Art Industry News: Angelina Jolie’s 19-Year-Old Son Is Reportedly an Artist and Has Already Landed His First Gallery Show + Other Stories

Plus, the Met names the chairs for its Costume Institute Benefit, and the professor who was fired from Hamline University sues.

Actor/director Angelina Jolie and Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt attend The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know on this Thursday, January 19.


Rachel Whiteread Calls for End of the Fourth Plinth – The Turner Prize-winner wants to end London’s Fourth Plinth sculpture program at Trafalgar Square, given that participating artists face challenges finding a permanent home for their work after the public presentation is over. Three-quarters of the former commissions are sitting in storage—one is on display in the U.K. (Guardian)

Professor Who Was Fired for Showing Painting of Prophet Muhammad Sues University – Erika López Prater has filed a lawsuit seeking $50,000 in damages from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The school had opted not to renew her contract after she showed her class a 16th-century image of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. (Hyperallergic)

Pax Jolie-Pitt Gets a Gallery Show in Tel Aviv – The 19-year-old son of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is an artist allegedly using the pseudonym “Embtto,” presumably to avoid being name-checked as yet another nepo baby. The artist, who reportedly is preparing for an exhibition at a gallery in Tel Aviv, is not following in his famous father’s sculpting footsteps, instead working in “digital and mixed media processes.” (Page Six)

Museums Contaminated Artifacts With Toxic Pesticides – In the 19th- and early 20th-centuries, to protect the overwhelming number of colonial-era objects they had amassed, German museums sprayed these objects, which were made from organic materials, with toxic chemicals to protect them from bugs. The historical use of pesticides on these artifacts, however, has made them highly hazardous to handle. (Guardian)


The Met Names Co-Chairs for May Gala – Actors Michaela Coel and Penélope Cruz, tennis phenom Roger Federer, singer Dua Lipa, and Vogue’s grande dame Anna Wintour will co-chair the 2023 Costume Institute Benefit, slated to take place the first Monday in May. In keeping with the corresponding exhibition, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” the dress code for the swanky evening is simply “in honor of Karl.” (Press release)

Maya Lin Honored With Annual Crystal Award – The artist and architect was honored with the 29th edition of the award, which recognizes cultural leaders, at the opening of Davos 2023. In her acceptance speech, Lin spoke about the power of art to make a tangible impact on combating climate change. (Press release)

Helen Toomer to Lead New York Fair  The veteran art world leader will serve as director of PHOTOFAIRS New York, a new fair launching this September to coincide with Armory Week. Toomer led the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair, Pulse Contemporary Art Fairs, and Collective Design Fair; she most recently founded Upstate Art Weekend. (Press release)


Rijksmuseum’s Resounding Vermeer Ticket Presale With less than one month until its highly anticipated opening, the Rijksmuseum has already sold more than 100,000 tickets to “Vermeer,” the forthcoming exhibition bringing the most paintings by the Dutch master together at one time. (Press release)

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