Sunday Art Brunch: from more on the NFT craze to an underwater exhibition in France


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 Eileen Kinsella’s article on artnet. The news is that the Natively Digital NFT Sale at Sotheby’s landed at $17.1 million. At this point Kinsella asks if this sale defied all the death-knell reports about the market for art related NFTs. The interesting aspect of this sale is that 70% of buyers were new to Sotheby’s – which is very good for the auction house. Also, every one of the lot offered, 28, were sold.

Mad Dog Jones, Visor, sold for $201,600. Jones became Canada's most expensive living artists after having sold at $4.1 M a self-replicating NFT through Philips. Courtesy of Sotheby's.

2. Good news for the London based LGBTQ+ artists! The Art Newspaper announces that the city is set to receive its first permanent venue – after the launch of a public crowdfunding campaign – that will be the queer art space in London. In the video here below there is everything you would want to know about this amazing project.

3. ARTnews announces in this article that the 2022 Venice Biennale will be named after a series of drawings of Lenora Carrington. The artist drew The Milk of Dreams in Mexico while she was living there during the 50s. The intention is to describe with those words a world set free, brimming with possibilities. Carrington died in 2011 and this tribute not only is a huge deal for a female artist but gives a clear message to the art community.

One of Lenora Carrington's drawings from The Milk of Dreams. Courtesy of The New York Review Children's collection.

4. Back to NFTs, in this article from The Guardian Alex Hern reflects on the crushing down side of this new market. Starting from the undeniably true statement that non-fungible-tokens are revolutionizing the art world he highlights another side of the story. Some artists, eventually, found their work controlled by others within the NFT market. Art thieves are evolving into tech thieves battling with the perk of having a NFT: once one is minted, it can be digitally traced for ever.

5. Let’s fly to France with our last news of this Sunday Art Brunch. I want to leave you with the incredible images of an art exhibition in Porquerolles island, Côte d'Azur. Wallpaper* showcases the Villa Carmignac, where The Imaginery Sea is being staged. The artists featured in this exhibition are many: Jeff Koons, Camille Henrot, Henri Matirsse, Dora Maar and many more. All of them committed to the concepts of mystery, immensity and endless intrigue.

Jeff Koons, Acrobat, 2003-2009. Shimabuku, Leaves swim (2011) film. Courtesy of the artists and Air de Paris. Photography: Marc Domage.
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Anna Frattini