Opus B – the design studio that slows people down, Basquiat worth $110m, self-promotion for artists – these headlines captured our attention last week. See what other articles we picked from across the art world.

Anti-energy drink Slow comes enclosed in meditative hourglass packaging

By Emma Tucker / The Deeze

Polish studio Opus B has created a conceptual drink packaging designed to give consumers a chance to slow down.

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Slow Anti-energy drink by Opus B

Slow Anti-energy drink by Opus B

 


From Frida Kahlo to Claude Monet, 8 Artists Who Designed Enchanting Gardens

By Abigail Cain / The Artsy

Flowery language can spell disaster for writers. Flowery canvases, on the other hand, have long been a mainstay for artists. But it wasn’t until the 1800s, with the rise of the horticultural movement, that artists began to cultivate their own gardens en masse.

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Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico City. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico City. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

 


Museums Need More Than Rich Donors to Survive

By Michael Phillips Moskowitz / The Artsy

Museums are the coral reefs of the global art ecosystem; their health underpins and signals the well-being of the whole. They elevate discourse, provide entertainment, educate the public, attract tourists, create jobs, and certainly provide evidence of long-term value in the $57 billion art market.

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Is this Basquiat worth $110m? Yes – his art of American violence is priceless

By Jonathan Jones / The Guardian

An untitled Jean-Michel Basquiat work has sold for $110.5m, becoming the most expensive American painting ever – thanks to a combination of romance and sheer nightmarish vision.

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Untitled, 1982, by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Photograph AP

Untitled, 1982, by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Photograph: AP

 


Rosalind Davis: promotion for artists

By The Art Quest

Self-promotion has a bad press among artists, seen as a hollow and corporate way to make friends and influence people. But at it’s simplest, it’s about making friends.

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From the Contemporary Lynx archives:

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: TOP TIPS FROM NATHALIE ANGLÈS

Interviewed by Dobromila Blaszczyk

How to prepare a good application? On what basis art residencies are selecting the applicants? What are they looking for in artists’ CVs, letters and projects?

Read our interview and following tips from Nathalie Anglès — founder of and director at Residency Unlimited in New York.

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RU Exhibition: "Structures and Layers" curated by Zeljka Humble Kozul featuring the work of RU artists Mehryl Levisse (France), Manuela Viera-Gallo (Chile/US), Ismael Kachtihi del Moral (France), and Cho Mi Young (South Korea). August 6-9, 2015, RU

RU Exhibition: “Structures and Layers” curated by Zeljka Humble Kozul featuring the work of RU artists Mehryl Levisse (France), Manuela Viera-Gallo (Chile/US), Ismael Kachtihi del Moral (France), and Cho Mi Young (South Korea). August 6-9, 2015, RU

 

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