New Warhol stuff up for grabs, and other art news
A whole bunch of Andy Warhol prints, photographs and other works will soon be available for us commoners (well, the wealthier ones).
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York is selling the artist’s work through Christie’s, an art auction house.
“We have now chosen to mark the foundation’s 25th anniversary year by expanding the scope of our art sales in order to increase our future grant-making capacity,” said Michael Strauss, chairman of the foundation.
The foundation was originally set up in 1987, after Warhol’s death, for the advancement of the arts. The sales will go towards raising money for museums to subsidise decreased government funding for the arts.
“By engaging with collectors across the three mediums of auction, private sale and online, this program will bring the work of Andy Warhol both to those who already acquire masterpieces and to new audiences anywhere and everywhere in the world who never before imagined they could own a Warhol,” said Steven Murphy, CEO of Christie’s.
So, get that finger on the keyboard, online auctions start early next year and I imagine it’ll be something along the lines of extreme eBay-ing.
In more art news, it seems not everyone appreciates a bit of thought-provoking work. A mother of two in Kansas City is petitioning for the removal of a statue in her local park for being offensive.
The statue called “Accept or Reject” features a topless woman taking a selfie, intended to provoke thought surrounding sexting. The park’s art coordinator Julie Bilyea told KCUR the work was created by sculptor Yu Chang to represent how “the virtual world removes control over one’s image.”
The petition’s already gained over 4,500 signatures and has been filed with the county, meaning there is a chance Yu Chang’s sculpture might be removed.
Surely it counts as some kind of preventative education, no? A reminder for parents to pass on the message to their kids every time they hit up the playground with other youngins – “don’t go sending nude pics, kids.”
Save those technology skills for Warhol’s online auctions, it might pay off in the long run.