It is a bit of a Bansky weekend.
A post by G. Jim Daichendt is ready. He wrote on how a Banksy became an educational tool in Texas.
Then the British street artist pulled off a spectacular prank on Friday night. His trademark painting, "Girl With Balloon," a 2006 spray paint on canvas, self-destructed at Sotheby's in London moments after selling for $1.4 million at auction. The work was the last item during Sotheby's "Frieze Week" evening contemporary art sale and went more than three times the estimate. It was a new auction high for a work solely by the artist, according to Sotheby's.
When the hammer hit marking the final bid, an alarm went off. The painting starting escaping the frame. It was being shredded by remote-control device on the back of the frame. "We've been Banksy-ed," Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art in Europe, said at a news conference afterward, adding he was "not in on the ruse."
The painting as performance piece became a hit. "I never much liked Banksy's art and act. This I love. I am yours Banksy," said art critic Jerry Saltz on Instagram.
From Sotheby's Saturday statement: "The successful bidder was a private collector, bidding through a Sotheby's staff member on the phone. We are currently in discussions about next steps."
With all the interest of the Banksy shredded, presumably by Banksy, may have increased the value of the piece that is now in pieces.
Below, how Bansky vandalized his own work.
Afternoon add: Everyone is on Bansky, including CNN + NYT + Art Newspaper + Hyperallergic (with new pics).
âEvening add: LATimes "Artist Isaiah King, who is exhibiting at The Other Art Fair in London, said the event was abuzz with news of Banksyâs antics. âI keep waiting for him to be irrelevant, and then he goes and does something like that,â King said. âIf he was a lesser artist, he would have destroyed the artâs value. But because itâs Banksy it will only be worth more now.â
Courtesy the artist
"Jubilation Inflation" is the Tamar Ettun's solo show at the UNLV Barrick Museum of Art, the anchor exhibition for the Second Annual College of Fine Arts Art Walk on October 12. "This is the culmination of the five years color project and the first time all four inflatables are shown together," says the artist on Facebook. "The name for the exhibition is taken from a poem [On Orange] by Rose McLarney, who wrote me this beautiful piece about orange and let us include it." At 6:30 p.m. College of Fine Arts Dean Nancy J. Uscher will toast Las Vegas arts community at The Barrick. The art walk goes on until 9 p.m. (The Beam hosts ¡Americanx!)
Photo: Jo Russ
Jo Russ "Desert Birdlife Soiree" opened at Delano Las Vegas. Her vivid collage work is now an installation that allows guests to interact in the lobby with this art-as-immersion experience. Runs through January. Instagram hashtags are #jkruss #delanoartseries #desertbirdlifesoiree
Photo: Jo Russ
The Studio at Sahara West Library is filled with works from James Stanford for "Shimmering Zen." The exhibition features his landmark digital collages that revisit neon signs and Las Vegas landmarks as a source (metaphor) of personal spirituality. Resource Magazine Online has an extensive interview with Stanford.
Los Angles media covered "The Las Vegas Portraits Project, 1 October Memorial Exhibit" at Clark County Rotunda Gallery. "Artists from America and Canada and as far away as Greece and Peru chose their subjects based on news articles and photos published after the attack." A special ceremony will be held on October 4.
Geoff Carter interviewed Justin Favela during his East Coast gallery tour. Las Vegas Weekly .
Photo: The Neon Museum.
RETNA's large-scale letterforms are one of the leave-behind murals in downtown Las Vegas. My first pass to see new murals in the Life is Beautiful footprint reveals there are not many new works. No surprise since wall space is getting scarce. If you missed it, Bordalo II was interviewed via email by the LasVegas Review Journal, and a preview at Las Vegas Weekly that later confirms two projects were down after the festival ended September 22.
Jerry Misko's new mural Casino Center and Hoover in Downtown Las Vegas. The phrase at the end is "A Place in the Sun." I am guessing that is the title of this new "Misko."
OUTSIDE LAS VEGAS
Above: Tagging with light.
- ModernMet compiled Instagram images from Burning Man 2018.
- The Nevada Museum of Art's retrospective on photographer Anne Brigman made ArtNewspaper
- "Far from the established New York design world, California became a haven for avant-garde designers, a hub of innovation in both discourse and practice." West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975–95 opens at LACMA
- Ai Weiwei is in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times has a profile by Deborah Vankin and a review by Christopher Knight.
- The J. Paul Getty Trust now has the papers of the pioneering assemblage artist Betye Saar, and with that came the news the Getty Research Institute will begin The African American Art History Initiative - New York Times
- Grandest U.S. show to date of Victor Hugo drawings opens this week at The Hammer Museum. It has an "unprecedented" number of loans from Bibliothèque Nationale (18) and Maison de Victor Hugo (25) I Art Newspaper
- "Art, science and skateboarding were the magic combination of interests that propelled Halloran into her life as an artist." James Daichendt on artist Lia Halloran, who began her residency at Lux Art Institute I San Diego Tribune
- Jean-Michel Basquiat's life to become a Broadway musical. "The production will have access to both Jean-Michel’s art and personal archives (which is likely to make for some pretty extraordinary sets)." I ArtNet
- ArtPrize Public Projects returned for its third year.
- Dartmouth College to move a set of racially insensitive murals that offended Native American students to an off-campus storage facility I USNews
- East coast writer takes a look at street art murals in Curaçao 'cause the weather is warmer there. I Forbes
- You have seen it, but here it is again. Brett Kavanaugh Senate testimony was mash-upped with Jules pre-hit speech in "Pulp Fiction." Samuel Jackson approved.
As seen on instagram. When critiquing a project using street art themes you must bring in qualified vandals. Sage Sage and Shawn Gatlin came to my 2D Basic class at UNLV to see student work that are a response to campus safety (and a few other topics). The work will seen during UNLV College of Fine Arts Annual Art Walk in undisclosed locations.
Donna Beam Gallery
November 21, 2018
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