Art Industry News: Hannah Gadsby Speaks Out About the ‘Problem With Money in the Art World’ + Other Stories

Plus, Paris+ by Art Basel names participating galleries and Nicolas Bourriaud will lead the next Gwangju Biennale.

Hannah Gadsby. Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage.

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 Wednesday, May 10.


Paris + By Art Basel Announces Exhibitors – The art fair slated to take place in the French capital from October 20–22 has named the 154 galleries exhibiting this year, including international blue-chip outfits like Gagosian, Pace, and White Cube as well as sixteen galleries making their debut at the fair including Gianni Manhattan, P.P.O.W., and Kurimanzutto. (Press release)

The Getty Gives $17 Million to Museums for Pacific Standard Time – The Getty has boosted its funding for research and program development related to the major art event, and also committed to present it every five years, renaming it as “PST Art.” The next iteration of the initiative is titled “PST Art: Art & Science Collide.” The funding is expected to go up to $19 million to $20 million in fall as it adds participants and hands out programming grants. (L.A. Times)

Hannah Gadsby Speaks Out on “Problematic” Art World – The comedian who has recently ventured into curating with the exhibition, “It’s Pablo-matic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby” at the Brooklyn Museum, said they were assured that the Sackler benefactor of the museum, Elizabeth Sackler, claims not to have financially benefited from the invention of oxycontin. But they’re not ignoring the elephant in the room. “There’s a problem with money in the art world, generally,” they said. “Doesn’t matter what cultural institution you work with in America, you’re going to be working with billionaires and there’s not a billionaire on this planet that is not f*cked up,” they said. (Variety)

Adjaye-Designed Indigenous Art Center Slated for Vermont – A new nearly 10,000-square-foot extension designed by starchitect David Adjaye is in the works for the Shelburne Museum of Art. The $12.6 million project will feature Indigenous art from across North America, and will be called the Perry Center for Native American Art in honor of a local collector who donated a trove of Indigenous works to the museum, upsetting some community members who believe it should not be named for a man of European descent, which is “in keeping with what settlers have done all along.” (VT Digger)


New Exhibitions Director at Bozar – Zoë Gray has been named the new director of exhibitions at the Brussels-based Bozar Centre for Fine Arts. Gray has served as senior curator of WIELS since 2015, and was artistic director of the Rennes Biennale as project manager at the LUMA Foundation in Arles. (Press release)

Nicolas Bourriaud Named Artistic Director of Next Gwangju Biennale – The French writer and curator who co-founded Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and launched a platform called Radicants last year will be helming the South Korean event that is set to return for the 15th edition in September 2024, coinciding with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the inception of the biennial, which is one of Asia’s biggest. (Press release)

Flatiron Owners Sue Over Missing Down Payment – The deed-holders of the iconic New York building are taking Abraham Trust to court, alleging that its managing partner Jacob Garlick has failed to pay up the down payment despite having won the bid of the building at an auction. (NY Post)


Sundaram Tagore Opens in London – The New York- and Singapore-based gallery opened its new permanent space at Cromwell Place in South Kensington yesterday with “There Is Still A Light,” a solo show of the New York-based artist Hiroshi Senju’s new series of his signature waterfalls paintings. The exhibition runs until May 21. (Instagram)

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