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Headlines: Guerilla Girls, David Bowie and Shadows

1) Guerilla Girls Appear on the Late Show

 

 

Noted feminist art collective the Guerilla Girls appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night, to discuss the ongoing battle for gender equality in the art world. The anonymous artists appeared on the show wearing their signature gorilla masks. Throughout the interview, the group continued to debunk notions that gender inequality and misogyny in art is a problem that’s been solved. U.S. residents can view the full episode online, here.

 

2) Becky Benaroya Donates $14M of Art to TAM


A photo of Dale Chihuly's Seafoam Set, taken by Russel Johnson

 

93-Year Old art patron and philanthropist Becky Benaroya has donated her family art collection to the Tacoma Art Museum near Seattle, Washington. The collection is reportedly worth $14 million USD, and features numerous works of glass art. Benaroya cited the Tacoma Art Museum’s reputation for promoting northwestern art and artists as a reason for choosing TAM rather than the larger Seattle Art Museum. Area museumgoers might soon look forward to seeing the works, by artists including Deborah Butterfield, Dale Chihuly, Jeffry Mitchell and Mark Tobey.

 

3) Lego Reverses Its "Need-To-Know" Policy on Bulk Orders

 
A photo of Lego bricks arranged to look like Ai Weiwei's name

 

Possibly in light of the recent backlash after Ai Weiwei was refused a bulk shipment of Lego bricks that he had hoped to use in a project, Lego has reversed its policy of asking what bulk orders of bricks will be used for. Instead, the company is only requesting that those buying in bulk make it clear that their projects are not supported or endorsed by Lego in any way.

 

4) A Look at David Bowie's Art Collection


A photo of David Bowie in front of the Berlin Wall by Denis O'Regan for Getty Images

 

Here’s an interesting piece on Artnet that looks at some of the most notable aspects of David Bowie’s art collection. The musician and actor, who passed away on January 10th at the age of 69, collected art throughout his life, amassing a multitude of works by British 20th century artists, though many of the works in the collection were not exceptionally well-known. As Bowie himself put it “I've gone for what seemed to be an important or interesting departure at a certain time, or something that typified a certain decade.“ Occasionally, references to artists even made their way into his songs.

 

5) California Artist Sells Shadows of Notable Artworks


A photo of the shadow of a Jeff Koons rabbit

 

Los Angeles artist Ana Prvacki has taken to selling “shadows” of famous artworks by the likes of Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois and Constantin Brancusi. Though they will be depictions of the literal shadows that are cast by the works, though the medium of Prvacki’s reproductions has not yet been decided. The artist plans to sell her appropriations for exactly 1 percent of the latest auction price of the shadowed work. For example, Marcel Duchamp’s wheel was most recently sold for $1.6 million, therefore Prvacki will be asking $16,000 for its shadow.

 


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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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