Art Industry News: Why the New 30-Second Rule Ruins the Kusama Experience + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, archaeologists discover the earliest known depiction of domesticated dogs and Kemang Wa Lehulere takes home Performa's top prize.

A man looks at the Love Forever room during a preview of the Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum (Courtesy of BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/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 Tuesday, November 21st.


Germany Plans Mega-Exhibitions Abroad – Although negotiations to form a German coalition government have just collapsed, the German Foreign Office is forging ahead with its plan to stage major exhibitions abroad with loans from German museums. The initiative to boost the country’s cultural presence overseas revives a decade-old plan by the late museum director Martin Roth. (The Art Newspaper)

Meet the Next Generation of Top Curators – The Fader spoke to eight young curators, most of them women, about their quest to make exhibitions more inclusive and less “pretentious,” as one interviewee put it. From the Whitney Museum’s assistant curator Rujeko Hockley to the Brooklyn Museum’s Carmen Hermo and Chicago’s Queer Thoughts, all agree that there’s room to do things differently. (The Fader)

How Long Should We Spend in Kusama’s Infinity Rooms? – Museums now limit visits to Kusama’s mirrored rooms to 30 seconds a pop—hardly enough time for a selfie, some fans complain. Jori Finkel argues that, purely for ocular reasons, visitors need more than 30 seconds to process the shift in perspective created by the rooms. (TAN)​

Gainsborough Museum Gets Extension – The Thomas Gainsborough House in Suffolk is developing a new wing to house the painter’s full-length portraits, an $11 million project that would, according to the museum’s director, “give the nation a center for one of its greatest artists.” (BBC)


Tintin and Snowy Soar at Auction – A drawing of Tintin and Snowy by Hergé, Tintin’s creator, sold for nearly $500,000 at auction in Paris. The picture was first published in 1939 in “King Ottokar’s Sceptre,” Adventures of Tintin’s eighth volume. (BBC)

Casey Kaplan to Represent Judith Eisler – The Connecticut- and Vienna-based artist, who previously worked with Cohan and Leslie in New York, will have will have a solo show at her new gallery Casey Kaplan next September. She is also represented by Gavlak Gallery in Los Angeles and Charim Galerie in Vienna. (ARTnews)

The Race Is on to Buy Dalí‘s Mae West Lips – The UK government has placed a temporary export bar on Salvador Dalí’s Mae West Lips. The artist designed the erotic red sofa in 1938 for the Sussex home of collector Edward James. UK institutions have until next May to come up with funds for the more than $635,000 asking price. (Guardian)


Cartier-Bresson Foundation to Expand in Paris – The institution dedicated to the father of street photography is relocating to a space in the Marais. The 900-square-meter building—a converted garage—is scheduled to open in October 2018. The new space is near the Centre Pompidou, the Musée Picasso, and the forthcoming Fondation Pinault. (TAN)

Performa Names Winner of Top Award – Kemang Wa Lehulere has taken home the fourth edition of the Malcolm McLaren Award, which is given to an artist who stages “an innovative and thought-provoking performance” during the course of the festival. The South African artist created a sound installation using found objects and homemade instruments. (Artforum)

Oreet Ashery Wins 2017 Derek Jarman Award – The Israeli-born artist has nabbed the award, which recognizes UK-based artists working with the moving image, for her project NoNothing Salons in the Dark. Could the Turner Prize be next? Many previously shortlisted artists—including Duncan Campbell, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, and Laure Prouvost—went on to be shortlisted for or win the Turner Prize. (Press release)


What Does the Berkshire Saga Mean for American Museums? – The Berkshire Museum’s decision to sell off its collection, violating long-held norms, sets a worrisome precedent for other struggling institutions, writes Andrew Russeth. If collections can be used as financial assets, museums might respond to tax and funding cuts by monetizing their works before considering other options. (ARTnews)

Newly Discovered Rock Art May Be Earliest Depiction of Dogs Rock carvings between 8,000 and 9,000 years old, recently identified in what is today Saudi Arabia, depict humans and dogs working together. The discovery suggests that man’s best friend may have been heading toward domestication earlier than previously thought. (Smithsonian)

“Search Party” Star Loves to Trade Art – Alia Shawkat, who plays Dory on the show “Search Party,” is also an amateur artist. In addition to painting her own work and following accounts of artists she loves on Instagram (Love Watts and Polly Nor), she also trades work with her friends. Her latest get: a gold work by the duo FriendsWithYou. (W Magazine)

Advice for the UC Irvine Museum Thanks to the acquisition of Gerald E. Buck’s collection, UC Irvine’s planned museum offers an unprecedented overview of the history of art in California. But the LA Times implores the institution to rid the art of the collector’s gaudy framing and appoint a Californian, rather than an international star, to design the building. (LA Times)



Derrick Adams
“Figures in the Urban Landscape”
Tilton Gallery (New York)
November 8 – January 6

Best known for his bold and colorful conceptually driven portraits, the acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams has been featured in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and other institutions. Currently participating in the newly opened Prospect.4 biennial in New Orleans, Adams is also the subject of a solo show at Tilton Gallery on New York’s Upper East Side that debuts a new series of mixed-media works on paper and wood panel merging figures and the urban landscape.

Derrick Adams’s Figure in the Urban Landscape 10 (2017). Courtesy of Tilton Gallery.

Derrick Adams’s Figure in the Urban Landscape 8 (2017). Courtesy of Tilton Gallery.

Derrick Adams’s Figure in the Urban Landscape 7 (2017). Courtesy of Tilton Gallery.

Derrick Adams’s Figure in the Urban Landscape 6 (2017). Courtesy of Tilton Gallery.

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