Art Industry News is the daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Monday, September 19.
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Zurich’s art scene is booming This is a great time to visit Zurich. The city’s annual Art Weekend is becoming a mandatory art-world carousel stop before Art Basel. Wu Tsang and Demna Gvasalia are among the creatives who lurk the city, which boasts nearly 100 Art galleries and alternative spaces at the top of its new David Chipperfield–designed Kunsthaus. ,financial Times,
Judge sides with Meow Wolf in trial A judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Lauren Olivier who claimed that Meow Wolf infringed her copyright by using images of an owl figurine created for the group’s immersive attraction in Santa Fe in supplementary material was. The judge concluded that Meow Wolf had an “implied license” to use the work for various purposes because it financed its creation. ,art newspaper,
Art Institute Court The King – Royal patronage is an essential part of British arts and cultural society. Now that Charles is the new king, the cultural institutions are in for a major overhaul. Dozens looking for new patrons: The Queen has been a patron of over 50 organizations, including the Royal Ballet. Charles was the patron of over 100, but he would be very busy in his new role and would continue to patronize most. ,new York Times,
How a Minor League Baseball Player Became a Major League Artist Blake McFarland has been playing with tools, sketching and doodling all his life, but only recently discovered that his calling was not to be a professional baseball player, but to be a professional artist. A partnership with the company Goodyear to make sculptures for independent commissions enabled him to make more money than just making a sports ball. He retired from baseball in 2017. ,Now he,
Movers and shakers
Two German auction houses working together – Cologne-based auction house Van Hamm and its Munich-based competitor Karl & Faber are joining forces to form an “auction alliance”. They will preview and publish a combined catalogue, although sales will remain separate. This move is likely to be inspired in part by Sotheby’s returns to the country, ,does,
Head of the MoMA’s Photography Curator Paris – After only two years, Clément Cherroux is returning to his native France to lead the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. Although MoMA was closed for most of her tenure, she oversaw Wolfgang Tillman and current surveys of female photographers, and presided over several important acquisitions. ,new York Times,
Getty pledges $3.1 million to preserve black architecture A new grant program led by the Getty Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund will highlight the contributions of Black architects to modernism. The money will support the long-term conservation of some 16 buildings that will be announced in 2023. ,tan,
Major gift received by Birmingham Museum of Art The Alabama Museum received two gifts of a combined $3 million to end the two museum positions. Dora and Sanjay Singh pledged $1.5 million to the Director of Education and Engagement, while the Hugh Kaul Foundation donated $1.5 million to support the role of Chief Financial Officer. ,alabama life and culture,
for the sake of art
Jenny Holzer Projections come to Rock Center Renowned artist Penn is teaming up with America to create a series of projections that will illuminate the façade of 30 Rockefeller Center. Starting at 8 p.m., quotes from celebrities including Salmon Rushdie, Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova, and Margaret Atwood will appear in Holzer’s signature font. Project Title speech itself (2022), aims to address the growing threats to freedom of expression. It runs till September 18. ,tan,
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