Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Wednesday, April 6.
NEED TO READ
PPOW Explores David Wojnarowicz’s First Relationship – An exhibition at PPOW Gallery in New York, on view through April 23, explores the artist’s relationship with his first love, Jean Pierre Delage, through letters, drawings, photographs and other works by art, including rare small prints from a time when the artist could not afford larger paper. Begun in 1978, when the artist was 24, the bet affair lasted three and a half years, during which time Delage financially supported the artist’s work. “In memory of David, I hope to make a lot of money,” Delage said. ” I do not need it. I am quite rich. It is a symbol. If I get a lot of money for David, it’s a success for him, and for me. (New York Times)
Why Artistic Writing Is Bad For Us – Hettie Judah decries the increasingly textual nature of the visual arts world, with its increasingly voluminous catalogs and lengthy explanatory wall texts aimed at satisfying people’s “craving for textual reassurance”, even though art rarely has a stable meaning or a singular correct reading. Juda argues that institutions and artists who rely too much on explanatory text make bystanders disservice, suppressing their “wandering curiosity and ability to interpret our visual environment”. (Apollo)
Ireland pays artists to be artists – The Irish government is the latest to pilot a basic income scheme for artists. (The Mellon Foundation in New York state launched a similar initiative earlier this year.) Under the new program, which was proposed by the nation’s Arts and Culture Revival Task Force, 2,000 artists and creators will receive €325 ($355) from the government. every week for three years. Applications open April 12; the lucky winners will be drawn. (BBC)
Nancy Lane, longest-serving administrator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, dies – Pioneering art collector and business executive Nancy Lane has died aged 88. Lane was the longest-serving board member of the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she helped build its reputation as a hub for black artists and curators since 1973. She has also championed and collected works by artists such as Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Lorna Simpson and Kehinde Wiley. (ART news)
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Rhythm to represent Huong Dodinh – The French-Vietnamese painter, who had never before been represented by a gallery, joined Pace’s list. Dodinh is known for her elegant minimalist paintings inspired by classical dance and will have a solo exhibition at the Museo Correr in Venice coinciding with the Biennale. (Press release)
Manifesta publishes the list of artists – The next edition of the traveling biennale, Manifesta 14, will be held in Prishtina, Kosovo this summer and will feature works by 77 artists or collectives, nearly half of whom are Kosovar. Entitled “What Matters the Worlds of the World: How to Tell Stories Differently,” the 100-day program will bring together the art of the likes of Petrit Halilaj, Roni Horn, Astrit Ismaili and Emily Jacir. (Press release)
Philadelphia Museum of Art workers rally amid union negotiations – About 250 Philadelphia Museum of Art employees and their supporters protested outside the museum on April 1. Negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement have been ongoing since museum workers first voted to form a union in August 2020. (Hyperallergic)
SFMOMA obtains new administrators – The museum, which welcomes a new director this summer, has added five new members to its board, including private equity firm owner Bill Fisher and beauty industry entrepreneur Katie Rodan. David Huffman, Tucker Nichols and Carrie Mae Weems are the new artist directors. (Press release)
Making online viewing rooms cool, with Ikea – The Brussels Office Baroque gallery has chosen a unique setting for its latest virtual exhibition: an Ikea catalogue. In what started out as a joke about generic online viewing rooms but turned into a large-scale concept art project that the gallery hopes the Swedish furniture giant will see as an homage, all works from “Guest Rooms: IKEA” are shown Photoshopped into samples of Ikea interiors. Take a look at a text by Scott Reeder painted on “a crumpled Säbövik bed”. (Average)
Jeff Koons Art Car sells for $475,000 – Christie’s auctioned off a signed BMW art car, the 8 X JEFF KOONS, for $475,000 this week, with proceeds going to the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Koons described the BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé, part of a ’99 edition that he playfully decked out in a pop-infused superhero comic book style, as his “dream car”. (design boom)
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