Art Industry News: ‘Little Pompeii’ Discovered in Southeastern France + More Must-Read Stories
Plus, an exhibition dedicated to "The Bachelor" comes to New York and collector Budi Tek receives the French government’s highest honor.
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 Thursday, August 3rd.
Will Las Vegas Finally Get an Art Museum? – The real estate developer Uri Vaknin has penned an op-ed explaining why Las Vegas needs a freestanding art museum—meaning not one in a casino—to achieve its goal of becoming a world-class city. But is he willing to foot the bill? (Las Vegas Review Journal)
The Bachelor Inspires an Art Exhibition – New York’s SleepCenter art space held a one-night show featuring work by artists responding to the reality TV show. “I think in a healthy society, The Bachelor would be illegal. Gotta get my fix while society’s still sick,” curator Artie Niederhoffer said. (New York Times)
‘Little Pompeii’ Discovered in Eastern France – Archaeologists have uncovered “an exceptional find” in the city of Vienne, south of Lyon: a 75,000-square-foot ancient housing complex in remarkable condition. The lead archaeologist has called it “undoubtedly the most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years.” (Guardian)
Behind Sheila Hicks’s New High Line Installation – Andrew Russeth meets the 83-year-old artist to find out the story behind Hop, Skip, Jump, and Fly: Escape From Gravity, her ambitious installation for New York’s High Line, which opened in June. (ARTnews)
Paul Walter’s Collection to Hit the Auction Block – Walter, who was a MoMA trustee and benefactor of the Met, amassed a collection of more than 500 works that will be sold at Christie’s New York in September. Highlights include works by Lucian Freud, Sol Lewitt, and Brice Marden. (The Art Newspaper)
Xavier Hufkens Now Represents Sherrie Levine – The Brussels gallery has added Levine, the influential Pictures Generation photographer, to its roster, which also includes David Altmejd, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Danh Vo. (ARTnews)
Affordable Art Fair Announces 2017 Exhibitors – The New York edition of the fair, slated to take place September 14–17, will host 67 national and international galleries, 15 of which are newcomers. (Press release)
COMINGS & GOINGS
Budi Tek Gets French Government’s Highest Award – The Indonesian-Chinese collector has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur for his work building cultural relations between China and France. (TAN)
Concetto Pozzati Dies at 81 – The Italian painter–who participated in the 1964 editions of the Venice Biennale and Documenta, and the Venice Biennale again in 1972, 1982, 2007, and 2009–died on August 1. (Artforum)
LACMA Art + Film Gala to Honor Lucas, Bradford – The museum will honor director George Lucas and painter Mark Bradford, whose work it first acquired in 2002, at this year’s event. The November 4 gala will be co-chaired by Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio. (Los Angeles Times)
Fotomuseum Winterthur Names New Director – Nadine Wietlisbach has been appointed director of the Swiss museum; she begins in January 2018. Wietlisbach previously worked as director and curator at Photoforum Pasquart in Biel, Switzerland. (Artforum)
FOR ART’S SAKE
A New Residency for New York – Former PULSE director Helen Toomer and her husband Eric Romano are launching their Stoneleaf Retreat residency in the Catskills with artists Leah Dixon, Macon Reed, and Mia Taylor. The public can view the work created there on September 2. (Press release)
A Little Cloud Over Massachusetts – The Los Angeles-based art collaborative FriendsWithYou has teamed up with the Art Production Fund to create a 10-foot fiberglass public sculpture titled Little Cloud on view at the Street in Chestnut Hill, MA. (Press release)
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“Robert Indiana: ONE through ZERO”
The Glass House (New Canaan, CT)
May 11 – November 30
As summer turns to autumn, one of the loveliest and most unexpected sights in New England might just be this playful display of Robert Indiana’s One through Zero, a series of 10 6-foot-tall COR-TEN steel sculptures from 2003 that have been elegantly installed on the grounds of Philip Johnson’s Modernist architectural masterpiece The Glass House. See images of the installation below.
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