1. Sotheby’s to Hold Its First-Ever Contemporary African Art Sale
Whilst international attention in contemporary African art has been intensified as of late, it now appears to have reached a tipping point. Sotheby’s announced on Wednesday that they will be holding an inaugural sale of modern and contemporary African Art at their London sale room in the coming month. (May 16) Internationally recognized art stars such as El Anatsui, William Kentridge and Irma Stern will be grouped by geographic region as opposed to being offered in broader sales such as impressionist or contemporary art. The sale is set to showcase 100 works, heavily represented by South Africa which currently possesses a prime and lively market for art.
2. Oliver Wasow Turns Donald Trump and His Cronies into a Creepy Gallery of Rogues
With the hundred-day mark of Trump’s amateurish administration approaching, the quaint and contentious characters which he surrounds himself with have proved themselves as an apt inspiration for New York-based artist Oliver Wasow. Wasow’s portrait series is poignant and haunting as he recasts the likes of Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Rex Tillerson as perturbing and nauseating forms of themselves.
3. Nitsch performance using slaughtered bull to go ahead in Tasmania
A performance by Austrian artist, Herman Nitsch, which will use the carcass of a slaughtered bull in order to stage a “bloody, sacrificial ritual” is set to take place on 17 June in Tasmania. Despite Animal right’s campaigners petition set up on change.org, calling on the City of Hobart to stop the Nitsch performance.
4. Nazi- Looted painting once destined for Hitler’s Museum heads to Auction Despite Protests
An Old Master work that was indisputably looted by the Nazi’s during World War II is being prepared for auction at a Vienna auction house. Scheduled to be sold on Wednesday at Im Kinsky’s sale of Old Masters, Bartholomeus Van Der Helst’s ‘Portrait of a Man’, carries an estimate of between €15,000-30,000.
5. 10 Nations Band Together to Protect Cultural Heritage Sites Under Threat
Ten countries have banded together to form a new alliance that seeks to shield ancient heritage from extremism and futile destruction. An international effort to Combat ISIS’ on-going destruction of sites in Syria and Northern Iraq.
6. Vito Acconci, Performance Art Progenitor, Dies at 77
Acconci, a towering figure with influences on both performance art as well as experimental architecture has died at the age of 77. The art dealer Kenny Schacter who showed his work reported to artnet news that the cause of death was a stroke.
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