Art Industry News: Can You Identify Kendall Jenner’s Art Collection? + Other Stories
Plus, another Kusama installation is coming to Los Angeles and Instagram continues its conquest of the art world.
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, July 25.
How Instagram Transformed the Art World – The art world can’t get enough of Instagram—and the feeling is mutual. In 2017, #art was the fifth most popular hashtag. Meanwhile, almost a quarter of visitors go to the Broad in LA after seeing pictures on a friend’s social-media feed. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art comes in fourth on Instagram’s list of top geotagged museums thanks to its photogenic landmarks: Chris Burden’s Urban Light and Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass. (Wall Street Journal)
Kusama Comes Back to LA – Speaking of Instagram, one of the platform’s favorite artists—Yayoi Kusama—is getting another installation in Los Angeles. The Marciano Art Foundation has acquired the installation With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever (2011), a red-and-white-spotted room most recently on view at David Zwirner in New York last year. The plan is to allow 15 to 20 people inside at a time. The work will debut to the public tomorrow. (Los Angeles Times)
Take a Peek at Kendall Jenner’s Art – The model and social media star shared some pictures of her LA home, which includes a wall of art in the dining room. Can you identify the works before the Instagram stories expire? (Scroll to the bottom of Art Industry News to see.) We spotted a black-and-white Hat and Five Roses photograph by William Klein and a print of Generation Wealth photographer Lauren Greenfield‘s 1993 work Mijanou and Friends From Beverly Hills High School on Senior Beach Day, Will Rogers State Beach. On her coffee table, the model has Taschen’s tome about fashion photographers Mert and Marcus. (Architectural Digest)
Artist-Activist and FEMEN Co-Founder Has Died – Oksana Shachko, a founding member of the protest group FEMEN, has died at age 31. According to her friends, the Ukraine-born activist left a suicide note in her Paris apartment. In 2013, she was among those who confronted Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hannover, Germany. (RFE)
How Powerful Is the Lure of Blockchain? – Will Blockchain succeed where the auction houses have failed? We’re about to find out. The London-based, Georgian dealer Eleesa Dadiani and her business partner Maecenas are offering a 49 percent stake of Warhol’s 14 Small Electric Chairs via Blockchain. Dadiani is believed to have been the the unsuccessful seller of the 1980 canvas at Bonhams in 2016. It was estimated at more than $4 million then—and Maecenas is asking the same price now. (Telegraph)
Paris’s Outsider Art Fair Announces Lineup – The fair is moving to L’Atelier Richelieu in the Second Arrondissement this fall, a 20-minute walk from the Grand Palais, which hosts FIAC at the same time (October 18 to 21). Thirty-seven exhibitors have signed on, including Andrew Edlin Gallery of New York, Yukiko Koide Presents of Tokyo, and Gliacrobati of Turin. (ARTnews)
Arts Council Blocked Export of Disputed Giotto – The High Court in London has upheld Arts Council England’s decision to reject of an export application that sought to move a painting attributed to Giotto from the UK to Switzerland. Italian authorities have made a claim on the work, which the British dealer Kathleen Simonis purchased in Florence in 1990. At the time, it was believed to be a 19th-century copy. (Guardian)
COMINGS & GOINGS
BRIC Art Center Names New President – The Brooklyn nonprofit has selected Kristina Newman-Scott to succeed outgoing president Leslie Griesbach Schultz. Newman-Scott is the director of culture for the State of Connecticut. Of her goal in her new role, she says: “In the future, there will not be one person in Brooklyn who won’t know what BRIC is.” (NYT)
High Museum Names European Art Curator – Claudia Einecke will look after the High Museum of Art’s 1,000-work collection of European art, which spans the 1300s to the mid-20th century. She comes to Atlanta from the Getty Research Institute, where she served as a metadata specialist. (Press release)
Dallas Museum of Art Names Islamic Art Curator – Heather Ecker will serve as the Dallas Museum’s first Marguerite S. Hoffman and Thomas W. Lentz Curator of Islamic and Medieval Art. Her appointment reflects the museum’s wish to expand its audience and collection with a global perspective. She will take up the post on July 30. (Press release)
Göteborg Biennial Curator Appointed – The Swedish-born and Berlin-based curator Lisa Rosendahl will take over the next two editions of the Swedish exhibition. Her appointment marks a new direction for the biennial, which is seeking to engage with artists over a longer period of time. The next Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art is set to run from September 7 to November 17, 2019. (Artforum)
FOR ART’S SAKE
Why You Should Slow Down When You Look at Art – For its 2019 show featuring work by the French painter Pierre Bonnard, the Tate in London is planning a series of “slow looking” sessions, in which a curator will encourage viewers to deeply engage with only two or three works of art. (Guardian)
Minneapolis to Stage Survey of Native Women Artists – The Minneapolis Institute of Art has announced a major exhibition dedicated to female Native American artists, which is due to open in June 2019. Spanning ancient art to contemporary, the 115 works in the show will also travel nationally. (Press release)
Susan Meiselas Heads Back to Nicaragua – As Nicaragua’s political crisis continues to escalate, the photographer Susan Meiselas, who documented the Nicaraguan Revolution in the 1970s, is returning to see what has changed—and how history may be repeating itself. (New York Times)
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