Art Industry News: New Banksy Mural Vandalized + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, tips for surviving Venice and a promotion for Christie's Loic Gouzer.

A recently painted mural by British graffiti artist Banksy, depicting a workman chipping away at one of the stars on a European Union (EU) themed flag, is pictured in Dover, south east England on May 8, 2017. Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/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 Wednesday, May 10th.


Petty Vandal Targets Banksy’s Brexit Mural – Barely 24 hours after the elusive street artist’s latest work appeared in Dover, UK, someone already tagged it with his or her own, tiny, graffiti: the words “The Clash,” complete with an anarchy sign. (Express)

San Diego Arts Workers Protest Cuts to Arts Funding – Local arts and culture organizations are speaking out against the city’s Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who proposed a $10.4-million arts budget for 2018—almost $5 million less than this year’s $15.1 million. (San Diego Tribune)

Art World Figures Give Their Top Venice Tips – Tracey Moffatt, Ahmet Ögüt, Cheyenne Westphal, Jens Hoffmann, Anj Smith, Candice Breitz, and Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal reveal their must-see pavilions and their favorite ways to relax during the biennale. (The Art Newspaper)

Steve McQueen Will Direct a Tupac Documentary – The project doesn’t yet have a name, but it does have full authorization from the estate of the late rapper. (Vulture)


Christie’s Gives Loic Gouzer a Promotion – Gouzer, known for organizing un-stuffy themed sales like last year’s “Bound to Fail,” joins Alex Rotter as co-chairman of Post-War and Contemporary Art in the Americas. Together, they fill the position that opened when Brett Gorvy left the auction house to partner with private dealer Dominique Lévy last year. (TAN)


Getty Research Institute Director to Retire – After a productive decade that saw the expansion of the LA institute and the acquisition of the sprawling Harald Szeemann archive, Thomas W. Gaehtgens will step down next year. (Press Release)

Smithsonian Institution Appoints John Davis Provost for Museums and Research – Davis, a decorated academic, will assume the newly-created position, intended to promote multidisciplinary activities, on July 31. (Artforum)

Lyon Biennale Announces 2017 Artist List – The 14th edition of the Lyon Biennial opens on September 20, and will show work by artists including Laurie Anderson, Hans Haacke, Lygia Pape, and Tomás Saraceno. (ARTnews)

Biennale of Sydney Names Jo-Anne Birnie Director and CEO – Danzker replaces former CEO Ben Strout, who resigned in 2016. (ArtAsiaPacific)


Former Washington Post Art Critic Creates dOGUMENTA, an Art Exhibition for Dogs – It’s inspired by Rocky, her own art-loving Maltese-Yorkshire Terrier, and it will be sensitive to canines’ limited color perception, while hanging works at an accessible height for man’s best friend. (W)

Hans Haacke’s Gift Horse Trots to Munich – The piece, a skeletal horse wearing a stock ticker commissioned for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, is now on view at Munich’s Haus der Kunst. (ArtDaily)

And Ivanka Trump paid a visit to Yayoi Kusama’s obliteration room, prompting Hyperallergic to critically deconstruct the painfully-staged social media photo op:

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