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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, July 20th.


Cardi B lawsuit in $5 million suit over ‘sexual’ cover art The superstar-rapper is expected to testify in person on Aug. 3 in a lawsuit filed by Kevin Michael Brophy, who alleges Cardi B misappropriated his tattoo on the cover of her 2016 album Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1. The lawsuit was first filed in 2017 and came to court after settlement talks collapsed. The four-day trial is expected to be a spectacle. “It’s showtime,” said US District Judge Cormac J. Carney. (Rolling Stone)

Ukrainian art exhibition gets a new home – An exhibition of works by 42 Ukrainian artists who were stranded in a Danish gallery and unable to return to Kyiv has reopened in Brussels. The solution – which prevents the exhibition from being locked away and kept in limbo indefinitely – was the result of four weeks of frantic negotiations between curators, EU foreign policy officials and the Art and History Museum in Brussels. (Guardian)

Pace Shutter’s Palo Alto Space as part of ‘Consolidation’ – Pace will close his Palo Alto gallery after his latest exhibition of Brice Guilbert’s work concludes on September 2nd. The gallery announces its decision to close the six-year-old space — one of the first blue-chip spaces to open in Silicon Valley — as part of a broader move to consolidate its global operations following the opening of a new space in Los Angeles and recent expansions in London and Seoul. (press release)

Outsted Whitworth Gallery Director moves to ZKM Karlsruhe – The cultural institution Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe has appointed Alistair Hudson as its new director. The British curator was forced to step down from the management of Manchester University’s Whitworth Art Gallery in February because a pro-Palestinian exhibition included an exhibition organized by Forensic Architecture. (art review)

movers & shakers

Almine Rech is expanding in Paris – The star gallery owner is doubling the size of her premises at 18 Avenue Matignon in the 8th arrondissement with a new extension opening in early September ahead of the first edition of Paris+. A solo exhibition of works by Vietnamese artist Mai-Thu Perret will inaugurate the new venue. (press release)

Artnet Auctions starts cooperation with Poly Auctions – Artnet Auctions joint online sale in cooperation with Poly Auction starts today. ​The auction, held on Poly Auction’s online platform, will provide collectors based in Asia with access to Artnet’s offering of premium post-war and contemporary art, prints and multiples, and photographs, demonstrating Artnet’s commitment to the Asian market. (press release)

Front Triennial Launches Scholarship Program – The three-year Art Futures Fellowship, created by the Front Triennial, which opened last week in Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin, offers three artists from marginalized communities in northern Ohio $25,000 in unrestricted grants and professional opportunities development and journey. (The art newspaper)

Art World power couple break up It’s not every day that an art world collapse goes undercover page sixbut the gossip column reported on this artist Mickalene Thomas and art consultant Racquel Chevremont have called it quits after two and a half years of dating. The couple recently organized an exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum as part of their joint curatorial initiative, Deux Femmes Noires. (page six)


A bat designed by artists comes onto the field – New York Met Pete Alonso failed in his attempt for a historic three-peat (three Pete?) in the home run derby Monday night. (Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals won.) But for the third straight contest, the first baseman brandished an artist-designed bat for the occasion, this one by Gregory Siff in Mets blue and orange. It includes the phrase “Polar Power,” a nod to Alonso’s nickname, “Polar Bear.” (Twitter)

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