Nick Cave Brings “Truth Be Told” Across the U.S., and Other News

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“Truth Be Told” (2021) by Nick Cave designed in collaboration with Bob Faust

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Nick Cave will bring “Truth Be Told” to more than 300 billboards and digital screens across the United States.

Last fall, Nick Cave and Jack Shainman Gallery found themselves embroiled in a legal battle over whether the artist’s monumental text-based piece, Truth Be Told, on display across the facade of the gallery’s outpost in Kinderhook, New York, violated local building codes. Cave, who created the artwork in response to the police killing of George Floyd, ultimately prevailed and promptly brought the artwork to a more welcome home at the Brooklyn Museum.

Now, animated editions of Truth Be Told featuring Cave’s signature Soundsuits will appear across 300 different billboards and digital screens in cities across the United States thanks to a new partnership with Orange Barrel Media and Bob Faust. The project’s latest iteration was specially created for the media agency’s Sunset Spectacular in West Hollywood through its Arts on Sunset initiative, but new presentations will launch July 4 in major cities such as Atlanta, Washington, and Boston. “At a time of so much disinformation and racist beliefs finally surfacing,” says Cave, “it’s more important than ever to speak truth to power, and in many cases to ourselves.” 

A new study suggests that renting clothing is worse for the planet than simply throwing it away.

A recent study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters calculates the greenhouse gas emissions connected to five different ways of owning and disposing of clothing such as resale, recycling, and renting. The results upend conventional wisdom about sustainable fashion—renting clothes had the highest climate impact of all and recycling was surprisingly high as well due to the emission from industrial processing. So what’s the most sustainable approach to consuming fashion? Buy fewer items and wear them until they fall apart. 

Blanton Museum of Art. Rendering courtesy of Snøhetta

Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art will debut the first-ever sound art garden in 2022. 

Part of the campus-wide renovation by Norweigan architecture firm Snøhetta, the launch of Butler Sound Gallery will mark the first time a museum exhibition space dedicated exclusively to sound art. Austin philanthropists Ernest and Sarah Butler’s $5m donation is to thank for getting the project, a park-like outdoor space next to Ellsworth Kelly’s famed Austin chapel.

Luca Nichetto kicks off his new “Opinionated” podcast by interviewing Daan Roosegaarde. 

Nichetto Studio has teamed up with Studio Blanco and Paolo Ferrarini to launch “Opinionated,” a monthly 30-minute podcast focused on the exchange between creative minds. Through the series, Nichetto aims to explore a variety of themes ranging from economics and sustainability to contemporary art and music. “Over the years, through exceptional partnerships and travel, I’ve been lucky enough to build a rich and unique network of collaborators and friends,” says Nichetto. “‘Opinionated’ is the chance to draw on these connections and create a sense of community, through enriching conversations and the assertion of different points of view.” It kicks off with a conversation between Nichetto and Daan Roosegaarde.

Mountain Hut in Val Fex, Engadin, where the Beatrice Trussardi Foundation will mount a project by Pawel Althamer. Photography by Marco De Scalz

Beatrice Trussardi launches a nomadic art foundation with an installation atop the Swiss Alps.

The Italian cultural entrepreneur took over the Nicola Trussardi Foundation—named after her father—in 1999, and soon created nomadic art projects in and around Milan. That same logic will apply to the Beatrice Trussardi Foundation, her soon-to-be-launched “nomadic museum,” which launches this summer with an installation by Polish artist Pawel Althamer atop the Swiss Alps that’s only accessible via horse-drawn carriage. She aims to mount even more projects that respond to their immediate surroundings at far-flung locales around the world. “A foundation without a home works directly within the fabric—within the very nervous system—of a chosen place or a specific historical moment,” Trussardi told Artnet News. “I want the foundation to be a mechanism, a vehicle that can bring art closer to the public.” 

R & Company now represents Job Smeets, who will premiere a new body of work there in 2022.

The New York design gallery recently announced their representation of Job Smeets and Studio Job, the Netherlands-based design company he founded in 1998. The studio’s work is known for bridging monumental design and graphic artwork, with highly crafted works characterized by a unique library of iconography, pop culture allusions, and excessive ornamentation. “Over the last 20 years, Smeets’ work has appeared in countless international exhibitions and fairs, but it has been nearly a decade since Studio Job’s last North American solo show,” R & Company founders Evan Snyderman and Zesty Meyers said in a joint statement. The gallery will mount “The American Job,” which premieres an entirely new body of work by Studio Job, in spring 2022. 

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