Art Industry News: Queen Elizabeth Honors Isaac Julien, Cornelia Parker, and Other Artist Friends to Mark Her Jubilee + Other Stories

Plus, California considers reparations for artists, and Max Hetzler opens in Marfa, Texas.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stands with Britain's Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Queen's Birthday Parade in London on June 2, 2022. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via 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, June 2.


The Venice Architecture Biennale Will Focus on Africa – The 18th Venice Architecture Biennale, which will take place next year, will be titled “The Laboratory of the Future.” Helmed by Ghanaian architect Lesley Lokko, the exhibition will examine Africa as a lab for. and protagonist of, the future. (Architecture Daily)

Louise Bourgeois Gets Her Due as a Painter – When she arrived in the U.S. in the 1940s, Louise Bourgeois created dozens of paintings. A new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on view until August 7, dives into this lesser-known chapter of the sculptor’s practice. Many of the paintings have not been seen in decades, and nearly half are on loan from the artist’s own foundation. (New York Times)

Artists Honored for the Queen’s Birthday – The Queen has released her Birthday Honors list to coincide with her Platinum Jubilee. The highest award, the Companions of Honor, was granted to illustrator Quentin Blake, art critic and novelist Marina Warner, and author Salman Rushdie. Other arts figures honored include artist Cornelia Parker and Culture Liverpool director Claire McColgan, who were given CBEs; artist Chila Burman, with an MBE; and V&A chairman Nicholas Coleridge and artist Issac Julien, who were granted knighthood. (The Art Newspaper)

California Explores Arts Reparations – In its first interim report, California’s Reparations Task Force tackled the longstanding inequities surrounding arts and entertainment—and specifically, the denial of intellectual property rights, copyright protection, and patent protection to Black artists and innovators. The report encourages the state to create an Office of Freedmen Cultural Affairs that would compensate those “deprived of rightful profits” for their creative work. (Rolling Stone)


Marianne Boesky Now Reps Sarah Meyohas – The digital artist, who began working with crypto technology well before the current wave of NFT mania, is now represented by New York’s Marianne Boesky. The gallery will present work by Meyohas at Art Basel later this month. (Press release)

A $34 Million Gift to the Chrysler Museum of Art — The Virginia-based philanthropist Joan Brock has gifted $34 million to the Chrysler Museum of Art, the latest in a series of gifts Joan and her late husband Macon have made to the institution. The latest donation includes money earmarked for the Perry Glass Studio; 40 works of art; and two endowed positions, including the museum director post. (The Virginian Pilot)

Odili Donald Odita Gets New Representation – David Kordansky will represent the Nigerian-born artist alongside Jack Shainman Gallery. The Philadelphia-based artist creates brightly colored geometric works that are drawn from memories, perceptions of culture and politics, and personal experiences. (Press release)


Max Hetzler Opens in Marfa — The gallery has opened its first American outpost in an unlikely locale: Marfa, Texas. It is Max Hetzler’s fourth space in addition to those in Berlin, Paris, and London. The Marfa gallery’s inaugural show presents work by Albert Oehlen; a permanent installation by Darren Almond, Inflection Point, will be stationed at the entrance. (Glasstire)

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