Art Industry News: Jennifer Lawrence Reveals That She Named Her Baby After Revered Scribble Painter Cy Twombly + Other Stories
Plus, the U.K. culture secretary steps down, and a typhoon causes flooding in South Korea and disrupts international travel.
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 Tuesday, September 6.
How Spiral Jetty Became a Barometer for Climate Change – A group of 28 arts institutions around the world are joining forces to create the World Weather Network, which operates so-called “weather stations”—artworks, landmarks, or regions—to encourage people to explore changing weather patterns. As part of the initiative, the Holt/Smithson Foundation, which runs Spiral Jetty, will share unseen footage and rare photos taken over the past 50 years. (Fast Company)
U.K. Culture Secretary Steps Down in New Regime – British Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries is stepping down from her role now that Liz Truss has taken over as prime minister from Boris Johnson. She has chosen to return to the backbenches after being asked to remain in the cabinet, believing it was the “right time to go,” according to sources close to her. (Bloomberg)
Jennifer Lawrence Named Her Baby After Cy Twombly – Jennifer Lawrence is Vogue‘s October issue cover star, and the most picked-up tidbit from her interview is a parenthetical more than a third of the way through the article. That’s where the author reveals the name of Lawrence’s baby boy with her husband, Gladstone gallery director Cooke Maroney. Although Lawrence declined to speak about her child in detail, she did reveal his name is Cy, “after the postwar American painter Cy Twombly, one of Maroney’s favorite artists.” (Vogue)
Typhoon in Korea Wreaks Havoc on Fairgoers – Super Typhoon Hinnamnor has brought extreme weather conditions to South Korea, causing flooding, the cancellation of hundreds of flights, and trouble for the international dealers visiting the country for Frieze Seoul. (The Art Newspaper)
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Artists Shortlisted for Land Art Project – Olafur Eliasson, Rachel Whiteread, Roger Hirons, and Piet Oudolf have been shortlisted to create the concept for a new major public land art program in the U.K. The major commission, which will launch next spring, will be located on the West Cumbria coastline in Northwest England. (TAN)
Eye of the Collector Announces Third Edition – London’s boutique art and design fair the Eye of the Collector has announced it will hold its third edition on May 17–20, 2023. The no-booth concept fair will return to Two Temple Place in central London. (Press release)
Newton Harrison Has Died – Newton Harrison of the Harrison Studio died on September 4 in his sleep at the age of 89, his gallery Various Small Fires announced. One half of the husband-and-wife team often referred to as the Harrisons, Newton was a leader of the Ecological Art movement, collaborating with biologists, ecologists, urban planners, and activists to create art that offered insight into our impact on the planet. (Press release)
FOR ART’S SAKE
Australian Artist Removes Mural of Ukrainian and Russian Soldiers – Australia-based street artist Peter Seaton, who works under the moniker CTO, has removed his mural depicting Ukrainian and Russian soldiers hugging following public outcry. Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, called the work “utterly offensive.” The artist, who also sold NFT videos of the artwork, has apologized and said his aim was simply to promote peace.(Evening Standard)
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