Art Industry News: Jay-Z and Beyoncé Swing By a Tiny Hamptons Art Fair + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, the Whitney Museum plans an outdoor David Hammons installation and Prince Charles may turn Buckingham Palace into a museum.

Jay-Z and Beyonce, seen not at the Bridge Art Fair in the Hamptons. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Clara Lionel Fo)

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, September 19.


Whitney Plans Ambitious Public Art by David Hammons – Barry Diller’s plans to erect a floating park in the Hudson may be dead in the water, but the Whitney Museum is now considering its own permanent art installation at the edge of Gansevoort Peninsula. Hammons’s project, a minimalist homage to the original Pier 52 building on that site, is scheduled to be presented to the local community board on October 4. (New York Times)

Will Prince Charles Turn Buckingham Palace Into a Museum? – According to inside sources, the prince plans to live at Clarence House after he becomes king, and will open the palace to the public as a museum with an exhibition on Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Charles and wife Camilla have, however, denied this is the plan. (W Magazine)

To Fashion Collab or Not to Fashion Collab? – From Raf Simons’s friendship with artist Sterling Ruby to Jeff Koons’s Old Masters-inspired collection for Louis Vuitton, fashion houses are collaborating with artists at an unprecedented pace. Here’s how to determine if a proposed collaboration will be a fruitful partnership. (South China Morning Post)

Amateur Archaeologists Stumble on Roman Masterpiece – A group of amateur archaeologists were working on an excavation project in southern England last month when they uncovered a Roman mosaic believed to date from 380 A.D. The important find, they suspect, depicts Greek hero Bellerophon, Hercules, and Cupid. (NYT)​


Crystal Bridges Bought Big at “Bound to Fail” – It turns out that Art Bridges—a new museum loan program launched by Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges Museum—was a big buyer in Christie’s failure-themed auction last year. The Arkansas Times reveals the initiative purchased lots by Jeff Koons, Bruce Nauman, and Robert Gober for its 23-work collection. (Art Market Monitor / Arkansas Times)

States Target Art Collectors Who Don’t Pay Taxes – Watch out, collectors. State attorneys general are paying close attention to individuals who don’t pay sales and use taxes on their art. Investigators reportedly keep tabs on who is buying what through US Customs records, audits of major galleries, media coverage, and interstate shipping logs. (Wall Street Journal)

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Attended the Hamptons’s Bridge Art Fair – The two were spotted at the final day of the tony fair in the Hamptons, held on an exclusive golf course. Exhibitors included New York’s David Zwirner, Canada, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash. No word on whether the star couple took home any art. (ARTnews)


Martin Parr to Open a Photography Center in Bristol – The British photographer will open his foundation at the end of October with a show of his own work, “Black Country Stories.” Parr established his foundation three years ago, but was finally able to realize his vision with help from the Art Fund and Luma Foundation. (TAN)

Witte de With Appoints New Director – Shortly after announcing plans to change its name, the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam named Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy as its new director, effective January 1. She previously served as curator of contemporary art at the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. (Press release)

Bronx Museum Announces New Deputy Director – Klaudio Rodriguez will leave the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami to join the New York museum. He will be responsible for staff management as well as exhibition programming and the development of public works. (Press release)


Police Seek Owners of Seized Lennon Artwork – Officials are trying to locate the owners of 30 drawings by John Lennon. Worth around $1,000 each, the works were seized from a gallery in Cumbria and are believed to be linked to jailed art dealer Jonathan Poole, who may have sold them without the owners’ knowledge. (New York Post)

Hurricane-Battered Art Organizations Must Attend FEMA Meeting – Public service announcement: In order to apply for FEMA Public Assistance, cultural organizations affected by Hurricane Harvey must attend a county briefing about the application process before they can be reimbursed for damages. (Glasstire)

The Legacy of the “Godfather of Chicano Art” Lives On – Emigdio “Higgy” Vasquez, the son of Chicano artist and muralist Emigdio Vasquez, will create a mural of his own in tribute to his father as part of Chapman University’s contribution to PST: LA/LA. Visitors can watch Higgy paint on campus for the next six months. (LA Times)​

Supreme Collaborates with Serrano on Piss Christ Hoodies – The brand worked with artist Andres Serrano to create a collection of hoodies, t-shirts, sweatpants, and sneakers inspired by his most controversial art: Piss Christ, Madonna and Child II, and Blood and Semen II. (High Snobiety)

Image Courtesy Supreme.

Image Courtesy Supreme.

Image Courtesy Supreme.

Follow Artnet News on Facebook:

Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.