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NOTICE OF NEWS NFT. There always seems to be some drama in the NFT space. Quentin Tarantino and Miramax argue over the director’s plan to sell NFTs from pulp Fiction– related material auctioned on the Wall Street newspaper reports. Miramax, who produced the 1994 classic, maintains that Tarantino is prohibited from hitting the chips. Meanwhile, the old First Lady Melania Trump is criticized for her plan to sell one of her hats, as well as a TVN of a watercolor of herself, CNN reports. “This is inappropriate,” said an unnamed senior Trump White House official. Recently, Wikipedia publishers voted that, for now, NFTs should not appear on the site’s list of the most expensive art auctions, with one voter noting the ongoing debate over their status as art, per Artnet news.
A FRIDAY ARTISTS UPDATE. Sculptor Hugh hayden is about to unveil an ambitious new work in Madison Square Park in New York, with 100 school desks growing from branches. “My antler is like a bone-in chicken, with the very foot – you always see it’s a tree,” he told the New York Times. A little west of the park, artist-composer Haroun Mirza just opened a show at Lisson Gallery which involves “a mini-sun made up of halogen lamps surrounded by an array of solar panels,” he told the Art journal. “These solar panels will produce electricity which in turn powers an ecosystem of works” in space. Mirza said he wonders if we are a “parasitic species” or “a species in symbiosis with the rest of nature and the biosphere”.
BECOME PUBLIC. South Korea’s second largest auction house, Auction K, will be listed on the KOSDAQ exchange later this month, the Herald of Korea reported, and Sotheby’s, which went private in 2019, is said to be exploring an initial public offering, with Goldman Sachs and Morgan stanley to advise, ARTnews Noted.
Aras Amiri, curator of the British council who was arrested for espionage in 2018 while visiting her grandmother in Iran and sentenced to 10 years in prison, has returned to the UK after the country’s Supreme Court ruled her conviction was contrary to Islamic law. [The New York Times]
The late bookseller’s Americana collection William reese will be sold in a series of auctions at Christie’s, with a low estimate of $ 12 million. The house is touting it as one of the most valuable sole proprietorship book treasures to ever be auctioned. [The New York Times]
the National Art Gallery in Washington, DC, will close its East Building from late February through June for accessibility-related renovations and its atrium skylight. [The Washington Post]
the Burning man The organization has spoken out against a proposed geothermal project in Gerlach, Nevada, where it owns land, saying it “will forever change the environment, the scenery and the quality of life in the region.” [Reno Gazette Journal]
An original page from a 1984 Spider Man comic which shows the superhero in a black suit for the first time sold for $ 3.36 million at Heritage auctions. [Sky News]
THICK ICE SKATING. For a three-day play that takes place this weekend, performers take turns dancing atop a 2.5-ton block of ice that has been suspended over Sydney Harbor in Australia, the Guardian reports. Naturally, it will melt as they dance (for a total of nine hours per day). The work, entitled Thaw, is the creation of Joshua Thomson, the artistic director of the theater company Legs on the wall , who said he wanted to “advance the conversation and awareness around climate change”. Not really subtle! Also not exactly something you see every day. Thomson admitted that “yes there is an element of spectacle”. [The Guardian]