William Sarradet and Brandon Zech discuss memorable art happenings from 2021.
“One of the things that we haven’t seen this year, that I really thought we might, is the closing of smaller nonprofits and smaller galleries.”
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—Glasstire: Our Favorite Art Books of the Year
—Glasstire: Glasstire’s Top Ten Stories of 2021
—Glasstire: Art Dirt: Exploring the Metaverse + the “Disneyfication” of Notre Dame
—Glasstire: Houston’s Orange Show Announces Major Expansion
—Glasstire: New Arts Building at Rice University to be Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Named Sarofim Hall
—Glasstire: Women & Their Work Reopens New Building With Group Exhibition
—Glasstire: UTSA Aims to Add Southwest School of Art to its Downtown Footprint in Intended Merger
—Glasstire: Art Dirt: Exploring ALMAAHH, a Houston Complex for Latinx Cultural and Visual Arts
—Glasstire: Always Square: An Afternoon With Yasuyo Maruyama and Suguru Hiraide
—Glasstire: Dice Games in the Desert: Chinati Weekend in Marfa
—Glasstire: Art Dirt: What are NFTs and how did one sell for $69 million?
—Glasstire: Art Dirt: NFTs: Where are they now?
The buyers of Beeple’s 59 million dollar NFT are a couple of crypto kazillionaire Metapurse fund financiers who issued a digital coin called B20 selling crypto coin shares of other Beeple works they purchased before they bought “Everydays”, the idea being that once Beeple is the world’s most expensive living artist…..yadda yadda…..This kind of reminds me of Damien Hirst’s cool trick becoming the world’s most expensive living artist with the “sale” of the diamond skull “For the Love of God” and subsequent Sotheby’s 2008 first ever direct to auction sale by an artist, which grossed over 200 million dollars.