Art Industry News: Remembering Adventurous Gallerist Jack Tilton + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, Tracey Emin splits with longtime New York gallery Lehmann Maupin and Sotheby’s launches a $250,000 museum prize.

Jack Tilton and Beth Woody at Tilton Gallery, New York, 2005. Photo by Rose Hartman/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 Monday, May 8th.


Art Dealer Jack Tilton Has Died – Known for championing young, emerging, and overlooked artists, the American dealer got his start working for Betty Parsons in New York in the late ’70s, before taking over Parsons’ old space in 1983. He expanded to Los Angeles in 1999 and formed a partnership with Anna Kustera in New York in 2000. Five years later, he moved his gallery to an Upper East Side townhouse, where he ran the business with his wife, Connie Rogers Tilton. He passed away over the weekend. (ARTnews)

Andrea Fraser Will Reveal Where Else US Museum Donors Spend Their Money – The performance artist is working on a project, to be published as a book, that will reveal the donations made by major US museum patrons to the 2016 presidential campaign. (The Art Newspaper)

The NEA Gives Grants to Vets – Nearly $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts’s 2016 budget went towards grants that support projects by US veterans and active military, which, one source speculates, could be a reason the NEA’s budget was not slashed by the Trump administration, and instead saw a marginal, $2 million increase in funding for 2017. (LAT)

Marilyn Minter Didn’t Notice When Ivanka Trump Unfollowed Her – After her appearance on the anti-Trump Instagam account Dear Ivanka, artist Marilyn Minter explains in a new interview, the first daughter unfollowed her on the social media site, but she didn’t notice because, she says, “I just look at what the algorithm sends me.” (W)

Ai Weiwei Wrote a New Book on Fighting Authoritarianism – The New York Times excerpted a chapter on self-censorship from the dissident Chinese artist’s forthcoming “Rules for Resistance: Advice From Around the Globe for the Age of Trump,” in which he writes that “each time [people self-censor and] display their servility, they bring warmth to the hearts of the authoritarians and harm to people who protest.” (NYT)

The Naked Performance Artist in a Box, Explained – Previously depositing himself in front of Dasha Zhukova at the Garage and at a François Pinault event in Venice, the artist Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich explains that the elaborate stunt that most recently got him arrested on the Met Gala’s red carpet is meant to raise awareness about performance art. (Bloomberg)


Tracey Emin and Lehmann Maupin Split – The YBA has shown with the New York gallery since 1999, but the decision was mutual, with David Maupin saying, “We are proud of the work we have done together:” (The Art Newspaper)

Key Work by Max Beckmann Will Hit the Auction Block for the First Time – Christie’s London will offer “Bird’s Hell,” painted in 1938 while the artist was living in exile in Amsterdam, with an estimate of $39 million. (Monopol)

Sotheby’s Launches New $250,000 Prize for Museums – An all-star jury including Nicholas Serota, Okwui Enwezor, Donna de Salvo, and Connie Butler will decide which museum will get Sotheby’s new annual grant, designed to help institutions put together exhibitions on forgotten or little-known artists. (The Art Newspaper)


Christopher Miles Moves From Ministry of Culture to Palais de Tokyo – In a move planned under outgoing President François Hollande, Christopher Miles, formerly the Secretary General of France’s Ministry of Culture, will assume the role of Deputy Director General at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. (Le Journal des Arts)


Ugo Rondinone ♥s John Giorno – This summer, Rondinone will pay tribute to Giorno across New York City, with an exhibition and festival taking place at 13 Manhattan locations, from High Line Art to the New Museum to the Swiss Institute, that will include works by Giorno, Rondinone, and collaborators like Andy Warhol. (NYT)

Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Gets $1 Million Gift – The Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund donated $1 million to the museum to support educational initiatives, including giving underserved students and families greater access to the institution, starting with free bus fare for school groups. (Artforum)

Jeremy Deller Pays Homage to The Beatles’ Former Manager – The Turner Prize-winner designed a series of posters that will decorate Liverpool for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, showing the martyr-like dedication of the band’s manager, Brian Epstein. (Guardian)

And Pirelli has announced that Tim Walker is the official photographer for its 2018 calendar. Take a look at some of Walker’s most iconic images below:

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Aya Jones, Xiao Wen Ju, Harleth Kuusik, Yumi Lambert and Nastya Sten in Alexander McQueen by Tim Walker for Vogue UK, March 2015. Photo ©Tim Walker.

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Tim Walker, Xiao Wen Ju & Fei Fei Sun wearing Balenciaga & Lanvin, London (2014) Photo ©Tim Walker.

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