Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most important developments from the art world and the art market. Here is what you need to know on Wednesday, October 13.
NEED TO READ
Danish artist hires lawyer to fight his sculpture’s removal in Hong Kong – Jens GalschiÃ¸t hired a lawyer to liaise with the University of Hong Kong, which demanded The pillar of shame, his sculpture commemorating the Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing in 1989, will be removed today at 5 p.m. local time. The liquidators of the now-dissolved Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, which had been dealing with the work since 1997, said the university should contact GalschiÃ¸t directly, as the artist said that ‘he was the rightful owner of the work. (Press release)
MoMA makes leadership appointments – The Museum of Modern Art has made four major nominations. Longtime MoMA curator Sarah Suzuki has been appointed associate director, in a position previously held by Kathy Halbreich, who was chosen to lead the Rauschenberg Foundation in 2017. Meanwhile, Beverly Morgan-Welch is the new director Senior Assistant for Museum External Affairs; Christy Thompson has been appointed Senior Associate Director, Exhibitions and Collections; and Nisa Mackie was chosen to become Deputy Director of Learning and Public Engagement. (Press release)
Is art responsible for the breakup of the Beatles? – Decades later, Paul McCartney revisited the breakup of the famous rock band. While audiences have long believed McCartney was the instigator, the music legend claimed another long-standing rumor: it was John Lennon – and his desire to collaborate with artist’s wife Yoko Ono – that triggered the breakup. âThe point was really that John was making a new life with Yoko, and he wanted to go in a bag and stay in bed for a week in Amsterdam, for peace,â McCartney said in an interview, referring to Ono and Lennon. baggage concept and their artistic project Bed-ins for peace in 1969. (Vanity Show, BBC)
Artist Atta Kwami has passed away – The Ghanaian artist died on October 6 at the age of 65, according to the Serpentine Galleries in London, where an exhibition of his work is expected to open in 2022. Born in Accra, Kwami has created colorful geometric paintings and prints that evoke architecture and the traditional. textiles. He also helped document and preserve his native art history as a curator and historian; he is the author of the 2013 book Kusami realism, 1951-2007: an African modernism. Kwami won the Maria Lassnig Award earlier this year and was working on the public art commission that accompanies the award. (Art Forum)
MOTORS AND FITTERS
Catherine Nichols will be the curator of Manifesta 2022 – The Berlin-based Australian has been appointed curator and artistic director of the next edition of Manifesta, which is due to take place in Prishtina, Kosovo, in 2022. She recently hosted the acclaimed exhibitions on Joseph Beuys that took place across the ‘Germany in 2021. (Press release)
Julie Mehretu Joins Whitney Board of Directors – In the wake of her career investigation, artist Julie Mehretu is one of seven new board members at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and only the third artist to sit on the board, after Fred Wilson and the late artist Chuck Close. Others named by Mehretu include Eric L. Motley, deputy director of the National Gallery of Art in DC, and Jen Rubio, co-founder of the luggage brand Away. (New York Times)
Imperial War Museum opens multi-million pound Holocaust wing – The British Museum this week opened new galleries that commemorate the atrocities of the Holocaust. Some of the last survivors were there to open the new Â£ 30million ($ 40million) wing, which spans 3,000 square meters and tells the stories of survivors through personal items. (Standard Evening)
FOR THE LOVE OF ART
See Manchester Mural by Marcus Rashford on Google Maps – A mural in Manchester on the side of a cafe dedicated to footballer Marcus Rashford will appear on Google Maps to honor Black History Month in October. You can find the mural, which was disfigured after Italy beat England in the 2020 European Cup, in the athlete’s hometown of Withington in south Manchester by painting Google Street View. (Standard Evening)
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