It may be difficult to make a living as an artist in New York, but it’s even harder to survive as an art thief. On Thursday, Florida pastor and art dealer Kevin Sutherland, 45, was indicted for attempting to sell counterfeit Damien Hirst “spin” and “spot” paintings. New York police arrested Sutherland on February 1 after an undercover detective posing as a collector paid him $185,000 in exchange for the fake artworks. (more…)
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Damien Hirst has announced plans to repurpose his ultimate exercise in excess, his $100 million diamond-encrusted skull, for good. For a limited-edition series of 50 lithographs, Hirst has printed a version of the skull bearing a red clown nose, and is selling them for £2,500 apiece, the proceeds of which benefit the charity Comic Relief, the BBC reports. One of the prints also goes on view at the Tate London this weekend.
The lucky 128 people who completed the Damien Hirst Spot Challenge last year — traveling to all 11 Gagosian Gallery locations during the global Hirstravaganza — have finally received their special, limited-edition prints. The first step in the process of receiving the print seems to be to publicly comment on how large it is (it measures 59 x 53 inches, and contains 420 individually silk-screened spots). The second step, of course, is to figure out how to sell it. Cristina Ruiz described the process in the Art Newspaper this week.
Last night a joke that began as a post consisting of iPhone screenshots showing art historical figures’ works summarized as emojis on the Tumblr blog Speaking Of transformed into a Twitter hashtag — with the help of new media artist Man Bartlett — and the new meme #EmojiArtHistory was born. Ever since, art nerds have been busy articulating the oeuvres of countless artists using the cute icons, from obvious targets like Damien Hirst to historical subjects like Edweard Muybridge. See some of our favorites to date below. (more…)
Miami pastor Kevin Sutherland was arrested yesterday after forging several Damien Hirst spin and spot paintings that he tried to consign to Sotheby’s last month, the New York Times reports. The auction house rejected the works’ authenticity and notified the police. An officer then posed as a collector and offered to buy a set of them from Sutherland for $185,000. When the deal was set to go down at the Gramercy Park Hotel, police charged him with second-degree grand larceny.
Larry Gagosian’s power might be waning (maybe), but the mystery surrounding the infamously press-shy dealer is as appealing as ever — particularly as he fights numerous of legal battles and faces almost a full stable of defecting artists. Eric Konigsburg published a lengthy, in-depth look into the life and career of the art world’s most dominant dealer in New York Magazine this weekend, which will appear in the January 28 print issue. (more…)
Today Damien Hirst unveiled his design for the Brit Awards statuette (pictured), putting his trademark spot pattern on the award, for whose 2013 edition the nominees will be announced this evening in London, ARTINFO U.K. reports, ahead of the awards ceremony next month. “It has become such an iconic award,” Hirst said in a statement, “I love the Brits.” (more…)
It’s been a rough week for Larry Gagosian. Yayoi Kusama is the latest artist to leave the gallery, where she has shown since 2009, the Art Newspaper reports. The news comes at the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Damien Hirst has parted company with the gallery after 17 years and that Jeff Koons is having a show at Gagosian competitor David Zwirner.
Here’s a bombshell for you: Damien Hirst is parting ways with his longtime gallery, Gagosian, reports Georgina Adam of the Financial Times. He will continue his relationship with White Cube in London. In a statement, Hirst’s company, Science Ltd., described the split as “amicable.” The YBA is widely considered the world’s richest artist (his net worth is an estimated £215 million, according to the Sunday Times). With an estimated turnover of $925 million, Gagosian is the world’s richest gallery, according to Forbes Magazine.
It was the snark heard round the world. When New York Times food critic Pete Wells’s ripped celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s new Times Square restaurant a proverbial new one, he sparked a full-scale Twitter war and prompted Fieri to go on the Today Show to defend his restaurant. Articulated entirely though rhetorical questions (“Is the entire restaurant a very expensive piece of conceptual art? Is the shapeless, structureless baked Alaska that droops and slumps and collapses while you eat it, or don’t eat it, supposed to be a representation in sugar and eggs of the experience of going insane?”), Wells’s venomous takedown is a magnum opus of the negative review. (more…)