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 21st.
Daughter of Peter Max files new lawsuit – Libra Max, the pop art icon’s daughter, is suing the New York court system over alleged secret communications between her father’s court-appointed guardian and judges. Peter Max, 84, has been under conservatory since 2015. The artist’s court-appointed attorney denies he has been isolated from loved ones. (Guardian)
Reopening of Pinchuk Art Center in Kyiv – One of Ukraine’s most important art spaces, the Pinchuk Art Center, opened to the public this week for the first time since the Russian invasion. Founded by steel billionaire Victor Pinchuk, the museum presents a retrospective of Ukrainian artists documenting the human toll of war. (The art newspaper)
Is this New York’s most unusual art exhibition? – The show, the most talked about in New York, was shut down by police within 30 minutes of opening. The Patriot at O’Flaherty’s is an uncurated group show featuring hundreds of small works of art submitted via open call. “It reveals, probably inadvertently, the deep and abounding desire among the city’s artists, who clamor for notoriety and desperate for recognition,” wrote Max Lakin. The “show is a microcosm of the art scene in all its frustrated expressions: art school dropouts, first-timers, artists who have long suffered in the dark, the wildly famous…. In terms of digging up the corrupt heart of American art production, it’s more effective in many ways.” (New York Times)
Artists lose case over deleted murals Six artists lost their case against a San Francisco real estate owner who painted over their murals when Stud Bar, the city’s oldest operating queer bar, closed during the lockdown. The artists argued that the landlord had violated the Visual Artists’ Rights Act (VARA) and said the move expressed “clear contempt” for the community. However, a judge ruled that VARA does not apply because the artists did not have the consent of the property owner when creating the murals. (The Art Newspaper)
movers & shakers
Qualeasha Wood Joins Pippy Houldsworth Gallery – The London gallery will co-represent Brooklyn-based textile artist with New York traveling gallery Kendra Jayne Patrick. In her tapestries, collected by artists such as Alicia Keys and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wood weaves images of black femininity. The artist’s first solo exhibition at Pippy Houldsworth runs from May 5th to June 3rd, 2023. (press release)
Spencer Museum of Art receives $3 million for art research – Kansas City-based philanthropist Margaret H. Silva has donated $3 million to fund the Arts Research Integration (ARI) initiative at the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. The aim of the initiative is to bring artists, scientists and others together to tackle pressing problems. ARI is currently working on a blockchain project with artists Simon Denny, Stephanie Dinkins and Professor Perry Alexander. (press release)
UOVO Launches Art Investment Branch – UOVO, a US art storage company, launches UOVO Art Finance to help clients leverage their art collections while keeping the works safe. UOVO will offer art loans ranging from $1 million to $25 million. (press release)
Abu Dhabi Art will have its biggest edition in November – The 14th edition of the art fair will be the biggest ever, with 78 galleries from 27 countries are taking part. A record 45 galleries are returning from last year along with 33 new entrants. The event will take place from November 16th to 20th in Manarat Al-Saadiyat. (press release)
Titus Kaphar’s NXTHVN Welcomes New Cohort– The artist-founded incubator in New Haven, Connecticut welcomed the fourth cohort to its studio and curatorial fellowships. The grantees, including Cornelia Stokes, Edgar Serrano, and Kiara Cristina Ventura, will continue to develop their practices in NXTHVN’s community-focused environment from August 22 to May 31, 2023. Founded by Titus Kaphar and Jason Price, the program awards a $45,000 grant to curatorial grantees and a $35,000 grant to studio grantees. (press release)
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