Art Industry News: Damien Hirst Says He Will Exhibit—and Then Publicly Burn—His Leftover ‘Currency’ Paintings + Other Stories
Plus, former Japanese Princess Mako is reportedly a volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and artist Guan Xiao joins David Kordanksy.
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 Wednesday, April 13.
NEED TO READ
Fearless Girl Can Remain, for Now – New York city officials voted on Monday to extend the popular sculpture’s permit for another 11 months, allowing the bronze work to remain outside the New York Stock Exchange for the time being. The process, however, was met with criticism by public officials who say they weren’t consulted on the decision. (New York Times)
Princess Mako Now Works as a Volunteer at the Met – The former Japanese princess, who relocated to New York to be with her husband, Kei Komuro, has reportedly taken up volunteer work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mako, who studied art and cultural heritage and is a former researcher at Tokyo’s University Museum, relinquished her royal title after marrying her non-royal husband, an aspiring lawyer. (Daily Mail)
Forensic Architecture Publishes Evidence of Israeli Damage to Palestinian Heritage – Repeated bombings by Israeli forces and imposed population density have put the ancient city of Anthedon, Gaza’s first known seaport, “under existential threat,” the London-based research agency said in a new report titled Living Archaeology in Gaza. (Hyperallergic)
Damien Hirst Says He Will Publicly Burn His Art – The famed artist, who last year started offering NFTs and related works on paper, allowing buyers to purchase only one, said he will torch the rejected pictures as part of a public event. “I’m planning to do the physical burn in Newport Street Gallery in October/November,” he said, referring to his private museum. “There will also be an exhibition of the ones that are going to be burned.” (Discord)
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Guan Xiao Joins David Kordanksy – The Beijing-based multimedia artist is joining the Los Angeles-based gallery’s stable as it eyes an Asian expansion. Kordanksy has also appointed Junjun Cai as a new director based in mainland China, and has employed Mi Jeong Kim to work in the same region since 2019. Guan will have a solo show at the gallery’s forthcoming New York space next year. (ARTnews)
Boros Foundation Gets a New Chief – Raoul Zoellner, who previously worked for the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin and the 12th Berlin Biennale, has been named the new director of the Boros Foundation, also in Berlin. (Monopol)
Gagosian Teams Up With Ed Ruscha for Charity – The gallery, together with (RED), a non-profit founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006, will release a limited-edition of 500 silk twill scarves by Ruscha to raise money for Covid relief in vulnerable communities around the world. Each scarf is priced at $1,200. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds raised on a dollar-to-dollar basis. (Press release)
FOR ART’S SAKE
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster Ventures Into the Space – A new exhibition, “Alienarium 5,” at London’s Serpentine, is the fruit of the artist’s two-decade exploration into science fiction, alien life, and deep space. The immersive show, featuring the artist’s new VR work, Allenarium, developed by Lucid Realities and produced by VIVE Arts, the artistic arm of the Taiwanese tech giant HTC, runs until September 4. (Press release)
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