Art Industry News: The E.U. Paid $407,000 for a Metaverse Center. About Six People Came to Its Grand Debut + Other Stories

Plus, a look at New York Magazine's viral, art figure-filled cover, and Pace gallery restructures with a new leadership team.

A woman uses a pair of virtual reality goggles on September 12, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/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 on this Tuesday, December 6.


Storm King Won’t Recognize Union – Staff at the Hudson Valley art center sent a request to form a union in October, which was rejected by management. Management says it is not refusing to recognize the union but is instead putting the matter to vote for all eligible staff. (Times Union)

Activists Stage “Die In” at the Met – On Sunday, December 4, activists with the group Woman Life Freedom NYC staged a “die in” inside the Assyrian Sculpture Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of ongoing protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in September. (Hyperallergic)

No One Came to the E.U.’s Metaverse Party – The E.U. forked out €387,000 ($407,000) to produce its metaverse venue with the aim of engaging young Europeans. However, its launch party was a flop, according to one reporter, who was among about six people who “attended.” Rough. (Business Insider)

Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation’s Sweeping Reforms – The individual institutions of the Berlin-based Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which includes the museums like the Neue Nationalgalerie and the Hamburger Bahnhof, among many others, are to be given more autonomy and responsibility over their own budgets and planning. The intention to disband the foundation has been two years in the making. (SPK)


Artnet News’s Katya Kazakina Wins Two Prizes – Artnet News’s senior reporter won the 2022 Front Page Award for specialized arts reporting from the Newswomen’s Club in New York for her Art Detective column for Artnet News Pro. She won second place in the columnist category for the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. (First place went to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.) Congratulations to Katya! (Press release)

Pace Gallery Restructures – Samanthe Rubell has been named president of the mega-gallery and will lead a newly formed “Round Table” of the 10 most senior directors. Rubell, who started at the gallery’s front desk in 2008, will chair the group alongside Joe Baptista, who has been promoted to partner. (ARTnews)

Adriano Pedrosa Wins Curator Prize – The artistic director of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo has won the $25,000 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies. Pedrosa was recognized for creating the “Histórias” series, which spotlights under-recognized histories of art. (ARTnews)

Diplo Is No Longer Art Basel’s Richest Man – Before the fair’s end, the music producer, who has over $3 million in his account, slipped to third place on MSCHF’s ATM Leaderboard (2022) at Perrotin’s booth. He was beat out by one person with a $5 million bank statement and another with $9.5 million. (ARTnews)


New York Magazine Highlights Local Artists – We—along with everyone else on the internet, it seems—have a minor obsession with the magazine’s new cover story, “39 Reasons to Love New York Right Now,” which features many icons of the city. Can you spot artists Alex Katz, Anna Weyant, Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons, Andres Serrano, and curator Ebony Haynes? (New York Magazine)

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