The must-read story of the week is Artnet’s delve into rising star Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo’s meteoric rise in the last year.
It’s an in-depth look at how the art-world sausage gets made (Paris Hilton, multiple jet-setting private dealers, astronomically wealthy collectors, and under-the-radar buyers working on behalf of the artist himself are all involved) and the complex, secretive dealings that go on behind the scenes in the secondary market.
The story — set, as it has to be, against the art world’s ongoing grappling with its relationship to race — provides an eye-opening glimpse into the frenzy surrounding talented, young Black artists, and what happens when they lose control over their own work and legacy.
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 rapper, entrepreneur, and co-founder of the legendary Lo Lifes crew Thirstin Howl the 3d, who breaks down the meaning and importance of Ralph Lauren to the ‘80s and ‘90s Brooklyn he grew up in. Listen here, or wherever you get podcasts.
There have been rumbling for years about the febrile state of modern comic book economics, and like so many things in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic cracked those anxieties wide open. Every day, diehards wake up to more news about comic shops boarding up shop permanently, emblematic of what the New York Times referred to as an "extinction-level event."
As the industry scrambles to recoup some of their pandemic-era losses, the traditional single-issue floppy — the Socratic ideal of what a comic book is supposed to be — has been put in the crosshairs. Luke Winkie dives deep into the future of comic books, this week in Otis Magazine.
• Are subcultures still possible in the age of the algorithm?
• Comic Con LA is moving forward with an in-person iteration.
• The sneaker world is in uproar about Nelly’s heeled Jordan 3.
• How superheroes learned to be relevant.
• Pyer Moss’s first in-house sneaker gets a release date.
• How ‘80s comics shaped the modern Batman.
• How can we pay for creativity in the digital age?
• How Chris Gibbs and Union defeated sneaker bots with their Jordan 4 release.
• Felipe Pantone’s Hennessy bottle design just won a Pentaward.
• Sotheby’s “Cult Canvas” auction featured the Pigeon Dunk and the 1985 AJ1 “Bred”.
• Katherine Bernhardt’s corona-centric summer 2020 paintings are on view at Art Basel.
• Works from Banksy, KAWS, and Supreme are going up for auction at London’s Bonhams.
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