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NEED TO READ
Nobel medal is sold for $ 103.5 million – Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov’s 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal won an impressive $ 103.5 million at Heritage auction house after a long bidding war on Monday evening. The proceeds will be donated to UNICEF’s efforts to help those affected by the war in Ukraine. Muratov was recently named one of the TIMEthe most influential people in 2022. (Press release)
Ukrainian tech startup trains AI to create war art – A Ukrainian deep tech startup trained AI to generate images of the war in Ukraine. The NFTs of the images are sold to raise money for those affected by the war. The sale begins on Friday and hopes to raise $ 2 million for Dobro.ua, a charity focused on helping children in hospitals, and Unchain.fund, a “crypto-native” charity that aims to provide care for children. war-affected Ukrainians by sending cash payments directly to a mobile wallet. (TechCrunch)
Anna Wintour’s hair stylist is also an artist – Andreas Anastasis, the man behind Rowing Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour’s iconic sculpted bob is also, it turns out, a … sculptor. The artist makes plaster casts of friends and lovers; her works are often muscular backs hanging from the walls and thick calves reminiscent of Greek friezes. (New York Times)
KAWS covers New York magazine – The magazine commissioned KAWS to design the cover of its most recent issue, which features an already controversial story about the culture of cancellation in high school. The artist depicted one of his “Companions” sitting on a skateboard with his head in his hands for the piece, titled “Canceled at 17”. “As a father of two young children, imagining what life might be like when they become teenagers, I understand the concern that comes with exploring the complexity of relationships and how this is layered with the realities of the pandemic and social media,” said KAWS. New York. (New York)
MOVER & SHAKERS
Palais de Tokyo founder gets new concert – Jérôme Sans, who co-founded the contemporary art museum in 2002 with Nicolas Bourriaud, will begin a new role as the creative director of an upcoming cultural center in Chapultepec Park, Mexico City. Lago / Algo is led by the OMR gallery and supervised by the artist Gabriel Orozco. The more than $ 450 million project has drawn some criticism for strengthening an already thriving cultural sector with more money and power, while institutions along the city’s outskirts and beyond have fallen by the wayside. (Art review)
Japan Crowdfunds for Forest that inspired Totoro – A crowdfunding campaign to save a forest in Japan that inspired the famous Studio Ghibli film my neighbor Totoro it hopes to raise 2.6 billion yen ($ 19 million). Donors who donate ¥ 25,000 ($ 185) will receive background artwork prints from Studio Ghibli. 1,000 starter sets will be made available. (Japan Times)
National Gallery of Canada appoints interim CEO – Angela Cassie will serve as the museum’s interim director and CEO, where she previously held the position of chief strategy and inclusion officer. Cassie will take office on July 10, succeeding Sasha Suda, who is leaving to direct the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Toronto star)
You can win the chance to visit Anselm Kiefer’s studio – Gagosian is hosting a sweepstakes today and the lucky winners will receive an exclusive tour and lunch at Anselm Kiefer’s 40-hectare studio site in La Ribaute in France. A winning couple will travel there on 10 September for a guided tour and private lunch among the artist’s installations. Individuals are randomly selected. (Press release)
Kojo Marfo debuts at work for Mayfair Sculpture Trail – The new sculpture by the London-based Ghanaian artist called Treasure of the Heart, is on display until July 31 at 68 New Bond Street as part of the Mayfair Sculpture Trail in London. Best known for his vivid figurative and abstract paintings, Marfo is now making his mark in a new medium. (Press release)
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