Miami Art Week 2018: Manifestations of Childhood Nightmares

Sexual assault, school shootings and other works that tap into fear, terror and unease

There’s no fuel quite like fear—be it a motivator, an instigator of nightmares or a cause to express oneself boldly (or even quietly). Between societal unrest and the ever-changing fears of the youth, it was evident that much work seen during Miami Art Week drew inspiration from the terror felt by and for children today, or memories of horror from our own childhood applied to …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Inside Japan's KitKat factory, Hockney's $90 million painting, hidden continents and more

Tavares Strachan and SpaceX Send Art to Space On Monday, 19 November, SpaceX will send its Falcon 9 rocket into space. But, this time the launch will be adorned with a Tavares Strachan sculpture of Robert Henry Lawrence Jr, the first African-American NASA-trained astronaut. Sadly, Lawrence Jr never made it to space (he died in a jet crash in 1967) but, thanks to this collaboration, …

Ascertaining the Value of David Hockney’s $90 Million Painting

When Christie’s set the $80 million estimate for David Hockney’s masterpiece “Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures),” which would ultimately pale in comparison to the actual record-setting (for a work by a living artist) hammer cost of $90 million, they took many factors into account. More than arguing that it’s one of the iconic artist’s best compositions, the team at Christie’s made note of …