the town of Borodianka, north-west of Kyiv, where many buildings were reduced to rubble by Russian aircraft at the start of the invasion. The image draws inspiration from the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, known to be a black belt in judo, and depicts a young judoka representing Ukraine knocking down a grown man. The phrase “FCK PTN” in Cyrillic has been added to the lower left part of the new stamp. Residents of the capital flocked to buy the new stamps on Friday from Kyiv’s main post office. Details on The Guardian.

Sotheby’s to sell 6 Michael Jordan championship sneakers

Sotheby’s auction house will present a collection of six iconic Nike Air Jordan sneakers, each worn by NBA legend Michael Jordan during the six crucial championship games that the Chicago Bulls won in the 1990s. The set, dubbed “The Dynasty Collection,” includes an Air Jordan 6 (1991), Air Jordan 7 (1992), Air Jordan 8 (1993), Air Jordan 11 (1996), Air Jordan 12 (1997), and Air Jordan 14 (1998). The collection will be presented on Tuesday for private sale at an undisclosed price. According to Sotheby’s, this set represents ” the most valuable and significant collection of Air Jordan sneakers ever brought to market.” Head of streetwear and modern collectables Brahm Wachter described this collection as the “Mona Lisa of the sneaker collecting and sports memorabilia communities,” in a statement. Read more on Foot Wear News.

Sculpture of Picasso’s corpse is the point of attraction at Madrid’s Top Contemporary Art Fair

Eugenio Merino, Aqui Murio Picasso, 2017
Courtesy- Art News

Among the aisles and booths of ARCO, Madrid’s contemporary art fair, lurks the apparition of a man who looms large over the history of modern art. Picasso’s lifeless body forms the basis for a work by the Spanish artist Eugenio Merino, titled Aquí Murió Picasso (Picasso Died Here), 2017. Rather than being based on Picasso’s actual corpse, it draws inspiration from the image of the artist that many associate with him: the blue-striped Breton shirt, white linen pants, espadrilles. The work is also quite literally larger than life. Picasso was said to stand 5 feet 4 inches tall, whereas the sculpture is just over 6 feet long. According to the Spanish publication El País, the sculpture “managed to concentrate groups of onlookers” on opening day. La Vanguardia described the work as “death as a souvenir,” one of the “main centers of attraction for selfie addicts” and the “safe way get likes on Instagram.” Details on Art News.

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