Vivienne Westwood’s Collection Sells Big for Charity, Seattle Art Museum Gets New Chief, and More Essential Art Industry News

Plus, Frieze London and the ADAA Art Show name their 2024 exhibitors.

Vivienne Westwood at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 2020. Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

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Art Fairs

The ADAA Art Show, which opens to VIPs in New York on October 29, released its exhibitor list, with newcomers including Canada, Charles Moffett, and Timothy Taylor.  (Press release)

Frieze London revealed details of its upcoming October edition, with an exhibitor list of over 270 galleries, a new themed section called “Smoke,” which will be curated by Pablo José Ramírez, and the return of its popular “Artist-to-Artist” section, which features six solo booths selected by acclaimed artists such as Glenn Ligon, Rashid Johnson, and Hurvin Anderson. (Press release)

Vienna is set to host a new fair, September 11 through 15, called Particolare, with full details of its programming to be announced later this summer. (Press release)

Auction Houses

Sotheby’s auction house is moving its Paris headquarters to a 35,000-square-foot location at 83 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. It is slated to open officially in October. (Press release)

The personal collection of Vivienne Westwood achieved £465,192 (about $589,000) at Christie’s this week, with the proceeds going to various charities. (Press release)

–Sotheby’s named Elaine Holt as its chairman of modern and contemporary art, Asia. (Press release)

–Sotheby’s sold the original illustration for the cover of J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) for a whopping $1.92 million. (Press release)

David Nash and Lucy Mitchell-Innes. Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images.


Mitchell-Innes and Nash has closed its gallery in Chelsea after 28 years in business, and will transition into a “project-based advisory space.” (Artnet News)

Pace has added Alejandro Piñeiro Bello to its roster, Sebastian Gladstone now represents Emma McMillan, and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery has taken on Liorah Tchiprout. (Press releases)

–After 30 years in business, Praz-Delavallade, which has spaces in Paris and Los Angeles, will close its doors for the last time on July 13. (Instagram)

Gagosian will stage a pop-up show in Seoul of work by Derrick Adams this September during Frieze Seoul at the headquarters of the beauty conglomerate Amorepacific in the Yongsan district. (Artnet News)

Los Angeles’s Charlie James Gallery has tapped Ever Velasquez as its new associate director. (Press release)


Matthew Teitelbaum will retire after a decade as director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Press release)

Daniel Reid has joined the Getty Foundation as its new associate director. (Press release)

The Seattle Art Museum has announced Scott Stulen as its new director and CEO. He starts August 26. (Press release)

– Art historian Joan Kee was named director of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts. (Press release)

Tech and Legal News

The U.S. Department of Justice has reached an agreement with the fugitive financier Jho Low (and related entities) that will recoup an additional $100 million in assets and resolve a civil forfeiture action against works by Claude Monet and Andy Warhol. (Artnet News)

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