As the months gallop by, the art world continues to surprise and delight. Here are some stories that caught our eye this week. Share yours in the comments.
1. Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the infamous HOPE poster for President Obama’s campaign, that The New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl called the poster “the most efficacious American political illustration since Uncle Sam Wants You“, has spoken out about his disappointment in the president’s achievements. “He’s been more outspoken in the last 18 months. I think he’s going out having done some good things and said some good things. But there were about six years there where I think he could have done more.”
2. This week, Joan Punyet Miró, the grandson of Spanish surrealist Joan Miró, auctioned off 28 of his grandfather’s works in aide of the refugees fleeing the crisis is the Middle East. He told the AFP: “My grandfather would have done the same thing. He always wanted to help the most disadvantaged, the refugees and those in exile, and would be aware that what is happening today in Syria could happen tomorrow in Spain.” The auction, held at Christie’s London raised a total of £47,650, all of which will go to the Red Cross. (via Hyperallergic)
3. 59 Italian Renaissance sculpture’s, including works by Donatello, missing since WWII from the collection Berlin’s Bode Museum, have been rediscovered in Moscow at the National Pushkin Museum. The works of art were taken during Stalin’s regime when he sent Soviet troops or ‘Trophy Brigades’ to collect works of cultural significance. It was not known, until now, if these sculptures had been lost with a Caravaggio in a fire. (via The Art Newspaper)
4. A planned exhibition of works by Banksy at the Palazzo Cupola, Rome, titled War, Capitalism & Liberty, has not been approved by the artist and is provoking plenty of controversy. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures and prints loaned from international collections, with curator Acoris Andipa saying “This is the largest collection of work by the artist known as Banksy, a corpus of over 120 works including sculptures, stencils, and other artistic expressions, all strictly from private collectors and, therefore, absolutely not removed from the street.” Back in 2014, Banksy said, “I think it’s disgusting people are allowed to go around displaying art on walls without getting permission,” however, he’s yet to comment in regards to this exhibition. (via Artnet)
5. The Tate Liverpool will be holding the largest exhibition of works by Francis Bacon ever held in Britain before. The exhibition, titled, Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms, will feature 30 paintings alongside a group of rarely seen drawings and documents; the collection being united by a common theme or motif of Bacon’s – that of the ghostly cages that frame many of his subjects. The exhibition opened on 18 May and will run until 18 September 2016. Read more on this story.