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Danish collector Jens Faurschou opened his private museumÂ Faurschou New YorkÂ in Brooklynâ€™s Greenpoint neighborhood this weekend. The first exhibition on view in the 12,000-square-foot space features works byÂ Louise Bourgeois,Â Robert Rauschenberg,Â Anselm Kiefer,Â Ai Weiwei, and others. [The New York Times]
Hereâ€™s a piece on theÂ history and newest iterationÂ of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium. â€œThe main problem, of course, is that so many monuments and museums were built a century or more ago by people who took colonialism, racial hierarchy, and slavery (or at least a benignÂ Gone With the Wind view of the American South) for granted,â€ Adam Hochschild writes. [The Atlantic]
MoMA PS1Â in Long Island City has released the first details aboutÂ the fifth edition of itsÂ â€œGreater New Yorkâ€ survey exhibition of contemporary works made in the New York area. The show will open in fall 2020. [The New York Times]
Workers at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literaturaâ€”which oversees museums like theÂ Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes andÂ Museo Tamayo in Mexico Cityâ€”are protesting delayed payments. [Hyperallergic]
The sixth edition of theÂ Lubumbashi Biennial in theÂ Democratic Republic of the CongoÂ included works by 42 artists, includingÂ Ibrahim MahamaÂ andÂ Emeka Ogboh. â€œLike every biennial, this one too faces the challenge of proving its relevance to city residents and their more material needs,â€ Siddhartha Mitter reports. [The New York Times]
Spanish police are looking intoÂ aÂ 17th-century wooden statueÂ of a saint that was shown atÂ the European Fine Art FairÂ (TEFAF) in New York in November to determineÂ whether it was illegally sold by nuns in Granada. [The Art Newspaper]
In an op-ed, writer Michael Massing outlinesÂ â€œhow the superrich took over the museum world,â€ pointing to the ways artists and the content of exhibitions are impacted by the financial forces at work at such institutions. [The New York Times]
In case you missed it:Â aÂ five-story town houseÂ in New Yorkâ€™s Greenwich Village neighborhood that wasÂ decorated by painter and filmmakerÂ Julian Schnabel and his former wife JacquelineÂ is on the market forÂ $18.5 million. See inside the home in this slideshow. [ARTnews]
TheÂ Bennington Museum in Vermont has appointedÂ Joshua Campbell Torrance, who most recently helmed theÂ Woodlawn Museum, Gardens, andÂ Park in Maine,Â as its next executive director. [Associated Press]
Artists includingÂ Gavin Turk,Â Martin Parr,Â David Shrigley, and moreÂ voice their perspective on Boris Johnsonâ€™s recent victory in the U.K. election. [The Art Newspaper]
Banksyâ€™s former dealerÂ Steve Lazarides has shared never-before-seen photosÂ from the artistâ€™s 2003 project in Londonâ€™s Piccadilly Circus involving an inflatable doll and a red balloon bearing the McDonaldâ€™s logo. [Huffington Post]
And hereâ€™s a selection ofÂ images commissioned by theÂ New YorkerÂ this year, from a portrait ofÂ Adam DriverÂ to new work by artistÂ Alex Prager. [The New Yorker]
Dealer Vito Schnabel, Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk Launch NFT Platform
Dealer Vito Schanbel and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk have come together to create ArtOfficial, a new online auction platform that will feature NFTs by established artists. The platform, whose name is pronounced like the word “artificial,” launched on Friday with an auction of Francesco Clemente NFTs. Like other NFT enterprises, ArtOfficial will stage sales that sometimes…
Dealer Vito Schanbel and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk have come together to create ArtOfficial, a new online auction platform that will feature NFTs by established artists.
The platform, whose name is pronounced like the word “artificial,” launched on Friday with an auction of Francesco Clemente NFTs. Like other NFT enterprises, ArtOfficial will stage sales that sometimes come with added perks for buyers. In today’s auction, the buyer of Clemente’s Milarepa’s Dream (2021), an image of a heart pierced by a white flag, will be able to have their portrait painted by the artist within a year of purchase.
