Art Industry News: The Maximal Texas Sun Is Threatening Donald Judd’s Minimalist Legacy in Marfa + Other Stories

Plus, a lost Banksy appears in Tel Aviv and a truly massive mandala in England.

Sculptures by the artist Donald Judd dominate the desert landscape at the Chinati Foundation, May 7, 2021. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis 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 Monday, August 15.


Natalia LL Has Died – The Polish feminist artist has died at 85. Natalia LL became known for her provocative works problematizing the male gaze in the 1970s. (ARTnews)

Lost Banksy Pops Up in Tel Aviv – A Banksy-stenciled rat protesting Israel’s separation barrier that was removed from a site in the West Bank has now reappeared at an art gallery in Tel Aviv. Slingshot Rat was painted on an abandoned Israeli army position next to a section of the wall in 2007 but disappeared after it was removed by unknown parties. (Guardian)

Can Donald Judd’s Marfa Museum Face the Future? – The Chinati Foundation must contend with how to fix leaky roofs and deal with baking heat that is causing sculptures to expand and contract and thus slowly inch out of alignment. It’s not clear if measures to tint windows would ruin the views the artist envisioned, and the foundation has already faced accusation’s that it has lost touch with the Minimalist’s legacy. (New York Times)

Border Tensions Affect the South Asian Art Market – Pakistan’s trade freeze with India, in place since 2019, means that artists are having trouble securing visas, while more art is smuggled across the border, and Dubai has emerged as a key player in art trade between the two nations. (The Art Newspaper)


Texas Museum Returns Sculpture to Mexico – The Museum of Fine Arts of San Angelo has returned a gilded statue of the patron saint of lost things, Saint Anthony of Padua, to a church in the Mexican city of Jiutepec. The 19th-century sculpture turned up in the museum’s collection some time after it was stolen in 2002. (ARTnews)

Hong Kong Palace Museum’s New Brief – In his first public statement on the matter, Louis Ng, head of the newly opened Hong Kong Palace Museum, vowed that the institution would work to support mainland China’s efforts to repatriate Chinese cultural artifacts held abroad. (SCMP)

New York Gives Noguchi Museum $4.5 Million – The money will go to renovations and to restore the Japanese-American artist’s original 1959 studio situated opposite the museum. (Press release)

Artists Take on Mass Incarceration – Artists including Sable Elyse Smith to Dread Scott are making work that challenges the U.S. criminal justice system. (NYT)


Artist Carves Mandala In England – Artist James Brunt has carved a giant mandala into the British hillside at Knowsley’s Halewood Park. See it here. (BBC)

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