Art Industry News: Beyoncé Teams Up With Artist to Introduce Her Baby Twins + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, a surprising study reveals where New York artists actually live and Walter Robinson gives a peek inside his collection.

Mason Poole's photograph of Beyoncé with her newborn twins Sir Carter and Rumi Carter. Photo courtesy @beyonce via Instagram.

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 Friday, July 14.


Where Do New York Artists Live? – The Upper West Side takes the cake for being the most artist-populated area in the city, according to a new study, followed by Greenwich Village and the Financial District. Bushwick’s artist population increased a whopping 1,116 percent between 2010 and 2015—but surprisingly, it still doesn’t crack the top 10. (Hyperallergic)

Beyoncé Introduces Twins With Art History-Inspired Photo  Queen Bey revealed the names of her twins—Rumi and Sir Carter, born last month—the only way we’d want her to: In a stunning, Madonna and Child-style photograph by Mason Poole, a videographer and artist based in Los Angeles and Paris. (New York Times)

Selfie or Stunt? You Be the Judge – A video of the destruction of a work by Hong Kong artist Simon Birch has captured the attention of the Internet after a woman posing for a selfie fell against a pedestal and toppled the installation. Though the YouTube account responsible for posting the video claims it is authentic, some question whether the entire thing is a stunt. (South China Morning Post)

Guggenheim to Stage Danh Vō Survey – The New York museum will present a comprehensive survey of more than 100 works by the Vietnam-born artist, whose work focuses on cultural cross-pollination and authorship—but who may be best known for his feud with collector Bert Kruek. (ARTnews)

Inside the Collection of New York Legend Walter Robinson – What’s hanging on the apartment walls of Walter Robinson, downtown art star of the ’70s and founding editor of artnet Magazine, and his wife Lisa Rosen, a paintings conservator? Works by Kiki Smith, Marilyn Minter, and James Nares, Rosen’s first husband. (New York Times)


FIAC Releases 2017 Exhibitor List – FIAC has announced participating galleries for the 2017 edition of the fair, which includes 40 first-time exhibitors and a new design section. (artnet News)

Greene Naftali Now Represents Tony Cokes – The New York gallery has added the video artist Tony Cokes, whose work focuses on identity and power structures, to its roster. The Rhode Island-based artist has not had much exposure in New York, but had a career survey at Redcat in Los Angeles in 2012. (ARTnews)

Joel Mesler Shares His “$500,000 Mistake” – In his recently revived column, New York dealer and artist Joel Mesler penned a confessional account of purchasing a house in upstate New York, which he is now looking to sell. The real question, however, is whether the column has successfully gotten him any new offers. (ARTnews)


Daniel LaRue Johnson Has Died – The American sculptor, painter and printmaker, born in 1938, was known for his colorful abstract paintings and minimalist steel sculptures. The artist’s work is currently included in Tate Modern’s exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.” (The Art Newspaper)

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Chief Curator to Retire – Michael Auping will step down this summer after 24 years in the role. During his tenure, he organized exhibitions of work by Anselm Kiefer, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and Frank Stella, among others. (Glasstire)

University of New Mexico’s Art Museum Names New Curator – Mary Statzer, an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, will take over the museum’s prints and photographs starting on August 1. (Artforum)

2017 Bessie Award Winners Announced – The 33rd annual New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards have announced this season’s nominees, as well as the winner of the outstanding emerging choreographer award, Will Rawls, and the 2017 Juried Bessie winner, Abby Zbikowski. (Press release)


Program for 11th Rencontres de Bamako Revealed – The African photography biennale, which returned in 2015 after a forced four-year hiatus due to political instability, will run from December 2 2017 to January 31 2018 and will be organized around the Pan-African exhibition at the Musée National du Mali. (Press release)

Defaced Prodigy Mural Replaced with Community Artwork – Following repeated vandalism, the mural for the late rapper in Queensbridge, New York, will be replaced with a “community-inspired artwork” that will not feature the apparently provocative hip-hop artist. (DNAinfo)

National History Museum Replaces Dippy the Dinosaur – To encourage a love of the living world, the popular centerpiece at the London museum will today be swapped out for the skeleton of a blue whale named Hope, who was stranded in 1891. It took researchers and conservators months to prepare the new skeleton. But don’t worry, Dippy the diplodocus will soon be touring the UK. (Daily Mail)

The whale in its new home in Hintze Hall. Image © PA.

Update, July 15: Media outlets originally reported that Awol Erikzu photographed the portrait of Beyoncé with her newborn twins. The photographer is Mason Poole. 

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