Art Industry News is a daily round-up of the most momentous developments in the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Wednesday, August 3rd.
Documentary reveals shocking price difference between men and women in the art world – BBC Radio 4 will air a new radio documentary by author Helen Gorrill examining the gender pay gap in the arts. Findings include a 10:1 price difference between pieces sold by men and women, and the fact that paintings signed with a male name sell more, while paintings signed with a female name , fewer are sold. Called recalculate art, the radio exposé will be broadcast on August 11th. (Guardian)
More out of this world pictures from space – The newly commissioned James Webb Space Telescope continues to impress. The latest is a stunning composite image showing what is known as the Cartwheel Galaxy, a vast cosmic formation that features two rings of stars connected by “spokes.” (PetaPixels)
New project uses AI to expand the bored monkeys Under the motto “Let Monke make a picture for you,” a Hartford, Connecticut team fed all 10,000 Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs into an AI art program and created 10,000 “Artsy Monke” NFTs – chaotic, Archimboldo-like images of ” intricate Viking ship scenes, moody neon cityscapes, the intense ‘stormy oceans’ that combine in the faces of the disappointed monkeys. Dan Hovey, the project’s blockchain specialist, says that the Artsy Monkey team “felt that there was an art element missing from the standard NFT collections.” On OpenSea, the Artsy Monke NFTs sold out quickly, making about $37,000 (22.6 eth) in business so far. Not exactly money for Bored Ape — but the company still promises its owners an Artsy Monkeland metaverse. What a world. (CoinTelegraph)
Mary Obering dies at 85 – Beloved abstract painter Mary Obering has died of natural causes at the age of 85. After years of working in relative obscurity, Obering’s large-scale geometric abstractions have found a following in recent years, having taken on new representation in 2018 with the now-defunct gallery Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles and the following year with Bortolami in New York . (ARTnews)
movers & shakers
Monika Sprüth wins the Art Cologne Prize – Art Cologne awarded the dealer Monika Sprüth, who founded her gallery in 1983 in the south of Cologne, with its annual Excellence Prize, which is endowed with 10,000 euros. It will be presented on November 17th at a ceremony in Cologne’s historic town hall. (FAZ)
Phillips organizes a pop-up exhibition in Seoul – Phillips is collaborating with the Artist Room on a pop-up exhibition at the Lee Eugean Gallery in Seoul’s Gangnam district from August 21 to September 6. The house’s first Seoul initiative, New Romantics, will anticipate a sale of work by up-and-coming mid-career artists, including Hernan Bas and Ania Hobson, who are reviving the spirit of Romanticism. The works will go on sale in Hong Kong from September 19. (press release)
David Kordansky is also hosting a pop-up exhibition in Seoul – David Kordansky will host a pop-up exhibition in Seoul from August 18th to September 5th concurrently with Frieze Seoul and Kiaf fairs. Located at 157, Itaewon-ro 55-gil in the Yongsan-gu district, it aims to introduce the gallery’s program to Korean and Asian audiences, featuring artists ranging from John Armleder to Shara Hughes. (press release)
Ballroom Marfa Appoints Executive Director – The Marfa, Texas-based arts center has appointed curator Daisy Nam as its new executive director, a role she will assume after having served there as a curator since 2020. As curator, Nam organized artist Donna Huanca’s solo exhibition entitled ESPEJO QUEMADA and along with music curator Sarah Melendez, launched the artist residency program Ballroom Session – The Farther Place during the pandemic. Nam was Associate Director at Harvard’s Carpenter Center for Visual Arts from 2015-2019 and Associate Editor of the publication Preferably! Letters from Asian Americans in Art (2021) with Paper Monument. (press release)
Olafur Eliasson creates colorful pavilion for Cali winery – The Icelandic-Danish artist collaborated with architect Sebastian Behmann on a colorful kaleidoscopic pavilion used for wine tasting at the Donum Estate, a Sonoma, California winery owned by collectors Mei and Allan Warburg. See it here. (TAN)
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