Art Industry News: David Hockney Reinvents Himself (Again) at 80 + More Must-Read Stories
Plus, Yayoi Kusama's paintings are coming to New York and German painter Arno Rink has died.
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 Wednesday, September 6.
Sentencing of Mobster Tied to Gardner Heist Delayed – A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of accused mafioso Robert Gentile, who is suspected to have been involved in history’s biggest art heist. The judge has ordered a briefing on Gentile’s competency after the octogenarian said he did not remember pleading guilty in April to illegally selling guns. (Reuters)
How One Artist Retreat Is Recovering From Harvey – Over 42 years, Sue and Rod Bown painstakingly converted a secluded Texas wetlands property into an artists’ retreat and bed and breakfast. But Hurricane Harvey nearly washed it all away. (Los Angeles Times)
David Hockney Is Opening a (Another) New Artistic Chapter – The critic Deborah Solomon visited Hockney at his Hollywood Hills home to discuss his life and work ahead of the Met’s retrospective in November. The 80-year-old is staying busy: He’s embarked on a breathtaking new series of perspectival fantasias on shaped canvas, and is currently completing a 20-foot-tall stained-glass window for Westminster Abbey in honor of the Queen. (New York Times)
Meet the Next Generation of Chinese Collectors – A new wave of Chinese intellectuals is reinventing the culture of collecting in the country. These young elites have been touring Europe and developing a philosophy of collecting that eschews blue-chip “trophy” purchases in favor of emerging art. (South China Morning Post)
Gladstone Gallery Takes on Artist Ian Cheng – Previously without representation in New York, American artist Ian Cheng has been picked up by Gladstone Gallery. The artist, whose work is now on view at MoMA PS1, creates simulated environments inspired by cognitive science and video game design. (Press release)
Deco Gems Lead Sotheby’s Hong Kong Jewel Sale – The October 3 sale is estimated to bring in more than $83 million. Rare jewels abound, including a diamond “Tutti-Frutti” bracelet by Cartier from one of the house’s most signifiant Art Deco-era collections. (Press release)
Laure Prouvost Now Represented by Lisson Gallery – The French multimedia artist will be included in the gallery’s 50th anniversary exhibition, which opens on October 5 in London. She will also perform during Frieze Week as part of the David Roberts Art Foundation’s evening of performances. (Press release)
New York Gallery Opens in Harare, Zimbabwe – Catinca Tabacaru’s second space—in a locale it says has “no other artwork for many miles”—is dedicated exclusively to two-person exhibitions of Zimbabwean and international artists. Its inaugural show presents work by Terrence Musekiwa and Justin Orvis Steimer. (Press release)
COMINGS & GOINGS
German Painter Arno Rink Has Died – One of the most significant representatives of the New Leipzig School of painting, Rink passed away on September 5, three weeks shy of his 77th birthday. From 1987 to 1994, he was the rector of the HGB Art Academy in Leipzig. (Monopol)
Ross & Downs Gallery to Move – The New York gallery, which formed in February when Tomorrow Gallery and Hester merged, is slated to move to a single Lower East Side location. The new space on the second floor of 96 Bowery will open September 17 with an exhibition of new paintings by Sojourner Truth Parsons. (ARTnews)
Dayton Art Institute Names New Chief Curator – Jerry N. Smith begins his new role at the Ohio museum on September 26. His first task? To co-ordinate a rehang of the permanent collection galleries as part of an upcoming centennial celebration. (Artforum)
Monica Bonvicini to Teach at Berlin’s UDK – Bonvicini will return to her alma mater, Berlin’s UDK Art Academy, as a professor on October 1. The Venice-born conceptual sculptor first studied painting in Berlin before moving across the pond to California Institute of the Arts. (Monopol)
FOR ART’S SAKE
Russell Wilson and Ciara Had a Private Tour of SAM – The quarterback and singer visited the Seattle Art Museum on Saturday evening for a private tour of the museum’s Kusama exhibition after it had closed to the public. Unsurprisingly, selfies abounded. (Page Six)
MFA Plans Major Rothko Show – The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will present an immersive display of 11 works by Rothko spanning the artist’s career, all on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” which opens September 24, also includes an early painting on view in the US for the first time. (Press release)
Judd Foundation Hosts Kusama Show – The Judd Foundation will present a free installation of four paintings by Yayoi Kusama—one of the few contemporaries of which the notoriously cantankerous artist approved—on the ground floor of 101 Spring Street in New York from September 23. The exhibition, curated by Judd’s son Flavin, runs until early December. (Press release)
Inside Daniel Arsham’s Lunar Garden – Arsham has re-interpreted a Japanese rock garden for Cadillac House, curated by Cecilia Dean and James Karliardos, the co-founders of Visionaire. Constituting a break from the color-blind artist’s trusty black-and-white aesthetic, the immersive pink neon installation, which combines sculpture, light, and sound, is on view until November 5. (Press release)
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