Its Mardan Wed, 11 May 2022 03:02:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Its Mardan 32 32 How tequila designer Bertha González Nieves built a collection of innovative Mexican art that keeps her inspired at home Tue, 10 May 2022 20:15:37 +0000

Since co-founding Casa Dragones, her small tequila business, in 2009, Mexican entrepreneur Bertha González Nieves has infused the business with her love of art, beginning with the traditional Mexican art of wood burning. the “pepita” hand used to produce each numbered crystal sign and vial.

In addition to being certified as the first female maestra tequilera by the Academia Mexicana de Catadores de Tequila, Nieves is also a collector and patron. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Judd Foundation and of the executive council of the Museum of Food and Drink, and was previously part of the Latin American Art Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Nieves’ home in Mexico City is filled with a growing collection focused on Mexican art. Artists in his collections include Carlos Amorales, Pedro Friedeberg, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Sam Moyer, and Oaxaca-based artist and tattoo artist Dr. Lakra.

Artnet News recently spoke with Nieves about what inspires his acquisitions and how his home is an extension of his philosophy on art and style.

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Pablo Vargas Lugo, Lluvia de Estrellas (Rain of stars). Collection of Bertha González Nieves.

What was your first purchase (and how much did you pay for it)?

My first purchase was through the OMR gallery in Mexico City. The work is called Lluvia de Estrellas by Pablo Vargas Lugo. It’s a large mixed media collage on paper, and it’s one of the centerpieces of our home. I paid around $16,000.

What was your last purchase?

I recently purchased an ink on paper drawing by Abraham Cruzvillegas from Kurimanzutto [in Mexico City and New York]. Monica Manzutto personally selected the piece for me. I was lucky enough to meet him when we served Casa Dragones when it opened at the Tate Modern, and I’m delighted to own a piece of his.

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<p class=Abraham Cruzvillegas, Nuestra imagen actual, 31 (2019). Collection of Bertha González Nieves. Courtesy of Kurimanzutto, Mexico City and New York.

What works or artists do you hope to add to your collection this year?

I would like to buy a work by Rirkrit Tiravanija. I love his work, and he’s become a great friend. Last year, Casa Dragones became an official partner of Art Basel Miami Beach, and we built a tasting room in the collectors’ lounge. Rikrit was one of our “art offerings”, creating a community bar art experience.

He created a recipe with a rim of powdered silver luster dust. All participants ended up with silver lips, which was the name of the cocktail. It was brilliant. I like his conceptual work based on the sharing of food and meals, but I would also like to have a piece that I can display at home.

Rirkrit Tiravanija, Bertha González Nieves and Hector Esrawe at the Casa Dragones Tasting Room in the Collectors Lounge at Art Basel Miami Beach 2021. Photo courtesy of Casa Dragones.

What is the most expensive work of art you own?

Probably Gabriel Orozco – I have one of his “obituaries”. I don’t just think about prizes, however, when I think about art, it’s about people. I have known Gabriel for a long time now. We became friends when he asked us to serve Casa Dragones during his retrospective which toured New York, France, London and Switzerland. [from 2009 to 2011].

A play by Gabriel Orozco

A piece from the “Obituaries” series by Gabriel Orozco. Collection of Bertha González Nieves.

Where do you most often buy art?

I’m lucky to have good friends in the art world, so I sometimes rely on them for recommendations. I usually buy from their galleries, like Cristobal Riestra from OMR, Alissa Friedman from Salon 94 [in New York]Casey Kaplan from his gallery [in New York]and Pamela Echeverría from Labor [in Mexico City].

Recently I purchased an up-and-coming artist, Jonathan Miralda Fuksman, through a friend, Marco Rountree, at Guadalajara90210.

Is there a work you regret buying?

Never. I’ve learned that the best part of buying art is that it always fills you with life.

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<p class=Melanie Smith, Skywalker #3 (2000). Collection of Bertha González Nieves.

What work have you hung above your couch? And in your bathroom?

