Sunday Art Brunch: Uffizi Gallery joins the NFT craze


Sunday Art Brunch is your weekly appointment with international art news curated by Anna Frattini. In this section you will find art news from across the world from big events to fund pieces about art and the art world.

1. I want to start this Sunday Art Brunch with a podcast. artnet produces the Art Angle, a podcast centered on the world of art. Andrew Goldstein, the host, in this new episode talks about how Breonna Taylor’s life inspired an unforgettable museum exhibition curated by Allison Glenn. Go check that out.

2. designboom reports that the Uffizi sold a Michelangelo NFT for $170,000 in an effort to raise funds. The NFT is authenticated by the museum’s director with a signed certificate. This first try in the realm of NFTs went really well for a painting from 1505! Let’s see what the future holds for institutions like the Uffizi trying to enter this new market.

Doni Tondo, the Michelangelo's masterpiece that is testing the NFTs waters. Courtesy Uffizi Gallery.

3. Jonathan Jones, a journalist from The Guardian, interviewed Tracey Emin in a very fragile moment in the artist’s life: her post-cancer surgery life. Emin talks about the intensity of her hospital experience, the pain and the challenges of this new reality. Emin spoke about her health in various occasions demonstrating how empowering it is for a woman to speak out loud about the reality of being ill.

Tracey Emin at her latest show that featured her works and Edvard Munch's paintings at the Royal Academy. Courtesy Tracey Emin.

4. The Met Museum installed an acknowledgement plaque on its facade. The plaque contains the reckoning of Lenapehoking, the homeland of the Indigenous Lenape diaspora. The Met is working on how to present indigenous art taking as an example the work of New Zealand and Australia on the matter. ARTnews is talking about this topic here.

The plaque now on the MET's facade. Courtesy the Metropolitan Meuseum of Art.

5. Let’s end this Sunday Art Brunch with some data from the latest Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Sale. Eileen Kinsella from artnet points out how the bidding was not as expected and more – as she puts it – fickle and uneven. Despite the return of collectors in New York’s salesroom and some really solid lots bought for well over their estimates, Kinsella is convinced that the true market fireworks are for newer art.
In fact, another interesting article on the latest auctions comes from the New York Times. Zachary Small and Robin Pogrebin talk about the incredible contemporary art auctions at Sotheny's and Christie's that welcomed a shift toward diversity in the auction market.

One the stunning lots sold st the Sotheby's Impressionist auction: Paul Cézanne, Nature morte pommes et poires. Courtesy Sotheby’s.
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Anna Frattini