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!
Take responsibility for history of benefiting from slavery: Tate Britain curator tells museums
British museums must take responsibility for their history of benefitting from slavery, a Tate Britain curator has claimed. David A Bailey, a member of the radical British Black Arts movement founded in the 1980s, said that his exhibition of Caribbean-British art at the London gallery explores the museum’s own ‘chequered’ past. The original Tate collection was funded in the late 19th Century by Sir Henry Tate, who made his fortune as a sugar refiner — a trade linked to slave labour in the Caribbean. Tate Britain has recently come under fire for its Hogarth and Europe exhibition, in which the 18th Century paintings are presented with notes about their ‘sexual violence and slavery’. Daily Mail does a deep dive.
Is the ‘world’s whitest white paint’ at hand?
British artist Stuart Semple has launched what he calls the “world’s whitest white paint” after developing the world’s “pinkest pink” and the “blackest black” paints. “White 2.0” is over 50 per cent brighter than the best-selling white acrylic paint, he claims. According to the website that sells the colour, it can be applied with a brush or sprayed on a surface. It apparently sticks to just about anything — paper, card, plaster, wood, metal, and glass. A 150 ml bottle of the Semple’s white paint costs £19.99 (Rs. 2,002.08). Moneycontrol has more details.
Hirst turns divisive Drake cover art into NFTs
Back in August, musician Drake shared the Damien Hirst-designed cover for his latest album, Certified Lover Boy — a grid of 12 pregnant woman emojis with different skin tones — which was widely memefied and talked about across the internet. Now, Hirst has doubled down on the CLB artwork, turning it into a series of 10,000 free NFTs titled “Great Expectations”. Announcing the crypto art series on Instagram, Hirst explains that it is “loosely based on the album cover” and was developed “with Drake’s support and blessing”. The collection itself is made up of 10,000 variations on the cover’s grid. Dazed tells you all.