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SEND FROM BELOW: Due to the containment measures, a salon dedicated to the pioneering abstract painter Hilma af klint will close at the NSW Art Gallery in Australia after being opened to the public for only 14 days, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. A scheduled stop at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne has already been canceled. In New York, a 2018 exhibition of paintings by af Klint at the Guggenheim was a surprise blow, shooting 600,000, an all-time record for the museum – a remarkable achievement for an artist who was quite obscure after her death in 1944. The works of the artist, who made the trip to Oz from her native Sweden, are now heading to the Wellington City Gallery in New Zealand. On a more positive note for Australians, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that researchers using a new scientific method to analyze rock art in Kimberley believe it may be 43,000 years old, making it one of the oldest art in the world.
UNHAPPY THERE ARE SEVERAL ART Obituaries TODAY. Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, who became known in Scotland for his flower paintings, died at 89, according to BBC News. French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, a passionate writer on aesthetics and art, in particular the work of About Kawara, died at 81, Art journal reports. Robert brooks , who was the youngest auctioneer Christie’s the story when he took the hammer, and who owned Bonhams from 2000 to 2018, passed away, aged 64, the Art journal writing. And Charlie watts, the beloved drummer of Rolling stones, is gone at 80. He was “the irreplaceable heartbeat of the group”, Rolling stone said.
While it was his drum that was doing Charlie watts famous, he started his professional life as a graphic designer and initially turned down an offer to join the group Blues Incorporated because he was leaving England for Scandinavia to do design work. His credits in the visual arts include illustrating (and writing) a children’s book on the saxophonist Charlie parker which was released in 1965. [The New York Times]
A new law in Hong Kong will punish illegal film screenings with up to three years in prison and a fine of up to HK $ 1 million (approximately $ 128,000). The measure will also allow the authorities, for reasons of national security, to revoke the authorization to broadcast films that have been previously approved. [Variety]
Another fair was brought down by the coronavirus: BUFFER canceled his scheduled October run in London during Frieze week. The Parisian edition of the art and design event is on the program for April. [The Art Newspaper]
A 1984 painting of the living legend of Mono-ha Lee ufan sold at Seoul auction for 3.1 billion yen (about $ 2.66 million), the highest price ever paid for a work by a living Korean artist at auction. The previous top mark was established by a 1975 Lee coin just two months ago, when it grossed 2.2 billion yen ($ 1.88 million) on the block. [Yonhap News]
The adventurous artist Jade Kuriki-Olivo, also known as Puppies Puppies, got the profile treatment from Jameson fitzpatrick. “I’ve always been in love with the idea that art just blends into life,” she said. “Everything intertwines seamlessly and you start to not be able to differentiate the edges between the two. It is in this vagueness that I flourish. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]
Thursday the Smithsonian will organize a virtual event to launch a multi-year program that aims to combat race and racism. “Our Shared Future: Accounting with our Racial Past” is its title. “We want to help make the county a better place,” Smithsonian secretary said Lonnie G. Bunch III noted. “The goal is to find this common future. [The Washington Post]
HISTORY IS FILLED WITH WILD TALES reckless, self-destructive artists. But such people are the exceptions, actor Jonas hill argued in a GQ maintenance. “It’s a stupid mythology that you’re supposed to be miserable about being talented, and it’s so absurd,” says Hill. “It’s really: I’m healthier, my art has improved, and I was happier. Directly. I haven’t seen misery bring better art to anyone. I just didn’t. [GQ]