Art Industry News: Kehinde Wiley’s ‘Heartbreaking’ Museum Blockbuster Will Tour the United States + Other Stories

Plus, Grace Wales Bonner will curate a MoMA show and choreographer Sarah Michelson joins David Zwirner.

Kehinde Wiley at his exhibition "An Archaeology of Silence" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Photo by Gary Sexton, courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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 Tuesday, July 18. 


The ES Crowns a New “London Art Set”A mix of curators, gallerists and artists have been spotlighted by the Evening Standard newspaper, including Aindrea Emelife, Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt of Unit gallery, Nnamdi Obiekwe and Zina Vieille of VO Curations, and the figurative painters Isaac Benigson, Danny Fox, and George Rouy. (Evening Standard)  

Artists Making Buttons – Four big names in contemporary art—Ai Weiwei, Edmund de Waal, Cornelia Parker and Antony Gormley—have taken up the challenge of making decorative buttons that reflect on an event in their lives, in homage to the renowned British ceramicist Lucie Rie. (Guardian)

Kehinde Wiley Show Will Tour the U.S.The new works were previously shown at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, with a smaller selection traveling to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and are currently on view in “Archaeology of Silence” at the de Young museum in San Francisco until October 15. There are three more stops on the exhibition’s U.S. tour: the MFA Houston (November 19 – June 19, 2024), the Pérez Art Museum in Miami (July 26, 2024-January 12, 2025) and, finally, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (February 22, 2025-June 22, 2025). (The Art Newspaper) 

Grace Wales Bonner to Curate MoMA ShowThe British fashion designer will helm the New York museum’s 16th Artist’s Choice exhibition for a temporary display running from November 18 through April 7, 2024. Her chosen theme is “Spirit Movers,” and she plans to spotlight Black artists like Betye Saar, Terry Adkins, and David Hammons alongside modernists who were inspired by art from the African diaspora like Man Ray and Agnes Martin. (Artforum)  


Choreographer Sarah Michelson Joins David Zwirner– The artist, dancer, and choreographer who was awarded a MacArthur “genius” fellowship in 2019 has joined the stable at the blue-chip gallery . “Dance has played such a decisive role in the history of twentieth-century art, and continues to inform contemporary art practices” Zwirner said in a statement, “And yet, rarely have choreographers received real-time support from the commercial art world.” (ARTnews)  

Cildo Meireles win $174,000 Roswitha Haftmann Prize – The Brazilian conceptual artist is the first Latin American artist to win Europe’s largest prize, named for the late art dealer Roswitha Haftmann, which comes with an unrestricted cash prize of CHf 150,000 ($174,000). Meireles is best known for his large-scale installations responding to social and political injustices. (Press release)

Ernie Barnes Estate Pays It Forward – The North Carolina Central University—a historically Black university in Durham—received a $1 million donation from the Estate of Ernie Barnes. The former NFL player and artist had attended the school on a football scholarship as a member of the class of 1960. (Press release) 


Shirley Chisolm Monument Moves Forward – More than four years since its initial proposal, New York City officials have approved the proposal by artists Amanda Williams and Olaleken B. Jeyifous’s honoring the late congresswoman. The 32-foot sculpture is one of the city’s few dedicated to women in progress since former first lady Chirlane McCray launched a program with a commitment of up to $10 million across four years. (New York Times)

Amanda Williams & Olalekan Jeyifous, Our Destiny, Our Democracy, the winning design for the Shirley Chisholm monument in Prospect Park. Rendering courtesy of She Built NYC

Amanda Williams & Olalekan Jeyifous, Our Destiny, Our Democracy, the winning design for the Shirley Chisholm monument in Prospect Park. Rendering courtesy of She Built NYC.

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