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The rising superstar of the art world, a RISD graduate, is the subject of controversy

Tuesday 21st June 2022

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PHOTO by Anna Weyant: promotional photo of the artist

In recent weeks, Rhode Island School of Design graduate Anna Weyant has been the subject of news articles from the Wall Street Journal to artnet. Everything you do today is news.

Art has never been a bigger deal.

While cryptocurrencies and the stock market may collapse, New York’s art auction business had a record season, recording $ 2.5 billion in sales according to the Financial Times.


The recent title of the Daily Beast was “The Making of Anna Weyant, Art’s Hot New Superstar”.

In recent years, his career and the price of his art have soared.

Now, the media can’t get enough of his art and, likewise, his business and personal controversies. The two are often intertwined.

Three years ago, his art sold for $ 400 a piece, and recently a painting sold for $ 1.6 million.

At just 27, his every move is being monitored.

“The art world loves to devour its young people,” art critic Jerry Saltz told the Wall Street Journal in one of the recent articles about his booming career. He is one of Weyant’s first self-proclaimed admirers. “It may be difficult to paint with another voice in your head whispering numbers and prices, but maybe she can.”

Publications ranging from to ARTnews can’t seem to get enough of Weyant – and they seem to be as obsessed with his personal life as he is with his art.

“For the past year, the artist has dated Larry Gagosian, the 77-year-old founder of arguably the most powerful art gallery network in the world. Precedence exists for such novels in the art world: New York dealer Gavin Brown is married to artist Hope Atherton, although he said he never performed her. But Ms. Weyant and Mr. Gagosian’s May-December relationship is being scrutinized by art circles, ”WSJ.

ARTnews reported: “Gagosian’s portrayal of Weyant also has an unusual factor: Artnet News reported in October that it is dating Larry Gagosian, the gallery’s founder.”

The WSJ reported that Professor Martin Smick, Weyant’s painting professor at RISD, said he “recently defended her against some artists who” were irritating and tired “for the preferential treatment she might have received by joining her gallery. boy. “I feel protective of her. ‘said Mr Smick.

The most recent DailyMail report focused on Weyant’s breakup with her former agent Timothy Blum and her sale of one of the pieces she had given him. You have made a huge profit.

The Gagosian gallery is more cautious about his work.

The Gagosian Gallery writes of his work in marketing: “Weyant’s finely rendered paintings depict figures involved in tragicomic narratives and still life compositions in which everyday objects take on a mysterious and portentous air. Far from presenting these individuals. and objects as generalized types, however, employ a keen ironic wit to evoke their myriad of idiosyncrasies and contradictions. “

Weyant graduated from RISD in 2017.

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