March 2023: News roundup

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Ukraine Issues Banksy Postage Stamp to Mark the Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion

Ukraine has memorialized one of Banksy’s seven artworks from Kyiv into a stamp. The mural selected depicts a young boy calmly executing a judo throw known as a “floating drop” against a fully grown man who is thought to represent Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with the phrase “FCK PTN” written in Cyrillic in the lower left corner, as a symbol marking one year of Russia’s invasion.

The new Banksy postage stamps
The new Banksy postage stamps.PHOTO SEAN GALLUP/GETTY IMAGES

Iconic $42 K. Jeff K oons ‘Balloon Dog’ Sculpture Accidentally Smashed by Art Collector in Miami

The 2021 sculpture created by Jeff Koons entitled “Balloon Dog (Blue)” was displayed at Art Wynwood contemporary art fair in Miami by Bel-Air Fine Art. This past Thursday this iconic two-decade-old sculpture was accidentally knocked over by an art collector and shattered. The smashed porcelain sculpture was a miniature version of Koons’s 12-foot-tall “Balloon Dog” sculpture in Los Angeles made of mirror-polished stainless steel. Between 1994 and 2000, Koons replicated the sculpture as a smaller series in a variety of colors, sizes, and materials.

Balloon Dog (Blue) by Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Blue), 2021.JEFF KOONS STUDIO

Foka Wolf: The street artist aiming to give a voice to the voiceless

Foka Wolf, a street artist recognized in Birmingham’s streets creates subversive spoof ads, posted on hoardings, windows, and walls that are used to highlight political and social issues, with a touch of comic social commentary. His newer work aims to give a voice to the voiceless, as his installation will feature an impossible maze, with no beginning or end, illustrating the invisibility of patients. His move into subversive street posters started four to five years ago, first with a mock advert for penis enlargement, which was picked up and shared thousands of times on social media, his new venture, highlighting the plight of disabled and autistic people stuck in the hospital system.

Olafur Eliasson to Create 98-Foot-Long Artwork Mirroring Sea and Sky for UK Coastline

Olafur Eliasson, the artist known for making expansive installations that often evoke meteorological conditions, will soon stage yet another outsize work. Eliasson will create Your Daylight Destination, an installation that will mirror the sky when the tide is low. The project will be staged in collaboration with writer Robbie Macfarlane, who has previously worked with Eliasson; the piece is commissioned by the Copeland Borough Council. The council described Eliasson’s project as a 98-foot-long steel basin set into the beach that acts as an “elongated pool.” This skyscape will be viewable from a platform designed to enable visitors to look into this mirror of a sort.

Your Daylight Destination by Olafur Eliasson
A rendering of Olafur Eliasson’s Your Daylight Destination.COURTESY COPELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL

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El Anatsui Selected to Create Monumental Work for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

Ghanaian artist, El Anatsui, is known for his multimedia tapestries. While his use of bottle caps is perhaps the most recognizable material in his art, Anatsui uses a range of found materials, including milk tins, driftwood, railway sleepers, iron nails, and printing plates. He has been recently commissioned by Tate’s Modern Turbine Hall to create a site-specific installation in collaboration with Hyundai. The new work will premiere in Turbine Hall on October 10 and run through April 14, 2024.


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