Banksy. This smoke break has been brought to you by Kool cigarettes. Image via: fab
- I’m not an art market expert, but buying an Andy Warhol print depicting Michael Jackson right after the pop singer’s death might solicit an inflated price. Not that the quality of a given artwork has ever had a one to one relationship with auction prices, but I’d like to go on record with the statement that this clearly is not one of his better works. The piece was removed from the block last month, only to return now that media hoopla has died down. Janet Lehr, an art dealer and partner at the auction host site Vered Gallery, assures Reuters the unnamed seller isn’t trying to capitalize on the star’s death. “I can tell you that the owner is a true art collector, a lover of paintings, he bought the painting because he loved the painting.”
- A photo essay of Banksy’s show at the Bristol Museum. We give the artist props for attempting to out-bad the bronze sculpture of a decapitated man eating his own asshole displayed at Scope last year, but he hasn’t yet done it. Keep at it Banksy!
- In self promotion news, Associate Editor Karen Archey’s Low Museum, a micro-exhibition part of PPOW/Amani Olu’s Young Curators New Ideas receives a mention in Art in America!
- Meanwhile, Eight Fallacies of Contemporary Art, a piece I originally wrote for The L Magazine, appears in the Christian Science Monitor in modified form. Read “Anyone could paint that” and 7 other myths about art. Woots all around!