Russian art collector linked to obscure payments to Trump’s lawyer + More must-read 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 Tuesday, May 9.


Why artists love Mexico – The contemporary art scene in Mexico is booming and now artists and dealers are taking their exposure on the road. Over the next few months, they will have major exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Dallas, Saskatoon and Singapore, as well as a presence at major international fairs like Art Basel. Commentators note that the country’s rich history of modernism has spawned a new generation of outstanding artists engaged internationally. (Financial Time)

Piers Morgan criticizes the Met Gala – Some conservatives and Roman CaCatholics, including the talk show host, took offense at the religious theme of the Met Gala, considering the outfits and the Costume Institute’s new show “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” as sacrilege, despite the fact that it bore the Vatican seal. approval. “This year’s Met Gala crossed a line and was blatantly, blatantly disrespectful, ”Morgan wrote in an op-ed. (SF gate, Daily mail)

Russian art collector linked to Michael Cohen payments The New York Times uncovered undeclared payments to a shell company used by President Trump’s lawyer, including $ 500,000 from a New York investment firm linked to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. (A lawyer at the firm described it as “consulting fees.”) Vekselberg also owns an expensive collection of Imperial Fabergé eggs and sued Christie’s in 2010 for his sale of a fake work allegedly to have been copyrighted. artist Boris Kustodiev. (New York Times)

Art school withdraws instructors after alleged misconduct – Two teachers in the film and animation department of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan have been fired after students complained of inappropriate sexual behavior. Robert Haufrecht was suspended in March and his contract will not be renewed, while Roy Frumkes has been suspended pending an appeal regarding his dismissal. (NYT)


Buyer Gives Surprise Gift to the Dakota Tribe – An anonymous buyer recently purchased a sacred wooden pipe linked to the 1862 US-Dakota War at auction for $ 40,000, despite attempts by the Lower Sioux Indian community to block its sale. But it turns out that the buyer – who remains unknown – bought it explicitly to return to the Dakota people of Minnesota. (MPR News)

LA Gallery takes a summer trip to London – Looking for a more lasting model than sharing a fair or an art gallery, Jenny’s gallery is moving to London for the whole summer. The arrangement allows the gallery to avoid the slow pace of the LA summer season and be closer to the List Fair and other European events. Jenny’s also plans to hold a series of exhibitions across the street from Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery. (ARTnews)

Trove of Scottish Colorist Paintings on sale – Around 30 works by the Scottish Colorists could sell for nearly $ 7 million at Sotheby’s in London next month. The works have never been seen by the public. Relatives of Glasgow shipping collector and tycoon Major Ion Harrison are behind the sale. (Scottish)

Launch of Samurai Art Expo in the Netherlands An exhibition of Japanese art and antiques is due to be launched in June in the Dutch city of Utrecht. The event will focus on the history of the samurai and bring together art dealers, craftsmen and sword smiths (yes, it turns out it’s still a job). (Antiquarian Journal)


Nicolas Bourriaud at the Istanbul Biennale commissariat – The French curator and co-founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris will be hosting the 16th edition of the biennial, which will run from September 14 to November 10, 2019. More details on the program will be revealed this fall, but expect many. common activities. It is, after all, the man who coined the term “relational aesthetics”. (Press release)

Austria chooses feminist artist for Venice – Veteran feminist artist Renate Bertlmann, known for her playful and explicit work, promises to take risks by representing Austria at the Venice Biennale. The pavilion will be organized by curator Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, who heads the department of art and cultural studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. (ARTnews)

Artist and gallery owner Paul Bloodgood has passed away – The adventurous artist, teacher and gallery owner has died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 58. Founder of AC Project Room, he continued to make art after a violent assault in 2010 that resulted in brain damage. The White Columns of New York are planning an exhibition of his work this summer. (ARTnews)

Baselitz obtains the honor of Venice with the help of Gagosian – Veteran German artist Georg Baselitz will secure a major solo exhibition at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, making him the first living artist to receive this honor. Opened in May 2019 during the Venice Biennale and supported by the Gagosian Gallery, the exhibition will explore the impact of Italy, where Baselitz has a studio, on his work. (Daily Art)


Spencer Tunick returns to Melbourne – The photographer will stage The return of the nude in Melbourne in July, 17 years after his first mass portrait of nude volunteers in the Australian city. Tunick says the place, Chapel Street, reminds him of the East Village, Sunset Strip and Haight-Ashbury “all combined into one behemoth.” (Concrete playground)

Marlene Dumas’ new paintings become legendary – Half of the 61 works in the artist’s solo exhibition at David Zwirner in New York City have been painted in the past three months. The works explore eroticism, power and violence and are inspired by a copy of Shakespeare’s first poem “Venus and Adonis”. “Perhaps for me the most shocking reality around this new body of work is that they are extremely political not being overtly political,” Zwirner said. (NYT)

Artist protests decline of creativity in UK schools – About 100 artists including Bob and Roberta Smith, Rachel Whiteread, Mark Wallinger and Tracey Emin signed a letter published in the Guardian to protest against the exclusion of artistic and creative subjects from the English baccalaureate provided for secondary school students. (Guardian)

Breuning clouds cross the Atlantic – Olaf Breuning’s bright blue clouds, last seen at the entrance to Central Park in New York City, have arrived at the Cass Sculpture Foundation in southern England. The timing couldn’t be better: New research by Arts Council England has confirmed the growing popularity of outdoor sculpture. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park has seen its attendance drop from 350,000 to 500,000 over the past three years, while that of Cass has doubled. (Frieze, BBC)

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