Art Industry News: Former Artforum Editor to Lead Vanity Fair + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, ads for a Schiele exhibition are censored in Europe and David Zwirner will represent artist Rose Wylie.

Soon-to-be Vanity Fair editor and former TIME deputy managing editor Radhika Jones at the 2016 Time 100 Gala. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)

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, November 13.


Museums Look to Jewelry to Raise Money – Jewelry sales are becoming an important source of income for museums as many lean on retail income to compensate for cuts to public arts funding. Baubles at London’s V&A gift shop brought in £1 million last year, while the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York reportedly makes a fifth of its retail income on jewelry. (Financial Times)

Ads for Schiele Show Rejected as Too Racy – Posters advertising an Egon Schiele show in Vienna were rejected by officials in Britain and Germany, who concluded that the artist’s emaciated and contorted nudes were too risky to be shown in public spaces. A modified campaign now shows the same artworks with their private parts covered by a banner that reads: “SORRY, 100 years old but still too daring today.” (New York Times)

Former Artforum Editor May Lead Vanity Fair – Radhika Jones, whose resume includes a stint as an editor at Artforum, is expected to be named the next editor of Vanity Fair this week. She would be the magazine’s first female editor since 1992, when Graydon Carter took the helm. (New York Magazine)

Anti-Gentrification Protests Come to the Whitney – Benjamin Sutton interviews members of the Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement about the anti-gentrification protests against Laura Owens’s exhibition held at the Whitney Museum last week. The protesters say that the artist and her dealer, Gavin Brown, have been at the forefront of a wave of galleries moving into LA’s predominantly working-class Boyle Heights neighborhood. (Hyperallergic)


David Zwirner to Represent Rose Wylie – The Kent-based octogenarian is enjoying a wave of late-career success, including a show of new work opening at the Serpentine Galleries this month. Now, her market is on the rise, too: She has joined David Zwirner, which is planning a solo show of her work next spring. (TAN)

Sam Gilliam Flies at Freeman’s – The Philadelphia auction house’s sale of Modern and contemporary art brought in over $2.1 million thanks, in part, to artist Sam Gilliam. Seventeen bidders chased his Idylls I to $370,000 (well above its $80,000 estimate) and 12 bidders competed for EAST II, which sold for $156,250, four times its high estimate. (Art Market Monitor)

Untitled San Francisco Releases Exhibitor List – The art fair has revealed the 47 galleries participating in its second San Francisco iteration, due to take place between January 12 and 14 next year. Newcomers include David Zwirner, which will present work by Oscar Murillo. (ARTnews)

Christie’s Pulls Innovative da Vinci Marketing Stunt – The auction house set up a hidden camera beneath Salvator Mundi in New York’s Rockefeller Center to capture the awed faces of those who came to see it, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Patti Smith, and art advisor Anthony Grant. (Art Market Monitor)


McNay Nabs Conceptual Art Collection – The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, has acquired a “transformative” gift: John M. Parker Jr.’s collection of conceptual and Minimalist art. The haul includes work by Alice Aycock, Donald Judd, Zoe Leonard, Agnes Martin, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella. (Glasstire)

Curator Shannon Michael Crane Has Died – Printed Matter’s editions and art-fair curator, Shannon Michael Crane, has died. Crane (1974–2017) founded the queer art and culture zine They Shoot Homos Don’t They?, and joined Printed Matter, the New York-based nonprofit devoted to artists’ books and ephemera, in 2008. (Artforum)

Museum Director Karl Katz Has Died – The founding curator of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, who also ran New York’s Jewish Museum and served as a special projects curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has died at age 88. Katz also helped the photographer Cornell Capa find a home in New York for the International Center of Photography. (NYT)

Calgary’s Over-Reflective Sculpture Could Return – Wishing Well, Calgary’s highly polished, spherical work of public art by California-based collective Living Lenses, could go back on display now that engineers have worked out a “solution” to the problem of it burning holes in viewers’ clothes. Unveiled in 2012, the $440,000 work is currently stored in a Calgary warehouse. (Calgary Herald)


How Kusama Led to the Museum of Ice Cream The Instagram hit is just a big playground, but detractors might consider it the offspring of installation-experiences like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms. (Both come with 30-second selfie limits and a virtual clamor for tickets.) Did you know Kusama originally designed her Obliteration Room for children? (Curbed)

Chris Dercon Gets Applause at the Volksbühne  Dercon’s much-anticipated and embattled first season as the director of the storied Berlin theater finally kicked off this past weekend with works by Samuel Beckett and Tino Sehgal. The successful first weekend put an end to over a year of protests surrounding Dercon’s appointment, which most recently saw a group occupying the theater house. (DPA)

What Is Legal Art Forgery? – Museums and auction houses have gotten into the habit of forging major works for collectors who have donated, loaned, or sold the originals. “I have asked, are you sure you gave me the copies?” collector Henry Bloch said of the replicas provided to him by the Nelson-Atkins Museum. “That’s how much they resemble the originals.” (Architectural Digest)

Macron and Steinmeier Unveil Monument in Alsace – The presidents of France and Germany met on Mount Hartmannsweilerkopfthe site where many lost their lives in the trenches during WWI—to unveil a tapestry by German artist Thomas Bayrle, titled Pietà for World War I, which commemorates the fallen soldiers. (

German pop artist Thomas Bayrle posing next to the model he created of a tapestry commissioned to commemorate WWI, in Aubusson, central France.
Photo: Pascal Lachenaud/AFP/Getty Images.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier deliver speeches as they attend the inauguration of the WWI French-German memorial of Hartmannswillerkopf in Wattwiller, eastern France. Photo: Patrick Seeger/AFP/Getty Images.

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