Art Industry News: Yet Another Artwork by Donald Trump Heads to Auction + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, plus the legendary collector Pierre Bergé dies and street artist JR unveils a DACA-inspired work on the US-Mexico border.

President Donald Trump. Courtesy of Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

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 8.


Banksy Puts Art Up for Sale in the West Bank – The street artist’s Walled Off Hotel in Palestine, which opened in March, will launch a gift shop this fall, marking the first time the elusive street artist has made his work available for sale since 2013. The shop will offer mugs, prints, and limited-edition crucifixes turned into giant grappling hooks. (The Guardian)

Marina Abramović to Launch Candy Portrait During Frieze – Art-lovers with a sweet tooth, rejoice! The performance artist has joined forces with macaron-maker Ladurée to create pastries with a taste that embodies her identity. If you’re in London for Frieze Week, you might even be able to eat some. (Press release)

A Glimpse Inside Claude Monet’s Art Collection – The Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris is hosting an exhibition of 77 works of art collected by the Impressionist, including examples by Cézanne, Renoir, and Signac. The show coincides with the sale of a separate trove of Monet’s holdings headed to auction at Christie’s. (New York Times)

Witte de With Center Decides to Change Its Name – The Rotterdam institution has announced plans to change its name to an as-yet-unrevealed moniker when its new director arrives next year. The current name references Witte Corneliszoon de With, a Dutch naval officer engaged in colonial exploits. The museum says the name is “in conflict with the values [the center] stands for as an institute for contemporary art and culture”—a realization prompted by its presentation of artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s Cinema Olanda this summer. (Press release)


Another Work by Donald Trump Heads to Auction – This October, a painting of the Empire State Building created by the President in 2005 will go under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions with an estimate of $8,000–$12,000. A similar work sold in July for nearly $30,000. (Press release)

Mariah Robertson Joins Van Doren Waxter – The Brooklyn-based artist has joined the roster of the New York gallery. Robertson’s experimental abstract photographs are part of the collections of MoMA, LACMA, and the Sir Elton John Photography Collection. (ARTnews)

Crossroads Fair Postponed Until 2018 – The second of edition of the London art fair—scheduled to take place the weekend before Frieze under the direction of Liv Vaisberg—has been postposed until next year in order to “keep the quality of the fair high” at a “time of economic uncertainty for emerging and middle-market galleries”. (Happening)

Stephen Friedman Gallery Adds Two Artists – The London gallery now represents the London-based Lisa Brice and the Los Angeles-based Channing Hansen. Hansen’s hand-knitted paintings derived from DNA algorithms were included in the Hammer Museum’s “Made in LA” exhibition in 2014. (Press release)


Philanthropist and Collector Pierre Bergé Dies at 86 – The co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent and longtime partner of the label’s eponymous designer died this morning in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, less than a month before the grand openings of two new Yves Saint Laurent museums in Paris and Marrakech. His passing was announced on the website of the Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent. (New York Times)

Luxembourg Gets a New Venice Pavilion – The European country will get a serious upgrade at the 2018 Venice Biennale. Luxembourg is moving to a new pavilion next door to Singapore’s site at the Arsenale. The new location is more than twice the size of its old one and comes with a budget increase for participants. (Luxemburger Wort)

Sadie Barnette and Carrie Hott Win Artadia Awards – Each artist will receive $10,000 and an exhibition at the non-profit organization’s booth at the 2018 Untitled art fair in San Francisco. Barnette and Hott are both based in the Bay Area and create installations and sculptures that deal with the politics of site. (ARTnews)

16 Dealers Join NADA – The New Art Dealers Alliance is taking on a large batch of new gallery members from 11 cities, including New York-based SIGNAL and Hudson’s September Gallery. New international members include Tokyo’s KAYOKO YUKI and Lulu in Mexico City. (Press release)


Keith Haring’s Paris Mural Saved – The 88-foot-tall mural, which the artist created for the Necker-Enfants Malades children’s hospital in 1987, had been damaged almost beyond repair by weather and war. Thanks to a fundraising operation spearheaded by gallerist Jérôme de Noirmont, the restored version was unveiled to the public yesterday. (New York Times)

Antonio Banderas to Star as Picasso – Banderas has signed on to play the famous artist in the second season of National Geographic’s Genius, which will center on Picasso’s life story. Looks like the second time is the charm: Banderas was supposed to play the Cubist in the biopic 33 Días, but it was scrapped in 2012. (Variety)

JR Releases Portrait on US-Mexico Border – As the world reels from Trump’s decision to repeal DACA, a program that protects undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, the street artist traveled to the Mexican side of the border to install a gigantic photograph of a small child peeking over the fence. The installation will be up for the next month. (Mashable)

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