Art Fix News
January - There’s never a dull moment in the art world. That’s why Art Fix has curated a list of the latest and most exciting art news. We'll catch you up on everything you need to know about the art world right now - these fixes are the talk of (lockdown) art town.
FIX 1 – A Virtual Rainbow for Your Living Room?
In absence of real-art shows, Art Fix will offer you a digital experience tip. As one of the art world’s most pioneering feminist artists, Judy Chicago has just launched her first virtual artwork, an AR smoke sculpture. Download the “Rainbow AR by Judy Chicago” app in the App Store, and set off a virtual rainbow colored bomb in your house to smoke out the lockdown boredom.
FIX 2 – Elina Kechicheva Teams up With Dior
In these dark days everybody is looking forward to the “light at the end of the tunnel”. Can you guess who’s shining that light? Known for its amazing fashion-meets-art collaborations, French fashion house Dior is the one holding the torch! For its Spring 2021 campaign, Dior looks at the Old Masters through a very contemporary lens. The Bulgarian photographer Elina Kechicheva took inspiration from renaissance and baroque era art, particularly from the 17th century Caravaggio paintings. Much like the technique of “chiaroscuro” – meaning the contrast between light and dark – that was used by these painters, Kechicheva’s images make use of light to liven up the paintings and its characters.
FIX 3 – Lorna Simpson Collabs With Rihanna for Essence
If you’re interested in art-meets-fashion collabs, then you’ve clearly come to the right place. Another exciting partnership to kick off the new year is that between artist Lorna Simpson and the one-and-only Rihanna. Known for her photo collages that recontextualize images of Black women to comment on gender, identity and race, Simpson depicts Rihanna in a set of electrifying collages for Essence magazine’s first cover and of 2021. The series is titled “Of Earth & Sky” and gives us the most uplifting extraterrestrial sensation while being totally down to earth!
FIX 4 – The Exciting “Avant Premiere” of Galleria Continua in Paris
Our friends from the renowned international Galleria Continua are on the verge of opening an 800m2 gallery in the centre Paris at 85 Rue du Temple with street artist JR curating for the first time. On Wednesday 20 January, the space will kick off with a surprise “avant première”. A message to all Parisians: keep your eyes peeled for the work of our favourite fedora-wearing street artist!
FIX 5 – Art Fix’s First Snack Size Podcast
Related to our Episode 9 – “These Girls are on Fire” we had the honor to ask Kasseem Dean of the Dean Collection (owned by Dean and his wife Alicia Keys) five questions. Please listen to our first Art Fix snack size podcast with music legend Swizz Beatz on how he supports Black Female artists – 6 minutes only!
FIX 6 – Everything Is Going to Be Alright
For the lucky few who are able to go on a ski holiday this winter, head on over to the neon artwork by Martin Creed – “Everything Is Going to Be Alright”. Lighting up the Swiss Alps, this work is placed on the facade of the prestigious Palace Hotel in Gstaad. This installation is part of an ongoing collaboration with Hauser & Wirth, who also commissioned the Jenny Holzer projection last year.
FIX 7 – The Obama’s on Tour
These days, the American presidency could not be more relevant. And where politics goes, art follows! You’ve probably seen photos of the striking portraits Barack and Michelle Obama, usually housed in the National Portrait Gallery in the American capital. This year, however, the portraits will be taking a tour throughout the country. The works will start their travels in June 2021, traveling to five cities and giving new audiences a chance to experience them. Our favourite stop of the tour is at the Art Institute of Chicago, which will be on from June 18th to August 15th. If you have the opportunity to view these works in real life, make sure you grab the chance. The artists behind the works, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, chose to break with the traditional style of presidential portraiture in favor of more conceptual views of their subjects. Learn more about Michelle’s portrait in the 9th Art Fix episode “These Girls Are on Fire”.
FIX 8 – Visit Galleries Around the World With the Vortic App
As a special bonus to Episode 9: These Girls Are On Fire, we had the opportunity to ask Destinee Ross-Sutton 5 Questions. If this interview piqued your interest, head over to the Vortic app to view the exhibition “Black Voices: Friend of Mine”. This app allows you to see exhibitions all over the world right from the safety of your sofa! The app brings many exhibitions at leading international galleries: Victoria Miro, David Zwirner, Thaddeus Ropac, Galleria Continua, White Cube, and more. No headset required. Download the Vortic Collect app in the App Store. Extra bonus: If you like one of the artworks there is even a feature in the app to hang the art virtually on your own living room wall.
Ross’s show features works by up-and-coming and more established Black artists, including Art Fix fave Amoako Boafo, who did an amazing collaboration with Dior for the Spring/Summer 2021 menswear collection, which you can check out on our Instagram. The coolest part is Destinee Ross-Sutton’s exhibition motto: “no flipping allowed”. Every collector who bought work from the show had to sign a contract pledging not to flip – or immediate reselling for profit – the works in Sutton’s show.
FIX 9 – There’s a New Artwork in Town
Meet El Anatsui: a sculptor from Ghana who currently lives and works in Nigeria. He transforms simple, everyday materials into striking large-scale installations. Catch this process of transformation for yourself at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam – a large sculpture of recycled bottle caps that will decorate an entire wall, much like a magnificent tapestry! *Subject to museum opening
FIX 10 – Brand New Art Fix Episode Coming Up: Spot On
Everybody talks about the “light at the end of the tunnel” and “let there be light”, but what does this mean in the words of an artist? Let Art Fix cast a new light on the radiant beauty of art made by light in our upcoming episode: “Spot On”. Releasing this February.
Some artists capture the wonder of natural light, while others make sculptures that produce artificial light. From lights glued to dandelion seeds to an extinct crater in Arizona, we’ll show you where heavens meet the earth through magnificent light art. You’ll meet the likes of James Turrell, Dan Flavin, Tracey Emin, Ann Veronica Janssens and Drift. So grab your shades because this one’s a bright one.
FIX 11 – Blue Chip Art at Penn Station
In just a year’s time, train stations have come to look radically different than they used to. Usually brimming with commuters, New York’s Penn Station has just opened a new art-filled hall. The space hosts three amazing new art installations. Canadian artist Stan Douglas has photographed 400 actors in costume to restage the original Beaux-Arts Penn Station, placing them on nine photographic panels to welcome visitors entering the station.
The second work, created by duo Elmgreen & Dragset, consists of more than ninety futuristic skyscrapers. Titled “The Hive”, this work hangs upside down at the West 31st Street entry. Each window glows with the tiny lights of 72,000 LEDs.
Finally, for the ceiling at the West 33rd Street entrance, Kehinde Wiley has created a hand-painted glass triptych titled “Go”.
The works are on permanent display. Find out more about their dizzying details.