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 Thursday, July 28th.
How the influx of New York galleries is affecting the LA scene – Eleven New York galleries have opened or are about to open in LA. Sean Kelly Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery and Lisson Gallery join The Hole, which opened a large space in April. Dealers say the appeal lies in the artist community, expanding museum scene, and access to LA collectors. “If you’re an artist and you’re trying to reach the whole world with your art, if it’s not in LA it’s not going to happen,” said Marc Glimcher, CEO of Pace. (LA times)
Tory MP follows ‘Straight White Male’ art project – A nationwide initiative to fund public art featuring the words “Straight White Male” has criticized a poster by artist Nadina Ali that reads “Hey Straight White Men, Pass the Power!” Neil O’ Brien, a Conservative MP, took to social media to denounce the work: “I’m sick of paying taxes for this divisive, racist crap.” The head of Artichoke, the group behind the show, fired back: ” Nadina Ali’s artworks … directly demand that those in power simply share it. It is ironic that someone in power would question that request.” (Independently)
Museums Association urges UK government investment amid inflation – The Museums Association is urging the UK government to give museum workers a new ‘wage scheme’ that can withstand rising inflation. In a statement, the association said the rising cost of living is causing “serious problems” and that directors and funding agencies need to find ways to make “substantial salary offers”. [for] the museum workforce this fiscal year.” (TAN)
Zelensky’s Annie Leibovitz Photo shoot draws fire – Vogues “Special Digital Cover Story” with photos of the President of Ukraine and his wife by star photographer Annie Leibovitz draws criticism from all sides. “The idea of a conflict zone as a backdrop…is abhorrent,” artist Adam Bromberg wrote in a viral Instagram post, slamming the images. Meanwhile, the Leibovitz images have become the stuff of political debate, with Texas Republican Representative Mayra Flores tweeting, “Biden: Let’s keep sending billions of dollars in foreign aid to Ukraine, they need it!” Reality: The Zelensky family honors us with a photo shoot for the cover of Fashion magazine.” (Instagram, news week)
movers & shakers
Lots of people having sex in this Polish war museum – Fort Gerhard, a 19th-century former Prussian fortress in Świnoujście, which lies to the north near the border with Germany, is a love hotspot, according to its upgraded, high-quality video surveillance system. The museum released a statement noting that several couples in love were caught red-handed on camera this summer. It warns people they’re being filmed despite plenty of dark corners and implores couples to move elsewhere. (Notes from Poland)
Early 20th Century Black Portraits Get New Names and Attention Sensitive portraits of Black sitters are featured in the major retrospective Glyn Philpot: Flesh and Spirit at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, UK. The white painter who was the Jamaican in the early 20th. But many of his subjects are unknown. “Many of these works were simply called ‘Head of a Negro,'” said Simon Martin, the exhibition’s curator. “If in 2022 we are able and making an effort to find out who these people are and where they are from, I think we should be doing that.” (New York Times)
Ford and Mellon Foundations Appoint Disability Futures Fellows 2022 – The grant has named 20 disabled US artists, filmmakers and journalists with unrestricted grants of $50,000. These include Nasreen Alkhateeb, a filmmaker who documented US Vice President Kamala Harris during the election campaign, and Antoine Hunter, aka Purple Fire Crow, a deaf, indigenous choreographer. (New York Times)
Lorna Simpson portrays Brittany Griner for TIME – Nearly three months after being jailed in Russia for carrying cannabis oil, the WNBA superstar is on the front page of TIME Magazine in an image by artist Lorna Simpson. US President Biden approved a plan to trade convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year sentence in the US, in exchange for the release of Griner and Paul Whelan, an American prisoner in Russia. They have not yet responded to the offer. (Guardian)
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