Roundup: ‍“Banksy of the Internet” MSCHF Is Turning Medical Bills Into Art‍
Rupa Bhattacharya

“Banksy of the Internet” MSCHF Is Turning Medical Bills Into Art

CNN turns its eye to Otis this week, profiling art-collective MSCHF’s most recent project (and recent Otis drop) “Medical Bill.” 

The work depicts a series of three real hospital bills rendered onto 6-foot canvases and sold for the amount owed, which then went to pay each patient’s debt. It is intended as commentary on the “runaway absurdity” of the American healthcare system, Daniel Greenberg of MSCHF told CNN. 

Per Greenberg, “Medical Bill” is also designed to flag “how great a discrepancy there can appear to be between a monochrome canvas in a Chelsea gallery and its $30,000 price tag" and thus to draw a clear, defined line between that price tag and the cost of healthcare

Greenberg also tells CNN the three randomly-chosen patients feel “happiness ... and also a sense of disbelief that this actually worked.”

The Backstory Podcast: Erin Thompson Feels "Radically Connected to Humanity" at the Mütter Museum

This week on The Backstory — our new podcast that talks to some of the world’s most exciting creators, cultural figures, collectors, and artists about the items and objects that motivate them — Sean and Dan sit down with Erin Thompson, the nation’s only full-time professor of art crime. They chat fakes, heists, the ethics of viewing both art and human bodies, and how Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum makes Thompson feel at home among weirdos.  

Listen here, or wherever you get podcasts. 

Otis Magazine: Andy Warhol, John Waters, and Art’s Obsession With Celebrity

While Justin Bieber, Joan Didion, and Charles Manson may not appear to have much in common at first glance, they’ve all been used by John Waters as material for his visual art. Waters’ work with all three follows in an artistic relationship to celebrity that has direct throughlines to Andy Warhol and continues to echo through contemporary art in the work of people like Russell Young. 

Sam Moore dives deep this week into the meaning behind Andy Warhol’s itself-famous statement that “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” Read it on Otis Magazine.  

Of Interest

• How lockdown and the internet fueled the recent boom in sports cards.

• Marvel just dropped a stunning, Ta-Nehisi Coates-penned tribute to Chadwick Boseman

• A look inside the next generation of Black artist-led residencies. 

• What’s behind the extremely viral art installation consisting of 32 tons of carrots?

• The art-word deaccessioning trend continues apace, as the Baltimore Museum of Art parts ways with major works from Brice Marden, Clyfford Still, and Andy Warhol.

• Why Adidas renamed the newest Yeezy.

• A German art museum is reclaiming its fakes

• The fashion world remembers Kenzo Takada.

• How Instagram changed sneaker culture.  

News From the Otis Collection

• The biggest KAWS auction ever is about to go down in Paris (and he’s got a new book out, too). 

• Felipe Pantone designed a one-off Carbon Cub airplane

• A look inside Tracey Emin’s new solo show at Xavier Hufkens Gallery.

• The Union x Converse Chuck Taylor collab features a ‘Harlem Toile’ from designer Sheila Bridges.

• Virgil Abloh might have a new Off-White™ x Nike Air Force 1 MoMA in the works.

• Watch Travis Scott perform his new #1 song “Franchise” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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