Art Industry News: Hito Steyerl Is the Art World’s Most Powerful Person + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, artists organize a primal scream on the anniversary of Trump's election and Barbara Kruger is selling hoodies in SoHo.

Hito Steyerl. Photo by Tobias Zielony. Courtesy of Andrew Kreps and the artist.

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 Friday, November 3.


Artists Plan a Primal Scream on Trump’s Election Anniversary – On November 8, one year after Trump’s election and Yoko Ono’s epic Twitter “scream” in response, artists Laurie Anderson and Marilyn Minter want us all to do the same. At midnight next Wednesday, they are inviting the public to stick their heads out of their windows and scream a primal scream. (Vulture)

Holland Cotter on Jimmie Durham – Looking past the controversies and doubts surrounding Durham’s Cherokee identity, the Times critic offers a glowing review of his retrospective now at New York’s Whitney Museum. “To focus on shaming an artist for what is, on the evidence of this show, a truly brilliant, half-century-long act of politically driven self-invention, strikes me as self-defeating,” Cotter writes. (New York Times)

Hito Steyerl Leads ArtReview’s 2017 Power100 List – ArtReview’s annual ranking of the most powerful people in the contemporary art world is out, and full of surprises. German artist Hito Steyerl has taken the top spot for her “powerful” work and “urgent” ideas. French artist Pierre Huyghe comes in second place and feminist writer Donna Haraway nabs third. (ArtReview)

Friends Remember Linda Nochlin – Sixteen art-world veterans came together to share personal remembrances of Nochlin, the celebrated art historian who died last week at 86. The MFA Houston director Gary Tinterow, who for 10 years lived next door to Nochlin, recalled a particularly wry quip she made about an outlandish presentation that claimed to be inspired by her scholarship. (ARTnews)


Newly Rediscovered Painting Heads to Sotheby’s – A work recently attributed to John Constable thanks to new scientific research is headed to Sotheby’s London. The painting, Dedham Vale with the River Stour in Flood (1814–1817), will be sold on December 6 and carries an estimate of £2–3 million. (Art Market Monitor)

Gagosian Publishes Its 500th Book Mega-gallerist Larry Gagosian has been using his ample capital to publish books—lots and lots of expensive books. The 500th volume generated by the gallery’s 10-strong publications team, titled Streetlamps, focuses on a series of works by Chris Burden and is scheduled to be released this month. (Wall Street Journal)

Julia Peyton-Jones Plans First Ropac Show In her new role as senior global director of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, the former Serpentine director is co-organizing an exhibition on the Italian artist Medardo Rosso, who is often credited with the birth of Modern sculpture but remains virtually unknown in the UK. (The Art Newspaper)


Virginia Thoren Has Died at 97 – Though she had no formal training, Thoren became one of the leading fashion photographers of her generation. With a penchant for natural light and dramatic backdrops, she photographed celebrities including Julie Andrews, Vivien Leigh, and Lee Radziwill. (NYT)

Meet the New Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellows  One of these curators might be your next boss. The 2018 fellows for the Center for Curatorial Leadership, which trains aspiring museum directors, include Whitney Biennial co-curator Mia Locks, Lauren Haynes of the Crystal Bridges Museum, and the Andy Warhol Museum’s Jose Carlos Diaz. (ARTnews)

Pulse Prize Nominees Announced – The 13th edition of PULSE Miami Beach will return to Indian Beach Park from December 7-10. The fair’s 16 exhibiting solo artists—including Todd Lanam, Donna Ruff, and Tony Gum—are also nominees for the jury-awarded cash prize. A winner will be chosen during the fair. (Press release)


Barbara Kruger Is Selling Hoodies – Barbara Kruger’s highly anticipated Performa contribution is, in fact, a SoHo pop-up shop. Poking fun at the culture surrounding retailer Supreme, which uses her signature Futura text in its branding, Kruger is selling beanies, boards, T-shirts, and a hoodie that says “WANT IT BUY IT FORGET IT.” (TAN)

Cleveland Museum Shoots for $1 Billion in Acquisitions  Over the next decade, the Cleveland Museum of Art has set big goals: to acquire $1 billion worth of art, boost its endowment to $1.25 billion, and increase annual attendance to one million visitors. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Meet the Man Who Takes Care of Earth Room  The artist Bill Dilworth, who has been watching over Walter De Maria’s New York Earth Room (1977) for the past 28 years, tells the Paris Review: “In the early days we’d get 3,500 people a year, the last few years it’s been 60,000.” (Paris Review)

Taschen Drops New Dalí Book About Wine – On the heels of their bestseller about Salvador and Gala Dalí’s exotic dinner parties, TASCHEN has revealed plans to publish Vins de Gala, Dalí’s 296-page guide to wines, which includes the artist’s surreal method of categorizing bottles according to their emotional resonance. (Press release)

The Sacrament of the Last Supper, 1955, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Chester Dale Collection. Courtesy Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2017 and TASCHEN.

“War! War!” sung by Montserrat Caballé in Norma, 1976, gouache. Courtesy Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2017 and TASCHEN.

Original gouache, 1976. Courtesy Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2017 and TASCHEN.

Tristan and Yseult, or The Love-Potion, jewel. Courtesy Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2017 and TASCHEN.

Vins de Gala. Courtesy Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2017 and TASCHEN.

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