Art Industry News: A Dealer Slams a U.K. Television Show for Selling a Likely Fake Banksy at Auction + Other Stories

Plus, Brett Littman leaves his post as the director of New York's Noguchi Museum, and Holland Cotter loves MoMA's Latin America show.

Publicity still for The Greatest Auction. Photo: Channel 4.

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, June 13.


MoMA Highlights Latin American Histories – Holland Cotter praises the new exhibition, writing that “Chosen Memories: Contemporary Latin American Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift and Beyond” is “one of the most stirring museum collection shows” he’s seen. The critic highlights themes of “change and instability,” and “politically loaded” works drawn from the philanthropist’s vast trove of art reflecting the complex histories in Latin American art across decades. (New York Times)

Carnegie Museums Ratifies Union Contract – Workers at the Pittsburgh-based institution ratified an official contract after more than a year of negotiations. Unionizing employees at the Carnegie Museums, which include the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the Carnegie Science Center, have joined the United Museum Workers, which is part of the United Steelworkers. (The Art Newspaper)

Channel 4 Show Slammed for Auctioning Likely Fake Banksy – Art dealer Jeff Salmon warned producers of the Channel 4 show “The Greatest Auction” that a Banksy work sold for more than $30,000 was likely not by the anonymous street artist at all. Salmon heard from a restoration company who worked on the piece that it was not genuine, and when the dealer suggested making the claim live on TV, he was left out and the sale went ahead. (Guardian)


Asian Cultural Council Board of Trustees Elects Chairman – Fashion and lifestyle entrepreneur Josie Cruz Natori has been elected chairman of the New York-based Asian Cultural Council, succeeding Wendy O’Neill, who has held the position since 2012. (Press release)

Finalists Named for Sobey Prize – Five artists—Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Kablusiak, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Anahita Norouzi, and Séamus Gallagher—have been shortlisted for Canada’s premiere art prize, with the winner slated to be named on November 18 at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Each of the artists won C$25,000 ($18,700) just for making the cut, and the winner will receive C$100,000 ($75,000). (TAN)

Brett Littman Leaves the Noguchi Museum – The New York-based museum’s director has left his post without giving a reason; deputy director Jennifer Lorch will serve as interim director while the board looks for a successor. Littman previously helmed the Drawing Center in Manhattan and was the deputy director of MoMA PS1. He joined the Noguchi Museum in 2018.(Artforum)  


Wayne Gretzky’s Jersey Sells for $700k – The #99 New York Rangers jersey that the hockey player, dubbed “The Great One,” wore when he scored his final point for the team on April 18, 1999, is now the third most-expensive ice hockey jersey ever sold. The red, white, and blue jersey had been on view at Madison Square Garden’s “Defining Moments” exhibition before it hit the block at Grey Flannel Auctions. (ESPN)

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