At home in the Springs, I placed an artwork by Melanie Smith above the couch. I met Melanie through OMR; she is a British artist who moved to Mexico. It’s a large abstract painting in a very bright pink, and it completely lights up the room with a lot of energy… I love it.

In my bathroom I have a work by Hadley Hudson, an American photographer based in Los Angeles and Berlin. It is a somewhat daring black and white photograph.

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<p class=Elisa Sighicelli, Iceland: Food (2001). Collection of Bertha González Nieves.

What’s the least practical piece of art you own?

It would probably be a work by Elisa Sighicelli that I bought through Gagosian. This is a C-print mounted on a lightbox called Iceland: Kitchen, 2001. I really like the work, but it’s currently wired for the EU. I have to do it again this year – it’s on my bucket list!

What work would you have liked to buy when you had the opportunity?

Well, that would be a very long list. For me, it’s about collecting stories, and those stories come from the experiences I’ve had in my life, with my family, my friends, and at work. Over the years I have become friends with Danh Vo, Pedro Reyes and Gabriel Orozco, all of whom have designed Artist Edition bottles with Casa Dragones Joven. The collaborations are born of friendship and mutual respect. I sometimes wish I had met them 20 years ago, so I could have started collecting their work then.

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<p class=Ed Atkins, Ribbons (fuck my life)2014. Collection of Bertha González Nieves.

If you could steal one piece of art without getting caught, what would it be?

Of course, I could never imagine stealing anything because I prefer my collection to be based on genuine knowledge of the artist. In this regard, it would have been incredible to have known Frida Kahlo. As the most important Latin American female artist in our history, as a feminist icon and as a tequila lover, it would be a dream to own a work by her.

What does art represent for you?

For me, art is about telling stories. Every room in my house has a particular story, whether it’s from the artist, the gallery, or my own connection to the room. This is one of the reasons I love collecting art from artists and galleries I have a relationship with; it makes sense to me.

What does style mean to you? How do you define the relationship between art and style?

Style is inherently personal. Everyone has their own tastes, both in fashion and in art. My personal style is my own interpretation of fashion, not what everyone wears. The same goes for the art I love – my taste is defined by the story that appeals to me, rather than market forces.

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The RSF Foundation for Education organizes an annual art auction Tue, 10 May 2022 18:43:41 +0000

On Friday, May 6, the RSF Education Foundation held its annual art auction, A Creative Affair, at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The sold-out event was attended by over 150 guests. The annual fundraiser auctions art projects created by Rowe students, as well as many other items donated by parents, local businesses and RSFEF community partners, such as vacation homes, trips, camps summer, unique experiences and golf outings. This year’s highly successful event raised over $150,000.

The RSFEF wholeheartedly thanks all the volunteers and donors who supported the event, and expresses its gratitude to the event chairs, Paige Pennock and Fatima Grismer, both parents of Rowe, for their dedication and time!

The 2021-2022 RSFEF has pledged to raise $800,000 for the district. RSFEF’s annual fundraising provides approximately 7% of the district’s operating budget and is the district’s second largest source of revenue after property taxes. The annual RSFEF grant helps fund district individualized instruction, enrichment offerings, and specialist teachers with advanced credentials for all K-8 students. For more information on the RSF Education Foundation, contact RSFEF Co-Chair Kate Butler at

Photos by Rob McKenzie

Warhol’s ‘Shot Sage Blue Marilyn’ fetches record $195 million at auction at Christie’s Tue, 10 May 2022 01:07:59 +0000

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

This story was updated with the final sale price and other details after the auction.

One of Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Monroe portraits has become the most expensive 20th century work of art ever to go under the hammer.

The 40-square-inch ‘Shot Sage Blue Marilyn’, one of dozens of images the artist made of Monroe in the 1960s, sold for a record $195 million at Christie’s in New York Monday evening.

Prior to the sale, Christie’s had described “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” as “one of the rarest and most transcendent images in existence”. It has already been exhibited in galleries such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Center Pompidou in Paris and the Tate Modern in London.

The auction house initially said it expected bids “in the range of” $200 million.

