Upside down image under Botticelli’s portrait of Christ shows that he first tried to paint him as a baby + other stories

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here is what you need to know this Tuesday, January 11.


Peter Max’s keeper pursues his daughter – The court-appointed guardian of sick 84-year-old artist Peter Max has hit back at claims by Max’s daughter, Libra, that he will be held prisoner by the arrangement. Lawyer Barbara Lissner is suing Libra Max – who is running a “Free Britney” style campaign on her father’s behalf – for libel. Libra falsely claimed that Lissner kept the artist isolated, emptied his funds and confiscated his phone and cats, the lawyer claims, when in fact Libra is the one who mistreated him. (New York Post)

New art businesses aim to do good by doing good – A new class of art spaces amalgamate for-profit and non-profit, donating a percentage of their income to charitable causes. They are run by parties disillusioned with the old world system that believe that “successful businesses shouldn’t be all about profit,” according to Charlie Siddick, owner of UK gallery Purslane. (Financial Time)

Composition found hidden under Botticelli’s $ 40 million – Sotheby’s made a surprising discovery on Botticelli’s Man of sorrows, which is expected to gross at least $ 40 million on Jan.27. The painting, which has been in private hands since the 19th century and has not been studied extensively, has an image of a Madonna and Child hidden under the portrait of Christ. The artist eventually ditched the image and turned the canvas – which was precious and expensive real estate at the time – to create a new image. (The arts journal)

Collection habits in Asia are changing again – The stars of the art market in 2021 were wealthy Asian collectors, who, despite the challenges of the pandemic, continued to pump money into art. But the taste of these collectors is changing rapidly. Now, “the focus is on the best of the best. Customers want the best blue diamond, the best wristwatch, the best impressionistic image, but the second rate is irrelevant, ”said artistic advisor Philip Hoffman. When it comes to contemporary art, the interest lies in the “colorful and joyful” rather than the conceptual. (Bloomberg)


The Palais de Tokyo appoints a new director – Art critic Guillaume Désanges has been named the new president of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He replaces Emma Lavigne, who has left to run François Pinault’s private museum Bourse de Commerce. Désanges has promised to bring the museum’s programming back to its “avant-garde” roots. (ARTnews)

Uruguay obtains its first contemporary art museum – Uruguay officially opened its first major contemporary art museum in the seaside town of Punta del Este. The Atchugarry Museum of Contemporary Art (MACA) was named in honor of sculptor Pablo Atchugarry, whose foundation built the museum. Its inaugural exhibitions include works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Argentinian artist León Ferrari. (ARTnews)

The Delfina Foundation appeals to a new curator – The Delfina Foundation in London has appointed curator Viviana Checchia to oversee its much-vaunted residency program and coordinate the organization’s public programming. Checchia, whose official title is Curator in Residence, was previously a Senior Lecturer at Gothenburg University. (Press release)

India’s largest museum to open Islamic art gallery – India’s largest art museum, the Salar Jung Museum, is opening an Islamic art section. The Islamic Galleries, slated to open in 2023, will be spread over two floors and feature around 2,500 Islamic works from the museum’s collection. (The arts journal)


New portraits of Kate Middleton at the National Portrait Gallery – Three new photographic portraits of Princess Kate taken to mark her 40th birthday will be on display across the UK before joining the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Photographer Paolo Roversi, known for his work for Vogue and her romantic, fuzzy style, photographed her in three bespoke Alexander McQueen dresses. (New York Times)

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