Art Industry News: Curators Assess the Damage to Art in the US Capitol After This Week’s Pro-Trump Mob + Other Stories
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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 8.
Artists React to the Riots in DC – Artists including Dread Scott, Glenn Ligon, and Marilyn Minter were among the many public figures condemning the pro-Trump rioters who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. Photographs from inside the august building showed chaos and destruction with nary an arrest in view, and many artists compared the surreal images to those at Black Lives Matter protests, where peaceful demonstrators were often maced, kettled, and thrown to the ground. (The Art Newspaper)
Artist’s Display of a Blood-Stained White House Postponed – Plans to show a work by the provocative Russian artist Andrei Molodkin have been called off after the riot on Capitol Hill this week. An image of one of his sculptures, in which a model of the White House is flooded with blood donated by US citizens in France, was to be projected onto the facade of a theater in DC, but its local organizer, CulturalDC, decided that the timing was wrong. (Hyperallergic)
Most Treasured Art in the US Capitol Emerges Unscathed – The US Capitol building is home to numerous precious works of art, including John Trumbull’s painting Declaration of Independence and a bronze bust of Martin Luther King Jr. Because much of it is on display, it was left vulnerable to the pro-Trump mob that invaded the building on Wednesday. Damage assessments from the government and police have not yet been released, but early assessments suggest that the major works of art remain unscathed. The building’s historic windows and doors were broken, however, furniture was damaged and stolen, and one marble bust was smeared with what appeared to be blood. (New York Times)
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