Andy Warhol photographed in 1968 at the factory at 33 Union Square West. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images) Credit: Jack Mitchell/File Photos/Getty Images

Warhol’s colorful reproductions of Monroe’s photo portrait — originally an advertisement for his 1953 film “Niagara” — are among his most recognizable works, alongside his iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans.

Using a technique called screen printing, which duplicates images on paper or canvas using a layer of fine-mesh silk like a stencil, he began creating them in 1962, shortly after Monroe’s death. As with his depictions of other famous people, including Elvis Presley and Chinese leader Mao Zedong, the pop artist created many versions of Monroe’s portrait in different colors and configurations.

Among the best known is “Marilyn Diptych”, owned by British gallery group Tate, which saw Warhol print a grid of 50 portraits on two canvases. Elsewhere, the Museum of Modern Art’s “Gold Marilyn Monroe” features a single image printed against a gold background, while “Shot Marilyns” saw the artist shoot portraits of the star through the head with bullets.

In 1964 he developed a new “more refined and time-consuming” process that was “antithetical to the mass production for which he was best known”, according to Christie’s. That year he used it to create a limited number of portraits – a rare group of works to which “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” belongs – before abandoning the technique.


While a handful of paintings have reportedly attracted more than $200 million in private sales (including works by Abstract Expressionist painters Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock), the feat has only been achieved once at auction. — by Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”, sold in 2017 for over $450 million. The previous auction record for a 20th-century painting was the $179.4 million paid for Pablo Picasso’s “The Women of Algiers (Version O)” in 2015.
The auction record for a work by Warhol was previously held by ‘Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)’, which depicts the mutilated aftermath of a car crash and sold for over $105 million almost 100 years ago. ‘a decade. Several of The artist’s other images of Marilyn have also attracted huge sums at auction in recent years, with 1962’s “White Marilyn” selling for $41 million in New York in 2014.

“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn”, meanwhile, belonged to a succession of renowned gallery owners and collectors before being purchased by the late Swiss art dealer Thomas Ammann. The portrait was offered for auction by Zurich’s Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation, the charity set up in his (and his sister’s) name, which will use the proceeds to fund health and education programs for children around the world, according to a press release.

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In a press release before the sale, Christie’s Chairman for 20th and 21st Century Art Alex Rotter described the work as “the absolute pinnacle of American pop” and “the most important 20th century painting to come to auction in a generation. “.

“Next to Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’, Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ and Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’, Warhol’s ‘Marilyn’ is categorically one of the greatest paintings of all. time,” he added.

The artwork was one of four Warhols in the Ammanns’ collection up for sale at Monday night’s auction. One of his famous ‘Flowers’ serigraphs fetched $15.8 million, and ‘GE/Skull’, which he created in collaboration with the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, fetched over $4.6 million. of dollars. Warhol’s “Heinz Tomato Ketchup Box” sculpture meanwhile sold for over $478,000.

Elsewhere, works by Robert Ryman, Alberto Giacometti and Lucian Freud also went under the hammer. Two of the biggest sales were paintings by American artist Cy Twombly, ‘Untitled’ and ‘Venere Sopra Gaeta’, which fetched $21 million and nearly $17 million respectively.

We Asked Babylon’s Latest Fall Player – Why? Mon, 09 May 2022 18:55:53 +0000

Just in case you’re one of the 7.753 billion people who don’t currently play The fall of Babylon – you might be wondering what exactly this is and why we talked to the last player standing.

The game (which came out about two months ago) wasn’t exactly received with fanfare and party poppers. In fact, at launch it peaked at 1,166 concurrent players. Not quite the heavy hitter that developer PlatinumGames and publisher Square Enix probably expected.

The fall of Babylon will set you back nearly £60 on Steam and describes itself as a “cooperative action RPG”. Although I guess more than one person has to play it for it to be truly cooperative.

It reads: “Experience acclaimed developer PlatinumGames’ signature battle in BABYLON’S FALL with up to 3 other players or take on the Tower of Babel alone, in this new cooperative action RPG.

