Art Industry News: Did Salvador Dalí Inspire Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’? + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, Golden Lion winner Anne Imhof comes to New York and São Paulo dealers unite to launch a new art fair.

Detail from the 1962 promotional poster for Stanley Kubrik's Lolita adaptation.

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, August 11.


Disused DC Tunnel Converted into Art Space – Dupont Underground, an abandoned trolley station in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, has been transformed into a successful experimental cultural space that draws 3,000 visitors each month. (New York Times)

Facebook Censors Erotic Art, Again – The new online auction house Fine Art Bourse hasn’t gotten off to a great start—the promotional material for its inaugural auction, featuring erotic, fetish, and queer art, has been censored on Facebook. (Press release)

Holland Cotter on Glenn Ligon’s Curatorial Turn – The critic reviews “Blue Black,” the exhibition curated by the artist at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. He calls it a show that “isn’t reductively ‘racial’ but includes race on a spectrum of meanings… from polemical to personal and poetic.” (NYT)

Artist Transforms Surveillance Footage Into Film – The Chinese artist Xu Bing describes how he created Dragonfly Eyes, a fictional feature film made by piecing together footage taken from CCTV cameras across China. (Wall Street Journal)


NADA New York Moves to West SoHo – The annual fair held during Armory Week (March 8–11) will move to a slightly smaller venue down the street in West SoHo. Skylight Clarkson Sq, located at 550 Washington Street, is a short drive from Piers 92 and 94, where the Armory Show is held. (ARTnews)

China Guardian Opens New Beijing HQ – The Chinese auction house is expanding to Beijing with a new headquarters called the Guardian Art Center. Meanwhile, the house will hold its Hong Kong Autumn sales at the city’s Convention Center for the first time, after five years at the JW Marriott Hotel. (Art Market Monitor)

São Paulo Dealers Launch New Fair – The Brazilian city’s week of cultural programming, Semana de Arte (August 14–20), will wrap up with a three-day, homegrown boutique art fair at the Hotel Unique. The new fair has been organized in part by veteran dealer Luisa Strina. (The Art Newspaper)

Anne Imhof Comes to New York – Fresh off her Golden Lion win, the German artist will team up with her frequent collaborator (and fiancée) Eliza Douglas at Galerie Buchholz in New York. Just don’t expect an intense performance: The show, which opens September 9, will present a series of paintings. (ARTnews)


Martha Rosler Nabs German Award – Handed out every four years by the city of Hamburg, this year’s Lichtwark Prize, which comes with €10,000, was awarded to Rosler for her “uniquely innovative” work that engages with political and social issues. (Deutsche Presse Agentur)

Baryshnikov Prize Awarded – Choreographer Pam Tanowitz, known for her collaborations with composers and visual artists, has won the Cage Cunningham Fellowship, a $50,000 prize that comes with access to the New York arts center’s studio and administrative support to create a new work. (NYT)

Photographer Arlene Gottfried Dies – The 66-year-old photographer died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan from complications of breast cancer. The sister of actor Gilbert Gottfried gained belated recognition as one of he finest street photographers of her generation. (NYT)

Madison Square Park Commission for 2018 Announced – The park’s non-profit group, Mad Sq Art, has commissioned Austrian artist Erwin Redl to install hundreds of suspended incandescent lights over the Oval Lawn from November 13–April 18. (TAN)​


Was Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’ Inspired by Dalí? – A comparative literature professor at Harvard has come up with an incredible (and plausible) theory: that Nabokov’s classic might have actually been inspired by a little-known short story penned by Dalí called Reverie: An Erotic Daydream. (News Hour)

Williams College Museum Gets Major African Art Gift – The doctors and collectors Carolyn and Eli Newberger have donated more than 340 pieces of African art to the Massachusetts art museum. (Artforum)

White House Photographer to Participate in New York Festival – Obama’s chief White House photographer Pete Souza, who has recently taken to subtly trolling President Trump on Instagram, will participate in the free Photoville Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park, which begins September 13. (NYT)

Gagosian’s Third Tweet This Year Is a Great #TBT – Larry Gagosian might not be very active on the social media platform, but when he tweets, he nails it: Check out this amazing #TBT of the dealer and Jean-Michel Basquiat hanging out in the 1980s. (Twitter)

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