Art Industry News: Piero Manzoni Sells for $11.2 Million at Art Basel + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, 10 essays that shaped art criticism today and the World Press Cartoon Grand Prix goes to an Iranian artist.

The press preview at Art Basel 2017 in Switzerland. Photo Harold Cunningham/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 this Thursday, June 15.


NEA Reveals Final Grants for 2017 — The grants total $82.06 million of the NEA’s $150 million allotment. Recipients include the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center and the New Orleans Museum of Art. President Trump famously wants to cut funding for the NEA for 2018. (

One-on-One With Mark Bradford — The Los Angeles-based artist discusses the activist element of his work, and his solo pavilion representing the United States at the 2017 Venice Biennale. (Interview)

10 Essays That Shaped Art Criticism — From Clement Greenberg to Linda Nochlin, these 10 authors shaped the discourse that influenced art criticism during the second half of the 20th century. (

The UK Project That Allowed Banksy to Flourish — Begun in 1984 by a Bristol youth worker named John Nation, “Aerosol Art Project” quickly became controversial for allowing youngsters—one of them Banksy—to freely and legally spray paint on the city’s walls. (Huffington Post)

Piero Manzoni, <i>Achrome</i> 1958–59. © Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milano, courtesy of the Foundation and Hauser & Wirth.

Piero Manzoni, Achrome 1958–59. © Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milano, courtesy of the Foundation and Hauser & Wirth.


Piero Manzoni Sells for $11.2 Million at Art Basel — Healthy sales have been reported after the second day of the art fair, including this work sold by Hauser & Wirth. David Zwirner wasn’t far behind, having sold Sacco (Sack), a 1954 work by Alberto Burri, for $10 million. (ARTnews)

The Hamptons Get a New Art Fair — Following the cancellation of both Art Hamptons and Art Southampton, the Long Island retreat can look forward to the Upstairs Art Fair, slated to launch its inaugural edition on July 14 with a notably more laid-back vibe. (ARTnews)

“Little Prince” Watercolors Fetch More Than $500,000 — Paris auction house Artcurial saw the two works—one portraying the iconic prince at sunset, the other showing him lying in a rose garden—defy expectations by selling for approximately $584,000. (


Noguchi Museum Director to Step Down — Jenny Dixon, the Director of the Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York, announced her retirement, scheduled for the end of 2017. She has been in the post since 2003. (

New York’s Tenement Museum Has a New President — The museum, a fixture on the city’s Lower East Side, has named Kevin Jennings, a former Obama official with extensive experience in nonprofit work, as the organization’s new president. (New York Times)

Toby Kamps Joins the Blaffer Art Museum — The Texas museum, which is part of the University of Houston, has appointed Mr. Kamps, currently curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection, as the new Director and Chief Curator. He will begin in September. (Artforum)


Carnegie Museum of Art Acquires William Henry Fox Talbot Photos — The five images will join a larger exhibition exploring the English photographer’s practice; the show will include over 30 works and is set to open in November. (

Houston’s Menil Collection to Close for Renovations — Beginning in February 2018, the museum will temporarily shutter its doors to the public for eight months in order to refinish the floors. (Houston Chronicle)

Rodin Celebrations Pop Up Across The Globe — Take a look at the list of exhibitions and events taking place in the artist’s honor 100 years after his death, including “Rodin: The Centennial Exhibition” at the Grand Palais in Paris, which features over 200 of his works. (NYT)

The GIF Turns 30 Years Old Today — To mark the GIF’s birthday, GIPHY has organized “TIME FRAME,” a program celebrating the highly-popular format. Panels, presentations, screenings, artist performances and workshops centered around the GIF are on the agenda, which runs from June 15 to 21 in New York City. (Press release)

Iranian Artist Wins Cartoon Grand Prix — World Press Cartoon, an annual competition and festival dedicated to the work of cartoonists, came to a close in Portugal with Alireza Pakdel winning the top prize for his cartoon “Immigrants.” (

Alireza Paddle’s winning cartoon, “Immigrants.” Photo via Twitter.

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