Billionaire art collector buys America’s most expensive house + more stories

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here is what you need to know this Thursday, January 24.


WAGE calls on Whitney Biennale attendees to refrain from work – The non-profit organization Working Artists and the Greater Economy (WAGE) published an open letter asking artists invited to participate in the upcoming Whitney Biennale to suspend their work in solidarity with Whitney staff. Late last year, staff called for the resignation of controversial board member Warren B. Kanders, who owns a gunmaker that creates tear gas used on migrants and protesters. . WAGE also asked participating artists to assert their right to be remunerated, a central element of the association’s mission. (Hyperallergic)

Arts Body publishes ‘No Deal’ Brexit guide – Arts Council England has published a guide offering advice to the art world in case the European Union and UK fail to reach a transitional Brexit deal before the rapidly approaching March 29 deadline. not. time, especially when the works are large, delicate or of great value. Meanwhile, EU artists must be informed that they will no longer be able to move freely across the border. The guide also warns that UK organizations will no longer be eligible to receive EU arts funding, so they should plan to reorganize their finances. (The arts journal)

Billionaire collector buys most expensive homes in London and New York – Hedge-funder and philanthropist Ken Griffin, whose high-profile buys include a de Kooning and a Pollock for a combined $ 500 million, has added new high-end real estate to his portfolio. He landed a $ 238 million penthouse overlooking Central Park days after buying London’s most expensive residence, a mansion overlooking St. James’s Park for $ 122 million. The man enjoys the view of the park. (Bloomberg)

Lubaina Himid becomes royal academician – Turner Prize winner artist Lubaina Himid, a pioneer in Britain’s Black Art movement, has been elected Royal Academician. It is joined by two new AR architecture, Adam Caruso and Peter St John, whose joint practice has designed galleries for Larry Gagosian and Damien Hirst in London. (Press release)


Frieze Los Angeles reveals its latest plans – Three weeks before the inaugural fair, which runs February 14-17 at Paramount Studios, Frieze shared more details on the art that will be on display. Hauser & Wirth to present Mike Kelley’s installation Unisex love nest for the first time in the city, while Los Angeles artist Kathryn Andrews will launch a new series inspired by the 1947 murder of “Back Dahlia” in the city of David Kordansky. (hollywood reporter)

Hauser & Wirth Donates $ 1 Million to Film Making Initiative – The Cal State LA Film Department just received a cash injection from the West Coast branch of the mega-gallery. The five-year partnership will provide $ 200,000 per year to support students specializing in documentary film, including funding for equipment and guest instructors. (Los Angeles Times)

Casa Triângulo appoints new director – The former director of Galeria Leme in São Paulo, Camila Siqueira, has been appointed the new director of Casa Triângulo. The Brazilian gallery, founded in 1988, represents artists Assume Vivid Astro Focus and Yuri Firmeza, among others. (ARTnews)


Singapore Biennale announces curators – The team of seven curators of the Singapore Biennale 2019 will be led by Patrick Flores, professor at the University of the Philippines and curator at the Vargas Museum in Manila. The exhibition, entitled “Every step in the right direction”, is due to open in November. (ARTnews)

The Warhol Foundation announces curatorial research grants – The latest round of Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowships totals over $ 400,000, its largest ever awarded under the program. Winners include Naima Keith and Diana Nawi’s Prospect 5, the New Orleans Triennial which will open in 2020. (ARTnews)

Tate launches global research initiative – Korean automaker Hyundai expands its sponsorship of the Tate to fund five curatorial positions at a new research center focused on expanding the canon of contemporary art beyond Europe and beyond North America. The center, which will host seminars and workshops, will be headed by Sook-Kyung Lee, Senior Curator of International Art. The sponsorship agreement lasts until 2024. (Press release)


Family cites new evidence to support ‘Jane Austen’ portrayal – New research supports a family’s claim that the subject of a portrait they own may be author Jane Austen when she was 12. A note from Austen’s great-niece appears to confirm that artist Ozias Humphry painted young Austen in 1788-bBut the National Portrait Gallery remains skeptical of the attribution. The painting, which was not auctioned in 2007, belongs to the Rice family, who are among the descendants of Austen. (Guardian)

Vox’s #Russiagate explanation features Ben Davis’ verdict – Vox asked ours Ben Davis to help summarize and demystify the $ 450 million money laundering conspiracy theory Salvator Mundi. The theory links the royal families of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, Donald Trump, an Israeli intelligence firm, and Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev through the record sale of the Leonardo. Davis says, “If you’re going to do something that’s really, really fishy, ​​you might not want to do it in a way that’s designed to put a big arrow above your head that says, ‘Look at me! Investigate me! ‘ “(Vox)

Miroslaw Balka warns of Trump-style walls The Polish artist has created an overheated and claustrophobic exhibition at the White Cube in London. “Random Access Memory” is heated to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, and its sculpture resembles barricades and walls. The main sculpture from Poland says the show was partly inspired by the political situation in his home country, Trump’s Mexican-American wall and Brexit. “We thought the demolition of the walls was a sign of progress,” he said. “Now everywhere we are rebuilding them again.” (Guardian)

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