Art Industry News: Pussy Riot Takes the Fight to Trump Tower + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, the late artist Howard Hodgkin's collection nets $6.8 million at auction and David Adjaye will design London's Holocaust memorial.

Members of Pussy Riot, seen here in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Members of Pussy Riot, seen here in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/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, October 25.


Erdogan Speaks About Cultural Activist’s Detention – The Turkish president has commented on the detention of Anadolu Kültür center chairman Osman Kavala at the Istanbul airport, saying, “We will stand up against those who try to shoot this nation from inside.” (The Art Newspaper)

Take a Page From Carrie Mae Weems – In Unpacking My Library, a collection of artist interviews to be published next month, the celebrated photographer says, “books are my playmates… and my occasional lover.” She carried the catalogue from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Guggenheim show around with her for years and has a soft spot for Tobias Wolf and Cormac McCarthy. (Paris Review)

David Adjaye to Design London Holocaust Memorial – The new national Holocaust memorial and exhibition center due to open in Victoria Tower Gardens next to parliament in 2021 will be designed by the leading architect. His proposal beat out competition from Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid Architects, and Norman Foster. (Guardian)

Berkshire Museum Director Takes Medical Leave – Weeks before the controversial sale of works from the museum’s collection, its director Van Shields is taking medical leave to undergo surgery. The museum’s temporary leadership—acting co-executive directors—and the board remain committed to the planned sell-off. (WAMC)


Howard Hodgkin’s Collection Nets $6.8 Million – The auction of the late British painter’s collection at Sotheby’s in London exceeded its pre-sale estimate, netting £5.2 million ($6.8 million). The top lot was Bhupen Khakhar’s De-Luxe Tailors (1972), which sold for £1.1 million ($1.5 million) and set a new auction record for the artist. (Press release)

ADAA Art Fair Exhibitor List Released – The Art Dealers Association of America has named the 72 exhibitors for the 30th iteration of the Art Show, running February 28 through March 4 at the Armory in New York. Newcomers include Maccarone and Altman Siegel. (Press release)

Record for Warhol’s Soup Cans at Sotheby’s – The auction house’s October sale of prints and multiples brought in $12.1 million in New York. The sale was led by Andy Warhol’s Complete Set of Campbell’s Soup I, which sold for $852,500, a new record for the series. (Press release)


​Rozalia Jovanovic and Debbie Harris to Lead Collective – Jovanovic, artnet News’s former editor-in-chief​​, will be the new director of the Collective Design fair in New York. Harris, previously the deputy director of the Armory Show, takes up the position of director of art initiatives. (Press release)

Jam Company Gives $1.1 Million to Ohio Museum J.M. Smucker Co. is giving $1.1 million to the Akron Art Museum to support its endowment and underwrite free admission on Thursdays. The donation comes one month after the museum received $8 million, the largest gift in its history, from the Knight Foundation. (Akron Journal)

Stedelijk Names Interim Business Director – Following Beatrix Ruf’s resignation last week in response to accusations of conflicts of interest, ​the museum has taken on a temporary​ business director, Jan Willem Sieburgh, who will be fulfilling parts of Ruf’s role beginning November 1. (ARTnews)


What Does the World’s Top Chef Collect? – Daniel Humm, the head chef at New York’s Eleven Madison Park, shows off his art collection, which includes works by Lucio Fontana, Franz West, Rita Ackermann, and Daniel Turner (who also recently created a work for his restaurant). (NYT)

Memorial Art Gallery Commissions Isaac Julien and Others – The gallery has commissioned three artists—Javier Téllez, Isaac Julien, and Dara Birnbaum—to create new media work that takes inspiration from its home city of Rochester, New York. The commissions will debut at the museum on April 8. (Press release)

SFMOMA Plans Magritte Blockbuster – Marketed as the first exclusive exhibition of the Surrealist’s later material, “René Magritte: The Fifth Season” will focus on the work the artist created between 1943 and 1967. The exhibition runs from May 19 to October 28, 2018. (Press release)

See Pussy Riot Protest at Trump Tower – On Monday, three members of the Russian activist group staged a demonstration in Trump Tower to support the political prisoner Oleg Sentsov. They unfurled a banner that read “Free Sentsov” and rained down pamphlets with information on the detained Ukrainian-Russian filmmaker. (TAN)

We remember when we were imprisoned, we received news about hundreds of activists around the world putting on balaclavas and going to the streets to support us. That was the moment we understood we are not alone. But we should not forget that even though we’ve come to the other side of the fence, there are still hundreds of political prisoners behind bars waiting for your support. We received a lot of letters, smiles, and noise from you.To continue we’re calling on you today to raise attention to two guys from Ukraine: film director Oleg Sentsov and anarchist Olexandr Kolchenko, who are in Russian prison right now. Sentsov got 20 years in prison, Kolchenko got 10 years. Because they, like you, did not sit by — they were fighting for their freedom in Crimea, which was annexed by Putin. During the investigation in Russia Oleg Sentsov was tortured and two months ago, after our action, he was transported to a penal colony with some of the cruelest conditions in Russia — “Polar Bear.” We decided to do an action right now, while we are in New York, with activists here because we believe there are no borders to our solidarity.We came to occupy Trump Tower to call attention to political prisoners. We believe that political prisoners and their protection are more important than the sexist bullshit that people have been focused on.Defending political prisoners is an issue that transcends borders. We are acting in solidarity against leaders like Putin, who has exercised authoritarian force and Trump, who is displaying authoritarian tendencies — because we all need to be fighting together on behalf of dissidents everywhere.We, Pussy Riot, invite you to join our fabulous and bold path: ask questions of your politicians who shake hands with Putin in international forums, support advocacy, go out into the streets. And put on your own political, public actions too.

Posted by PussyRiot on Monday, October 23, 2017

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