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This Week’s Top Stories: Remembering Robert Irwin, Damien Hirst’s Big Drop, and a Home for Forbidden Art

3 min read  ·  27 Oct 2023

Remembering Robert Irwin, Artist of Light, Space and Palm Trees

Robert Irwin, who has died aged 95, was the leading figure in the Light and Space art movement that emerged in Los Angeles in the 1960s. His unconventional works include planting LACMA’s campus with palm trees and designing the Getty Center's garden. (LA Times)

Museum of Censored Art Opens in Barcelona

The Museu de l’Art Prohibit (Museum of Forbidden Art) in Barcelona, founded by the former journalist Tatxo Benet, features leading artist's works that have been banned because of their political, religious or feminist content. They include pieces by Robert Mapplethorpe, Ai Weiwei and Eugenio Merino. (The Guardian)

Basquiat’s Monumental Self-Portrait Heads to Sotheby’s

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s eight-foot-tall Self Portrait as a Heel (Part Two) leads the fall auctions at Sotheby’s New York. It is due to go under the hammer on November 15, with a $40m to $60m estimate. (ARTnews)

Damien Hirst Unveils Paper Blossoms Paintings

Damien Hirst has created 900 unique paintings, featuring the colorful imagery of his Cherry Blossoms series, which are now available to collectors via HENI Primary for a limited period. (FAD Magazine)

Artforum Fires Editor After Pro-Palestinian Letter

The editor of Artforum, David Velasco, has been fired after the magazine published a controversial open letter, signed by leading artists, that supported Palestinian liberation. The letter has drawn criticism for its silence on the massacre and kidnapping of Israelis by Hamas. (The New York Times)

Sale Looms for Embattled Advisor Lisa Schiff's Art

A New York judge has given the go-ahead for paintings by Ann Craven belonging to the high-profile advisor to be sold as well as Lisa Schiff’s book collection. It paves the way for more pieces to follow to settle debts. (ARTnews)