Art Industry News: A Getty Family Scion Has Come Out in Support of Climate Activists’ Food-Based Art Attacks + Other Stories

Plus, a fast fashion retailer plans a Frida Kahlo line, and how one museum erased all traces of Christopher Columbus.

Aileen Getty attends the Project Angel Food's 25th Anniversary Angel Awards in 2014. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Project Angel Food)

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 24.


The Turner Prize Show Is Not Getting Good Reviews – Guardian critic Laura Cummings, for one, was unimpressed by the Turner Prize‘s incoherence. She suggested that a conflict of interest among jurors may be at the root of the issue: three out of the six are in charge of the very galleries where the shortlisted shows took place. (Guardian)

How the Denver Art Museum Erased Columbus – Amid the wave of protests in 2020, the Denver Art Museum comprehensively removed all references to Christopher Columbus from its collections, including renaming the “Pre-Columbian Art” department “Art of the Ancient Americas” and an overhaul of its Latin American exhibition program. (New York Times)

Aileen Getty Supports the Van Gogh Tomato Soup Protest – The daughter of John Paul Getty, Jr. has come out in support of the protesters who threw tomato soup on a Van Gogh painting to raise awareness of climate emergency. “As the planet burns, we are approaching a time when all we’ll have left are pictures and paintings of our beloved Earth, and urban art galleries may be the final resting place for Earth’s sunflowers,” Getty writes. (Guardian)

Cost of Living Crisis Looms Over British Museums – In a sign of how extreme the energy crisis has gotten for British museums, the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art is exploring how to generate its own energy as it faces the prospect of its fuel bill tripling to more than £1 million per year. (Guardian)


Fast Fashion Retailer Collaborates With Frida Kahlo Foundation – The Frida Kahlo Corporation—a licensing company that Kahlo’s descendants have been battling for years—has partnered with fast fashion giant Shein on a new collection inspired by the Mexican artist. (ARTnews)

Airbnb Donates More Than $1 Million to Heritage Charity – Airbnb has donated £1.25 million to English Heritage to help it “boost heritage tourism” and conserve historic attractions and houses across the country. (Guardian)

Australian Pension Funds Are Cutting Back on Art – Some of the largest pension funds in Australia are selling off their art collections, including works by Australian artists Arthur Boyd and Emily Kame Kngwarreye, amid close scrutiny of their balance sheets. (Bloomberg)


Sotheby’s Offers a Probably, Very Likely Titian – Sotheby’s is offering “the most important” work by Titian to come to auction this century in its London Old Master sale in December. But the work, Venus and Adonis, estimated at £8 million to £12 million, is attributed in the catalogue to Titian and workshop. (The Art Newspaper)

Titian, <i>Venus and Adonis</i>(1555–57). Courtesy Sotheby's.

Titian, Venus and Adonis (1555–57). Courtesy Sotheby’s.

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