Art Industry News: Annie Leibovitz Shoots a Drop-Dead Glamorous Stormy Daniels for Vogue + Other Stories
Plus, Kim Kardashian becomes an art experiment and celebrated artists share what art they choose to live with at home.
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 Tuesday, August 28.
Artists Reveal the Artists They Collect – Ever wonder what artworks artists choose to live with at home? Well, Turner Prize winner Rebecca Warren is fascinated by a work by British artist Fergal Stapleton (who has a very different artistic process than she does), Michael Landy feels great affection for a sketch by Swiss artist Jean Tinguely, and last year’s Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid chooses a screen print by the Polish artist Magda Stawarska-Beavan because she “can hear things when [she’s] looking at it.” (Guardian)
Starry Night Sketch Is Being Held by Russia – A drawing of Van Gogh’s most famous painting—which the artist sent to his brother from a French asylum to give him an idea of the work he had just completed—was donated to the Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany in 1918. But it became lost in the chaos of World War II. It ended up in Russia after a Red Army soldier folded it in half and carried back to his home. Now, the Kunsthalle Bremen would like it back. (The Art Newspaper)
Annie Leibovitz Shoots Stormy Daniels for Vogue – The long-rumored shoot has arrived, and it’s just as glamorous as you expected. To accompany a lengthy profile of Stormy Daniels by Amy Chozick in the glossy magazine’s October issue, Liebovitz shot the porn star and Trump foe in New York wearing a regal blue Zac Posen dress. She also photographed Daniels’s lawyer and presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti. (Vogue)
Detroit Museum to Host Aretha Franklin’s Public Viewings – Thousands will visit Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History today and Wednesday to pay respects to singer Aretha Franklin. The preeminent museum also hosted public viewings for civil rights hero Rosa Parks after her death in 2005. Franklin, who had cancer, died on August 16. (The Province)
A Panda Bear’s Abstract Art Sells for $500 – The panda Yang Yang, a resident at Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Zoo, is also an abstract painter. Her Jackson Pollock-style monochrome abstracts are now selling for $500 each. Next up, perhaps, an artist residency at the Central Park Zoo, down the street from the Met? (ABC)
Alexander Hamilton’s Got a Letter For Sale – Thanks to the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, anything and everything related to the former US treasurer has increased dramatically in market value. The Sacramento antique specialist Witherell’s is offering a letter penned by Hamilton, which was purchased from an autograph dealer in 1963 for $185. The object, which now carries a pre-sale estimate of $5,000 to $10,000, goes on sale September 20. (Press release)
COMINGS & GOINGS
Princeton’s Museum Names New IT Leader – Stephen J. Kim will lead Princeton University Art Museum’s online initiatives as its new associate director for information and technology. Having previously worked for Microsoft and Verizon, he will now work to improve digital access to the museum’s collections and exhibitions for students and scholars. (ARTnews)
Western Australia Seeks World Heritage Listing – The state government has backed an effort to get the rock art on the Burrup peninsula listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. There are more than one million petroglyphs in the area, dating back 50,000 years, making it one of the most significant archeological sites in the southern hemisphere. (Guardian)
MFA Boston Hires Head of Academic Engagement – Dalia Habib Linssen will work with students and academics at the museum’s nearly 50 university partners, plus the 15 participants of its Pozen Community College Access Program. She has previously taught at the Rhode Island School of Design as a senior lecturer and guest critic in the history of art and visual culture department. (Press release)
FOR ART’S SAKE
Artemisia Gentileschi Play Heads to London – A play based on the trial of the Italian painter, who was raped at age 17 by her tutor, heads to London in October. The experimental theater company Breach based its production on the partial transcript of her trial. Called “It’s True, It’s True, It’s True,” after the young artist’s repeated declaration of her honesty, the play made its debut at the Edinburgh Festival. (BBC)
How to Preserve Cultural Treasures Made Out of Plastic? – Though plastic is an environmental burden worldwide, significant artworks have been made using the material. Scientists are now in a bind, trying to figure out how to preserve culturally important objects, like Claes Oldenburg’s False Food Selection, from disintegration. The material has long proven a problem for conservators, though more and more art continues to be made with it. (New York Times)
Roger Federer Visits the Met With Anna Wintour – Ahead of the US Open, Anna Wintour gave her favorite tennis player a personal tour of the Catholic fashion exhibition “Heavenly Bodies,” adding one very decorated tennis player to the show’s already hefty attendance. Federer posted a couple of selfies on social media, including one alongside a wall of Met visitor stickers. He declared, “Selfie time at the Met. Visitor 1,000,001.” (Footwear News)
Kim Kardashian Gets an Art Implant? – To believe news reports, it seems the celebrity has had a implausibly gross necklace implanted under her skin for a project by PR impresario-turned-art impresario Simon Huck. He is organizing an exhibition-meets-art experiment called “A. Human” in New York to showcase body modifications. Kardashian posted a video yesterday on Twitter of what is being billed as a temporary implant, which lights up to the rhythm of her heartbeat. (Billboard)
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