Art Industry News: Tiffany & Co Pays a Record Sum for the ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Script + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, Floyd Mayweather hangs a portrait of Conor McGregor in his home and MoMA's Kathy Halbreich will lead the Rauschenberg Foundation.

Douglas Kirkland, Audrey Hepburn dressed in Givenchy with sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith (1966)
Photo: ©Douglas Kirkland

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 Thursday, September 28.


Kathy Halbreich to Lead the Rauschenberg Foundation  The associate director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art will leave the museum to direct the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Manhattan, beginning November 1. She had been a favorite to succeed Glenn Lowry as MoMA’s director. (New York Times)

This Year’s ArtPrize Gets Political  This year’s crop of submissions to ArtPrize, one of the world’s wealthiest and quirkiest art competitions, includes a number of entries that skewer new education secretary Betsy DeVos, take aim at Trump, or raise environmental issues. That’s no accident, but it is awkward: the DeVos family are major financial supporters of the prize. (NYT)

The Rise of Artistic Anti-Terror Infrastructure  Amid the rise in terror attacks on public spaces, cities around the world are installing unsightly protective infrastructure. Now, architects, artists, and urban planners are discussing ways to make the ugly concrete blocks and metal barriers easier on the eyes with a dose of public art. (Apollo Magazine)

Tattoos Are Not Art, Japanese Judge Rules – Tattoo artist Taiki Masuda was found guilty on Wednesday of breaking a law that prohibits anyone but a doctor from carrying out “medical practices.” Although Masuda contended that tattooing is art and an important part of Japanese culture, his appeal over the constitutional right to self-expression was rejected and he must pay a ¥150,000 fine. (Japan Times)


Perrotin Now Represents Leslie Hewitt  The Parisian gallery now represents the New York-based artist, whose work is already in the collections of MoMA, the Whitney, and the Menil Collection. Her first exhibition with the gallery is scheduled to open in September 2018. (Press release)

Tiffany & Co Paid Record Sum for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Script – The jewelers paid $847,000 for Audrey Hepburn’s original working script for the 1961 classic. The object, complete with the actress’s annotations, sold last night at Christie’s London, setting a new record for the highest price ever paid for a film script at auction. (NYT)

Di Donna Nabs Nuvolo Estate  Emmanuel Di Donna is taking on the estate of under-the-radar Italian artist Nuvolo (Giorgio Ascani). Next month, Germano Celant will organize an exhibition at the gallery that aims to contextualize him alongside contemporaries including Lucio Fontana, Antoni Tàpies, and Cy Twombly. (Art Market Monitor)

Moving Museum Founders Join Basel Cities – Simon Sakhai and Aya Mousawi announced that their itinerant exhibition series, founded in 2012, will be put on hold while they act as consulting strategists for Art Basel Cities, which launches next year in Buenos Aires. (ARTnews)


Museum of African Art Gets New Director – Gus Casely-Hayford, an author, curator, and broadcaster on African history and culture, will take over as director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. (NYT)

Sharjah Art Foundation Director to Lead Biennial Association – Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi has been named the new head of International Biennial Association. In light of the appointment, the association’s headquarters will also relocate from Gwangju, South Korea, to Sharjah. (ARTnews)

Colin Bailey Joins Diebenkorn Foundation Board – Dr. Colin Bailey, the director of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, has been elected to the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation’s board of directors. (Diebenkorn)

Finnish Modernist Carolus Enckell Dies at 72 – One of Finland’s leading proponents of Modernism, Enckell passed away on September 25 after a long illness. The painter had a major retrospective at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in 2016. (Press release)


Canada Opens First Holocaust Memorial – Ten years in the making, Canada’s first national Holocaust memorial, designed by New York-based architect Daniel Libeskind, opened yesterday in Ottawa. The 3,200-square-meter open air monument can accommodate up to 1,000 visitors at a time. (The Art Newspaper)

Academy Museum Gets $50 Million Gift – The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, scheduled to open in Los Angeles in 2019, just received its largest donation yet. Philanthropists Cheryl and Haim Saban have pledged $50 million to the under-construction project. (Artfix Daily)

Lynn Hershman Leeson Takes on Hitchcock The American painter and filmmaker will rehash elements of the Hitchcock thriller “Vertigo” for her new project, VertiGhost, at the Fine Arts Museum of San Fransisco. The project includes a film based on Portrait of Carlotta Valdes, the painting that figures prominently in Hitchcock’s film. (ARTnews)

Floyd Mayweather Reveals Portrait of MacGregor – After his blockbuster boxing match this summer, Mayweather has hung an eight-foot-tall portrait of his opponent Conor MacGregor in his Beverly Hills mansion. Mayweather purchased the home for $25.5 million after making around $100 million in the fight. No word yet on the cost of commissioning those portraits. (Yahoo)


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