Headlines: Clouds, Christie's and Christo
1) Khmer Cloud Making Service Offers Custom Clouds
A Cambodian company is offering custom clouds for parties and events. While the process and finished products are vaguely reminiscent of conceptual artist David Medalla’s Bubble Machine BGSP #5, this is considered a party business more than fine art. The “clouds,” which are available in a variety of shapes as well as custom designs, are made by mixing a sudsy substance with compressed air, with a technician releasing the feather-light blob of bubbles into the air when it reaches the ideal size. The foam shapes are being compared to a futuristic, daytime version of the floating lanterns that are popularly used for prayer and celebration in many parts of Southeast Asia.
2) Art Auctions Still Strong Immediately Post-Brexit
U.K. and European trading is still reeling after the Brexit vote and subsequent plummet of the British Pound, but the largest art auction houses seem to be doing okay, for the time being. Sotheby’s hosted their contemporary art evening auction on Tuesday to the tune of $69.6 million USD, while Christie’s postwar and contemporary sale on Wednesday evening brought in $52.8 million USD. Two notable sales at the Christie’s auction were Basquiat paintings from the private collection of actor Johnny Depp.
3) Salvador Dali Foundation Cannot Control the Artist's Image
The Gala Salvador Dali Foundation has lost its legal bid against an exhibition producer in Barcelona. The lawsuit in question claimed that the owner of the Faber Gothic production company had infringed on the Dali Foundation’s trademark and intellectual property, as well as its right to regulate images of Dali himself. While the exhibition, held at the Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona, did infringe on the Foundation’s trademark, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled that the Foundation did not have the legal power to control where Dali’s likeness appeared, and their motivations for attempting to do so were not so much noble as money-oriented.
4) Christo's Latest Draws Ire From Italian Taxpayers
Christo’s latest artwork, installed in the Italian Lake Iseo, is under fire from an Italian consumer group who claim that the installation is a significant waste of taxpayer money. The artwork, titled The Floating Piers, consists of three kilometers of the artist’s trademark orange-yellow fabric, draped over floating synthetic cubes to create a brightly colored bridge between the lake’s shores and small islands at its center. While the installation was originally intended to be open 24 hours a day, larger-than-expected volumes of people have forced it to shut down for maintenance between midnight and 6AM. While the installation is only set to run for 16 days, some are saying that the upkeep and security costs are not worth it even for this short period of time.