Art Industry News: Art Advisor Lisa Schiff Cooperates With Authorities as She Faces Multiple Lawsuits + Other Stories

Plus, Almine Rech expands in Gstaad and Monaco, and the North Dakota Museum of Art's missing sculpture has been returned.

Lisa Schiff during at SFA Advisory in New York City in December 2022. Photo by Udo Salters/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images.

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 Monday, June 12.


Sculpture Missing From Museum Is Discovered – Seven months after Garden Wheel disappeared from the North Dakota Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture garden, it has been safely returned to the institution. Two individuals found the artwork next to a dumpster at the Southgate Casino, Bar, and Grill. “It was a shock for everyone, I think, that it came back,” said director Matthew Wallace. (Grand Forks Herald)

Doris Salcedo on the Myth of ‘Postcolonialism’ – The acclaimed Colombian artist’s first major solo exhibition in Switzerland just opened at the Fondation Beyeler, and she says that her politically infused art, which commemorates those lost and forgotten, is “like a solitary liturgy.” Her work, which has often focused on the atrocities in her native Colombia, is now focused on the European migrant crisis, which she calls “the issue of today.” “People say we are living in postcolonial or post-racist times,” she added. “There’s nothing ‘post’ about it.” (Financial Times)

Lisa Schiff Cooperates – The art advisor is in the process of liquidating her assets in order to help pay creditors as she faces multiple lawsuits, and is cooperating with federal and state authorities, according to court filings. Schiff’s lawyer John Cahill is representing her pro bono, and his recent motion asked the court to allow Schiff to stay the civil proceedings and deny a restraining order requested by her former client Candace Barasch. (The Art Newspaper)


Noguchi Museum Names Board Chairs – Spencer Bailey and Susan Kessler will serve as co-chairs of the board of trustees of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in New York, succeeding Malcolm C. Nolen who has held the position since 2016. The Museum also elected Christiane Fischer, Mary Ping, and Anuj Puri as vice chairs, and elected Carol Rattray to join the Board. (Press release)

IFPDA Print Fair Announces 30th Anniversary Program – The world’s largest and longest-running association of fine-art print specialists unveiled the 90+ exhibitors championing more than 550 years of printmaking in the next edition of its annual expo, which returns to the Javits Center from October 26–29. Participants range from mega-galleries Hauser & Wirth and David Zwirner, to new entrants Cade Tompkins Projects and the Lower East Side Print Shop, to invitational exhibitors Black Women of Print and Parkett. (Press release)


Almine Rech Expands – The blue-chip art gallery is expanding its international footprint with two new outposts: a temporary exhibition space in Gstaad, Switzerland, and a new office space in the Principality of Monaco. These spaces come on the heels of the gallery’s announced expansion to Tribeca, which is slated to open at the end of 2023. (Press release)

Preview of Almine Rech in Gstaad. Courtesy of Almine Rech.

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