Grimes opens her first-ever art show today, with a duo of online exhibitions showcasing prints, drawings, photographs and other works by the singer and musician, whose real name is Claire Boucher.
Most sensationally, the exhibition includes a work that allows members of the public to purchase a percentage of her soul. The piece, titled Selling Out, is a legal document made in collaboration with the artist’s lawyers.
According to Bloomberg, Grimes originally planned to sell the work for $10 million USD. “I didn’t want anyone to buy it,” the artist said. “So, I said we should make it $10 million and then it probably won’t sell.” However, given the global recessions threatened by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she felt that the asking price was inappropriate: “with the current state of the world, do you want to put something up for $10 million?”
The piece will now be listed with a price of ‘best offer’, allowing the exhibition’s viewers to decide its value.
After causing a media sensation by naming her child X Æ A-12, the artist recently announced that she and Elon Musk have changed the name to X Æ A-Xii – reportedly in order to comply with California’s birth registration handbook.