An Unlikely Collaboration Between RETNA and His Mother

When you head down to an event as momentous as Art Basel Miami you expect to leave with some interesting and, at times, unforgettable stories. While perusing the assemblage of art-world offerings at the SCOPE Art Show we came across an interesting piece by RETNA, known for being part of the famous Seventh Letter collective and more recently for the cover art he produced for Justin Bieber’s latest album.

While there were a number of works by RETNA on display by Hoerle-Guggenheim, a duo of monochromatic paintings stood out. The pieces were done in the artist’s signature calligraphic style, in shimmering black paint on a white canvas, but each featured a number of slashes stitched back together with leather thread, seemingly a reference to his Native American heritage.

Upon inquiring about the peculiar addition to the works, we were informed by the gallery’s representative that RETNA, being the fiery artist that he is, decided to marr the pieces only to have his mother repair them later on.

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