“After the Babylonians died, only their great tower ‘The Ziggurat’ remained. Now a new empire has come to plunder its ruins and unearth its legendary treasures. Join other Sentinels, unwilling subjects forcibly implanted with Gideon Coffin, relics that grant the few survivors unparalleled powers.”

He continues that you can choose your playstyle from several varied weapon types, all of which have “distinct skills and abilities”. You can also customize your loadout to wield up to four weapons at once.

They add that there is a “rich fantasy setting that draws inspiration from medieval oil paintings“.

On Steam, the game averages around 50-60 players per day. Well, that was until earlier this week when it dropped to a single. And we found them to ask a simple question – why?

Dashiell Wood, a 19-year-old social media manager, came across the news while scrolling through Twitter. At that point, he realized that the time referenced by the article was the time he was playing. His achievement earned him virality on Twitter, as well as a few jokes thrown his way.

As VGC reported, data from Steam Charts showed that as of midnight BST on Wednesday May 4, there was only one player on the game. And, according to Dash, that was him.

According to user scores on Metacritic, The fall of Babylon was the worst game released this year, bar POSTAL 4: No record (yes, that’s the correct spelling) and CrossfireX. Yeah, I don’t know either. So what is it about this game that makes Dash want to come back? We discovered.

How long have you been playing Babylon’s Fall?

From launch day, I picked it up a day or two after it dropped on Steam. I was a fan of Platinum’s work and eager to try out their version of an online game.

What did you think when you saw the report that there was still a player?

I only saw the story after being tagged multiple times on Twitter. People knew I was playing back then, but I think we were all a bit surprised to find out I was the only one. I expected it to be in the top 10, sure, but the thought of being the only person playing a AAA game just weeks after release was pretty unthinkable.

Do you literally know anyone else who plays the game?


Why do you like it so much and why do you still play? Lost a bet?

Maybe it’s self-hatred, maybe it’s morbid curiosity. To be honest, I couldn’t tell you.

Do you consider yourself the number one fan of the game, or just the last one alive?

I really think it’s not as bad as people say. Anyway, I guess I must be the game’s biggest fan by process of elimination.

What does it mean to you to know you’re the last one standing?

I feel justified. I was Babylon’s ultimate Faller. But at what cost ? It’s sad in a way, the game seems doomed now. I won’t be stopping anytime soon, the ability to keep the game alive rests on my shoulders.

If you could say one thing to developers, what would it be?

I look forward to the two additional seasons of content that have been promised.

Thanks Dash.

So this is it. A shameless response from Dash, who pledges to continue at all costs. Whether you like the game or not, you have to respect its toughness.

Anyone for a game?

Making art with inflation Sun, 08 May 2022 23:26:11 +0000

Carla Zaccagnini was sitting on a bench the other day, rummaging through a pile of cash. “I collected money that is no longer in circulation,” she said, looking up from stacks of cellophane-wrapped bills. “So currencies that are dead.” It was five days before the opening of Zaccagnini’s first solo exhibition in the United States, at Amant, a nonprofit art space in Brooklyn, and three days before the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics announces that consumer prices had increased by 8.5% over the past year. , triggering panic over the cost of broccoli and gasoline. Zaccagnini’s show, “Cuentos de cuentas/Accounts of Accounting,” is based on his childhood in Argentina and Brazil in the 1970s and 1980s, when hyperinflation caused people to hoard US dollars. Zaccagnini recalled that grocers spent hours walking the aisles, replacing price tags throughout the day as prices rose.

In Brazil, for example, where annual inflation rates in the late 1980s soared above a thousand percent, the currency declined so rapidly that the government continued to devalue and rename it. Prior to 1986, the Brazilian dollar was called the cruzeiro (a reference to the constellation of the Southern Cross); then it was renamed the cruzado (“crossed”), and existing bills were stamped with a new value until new bills could be printed. In 1989 the currency was again devalued and one thousand cruzados became one cruzado novo. And so on. (A publication accompanying the exhibition estimates that one of today’s Brazilian reals, as the currency is now called, would be worth 2,750,000,000,000,000,000 of the original reals used when Brazil became an independent country. , in 1822.)

