Five Artists In The News: Inside the Basquiat Boutique, Shepard Fairey's Gaza Protest and Ai Weiwei Versus AI

3 min read  ·  11 Jan 2024

Jean-Michel Basquat’s former studio, 57 Great Jones Street, Manhattan. Photo by  J. Scott Orr

Jean-Michel Basquat’s former studio, 57 Great Jones Street, Manhattan. Photo by J. Scott Orr

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s former home and studio in New York's East Village has been transformed by Angelina Jolie into a fashion boutique. Ocula gathers reactions to the opening of Atelier Jolie and its high-end wares.

Shepard Fairey has joined a downloadable poster campaign, protesting the conflict in Gaza, Hyperallergic reports. Fairey’s work is based on a news photograph of a bloodied Palestinian child.

Ai Weiwei thinks art that can be easily copied by AI is “meaningless”, he tells The Guardian. To prove his point the exiled Chinese artist has announced "Ai vs AI", a question-and-answer challenge with AI that is due to be projected onto the big screens in London’s Piccadilly Circus and beyond.

Samia Halaby, a veteran Palestinian abstract artist, has had her US survey show cancelled, ARTnews reports. Indiana University’s Eskenazi Museum has reportedly decided not to open the exhibition because of “safety concerns".

Deborah Kass tells Whitehot Magazine why she is revising her "feel good paintings for feel bad times" paintings from the 2000s in which she reimagined paintings by leading male artists by inserting text from film, pop music, and Broadway musicals.

In other news

A US appeals court has ruled that Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum can keep a painting by Camille Pissarro, ARTnews reports. Heirs of its Jewish owner who was forced to sell the painting in 1939 have been battling to reclaim it for nearly two decades.