Art Industry News: Tennis Legend Roger Federer Reveals How He Was Ugo Rondinone’s Secret Muse + Other Stories

Plus, Yuga Labs does not have registered copyright on images from the Bored Ape collection and Pussy Riot drops their latest video.

Roger Federer during the 2019 Australian Open. Photo by Darrian Traynor/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 Friday, January 27.


No Copyright Registration for BAYC NFTs – Bored Ape Yacht Club’s parent company, Yuga Labs, has revealed it does not have a registered copyright on the 10,000 images from the much hyped NFT collection. The disclosure came in the latest court papers filed in the company’s ongoing lawsuit against Ryder Ripps, after the artist made his own NFT collection using images from the BAYC collection. (ARTnews)

Walter Ulloa Dead at 74 – The art collector and media mogul, who championed Latinx culture through his collection and media company Entravision, passed away after sudden heart failure on December 31. Works by Chicano and Mexican artists are prominent in his collection. (LA Times)

Ugo Rondinone’s Secret Muse – The newly released documentary Portrait of a Champion, which follows the 20-time Grand Slam winner from late 2020, reveals that the tennis superstar had done some secret art modeling, posing as one of the flying figures in Cloud Six featured in Venice exhibition “Burn Shine Fly.” The job was not as easy as it seemed. (TAN)

The Getty Lets Interns Write Its Wall Texts – The 2022 cohort of interns from the Getty’s Marrow Undergrad Internship program have been given the rare opportunity to write their own interpretations of the works from the museum’s collection on wall texts that will accompany their presentation in the exhibition “Our Voices, Our Getty: Reflecting on Drawings.” (Press release)


Museum of the Moving Image Exec Makes His Exit – After 12 years leading the museum and 34 years working there in total, executive director Carl Goodman is leaving to take on the role of president of the Florida Holocaust Museum. “I’ve had a front seat at the digital revolution and have gone about as far as I could go at the museum with pride” Goodman said. (New York Times)

TEFAF Announces Restoration Fund Recipients – The annual grant awarded by TEFAF to help preserve important artworks has been awarded to New York’s Neue Galerie and the Belgium-based Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. The Neue Galerie will restore Egon Schiele’s Town Among Greenery (The Old City III) (1917) and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp will use the funds for Michaelina Wautier’s Two Girls as Saints Agnes and Dorothea (ca. 1650). (Press release)

TARWUK Joins White Cube – The artistic duo composed of Bruno Pogačnik Tremow and Ivana Vukšić have joined the stable at White Cube, where their first solo exhibition opens at Mason’s Yard in London on February 1. The duo’s work addresses the societal struggles and mores of post-war Yugoslav through painting, sculpture, and installations. (Press release)


New Pussy Riot Video Sets Putin’s Portrait Ablaze – Pussy Riot has just dropped their new video for their song Putin’s Ashes, which sees the Russian president’s image being burned to the ground, ahead of the group’s first gallery exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch in Los Angeles. The group’s Nadya Tolokonnikova tells Artnet News senior reporter Sarah Cascone about the challenges of staging a performance art piece in a white cube in the latest episode of the Art Angle. (Youtube) (Artnet News)

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