In the coming months, works by artists represented by Vito Schanbel’s gallery, such as Jordan Kerwick, Spencer Lewis, Robert Nava, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Julian Schnabel, and Gus Van Sant, will be available, along with a few artists not represented by the Gallery.
Vaynerchuk and Schanbel developed the idea for ArtOfficial less than a year ago. “Within 30 or 40 minutes it was very clear that there was potentially an opportunity to provide exceptional value for top contemporary artists,” Vaynerchuk said. “We could provide a really strong NFT strategy for artists who are navigating this incredible shift in consumer behavior.”
Schanbel said that ArtOfficial is a place where works are not just sold but created. Describing the platform as “an extension of my gallery,” he added, “It’s not just a sales platform.”
ArtOfficial aims to foster artists’ creation of NFTs, and it’s not alone in that regard. NFT platforms like Foundation, OpenSea, and others offer curated selections of work from established and rising artists. Schnabel said that ArtOfficial is different from these in that it is “more selective than other platforms.”
ArtOfficial faces steep competition. In recent months, galleries like Pace have launched their own platforms with the aim of offering NFTs by the artists on their roster, while other enterprises like Christie’s are working with artists to create NFTs of their works. It is clear that more art world NFT platforms are coming, though whether the community that often dictates the value of these projects will come to embrace these enterprises remains to be seen.
Ritualistic Tools Found at Egypt’s Temple of the Pharaohs: ‘An Important Discovery’
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a set of artifacts at the Temple of Pharaohs, an ancient structure about 60 miles east of Alexandria. The artifacts may have once been used in religious rituals, and could potentially shed light on some of the ceremonies that took place at the temple around 2,700 years ago. The find was…
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a set of artifacts at the Temple of Pharaohs, an ancient structure about 60 miles east of Alexandria. The artifacts may have once been used in religious rituals, and could potentially shed light on some of the ceremonies that took place at the temple around 2,700 years ago.
The find was announced by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities earlier this week. Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in a statement that the find was “an important discovery.”
Among the objects found were pieces of ivory carved to resemble women carrying objects; statues of Taweret, the goddess of motherhood known as the “Great One”; incense burners crafted from faience, a kind of glazed ceramic; a piece of gold sculpted to resemble the eye of Wadjet, the goddess of Lower Egypt; and a maternity chair. Archaeologists believe these artifacts may have once been used in ceremonies honoring Hathor, the goddess of fertility.
Experts believe these objects may have been “quickly placed” beneath a stack of heavy stone blocks, possibly to hide the objects as the Persian Empire began its conquest of Egypt, which ultimately led to the collapse of the 26th Dynasty, the last native Egyptian dynasty to rule. Some objects are inscribed with the name of Psamtik I, who ruled as king of Egypt from 664 B.C.E. to 610 B.C.E, during the 26th Dynasty, as well as those of the kings Wahibre Ibiau, who ruled ca. 1670 B.C.E., during the 13th Dynasty, and Ahmose II, who died in 526 B.C.E. and is considered the last great king of the 26th Dynasty.
In addition to this trove of artifacts, the archaeologists discovered what the described as a “large limestone threshold” that included a well once containing holy water. That structure also includes a bathtub, a bathroom, and a place where water could be heated.
The 9 Best Booths at Art Basel 2021: From a Monumental Nari Ward to Pauline Curnier Jardin’s Theater of Intimacy
Earlier this week, Art Basel opened its first in-person edition of its marquee fair in its hometown Swiss city since the onset of the pandemic. The anxiety of attending the fair, including meeting the strict Covid safety protocols required to enter, soon gave way to palpable excitement within the Messeplatz, the convention center where Art…
Earlier this week, Art Basel opened its first in-person edition of its marquee fair in its hometown Swiss city since the onset of the pandemic. The anxiety of attending the fair, including meeting the strict Covid safety protocols required to enter, soon gave way to palpable excitement within the Messeplatz, the convention center where Art Basel takes place. A parade of smart-suited VIPs of some of Europe’s top collectors lined up for the 11 a.m. entry before making their way into the fair. During the fair’s first day, the world’s top galleries reported strong sales across the board and at various price point, from the few thousand to over $5 million.
Below, a look at some of the best art at Art Basel, which runs through Sunday, September 26.