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MORE TURMOUL AT DOCUMENTA. The German show announced on Saturday that its board of directors and general manager, Sabine SchormannShe had “mutually agreed” that she would leave as she was being put to the test for her handling of allegations of anti-Semitism. Alex Gruenberger reports ARTnews . “Unfortunately, a lot of trust has been lost,” the board said. “The Board of Directors believes it is essential that everything be done to regain that trust.” The crisis centered on an artwork featuring anti-Semitic imagery and the involvement of a Palestinian collective purporting to be the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement. The panel announced that it would convene an expert panel on “contemporary anti-Semitism, the German and global context and postcolonialism and art” and would no longer make any statements on how to deal with the controversies.
PHILANTHROPIN AND COLLECTOR LILY SAFRA, who invested her fortune in art, jewelry and charity, died on July 9 at her home in Geneva, aged 87 New York Times reports. With her fourth husband, banker Edmond J Safrawho died in 1999, she built up an impressive art collection, which was shown in 2010 a.o Alberto Giacometti where she shopped Sotheby’s in 2010 for $103 million, at the time the most money ever paid for a sculpture at auction. A regular at the ARTnews On the top 200 collectors list, she was an active donor to art institutions, snagging $21 million in 2011 Gerhard Richter to give painting Israel Museumthe financial times reports.
That Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art in California, which opened in 1976, said it would close at the end of August, citing financial difficulties. “Despite our best efforts to expand our donor base in the region, we have not been able to meet the fundraising goals needed to sustain operations,” the chief executive said in a statement. [Santa Barbara Independent and The Art Newspaper]
And the Art Institute San Francisco said it would close its educational offerings after University of San Francisco announced on Friday that it was withdrawing from a plan to merge with the art school, citing “business risks that could impact USF students, faculty and employees.” [San Francisco Chronicle]
Hieronymus M. Eisenberg“the dean of New York antique dealers” has died at the age of 92. SamRoberts reports. Estimating that he sold more than 40,000 through his Royal-Athena Galleries, which operated from 1954 to 2020, Eisenberg emphasized the ethical sourcing of objects as a hallmark of his practice. [The New York Times]
Dear economist Adam Tooze artist visited Hito SteyerlExhibition in the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul and named her video installation animal spirits (2022) “The most extraordinary riff about Keynes I’ve ever seen, with wolves, Spanish shepherds, reality TV, crypto and the 1936 Olympics!” [@adam_tooze/Twitter]
A catalog raisonné of the late artist (and art dealer) Betty Parsons has gone online. The site is an initiative of Betty Parsons and William P Rayner Foundationin cooperation with the Alexander Gray Associates Gallery exhibiting her work. [ArtDaily]
tennis star Maria Sharapova and her fiancé, an art entrepreneur and auctioneer Alexander Gilkeannounced the recent birth of their first child, Theodore. [Page Six]
THE ARTIST IS PRESENT. performance legend Marina Abramovic is making press for being about to drop her first NFT, and in the Guardian She shared some of her cultural touchstones, like that Omen Azen Restaurant in SoHo and a Sigur Ros concert she attended. At that show, she, the group’s lead singer, said Jonsi, “went into a trance and created this type of energy vortex – a volcanic tornado of energy – in which the public participated and could not escape.” That powerful description sounds both terrifying and exciting! Maybe someone could sign Abramovic up as a music columnist? [The Guardian]