*Frida Kahlo with Olmec Figurine,* 1939. The photograph is on view in the V&A's exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up."
Photo: Nickolas Muray/V&A

Galerie’s Weekly Art and Design Industry News Brief

Here’s the week’s news you need to know, from the new owner of Banksy’s infamous shredded painting to the Studio Museum’s acquisition of 400 major works of art

Here are this week’s must-read news stories in the fields of art and design.

1. The Met Announces “Heavenly Bodies” was the museum’s most visited exhibit of all time

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has released its final attendance figures for the blockbuster exhibition “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” the most recent show from the museum’s Costume Institute. According to the museum, 1,659,647 people visited the exhibition, making it the most visited show in the Met’s history.

 

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2. Woman who bought the infamous shredded Banksy to go through with sale

The buyer of the Banksy print that was partially shredded immediately after its auction at Sotheby’s London last Friday will go ahead with the $1.4 million purchase amid claims that its value will have significantly increased following the self-destruction. The work has been given a new title, Love Is in the Bin and has been granted a certificate by Pest Control, Banksy’s authentication body.

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3. Fashion for Good museum opens in Amsterdam

The world’s first museum dedicated to sustainable fashion opened in Amsterdam last week. Called Fashion for Good, it will feature installations that consist of interactive exhibits aiming to teach visitors about responsible fashion.

Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait on the Border Between Mexico and the United States of America, 1932 (oil on tin). The work is on view in the V&A’s exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up.” Photo: Courtesy Modern Art International Foundation/ Maria and Manuel Reyero/V&A

4. A Frida Kahlo exhibition will stay open for an uninterrupted 48 hours in London

The V&A’s exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” has proved so popular that the museum announced a two-week extension, including a 48-hour uninterrupted run coinciding with the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead. The exhibition will be open without interruption between 10 a.m. on November 2 to 10 p.m. on November 4.

5. Pollock-Krasner Foundation Announces $3.9 Million in Grants and Awards

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation announced its 2017-18 grant and award recipients, totaling nearly $4 million, given to 125 artists and 25 institutions across the U.S. and internationally. The foundation also awarded $100,000 to the Madison Square Park Conservancy in support of Martin Puryear’s commission for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

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6. More than 650 works from the collection of legendary arts patron Peggy Cooper Cafritz gifted to the Studio Museum in Harlem

Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Tia Powell Harris, chief executive officer of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., announced that the legendary arts patron, educator, and civil rights activist Peggy Cooper Cafritz (1947–2018) bequeathed the majority of her unparalleled art collection to the two institutions. The bequest of more than 400 works to the Studio Museum and over 250 to the Duke Ellington School marks the largest gift ever made of contemporary art by artists of African descent.

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