Art Industry News: The Queen’s Prized Art Collection Will Be Shown Outside Her Palace for the First Time Ever + Other Stories
Plus, the 9/11 Tribute in Light will take place after all and a VR film allows the public to visit Notre Dame before and after the 2019 fire.
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 17.
Redbone Music Video Sparks Copyright Dispute – The Indigenous artist Frank Buffalo Hyde claims that a music video released this month for Redbone’s 1974 classic single Come and Get Your Love infringes on his intellectual property. The video, which is part of a new initiative from Sony Music to revisit classic songs, features work by artist Brent Learned that Hyde describes as “too close for comfort” to his own. Hyde had previously been in conversation with the video’s producer, who said they were aiming to evoke an aesthetic inspired by his art and that of other Native creators. (The Art Newspaper)
Magnum Reviews Archive Over Child Imagery Concerns – The Magnum Photo agency plans to re-examine its archive of more than one million images in light of accusations that it includes images that, according to critics, show the sexual exploitation of minors. The president of the agency says the organization has begun an “in-depth internal review to make sure that we fully understand the implications of the work in the archive, in terms of both imagery and context.” (Guardian)
Buckingham Palace’s Art Collection Goes on Display – Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace’s art collection are going on view at the Queen’s Gallery in London for one year while parts of the palace undergo construction. Sixty-five artworks by the likes of Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Vermeer, and Van Dyck will be shown in a gallery context for the first time ever from December 4 through January 2022. The trove includes what is said to be the Queen’s favorite painting, Rembrandt’s The Shipbuilder and His Wife. (Guardian)
The Whitney Could Face an IRS Probe – The Whitney Museum could face an IRS investigation over accusations that it engaged in a “smear campaign” that forced out board member Warren Kanders. The claims were detailed in multiple letters written by Neal Sher, who was a federal prosecutor and focused on bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. Sher wants the IRS to revoke the museum’s non-profit status, claiming that it bowed to pressure after a months-long campaign to remove Kanders his ownership of the company Safariland, which provides tear gas and other police equipment. The IRS wrote to Sher on June 11 to say it would “consider” the matter. (NY Post)
TEFAF Names Finance Chief as Managing Director – Charlotte van Leerdam, TEFAF’s chief financial officer, has been named managing director of the art-fair company following the departure of interim managing director Sofie Scheerlinck. Moving forward, Van Leerdam will serve as managing director for all three fairs (one in Maastricht and two in New York) and will assume the responsibilities of CEO. (TAN)
Hong Kong Art Fair Postponed – The latest art fair to join the long list of postponements is Hong Kong’s Fine Art Asia. The fair was originally scheduled for October 4 through 7 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, which is also home to Art Basel Hong Kong. Organizers attributed their decision to “the unprecedented challenges from July,” when Beijing passed a restrictive new national security law, as well as restrictions on international travel and group gatherings. (Art Asia Pacific)
COMINGS & GOINGS
9/11 Tribute Will Take Place After All – Organizers announced last week that they would stage a socially distanced, pared-down version of Tribute in Light, the annual September 11th memorial event. But New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday that the state would pay for additional health personnel to assist a crew from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which stages the tribute every year. “As New Yorkers are once again called upon to face a common enemy,” Cuomo said, “we will never forget.” (Gothamist)
Yemen’s Cultural Heritage in Peril – Yemen’s historic architecture, already weakened from bombings in the country’s long war, is facing a new threat: floods. Torrential rains have imperiled UNESCO heritage sites including the high-rise mud-brick “skyscrapers” in Shabim. In the capital of Sanaa, 106 buildings have been destroyed and 156 have been damaged. (AFP)
FOR ART’S SAKE
A VR Film Reveals Notre Dame in Its Former Glory – A new VR experience allows visitors to “visit” Notre Dame both before and after the April 2019 fire. Rebuilding Notre-Dame, produced by the immersive media company Targo, recounts the history of the cathedral through close-up and drone footage and gives viewers a bird’s eye view of the devastating blaze, as well as the ongoing recovery efforts. (TAN)
Paris Hilton Reveals Her Art Collection – In an interview with Forbes, the heiress/DJ/artist reveals some of the contents of her own art collection. Blue-chip names include Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, Alex Israel, and David LaChapelle, as well as younger artists Vijat M, Taly Cohen, and William Benhamou. “I’ve always looked up to and loved Andy Warhol,” Hilton said. (Forbes)
The University of Virginia Unveils a Slavery Monument – A new memorial to enslaved people has been unveiled at the University of Virginia. Designed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture with Mabel O. Wilson, Gregg Beam, Frank Dukes, and artist Eto Otitigbe, it features words by Isabella Gibbons, one of around 4,000 enslaved people who worked at the university in the mid-19th century. (New York Times)
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