BY In the Name of Art in News | 04 JUL 18

Sun’s Out, Guns Out: Damien Hirst Strips To His Underwear For Racy Instagram Contest

In further art world silliness: ‘Sprinkle urine on bad dreams,’ Marina Abramović suggests; Elon Musk in ‘farting unicorn’ dispute with potter

BY In the Name of Art in News | 04 JUL 18

Courtesy: Damien Hirst; Instagram

Phwoar! Get an eyeful of Damien Hirst, stripped to his bubble-gum pink underpants – the artist has invited his 433,000 followers on Instagram to contribute their finest captions. The prize? A print of one of Hirst’s spotted ‘Veil Paintings’. The photograph of Hirst in his matching underwear set, and a pair of crocs labelled ‘Damien’, has already attracted thousands of comments: if you think you can do better than ‘apparently Y.B.A. now means ... Your Bits Aired’ or ‘I’d like to see Anish Kapoor try and get his hands on THIS pigment now …’ then head on over pronto.

Meanwhile, Marina Abramović has some advice for you: ‘Sprinkle the urine of the morning over the night of bad dreams.’ At the Women in Art Lunch at London’s Dorchester Ballroom, the artist shared a few choice cuts from her ‘Spirit Cooking Recipes’, the Art Newspaper reports. Other suggestions included ‘facing the wall, eat nine hot red peppers’ and ‘cut deeply into the middle finger of the left hand. Eat the pain.’ Yum yum.

Alongside his show ‘Zittern auf dem sofa’ at Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, artist Juergen Teller has been posting his reactions to each game Germany plays in the World Cup online. Here’s Teller enjoying Germany’s triumph over Sweden (though we’re still waiting for his presumably less happy response to Germany vs South Korea – the nation’s earliest World Cup exit since 1938):


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Jun 27, 2018 at 10:31am PDT

We’re very sorry to report that the multibillionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, has been accused by a Colorado potter of stealing his ‘farting unicorn’ design. The artist Tom Edwards says his image of the flatulent magical beast has been used in Tesla promotional material without permission or compensation. Musk says it would be ‘kinda lame’ for the artist to sue him. When we last checked, Musk’s net worth was in the region of USD$20 billion.

And finally, at the private view of the National Portrait Gallery’s Michael Jackson show, UK culture secretary Matt Hancock tried his hand at moonwalking …

BREAKING! Here’s @NPGLondon Director Nick Cullinan teaching @DCMS Secretary @MattHancock to moonwalk at tonight’s opening of the super cool Michael Jackson exhibition, #MJOnTheWall.

Please RT for the world to see.

— Jonathan Badyal (@JonathanBadyal) June 26, 2018

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