Art Industry News: William Eggleston Is Releasing an Old-Fashioned Techno Album + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, London’s Laura Bartlett Gallery is closing its doors after 12 years and Rashid Rana pulls out of the inaugural Lahore Biennale.

William Eggleston. Photo: Peter Townsend

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, September 1.


San Francisco Gets a New Private Museum – Nion McEvoy, an SFMOMA trustee and CEO of Chronicle Books, will display his private collection of works by Thomas Ruff, David Hockney, and others in the city’s popular Minnesota Street Project gallery complex. The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts is set to open October 28. (New York Times)

New Fellowship Seeks to Increase Diversity – Seven fellows will be mentored by arts managers from four downtown Brooklyn cultural institutions: BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Group, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and Theatre for a New Audience. The program comes amid a push by New York City’s government to make arts institutions more representative of the city’s population. (Press release)

William Eggleston to Release His Own Music Record – At age 78, the godfather of color photography is releasing his debut album. Musik, which will be available on October 20, features 13 tracks of the artist’s Bach-infused improvisations on a Korg synthesizer. Eggleston first began recording music in the 1980s. (Pitchfork)

Christopher Columbus Statue in Queens Vandalized – “Don’t Honor Genocide” and “Take it Down” were emblazoned on the base of the statue in Astoria, Queens. The vandalism comes two weeks after Mayor de Blasio announced plans to review all “symbols of hate” in the city. There are currently no plans to remove the statue. (DNAinfo)


Laura Bartlett Gallery to Close – The gallery closure news just keeps coming: London’s Laura Bartlett Gallery is shutting down after 12 years. Moving forward, Bartlett will act as an advisor to international collections. Her space on Herald Street will be taken over by British fashion designer Molly Goddard and the Claire de Rouen bookshop. (Mass email)

Christie’s Adds Auctions During Frieze Week – The auction house will stage an evening sale of design and photography in London on October 3 during Frieze Week, as well as an additional themed sale called “Up Close,” which will focus on “masterpieces on a small scale.” (The Art Newspaper)

UK Art Dealer Arrested in Spain – Police arrested the dealer, who has been identified simply by his initials W.T.V., in Los Palacios on charges of stealing antiques and cultural heritage objects. He was found with more than 140 objects, including ancient oil lamps, Roman coins, clay tiles, and five burner phones. (ARCA)


Rashid Rana Leaves Lahore Biennale – The Pakistani artist was slated to art direct the largest contemporary art event ever held in the country. But he and the Lahore Biennale Foundation were unable to agree on a collaborative working relationship and have decided instead to “amicably part ways.” (Artforum)

Woman Who Inaugurated NMAAHC Dies – Ruth Odom Bonner, the daughter of a slave and the woman who helped inaugurate the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture last year by ringing the First Baptist’s Freedom Bell with then-President Obama, has died at 100. (Washington Post)

Art Collector David Tang Dies – Sir David Tang, the Hong Kong and British socialite and fashion entrepreneur who had a column in the Financial Times, has died from cancer at age 63. He was an avid collector of Chinese contemporary art. (TAN)

NADA International Gallery Prize Awarded – The winners of the second annual New Art Dealers Alliance Miami Beach International Gallery Prize are Carne Gallery of Bogotá and Dawid Radziszewski of Warsaw. They will enjoy a free booth at this year’s fair. (ARTnews)


How One PST Show Will Change Art History – “No other PST: LA/LA exhibition promises to rewrite history quite like ‘Radical Women,'” Carolina Miranda writes. The exhibition at the Hammer Museum documents the work of US Latinas and Latin American female artists between 1960–1985, which has all too often been ignored by mainstream institutions. (Los Angeles Times)

Coffin Damaged by Family’s Photo Goes Under Glass – Selfie time is over. The 800-year-old coffin broken by a family who lifted their child into the case for a photograph will be repaired in-house and, going forward, enclosed in protective glass. (Echo)

Wax Museum Mocked for Terrible Sculptures – The Internet is having a lot of fun insulting the new Dreamland Wax Museum in Boston. Its misshapen figures were created by sculptors who sometimes worked remotely off of photographs and without accurate measurements. But museum officials know that any press is good press, and have welcomed the controversy. (SFGate)

Alex Da Corte Directed St Vincent’s New Video – The American artist has directed the video for the first single off of St Vincent’s new album. True to Da Corte’s aesthetic, “New York” is replete with primary colors and bizarre tableaux including St Vincent singing into a flaming cabbage. Watch it below. (ARTnews)

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