Each time there was a change, the money in circulation had to be exchanged for new notes, and the old ones were withdrawn. A few years ago, Zaccagnini started buying them, on Mercado Libre, the Latin American eBay. “The first idea I had was to just make a list, printed on the wall, of all the dead currencies since I was born,” she said. “Currency is one of the identities of a country, like the national anthem. Can you imagine if we had a new anthem every three years? She picked up a bluish white note worth five thousand cruzados, which featured a portrait of Candido Portinari, a famous Brazilian artist. “Then I had the idea of ​​small boats.”

She folded the note in half and pressed the corners, before folding it back in four. “It’s the first thing you learn to do with paper,” she continued. “It’s something I do when I’m bored and I have a piece of paper in my hand. I make small boats. After a few more folds, she stuck her fingers in the center and popped the sides, revealing a finishing vessel.

Ruth Estévez, Amant’s chief curator, entered. In addition to dozens of bankrupt boats, called “Fleeting Fleet”, the exhibit was to include a six-foot-long mobile that, due to a strike by airport workers in France, was stuck in Paris. Estévez had been calling FedEx for days, begging the company to hand over the phone to a friend, who would bring it to New York. “But it’s in the warehouse over there, and there’s no way to get it out,” she said. “It’s as if he had been kidnapped.”

Zaccagnini lives in Sweden, a country known for its generous family leave policies and notable lack of financial disruption. She was born in Argentina, which has been widely studied for the number of times the government has defaulted on its debt (nine). His mother was a Lacanian psychoanalyst and his father was a part-time car salesman and inventor; he created a machine that could test the ink on US dollar bills to determine if they were genuine. It became very useful when the dollar trade exploded in the illegal market.

In 1981, when the exchange rate was particularly favorable, Zaccagnini’s parents decided to move the family to Brazil, where their money would go further and allow them to buy a house with a swimming pool. Zaccagnini’s grandmother installed a sewing machine in her kitchen and made Zaccagnini’s mother a vest with special hidden compartments, in which about thirty thousand US dollars could be hidden and hidden on the other side of the frontier. “She really warmed up,” Zaccagnini said, recalling the flight. “But she couldn’t take it off.”

The family moved to São Paulo, and Zaccagnini’s father devised a scheme to hide their savings and thwart would-be thieves, by putting a few dollars in a safe he built behind an electrical outlet, and thousands of dollars and additional German marks in a plastic jar which he buried under the tiles behind a bidet. One night, Zaccagnini recounts, she came home late to find her father on all fours, piecing together mangled hundred-dollar bills. Water had seeped into the jar and the money had congealed into a wet ball. Not all notes could be saved. Zaccagnini said, “My mom was super crazy.” ♦

Warhol’s $200 Million ‘Marilyn’ Could Test Health of Art Market Sun, 08 May 2022 22:47:43 +0000

In 1985, dealer Tony Shafrazi designed a poster promote its exhibition of paintings produced jointly by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The image showed the two performers wearing boxing gloves as if preparing to practice.

Although playful, the poster alluded to the complicated relationship between Warhol and Basquiat; they were competitors as well as collaborators and close friends. Decades later, that rivalry continues to play out in the marketplace: In 2017, a Basquiat skull painting fetched $110.5 million at Sotheby’s, eclipsing the sale of a Warhol car crash painting for $105.4 million in 2013.

In market terms at least, the last round should go to Warhol. At a charity auction at Christie’s on Monday night, Warhol’s 1964 serigraph of Marilyn Monroe, “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn,” is estimated to fetch around $200 million, believed to be the highest price ever achieved for an American work of art at auction. . (It could also top the world auction record for a 20th-century work of art, the $179.4 million paid in 2015 for Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting “The Women of Algiers (‘O’ Version)”.

Kicking off the spring auction season in New York, Christie’s Monday night event is widely seen as a bellwether for the next two weeks of sales, as well as a gauge of the broader health of an international market. of art that is still emerging from the shadow of the covid19 pandemic.