British artist David Shrigley has chosen an unlikely subject for his sculptural commission outside the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich: Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. Shrigley’s sculpture will aim to bring attention to Bubbles’s currently unfunded care in Florida. “Michael Jackson’s will made no provision for the care of Bubbles, yet the Estate of Michael Jackson still claims ownership of him. It costs $20,000 US a year to care for each of the 30 apes at the sanctuary and whilst some Michael Jackson fans have donated money to the cause there is still a massive shortfall in funding. Apes live almost as long as humans, so the cost of lifetime care for the apes will run into many millions.”
A balm to the Lockdown Lover’s tireless online search for gifts could be Dellasposa Gallery’s Valentine’s Day Art Edit, a coquettish curation of prints, paintings, and books,
West Contemporary have announced the launch of a new collection of highly collectable artworks, with 20% of the profit from all sales going towards their #masksforNHS fundraiser, set up via GoFundMe to raise money for much needed FFP3 masks for NHS staff.
Ruinart Champagne, the world’s first established Champagne House, announces ‘Unconventional Bubbles’ (Bulles singulières), an artistic reinterpretation of Maison Ruinart by British artist David Shrigley.
Leading artists donate to heART & SOUL, the second biannual auction in aid of Arms Around The Child.
This spring, artists from around the globe will donate their work to heART & SOUL, the second biannual auction in aid of Arms Around The Child, a charity that provides children in Africa and India, who are directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS, orphaned, abandoned or abused, with much-needed homes, safety, education, healthcare and community.