Art Industry News: Artists Share the Best and Worst Advice They’ve Ever Gotten + Other Stories

Plus, a photo, long thought to be of Vincent van Gogh, turns out to be of his brother and Endeavor cuts ties with a Saudi company.

Marina Abramović. Photo by Bastian Geza Aschoff, 2018, ©Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH.

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 30.


Cultured Magazine Names 30 Young Artists to Watch – Thirty American artists under 35 make Cultured magazine’s third annual list of young artists to watch. Chosen because they “are challenging traditional art world norms,” the bright young lights include cover star Martine Syms, sculptor Eva LeWitt, and video whiz Trisha Baga. (Cultured)

Endeavor Cuts Ties With Saudi Company – A division of Hollywood agent Ari Emmanuel’s media and entertainment company has cut ties with a company owned by a member of the Saudi royal family amid fallout from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. International Merchandising Corp, an affiliate of Emmanuel’s agency, has represented the company—called Kingdom 5-KR-215 Ltd, and owned by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s cousin—since 2010. Emmanuel’s company also owns a majority stake in the Frieze Art Fair. (Daily Beast)

Artists on the Best and Worst Advice They’ve Ever Gotten – “Don’t try to be original.” That’s the best advice Jon Rafman says he’s received when it comes to being an artist. Rafman and 26 other leading figures, ranging from Marina Abramovic to Maurizio Cattelan, tell New York magazine about the words of wisdom (and idiocy) they’ve received, as well as the moment they knew they had made it as an artist. For Abramovic, it was the day she got a free basket of strawberries from a snobby organic grocer in Amsterdam because they’d seen her guest spot in Sex and the City. (Vulture)

J. Tomilson Hill Mixes and Matches Art That He Likes – The billionaire collector is frank about his intentions for his new foundation in New York. Of course there are tax benefits, he says, and no, he hasn’t donated his collection to the foundation in perpetuity. “This space is designed for us while we’re alive,” Hill says. “When we’re no longer around, [the foundation has] the ability to turn it back into condos.” Inside the Chelsea space, Hill is planning to pair old and new—juxtaposing, for example, a portrait by Rubens with one by 29-year-old painter Jordan Casteel. (Financial Times)


Collective Design Fair Calls Off Its 2019 Edition – There will be no Collective Design fair in New York next spring. After six years, founder Steven Learner says the event has been “postponed,” adding that the organization is prioritizing “social, cultural, and educational programming,” including studio visits, conversations, and partnerships. (Press release)

Sperone Westwater Adds John Giorno to Its Roster – The poet and visual artist will be represented by Sperone Westwater, which will show his work at Art Basel Miami Beach next week and in a solo show in its New York gallery next year. Giorno previously worked with the New York dealer Elizabeth Dee, who closed her Harlem space this year. (ARTnews)

Nicole Calderón Will Direct Timothy Taylor Gallery – Calderón has left Tina Kim Gallery to work for Timothy Taylor as a director, overseeing the gallery’s US program in its 19th Street home in New York. Back in London, Taylor is expanding to a new Mayfair address in early 2019. (Press release)

David Altmejd Joins White Cube – The New York-based artist has joined White Cube, which will present a solo exhibition of his work in its Hong Kong space in March 2019. Altmejd’s first show in Asia will include new work by the artist, whose sculptured heads combine realism with creepy expressionism. For years, Altmejd was represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery, which closed in 2017. (Press release)


Jackson, Mississippi, Wins Bloomberg Public Art Challenge – The city will receive up to $1 million for its proposed public art project, which seeks to address nutrition and food equity issues throughout Mississippi. Landscape architects, filmmakers, farmers, and chefs will be involved, as well as artists including Kara Walker. (Press release)

Raqs Media Collective to Direct the Yokohama Triennale – The New Delhi-based collective will lead the upcoming edition of the Japanese triennial in 2020. The wide-ranging practice of the group—which was established by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta in 1992—includes writing, performance, and curatorial endeavors. (ArtAsiaPacific)

V&A Museum of Childhood Director Heads North – Rhian Harris will lead Lakeland Arts in the North West of England after 10 years as the director of London’s Museum of Childhood, which is a branch of the Victoria & Albert Museum. She will oversee the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendall, Blackwell House, and a revamped steamboat museum. (Westmorland Gazette)


How Much Is the Stolen Gardner Art Worth Now? – In today’s top-heavy art market, how much would Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s 13 missing Old Masters be worth? Kathryn Graddy, the dean of the international business school at Brandeis University, estimates the haul at $600 million to $1 billion (though the black market is likely not the place to get top dollar). While the estimated value of the lost works is a bit academic, there is a $10 million reward for valuable intel if they are ever recovered. (Boston Globe)

Problems Grow With DC’s Arts Commission – A bill currently under review could further consolidate the power of the capital city’s arts-grant-giving body within the mayor’s office. The proposal seeks to convert the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities into an advisory body that advises the office, rather than continue as leading arts funder. The possibility worries some in the city’s arts community after the commission’s recent brush with censorship. (The Art Newspaper)

That Picture of Vincent van Gogh? It’s Really His Kid Brother Theo! – A photograph long thought to be of Van Gogh at age 13 has now been proven to be of his brother, Theo, at age 15, thanks to in-depth forensic examination conducted by the Van Gogh Museum. Since being misidentified in 1957, the photograph has circulated in biographies about Vincent van Gogh around the world. Now, only one verified photo of Van Gogh exists. (Press release)

Theo at 15 long misidentified as Vincent van Gogh, aged 13, photograph B. Schwarz, Brussels, no lettering, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Theo van Gogh, aged 32, photograph Woodbury & Page, Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Vincent van Gogh, aged 19, photograph J.M.W. de Louw, The Hague, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation) (1)

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