Art Industry News: Justin Bieber Has Revealed Himself to Be a Painter Now Too + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, Jerry Saltz loves the new Artforum and a new deaccessioning controversy brews in Philadelphia.

Justin Bieber attends the 'China: Through the Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/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 this Wednesday, January 3.


Researchers Are Using Google Street View to Predict Your Vote – A Stanford University team analyzed 50 million images from Google Street View—a favorite playground for web-savvy artists—to predict neighborhood residents’ income, political leanings, and buying habits. It turns out that Chicago is the city with the highest level of income segregation, with large clusters of cheap and expensive vehicles parked along the road, while New York boasts the most expensive cars. Social analysis using image data is a new frontier, researchers say. (New York Times)

La Salle University to Sell 46 Artworks – New year, new deacessioning controversy. The Philadelphia university plans to sell 46 works by artists including Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Georges Rouault from its museum’s collection. The estimated $7 million sale at Christie’s—tentatively scheduled for this spring—will fund a five-year strategic plan to boost teaching and learning initiatives. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Why Jerry Saltz Loves the New Artforum – The critic hails the January issue of Artforum—the first by the magazine’s new editor-in-chief David Velasco—as an unmitigated success. In the wake of the resignation of co-publisher Knight Landesman, the issue features an unflinching editor’s letter from Velasco about men who abuse their power and “smart, accessible articles… turning topically to real-world subjects rather than insular or technical matters that might’ve preoccupied the magazine in earlier eras,” Saltz writes. (Vulture)

Standing Rock Artifact at Smithsonian Sparks Backlash – The 11-foot mile-marker post made by an activist at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline was donated by its creator to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian last year—but some feel the folk art now on view in Washington, DC, is stolen heritage and should return West. (Washington Post)


Roberts & Tilton Gets a New Name – Following the death of art dealer Jack Tilton last May, his business partners Julie and Bennett Roberts of the LA-based Roberts & Tilton have announced that the gallery will be renamed Roberts Projects. (Press release)

New AIPAD Members Announced – The Association of International Photography Art Dealers, a nonprofit organization of 120 gallerists, has announced new members: Beetles+Huxley, Gilles Peyroulet & Cie, Holden Luntz Gallery, IBASHO, and Photographica Fine Art Gallery. (Press release)

Posters for Casablanca and Dracula Set Auction Records – In its recap of 2017, Heritage Auctions notes that it set two world records for rare and vintage posters. One of the two surviving copies of the original poster for horror film Dracula (1931) sold in November for $525,800, beating the previous record set by the last original copy of Casablanca (1946), which sold for $478,000 in July. (Press release)


Blanton Museum Names Inaugural Sound-Art Resident  The Austin institution has selected California-based artist Sarah Mendelsohn as the winner of its inaugural residency dedicated to sound art. She will create a work for the museum’s audio series SoundSpace, which will debut on January 28. (Glasstire)

Toledo Museum of Art Buys Up Land – Adam Levine, the museum’s associate director, said that the institution has no plans to expand at this point, but that the lots around its campus became available and that “most institutions that have campuses think of their property in terms of land banks.” (Toledo Blade)

Winner of Norway’s Biggest Art Prize Announced – The 2017 Lorck Schive Kunstpris went to Vibeke Tandberg, who also received a cash prize of about $62,000. She convinced the jury with a work using recycled pool tables that addresses “conditions for artistic production.” (Artforum)

New Finnish Art Commissions Series Launched – The Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Helsinki, and the Kordelin Foundation have joined forces to promote young Finnish artists with a series of new annual commissions. The inaugural project will see a new piece by painter Maija Luutonen presented in Helsinki in February. (Press release)


Feminist Public Sculpture Comes to Hollywood – Titled Champ, a new public sculpture of a uterus with boxing gloves for ovaries hangs 43 feet overhead at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood. British artist Zoe Buckman, who is based in New York, says she sought to counter the objectification of women in images along the Sunset Strip. (NYT)

Visitors Shun Moscow’s “Superputin” Show – The exhibition in Moscow—featuring satirical portraits of likely-to-be-reelected Vladimir Putin petting animals and performing heroic feats—got lots of publicity when it opened in December, but has attracted few visitors. A crowdfunding appeal got only three donations totaling 200 rubles ($3). (The Art Newspaper)

Director Ralph Rugoff on the New Hayward – As London’s refurbished Hayward Gallery prepares to reopen in late January, the museum’s director (and recently appointed Venice Biennale artistic director) Ralph Rugoff discusses the renovations made to the Brutalist building and his decision to launch the renewed project with a solo exhibition by Andreas Gursky. (Apollo)

Justin Bieber Paints to Help California Fire Victims – Britney Spears isn’t the only pop star painting for charity. On Instagram, Bieber posted a painting, titled Calvary, of a cross apparently atop Mount Golgotha as smoke from the wildfires rises in the distance (or a cooling rain puts them out, or something); all proceeds from the work’s sale, he says, will go to “wildfires in CA.” It’s unclear how one might go about purchasing the work, however. As suggested, maybe the best route is to direct message him. (W Magazine)

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