Art Industry News: Baltimore Museum of Art Workers Vote to Organize, Citing 'Priceless Wages' + other stories

Art Industry News: Baltimore Museum of Art Workers Vote to Organize, Citing ‘Priceless Wages’ + other stories | Pro Club Bd

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 Friday, July 15th.


Horniman Museum and Gardens Named 2022 Art Fund Museum of the Year – The Forest Hill Museum beat out four other finalists for the £100,000 prize. It is London’s only institution dedicated to the environment, ecology and human cultures. Jenny Waldman, director of the Art Fund, said the museum has “evolved into a truly holistic museum, bringing together art, nature and its myriad collections.” (press release)

Istanbul Biennale curator Fulya Erdemci has died – Fulya Erdemci, director of the Istanbul Biennale from 1994 to 2000 and a prominent figure in the Turkish cultural scene, has died of cancer. (The announcement did not reveal her age.) She organized the Turkish Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale and organized the 2002 São Paulo Biennale. Her work has focused on the intersection of art, politics and public space. (The art newspaper)

Baltimore Museum workers vote to organize – The latest in a wave of museum unions, workers at the Baltimore Museum of Art voted 89 to 29 to join Council 67 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees as the museum searches for a new director. (A 20-year veteran previously said she makes $42,500 a year and has only received about $10,000 in raises since joining in 2002.) The museum’s interim directors Christine Dietze and Asma Naeem said they did “Respect the outcome of the election and our workforce’s decision to unionize.”Baltimore Business Journal)

Court reverses opinion on Picasso copyright decision – The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a ruling regarding the copyright of photographs of paintings by Pablo Picasso. The long-running legal battle between the French copyright owner and American editor Alan Wofsy, who used the images in a 1991 project. In 2019, a judge ruled that a French decision in favor of the copyright owner was not applicable in the US, but the Court of Appeal reversed the decision and sent it back to the lower court. (ARTnews)

movers & shakers

ADAA plans its biggest art fair yet – As the Art Dealers Association of America prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, it has announced the program for its upcoming show, to be held November 3-6 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. The 78 participating galleries include stalwarts David Zwirner, Lisson and Petzel, alongside newcomers like Derek Eller and Almine Rech. (ARTnews)

Luxembourg + Co. opens gallery in New York – The gallery, which spun off from Luxembourg and Dayan in 2020, is opening a space in New York’s Fuller Building at 57th Street and Madison Avenue this September with an exhibition of drawings by Joan Miró. The exhibition, which presents works from 1924-34, takes place in the same place where the artist made his debut at the historic Galerie Pierre Matisse in 1932. (press release)

LGDR moves into historic building – The gallery is moving from its former home at 3 East 89th Street, the site of Salon 94, to the historic gallery at 19 E 64th Street. The brownstone was formerly the home of Skarstedt and was once owned by the legendary Wildenstein family of art dealers. LGDR will open the space in 2023 as its new headquarters; The 89th Street Gallery will reopen as a project space after renovation. (press release)

Phillips plans dedicated sale of David Hockney – A Phillips London auction on September 13 will offer paintings, prints, photographs and sketches by Hockney for prices ranging from £1,000 to over £250,000. Auction highlights come from Cape Town-based collectors Andrew and Sandy Ovenstone; Proceeds from their work will help fund new acquisitions by contemporary South African artists. (evening standard)


Futuristic (albeit spooky) installation takes on Selfridges – Thirteen new media artworks and installations have surfaced at London’s legendary department store for an exhibition titled ‘Superfutures’, a collaboration between Selfridges and Berlin’s Reference Festival. The works – below The giant, a six-foot-five-meter-tall robotic face of Gentle Monster — are scattered among the clothes racks and shoe racks, startling some shoppers. The show runs through October 16th. (press release)

A family poses in front of Gentle Monster’s large-scale robotic face installation The giant at Selfridges on July 14, 2022. Photo: Vivienne Chow

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