1. Over the years, Bristol born anonymous street artist, Banksy, has supposedly had his identity revealed numerous times. Only earlier this year, scientist at at Queen Mary’s claimed to have entrapped the anonymous street artist university geo-profiling techniques; naming him as Bristol resident Robin Gunningham – and because this was science, this was pretty much a definite. But now, journalist Craig Williams believes he has evidence that Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja is not only the front man of the multi-million record selling (and Bristol based) Massive Attack; but that he is also the anonymous street artist Banksy.
3D has claimed to be friendly with Banksy, and in turn, Banksy has vocalized his admiration for 3D as a street artist: “When I was about ten years old, a kid called 3D was painting the street hard. 3D quit painting and formed the band Massive Attack, which may have been a good thing for him but was a big loss for the city.”
Williams uses these examples: Massive Attack appeared in San Francisco in late April 2010; a half-dozen Banksy murals appeared in the first couple of days of May. A few days later, the band held a gig in Toronto, where Banksy murals also appeared. The band performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 2006; and Banksy’s Barely Legal exhibition took place a week later. Even Banksy must be starting to get confused as to who he is now.
2. Nicholas Serota has been director of the Tate Modern for over 30 years; but this year will be his last; as next February he takes his position as chairman of Arts Council England (the Sunday Times had previously suggested a move like this was possibly on the cards). Just months after opening the new wing to the Tate Modern – The Switch House – which will be filled with a more diverse range of art from men and women across the world; Serota leaves the Tate in the spirit he arrived: one of transformation. (via The Art Newspaper)
3. Bob Dylan’s first ever permanent, public art installation will be unveiled this year when MGM National Harbor (a $1.3 billion casino resort) opens its doors in Maryland, USA. The work (a 26-foot by 15-foot custom piece), is titled Portal, and will be a sculpted iron archway filled with the various antique accouterments – vintage scrap metal, industrial artifacts from junkyards, farm equipment, kitchen utensils, chains, cogs, wheels, axes, toys – Dylan collects, and then welds to his sculptures.
Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International said, “Mr. Dylan is undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians of our time, but his incredible metalwork sculptures are a testament to his creative genius and ability to transcend mediums.
Gates being elemental in Dylan’s welded sculptures, Dylan explains how he draws from their symbolism as doorways. “Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow. They can be closed, but at the same time they allow the seasons and breezes to enter and flow. They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways, there is no difference.”
4. In recent weeks you may have read of the theory travelling around the art grapevine, that Michealangelo was actually, secretly a feminist, and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome is evidence to this effect – with all it’s fertile imagery of ram’s skulls (symbolizing fallopian tubes?), and the v-shape of Eve’s arms being deliberately suggestive of the pagan symbol for fertility. Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones puts an end to this theory here.
5. London’s luxury department store, Fortnum & Mason, have announced that this September – in anticipation of Freize London – their flagship store near Piccadilly, will host one of the most coveted modern art collections: the Frank Cohen Collection. From the 13 September – 15 October, Fortnum’s X Frank, will exhibit over 60 celebrated works of art across its sprawling store; from the likes of Bridget Riley (Midi, 1983), Frank Auerbach (Primrose Hill, Summer, 1968), Tracey Emin (I know, I know, I know) and Howard Hodgkins (Anthony Hill and Gillian Wise, 1964-66). This exhibition Continues Fortnum & Mason’s longtime patronage of the arts, supporting generations of artists and designers; and its connections with the Royal College of Art, the Slade School of Art and the Bloomsbury Group.
The works will be on display throughout the store from the 13 September – 15 October 2016.