Art Industry News: Leonardo DiCaprio Taps Adrian Ghenie to Help Save the Planet + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, Neil Armstrong's moon dust sells for $1.8 million at auction and Buckingham Palace plans an exhibition of Princess Diana's belongings.

Leonardo DiCaprio. Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/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 this Friday, July 21.


Israeli Art Student’s Use of Auschwitz Artifacts Incites Furor – The student, Rotem Bides, claims to have collected objects from the former concentration camp for use in a school exhibition. The move has prompted heated backlash from the college as well as the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. (New York Times)

Critic Sounds Off Against the Albright-Knox Expansion – “Add me to the chorus of negative media about the current design,” Curbed critic Alexandra Lange writes. She opposes the museum’s plan to demolish “Buffalo’s best postwar building,” a 1962 expansion by Gordon Bunshaft. (

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gears Up for Annual Auction – Over ten artists, including Andrea Bowers, Adrian Ghenie, and Rashid Johnson, created new commissions specifically for the fourth annual sale, which will be conducted by Simon de Pury and held in St. Tropez (at an undisclosed location, for security reasons). (The Art Newspaper)

Buckingham Palace to Show Princess Diana’s Belongings – Conceived as a tribute to Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death, the exhibition will include personal items such as cassette tapes with music by Rod Stewart, Céline Dion, and Lionel Richie as well as her old boarding school trunk. (The Guardian)


Moon Dust Fetches $1.8 Million at Sotheby’s – The sale, which marked the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969, took place at Sotheby’s yesterday. A space enthusiast had bought the bag of moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong on a government auction website three years ago. (CBS)

Discover Sydney’s “Answer to Chelsea” – The neighborhood known as Chippendale is establishing itself as a contemporary-art hotspot due to its cluster of galleries and artist-run initiatives, with the White Rabbit Gallery leading the way. (ARTnews)

Collective Design Fair Changes Dates – The 2018 edition of the fair, which specializes in 20th- and 21st-century design and decorative arts, will take place in March instead of May, setting itself up to coincide with the Armory Show instead of Frieze. (TAN)


Neil MacGregor to Remain at Humboldt Forum – The former British Museum chief has extended his contract as the director of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. He will now remain in the post through the Forum’s opening in a reconstructed palace in 2019. (TAN)

Artistic Director of the 2019 Aichi Triennale Named – Daisuke Tsuda is editor in chief of POLITAS and the director of the activist group Movements for Internet Active Users. The exhibition, which has yet to announce dates, will be held in Nagoya, Japan. (Artforum)

Warhol Museum Taps Director of Strategic Initiatives  Karen Lautanen took over the newly created position on July 3. She had been working at the Pittsburgh museum as Director of Development since 2014. (Artdaily)


Trevor Paglen Uses AI to Make Art – Trevor Paglen describes using Artificial Intelligence to make art and coming to understand how machines can perpetuate racist or patriarchal histories. These issues come to a head in Paglen’s Sight Machine, commissioned by the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford. (Artforum)

The 2018 Pirelli Calendar Will Feature an All-Black Roster – The theme of this year’s calendar is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and it will include only black models. Among those photographed are Sean Combs, Naomi Campbell, RuPaul, Whoopi Goldberg, and Sasha Lane. (Vogue)


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