Art Industry News: Cecilia Vicuña Unveils Monumental Woven Sculptures at Tate + Other Stories
Plus, the Elgin Marbles might have been illegally imported, and the Rijksmuseum denies it is sinking due to fungi problem.
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 on this Monday, October 10.
Were the Elgin Marbles Illegally Imported? – While the debate surrounding the Parthenon Marbles often concerns how they were taken from Greece, newly discovered letters from early 19th century suggest that Lord Elgin did not pay customs duty to import them to the U.K. (Guardian)
Philadelphia Museum of Art Strike Continues – “We are bleeding talented colleagues because of the museum’s low pay, poor benefits, and lack of professional development and advancement opportunities… We no longer have enough staff to function properly,” says museum employee Emily Rice, who has been striking since September 26. (Hyperallergic)
Cecilia Vicuña’s Powerful Turbine Hall Commission – The famed Chilean poet-artist has unveiled Brain Forest Quipu, two giant sculptures hanging nearly 90 feet from the ceiling, woven using Andean traditions. Presented as an act of mourning for ecosystem loss and violence against indigenous peoples, the work is being called “the most moving Tate Turbine Hall installation for years.” (The Guardian)
Rijksmuseum Denies Having a Fungi Problem – The national museum of the Netherlands rejects claims that the museum is sinking due to an alleged fungi problem that’s been eating up its foundation. (The Art Newspaper)
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Diamond Sets Record in Hong Kong – The Williamson Pink Star diamond set a new record when it fetched $49.9 million (HK$392 million) at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The 11.15-carat stone is now the highest price paid per carat for any diamond sold at public auction. (AP)
Gardner Museum Security Chief Runs for Office – Anthony Amore, who’s been running the museum’s security for 17 years, is running as a Republican candidate for state auditor in Massachusetts. (TAN)
Hammer Museum Raises $2.2 Million – The museum’s star-studded gala honored artist and CalArts educator Charles Gaines and Chase Strangio, transgender rights litigator and deputy director for transgender justice with the ACLU’s LGBTQ & HIV Project. (Los Angeles Times)
FOR ARTS SAKE
Silke Otto-Knapp Dies at 52 – The artist who painted landscapes and dancers has died, according to her Los Angeles gallery Regan Projects. She reportedly had been battling ovarian cancer. (ARTnews)
Artists Are Opening Their Own Galleries – Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, and Glenn Brown are among the latest group of British artists who are building galleries to show their own work. (Financial Times)
Takashi Murakami Now Paints On Ceramics – The famed Japanese artist will be curating Perrotin’s stand at next week’s Asia Now in Paris to present the European debut of a series of ceramics he made in collaboration with Shin Murata and Aso Kojima’s ceramics featuring Murakami’s drawing. (Press release)
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