Jokesters in Devon, UK have played an April Fool’s prank on Damien Hirst by adding a pair of stripy socks to his statue “Verity.” Locals in Ilfracombe, where the statue is located, were the first to spot the monument’s new attire and a group called the Ilfracombe Knitting Bombers have since claimed responsibility for the prank.
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Among the names that regularly grace the major auctions — Bacon, Koons, Richter — next week in London, contemporary art sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips will be touting works by much greener contenders, young artists some of whom have never been at auction before and others who have only been at auction once or twice. In response, there has been a lot of chatter on the internet recently about the IPO-like fervor that surrounds the auctioning of works by these young artists before they’ve had a chance to mature as artists, let alone as humans, and the potentially deleterious effect to their careers that speculating on their work can have. We’ve checked in with Instagram to see how some of these young artists, and in some cases dealers and collectors, are handling all of the attention pre-auction. Here’s what we found.
Because ringing the planet with spot paintings wasn’t enough, British wealthy person and artist Damien Hirst is planning to build a whole town from scratch in Devon, on a section of his Winsham Farm property. The planning application Hirst submitted to North Devon Council calls for 750 homes, a school, offices, sports fields, stores, and other trappings of a 3,000-person community, according to the Telegraph. But what to name this gloomy little hamlet? Alarmed residents of nearby Ilfracombe — who have to see his “Verity” sculpture every day — have already nicknamed the proposed town “Hirst-on-Sea,” but ARTINFO has come up with 10 more options. (more…)
“How can I write something funny without putting someone down?” Hyperallergic co-founder and editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian asked last night to the audience at the New York Studio School. “That’s a huge challenge.” The preceding talk had surveyed the role of humor in art criticism from the days of Denis Diderot viciously dismissing inept academicians up through William Powhida drawing out the art market’s insider trading, Hennessy Youngman cutting down Damien Hirst, and the New Yorker’s delicious Matthew Day Jackson takedown. (more…)
A pair of Damien Hirst butterfly prints was stolen from the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) in Santiago, Chile, earlier this month, with one of the works being returned anonymously via courier the next day and the other turning up in a plastic bag in a courtyard at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado. The prints, “Souls III” and “Souls IV,” are valued at over $17,000 each and were on view as part of an exhibition of works belonging to collector Juan Yarur, the Santiago Times reports. (more…)
Light and space artist James Turrell’s decades-in-the-making masterwork, Roden Crater (pictured), is an infamously inaccessible work-in-progress housed in a former volcano in the Arizona desert that is seldom visited by anyone other than collectors, journalists, and friends of the artist. But by the end of the year, thanks to a globe-trotting challenge reminiscent of Damien Hirst and Gagosian’s spot challenge, just about anyone could get themselves invited to the crater — that is, anyone with the time and resources to visit 82 site-specific Turrell installations around the world. (more…)
After kicking off the Venice Biennale, and with some time to kill before Art Basel in Switzerland, the art world’s charter set jetted off to Rome, London, and Greece among other places. Here’s what they were up to last week, in their own eyes. Allegedly retired artist Maurizio Cattelan headed to Slaughterhouse, the Deste Foundation Project Space on the Greek isle of Hydra for the June 4 opening of “Urs Fischer: Yes.” Cattelan stands by a sculpture of himself by this year’s Venice Biennale director Massimiliano Gioni. Fischer’s project invites anyone to the space to make their creations out of colored clay. But you have to get there to partake. Why not take a private jet?