Art Industry News: Jerry Saltz Gives MoMA’s New Building His Blessing + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, analyzing Ivanka Trump's "bro art" collection and Christie's appoints new Asian Art Department heads.

View of the restored Bauhaus staircase, with Oskar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus Stairway (1932). Photo by Iwan Baan.

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 28.


Six Former Officials Sentenced in South Korea for Blacklisting Artists – Months after the ouster of President Park Geun-hye, six former members of her administration have been sentenced to prison for blacklisting thousands of artists due to their political beliefs. (Artforum)

Critic Jerry Saltz Weighs In on MoMA’s Expansion – The critic, who expressed strong opposition to the expansion’s initial design, changes his tune after seeing phase one in the flesh. He writes: “This next version of the museum is going to be the best version we’ll get for a while.” (New York Magazine)

What’s Inside Ivanka’s Art Collection? – Following Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s recent disclosure of the value of their art collection, the Guardian takes a look at what’s in it. Her walls are filled with “rebellious ‘bro art’ that first became in vogue with tough-talking Abstract Expressionists in the 1950s.” (Guardian)

Kindred Arts to Restage Historic Civil Rights Protest – To mark the 100th anniversary of the Silent Parade, which was originally organized by W.E.B. Du Bois and the NAACP to fight racial discrimination, the arts group Kindred Arts will restage the march in New York City today. (The Art Newspaper)


Christie’s Appoints New Asian Art Department Heads – Jonathan Stone and Tina Zonars will co-chair the Asian Art department at the auction house. Stone has also been appointed Deputy Chairman for Asia. (Artinfo)

China Gets Another Art Fair – The inaugural Art Chengdu International Contemporary Art Fair will debut in the capital of China’s Sichuan province from April 28 to May 2. The event, which will host 30 galleries, is one of a number of fairs in China’s second-tier cities that have popped up in recent years. (The Art Newspaper)

Untitled San Francisco Changes Venues – A venue upgrade was in order for the fair’s second edition. Goodbye, Pier 70, and hello, San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts. The fair will open on January 12. (Press release)


Sheikh Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi Joins MCA Chicago Board – The Barjeel Art Foundation founder and collector will also co-chair the museum’s Global Vision Initiative, which supports contemporary art and artists from the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, and Latin America. (ARTnews)

Sam Durant Wins Rappaport Prize – The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has announced that the artist, fresh off the controversy over his sculpture Scaffold, will the 18th recipient of the $25,000 prize, which goes to artists with ties to New England. (Press release)

Chicago Architecture Biennial Releases Participant List – Over 140 international architecture firms and artists will participate in the Biennial’s second edition, titled “Make New History,” which opens alongside EXPO Chicago in September. (Press release)


Al Taylor Gets a Solo Show at the High Museum – The artist will have his first-ever US museum retrospective this November, featuring more than 150 sculptures, drawings, and prints spanning the early 1980s to the late 1990s. The exhibition has been 10 years in the making. (Press release)

V&A Plans Show About Luxury Ocean Liners – The exhibition, scheduled for February 2018, will include Maison Goyard luggage that originally belonged to the Duke of Windsor and Wallace Simpson as well as wooden panels from the Titanic. (Guardian)

New UK Sculpture Triennial Secures Backing for 2019 – The Yorkshire Sculpture International exhibition, due to launch in summer 2019, has received a crucial £750,000 grant from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund. (TAN)

See SFMOMA’s New Art Ad Campaign – The new campaign created by Division of Labor agency places iconic San Francisco sites side-by-side with iconic works from the museum’s Modern art collection, encouraging visitors to “See Them Both.” (Press release)

A tight, abstract crop of the tower of the Golden Gate Bridge with Mark Rothko’s No. 14, 1960 (1960). Courtesy SFMOMA.

A panoramic Napa vineyard with Wayne Thiebaud’s Flatland River (1997). Courtesy SFMOMA.

The voluptuous sea lions of Pier 39 with Martin Puryear’s sculpture Untitled (1990). Courtesy SFMOMA.

The silvery fingers of San Francisco’s fog (named “Karl” by locals) with the rippled facade of SFMOMA’s new 10-story expansion. Courtesy SFMOMA.

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