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DAMIEN HIRST HAS STILL STRIKE. The British artist created the cover of Duckthe highly anticipated new album from, Boy in love certified, and it’s a doozy, made up of a dozen iterations of the “pregnant woman” emoji on a white background. The spare effort “makes everyone scratch their heads”, Complex reports, while Business intern says that “everyone from Lil Nas X To [Drake’s] fans don’t care. (According to a Drake fan account, the cover is a painting.) Some may recall a memorable foray the “God’s Plan” singer made into contemporary art a few years ago, when he borrowed the aesthetic from James turrell for his 2015 “Hotline Bling” video (“I fuck with Turrell,” he previously said). The artist released a statement saying he was “flattered to hear that Drake is fucking me”, but that “I and none of my woes were in any way involved in the making” of the film. CLB is due Friday.
A SEND FROM THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC. The Venice Architecture Biennale named its winners on Monday, with the United Arab Emirates winning the Golden Lion for the best national flag, by ArchDaily. Entitled “Wetland” and organized by Wael Al Awar and Kenichi teramoto, the show focuses on alternatives to cement. A Golden Lion for Best Main Show Participant was awarded to Raumlaborberlin, and the Silver Lion for the most promising young exhibitor was awarded to Foundation to achieve a homogeneous territory. Elsewhere in the floating city, Dolce & Gabbana organized a parade at St. Mark’s Square, a first for the historic site, by Vogue. The Venice Film Festival starts tomorrow, and the Art biennial, Organized by Cecilia Alemani, it’s just over seven months away.
The artist and the educator Srey Bandaul, a key figure in the Cambodian art scene, died of the Covid at the age of 49. “He was the father figure of many Cambodian artists and without him the contemporary art scene we know today would not exist. Dana langois, the founder of Java Creative Cafe in Phnom Penh, said. [ArtAsiaPacific]
Hurricane Ida demolished a New Orleans jazz monument, the Karnofsky tailor shop, or Louis armstrong once worked. Recovery efforts and damage assessments are ongoing in the city. [The Associated Press]
A house in West Vancouver, British Columbia, that the artist Emily carr frequently visited to see its owner, patron Ethyln Trapp, and at work, has fallen into disuse and is about to be demolished. A niece of Trapp sets up a final attempt to save the building. [The Art Newspaper]
Artist Raul de Nieves opens an exhibition of his richly adorned beaded works at Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston tomorrow. In an interview, he spoke of a memorable tarot reading in which he was told to “become the ruler of his own house”. [WBUR]
Noah johnson wrote a deep dive on the New York graffiti team IRAQ centered on its founder, the artist Kunle martins, who finally rose to fame in the art world long after some of his friends and peers, like Ryan mcginley and Dan Colen. [GQ]
Ashlyn Davis Burns, the former director of the Houston Photography Center, is one of the co-founders of Assembly, a “new photo portal” which “combines the aspects of a gallery, a photo agency, a publishing house (for books by specialized artists), an online magazine / photo blog and of a studio ” Catherine D. Anspon writing. [Paper City]
DISTANCE MAKES THE HEART MORE AFFECTED. When it began renovations in 2018, the Courtauld Gallery in London loaned many of his prized Impressionist works to other museums. Now they are back. “Having them at home now is really very moving”, the director of the museum, Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen, said to Guardian . The original plan was to complete the work over two years, but the pandemic and the discovery of a medieval grave caused delays. “Not just a little one. . . huge, ”Vegelin told the newspaper. “They dug and they dug and they dug. I think it was three or four meters deep, so obviously all the work stopped and that made us back down. Glad they cleaned that up! The museum is expected to reopen in November. [The Guardian]