Art Industry News: This Disgruntled Art Dealer Is Now Running for Public Office + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, Marilyn Minter shoots St. Vincent and Antony Gormley sculptures surface on Kent's coast.

Former gallerist Teqen Zéa-Aida. Image via LinkedIn.

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 25.


Now, About Those Trump Magazine Covers – The artists behind 11 of the most memorable Trump-related magazine covers—from The Economist‘s image of the US President shouting into a KKK hood like a megaphone to Der Spiegel‘s front page featuring a baby Trump riding a nuclear weapon—tell the stories behind the images. (The Guardian)

Gallerist Runs for Minneapolis City Council – Dealer Teqen Zéa-Aida was forced to close his gallery, City Wide Artists, after he found out the building would be torn down to make way for a new development. So he decided to take his career in a new direction and run for City Council. His platform? Addressing gentrification. (Star Tribune)

Bosco Sodi to Build a One-Day Wall in New York – Erected in Washington Square Park on September 7, the two-meter-high, eight-meter-long performative installation Muro will be the Mexican artist’s first public project in New York. The wall will be built with 1,600 unique clay timbers that Sodi fired by hand at his Oaxaca studio with the help of local craftsman. (Press release)

Monograph Offers New Insight Into Jasper Johns – Redo an Eye, the first volume of the artist’s new catalogue raisonné, has been published as an affordable standalone volume by the Wildenstein Plattner Institute and the Yale University Press. It’s the first monograph to consider the full scope of Johns’s achievements over the last 60 years. (The Art Newspaper)


Dish Set to Smash Chinese Antiques Record – A 900-year-old celadon Imperial brush washer from the 11th century imperial Ru kiln in Henan is expected to break the $36 million auction world record for Chinese antiques at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in October. The record is currently held by the so-called “Chicken Cup,” purchased by Liu Yiqian in 2014. (South Morning China Post)

60,000 Tiles Designed by Dalí to Hit the Market – The German lawyer Peter Ackermann bought the trove of stunning ceramic tiles designed by Salvador Dalí in 1976. Forty-one years later, he’s ready to sell them, with prices for an individual tile estimated to be in the region of €500. You do the math. (Artsy)

Gallery 1957 Opens Second Space in Accra – The gallery has opened a second space in the capital of Ghana with a solo exhibition by British-Ghanaian artist Godfried Donkor. Located in the Gold Coast City development, the 220-square-meter gallery complements its original location in the nearby Kempinski Hotel. (Press release)


McKnight Distinguished Artist Award to Seitu Jones – The visual artist known for his large-scale public artworks has been selected as the winner of the $50,000 art prize, which is given each year to a Minnesota artist. (Artforum)

John Auerbach Joins Sotheby’s – The entrepreneur, who was most recently global head of digital strategy for Kate Spade, has been appointed senior vice president leading middle market growth in the Americas, as well as general manager of Sotheby’s new art & objects division. He will be based in New York. (Press release)

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design President to Retire – Mary Colleen Heil plans to step down next year after 25 years as president of the downtown Lancaster college. Heil’s leadership transformed the school from a small certificate-granting institution into an accredited college. (Lancaster Online)


Artists for Socrates Annual Revealed – The Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens has announced the artists for this year’s Socrates Annual (formerly known as the Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition). The show, which opens October 1, will feature 15 projects by emerging artists on the shore of the East River. (ARTnews)

Jakarta Museum’s Inaugural Show Announced – This November, the president of Indonesia’s AKR group, Haryanto Adikoesoemo, will debut his Museum Macan with an exhibition of Modern and contemporary Asian and Western art from his collection, which includes work by Raden Saleh, Yayoi Kusama, and Jeff Koons. (Post Magazine)

Marilyn Minter Shoots St. Vincent – This week’s New Yorker includes a profile of the musician Annie Clark illustrated with an atmospheric portrait by Minter. The image recalls her recent collaboration with Miley Cyrus for Planned Parenthood. Of Clark, the artist said: “I’m not interested in just another pretty face—and she’s not interested in being one.” (Observer)

Antony Gormley Sculptures Take Over Kent Coast – A cast iron sculpture from Gormley’s ANOTHER TIME series has been placed on the chalk bed in front of Turner Contemporary in Margate. In Folkestone, another pair of figures stand on the shoreline as part of the Triennial. (Press release)

Antony Gormley, ANOTHER TIME (2017). Photo: Thierry Bal.

Antony Gormley, ANOTHER TIME (2017). Photo: Thierry Bal.

Antony Gormley, ANOTHER TIME (2017). Photo: Thierry Bal.

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