Elon Musk’s SpaceX commissioned a street artist to create indestructible gold paintings as décor for its first trip to the International Space Station

Tristan Eaton, a Los Angeles street artist and designer, has work in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. But he’s about to join a much more exclusive club of artists this weekend when SpaceX sends its first manned flight into outer space with some of his art on board.

Eaton created a series of indestructible, two-sided gold, brass, and aluminium artworks for the historic flight, which was rescheduled for Saturday after its initial May 27 launch date was postponed due to weather. When the shuttle, called Crew Dragon, makes it out of Earth’s atmosphere to the International Space Station (ISS), it will be the first time in a decade when American astronauts have gone up, and the first time a privately owned spacecraft takes them there.

The street artist will join a very, very rarified group of artists including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Trevor Paglen to actually send their artwork into space.
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Claiming China’s crackdown will do ‘incalculable’ damage to Hong Kong’s culture, 1,500 Arts Workers united in protest of the move

Artists and cultural leaders are alarmed at the prospect of the restrictive new law.

News that Beijing is preparing to pass a law that would allow Chinese agencies to criminalize acts deemed threatening to China’s national security has sent shockwaves through the city and reignited pro-democracy protests that had quieted during its lockdown.

Though the details have not been fully revealed, there is widespread concern that the law – which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described as a “death knell” for Hong Kong – could severely curtail free speech and artistic expression. More than 1,500 organizations and members of the creative industry have now signed a petition expressing shock and fear about its potential impact on Hong Kong’s seven million citizens. 

The petition, first reported by Art Asia Pacific, states that the law could create “a climate of fear and self-censorship that harms artistic expression, free speech, cultural exchange, and even personal security. The consequent damage to the image of Hong Kong as a cultural metropolis and to the economy will be incalculable.”

They also decry the fact that the law will be deliberated over the course of just five days and voted on in Beijing without, they say, any consultation whatsoever of the Hong Kong citizens who will be affected. Signatories of the petition include artist Samson Young, curator Inti Guerrero, and arts editor Nicolette Wong.
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Art to inspire your week…

As we all slowly move forward towards our new norm, take time to be enchanted and challenged by creative art practices. Enjoy the chosen works and have a great week ahead.

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President Trump will wot unveil Barack Obama’s new portrait in the White House anytime soon

For the first time in decades, the former and sitting presidents will not meet for the debut of the official artwork.

Breaking with a tradition that goes back more than forty years, President Trump will not welcome his predecessor, Barack Obama, into the East Wing for the grand reveal of his White House portrait. Amid an escalating war of words between the current and former presidents, NBC News reports rthat neither wants to take part in the ritual. Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama will therefore likely not be installed until Trump is out of office.

The White House displays portraits of every president since George Washington. These official artworks are created through a highly specific process: they are commissioned by the White House Historical Association, a privately funded heritage organization, with the artists being selected personally by the former president and first lady. When complete, the Association donates the paintings to the White House, whose curator places them. 

According to NBC, the artists for the Obama portraits were selected in early 2017, though because of a confidentiality agreement, the details remain unknown.
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Damien Hirst is still the UK’s Richest Artist – with a Net Worth of $384 Million

The Sunday Times released its annual “Rich List” this weekend, an equally loved and hated pecking order of the wealthiest thousand people in the UK.

When it comes to the art world’s presence on the list, only two UK artists make rank: Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor, who are still holding their places since last year. And while overall the riches have slumped for Britain’s 1 percent, plenty of art collectors still make the cut. The Russian-born, UK-based art collector Roman Abramovich moved down a few slots from ninth on the list to 12, apparently losing some £1.07 billion ($1.3 billion) in assets. And mega-collector Charles Saatchi lost around £15 million ($18.29 million) in the past year, consequently sliding back from 830th place to 915th.

In June, Hirst is set to open a major exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, which has been two years in the making and is still set to go ahead. Hirst, who once bragged about making “double lottery rollover weekends” of £40 million in a week, did not make any more money this year than he did last year, coming in at a comfy £315 million ($384 million). 

However, other prominent UK collectors have apparently managed to grow their wealth over these turbulent times. Leonard Blavatnik, who has donated millions to Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum, leads the art world herd at number four again, with an estimated net worth of £15.8 billion ($19.2 billion), up £1.4 billion ($1.7 billion).
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