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FASHION FASHION. The work of the late designer Karl Lagerfeld will be the subject of the next one with Gala in New York, Associated Press reports. On the May 1 calendar, the celebrations will tie in with the opening of the Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty exhibition at the Met’s Costume Institutewhich will feature around 150 pieces made by the designer, who died in 2019 at 85. Up in Toronto, Fashion magazine suggested that Art Gallery of Ontario‘c Art Bash! fundraiser could be Canada’s answer to the vaunted Met Gala. And in Paris, Page six reports, Balenciaga staged its Spring/Summer 2023 runway show on Exhibition on a mud-covered runway by the controversial artist Santiago Sierra. Kanye West was among the models.
SOME PEOPLE JUST WANT TO WATCH THE LIGHT BURNING. Painter Damien Hirst is getting ready to start burning some of his art as part of it The currency project next week in London, the guard reports. Elsewhere in the UK: BBC News reports that on Saturday, a show called “Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man” ended at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England, with the planned burning of a sculpture of Rebecca Waits. (Here are pictures of the fire.) Meanwhile, ARTnews reported Friday that Mexican authorities said they would investigate a collector who allegedly burned a Frida Kahlo artwork for an NFT project.
a journalist Michael Schneiersonthe author of Boom: Crazy Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Artworking on an unauthorized biography of a megadealer Larry Gagosian. It will be published by Books Gallerysubdivision of Simon and Schuster. No release date has been set. [ARTnews]
President Biden recover on President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanitiesadvisory group which President Trump disbanded in 2017 after its members resigned to criticize its response to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. [CNN]
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London removed Sackler name from its arts education center and courtyard. It is the latest in a series of museums to cut ties with the Sackler family, some of whose members own them Purdue Pharmathe now bankrupt maker of the painkiller OxyContin. [ARTnews]
CAFE CULTURE. Billionaire Hasso Plattner has recovered Minsk cafe in Potsdam, Germany, built in the 1970s, and will use it to display his collection of East German art, guard reports. Also, St Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff, Wales, has acquired a beloved pub in the city that was once slated for demolition and is rebuilding it in its place, according to Art Gazette.
CONTRACTOR UPDATES. Tschabalala Self is in Financial Times, Barbara Chase-Riboud is in Freeze, Marilyn Nance is in New York Timesand Mary Mattingly is in T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
AUDIO GUIDES. The podcast This day in esoteric political history looked at the mayor of New York Rudy Giulianithe clash of 1999 with The Brooklyn Museum over the Sensation exhibition and curator Helen Molesworth‘c Death of an artist podcast, about the artist’s death in 1985 Ana Mendietareleased its third episode.
NICK HOLONIAK, JR., INVENTOR OF AMAZING ACHIEVEMENTS,died at the age of 93 New York Times reports. Over his long career, Holoniak’s breakthroughs included early LED lighting (integrated into flat-screen TVs) and the lasers that allowed DVD players to function—both essential to the display of so much video art. In college, Holoniak turned down a teacher’s suggestion that he pursue chemistry instead of his eventual major, electrical engineering. The times quoted him in a 2012 interview General Electric saying, “It’s a good thing I was an engineer and not a chemist. When I went to show them my LED, all the chemists at GE said, “You can’t do that. If you were a chemist, you’d know that wouldn’t work. I said, “Well, I just did it, and look, it works!” ” [NYT]