Banksy’s infamous stunt, in which he deployed the self-destruction of his painting “Girl With a Balloon” (2006) just as the gavel banged down on its $1.3 million sale at Sotheby’s, has gripped art world insiders and beyond. Sotheby’s later called it “the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction.”
Now, Fab Lab Irbid, a workshop for personal digital fabrication “with the aim to make almost anything,” has published a how-to so artists and engineers can create a personal shredder frame in the comfort of their home.
“When the Balloon Girl self-shredded itself after hitting a 1.4 million dollars, our inner makers started analyzing how it’s done,” Fab Lab Irbid said in its Instructables guide. Their theory behind the mechanism? “ … that blades were fixed on the base of the frame and two wheels held the painting in place and when they turned the painting would move over the blades and shred itself.” And so they set off to try the infamous stunt for themselves.
The Association of Art Museum Directors announced a shift in its longstanding policy, which restricted the use of funds from sales of art to new acquisitions only.
Martín Mobarak may have broken Mexican law, but he burned the proof.
Artists reflect on histories of oppressive power structures in Brazil in this exhibition at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
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With explosions of color and materiality, Cave has his own enigmatic ways to funnel the funk through histories of adversity.
Kapwani Kiwanga invites viewers to look with only the quiet glow of natural light seeping in through the skylights, illuminating a nuanced way of seeing race.
Funding options at UB include full-tuition scholarships for MFA students, the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program, and additional opportunities for MA students.
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I inserted the text from five press releases into DALL-E and this is what it churned out.
As protests rage across the country following the death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, Iranian and Kurdish artists are creating work in support of freedom.